An Open Letter to the “Anarchists” Who Voted for Obama

In a future revolutionary period, the most subtle and most dangerous defenders of capitalism will not be the people shouting pro-capitalist and pro-statist slogans, but those who have understood the possible point of a total rupture. Far from eulogizing TV commercials and social submission, they will propose to change life… but, to that end, call for building a true democratic power first. If they succeed in dominating the situation, the creation of this new political form will use up people’s energy, fritter away radical aspirations and, with the means becoming the end, will once again turn revolution into an ideology. Against them, and of course against overtly capitalist reaction, the proletarians’ only path to success will be the multiplication of concrete communist initiatives, which will naturally often be denounced as anti-democratic or even as.. “fascist”. The struggle to establish places and moments for deliberation and decision, making possible the autonomy of the movement, will prove inseparable from practical measures aimed at changing life.
-Gilles Dauvé: When Insurrections Die (Part 2)

Beloved and respected friends and comrades,

I’ve been putting this off for a little while, because it pertains to those who I “know” only digitally, and those of you whom I know and care for, which is little different than my normal motives for procrastinating. I’m also having difficulty coming to any kind of conclusive conclusion. Sometimes I feel like that straight-edge teen I used to be. The one who had to ignore my friend’s personal habits, if I wanted the friends I had. I’ve since exchanged abstinence for abstention, but the moral highlands get lonely. We all have moments, every day, when our words and actions are not explicitly anarchist ones. That’s no real contradiction. Theory’s theory,  and reality is reality. I lack the formal education to decide at what point (or which actions) we rack up enough ‘un-anarchist’ points to get the discount on gas or free coffee or purged from the Movement.

The recent US national election saw many of you anarchists (outside of the title, I’ll refrain from using quotation marks or “self-described” out of respect) publicly endorse and proudly vote for Barack Obama. I was unaware of the existence of modern anarchists in the US in August of 1999, but when I look back, I can find no evidence of any radical fanfare when Franklin Raines became CEO of Fannie Mae.

Looking back, It seems that anarchist involvement in US political conventions seems to be a baby-boomer contribution. I’m unaware of any anarchist actions at the political party conventions before 1968. Other than the tactical lack of Republican mobs in the street, we seem to harbor a soft spot for the Democrats. Maybe later we can figure that one out and we can also discuss why we even protest the political conventions?

This election, many people who identify as anarchists, saw no contradiction in voting. Some of you weren’t even the “hold your nose and vote” types. Some anarchists seem  proud of themselves, their country, and their candidate, for the moment, but that’s a moment too long. The reasons you gave us were pretty much the same reasons that people who vote democratic tend to give, plus some debatable notions that democratic administrations allow room for social movements to flourish (like they’re mountain lions) and murky stuff about solidarity. Which you may remember is the flipside of my past endorsements of “the worse of two evils”, because “an increase in open repression, privation, and alienation would push our beloved homogeneous masses to open mutiny” and that “republican policies can hasten the end of US empire quicker than the democrats can”. But I was less than half-serious and never actually went through with it. I didn’t have much internet access before the election, so I was unaware of this backslide into electoral superstition.

The  memory escapes me, but I am unaware of democrats nurturing radical social movements, I remember many armed right wing, “partiot”  groups, who are in favor of Jesus, if they don’t consider themselves Jesus. This time around, they can protect us from the UN and the Federal Reserve and al Qaeda in Idaho.  Dubya just didn’t deploy the black helicopters like Clinton did. Conspiracy kingpin, Alex Jones, should be able to afford an island soon. This is good news for the State security apparatus, because the similarities in views, structure, goals, and appearance between the FBI and the theocratic militias is much easier than these years of tormenting Muslims.

Anarchist voters also had to be pretty certain that Obama would govern from the center-right, in the manner expected of a modern US president, because if he was the “marxist” that right-wing radio still maintain he his, the repression against anarchists would likely be swift and brutal, if the 20th century is any indicator. The 21st century hasn’t proven to be much better.

Some of us knew that the campus radicals were easy prey for the democrats. The rise in anarchist votes in the last two elections seems to be reflective of the recent increase in youth turnout, overall, but many comrades who should have known better, “signed their social contract” last week. It’s not hard to see where material conditions become more of a concern as the acceptable age for youthful rebellion in the US is left behind. Add a few kids to that mix, and anything that has an outside chance to make material conditions even slightly less miserable must seem like a real good idea. Besides, who doesn’t crave some legitimacy every now and again and the pressure exerted by the people around you can be great? I also have the luxury of not being canvassed all day by co-workers.

I think that many of the anarchists who are concerned with building a mass movement of some sort, may have been more susceptible to voting. It’s likely some anti-authoritarians wanted to be on the winning team for a change, because there was that kind of group energy and momentum swirling around the Obama campaign, if you were willing to ignore the structure and aims. The business unions may have made voters out of some the anarchists who are there to radicalize the union. Which is telling, as far as the notion of changing the system from within is concerned, as if that one needed another debunking.

We tend to run with a pretty iconoclastic bunch, so it’s easy to forget, but hard to discount the effect that endorsements by some of the leading lights of mainstream anti-authoritarian academia must had. Bill Ayers probably gave Obama some radical credibility. Or was it radical chic? The republicans simply couldn’t grasp the political reality that people like Ayers are big-money liberal fund-raising props, like their wounded troops and police widows. Liberals love proxy violence and armed-struggle; so long as it is from another time or place, as sure as conservatives love US military and police violence. Zapatistas and Sandinistas and aging bombers are venerated money magnets, but break a window at a present day demo or hit a nazi with a stick and their American Exceptionalism is triggered. They’re incensed.

Like christmas, it’s not easy to avoid being sucked into the campaign reality grid, considering the resources expended on sucking us in. Avoiding Obama’s gravitational pull wasn’t easy, either. I guess even I’d seem pretty attractive if I spent $650 million of someone elses money to do so. I love politics as a spectator sport, though and this cycle was particularly entertaining, but I still don’t have a favorite team. Having lived through seven presidents, it wasn’t hard to figure out that the pendulum would favor a democrat this time around. McCain’s dementia-influenced health care plan which I sill can’t comprehend, was a far cry from the Wall Street sanctioned Obama proposal. When the reality that capitalism is just a game we all agree to play wounded the markets, there was no way Obama could lose. It was almost shocking to be reminded that the democrats were ever skilled at the game of elections.

US elections have also proven to be of extra dubious legitimacy lately, and electronic touchscreens have done little to make the results seem more valid. The participation of people I care about does nothing validate that process for me either. The fraud, intimidation, disenfranchisement, and other irregularities make the powerball seem like a better idea.

Does anyone really believe that the aircraft carrier of State can make a quick 180 degree turn, no matter how cool the captain seems? That’s why there are so many bizarre laws still left on the books, it’s not easy to put these things back into the box, Pandora. The State ensures its existence by passing laws, not repealing them. The issues that separate the US parties are meant to stay unresolved, or all they have to differ on is semantics and the parties would go out of business. Abortion & firearms seem to be the defining ones, and both are here to stay. The need to be armed and voluntary eugenics will never go out of style, as long as this system exists. The firearms manufacturers love democratic presidents, who become amazing gun salesmen through hysteria generated by lobbyists and pundits. Dubya was quite the Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Issues that unite the parties include; staying in Iraq, also known as supporting the troops, and as much surveillance as is technologically and near-economically feasible, which is pretty much just not mentioned by politicians or the media, at all. Obama, as you may recall is a-ok with domestic suveillance, and the “War on Terror®” is the replacement for the cold war. I don’t know which of the “changes” you “believed in” but they apparently weren’t in white house staffers, since 37 of the 41 appointed so far were ex-Clinton lackies. Can we look forward to more “workfare”, humanitarian airstrikes, and extra cops, fresh back from Iraq? Elected democrats are often called upon to prove how ‘tough’ they are on certain issues, typically these are mostly things like “Crime”, “Communism/Terrorism,most-isms”, “Drugs” and ocassionally “Poverty” or “Illiteracy”. The last two aren’t as much a priority, because they seldom involve explosions.

I can’t pretend to begin to have anything even resembling a clue, as far as how many of us the US consider themselves to be anarchists. I’d prefer to be wrong, but it can’t be too many. There’s probably a bigger Fiero owners club. In fact, I doubt that if every anti-authoritarian moved to a sparsely populated US state; all of us put together would not be enough to change the outcome of a US election. The math is what makes any argument for voting moot. I thought we knew our votes didn’t count? Had former 1960’s bomber John McCain won the election would that have jogged your collective memories? Would so many have admitted to voting? The folks who took a sabbatical from practicing anarchist theory and voted were not even a factor. Had you all remained proper abstentionists, like a big chunk of the population who don’t consider themselves anarchists, I wouldn’t be wasting a week on this one post.

Once again, it made little difference to the election whether anarchists participated or not, so I guess it shouldn’t matter to me?  I don’t know why I feel a little betrayed, though. Maybe it’s just knowledge of the loss of a shared affinity? After the passage of a little time, I have to question the election as a great historical event. Whites in the US have accepted Tiger Woods as the greatest at an activity that brown-skinned people have traditionally had sense enough to avoid, like skydiving. For 35 years I’ve listened to the blue-collar bigots in my family and neighborhood profess their admiration for Muhammad Ali, a physically dangerous black man with legitimately radical views, who practiced Islam.  As long as our celebreties are attractive enough, race can be easily overlooked.

I guess I didn’t campaign too vigorously against this election, out of guilt, which I imagine is what led you to endorse, campaign, and vote for Obama, and why you are still proud of your vote.

Parts of this will be addressed later, but something had to be said.

Love,

yinsurgent

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Rascists Heart Ron Paul

You’re probably familiar with Ron Paul’s glassy-eyed campus stoners and tin-foil helmet conspiracy nuts who make up his core support. Apparently his message also speaks to the meth-cooks, child rapists, and kiddie porn ehthusiasts who like to play dress up funny cub scout uniforms, with cancer patient hairdos. They showed up in full force (which for them is a half-dozen) to show their support for their “Great White Hope” in Philadelphia last week. They seem to be pretty proud of themselves for it too.

Here are some screen shots that were posted on DC indymedia which show the financial and moral support that Ron Paul is receiving from the Daisy David Dukes and stormfront boneheads of the world:

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Melee in Morristown

At a recent anti-immigration rally in Morristown, NJ a scuffle ensued between some antifa and a mated pair of stormfront boneheads.

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Annette & Frederick K. “Erick_K_W (on Stormfront)” Williams of North Bergen Belividere, NJ

NYC Indymedia & One People’s Project have some more coverage and photos.

July 29, 2007

Wherever neo-Nazis go, injustice follows. Morristown on Saturday was no
different.

After the July 28, 2007 anti-immigrant rally in Morristown, NJ, two
neo-Nazis attacked antifascists behind town hall. The neo-Nazis, 40-year
old Frederick K. Williams (“Erick_K_W” on Stormfront) and Annette
Williams of North Bergen Belvidere, NJ, jumped from their pick-up truck armed with
baseball bats and knives and assaulted pro-immigrant counter-protesters.

After taunting the anti-racist activists who had outed them earlier at
the rally itself, Williams and his wife stopped their truck, exited the
vehicle and pulled a knife on the activists. He lunged at them but was
quickly disarmed and his knife fell to the pavement. A local resident
saw the fight between the older couple and the younger activists and
joined in to support the neo-Nazis, shouting obscenities and dragging
one activist who had just been standing there to the ground. Williams
then pulled out a baseball bat from the rear bed of his pick up truck
and began attacking the anti-racists with it.

By this point, more antifas began rushing to the scene. Williams got
back in his truck and tried to flee, but not before other activists
blocked his Ford pick up from leaving. Moments later, police rushed in,
found Williams’ weapon in the back of his pickup and confiscated it.

Staying true to their fear of authority figures, the Williams’ story
quickly changed, telling police they were the victims of an unprovoked
assault, but other witnesses at the scene and a video of the attack
prove otherwise.

After initially handcuffing the bat-wielding Frederick Williams and
detaining his wife Annette, police then decided to take his word for it
and rounded up several anti-racists who were detained several blocks
away from the incident.

Although they had the bat, the knife and other evidence of the actual
assault right in their hands, no action was taken by police against
Frederick Williams. They then let Williams choose which activists he
wanted to be arrested.

Frederick Williams suffered no more than a few scrapes and bruised ego,
and his wife Annette a bloody lip, while one of those arrested was
beaten with a baseball bat and sustained injuries to his knee and leg.
Again: the neo-Nazis were not arrested or charged by the police.

The New York Times erroneously printed an article using the police
report, based entirely on Williams’ story of the event in direct
contradiction to the statements of other witnesses and the evidence
found on the scene. Where police reported ten activists targeted in the
assault, less than four were involved, and no mention was made in the
article of Williams’ possession of the weapons.

The charges against the activists reflected this: one was charged with
two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, yet fingerprint analysis
will clearly show that the items were wielded by none other than
Frederick Williams. Other charges include simple assault, disorderly
conduct, improper behavior and causing bodily injury. Bails were set
ridiculously high, one with a $5,000 bail with 10% bond, and two of
$2500 cash bail without bond – all for non-indictable offenses (NJ’s
equivalent of a misdemeanor).

Police themselves obstructed the release of the activists, first saying
that they would be released without charges, then that they would have
charges but be released on their own recognizance, then informing the
arrestees’ supporters of the bail amounts eight hours after the initial
arrests – while not stating any of the charges against them.

All of the activists were bailed out within three hours of being
transferred to the Morris County Jail through the efforts of devoted
friends and the support of a strong, dedicated, broad-based and growing
movement committed to standing up in the face of racist attacks,
harassment and lies. Their spirits are high and they are confident that
they will win in court.

The organizers of the anti-immigrant rally, including Mt. Olive blogger
Robb Pearson and the mayor of Morristown, Donald Cresitello, publicly
distanced themselves from charges of racism but seemed to have no
problem with the two dozen or so openly neo-Nazi rally participants at
the event, including Williams. Mayor Cresitello at one point even
stopped his prepared speech to launch a tirade against “Communists and
Marxists.”

Throughout the rally, anti-racists made their presence known in sight
and sound of the racist rally, calling out and exposing the neo-Nazis
present. At one point during the day, after anti-racists identified and
called out several neo-Nazi boneheads in the crowd near town hall, the
boneheads walked over to confront the protesters only to be swarmed. A
tense but non-violent face off ended with the boneheads realizing they
were out of their league. One ran into the local Kings’ supermarket to
hide, while others made a hasty retreat to their car, and drove off.

Perhaps to make up for his less-than-glorious battle for the purity of
the white race, Williams began posting to white supremacist website
Stormfront begging for money and support from other white supremacists,
claiming that antifas dragged him and his wife from his truck and
seriously injured them. Nothing could be further from the truth, a
pathetic cover-up by a neo-Nazi who picked the wrong day to try and
start his own racial holy war on the streets of Morristown.

But now, the neo-Nazis have gone even further, sending anonymous threats
to activists and college students who were not even at the counter-rally
and had only reposted already public calls to action. They have even
begun targeting family members of the arrestees. Several of these
anonymous threats have already been received from anonymous email
addresses. One ready: “This time you went too far, slut. Payback is
indeed a bitch.”

Neo-Nazis have also begun posting photos of other activists online and
calling – not for them to be outed to the public, as anti-racists have
done for Nazis – but to be singled out for assault and perhaps worse.

This only shows exactly what follows when neo-Nazis are allowed to take
the streets or organize unopposed: brutal and cowardly assaults on
unarmed protesters who stand up to their hate.

The neo-Nazis’ actions, their organizing, and their rallies will
continue to be disrupted and shut down in the months to come.

There is already a treasure trove of information on specific and active
white power organizers, including the participants of Saturday’s
assault, and any move or further assault by them will lead us right back
to the source. They will be exposed, they will lose their jobs, and they
may face years behind bars like white supremacist Matt Hale, former head
of the World Church of the Creator, if any harm comes to the activists,
their friends or loved ones. Neo-Nazis will not be allowed to take one
step in their communities and towns without being vilified, exposed to
the light and put in their place at every turn.

After shutting down the World Church of the Creator, after forcing the
National Alliance off the streets, after countering the National
Socialist Movement at every turn and exposing every tiny white power
faction trying to mainstream itself for what they are, they will not
pass. Further organizing by neo-Nazis in the mainstream will only bring
down the movements they try to infiltrate, ruining the careers of any
public figure or politician who flirts with fascism. Further organizing
out of the closet as white power organizations will be dealt a swift
defeat.

Never again means never again.

If you can help with the legal defense in anyway, or help with
information on finding info on who are issuing these threats, please
contact: morristownantifa (at) riseup.net.

Free Trade: Parts is Parts?

Human trafficking is an integral component of any free trade agreement. The boilerplate (Warning: That is a link to scary, official gov’t site, the rest are other views) from the defacto North American Union, the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), is heavily laden with language about “legitimate flow of persons…

The politicians who make noise about “The Border” are pulling a fast one on the minority deluded enough to vote. The State needs to institute a legal indenturing program if for no other reason than to levy taxes against migrant workers. The US economy is propped up on the backs of undocumented workers, and “corporate persons”, the real constituency, no longer respect the make-believe lines that are so important to the flagsucking set.

As if being forced to sell labor isn’t bad enough, the poor may have to guard their vital organs, too. There is apparently a provision in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) that if ratified, clearly states that:

human organs would be marketed just like any other product in international trade.

This could have major implications for English theme restaurants as well as transplant isnitutes.