5 Points Against Waiting For the Next Big Demo

  • Posted on: 18 December 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Insurrection News Worldwide
Autonomous initiative is the life blood of anarchy.
Without individuals dreaming, scheming, and turning their thoughts into action, nothing happens. Protest organizers are not special; they imagine a situation they want to bring to life and invite others to help them make it happen. The same is true for any anarchist endeavor involving more than one person. Gardens, attacks, fundraisers, occupations, bands, they’re all the result of people deciding to make their own realities. The constant process of thinking and acting without being told what to do is what makes anarchy possible. Some people call this autonomy, and without it anarchy is impossible.
Waiting for protests places the responsibility to take action on others.
As anarchists, we reject the notion that others are responsible for making our lives how we want them to be. We know better than to trust our leaders to fulfill our needs and desires. We have to make what we want ourselves. When we wait for protests instead of doing what we want, we pass along the responsibility of meeting our needs to organizers, marshals, activists, or whoever else is planning the next big thing. If we are going to practice self-determination, we can’t let ourselves be carried by the current of the next protest.
Waiting for protests centralizes our power.
There is an infinite number of ways we can be powerful; the struggle is multi-form. We can build our capacity to live and support one another, we can sharpen our analysis to better understand and fight authority, we can gain confidence and learn new skills, we can attack what keeps us from freedom. When we drop our projects to look forward to the next march, we limit our power to only one form.
Waiting for protests means only acting with police and liberals.
All the big protests guarantee two things: police and liberals. Police are paid to maintain the social peace, and liberals are more than willing to try to maintain it for free. These people are less than ideal company for creative rebels. Certainly some things can still happen with them around, but usually much less – why try to do with them around what we can do without them any other day? This isn’t a call to abandon marches and rallies altogether, but instead to do things outside of and alongside them when that makes more sense.
Waiting for protests is waiting.
It can never be repeated enough” “the secret is to really begin”. When we put off taking the actions we know are necessary to create the lives we want, free of domination, we add to the inertia of inaction that we are fighting against. Anarchy is not just a distant horizon to be achieved after the revolution, it is also every moment of freedom lived in the here and now.
(via Anathema, Volume 3, Issue 9)

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This is very nice to see. INB4 anarcho-maoists have a huge fit.

Is it though mate? why are we still having these same old conversations in 2017? these are the same things a big portion of anarchists have been saying for years, decades. Why can't we just accept that we're never going to get those with a vested interest in this shit away from it? Should probably Just let them do there dumb shit and accept that writing /another/ text critiquing aforementioned dumb shit isn't going to help in the slightest.

because one must imagine sisyphus happy, mate.

eh, much to my personal detriment i prefer to be honest with myself. :(

I get the reference, but it doesn’t sit well with me. Wouldn’t this mindset encourage passivity, resignation? Like, if I was sysyphus, I’d try to figure something out. Like, no thanks. Not gunna push this damn rock up again. Suck it.

But I want to keep fighting, so is that the rock?

whether you keep fighting or not, life the the rock.

So lets do both?

The protest idea means that we want to enforce a government or some big company or what ever organization change their deals to the way that we would like more. The problem is that a protest without any plan looks like sheep moo. It is fully not enough to change some local situation for some short time period. Attack these bastards any time without any reason! Our goal must be destroy the system instead of protest against it. The other side of problem, that we are steel living inside of this sheet because we have friends, relationships, some job and points of interest, do not have enough resources, etc. We need to stop be in calm and make our own society, with better technology, better life quality, better life. This new city can start to be a lighthouse for all souls that what to be free.

Anarchists have been participating in combative street demos that could be characterized as "protest" for the entire history of anarchism. Any large activity in the streets is going to have people who think they're "protesting" and others who could characterize the activity differently. "Protests" are only useless reformism when they don't DO anything except march around, which is arguably a failure of the more radical tendencies to influence the organizing.

Lately, some anarchists in canada and the US, instead of accepting that they're being outflanked by liberals, have decided they're more clever than every anarchist ever and they love to say stuff like this. Once an anarchist swallows this everything-is-liberal-bullshit pill, they do little else besides publishing and making snarky comments, isolating themselves and rendering their tendency harmless. This is a trap.

Go to demos or don't, its your decision. But you're pretty ensue if you don't realize that there's ways for "protest" to become something more interesting. Make your union of egoists and go do something else entirely! That would be great too but I don't see much of this happening. Most of you keyboard warriors evidently aren't up to that much. ;)

You're pretty dense^ if you don't realize ...

I don't think they realize . . .

I'm convinced there's a halfwit, mutated version of post-left thinking that chants everything-is-marxism, everything-is-leftist, people-are-horrible-so-why-bother and it's on par with lunar landing hoaxers and flat earthers. They just want to sit in their online sewer and destroy any rationality that comes near with a sniper rifle.

My version of egoism goes like this: Do these ideas make me stronger or weaker? Do they motivate me or alienate and paralyze me? What have I accomplished using these ideas, if anything?

Rational Man (TM)

Are indeed mostly away from leftist marxist associated protest and politics. It's the apolitical stuff like squatting, ill and alegality as well as immediate archaic terrestrial living.

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