Communiqué for Anarchist Actions in Barcelona and Response to the Nihilist Comrades

Translated from Barcelona Indymedia

With this communiqué, we wish to claim the following actions, as part of a struggle for the destruction of the State, Capital, patriarchy, and any system of domination, a struggle for the free creation of voluntary and solidaristic relations at the global and local level; in other words, a struggle for anarchy.

May 5, at night, we told a child the story of the maquis and the anarchist struggle against Franco and against democracy.
May 13, we cooked a healthy meal for a comrade who has a chronic illness.
May 17, we wrote a letter to a comrade imprisoned for participating in a riot.
June 12, we took care of the infant of some friends who suffer economic precarity and the imposed obligation of wage labor.
June 16, we spoke publically with our neighbors about the need to burn the banks and attack the police in order to realize our dreams.
June 19, we told some leftist activists that the masked-ones were not police infiltrators but ourselves, and that it was necessary and good to mask up and take the streets with force.
June 20, we gifted vegetables from our garden to friends and neighbors, without money or exchange.

Why do we claim these actions? In the last months, we have also barricaded roads with dumpsters, burned banks, injured journalists, smashed shop windows, and attacked cops.

For us, the attacks against the system are essential to our struggle. But we've fooled ourselves. A struggle does not consist only in attacks. The attacks are NOT more important than the need to care for ourselves, to preserve and spread our collective history, to create relations based in the gift, solidarity, and reciprocity, to imagine new worlds and new struggles, to confront our isolation and establish subversive and honest relationships with people outside of the categoric and political ghetto in which the Spectacle hides us.

With a long memory, it becomes apparent that we have lost several times in the past, and that the hardest of all is the historical fracturing and the loss of our own memory of struggle; it's having to start from scratch. Hyperalienation, against which nihilism is a logical response, is nothing more than the result of defeat in past struggles. We find ourselves in a totality which must be destroyed in its entirety, only because nothing remains of what we built up in the past. So as not to lose everything every single time we rise up, we have to sustain ourselves, not as isolated individuals but as a commune, a collective and multigenerational struggle. And this cannot be accomplished with a singular prioritization of the attacks.

The hierarchy of tactics belonging to the Left was minimally transformed within nihilism: they took the head of the spear, the actions that were supposedly more important, as the only ones that mattered, and forgot about all the rest.

It is a patriarchal and counterproductive vision. It is the forgetting of all the actions—first disappeared by the patriarchy, then by capitalism, and then by the supposedly anticapitalist Left—that are necessary for life and for struggle as well. The most aggressive tactics only make sense and can be sustained and repeated in a complex of actions of all types, as long as they are libertarian and direct.

By not understanding that struggle means carrying with us a new world that is waiting to be born in the ashes of the dominant system, we transform ourselves into mere weapons against capitalism, in tools dedicated to destroy, without the other things that human beings need to live and fight. It is capitalism that wishes to treat us as tools We should not do the same.

The truth is that we are overjoyed to learn of the attacks of the nihilists and other comrades. We know very well that bravery and rage are two of the most important things in order to rebel. Specifically in Barcelona, it seemed an error to us that in the last year fewer illegal attacks were realized as more opportunities to participate in broad spaces appeared. Naturally, the rise in attacks—carried out by nihilists and by more “social” comrades—pleased us. And at the global level, we laughed to find out about the kneecapping of the director of Ansaldo Nuclear in Italy, and we were inspired to read the letters of comrades (nihilist and other) imprisoned in Greece who have not submitted to fear.

But too many times we've seen comrades who, departing from desperation, impatience, and alienation, threw themselves recklessly into the war against the State that all of us live daily. They always ended up dead or in prison, and often after less than a year. And then what happened? The others, the comrades who survived, did everything we could to support each other and to support the prisoners, to not forget the slain, to not let the repression win, to not lose all our strength and not allow a historical fracture, so that we don't lose our collective memory of struggle.

But little by little this memory is lost, and every three or four years a new group appears that neglects all the other tasks of the struggle to dedicate themselves solely to the destruction of our common enemy. And when we support them but also criticize, or sometimes without even that provocation, they call us cowards for dedicating ourselves to other tasks (even though we also are in the riots or the nighttime actions), for differing with them ideologically and not glorifying their group or informal federation.

They don't know how many times they have already lost because one task they neglect is the transmission of memory. [1] Instead of a memory that is profound, alive, and strategic, they only have their martyrologies. And then we have to watch as our friends and comrades are turned into symbols—and ultimately weapons—of ideology. Some of the dead comrades were nihilists. But in the nihilist martyrology comrades who belonged neither to one side nor the other, or who were clearly from the other side in this stupid division between “socials” and “antisocials” (like Lambras Foundas) are also recuperated, and their names and images are used to encourage attacks, total destruction, without stopping to reflect on their errors or the actual projects and desires of these comrades when they were alive.

It's clear that we have to fight and this includes the possibility of death or prison. But this does not mean having to celebrate death or prison. Suicide is also a form of resistance, but it is not revolutionary.

It's clear that we have to remember our dead and our prisoners, but this does not mean converting them into martyrs and heroes.

In conclusion, we want to criticize the current state of anarchist literature, disproportionately based as it is on superficial communiqués with no context, analysis, or reflection, that only value the attacks and not the other tasks that we have to carry out in order to remain alive and powerful.

Obviously, it's helpful to find out about clandestine actions done by other comrades. It gives us strength and joy to read that some symbol of power has been smashed or burned. But it is much more useful to think (and write) about strategies of conflictivity, according to each moment and place, instead of encouraging a quantitative vision of struggle. We refuse to convert our rebellion into a mathematical equation to measure our rage: the more blows and fires we produce, the stronger we are; the greater the economic damage, the more powerful the action. This is the thinking of an economist, a general, or a simpleton

For all these reasons, we decided to write this communiqué to claim a series of actions we consider just as important in the current situation as the attacks. They are actions we do every week, normally without thinking twice or announcing it on the internet. We publish them now to visibilize a personal worry and a weakness generalized throughout the anarchist space.

AGAINST COMMUNIQUÉS!
FOR ANARCHY AND ALL THE TASKS OF THE STRUGGLE!

[footnote 1: For example, “neither do we remember the past, because we hate it... we destroy the present.” from the communiqué of “Anarquistas Nihilistas” of Barcelona, April 25, 2012]

Comments

Cool story bro.

As part of my anarchist contribution, I am going to comment on this with an inspiring, pat on the back, job well done. <------that's fuckin' harcore, bro

"The illusion of a singular world capitalist present is mirrored by the illusion of a singular world anarchist future."

cuute

Before shitstorm comes down, I just wanna say: I love this.

you and me both

This kind of statement has been needed for a while. Good job spaniards.

CATALANS

omg ! oh em gee! OMG! OH MY GOD!!!!! OHMYGOD!!!!OHMYGOD!OMG...

i can't think of a better way to respond. other that: those mexicans are tryin to one-up these guys by blowin' peeps away with not just their solidarity and mutual aid, but bombs. waronsociety.noblogs.org

I thought i would say well done , and i would like to add my own story of Anarchist Actions . Last month i resigned from my job and when i have finished working my notice i will be starting to grow food on some land donated to me , for free. All surplus will be given away to anyone who wants/needs it ,

I strongly urge others to take radical action like this , If we refuse to work for "them " they have no power over us .

PS i will not be earning or expecting any money from my project as i will not have any overheads . And after all money isnt real anyway

you are fucking deluded.

lololol

IGTT 9/10

Wipe off the black lipstick already

fuck i think i just puked on my incendiary device . the most sickeningly pious load of crap i have ever read. who are these idiots?

NOOOOOOO! If you do that it'll blow up and Obama will be dictator for life!!!!!!

oh shit it did blow up! but there's no need to panic because I am sure the good comrades from Catalunya will turn up any minute now and commit a nursing action and thereby help me recuperate from my ideological error. dicks.

quick, let's batter down these people in comments that nobody cares about in order to show them that a revolution worth participating in is wholly destructive and the moment that they think they'd like to read a book, grow something, get to know friends or lovers, build a better world, and generally help out/be a good fucking person, that they are counterrevolutionary dickheads, who must, must, have all hope destroyed in order to maintain maximum ideological purity/ineffectiveness. #Anarchistfail

I BOUGHT MY FRIEND LUNCH VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

Soup isn't lunch. You promised me a meal for that Seinfeld dvd box set.

Did he crumble crackers into the soup?

I think the violence is a necessary part of the revolution and with out it, there is no revolution because the system is violent and can't be reasoned with to just pack its bags and walk away.

if you think that you're contradicting what this piece says, then you need to learn to read. they support violent actions -- even the italian kneecapping. the point is that these actions are meaningless outside of the social context that allows them to spread...a position that should be obvious, but that far too many people struggle to understand.

No, you are a moron, and you don't get it. Stay in America.

This has been needed for a long time.

"It's clear that we have to fight and this includes the possibility of death or prison. But this does not mean having to celebrate death or prison. Suicide is also a form of resistance, but it is not revolutionary."

"Obviously, it's helpful to find out about clandestine actions done by other comrades. It gives us strength and joy to read that some symbol of power has been smashed or burned. But it is much more useful to think (and write) about strategies of conflictivity, according to each moment and place, instead of encouraging a quantitative vision of struggle. We refuse to convert our rebellion into a mathematical equation to measure our rage: the more blows and fires we produce, the stronger we are; the greater the economic damage, the more powerful the action. This is the thinking of an economist, a general, or a simpleton."

Fuck yeah.

this is really good. people who are trolling this in kneejerk ways might want to consider advancing arguments about why this is incorrect.

As an internet reader, I'm bored by all this thinking. I demand more mindless affirmations of exciting spectator sports!

Thank you for all that you do! Vive all parts of the revolution!

may 5th: i told a child the rest is gonna be hell
may 6th: unfortunately, the child off'd 'self
may 7th: i accidentally bumped into an old person carrying their grocery bags up the street. i did not apologize but instead shot an arrow through their seeing eye dog, ran off with ti, and cooked it for dinner
june 12th: of my antisocial act of the day i shoved the very last remaining dodo of the nearest cliff. unfortunately it survived but was very mangeld so i grabbed it before it got away and began eating it for dinner
august 9th: i did not do anything toay

Yeah so let's just keep everyone off the streets by wasting time writing about strategies that conflict with each other to add to the list of shit that we fight about because we don't have enough crap dividing us right now. Yeah, very productive. Very smart. And to think this person couldn't offer any worse advice, they tell us to "stop measuring the number of assaults to the system so there is absolutely no way to gauge our destructive effectiveness in this war against capital. And because someone writes this non-sense and posts it on @news as gospel, a few idiots with impressionable minds are bound to come on here and say "YES this is good with out even wondering maybe that person suggesting such a retarded idea does not have our best interest at heart. Speaking of strategy, scaling down on our attacks against the system would be just as good as carelessly disregarding inventory. "Keeping track? What's the point of that? Only economists, generals and simpletons would do that." And finally to put icing on the cake, these people believe that the less blows and fires we produce, the stronger we are; the lesser the economic damage, the more powerful the action". And people here on anarchist news are actually nodding their heads yes to this. FUCKING MORONS!

IGTT 6/10

our attacks on the system are entirely irrelevant. what is needed is not a mere quantitative accumulation of joreattacks, but a qualitative transformation of the way that attacks happen. given the incredible distance between what people are doing now, and what would be necessary to "make a difference," it really doesn't matter if people just do more of what they're already doing. the result will be the same (except more jail time). strategy means thinking about how all the things you do fit together...

If you're not a troll, you're a very bad reader, and probably an idiot. The article criticizes the quantitative approach. By definition, that means they are NOT saying that "the stronger we are the lesser the economic damage" or that we should "scal[e] down our attacks against the system" as you think they are. Is your problem that you are only capable of thinking quantitatively, or that any criticism of ongoing strategies strikes you as "wasting time" and a way to "keep everyone off the streets" ?

i appreciate this communique. attacks against the state are intimately connected to (not opposed to) acts of care and support toward one another.

No militant revolutionary is ever going to roll with this article. The writer could have done a better job if he or she wanted to be unambiguous. You don't even know who writes all these articles. For all you know it could be a trick by governments infiltrating anarchist website to make peace further slowing down the militant manifestation of anarchist struggle as if it wasn't slowing down enough already. It just sends a lot of mixed signals and makes me want to vomit when ever I read it. The "quantitative approach" is the militants approach to everything. Even the general in charge of a war uses this approach and any effort to slow it down or stop it should be taken as an effort to end it by who ever writing this shit regardless of why they say we should slow down or stop.

If the article said that there aren't enough attacks and said "why are we slowing down our destructiveness? Don't we need to pick it up and be worse than 2008-2012. That would be a different story. But there seems to be this trend of global calm in the streets creeping up on all of us leaving the world with the people of middle east as last resistance fighters and I BROWN DIARRHEA SHIT ON THIS NEW APPROACH!

FUCK THIS CALM IN THE STREETS EVERYWHERE IN THE ASS!

FUCK THIS PEACE!

What is it with everyone? Why is everyone being so cooperative all of a sudden when it seemed as if a year in a half ago we were entering global revolution. It's almost as if all the governments just started putting fluoride in the drinking water or something?

How can people be so unhappy yet remain so obedient. WHERE'S THE FUCKING REWARD FOR ALL THIS OBEDIENCE?

Because last time I checked, nobody was being paid to be silent and in fact people are losing more money than ever. Shouldn't the opposite be happening. WTF?

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