There are various ways to see the situation one finds oneself living in as natural and thriving. One of these, undoubtedly the best, is by using the positive aspects of the situation itself, not worrying about what happens to others but only in the line of principle - also painful - of a spectacle that has now become habitual and tedious. However, in any case, both in the eventuality of the first as in the second, nothing is moved of one’s own initiative, nothing of that which belongs to us and which is clear to us put in question and submitted to criticism.
We have before our eyes the plateal behaviour of those who come under the first conception of life cited above, but also that no less plateal of those who raise a groan in the name of the second.
It is the latter, as it is easy to understand, who attract our attention, giving the first for the time being our absolute despisal, then later, we hope, something more concrete.
Profound changes are taking place in the world: generalised insurrections, changes in the structures and equilibrium of international power, massacres and genocide of every dimension. Over all this fine people pull a piteous veil of routine interest: the newspaper (even our papers), TV. The spectacle of massacres reaches our homes every day, our eyes are now trained and our hearing switched off.
The Palestinians are beginning their 10th month of popular insurrection in the occupied territories, they are systematically being massacred by the Israeli occupying army, they are dying in the ghettoes and concentration camps. We listen and watch.
The South African blacks are defying the most racist country in the world, they are organising in struggle structures, they are being killed daily not only by the bullets of the army and police, but also by hunger and isolation. We listen and watch.
The Birmanians are rebelling against a dictatorial socialist regime. The people are fighting in the streets against the army in the most total isolation in the most complete indifference. We listen and watch.
The Afghan Mujaheddin continue their struggle, even after the disparity of the Russian army. Now, although between internal disputes for the conquest of power, the time is right for the moment of truth with the puppet regime. Only the poor people, involved in a gigantic struggle that has been going on for almost a decade, continue to die. We listen and watch.
The Miskitos of Central America, after having won their battle against Managua which was obliged to a truce, are employed in taking up the struggle again against the Honduras. Also here massacres are the order of the day: hundreds of dead, 70 villages raized to the ground, thousands of refugees. We listen and watch.
In Burundi a majority are literally being massacred by a minority in power in the name of a crazy racial difference but, more precisely in defence of specific economic interests and those of power. We listen and watch.
Then in Ireland, Spain, Corsica, New Caledonia, Canada, Yugoslavia, Russia, etc., peoples in struggle are trying to survive against oppression, the division in classes to the profit of the strongest, systematic death organised in great style. We limit ourselves to listening and looking.
Yet, in our own small way, we can do something. Not in the optic that revealed itself to be a losing one so many years ago, that which could be summed up in the words “taking the third world into Europe”, so much as in the optic of attack on the European capitalist interests that are being woven with the interests of those who, in every part of the world, are putting the people in revolt under their heels.
We can therefore do little things. And many of us are of the opinion that these things need to be done, and soon. Many others are only waiting for a slight push, collaboration, advice, a suggestion, practical and technical support, a little analytical clarity. Then there are many others, also among ourselves, who do not think the same way. And it is to them that we are addressing ourselves.
They belong to the category of those for whom nothing goes well that is done in the name of practical initiative and immediate and precise direct action. They have strange theses for criticising whoever wants to act now, right away. The strangest are the first who base themselves on the sophism that small actions do not serve because they do not disturb anyone and only increase repression (but against whom?) while the most important actions are the patrimony of groups of specialists against whom it is always necessary to be in a critical position, otherwise what anarchists would we be.
In other words, they don’t know what they want. Neither small actions (to understand each other, these people do not agree with attacks on the pylons of the ENEL and have bitterly criticised attacks against the death industries that were struck some time ago in Milan), nor the large (only hypothetical at the moment, to capital’s good fortune, certainly not ours).
Just talk. That, yes, is all right for them. Analyses. The incredible and strongly anachronistic lists of war industry, nuclear, etc, lists made up it seems to document that capital produces arms, produces nuclear power, etc, as though we didn’t know. If then some of these lists want to reach the due consequences, then they line themselves immediately against, criticisng whoever decides that two and two make four.
Mysteries of the logic of a certain anarchism.
The fact is that certain comrades have transformed anarchism into a pacific gymnasium of interesting debates, in which each one measures themselves with the other in the exclusive light of the worthiness of their own lives. Practice must stay outside the door.
We don’t agree.
Mortal Rhetoric of “Three Colour Arrows” in Germany
The Calabresi Affair
But Who Killed Pinelli?
Greenpeace afainst the Solvay
Nothing (BR -PCC)
The Polish Recuperation
Gangs in Los Angeles
Clashes in a French Printers
A Precision (Turin, Luxemburg)
Antagonism as Solidarity
Phenomena of Mass Illegality
Military Discharge Sent Back
Bottles against social Worker
The Firm (re\Curcio)
Punx Attack Turin Duomo
Letter to the Pope (A. Artaud)
Just One More Effort (De Sade)
Better to Keep Quiet
Revolts and Escapes in English Prisons
Hammer against the Courts
Too Much Hysteria against Israel
Against the Mystification about Israel
BUT LET’S NOT SHUT OUR EYES TO IT - AMB
A Palestinian Document
Attack in Milan against Two Cariplo Bank Agencies
Athens Attack on Police, Arms Taken
Spain - ETA attacks on French Interests
THE PALESTINIANS CONTINUE TO DIE - AMB (Palestine mon amour)
A Car in Milan
Twelve Years Ago the Revolt in Soweto
Against the Summer Manoeuvres of amato
In New York against the Yuppies
Coniglio Sentence Confirmed
Total Objection in South Africa
Catania - Mafia against Experia
ALF - GB
Bombs in romagna
Struggle against Poll Tax in Scotland
Rural vilence in GB
90 Minutes - Riots in Shepherd’s Bush