Posts Tagged ‘anarchism’
The calling for the No Border Camp events, celebrated at the University Campus of Thessaloniki, in the centre of the town.
Today, with neoliberalism established across the planet, it is clear that capitalist relations are being intensified, together with nationalism and patriarchy. Fences and borders are being built not only in the physical space, but also across social relationships. However, the movements and transnational struggles of migrants are constantly producing new cracks in the system, new thresholds and pathways into an unexplored world.
More specifically, transnational and global agreements further liberalize “free” markets and the lifting of tariff restrictions further ensure property rights for the wealthy. At the same time the former social contract of the welfare state is breaking down and the neoliberal state is claiming the role of manager-partner of companies, keeping for itself solely the army and the police in order to retain some of its administrative and legislative power. Gender oppression, racism and fascism are being movilized for the control of populations.
However, social struggles in the form of riots, rebellions, campaigns and movements both before and during the process of this recent “crisis”, seriously challenge all this. Prime examples are the riots in the French banlieues in November and December 2005, the Oaxaca Commune in 2006, the riots in December 2008 in Greece, the magnificently widespread Arab Spring in 2011, the Indignados Citizens Movements in Spain in 2011, the London riots in 2011, the “Occupy” movement in the USA in 2011 and 2012, the uprising at the Gezi park in Istanbul in June 2013, the Brazilian Spring in 2013, the uprisings in Bosnia and other Balkan States during 2013-2014. Read the rest of this entry »
In the athens.indymedia.org recently a discussion started by the insurrectional nihilist direct action proponents on their perception of strategy, as if aformal organization can really produce a single strategy or aformalists can adopt one from above (Alfredo Bonnano) and call it activism from below. We found a comment, slightly of entertaining value but also containing a small part of criticism on what they describe as “action”.
Yes, why not? Without any organization a strategy can be produced; the timing and coordination of actions, the execution of the strategy may slightly be limping though, in order for those actions to be perceived as a significant materialization of the strategy.
Some concern arises from this speculation. Daily in large cities of millions of residents there may be hundreds who reach a high level of stress and frustration, and due to their perception of injustice they riot at the individual level. Each one with his/her way and her/his target. Some while erupting end up dead, some at an emergency psychiatric reintegration clinic, and some in prison (correctional clinic). A few luckier ones will have some friends who will act soon enough to reinstate them as civil members of society in order to avoid the consequence of their lawlessness. In times of economic distress this becomes a growing phenomenon. The majority of this activity is described as individual expression of anger and wrath and cannot possibly have any political content. They are not perceived as significant by society as they lack coordination, uniformity, and synchronization. Thus they acquire the description of a natural social phenomenon. One in x thousands every day snaps, loses his/her marbles sort of speak. Read the rest of this entry »