Anarchic Thoughts on Our Fascist Situation
- The recent critique of violence and insurgency spoke nothing about the environment of competition and violence in which we are all raised.
- Occupy: “we have no enemies, it’s the system”…
- Paul Virilio: “…the history of humanity is the history of a lazy, wealthy and heavily militarized class attempting to exploit a mostly productive laboring class.” (paraphrase).
- It would be fruitful to look at how fascism, our contemporary fascist capitalism is generated every day, from the way in which we are socialized, to the business schools cranking out a management class, to industry and in the hierarchies of the economy. One of the falsehoods of America’s fascistic elite is their own belief in their right to rule, a superiority equal to any Nazi belief in a superior race. Meritocracy is class-based superiority in disguise.
- Psychologist Bruce Levine has said that living in the United States is akin to living with an abusive spouse.
- There needs to come a “push-back” against capitalist-fascism. The ruling elite believe they are beyond accountability to anyone. They are working 24/7 to ensure that this system continues in order to enrich their children and grandchildren. Peaceful protesters are slapped with enormous fines and jail. When the dominant class will no longer negotiate, the only avenue left to the vanquished is violence. To get arrested by the fascist police system is similar to committing economic suicide: you will pay what you cannot afford.
- No insurgency worth its salt targets people. It is in attacking the machinery, the offices, and the resorts of the comfortable elite class that they will begin to negotiate. This much was true of the Weather Underground: the elite sat up and took notice. Are the elite armies not mostly machines now? In 1871 in Paris, the French army refused to fire at its own people. Things have changed.
- If one reads Mike Davis’ Planet of Slums, one gets the demographic picture of capitalist fascism globalized. 23,000 children a day die from lack of basic technologies known the world over: clean water and basic antibiotics. It is because the system refuses to share its technology that these young ones must die of cough and bacterial infections. Mike Davis doesn’t hesitate to point his finger at the hierarchy responsible for the daily genocide of the untouchable class.
- In Mexico, the Yaqui Indians have fought three wars against the Mexican state. Each time, the state would respond by killing the women and children of the Yaqui. This genocide which is part of America’s history as well, is more significant than is usually mentioned. It is instructive to learn about Geronimo and the treatment of the Lakota. Today, as history arcs backward, as Dick Cheney advocates for the use of torture, as the peaceful protests fail, the idea of an anti-fascist insurgency rears its head. Needless to say it will be invisible to the surveilled internet.
- In Yaqui sorcery there is no hocus-pocus whatsoever: it is simply a practice of saving your energy. In other words, “Save your juice for something worthwhile!” The Yaqui still recall the efforts Calixto Muni.