The Head and the Sand
Most of the Italian anarchist movement has been asking itself a variety of questions over the past few years, with the critical capacity that a not exactly brilliant situation allows.
Among these problems there has also been that of the diminution of anarchist specificity and the growth in a vast area of antagonism that is not exactly anarchist, at least in name, but is moving along libertarian lines.
Excluding the marginal cases of those who consider anarchists to be only those that declare themselves such in principle and in theory, there is the (greater) part of the movement that has tried in various ways to enter into “contact” with this area of antagonism that we could define “libertarian”.
It seems to us that there has been a fundamental mistake, caused by the claim to start from consolidated positions: those, precisely, of anarchism as a political movement, trying to establish itself as a point of reference towards which that area should have moved. Details and breakdowns of personal incomprehension, fear and uncertainty, have done the rest. The result, no one has moved, in fact the area of the above has been sucked in, if not as a whole, at least in part in the multi-coloured game of the green “swamp” or the “nebulous” autonomia.
Perhaps one could have been less rigid. Not so much in the essential context of anarchist principles, as on this one can’t do less than some formulations of method that distinguish us from one and all, so much as the mentality of considering ourselves carriers of the truth, therefore towered up in defence of this “sacred” nucleus from which any external contamination should be kept far away.
We think it was a mistake was to consider only the movement that embellishes itself with the name “anarchist”, with all its practical contradictions and ideological clarity.
Anarchism is something more ample and spontaneous. The anarchist process of movement and transformation is already “in events” a long time before a detailed ideological precision intervenes. This is the wealth of anarchism and, from the organisational point of view, it is also one of its limitations, an obstacle that will prevent it, for ever, from reaching historically quantifiable results of power (and you call that a limit!).
To remain closed up in an archaic concept of anarchism means to keep one’s head under the sand, act like an acephalus body devoid of cognition of time and place, transformation and evolution.
Reality is moving fast, to remain under the sand might be comfortable, but it is a sure sign of incapacity and inactivity.
WHY WE ARE AGAINST REFERENDUMS (AMB)
Head and Sand - editorial
Giuseppe Coniglio gets 14 months
Disadventures of “circulatory intelligences”
Hoes and Pitchforks
Repression in Calabria
Destruction of General Casarico’s House - Attempt to incriminate AMB
Limits of Self-management PLP
Trial Against Crocenera
The Piss-up is over, the Struggle Continues
But What History are we Talking About?
A Reply to Senza Patria
Anti-Nuclear in RFT
Examples of Proletarian solidarity
No to Medical Controls
Prisoners’ Struggle in France
Against the Dictatorship
Freedom for Roberto Gemigmami
Frankfurt: Proletarian Violence and State Terrorism
Respectable Padova in Furs Frightened
Anarchists in Greece Criminalised
The Arms Factory Oerlikon - Italy in Crisis
Catania anarchist Group Gives Problems
From Inside the Nuovo Prison
Student Demos in Athens
Outside the courts
A\Few Excerpts From the Depositions of the Comrades Arrested in Greece
The Struggle in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg
Critical cues on Vegetarianism
Obstacles to the House Squats in holland
Gibbons Freed in Rome
BUT ARE THERE ONLY FROGS IN THE GREEN SWAMP’ (AMB)* (?Insurrection)
Police Frame Up in Calabria Crumbles
Throwing the Ball Back
OV Defence Committee
Water War Breaks Out in Naples
Positive Data: More Thefts in Italy
Antimilitarism in Israel
Student Revolt in Austria
Blackout Metropolitan/Aggressive Movement
Gradualism or Insurrectionalism PLP
NOCs called to Evist
Homeless Struggle in Milan
A Necessary Demarcation Line
ANSA Declaration Joe Fallisi
But What Are We Talking About?
Non-sharing of a Choice
Anything But Clarity!
Against French Colonialism in Tahiti
Sabotage against the “Same” of Treviglio
Comidad: The Usual Black Crows
No Revolution Today, Wait Untill Tomorrow
Is it Possible to Build an alternative to the “Alternatives”?
Let’s Kill Them, As Soon As They are Born
Against the Police
Against the Carabinieri in Sardinia
Revolt in the French Prisons
In Gaza the Palestinians Rise Up Against the colons
Against the Dictatorship in Turkey
Trial at Massa
Issue nine (cont.9
The green arcipelago between party and movement - what methods: pacifist symbolic actions or practical attack within class conflict? - Is there a possibility of a revolutionary collaboration with those who are opposing themselves to the destruction of nature and therefore of man, starting precisely from the practice and methods of small objectives spread over the territory?
Calabria comrades released - yet another attempt to criminalise anarchists failed miserably - in no way intimidated comrades who are carrying on their struggle against the institutions.
A few precisions about the debate in course - what is gradualism applied to revolutionary practice and theory? - the insurrectional concept of anarchists - Malatesta’s ideas on the subject - what are the reasons for gradualism that some comrades support based on ?
Old and new conditions of the struggle for housing in Milan - how to make rage go beyond the pre-established containers of social-democratic possibilism - every exploited should move according to their own decisions and motivations - against all those who want to politically manage the struggles of proletarians.
The “personalised” application of article 14 bis of the Gozzini law - the reply of a communist prisoner to the positions of Curcio and comrades.
The englobement of the artist in contemporary society - reality contributes to creating the work of art at the same time it creates the artist - it is an illusion to think that the subjectivity of our dreams can vehicle a content that is completely different - in this situation artistic sensitivity that wants to express itself must address itself towards vitalising a creativity that is destructive, always finding forms that are best suited to this aim.
A few critical notes on the comidad piece - attempt to compare our insurrectionalist anarchist theses with those supported by the Autonomia.
The managers of the “alternative pubs” on trial - the desire to socialise is being mercified in these places - will we manage to liberate self-managed spaces?
The elimination of the newborn as a solution to handicap - the “different” is usually only tolerated as a faithful Christian - a society based on profit and competition such as ours cannot be too subtle.