Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. (Orwell). Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. (Kafka)
We are young, i see no need to pretend like this hasn’t and does not continue to happen in the name of the people. It’s happening in Egypt- where some people called it a ‘revolution’ because they could stand in line and wait to cast their ballot for *maybe* a more just ruler. It was clear- the military made it clear- this was the goal of the revolution- d e m o c r a c y. Your very own party, your very own ballot, your very own system just like AMERIKA with ‘checks and balances’ but no autonomy, no liberation, no community empowerment…. still and always authority will come in to safeguard your freedom. But the people agitating on the street- tearing apart the concrete- making bankers and fascists quake in their boots KNEW that the ‘revolution’ does not have an end point. It is a constant flux for liberation, and they will not stop.
When will we have the courage to reject it hook, line and sinker? Perhaps what we create in revolution is reflected by HOW we agitate for revolution. Perhaps we have to be highly critical of ourselves for being so self righteous and daring to engage in the language of power, the language of guiding masses. Instead, let us talk about empowerment, the spark of internal courage shifting us from making decisions out of desperation (capitalism) to making decisions out of desire, without fear. Our communities don’t need to be told their conditions or told to revolt. They only need to be encouraged that they too can make decisions from desire, and not from desperation. And they most assuredly do not need to be led because when concessions are made, when ‘power’ is grabbed, they will also be told to stand in line and enjoy their new system. AND WE WILL NOT.
Which is why the seedlings of the new party and systems will always sit back and glean the fruit of agitated revolution made by people who seek out decentralized resistance and THEN as all of history tells us, they will discredit, abuse and target the autonomous individuals, killing the ‘intellectuals’ who dare question the ‘party line’.
I don’t think noting this is divisive at ALL. i think we can and do and will work together, which is why i really appreciate the panels with communists and socialists (i think i’ll be doing another in jan/feb) but i swear seizing state power needs to be seriously challenged. It’s a historical trap and ineffective as fuck. It may challenge the capitalists but it’s because it’s on their same playing field- but it will do nothing to keep the oppression from repeating itself and hurting the people.
The state cannot exist for liberation to exist. There will NOT be chaos without the state, it’s a lie. We already have chaos. It is the narrative of our oppressors that tells us to win we have to have power OVER an opposition and the people under us. The only thing we have to have against the opposition is an effective means of strike and defense to destabilize their buildings and nodes of power, which we can accomplish without a centralized workers party or leading vanguard group. It has and does work: Greece, Spain, affinity group mobilization gives us so much more to work with in terms of diversity of tactics and the state so much less to repress.
And you wanna know why the left isn’t unifying? Because the only way they would unify is under some liberal mantra but they are so gaga eyed at their dear leader, or so invested they are worried about what they will lose, so they can’t even manage to question the regime because that would mean an advantage for the right. The left/right paradigm is hurting all of us. Wanna know why the radical left isn’t unifying? Cause anarchists are agitating the fuck out of what it means to attack the state in terms of hierarchy, dual strategies of building alternatives and striking at the current apparatuses of power- rebellion. Clearly, we need to have some conversations.
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