Whoever Is Elected, Let The Riot Never Stop

  • Posted on: 6 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Impromptu Action – Bass Lake Anarchist Group

No matter who is elected, we must never stop rioting. Even if every most promising progressive gets elected or every most disconcerting conservative gets elected, we must set the streets on fire. The argument about voting or not voting is useless. Anarchists have historically focused their efforts on direct action or direct democracy and progressive reforms have only redirected revolutionary potential into institutional squabbles. Let this year be the year that the riots started and never stopped.

I have been doing anti-racist work since 2005 in Indiana, whether free or locked up. I have learned without risking arrest or being arrested on a regular basis, you are not committing yourself to the cause completely. I learned this early on in Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action), the I.W.W., Anti-Racist Action (ARA), Occupy, Earth First and countless other groups I was involved in around the country since the mid 2000's. If you are not taking an action that could possibly get you arrested every day or night, you are not committing your potential to creating a world of anarchy.

We must make them want to fill their cells or be filling them to initiate action. No progressive or reformist organization is ever going to save us. In fact, they carry more potential to repress us by funneling the dissatisfaction of the government into energy that is mitigated by the state and leaving the rebelling forces with dwindling numbers. This isn't a communique against voting or for voting. It is a communique for a call of constant action. For the riot that never stops, the general strike that continues forever and the destruction of capitalism. Capitalism is a systemic cause of racism, sexism and homophobia, which still occur under any state. This must be remembered as the constant rebellion expands.

We must not only remind ourselves of the constant need of risking arrest, but of our comrades as well. When they don't risk arrest as well, don't let that keep you down, though. I keep an imaginary friend of a revolutionary who is always taking the more riskier action, constantly reminding me of what I need to. He never lets me down, even when real life comrades do. Without a constant course of rebellious action and call of action that risks arrest or places us in arrest, we will be defeated by the reforms that some clamor for as victories.

Let us make this year the year of the riots that never stopped and we all risked arrest or were arrested. The year anarchy rose and replaced the fears and ignorance of the state and capitalism. For the eternal riot, rebellion and defiance of the people of the world. -Impromptu Action

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"If you are not taking an action that could possibly get you arrested every day or night, you are not committing your potential to creating a world of anarchy."

Okay tough guy with nothing to lose but his chains, but there's also a thing called strategy.

and ableism

Straight-up don't believe this shit. Ridiculous grand-standing unless you're assuming arrest for every time you jay-walk or shoplift. Seriously? You never take the day off? Don't spend 1 day a year on the couch in your underwear huh?

Not exactly an articulate argument but I appreciate the enthusiasm and conviction. One thing to think about- a lot of us have kids and can't be in jail all the time cause we want to be there to help raise them. Plus the consequences of a conviction are just to step to handle for some ppl (myself included)- all power to those who can and are willing to put their shit in the line though.

I think what you're trying to express is that we shouldn't just stick to "safe" actions or avoid risks like arrest, injury, or disgrace. That's a fair point. If we avoid risk, we're often avoiding actions which could be extremely powerful.

But just because failing to risk arrest can make us ineffective, it doesn't follow that risking arrest inherently makes us effective. Calling for more people to risk arrest could easily encourage more NVCD, where being arrested is the central claim to authenticity.

Yeah, lots of things we should be doing carry risk, but risk isn't the goal or the source of validation. Let's not use the cops as our reference point for what we should be doing, let's use ourselves and each other.

c'mon, let's make this the year we all get arrested! or aren't you committed to The Cause?!?!

i lol'd

Remember that family guy where Christians are burning books and one of them is called "logic for 3rd graders". The same could be said of most radical ideologues.

Here's the thumbnail version: "P implies Q" is equivalent to "not Q implies not P", NOT "Q implies P" (or "not P implies not Q")

RIOTS INHERENTLY GOOD!

Agree with the tone that, we have to live dangerously if we want to be free

i would never put myself in harms way for the sake of illegal action, but so much of what needs to be done has been and continues to be made illegal through the state.

"I keep an imaginary friend of a revolutionary who is always taking the more riskier action, constantly reminding me of what I need to"

umm i think we can do better than this. like, how about finding out who our REAL friends are, and encouraging each other to take risks and keep each other safe together? And maybe not live in a fantasy world of struggle, where 'radical actions' are always radical, but rather let the tactics we use be reflected by the potentials of the real situation we find ourselves in...

Thats crazy talk, you're crazy. Why you so crazy?

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