US, Washington DC: windows smashed, etc., in anti-Trump protests…report of dockers in Oakland effectively going on strike...Chile, Santiago: clashes with cops as Mapuche Indians demonstrate…US, Dakota: further clashes over pipeline construction…India, West Bengal: farmers protesting power station construction burn cop cars & cop bus…Malta: home of sergeant major with prison connections in arson attack…Tunisia: protesters block president’s route as demonstrations against unemployment spread throughout country on 6th anniversary of ousting of Ben Ali…Métlaoui: freight train wagon burnt out by protesters…Menzel Jemil: police station attacked with molotovs…Brazil, Recife: barricade of burning tyres in middle of main avenue during movement against fare hikes…Tunisia: clashes with cops, burning barricades & roads blocked in 3 cities as general strike develops against unemployment …Sbeïtla: protestors confiscate governor’s car & attack governorate’s HQ…Brazil, Sao Paulo: banks & luxury shops attacked on demo against increased fare prices…Palestine (Gaza strip): clashes with Hamas’ cops as thousands protest electricity cuts…Peru, Lima: clashes as road tolls are imposed…Australia, Victoria: another mini-riot in a youth injustice centre…Sydney: struggle against road construction/tree destruction continues…Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid: riots over unemployment continue after a series of self-immolations…Ben Guerdane: clashes with cops over closure of border crossing with Lybia in town dependent on cross-border trade…Colombia, Atlantico: “leader”denounces riot by motorbike taxi drivers protesting his arrest; town hall stoned…Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid: governor’s HQ smashed up in city that sparked Arab Spring…Australia, Sydney: resistance to tree destruction for road construction leads to clashes with cops…Brazil, Teresina: bus burnt in movement against fare increases...
“Taking up the violence of the delinquents on the plane of ideas”
Rudolf Rockers, Hegel’s Angels, Debord’s Deadbeats,
Vaneigem’s Vandals, the Bakunin and Marx Brothers and Sisters,
Skins for Skepticism, Mods against Post-modernism,
Punks for Proletarian Praxis, Rühle’s Ruthlessly Critical Rude Boys,
Hippy Hooligans Against Hierarchical Hegemony,
Grunge Greasers From Gründrisse,
Teds against tedium, & Crips for Creative Critique
One of the aims of the ruling show is to get people to believe that they have a better chance of living if they remain on their knees. But realistically, the choice today is increasingly no longer a question of it being better to die on our feet or to live on our knees, but a choice between dying on our knees or living and dying on our feet. Fairly good chance that we’ll be fucked if we get off our knees, but for sure, we’ll be even more fucked if we don’t.
“…that paradoxical feeling …..of living in a world without any possible escape, in which there was nothing for it but to fight for an impossible escape…”
– Victor Serge
Never before has a global revolutionary destruction of hierarchical power seemed so indisputably necessary. And yet never before has it seemed so impossible. The monster created and developed by the various ruling classes and those willingly submissive to them – the commodity society – has never before been so obviously intent on the destruction of everything other than itself. If an increasingly intelligent global community of revolt doesn’t seriously threaten the power of the state and the economy over the next 2, 5, 10, 15 years then future rulers will be ruling over social relations that will make the decadence of Caligula-dominated Rome seem like a beacon of enlightenment and World War ll like an oasis of compassion.
As we advance further into an epoch of what will almost certainly be permanent and worsening crisis, this site hopes to help clarify and extend the revolts that are developing everywhere and help defeat the counter-revolution that is developing everywhere. Theory informs practise and practise informs theory. Neither can make progress without the other. In opposition to all the various forms of determinism vis-a-vis the eventual outcome of a possible future revolution (whether optimistic or pessimistic), a significant part of the struggle is to see what choices are made and what choices are avoided. Practical ideas improve or regress on the basis of the efforts to supersede the past, its strengths and weaknesses, its successes and failures – for ourselves and the whole world: inseparably.
This is not an open access site: it has no pretensions to being “democratic” in the sense of being welcoming to absolutely anybody. Anyone who persists over time in dogmatic ideological arguments which go nowhere will be censored and/or banned. Undoubtedly there will be many who have ideologically petrified notions whilst also having some lucid ideas and interesting facts to contribute. But if they persist in pursuing their dogmas impervious to argument, then their comments will be suppressed. The aim of this site is not to get into head-bashing ego-battles, to repeatedly refute the same stale ideas, but to develop perspectives that clarify and help advance social contestation, to bring a breath of fresh air. All texts appearing here will be signed by their author(s) or their pseudonyms.
Unless otherwise stated, all texts have been written exclusively by me (SamFantoSamotnaf)
“My request that my writing be read twice has aroused great indignation. Unjustly so. After all, I do not ask that they be read once.” – Karl Kraus
The texts on this site will eventually include all public texts written or co-written by me since I first started writing public texts in 1969 – the Good, the Bad and the Embarassing. Making these archive texts public on the internet is not intended to in any way valorise their importance for present expressions of opposition; it should be obvious that even the good archive texts have to be critiqued and updated, and made relevant to what’s going on now.
Other texts will include links to already online texts that I think are useful, or interesting texts that do not so far exist online. It will also include news items or links to news items in the “news of opposition” section. The texts are organised under various overlapping and oversimplified categories and many might appear several times, though in different sections. There is obviously no copyright on these texts.
(last 2 paragraphs slightly altered on 24/2/13)
THIS SITE WAS ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2012
(updated 20th February 2013: my thanks to Bartleby who, despite preferring not to, provided me with invaluable help in re-organising this site)
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PS If you want a 6-point programme here, see “Where we stand”.