Starting off from the more or less sad disappearance of the ideology and practice of the armed party, many considerations can be made about taking up the revolutionary struggle in Italy and other European countries again.
It is undeniable that this resumption exists and cannot be distorted by either the accusations of so many respectable people old and new that are trying to minimise a subversive practice that is spreading in a capillary way (even if in embryo), nor by the exaltation of so many old figures who insist on crystalising redundant super-actions, which in their opinion will have a sure effect on the media.
So it is that each time one finds oneself “qualifying” a general subversive deed with the old blessing of “armed struggle” (in the best of cases) or “terrorism” (when someone prefers to use the language of the police files), one is doing nothing other than confuse things irreparably I’d say.
This is the reality we are talking about, obviously corresponding in an antagonistic way to the profound change taking place in the productive structure and the related process of social control. The substitution of the old models of centralised revolutionary endeavour with models of pulverisation and spreading of the destructive intervention over the territory is now almost a certainty.
There can undoubtedly be delays in awareness of these situations. That is simply because none of us can say we are satisfied with the analytical examination of reality as a whole (economic and social), it can never be up to the sudden multiform changes that this presents at every moment. But there can be other reasons for this delay. Fear and ideological lateness, defence of symbols and circumscription of political territories.
In this field the delay is immense. Here argument and rumour is taking the place of struggle and intervention in reality.
Fear makes one see “terrorists” everywhere and confuses the ideas of the most upright and correct person in the world. Within the enclosure of his everyday activity this worthy person interests himself in the sort of his kin and humanity in general. This redeemer restored to life also comes out into the streets to demonstrate, but cannot have an exact (and perhaps not even sufficient) knowledge of what is going on in the world. His circumscribed universe (generally tolerant, polite, well disposed, clean, ordered, deterministically built and enlightendly supported by good proposals) leads him to seeing anything different and disturbing as the work of adverse forces of bustle and chaotic detruction. So the “terrorist” ends up sleeping by his bed, disturbs his dreams, enters his reading of the morning paper and accompanies him to the political meetings that he attends regularly once a week.
In such conditions the delay is irreperable. It is no longer a delay in information or analysis, but an historic delay, we might also say a class delay. And this delay leads him to an unfathomable abyss, which he himself digs, with systematic arrogance, to distance himself more and more from all that disturbs his dreams, to exorcise any sign of the passage of turbulence.
We are sure that none of our few readers see themselves in this outline that we are deliberately obscuring in darkest traces. And this gives great joy to the present writer. No one is prepared to see themselves as closed and idiotic. In spite of that the world is full of idiots and closed people.
Then there are the marks of repression. That has its own time. It travels slowly but moves forward surely. It takes as good everything before it. On the basis of the law (or kind of) it measures years and special conditions of imprisonment. For it a revolver is a revolver and a stick of dynamite is a stick of dynamite. The perspectives of liberation within which such means can be used do not interest them at all. Repression is like that. It can, and often does, see in the enemy of today the collaborator of tomorrow, at least at the level of setting up new forms of power. But these are things anarchists know and understand well. Basically, the men of power of the present and those of tomorrow always end up understanding each other. For us things are different. For us the means of revolution are purely and exclusively means of liberation. When we use them, our perspective is one alone. But repression doesn’t care. On the contrary, it comes down heavy, certain that it will never be able to make a pact with us.
That is why even the smallest signs are grasped right away. Something moves, not in the emperium of ideology and chit chat, but in a generalised subversive practice. The repression does not know exactly what this something is (on the other hand neither do we), but it acts directly and immediately, striking the visible signs nearest to those that have always been the carriers of the generalisation of the struggle, those who have always struggled against specialisation and centralisation of the revolutionary clash. What does it matter that it is not possible to reach one that is objectively responsible? What does it matter that facts, places and identity do not correspond? The desire for a generalised subversive practice correspond. Feelings and theory correspond. Analyses and indications of struggle correspond.
And we agree. The concept is right. We are responsible for these generalised and parcelised actions that might take place, that are taking place. It is we that have dreamed, hoped, theorised, supposed such actions possible, while they all remained fascinated by the great spectacles of the revolutionary process: those who waited for them like the vengeance of who can do much, to those who put it off like the greatest ill of the century. We thought other things.
May these things come about. In its long tortuous course the social revolution is unfortunately constrained to passing through these infinitely small paths that are all linked together, tracing the web of a project that is undoubtedly wider than that which we are able to imagine at the present time.
We do not want to be an obstacle to the free and potent development of this destructive capacity. We only hope that other forces that still claim to define themselves revolutionary do not do so.
Let us leave the job of putting fires out to the fire brigade. We won’t do work that doesn’t concern us.
Editorial: Away From Uncertainty
Door of Palermo Cathedral Burned
Struggles Against Distillary in Gallipoli
Sardinia, against Power
Via Zenale Lives
Repressive Attack Against ProvocAzione
Attack against Police in S. Africa
Searches in Prison
Gozzini Law and Annihilation in Prison
In Corea Against Dictatorship
Ghost in Court
Repressive Attack Against Anarchismo
Open Letter to Anarchist Movement - Via Zenale
The Political Ghost (AMB)
Barbie, Defender of the ‘Free World’
Against elections in Catania
Clashes in Panama
Raids in Sicily (Ragusa, Giarratana)
Against False Consciousness
Hospitality for Reagan
Caspa constituted -Prisoners, Spain
Repression against Avaria
against the NATO
Clashes in Peru
Against the Censiment
Prison Revolts in Poland
Anti-fascism in bologna
Antimilitarism, Fort Prenestino, Rome
Vicenza - Main Line Electricity Supply to Ederle. Arson Attack
Against Reagan in Berlin
Turin - Trials Against Comrades of Avaria
Door of Cathedral in Milan burned
Palermo cathedral attacked on various occasions recently. Curate declares “The Cathedral is under siege by the underworld. We’ve had enough, all the bandits are under ten years of age”.
Sardinia against power. Various bombs explode in Samassi, near Cagliari against carabinieri barracks, Tonara, near Nuoro, against home of communist vice-mayor, Desulo, near Orani, heart of Barbagia, against town hall and parents of communist mayor.
Repression against ProvocAzione. Palermo tribunal - instruction opened against 8 people, including AMB - for aggravated theft, arson and defamation following action claimed by “Revolutionary Nuclei” (see Provo. no 2) claiming destruction of General Carlo Casarico’s house in Mezzojuso, near Palermo for his responsibility in nazi Kappler’s escape.
Against elections: Catania - Anarchist group leaflet about abstentionist struggle during elections
ETA attack: explosive charge against State refinery of Empetrol in Tarragona port Spain. Furious fire destroys for millions of pesetas - 2000 tons of carburante. Eta claim attack, against “terrorist propaganda”.
Panama: clashes - antigovernment demonstrations - to obstruct advance of repressive forces - elements of rcuperation in this movement - church, military “rebels”, but also reasons of poverty and suffering. thousands of proletarians in streets, clash with police who use hydrants and tear gas-
Raids in Sicily: Raids in Ragusa (Franco Leggio, Pippo Gurrieri, anarchist circle, and others) Modica (printers), Giarratana, Pippo Scarso, Pietrapercia - “looking for arms and explosives” - Only thing taken: a leaflet re attack on pylon in Pasquasia (see issue 4)
Reagan: In protest against visit in June in Rome, tyres burned in Lungotevere Tebaldi, near Vatican. Traffic slowed up. “Reagan go home”. slogans on cars and buses. small groups of demonstartors organise protests in various parts of the city.
CASPA formed - Coordination for prisoners aid and solidarity, Corres 55106 - Madrid