Posts Tagged ‘Interview’
Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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C.I. Cuéntanos, qué repercusiones han tenido tus contribuciones en la galaxia anarquista, y cómo ves la acogida y/o rechazo –dependiendo de los sectores– a las reflexiones que haces, particularmente sobre la participación de lxs individuxs y grupos anárquicos en movimientos populares y luchas intermedias, tal como lo expresas en la trilogía Cartas a un/a chileno/a sobre la situación actual (I, II, III), sincronizado con los conflictos sociales de esta región, iniciados el 18 octubre del 2019 hasta antes del confinamiento por el Covid-19. ¿Crees que es importante nuestra participación en los movimientos populares y en el desarrollo de las luchas intermedias?
G.R. Desconozco si mis aportaciones han tenido algún tipo de “repercusión” en la galaxia anárquica y, mentiría si comento sobre la posible acogida o el rechazo de estas reflexiones. Es innegable que circulan y se difunden, lo que puede sugerir la existencia de un pequeñísimo “círculo receptor” pero, es imposible conocer el grado de aceptación o rechazo que tienen. Lo cierto, es que no estoy interesado en persuadir a nadie. Dentro de las limitaciones teóricas y, desde mi formación autodidacta y antidisciplinaria, he tratado de plasmar algunas reflexiones abriendo interrogantes. Es decir, me abstengo de dar respuestas. Hago hincapié en nuestras carencias y debilidades, con el propósito de estimular la reflexión de todas y todos los compañeros afines. Pero, cuando insisto en incitar la “reflexión”, no me refiero a profundizar en nuestras cavilaciones ni a entregarnos a la meditación abstracta ni a abonar nuevas páginas a la filosofía ni nada por el estilo. Se trata de “ver”. Es decir, abrir los ojos y echar un vistazo a lo que nos rodea. Algo que el animal humano ha dejado de hacer desde hace mucho tiempo en su afán de distanciarse de los demás animales en busca de un “propósito de vida”; lo que le ha llevado a crear en el inconsciente colectivo (con todas las implicaciones fascistas del término junguiano) el “mundo feliz” de Ciudad Esmeralda –la mágica tierra del Mago de Oz(1)– y a hacer obligatorio el uso de gafas verdes, para que los ilusos crean que todo lo que les rodea son esmeraldas. (more…)
Friday, November 6th, 2020
In the end of October 2020 we had the opportunity of talking to a comrade from Greece about the murder of antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (Killah P) in 2013 and the recent trial against the neonazi party Golden Dawn. Furthermore, she talks to us about the local context, the reactions on different levels to the verdict and what follows for the antifascist struggle.
Length: 34:05 min
You can find other English audios as well as all issues of the monthly anarchist show “Bad News” here.
Thursday, October 8th, 2020
“Andare alla radice”
È uscito l´opuscolo “Andare alla radice” contenente un intervista di John Zerzan a Marco Camenisch.
In una soleggiata cucina del sudest della Svizzera ho preso parte a questa magnifica conversazione con uno dei miei eroi, Marco Camenisch, e un caro amico che gli aveva più volte fatto visita durante i molti anni passati in prigione. Quest’incontro aveva per me un valore importantissimo, soprattutto perché, a differenza di Matteo, avevo conosciuto Marco solo la notte prima. Scriversi è una cosa, per quanto molto preziosa, ma di certo nulla può sostituire la possibilità di sedere faccia a faccia, l’uno di fronte all’altro. La nostra causa comune, per come la vedo io, è quella di eliminare la civilizzazione, la sua marcia funebre, e sostituirla con comunità di rapporti diretti, faccia a faccia. La società di massa ha soppresso la comunità. Ogni volta che ci s’incontra, come nel nostro caso, ci si prepara al suo ritorno. La nostra esplorazione ha ravvivato in ciascuno di noi l’anelito profondo per un nuovo mondo. È presente in ognuno, per quanto soffocato o deformato, nonostante le mastodontiche e onnipresenti forze contrarie. Le ore passate in così buona compagnia mi hanno rigenerato, stando assieme a guerrieri che non si arrendono. Prima di tornare in Italia con Matteo, ho salutato Marco che stava pulendo il pavimento della cucina della casa dove alcuni compagni ci avevano ospitato. Sorrideva e canticchiava, e questo mi ha reso ancor più felice!
Eugene, Oregon, febbraio 2020
“Andare alla radice”
The booklet “Going to the root” has been published with an interview by John Zerzan with Marco Camenisch.
In a sunny southeastern Swiss kitchen I took part in this wonderful conversation with one of my heroes, Marco Camenisch, and a dear friend who had visited him several times during his many years in prison. This meeting had a very important value for me, especially because, unlike Matteo, I had met Marco only the night before. Writing is one thing, though very precious, but certainly nothing can stop you from sitting face to face, one in front of the other. Our common cause, as I see it, is to eliminate civilization, its funeral march, and replace it with a community of direct, face-to-face relationships. Mass society has suppressed the community. Every time we meet, as in our case, we prepare for its return. Our exploration has enlivened in each of us the deep yearning for a new world. It is present in each one of us, no matter how stifled or deformed, despite the mastodontic and omnipresent opposing forces. The hours spent in such good company have regenerated me, being together with warriors who do not give up. Before returning to Italy with Matteo, I said goodbye to Marco who was cleaning the kitchen of the house where some of our comrades had hosted us. He was smiling and humming, and that made me even happier!
Eugene, Oregon, February 2020
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Words. Mere Words. The pages that follow are in part transcriptions of the spoken word—‘the wonder worker that is no more’, as Emma Goldman wrote wistfully over one hundred years ago when referring to the inadequacy of the spoken word to awaken thought and shake people out of their lethargy. Here in the twenty-first century anarchists no longer talk about spoken propaganda to awaken the masses, bemoaning the absence of orators such as Johann Most or Luigi Galleani. In rare encounters organized by comrades today ‘the masses’ are noticeably absent, they don’t even enter the equation. Organized meetings or ‘talks’ as they are dully referred to are well-attended if there are 50–100 comrades. But there is no need for panic. Now all but the most disconnected fossilized anarchists have moved beyond aims of a quantitative growth in a hypothetical anarchist movement—where discourses addressed ‘to the masses’ have degenerated into an insulting populism—to the elaboration of ideas and methods addressed towards immediate action and attack on power in all its forms. Numbers have ceased to be important for anarchists as a prerequisite for attack. The illusion of ‘Le Grand Soir’ was a wonderful dream, it kept the flame flickering and thousands of militants waiting in the wings.
No, lack of numbers is no cause for alarm. They are there, the exploited, all around us—are also ‘us’—and could take us by surprise again at any moment (as could we ourselves). In the realm of the quantitative our task is to experiment and spread an insurrectional method for the self-organization of the necessary destruction of power and subjugation. Small groups with intermediate destructive aims based on affinity that can multiply, spread horizontally and coordinate, without limit. The apparent rift between anarchist theory and practice thus disappears along with the false conflict between individual and mass, and not least the conviction that the tenets of anarchism must be espoused by the exploited before they can fight for their own freedom along with that of others. An informal practice of attack leads to freedom revealing itself qualitatively, in leaps and bounds, far from the straight line of quantity, education, progress and waiting. (more…)
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Sunday, August 15th, 2010
(The hearing for the appeal of anarchist comrade George Voutsis-Vogiatzis, arrested for bank robbery, was set for June 7th, 2010 but was postponed for May 6th, 2011. Here’s a translated interview he gave to the newspaper “Proto Thema” on May 9th 2010)
-The tragic account of the march last Wednesday counts three deaths, among them a pregnant woman, which with other victims were locked inside Marfin bank. Murders attributed to the anarchists Molotov…
The emotional and political gap in the last hours after the death of the three workers in the bank from asphyxiation can not be described in words or replaced by actions, counterbalancing or convictions. The value of human life when its not jointly responsible for the criminal plans of authority is the purest in the world. Of course, the anarchist movement is not accountable towards this event. Anarchists are not representatives of abstract violence. Anarchists express revolutionary violence. A violence expressed by targeting state and capital. The operation of de-politicizing the anarchist movement will not work for them again. Anarchists are proving, especially in recent years, through carrying out attacks with Molotov cocktails, gas canisters and other means of action against targets of authority that they never turned against the life of the workers since in every case, people involved in those actions first make sure to evacuate the buildings or attacking them at night when they are closed. (more…)