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Anonymous asked: What is your response to third worldists who say that the first world working class is not revolutionary because "life is pretty good for most people"?

Sounds like something a capitalist would say, in fact that’s one of your average capitalist’s go to arguments, I’m sure we’ve all heard it a million times… But the fact is that life isn’t “pretty good” for most people, unless you actually like spending more time doing a job you dislike than with your friends or family. Just because it’s worse elsewhere doesn’t mean we should be happy pissing our lives away for a wage.. It’s also a fallacy that people need to be immiserated in order to rebel, the workers and students who took to the streets in Paris 68 or in Italy throughout the seventies were enjoying the highest quality of life their families would have ever seen, in relative terms life was better than “pretty good” for them, they worked shorter hours, had better housing, education, healthcare etc etc…but they went out in mass numbers and fought for revolution anyway. 

Today in anarchist history, July 23rd 1892
Alexander Berkman shoots Henry C Frick twice in the neck, stabs him four times. the bastard survives, Alex goes to jail for 14 years, comes out a better, smarter anarchist.
Alexander Berkman - The ABC of Anarchism, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, What Is Communist Anarchism?

Today in anarchist history, July 23rd 1892

Alexander Berkman shoots Henry C Frick twice in the neck, stabs him four times. the bastard survives, Alex goes to jail for 14 years, comes out a better, smarter anarchist.

Alexander Berkman - The ABC of AnarchismPrison Memoirs of an AnarchistWhat Is Communist Anarchism?

Anonymous asked: Are you Slackbastard?

haha nope, but I’ll take that as a compliment, that’s a great blog…

Can’t believe people think I’m Australian, do I not wank on about Celtic enough for you guys?

Anonymous asked: What do you think is the most useful or powerful anarchist symbol? How do you feel about the recuperation of the "circle A" by capitalist subculture? Obviously, symbols we use are less important than what we actually do, but nevertheless, symbolisms and presentation are very important.

Hmmm I have to disagree with you slightly, I really don’t think that individual symbols are all that important, they can become important in the course of a struggle, but I don’t think we can or should bother trying to preempt that… if the worker’s movement of tomorrow doesn’t like red and black flags or circle A’s I for one won’t give a monkeys. It could be pink and purple polka dots, whatever. people who are drawn to anarchism because they like the symbols are often people we could happily do without, in my experience.

Right now symbols are mostly useful for identifying each other - I mean thank god the ancaps have that black and gold thing making them identifiable at a glance… And you’re right, the circle A is next to useless for this now, someone exhibiting that could be anything from a harmless fashion victim to a nazi. In this regard the good old red and black diagonal flag is probably the most trustworthy, you know where you are with one of those.

Students arrested in pro-Palestinian protest in Melbourne

Student demonstrators have been arrested after burning a stolen Australian flag during a protest over Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

The protest by pro-Palestinian student support groups began as a low-key gathering, with only about 20 people taking part.

But the rally escalated when the group burned an Australian and Israeli flag in the foyer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building in Lonsdale Street.

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ntafraidofruins:

One of my pet hates is non-Indigenous people in settler-colonial states trying to promote solidarity with Palestinians by saying ‘imagine that what Israel’s doing in Palestine was happening in the USA/Canada/Australia/New Zealand.

I don’t need to imagine. It did happen in all those places.

That’s not justifying anything Israel’s done. Recognising that genocide and settler-colonialism have happened in other places isn’t minimising Palestinian suffering.

Totally, I see a lot of rhetoric which seeks to mark Israel out as exceptional, like it’s a rogue state - it’s not exceptional, it’s not an evil version of a ‘normal’ western state, it is acting exactly the same way as your country would behave, has behaved, is behaving. There’s nothing unique to Israel about imperialist genocide. In fact this kind of thing can often spill into anti-semitism, because if Israel is uniquely terrible, what is unique about it? It’s Jewishness is the only thing. The fact is that it is acting firmly within the parameters of acceptable behaviour for a self styled “liberal democracy”, and that those acceptable parameters allow for the mass murder of innocent people, always have.

dagwolf replied to your post: The Wakes and friends sing the Fields …

Praise and I are right down there a few feet from the kid on the stage.

Aye I remember you saying you’d been - looks like a proper rammy, I swear by Jinky’s ghost I’ll make it there one day

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The birth of the commodity market marked the formation of capital, the passage from feudal forms of production to the capitalist one. With the entrance of production into its spectacular phase the commodity form has extended to everything that exists: love, science, feelings, consciousness, etc. The spectacle has widened. The second phase does not, as the marxists maintain, constitute a corruption of the first. It is a different phase altogether. Capital devours everything, even the revolution. If the latter does not break from the model of production, if it merely claims to impose alternative forms, capitalism will swallow it up within the commodity spectacle.

Only the struggle cannot be swallowed up. Some of its forms, crystallising in precise organisational entities, can end up being drawn into the spectacle. But when they break away from the deep significance that capital gives to production this becomes extremely difficult.

In the second phase questions of arithmetic and revenge do not make sense. If they are mentioned, they take on a metaphorical significance.

The illusory game of capital (the commodity spectacle) must be substituted with the real game of the armed attack against it for the destruction of the unreal and the spectacle.

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Alfredo Maria Bonanno, Armed Joy, Chapter 8 (via insurrectionsociale)

Genuine question for fellow anarchists who identify with this current:

Given that The Spectacle is  ”a social relation between people that is mediated by images” (Debord), how do you go about mounting an armed attack on it?

(via class-struggle-anarchism)

From my time spent with pro-situs…the answer seems to be not to attack directly the spectacle but attack what produces it: such as it is not possible to attack capitalism directly, it is still indeed possible to attack directly that which reproduces it.

(via workers-against-work)

But don’t we all reproduce capitalism daily? At work, in our home life, we reproduce the social relation that is capital… it’s diffuse among the social body,  like Tronti says: “To struggle against capital, the working class must fight against itself insofar as it is capital.” 

(via class-struggle-anarchism)

Absolutely we do! Hence why the insurrectionists point to the necessity of a rupture with the day-to-day activity of Capitalism as a way out (or how syndicalists would point to a general strike). What’s that R. Vaneigem  that says something like the daily activity of the slave reproduces the reality of the slave. I think this is something where @ists generally differ from Orthodox Marxists (that are into periodisation) because @ists generally hold radical subjectivity to be very important, whereas some Marxists are just waiting for the contradictions of Capital to do the work. 

(via workers-against-work)

Right, so if we are fighting against ourselves insofar as we are capital, it’s not exactly a direct armed attack is it? An armed attack on authority can only target the functionaries of capitalism, not the reproducers of it, because that’s everybody. That Bonanno quote implies that “the illusory game of capital” is something which can be attacked and destroyed from the outside, which for me goes against the key insight of “refusal of work” strategies - Our own productive labour is the power we need to confront - Capital (or the spectacle) is not an external enemy you can point a gun at. You can refuse work and resist the productive and disciplinary regimes that come with it in daily life, but you can’t blow it up, as much as i’d like to.

(via workers-against-work)

"No worker today is disposed to recognize the existence of labor outside capital. Labor equals exploitation: This is the logical prerequisite and historical result of capitalist civilization. From here there is no point of return. Workers have no time for the dignity of labor … Today, the working class need only look at itself to understand capital. It need only combat itself in order to destroy capital. It has to recognize itself as political power, deny itself as a productive force. For proof, we need only look at the moment of struggle itself: During the strike, the ‘producer’ is immediately identified with the class enemy. The working class confronts its own labor as capital, as a hostile force, as an enemy … this is the point of departure not only for the antagonism, but for the organization of the antagonism."

— Mario Tronti, 1972

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The birth of the commodity market marked the formation of capital, the passage from feudal forms of production to the capitalist one. With the entrance of production into its spectacular phase the commodity form has extended to everything that exists: love, science, feelings, consciousness, etc. The spectacle has widened. The second phase does not, as the marxists maintain, constitute a corruption of the first. It is a different phase altogether. Capital devours everything, even the revolution. If the latter does not break from the model of production, if it merely claims to impose alternative forms, capitalism will swallow it up within the commodity spectacle.

Only the struggle cannot be swallowed up. Some of its forms, crystallising in precise organisational entities, can end up being drawn into the spectacle. But when they break away from the deep significance that capital gives to production this becomes extremely difficult.

In the second phase questions of arithmetic and revenge do not make sense. If they are mentioned, they take on a metaphorical significance.

The illusory game of capital (the commodity spectacle) must be substituted with the real game of the armed attack against it for the destruction of the unreal and the spectacle.

"

Alfredo Maria Bonanno, Armed Joy, Chapter 8 (via insurrectionsociale)

Genuine question for fellow anarchists who identify with this current:

Given that The Spectacle is  ”a social relation between people that is mediated by images” (Debord), how do you go about mounting an armed attack on it?

(via class-struggle-anarchism)

From my time spent with pro-situs…the answer seems to be not to attack directly the spectacle but attack what produces it: such as it is not possible to attack capitalism directly, it is still indeed possible to attack directly that which reproduces it.

(via workers-against-work)

But don’t we all reproduce capitalism daily? At work, in our home life, we reproduce the social relation that is capital… it’s diffuse among the social body,  like Tronti says: “To struggle against capital, the working class must fight against itself insofar as it is capital.” 

(via workers-against-work)

"

The birth of the commodity market marked the formation of capital, the passage from feudal forms of production to the capitalist one. With the entrance of production into its spectacular phase the commodity form has extended to everything that exists: love, science, feelings, consciousness, etc. The spectacle has widened. The second phase does not, as the marxists maintain, constitute a corruption of the first. It is a different phase altogether. Capital devours everything, even the revolution. If the latter does not break from the model of production, if it merely claims to impose alternative forms, capitalism will swallow it up within the commodity spectacle.

Only the struggle cannot be swallowed up. Some of its forms, crystallising in precise organisational entities, can end up being drawn into the spectacle. But when they break away from the deep significance that capital gives to production this becomes extremely difficult.

In the second phase questions of arithmetic and revenge do not make sense. If they are mentioned, they take on a metaphorical significance.

The illusory game of capital (the commodity spectacle) must be substituted with the real game of the armed attack against it for the destruction of the unreal and the spectacle.

"

Alfredo Maria Bonanno, Armed Joy, Chapter 8 (via insurrectionsociale)

Genuine question for fellow anarchists who identify with this current:

Given that The Spectacle is  ”a social relation between people that is mediated by images” (Debord), how do you go about mounting an armed attack on it?

The Wakes and friends sing the Fields of Athenrye at the Celtic - St Pauli party 2011

Seeing as the idea of a blanket ban on Palestine flags seems to have originated on facebook it may be a rumour - but I know for a fact that fans have had Palestine flags taken from them in the past, antifa flags too, it’s probably more ‘at their discretion’ than a complete ban.

Of course, the fact that it’s a rumour doesn’t mean it didn’t originate with the Police, they deal in rumours preferentially. You never see a named police source for this kind if thing,  look at the Mark Duggan case and all the many lies that were spread about him in the immediate aftermath, or John Charles de Menezes ‘jumping the barrier’. All lies, all rumours, all spread by the murdering bastards in the police force.