SOCIAL CONTESTATION 2020 (previously entitled “Contestavirus”, a chronology of strikes, riots and other forms of social contestation sparked off by this crisis, constantly updated including recent stuff follwing the George Floyd murder
Cameravirus, about facial recognition cameras, including their developing use in the state’s arsenal of weapons given the pretext of combating the virus
information about earlier moments and movements against dominant misery are available here:
(Click on Hong Kong here, Iran here, Chile here, Iraq here, Lebanon here)
“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
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.
“Will alone does not suffice to provide oneself with courage and remove fear; truly one must toil to consider the reasons, the aims and the examples which are able to convince one that danger is not overwhelming, that there will always be more safety in defence than in escape; that one will gather glory and joy as a winner, whereas in escaping one can only expect regret and shame”
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 useless & facile 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.
Please note: any comments sent here may take time to appear on the site
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.
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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)
Brought to you by “Sam Samotnaf Fantomas”
“…it is necessary to take into account the bitterness of certain servants of power who are imprisoned in roles that are stultifying and humiliating. However, indulgence has its limits. If, despite everything, these people persist in putting a guilty conscience and their bitterness in the service of power by creating the conditioning mechanisms that colonise their own lives, and if they choose power because power has already chosen them then….too bad.”
PS If you want a 6-point programme here, see “Where we stand”.
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