Subcommandante Marcos: Anarchists welcome

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In his latest communiqué Subcommandante Marcos takes a little time to respond to the anti-anarchist campaign launched by the Mexican media and part of the left. Marcos makes clear that those registered to the Escuelita who have asked the Zapatistas to not accept anarchists, and moreover “expected an apology and a purging of the registry”, are not welcome to the school. The Zapatistas invite Mexican anarchists to send them texts which will respond to the accusations against them, and which will be published on the EZLN website.

via: dorset chiapas solidarity

SPECIAL CASES: the Anarchists

Given the anti-anarchist campaign launched by those of “good conscience” and the well-behaved left united in a holy crusade with the old right to accuse the anarchists, young and old, of challenging the system (as if anarchism had another option), including the dismantling of their shows (this thing about turning the lights off, was that so we wouldn’t see the anarchists?), and the repetition ad nauseum of epithets such as “anarcho-hardliners,” “anarcho-provocateur,” “anarcho-thugs,” “anarcho-etcetera” (somewhere I read the epithet “anarcho-anarchist,” isn’t that sublime?), the Zapatista men and women cannot ignore the climate of hysteria that so firmly demands respect for windowpanes (which don’t reveal but rather hide what happens just behind the counter: slave-like work conditions, a total lack of hygiene, poor quality, low nutritional value, money laundering, tax evasion, and capital flight).

Because now, apparently, the robbery poorly disguised as “structural reform,” the assault on the teachers union, the national patrimony “outlet” sale, the theft imposed by the government on the governed through taxation, and the fiscal asphyxiation – which only favors the large monopolies – is the anarchists’ fault.

This includes blame for the fact that now “decent people” don’t go out into the street to protest anymore (“hey but what about the marches, sit-ins, roadblocks, graffiti, flyers…” “Yes, but those are teachers-bus drivers-vendors-students, that is, country bumpkins, and I’m talking people really-truly-from-the Federal District.” “Ah, the mythical middle class, so courted and yet so despised and cheated by the entire political spectrum and all of the media…”), the fact that the institutional left also evicts the protest rallies, the fact that the “only opposition to the regime” has been overshadowed by the nameless again and again, the fact that the arbitrary imposition is now called “dialogue and negotiation,” the fact that the murder of migrants, women, youth, workers, children – all of this is the anarchists’ fault.

For those who fight as and claim the “A,” a flag without a nation or frontiers, and who are part of the SIXTH—but who really are in the struggle, not just as a fashion or a fad—we have, in addition to an embrace of solidarity, a special request.

Anarchist Compas: We Zapatista men and women aren’t going to blame you for our shortcomings (or lack of imagination), nor are we going to hold you responsible for our mistakes, much less persecute you for being who you are. Actually, I should tell you that various invitees to the August course cancelled because, they said, they couldn’t share the classroom with “young people who are anarchist, ragged, punk, pierced, and tattoo-covered,” and that they (those who are not young, nor anarchist, nor ragged, nor punk, nor pierced, nor tattoo-covered) expected an apology and a purging of the registry. They continue to wait in vain.

What we would like to request is that when you register, you submit a text, maximum one-page in length, where you respond to the criticism and accusations that they have leveled against you in the for-profit media. That text will be published in a special section of our website (enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx) and in a magazine-fanzine-or-whatever-it’s-called soon to appear in the globally global world, written and run by indigenous Zapatistas. It will be an honor for us to have your word together with ours in our first issue.

Huh?

Yes, even a page with a single word taking up the whole space counts: something like “LIARS!!” Or something longer, such as “We would explain to you what Anarchism is if we thought you would understand;” or, “Anarchism is incomprehensible to those with little brains;” or, “Real change first appears in the police blotter;” or, “I shit on the thought police;” or the following citation from the book “Golpe y contragolpe” by Miguel Amorós: “Everyone should know that the Black Bloc is not an organization but a tactic of street struggle similar to “Street Fighting [Kale Baroka] that a constellation of libertarian, “autonomous” or alternative groups have been using since the struggles for the squats (“okupations”) in the 1980s in various German cities,” and add something like, “if you are going to criticize something, first do your research. Well-written ignorance is like well-pronounced idiocy: equally useless.”

In any case, I’m sure that you won’t be lacking in ideas.

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8 comments / Σχολια

  1. i grew up in the shadow of a huge federal prison. my family was poisoned by a sexist hierarchical society. i am a union activist. my friend got beat up by the cops the other night on a union picket, taking the beating that was intended for me. u hav more allies than anyone can know. we r organizing in the US, and we r PISSED. we r strong, clever and inventive. i hate cops, i hate racism, i hate sexism, homophobia; i hate war. our day will come comrades. hav courage. a better world’s in birth.

  2. [ένα μέρος του κειμένου μεταφρασμένο]
    Ο Subcommandante Marcos εναντίον της καμπάνιας που εξαπέλυσε κυβέρνηση, αριστερά και μίντια κατά των Αναρχικών στο Μεξικό καλεί τους τελευταίους:

    “Για εκείνους που αγωνίζονται,για και αξιώνουν το «Α» (της Αναρχίας), μια σημαία χωρίς έθνος ή σύνορα, και οι οποίοι αποτελούν μέρος της ΕΚΤΗΣ – που πραγματικά είναι στον αγώνα, όχι μόνο ως μόδα ή μανία-έχουμε, εκτός από μια αγκαλιά της αλληλεγγύης, και μια ειδική αίτηση.

    Συντρόφια Αναρχικοί (Compas Anarchist): Εμείς οι Ζαπατίστας άνδρες και γυναίκες δεν πρόκειται να σας κατηγορήσουμε για τις ελλείψεις μας (ή την έλλειψη φαντασίας), ούτε και θα σας καταστήσουμε υπεύθυνους για για τα λάθη μας, πολύ λιγότερο να σας καταδιώξουμε για αυτό που είστε. Στην πραγματικότητα, πρέπει να σας πω ότι διάφοροι προσκεκλημένοι για το μάθημα του Αυγούστου ακυρώθηκαν , γιατί, όπως είπαν, δεν θα μπορούσαν να μοιραστούν την τάξη με «νέους ανθρώπους που είναι αναρχικοί, κουρελήδες, πανκιά, με σκουλαρίκια, και τατουάζ», και πως (εκείνοι που δεν είναι νέοι, ούτε αναρχικοί, ούτε κουρελήδες, ούτε πανκ, χωρίς σκουλαρίκια, και τατουάζ) περιμένουν μια συγγνώμη και εκκαθάριση του καταλόγου των προσκεκλημένων. Συνεχίζουν να περιμένουν μάταια.

    Αυτό που θα θέλαμε να σας ζητήσουμε είναι ότι όταν δηλώνετε συμμετοχή, μπορείτε να υποβάλετε ένα κείμενο, το πολύ μία σελίδα, όπου θα απαντάτε στις επικρίσεις και τις κατηγορίες που διατυπώθηκαν εναντίον σας από τα κερδοσκοπικά media. Τα κείμενα αυτό θα δημοσιευθούν σε ειδικό τμήμα της ιστοσελίδας μας (enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx) και σε ένα περιοδικό, που σύντομα θα εμφανιστεί σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, που γράφτηκε και διοικείται από ιθαγενείς Ζαπατίστας . Θα είναι μεγάλη τιμή για εμάς να έχουμε το λόγο σας μαζί με το δικό μας στο πρώτο τεύχος μας.

    ΕΕΕ;

    Ακόμα και μια μόνο λέξη σε ολόκληρη τη σελίδα: κάτι σαν «ΨΕΥΤΕΣ!» Ή κάτι περισσότερο: όπως «Θα σας εξηγούσαμε τι είναι ο αναρχισμός, αν πιστεύαμε ότι θα καταλάβετε», ή, «Ο αναρχισμός είναι ακατανόητος σε εκείνους με λίγο μυαλό», ή «η πραγματική αλλαγή εμφανίζεται για πρώτη φορά στο στυπόχαρτο της αστυνομίας», ή, «σκατά στην αστυνομία σκέψης», ή την ακόλουθη παραπομπή από το βιβλίο “Golpe y contragolpe”, του Miguel Amoros «καθένας πρέπει να ξέρει ότι το Black Block δεν είναι μια οργάνωση, αλλά μια τακτική του δρόμου παρόμοια με τους «Μαχητές των δρόμων [Kale baroka]» που ένας αστερισμός από ελευθεριακές «αυτόνομες» ή εναλλακτικές ομάδες έχουν χρησιμοποιήσει, στους αγώνες για τις καταλήψεις, από τη δεκαετία του 1980 σε διάφορες πόλεις της Γερμανίας» και προσθέστε κάτι σαν, «αν πρόκειται να επικρίνεται κάτι, κάντε πρώτα την έρευνά σας. Η καλογραμμένη άγνοια είναι όπως η ηλιθιότητα: Εξίσου άχρηστη.”

    Σε κάθε περίπτωση, δεν θα σας λείψουν ιδέες.

  3. Res Judicata

    Armed and ready in the US

  4. Juan Gonzalez

    The word ‘Anarchism’ comes from the greek (as you surely know better than me, correct me if you are sure i’m wrong) from the prefix “A(n)-” and the suffix “archon” which should mean, to my knowledge, “leader” or “master”.
    It is not an ideology per se but a set of theories and practices which come from the realization of the pervasion of domination in society (through different schemas: capital/labour opposition, state institutions, army, traditional family, religion etc) and to the deconstruction of it (understanding that domination is not “the natural state” of humanity but is immanent, which means that it’s only contingent to the context, and therefore is not welcome.

    Theoretical and/or practical struggle against domination for a free society is the one thing that puts all anarchists together. There are several schools of thought in anarchism, which differ by different approaches to organization (trade-unionist, communalist, confederalist, mutualist, communist), to decision-making mechanisms (votation, consensus) and to struggle (petitions, cultural jamming, occupations, small-level conventional politics, clashes with the police, fund-raising, counterculture, theoretical deconstruction of naturalized schemas, etc.).

    Not all anarchist individuals/groups focus on the same strategy and the same means: some anarchist choose to be nonviolent and to address systemic violence only by creating cooperatives, associations and self-help groups, helping migrants and marginalized people to survive in a hostile capitalist environment, while others choose to fight directly during public manifestations, using some strategies like the “black-bloc” for example (or others of course); and even others decide to act individually for example by trying to propagate the thought, or others even by killing kings and presidents.

    Anarchist are people: they do good and they can do bad. But by principle, anarchists normally believe in pacifism, direct participative and deliberative democracy, federalism, self-management, socialism and in never hurting “lambda citizens” and attacking only those in power (in state’s politics or in powerful corporations) or rather their properties, which are not aknowledged as legitimized.

    The fact is that in anarchist thought, the State, as a specific, historically-situated institutions that monopolize violence and is controlled by an élitarian and restricted oligarchy (and all so-called “democratic states” actually are: although in theory the power is held by “the people”, are the capital owners and the cultural and economic élite to keep the power, the people merely choosing which members of the élite would oppress them. The same thing applies to the capital: capital is created by the appropriation of the work of others (private property) and is legitimized and defended by the arms of the State (whose main task is to maintain property rights and defend social order) and is “stolen” from the workers, which have to submit themselves to firm’s hierarchy and to obey orders, just like in the State (or else, they would lose their own mean of surviving, for the majority of people their wage). So, whatever liberals could say, the choice is a fake choice for the majority of the people.

    In conclusion: anarchism does not mean violence, neither “no rules” nor “no order” or “no organization”, and does not stand for chaos. Anarchism, in the opposite, stands for equality, economic and political direct and participative democracy, and freedom for association and freedom from oppression, the violence of the powerful and systematic theft made by the capital.

    An intheresting thing: the (A) circled, actually is not just a sign but the circle around the “A” is actually an “O”, and means Order! So this sign (A) means: Anarchy is Order (funny, if you though it meant chaos!)<

    Sorry I didn't quote some anarchist thinkers in this comment but I did it very fast since I don't have time. Still, you could read some of the extensive heritage of anarchist though of the last 200 years. I would suggest anybody to start from Joseph Proudhon’s “What is property?”, then read some of Piotr Kropotkin’s “The Conquest of Bread” in order to have a general idea, and then Murray Bookchin’s “Towards an ecological society”, which is my favourite. Of course, there are a lot of other authors which are very important (like Bakunin, Malatesta, Chomsky (yes he is an anarchist!), Durruti, etc.), and some also very critic towards some of the ideas; but I think any anarchist could more or less agree with my view (i hope i’m not wrong!)

    Not the so-called “anarcho-capitalists”, but they are, per definition, not-anarchists (anarchism presupposes collective property and capitalism is per definition based on private property”. Nor the so-called “national-anarchists”, but they aren’t anarchists either since they think in terms of nationalism when nationalism is deconstructed and identity is dynamic in anarchism thought.

    Sorry for the long novel, i hope you can find this useful.

    • “Anarchists normally believe in pacifism” is not correct although it may unfortunately be accurate when applied to white Anarchists in the USA. Most forms of pacifism are authoritarian, acting to prevent people from rational behaviour.

      • Michael Theødosiadis

        I think that the term pacifism has lost its actual meaning. Once used to project struggles that reject armed conflicts, being at the same time associated with anti-militarism whilst advocating collective participation, nowadays it has been degenerated into sheer passiveness. A great percentage of those who call themselves pacifists are practically liberal apologists, as they never challenge the way our hierarchical capitalist society fuels structural violence in various ways; pacifists sometimes go as far as to justify police brutality when somebody is arrested for “violence”. I am sure Juan Gonzalez is not the one that has to be classified into this category. His words denote rejection of fetishism with the spectacle of destruction (which in fact is what the black-bloc stands for).

    • Nonviolence porridge the state. So called “white anarchists” (lo fucking l) are not pacifists. I’ve whirring with many who are solid folks.  No race but the human race, no war but class war.

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