Fuck Everything About May Day in Seattle

  • Posted on: 3 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

by Ansel Herz

Fuck El Comite.

Fuck another tame immigrants rights march parade, organized by local group El Comite and welcomed by police, while the federal government maintains a for-profit gulag holding immigrants just forty minutes away. Fuck doing the same thing over and over—protesting because you want to end deportations that rip apart families and send fathers, mothers, and children to impoverished, unsafe countries—instead of upping the pressure or focusing attention on the active monument to the injustice of the system in our neighboring city.

Fuck a bunch of the anarchists.

Not all of them. A bunch of them. Fuck their tired, overblown rhetoric: "destroying our enemies," "let's get wild and free!" etc.

Fuck their macho-posturing, their self-involved adrenaline rushes, their immature screaming and cursing, and, for all of their hyperbole, their failure to accomplish jack in the fight against capitalism, a rapacious economic system that threatens the planet. Fuck their laziness, their unwillingness to put in the organizing work between May Days to do something that ordinary working people in Seattle could get behind, something that isn't stale and predictable. Fuck not utilizing the potent black bloc tactic to do anything more significant than crack a couple random windows. Fuck the way they confirm people's worst stereotypes about anarchists and discredit anarchism.

Fuck the media.

Fuck me for taking the bait and giving one theatrical video more attention than it deserved. Fuck the TV journalists roaming around downtown with bodyguards, pretending they're in a warzone. Fuck breathless coverage meant to titillate suburban soccer moms and fuck the gas-guzzling helicopters thwacking away overhead.

Fuck the police.

Fuck their macho-posturing, too. Fuck their arbitrary blockades—before any bottles or objects were thrown—preventing anticapitalist marchers from peacefully marching where they wanted to go. Fuck the way they ramp up tensions, not diminish them. Fuck the city's Office of Professional Accountability for its toothlessness, for not sending observers out to the scene—putting the onus on random citizens and journalists with cameras to hold police accountable. And fuck the police for their violence, their reckless use of incendiary weapons on crowds of people, namely blast balls, which are sure to kill or permanently maim someone sooner or later (more coverage to come on that issue). Fuck their smugness.

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/05/02/24034395/fuck-everything-abou... (visit home page for full linkage)

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Comments

Hey Ansel, I could almost respect this rant except that you're still drinking the liberal pacifist koolaid. You still tend to equate expressions of rage with "immaturity" even as you rant your own frustrations. You still want to talk down to the angry kids as pedant instead of getting stuck in. You're still unwilling to decide which side and so there's only snarky comments directed at the spectacle, however insightful some of these observations might be.

This is the limbo that most radical journalism and social media finds itself in trapped in. You're still just watching the show and commenting instead of actually living your life, projecting your own feelings of impotence on to everyone else.

"Why doesn't everyone just do a,b and c?!" Somebody pay me a dollar for every hipster with a rant like this and I'll buy the anarchists their own planet to live on.

My dear friend Ansel, beautiful venting rave I totally agree, welcome to my Post Left discussion group, looking forward to some more tirades from you, stay cool dude ;)

fuck getting wild and free and destroying our enemies.
fuck it
fuck

Which of our enemies were 'destroyed?' Fuck 'wildness' as an excuse for stupidity and anti-'organization.' Destroy not pretend.

so, YOU've destroyed some terrible enemies by your diligent organizing efforts??
pray tell!

The wild is organic, a free-flowing organism even. we in it.
good ideas are good, otherwise STFU

1. child labor laws
2. 40 hour work week
3. minimum wage
4. explicit racial slavery

These take the form of laws, but it it makes more sense to think of them as scars on the face of capitalism. Capital isn't dead yet, but Rome didn't fall in a day either. In general, racial divisions in America don't seem to be an issue anarchists can deal with by running through the hood getting wild and organic. Not to say don't do it. Prison economy isn't something we can dismantle without discipline and the ability to suffer heavy losses. Nuclear disarmament, and waste storage. Famine.

Any way, my point is that organization has a clear role in autonomy, so don't knock it til ya try it.

don't get me wrong; the artifice of social-democracy is preferable to a more absolute totalitarianism. i wouldn't complain about my consequentially opportune privilege of residing relatively near to the pyramid's apex where child-slavery is made less-explicit. i am grateful for the comfortable padding and soothing paint-job in this jail-cell into which my family and i are coerced by the complicit handlers of civil-systems.
autonomy is only individual. we have to handle our own shit and simply share .

Wait, you want the soccer moms to not be afraid? Well, it's clear we are not on the same page here. You should check out the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

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