Contribution by 'Sin Banderas, Ni Fronteras' for Black December (Chile)
FROM CHILE, FROM BLACK ANARCHY, SHARING SOME EXPERIENCES.
Since the democratic state dismantled and wiped out the leftist armed
struggle organizations which continued operating once the dictatorship
ended in the early 90s, there have been the ideas and practices of
horizontality and direct action from revolutionary autonomous
environments and related to anarchy – and also the Mapuche resistance,
which have positioned themselves as protagonists of radical struggle
against Capital, the State and authority in Chile.
We have decided to be involved with strength, conviction and engagement to
fight against all forms of authority. Some of us have previously gone
through various practices and anti-capitalist speeches, but it has been
the practice and reflections emanating which have led us to consider
ourselves as anarchic individuals, denying every “ism” and claiming the
anti-authoritarian character of anarchy as the essence of the struggle
We have forged our struggle’s identity going through a path that is drawn
both from our own experience and other comrades’ in different times and
places. In this journey we do not deny even a small part, but on the
contrary, we think each step is a part of a radical but always
unfinished learning process that interests us to put into dialogue with
other related comrades around the world. And we know very well what we
do not want, neither leaders nor vanguard organizations or specialists;
neither bourgeois nor popular power.
On the insurrection.
Outdated Marxist-Leninist structures conceived the insurrection as a
transitional step before taking Power to a supposedly revolutionary
party to form a popular government, proletarian State, dictatorship of
the proletariat, communist society, etc. Also, some so-called
libertarians and reformist anarchists (neo-communists) raise anti-state
proposals but kept the idea of forging a new social order governed by
certain structures which they call “people’s power.”
Contrary to this, our experiences and decisions have made us break
sharply with that kind of people and their proposals. So we have
assumed the insurrection as an ongoing process of rupture with all logics
of power and domination, building a free life without setting up new
systems or a society, because every type of social order always tends toward
authority and the imposition of roles between individuals.
So, if it is a necktie authority, or an proletarian one, it always
deserves our contempt and all active rejection.
Also, we decided not to wait for anyone. We saw how most people- and
some satisfied pseudo-revolutionaries, live playing an alienating way
of life. Without serious commitments to the struggle, some supposed
rebels aspire not to break today with the relations of domination and
We decided to assume that no one can tell us when and how to do things,
and that no one can force us to expect anything from those who are alienated
or show static positions. On the contrary, we assume as necessary for each
group and comrade to enforce their qualities, knowledge, practices and
anti-authoritarian values autonomously.
However, we do not want to be the only ones in revolt, and as a value-based
and strategic approach we want to contribute to the expansion of the
insurrection with other rebels and antiauthoritarian comrades, looking
forward to destroying the social order and to build a life free from
authority. We place a bet on this from the need for a continuity of struggle and the
sharing of experiences among comrades.
About our anarchic proposals on struggle and organization.
Some people say that anarchist / anti-authoritarians who bet for the
insurrection have not any proposals and projects. That usually is said by
people accustomed to politics and intellectuals to illuminate them with
models of perfect societies in an uncertain and distant future. Thus,
some go through life offering idyllic worlds and trying to convince
people that, most often, have no interest in risking or losing the
comfort of the routine that provides the world of capital and authority.
Others, determined to fight, do not conceive revolutionary action
outside mass organizations with programs and pompous acronyms. Other
ones, see the revolt as a simple succession of moments of pleasure
without projections or compromises.
However, we opt for a proposal: to fight radically everyday to destroy
all forms of authority and build a free life here and now. So we share
the proposal- by its agreement and coherence with our goals and
anti-authoritarian values, about the proliferation of affinity groups
without hierarchies or specializations, self-organized for multiform
action and informally coordinated with other groups to meet needs,
actions or specific objectives, without waiting for so-called “optimal
conditions” for taking the offensive against Power.
One practical example of polymorphic action of informality.
In November 2009, some months later on since the death of comrade Mauricio
Morales, a solidarity call for a polymorphic action week was proposed
by some comrades on anarchic websites. People from the government tried to
discredit the solidarity call, speaking publicly about leaders and
anarchist delegations arriving in the country.
However, the solidarity call was responded to with street demonstrations,
hooded people attacking prisons walls, incendiary/ explosive attacks,
solidarity events in autonomous centers.
That experience was a beautiful experiment of action in autonomy and
informality and was an offensive expression in the middle of a repressive
context in which the enemy was trying to arrest more people involved in
Various tools, a variety of tactics, one goal: to live free destroying
all forms of authority.
We live our struggle as a dynamic and multifaceted revolt against power,
in which- without centers and peripheries, different fighting tactics
enter into a dialogue. We refuse both keeping a fetish for guns and also
the idea that printed words themselves can raise awareness to the
people. We are not interested in being militarists or prophets. So, we try
to bring the insurrection and anarchy at all levels of life validating
all forms of struggle against power. Our anarchy needs sabotage and
attacks against the Power, but it’s also necessary to distribute printed
words, raising anarchic spaces and militant street demonstrations.
At the same time, claiming a conception of struggle based on agitation and
permanent conflict against power, we do not necessarily measure our
processes with the criteria of victory or defeat. However the fight is
composed by countless battles, events and moments which we are sometimes
roughly beaten and sometimes roughly triumphant.
For all the above, we aim to spread the insurrection against power and
every model of society, not for hegemony or control of struggles, not to
form ‘popular’ Power. We aim to spread and deepen the antiauthoritarian
struggle because we want to destroy the power and not to reform it, we
want to destroy domination and connect with other comrades to deny
this reality and experience freedom and anarchy in the present,
refusing to separate the struggle of our own lives.
All these issues are part of the qualitative growth of some comrades
here in Chile. They are not all the experiences and learnings, but a
cluster of reflections arising from the experience of being a part of
the offensive against power in this territory.
We are what we choose to be.
Permanent anarchic offensive against Power.
For a Black New Year
Solidarity with anarchic prisoners who stand worthy.
Long live anarchy!
Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras. Antiauthoritarian agitation group.
Chile / Black December, 2015.
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