Posts Tagged ‘Analysis’
Debriefing and propositional statement of comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis to the comrades (Greece)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
On the 21st of October, around 11pm, together with one more person, I made an appropriation of a state casino shop in Cholargos (suburb of Athens). Before our departure from the shop the rifle that was used for our self defense passed from the other person’s hand to mine. An automatic rifle, if available, is a convincing deterrent during any act that may come into confrontation with the murderous mercenaries of capitalism. Bastards like those who tortured to death George Floyd, the same bastards who gang killed Zak Kostopoulos, who was already wounded by the fascist shop-owners in a pedestrian road, in the middle of the day, in the city center, bastards who, shortly after, killed Embouka Mamasoubek inside a police station, and whose names are still kept secret, having enjoyed the full cover of the then leftist government and bourgeois justice, these bastards don’t understand any other language than the one they have learned to implement.
The moment I took the weapon, it fired, due to my negligence. The bullet hit my leg. After leaving the place, I sought refuge at the nearby home of an old friend. Estimating that very soon the repression mechanisms and their minions, the regime’s journalists, would publish my photo, I decided to evacuate a flat in which I was storing a number of tools for the resistance, with the aim to rescue them. So these tools ended up in the house where I had gone wounded, and from there into the warehouses of the militarist-statist rulers, about two weeks after my injury. (more…)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
The reasons for opposing the 5G network are many, often overshadowed by the predominant (and absolutely legitimate) concern driven by an extremely noxious technology that will invade bodies and spaces with grave consequences from the point of view of health and environmental pollution. But when it comes to 5G we cannot just think of a mere advancement of the current 4G network, therefore a more rapid way of navigating. When we talk of 5G we can’t even see it as “just” yet another toxicity, and oppose it exclusively in terms of health safety of individuals and protection of the environment. The 5G network is above all a necessary infrastructure for the various actors in the field. For the bosses to increase profits on the backs of the workers; for States to increase social control within national borders, and to better orchestrate military operations on the various war fronts.
Let’s take a look at these aspects…
Yet another infrastructure for the bosses’ benefit
The 5G network will permit more simultaneous connections and passing of data with zero delay. These characteristics are fundamental for the large scale explosion of technologies that use Artificial Intelligence. As we know, Artificial Intelligence is becoming part of the production process by replacing human labour (or trying to).
Thus the worker is becoming more and more dependent on a mechanism, often without knowing how it works, more and more alienated, more and more dominated by work rhythms dictated from above. Their autonomy can only be reduced. They are no longer a protagonist but the terminal of a machine which, if it doesn’t overwhelm them, is because it has already kicked them out of the production process and taken their place. The 5G network corresponds more to the needs of industrialists than to those of average users (as they want us to believe). In fact, the Industry 4.0 model foresees that industrial plants (manufacturing, post-production and energy generation) will benefit from services created on the new mobile network. (more…)
Tags: 5G, Analysis, Anti-Militarism, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biometrics, Corealis, Facial Recognition, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Horizon 2020, Internet of Things, Italy, Livorno, Smart Cities, Surveillance
Posted in Social Control
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Rest in power Baba Kilindi.
Tags: Analysis, Anti-Psychiatry, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bitcoin, Infrapartical Intelligence, Kilindi Iyi, Nanotechnology, Organic Singularity, Psilocybin, Psychedelics, Technological Singularity, USA
Posted in Cognitive Liberty
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 2020
“…Anarchism is either illegal or it’s not anarchism. That is its essence and its meaning. Its nature. For the same reason, it sometimes seems so obvious to us that we forget to insist punctiliously on the anti-authoritarian and therefore, the consequently anti-systemic character of anarchism. Rabidly anti-systemic! We are against all authority. That is our maxim… That we are against the system of domination, that we are fighting against the social order as a whole, we are objecting to its order and the laws that support it. All laws have been and will be made to give legal support to oppression and domination…”
– Gustavo Rodriguez
This is an appeal to our friends, to our comrades, like-minded and not so like-minded. A warm invitation to practice beautiful disobedience and take back our lives. A call to conflict against all that exists here and now, assuming the consequences of a life at war.
For anyone who lives in the territory dominated by the Argentine State, or almost anywhere in the world, currently there is a state of alert in the face of the current situation. The appearance and expansion of covid-19 quickly became a global problem, and while we do not want to question its existence or veracity, we want to show how the “epidemiological outbreak” unmasks the harmfulness of the class society and neoliberal capitalism maintained by the States its main economic groups. (more…)
Monday, June 22nd, 2020
Jack Halberstam, un conocido teórico queer, comprometido con el «proyecto antisocial» y, activo militante contrasexual, da inicio a su libro El arte queer del fracaso
i, con un exergo irreverente y divertido, tomado del capítulo 20 de la primera temporada de Bob Esponja, que invita a la reflexión:
Don Cangrejo: ¡Y justo cuando crees que has encontrado la tierra prometida, te cogen de los pantalones y te suben arriba, y más arriba, y más arriba, y MÁS ARRIBA, hasta que te suben a la superficie, dando coletazos y jadeando para respirar! Y entonces te cocinan, y te comen… ¡o algo peor!
Bob Esponja (aterrorizado): ¿Qué puede ser peor que eso?
Don Cangrejo (en voz baja): Una tienda de regalos.ii
Halberstam, conservando ciertos «aires de familia» con la perspectiva queer anarco/nihilista, establece una analogía entre los miedos que horrorizan a Bob Espoja y, nuestras amenazas cotidianas en esta muerte en vida que impone la dominación: «Bob Esponja quiere saber cuál es la alternativa a trabajar todo el día para Don Cangrejo, o a ser capturado en la red de los objetos del capitalismo cuando intenta escapar»iii. Su libro, como nos advierte desde el primer párrafo de su Introducción, «es una especie de “Guía Bob Esponja” de la vida» donde abandona el «idealismo de la esperanza». Apoyándose en la «baja teoría» que toma prestada y adapta de los estudios culturales de Stuart Hall, apuesta por la reivindicación del fracaso que «conserva algo de la maravillosa anarquía de la infancia y perturba el supuesto claro límite entre adultos/as y niños/as, entre vencedores/as y perdedores/as. Y aunque es cierto que el fracaso viene acompañado de un conjunto de afectos negativos, como la decepción, la desilusión y la desesperación, también nos da la oportunidad de utilizar esos afectos negativos para crear agujeros en la positividad tóxica de la vida contemporánea»iv (subrayado mío). (more…)
Friday, June 19th, 2020
The following interview is the 3rd part in an ongoing dialogue between anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, who is currently imprisoned at Ferrara Prison, and the editors of the Italian anarchist newspaper Vetriolo [Vitriol]. As far as we know, the first part of the interview has not been made available in English, however part two was translated by the Abolition Media Worldwide comrades in April 2019. Vetriolo have published the interview in parts, and have plans to publish the interview in its entirety in a forthcoming publication. We hope that we have captured the original spirit of the interview with our translation, however we are acutely aware of the possibility that some errors may have been made and we welcome any correspondence regarding any errors that may need correcting. To request copies of Vetriolo, they can be contacted via vetriolo[at]autistici.org
In some of your recent writings you have wanted to open a debate on: action and affinity groups, individual actions, claims of responsibility, ways to informally organize oneself among anarchists and propaganda through direct action. There are many different experiences that reach the present day, many and diverse within the different tensions of anarchism. We do not believe that there is, for the anarchism of action, an unavailability or impossibility with respect to the current historical context. Anarchists, in different ways and in every age, have always acted “here and now”. We would like to ask you, evaluating these experiences and different ways of acting and organizing in a horizontal and anti-authoritarian way: could one say that there is, especially in Italy, an ideological prejudice against “informal organization”, “anarchist groups”, and “claims of responsibility”? Equally, is the debate, which often ends up in mockery for its own sake, far from being able to confirm absolute validity or theoretical-practical evidence regarding “reproducibility, informality, anonymity”, in the Italian context conditioned by methodical, functional and a priori productive calculations, in a distorted logic of “factions”?
The “ideological” prejudice against informal organisation here is nothing new. Although there is no doubt that some concretizations of informal practice are more acceptable to “classical” anarchist organising than others. The “small” reproducible, unclaimed actions against structures of domination, without initials of any kind, create fewer problems than actions that endanger the lives of men and women in power, especially if these are claimed with initials that have a constancy over time. The former compared to the latter are more acceptable to the “movement” for the simple reason that they give rise to less intense repression by the State. The rejection of insurrectionism or informal experiences such as FAI/FRI by “classical” anarchism is almost always motivated as an “ethical” rejection of violence and specifically of certain actions (bomb attacks, arson attacks, parcel bombs, knee-cappings, expropriations…). (more…)
Tags: Alfredo Cospito, Analysis, Black International, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Insurrection, International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Italy, Roberto Adinolfi, Vetriolo
Posted in Interviews
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
“…establecer, fuera de toda política burguesa, la solidaridad de la acción revolucionaria…”
Las redes de apoyo mutuo, las redes vecinales, el voluntariado (o los asalariados), los bancos de alimentos, todo el inmenso aparato surgido en pocas semanas para contener las desastrosas consecuencias económicas y sociales que la pandemia ha provocado han acaparado la atención de muchas, bien sea por altruismo, bien sea por pura y simple necesidad. Y es normal, dado que como en cualquier crisis que atraviese el sistema capitalista, las consecuencias más graves las sufren en mayor medida aquellos que previamente a la crisis estaban ya jodidos, es decir, los y las pobres, en Madrid o en Sebastopol. Los capitalistas siguen una sencilla lógica: socializar las pérdidas, cuando las haya, y acaparar los beneficios, siempre. Es una de las lógicas que atraviesan una sociedad dividida entre explotados y explotadores, entre gobernados y gobernantes. (more…)
Friday, June 12th, 2020
—Al querido Gabriel Pombo Da Silva y a todas las compañeras y compañeros secuestrados por el Estado en estos días de la plaga.
El carácter multidimensional de la «crisis» actual nos recalca que la «emergencia sanitaria» originada por la Covid-19 es solo una de sus diversas facetas. Vivimos una «crisis sitémica» –como rezan los «expertos»– donde la pandemia es el rostro visible del experimento en curso en el que se enfrentan con ahinco dos modelos de capitalismo con sus rivalidades geopolíticas. A todas luces, lo que está en crisis en este mundo tripolar (Rusia/China/Estados Unidos) es la totalidad del paradigma de dominación existente, engendrado en las entrañas del progreso con el estallido de la Segunda Revolución Industrial. O, lo que es lo mismo, la hegemonía del consenso de Washington (hoy mal llamado neoliberalismo), entendido como la voz de mando del proceso de globalización económica, cultural y política, que ha impuesto como patrón universal de gestión política a la democracia representativa (partidocracia) y, al actual modelo de expansión y acumulación de capital, como ejemplo de gestión económica.
La dominación moderna ha alcanzado su límite objetivo, generando gran escepticismo en torno al sistema y sus instituciones. Esta evidencia ha provocado una metamorfosis que está dando paso al nuevo sistema de dominación. Maquillada con la soflama del «capitalismo consciente» la nueva dominación se impone, instaurando una administración política aún más autoritaria y un capitalismo con «impacto social» mucho más regulado y centralizado, infundido en los preceptos de la Cuarta Revolución Industrial (4IR, por sus siglas en inglés);1 o sea, en la reconfiguración de la gestión capitalista en el Siglo XXI a través de la implantación de nuevas tecnologías, consolidando su infraestructura en el Internet de las cosas. (more…)
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
PDF: Dark Nights #49
Anarchist newsletter with info about the coming international meeting against the techno-prison world taking place in Italy, an article against the new social transformations of 4IR, report about 5G sabotage in UK and a quick point at two corporate targets in UK.
1. ‘Against the Fourth Industrial Repression’ – The Acorn
2. 2nd International Meeting: 3 Days Against Techno-Sciences, Italy
3. 5G Arson Sabotage, Conspiracy Theories and UK
4. Corporate Enemies List – Facelift + KN Group
SABOTAGE THE TECHNO-INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM
Print, copy and distribute…
Tags: 5G, Analysis, Anti-technology, Dark Nights, Facelift (Cherry Pickers), Fourth Industrial Revolution, Italy, KN Group / KN Circet, PDF, Sabotage, Technological Singularity, Zine
Posted in Library
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
By Gianfranco Sanguinetti
We are sharing, with many thanks to the author, this English translation of an important article written in April 2020.
The conversion of the Western representative democracies to a completely new form of despotism has, on account of the virus, assumed the juridical features of a force majeure (in jurisprudence, as is well known, force majeure is a case of exonerated responsibility). And so the new virus is at the same time both a catalyst for the event and a distraction for the masses through fear. (1)
For all the hypotheses I have put forth, since my book On Terrorism and the State (1979), regarding the manner in which this conversion (ineluctable, in my eyes) from formal democracy to despotism would be made, I must confess that I never imagined it would happen on the pretense of a virus. But the ways of the Lord are truly infinite. As are those of Hegel’s cunning of reason.
The sole reference, it can truly be said, as prophetic as it is disturbing, is one I found in an article by Jacques Attali, former boss of EBRD [European Bank for Reconstruction and Development], written for L’Express during the epidemic of 2009: (2)
If the epidemic becomes a little more serious, which is possible, since it is transmittable by humans, it will have truly planetary consequences, both economic (the models suggest a loss of three trillion dollars, that is a 5% drop in global GDP) and political (due to risks of contagion). It would therefore be necessary to establish a global police force, a global stockpile, and therefore a global fiscal policy. We would then—much sooner than economic reasons alone would have allowed—come to establish the basis for an actual global government.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Original article by Adrienne Onday.
When I was an undergrad, I had to fight so many people to allow my voice and opinions to be heard. The central point of my struggle as a young activist then was to get formally organized activists to realize that speaking up is a form of action, too; that not being part of any organization or not being as physically and publicly active in political struggles as they were didn’t mean you weren’t one; that just because someone isn’t doing activism and radicalism the exact same way the established Left does, doesn’t mean they aren’t activists or radicals.
At the time, I was a middle-class kid tied to my meager-for-a-middle-class-kid allowance, my home life, and my mental health struggles. I couldn’t leave our house as much even if I tried because I didn’t have the money to, nor did I have parental permission to go to faraway (anything beyond Quezon City was far to my Marikina-based family) political events that typically last into the night. I also had to deal with crippling anxiety—I used to have attacks at least once a week, and having an attack in public where I knew no one well enough who could help me or send me to safety would not have been a good situation for me. These attacks, growing frequent around 2013 when I started university, lasted well into 2016-2017, when I started becoming more visible at protests and the general political sphere. (more…)
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Una considerable parte de la antropología actual (ej: Sahalius, R.B.Lee) ha eliminado virtualmente aquella vieja y dominante concepción que definía a la prehistoria de la humanidad en términos de escasez y brutalidad. Como si las implicaciones de esto no fueran ampliamente entendidas, pareciera que esta creciendo una percepción de lo vasto de esa época como una de plenitud y gracia. Nuestro actual momento en la tierra, caracterizado por algo muy opuesto a esas cualidades, se encuentra en la profunda necesidad de revertir la dialéctica que arrancó esa plenitud de nuestra vida como especie.
La vida en la naturaleza, antes de que la abstrajéramos, debió haber envuelto una variedad de contactos y percepciones que apenas y podemos comprender debido a nuestros altos niveles de angustia y alienación. La comunicación con todo lo existente debió haber sido un exquisito juego de todos nuestros sentidos, reflejando las incontables e innombrables variedades de placeres y emociones a las que alguna vez tuvimos acceso.
Para Levy-Bruhí, Durkheim y otros, la diferencia cardinal y cualitativa entre la “mente primitiva” y la nuestra es su falta de separación al momento de la experiencia; “la mente salvaje totaliza”, como Levi-Strauss señaló. Desde luego se nos ha enseñado por mucho tiempo que esta unidad original estaba destinada a desmoronarse, que la alienación es la provincia del ser humano: la conciencia depende de eso. (more…)
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
Written by Malaginoo.
The Philippine government is another step closer to revealing its true self: an undemocratic, oppressive entity ready to protect and serve the interests of the powerful, wealthy, and privileged few. Before there was talk of lockdowns and quarantines during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the issue of updating the Human Security Act, a law defining the parameters of terrorism. After many days and weeks of politicking, grandstanding, and red-tagging, Congress unveiled the 2020 Anti-Terror Bill.1
In it, the government aims to strip whatever semblance of constitutional liberties and rights are left after the Duterte administration’s stints into extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses, that have claimed upwards of 5,000 lives and left indelible marks on the lives of countless Filipino families.2
On the 28th of February 2020, the Senate passed their version of the Anti-Terror bill, with 19 senators voting yes, and only 2 voting no.3 Debate still rages in the House of Representatives on its merits and its dangers,4 however, as of the 29th of May, two congressional committees approved the Anti-Terror Bill.5 As the people of the archipelago face the greatest health crisis of this century without mass testing, public safety, and financial stability, Congress is trying to take advantage of us while we are down and already suffering from pandemic and the excesses of government. (more…)
Sunday, May 17th, 2020
The counter-information site La Rebelion de las Palabras recently discontinued their blog. Below is a translated statement about their reasons to do so.
Since the emergence of what is termed the International Network of Counter-Information and Translation in the anarchic sphere, a multitude of individuals and groups construct and maintain regular and not so regular transmissions, crossing borders and bringing news of resistance and repression further than before. The limits of these new-medias, not so new after years of development and recuperation, are increasingly being known, and many counter-information groups have added to the debate with their contributions, ongoing or usually at the closure of their site with their own reflections.
For some time now, we have been internally questioning the real usefulness of this blog for social movements, or revolutionaries, in our environment and beyond. We have tried to review which were really our contributions to the fight and which, on the other hand, only contributed to the spectacle, the folklore, and a purely aesthetic radicalism. We wanted to look back, see the changes in the news and materials, the drifts we had taken, a little driven by our own criteria, but also by fluctuations in the type of content that came to us. Through this exercise, we realized that we also had another need. It had to do with the way in which certain movements or spaces of struggle perceived us and did or did not count on us as a space for dissemination of their initiatives, calls, projects or reflections. And this, in turn, led us to the situation we have now. (more…)
Saturday, May 16th, 2020
Abstract: The politics in the Philippine archipelago is dominated by hierarchical and alienating politics as represented by reformism and National Democracy. Against these the paper forwards the liberatory politics of anarchism. The paper introduces anarchist concepts such as egalitarian organizing, mutual aid, and direct action for people unfamiliar with these concepts. After situating anarchism in the anti-authoritarian struggles in the archipelago, the paper also argues for a shift in the anarchist politics of the archipelago from an autonomist anarchism towards a revolutionary politics as a social movement.
There is a necessity for a liberatory politics in the Archipelago known as the Philippines and as anarchists we think Anarchism has the framework to fill this need. The dominant forms of politics we have now are insufficient for developing a liberatory politics in the archipelago. This liberatory politics becomes a necessity because politics in the Philippines is currently an alienating affair—a politics done to people rather than people doing politics. We are also dominated by domineering structures and institutions like the market, capitalism, and the state. Against these we forward the liberatory politics of anarchism for a world beyond domination.