The majority of this podcast is devoted to discussing violence in various forms, in particular the practicalities and morality behind it. We have a varied set of viewpoints here, but by no means do we encompass the entire spectrum of anarchist thought on violence within this podcast, rather we attempt to cover most of it.
There are arguably three main types of violence which will be premised in this analysis: state violence, group violence, and revolutionary violence. The first two forms of violence, coming from the state and groups empowered by the status quo, are designed to oppress. The third form, coming from revolutionaries and the systematically oppressed, is designed to strike back at this oppression for the purpose of liberation. The first two types (state and group) are violent, or offensive, by nature. The last type (revolutionary) is counter-violent, or defensive, by nature.
“[T]he time of passive resistance has ended, that nonviolence was a useless strategy and could never overturn a white majority regime bent on retaining its power at any cost” – Nelson Mandala
“Y’all are some singers. Y’all are just like them, you’re all cops.” – A man at Sunday’s demonstration at the 4th Precinct.
From The Haters
Welcome to our special crushing the dreams of children edition! This episode we eviscerate the statist communalism of comic book heroics and goofball treatment of serious violence as featured in a movie from 2014 at the request of a mother whose daughter LOVES the film. Listen, and enjoy!
Find it on archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/Episode9GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
To whomever reads this, I'm writing this in hopes to clarify positions, give analysis, and give vague strategic proposals from an anarchist perspective. I'm someone who has been involved in Milwaukee's anti-racist/anti-police brutality/ #blacklivesmatter movement for a few years now. All of those descriptions of the movement are included because a movement is not just about one case, all of those things are necessarily related, and I don't honestly know a proper name for this movement that has been ongoing for years, so if you've got suggestions or criticism, please chime in.
From the initial revolt in Ferguson last August to the demonstrations in Oakland and Berkeley last week, property destruction has been central to a new wave of struggle against police violence. But what does vandalizing businesses have to do with protesting police brutality? Why break windows?