The world didn't end. And yes, you're still alive

From Prairie Struggle

Doomsday politics and its affect on struggle

So the world didn’t end and you are still alive. ‘’Our’’ false idols predicted wrong, the coming insurrection didn’t arrive, capitalism didn’t crumble, and Christians didn’t all float up to heaven (damn). Time after time we have seen prophets from religious, to revolutionary backgrounds predict the end of our suffering or for those going to hell, the beginning. Emancipation is promised time after time by these ‘’new’’ theories embodied in apocalyptic events like the rapture and or ‘’end of civilization’’ but they leave us with nothing but empty promises.

From the rapture, apocalypse, comets, asteroids to End Civ and the coming insurrection, these subjects that range from religious, spiritual or social have much in common. They are prophetic in nature and serve similar purposes.

Religions have predicted the end of times, with the promises that if we repent, salvation will be ours and all this coming from a big man in the sky with his child born of a virgin mother. Though this may sound odd to many, what is very real about these prophecies is the affect they have on the poor and disenfranchised.

These doomsday politics of a religious connotation offer salvation, justice, restitution, freedom that sum up to the promise of a better life without actually achieving it. They are illusions and powder to the eyes to the folks at the bottom of the barrel.

We have seen time after time religions and the ruling elites hand in hand, together forcing the working class into submission. This working class, fearing to disobey ‘’their makers’’ are crushed and exploited by capitalism. Under the threat of excommunication from the church comes for most, obedience and loyalty to their tormentors. Time on Earth is seen as necessary evil and our suffering a test in order to cross the gates of heaven.

Doomsday theories for radicals

Needless to say, a rational person would see no substance in any of these illusions offered or prophesized by religions, sects and assorted blowhards. But why is a part of the ultra left and, post-left or extreme left buying into the same set of politics and promises?

An answer to this is complicated but as we have seen from decades of struggle, we are rolling down an uphill battle. Social democratic parties with the promise of social justice have managed to achieve electoral victories without social progress of a noticeable scale. Social movements have been co-opted by these same parties for electoral goals. Capitalism is destroying the earth at a great speed while taking with it the last forms of working class organizations such as unions and community organizations. Under increasing attacks by the state, unions are forced on the defensive, and often these defenses work against values of grassroots organizing. Community organizations face round after round of neoliberal cuts to public sector funding, and the services they offer have become more and more scarce.

The work and effort needed to rebuild unions, community organizations and social movements, under constant attack from the state is astronomical. For some, this may seem to much of a hill to climb. As we lose our last fortresses of self-defense, some of us are in search of the path with less resistance. Others do not fully grasp the severity of the capitalist political program, and hold rallies or direct action as the pinnacle of political action instead of organizing.

Deciding to wait…

From time to time something new with the promise of victory comes to blind us from the long road to rebuilding working class power. Most recently, great words were heard from the ‘’invisible committee’’. “Everyone agrees. It’s about to explode”. Their prophecy- Inevitable and imminent insurrection. The strategy was simple, sabotage to nudge capitalism into full swing insurrection. “All power to the communes!” Its method of organization, the affinity group via squatted free communes fuelled by dumpster is something we have seen far too often, is completely ineffective when the objective is mass organization and radicalization. “The commune is the basic unit of partisan reality. An insurrectional surge may be nothing more than a multiplication of communes, their coming into contact and forming of ties.” Sounds legit right?

Another topic to add to the list of ‘’hot topics’’ is ‘’End Civ’’ (end civilization or end of civilization). It proclaims that this civilization just like all others, is on the verge of collapse. “We don’t have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system — it seems to be coming apart on its own”. These theories are drawn from the same pencil as other doomsday or religious theories and have become more and more popular in comparison to revolutionary organizing. Why work when you can just wait right?

What now…

These politics offer with certainty that the end of capitalism is arriving. These so-called self-fulfilling prophecies reassure the disillusioned radicals that the hard work needed to build and achieve popular support for revolution is done. It lets them know that they just need to wait or riot a little more for full revolution and subsequently, emancipation.

As the affects of doomsday theories render entire segments of the working class into stagnation while they wait patiently to be uplifted from poverty and hell on Earth, the same results can be seen among the ultra-post-extreme-left ghettos.

We as revolutionaries have learned through struggle, that we can’t trust politicians and political parties with their empty promises, let alone religious prophets or radical ones. We should stop reverting to theories that offer the same false hopes.

With fear of sounding like a broken record, we will repeat what needs to be said since we have been on pause for the last 50 years. There is no substitute for hard work and movement building.” Reformists!” is what some may say due to the lack of rock throwing and calls to arms. Hardcore revolutionary identity has alienated us from our very own class. Again, some of our comrades prefer to choose symbols and images of past revolutionaries that are so old and beat up instead of their strategies that these same revolutionaries used for decades in pre-revolutionary conditions to agitate and organize. The working class needs to take control of its institutions and struggle in order to make them democratic and combative. Social movement through direct action and general strikes lead to real counter power. We need to put in the work to organize, and stop reverting to lifestyle cop-outs.

Sleeping well at night is no substitute for progress…

Andre

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Comments

"our very own class"

Stop waiting for an anarchist revolution and create one yourself.

Not all anarchists want revolution or even want anarchy necessarily as backwards as it may sound. It is true. All one has to do is focus a little and observe peoples behavior and reaction to organized rebellion and you'll know instantly if that person has hear or not. Create your own organization. Fuck everyone else here. You don't need their approval for insurrection organizing.

Getting carried away and thinking everyone's on the same side under the same banner of anarchism and getting all bent out of shape is where you fail so fuck those who don't agree and start working with those who do, for a change. We are not all rock throwers and we are not all book nerds either.

Let the revolutionaries throw their bombs. Let the nerds waste their time arguing with everyone about everything which the people who really care are getting actual work done. Anarchists come from many different class and racial backgrounds and everyone seems to have their own twist on anarchy and radicalism these days. The older anarchism gets the more everyone seems to want chop it up and run with it. With the rapid population growth in this country that really don't mean dick because their are enough people for every sub-faction so time to move on with or with out you.

The only thing prevent revolution in the old fashion sense is you when you refuse revolution as a solution or possibility in this time and age. You're the problem not us.

Unity is impossible. The only people who have the ability to unite and work together and be down for each other are the ones who agree and show real heart. The rest is BULLSHIT!

I mostly agree with you, but it seems like there's quite a bit of overlap between rock throwers and book nerds.

Prairie Struggle, here, has either intentionally misrepresented or completely misunderstood the Coming Insurrection.

>>>"The strategy was simple, sabotage to nudge capitalism into full swing insurrection. “All >>>power to the communes!” Its method of organization, the affinity group via squatted free >>>communes fuelled by dumpster is something we have seen far too often, is completely >>>ineffective when the objective is mass organization and radicalization.

1: Sabotage is only one small aspect of the entire section on insurrection in the book.
2: The commune literally isn't an affinity group fuelled by dumpster-diving. Using anti-globalization lingo, many the commune and the "cluster" are more similar but, in any case, the point is for people to come together regarding a particular truth and to develop the material and emotional ties necessary to make it happen. The book explicitly says that it doesn't matter whether or not goods are stolen or purchased, squatted or leased, but that the point is to free ourselves from the need for work and dead time as much as possible. The point is to use money in ways the free us from the need to make money as much as possible.
3: "when the objective is organisation and mass radicalization"
TCI is full of rhetoric about "getting organized." That, plus "Call", are almost completely about getting organized > getting indignant. If I had to very briefly some up the point of those books, that's actually what I'd say.

Plus...much of that book could be useful for analyzing the last 2 or 3 years. Where have you been?

I agree with the Anon above. This is a really bad reading of The Coming Insurrection.
The "alleged" authors themselves, a year ago when they came to SF briefly, pointed out the limits
of the book which have become apparent since the Arab Spring events. They were also pretty clear about insurrection being a process and project and not a millenarian-type event...

No wonder they don't understand TCI. All of that European insurrectionist bullshit is written in such self-fellatingly opaque language that I'm pretty sure anyone who claims to understand it is lying. Its only reason for existing is for the authors to feel like they're sooo smart, and for readers to pretend that they understand it, even though there's nothing there to understand, so that they can impress everyone.

I don't believe you.

"self-fellatingly opaque" i had to look that up. and bet most Americans reading it would have done the same. The way you feel about "the authors of "the coming insurrection" and also their choice of words is exactly the way i feel about yours. "self-fellatingly opaque" is self-fellatingly opaque in and of it self.

Impenetrable words are throw all over the place everyday on here always in competition to see who's the smartest. It's the same reason why nobody here can out smart the system. Because everybody here is caught up in a battle to see who can out smart each other.

NEEEERDS!!!!!!

NERDS!
NERDS!
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NERDS!
NERDS!
NERDS!
NERDS!
NERDS!
NERDS!

I hate nerds and so does Oger.

self-fellatingly opaque sounds really dumb, but it's not that hard to figure out what it means.

a lot of the writing in tiqqun sounds good and is maybe a little bit hard to figure out, but it seems petty to complain about writing being dense if it's about questions that are really important to you.

TCI, on the other hand, is basically an extremely easy text. I don't get why people find it so hard to understand.

Yup, maybe it's too simple for the anarchist ideologues and polemiticians

I just finished The Coming Insurrection and it was awesome, not hard to understand at all. The Theory of Bloom was a little more difficult.

Before encountering TCI/ Tiqqun I had just finished Foucault's "Archaelogy of Knowledge" and done some reading up on Deleuze and Guattari. There is such a strong, beautiful anti-fasist philosphical strain running through all of these writers... And, correct me if I'm wrong here, but I figured out pretty quickly that they all relied on Neitzche in some fashion. D&G and Foucault both show us a worthwhile Marx whos ideas can be used but not worshipped. TCI/Tiqqun show a beautiful evolution of this: a social war, a post-left, new theoritical weapons and ideas to combat capital and the state.

Look at how smart you are.
Smart smart smart.
Or maybe everyone else is dumb.

bravo. nice polemics.

Are you serious?? Anarchists only read zines so they expext everything to read like a coloring book. Pick up any classical piece of american literature; chances are its hard to read than the coming insurrection. Just because your stupid doesnt mean everyone else is.

"Anarchists....are like sick people. What do you do with someone that's sick???"

Hey prairie struggle I have a little secret to tell you...

Nobody gives a fuck what you think about anything.

Give'em a break, nothing else to do in the flatlands except hang out with the two other anarchists ...

if they're bored, maybe they could read the coming insurrection. like, all of it, instead of just the few pages that talk about things they don't like.

Reading comments on anarchist news is like watching a married couple go at it and I don't mean in in a good way.

Is there an anarchist website I can go to where there anarchists are engaging in problem solving instead of wasting their time looking for fights and opportunities to bash one another on this and that?

Its just getting really old and I'm not a kid anymore. I really want to foment insurrection. Not trying to debate issues till I'm 55 and tired. There's got to be more problem solving where people are volunteering ideas and working together?

I can't accept this as the limit where ideas are fed in and all we ever do is read and talk shit about authors and their articles and anyone who comes here and disagrees with them.

This is not productive. We are wasting time. Where can I go?

Hello Comrade,

Have you considered the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) ?
Less talk and more action. Less debate and more unquestioning unity.

In Avakian's Name,
Com Zombie

Hail comrade. To my own power of forced anarchy.

- the anarcho-stalinist

At first I was like, hey, another anarcho-stalinist!

But then I was all like, Impostor!!!!!!

Bob Avakian's Introductory Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2j5W2cHElw

to your grave.

From an anon poster.

"Reading comments on anarchist news is like watching a married couple go at it and I don't mean in in a good way.

Is there an anarchist website I can go to where there anarchists are engaging in problem solving instead of wasting their time looking for fights and opportunities to bash one another on this and that?

Its just getting really old and I'm not a kid anymore. I really want to foment insurrection. Not trying to debate issues till I'm 55 and tired. There's got to be more problem solving where people are volunteering ideas and working together?

I can't accept this as the limit where ideas are fed in and all we ever do is read and talk shit about authors and their articles and anyone who comes here and disagrees with them.

This is not productive. We are wasting time. Where can I go?"

I've had the same problem. CerebralRising is pretty cool. There are some really nice people there.

some really nice people there

your problem might be that you're looking for all of these things on the internet. have you tried actually making friends?

That "RCP" comment is very disgusting and disgraceful and only makes us look bad. I can understand the persons sentiment where they are coming from. It makes a lot of sense and should be given credit.

It does nothing to help a fellow comrade genuinely asking for help wanting to be lead in another direct to be more productive. Just because they don't want to be here anymore. I don't see how anyone could blame them for wanting to leave.

If you're against doing community work, fine, but don't attack other anarchists for asking for work by labeling them "communist" because we are not communists but we love doing community work. Shame on you.

Many of us do work for the community and we do not the RCP okay, so blow you can blow it out your ass with that one who ever you are.

Don't attack that person. Especially when that person is right about this error in our camp going on 24/7.

This attack is just more of the same reason the person is asking if anyone knows a better place. YOU CANNOT BLAME THE PERSON!

fuck Community.

Get to work ending work...

Is infoshop a better place? Maybe they have a forum where people brainstorm ideas for insurrection discussing how to shut things down and riots and what not. I don't know.

Cop.

No, now where on the Internet is good for any worthwhile conversation.

A forum? There has to be? This can't be all there is?

emptiness is all there is, my friend.

Nihilists trolling @news when there are probably more nihilist forums than @ forums/websites?

why would a Nihilist care about taking part in a forum?

Because they're all fakers and hypocrites? I don't know?

It doesn't really matter, does it now?

So anarchists with goals are the dictators and anarchists without adjectives are the liberators? Is it really that black and white to you people?

Fools!

how is change accomplished? we know how change is suppressed; i.e. by physical force [police, military], but what role does physical force have in bringing about change? physical insurrection backed by legitimate complaint can erode the empowering of the incumbent ‘authority’. withdrawal from compliance with authority is ultimately what ‘brings down’ the authority. the overtly announced strategy of the U.S. in the case ‘rogue nations’ [e.g. iraq, and now iran] whose leaders are not prostrating themselves to the western power alliance, is to implement sanctions that make the life of the people so miserable [e.g. including many deaths of infants and frail] that the path to relief becomes obvious and unitary; i.e. to depose the current ‘rogue’ leader and replace him with one who will prostrate himself to the western power alliance so that the sanctions will be lifted.]

this is a weakness of revolution that transpires within the organizing paradigm of the sovereign state; i.e. a global alliance of powerful, militarized sovereign states ensures the demise of a successful revolution. ‘decolonization’ as in anarcha-indigenism, which includes the EZLN approach, gets rid of the single-point-of-failure that prevails in authoritarian [sovereigntist] systems where the collective has proxied their power to a central authority. the growth of decolonization proceeds by ‘eroding the intellectual foundations of colonialism which means withdrawing from authoritarian governance structures [employing circles instead of line-of-command-and-control.].

the article seems to ignore this inherent alternative path to transformation/change; i.e. the ‘linear’ path versus the ‘circle’ path; e.g;

re; “These politics offer with certainty that the end of capitalism is arriving. These so-called self-fulfilling prophecies reassure the disillusioned radicals that the hard work needed to build and achieve popular support for revolution is done. It lets them know that they just need to wait or riot a little more for full revolution and subsequently, emancipation.”

what is being missed is that the western ‘linearized’ concept of change by way of revolution, simply inverts the poles of opposite extremes; e.g. the ‘powerful/empowered’ and the ‘powerless/disempowered’. this is not only a ‘linear’ but a ‘dualist’ view. the non-dualist ‘circle’ view of anarcha-indigenism understands change as cycles of ‘transformation’ where a new order rises up as the established order descends. it requires defensive actions against the established order but not attack with the aim of conquest. withdrawal of support for authoritarian regimes will collapse them.

the innate ‘circularity’ of anarcha-indigenism, and the coming of the ‘turning point’, rather than the instant flip of one flag going up and another coming down, is discussed, for example, here.

' Where can I go? ' - Twitter, my own blog and drive-by comments works for me. Btw I'm 57 years young and plan on living for a few billion years.

Professor rat ( Honeymooners fan )

"CerebralRising" what about "crimethinc"?

what!? nothing about newspaper boxes or the streets they may (or may not) be in? we have truly failed each other.

you mean i stuck through that whole '2012' workshop in the big tent for nothing!?

astral projection bro

Sure, Crimethinc is a good suggestion and it has been around for awhile. I didn't get into too much myself. I like writting and meeting people much more than getting involved in direct action. There are plenty of intellectuals participating there, although, there is a lot of secretive direct action minded people hanging out. I would have a hard time raising my children from a prison cell so I've shied away from it.

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