Since 2012

  • Posted on: 20 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Fauvenoir

It can be safely assumed that around the year 2011, we've seen a worldwide momentum of anarchist insurgency. Perhaps we could talk about a 4-years period, or maybe even 7 or 8, that started with the Greek insurgency in December 2008, which might have opened a temporary rupture in the hardening fabric of social reality, unleashing waves of forces from Hell (in the Jungian sense of course!) upon the stagnant, grey, totalitarian liberal-democratic order of the Millenium, the Forteress Europe, and America's War on Terror.

Turmoil has spread at a time where the global capitalist establishments had reached a level of cohesion and unity unseen for about a hundred years. There was a G20 at some point... remember? Then a cop car was burned for all the world to see. The first real actual riot à la Greek happened in the streets of the biggest business urban center of over-pacified Canada. Around 2011 in some parts of Canada and the U.S., some serious anarcho insurgency was taking shape, as more globally we've seen the hey days of anarcho-insurgent ogarnizations like the CCF-FAI.

You had a revolt in Iran, the Arab Spring, wildcat strikes in the south of the African continent, factory occupations in Chinese industrial cities, MEND's Rambo war on big oil exploitation in Nigeria, Somalian piracy, radical subversion unleashed up against the Russian regime, the much derided/despised/missed Occupy movement, insurrectos going actually insurrecto in the U.S., then a huge student strike in Quebec where many "outside agitators" came over there to experiment a bit of social warfare, and yes there was a really big anarchy fest at the ZAD... like THE squat eviction party of the decade (and the last), in the middle of the countryside in France.

To me, all these uprisings have shown that, contrary to a widespread pre-2008 belief in the State's paramount inexorability, of the Police State made into a God, it was still possible to challenge, subvert or negate the power of the State, especially on the public place. That anarchy was still alive and well, somewhere outside of our reinforced bubbles. That you just had to get there. And it all looked neat and fresh. It was a time to remember, tell our grand kids maybe (though you shouldn't have kids. It's really a bad idea, and not at all needed); despite the let down that followed...

2012 did indeed happen! But instead of world-changing catastrophes, big space rock crashing, tidal waves swallowing everything, or a nukular war, we appear to have went to the wrong alternate universe; everything in society that had to go just STAYED, or crept back in, worse and more resilient than before... as the movement of revolt just gradually evaporated, leaving us with the spectacles of our past insurrections to be analyzed by West Coast anarchist outlets.

What happened was otherwise. A subjuguation, a liquidation of entire uprisings through the cheap old tricks of democratic politics and their statecraft. And NATO troops remained in Afghanistan no matter what. Fascism -may it be White or Islamic- just kept getting bigger and deadlier. Billionaires Club kept growing as proles been working overtime to pay the owners of their plaster boxes and to eat over-inflated shit. None of the insurrections "worked", save their own specific, local goals when there were. We've had a few interesting outbursts of rage in the few years that followed, like of course BLM and, to some extent, the Ukrainian and Syrian uprisings -even if those had some really problematic, fascistic aspects- and the recent Nuit Debout in France, and, well, there was another, tougher fight at the ZAD that finally revealed that the State isn't only an externality, but can also be among "Our Friends".

The Insurrection was indeed coming. And it passed. Its MOMENTUM did, at least. Without actually being, and taking hold of the new-old world, changing it down to its roots, contaminating it to a point of no return, where hierarchies of the State are finally abandoned, or their whole world was just trashed. Somewhere someplace, a bomb was watered down... Some dude got a job... Some black bloc dude said something rude to a comrade at the riot porn demo... Some people went too easy on themselves in the summer... Some usual hobo fetish kid got joined a "radical" folk band... I can't really tell, but perhaps YOU can.

But did we really had a plan, anyways? Or at best a vision?

So, instead of renewing the old generic analysis of past uprisings that tend to give them an shoddily-critical impression of success, I wanted for so long to look at what actually went wrong.

What the fuck happened, that made those insurgencies implode, collapse, run out of fuel, or water themselves down? What went on, for instance, in June 2012 in Quebec or around those puzzling Egyptian elections? What was your experience or impression, NOT on any of those fights, but their aftermath, on how they "ended"?

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I like your style. Anarchism still has an attraction despite it's multiplicity of meanings. I hope this doesn't turn into one of those East coast vs West coast rivalries, you saw what happened to Big and Pac, it can't be good.

There's a story of petty, yet pretty funny insurrecto escalation behind the pic you see up there, but can't really tell online at the moment... only that it ain't from the usual suspects of the CVM/UQAM milieus.

share in the IRC!

Vandalize or burn a few important-looking things and I might.

What happened?! At the risk that this was a rhetorical question, I feel several personal connections to the high-water marks you mentioned, people I care about were front and centre and yes, heady times!

But we never seriously believed our cute little G20 uprising was going to snowball in to a genuine threat to the state, did we? Requires a pretty embarrassing amount of naiveté'.

Even as a starry-eyed kid, I assumed it was more of a - shaking our fist at the sky, dignity in resistance - type of thing. The kids in France were obviously able to draw on a very rich history of anti-capitalist resistance and still only managed to put up a palestinian flavoured rocks vs tanks level of resistance. A very impressive one too! The kids in montreal are some of the most ferocious @s north of mexico and they're still lucky to trade a few shots with the SPVM in a pitched battle.

Don't get me wrong, I have endless admiration for the brave, tragic figures fighting modern police states with stuff they stole from the hardware store but of course, we were always doomed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq6tpiUwhy8

I don't know about other countries but I think in the US, BLM had a lot to do with the decline. Shit was definitely tapering by the end of 2012, but ebbs and flows happen. What had usually set anarchists apart from the rest of the political landscape was their uncompromising opposition to liberals and police. When Ferguson started it looked like there was gonna be a new resurgence of militant insurgency, one that was likely to help anarchism, and even if not, still the kind of stuff anarchists are all about. But after the on the ground militancy was defeated, what replaced it was a mostly liberal movement against police violence centered around black identity. And so, as a largely white but specifically disproportionately non-black counterculture I think US anarchism felt unable to do its normal thing of fight cops and talk shit on liberals that served it so well in occupy and a lot of people just fizzled out. By the time "anarchism" came back again after Trump there was no existing culture to build from, so from the ground sprang some new thing, mostly internet spawned, usually extremely leftist, despondent, and oftentimes just a reaction to the far right, completely missing the reckless passion for freedom that made the times you're describing so priceless.

That's a pretty fancy way of saying we're all at home, on the computer, doing fuck-all ;)

Only interesting thing about that is how easy it is to stop?

Humans in general got pwned by the technocracy. Anarchists are just usually failing to overcome it, but nowhere being more stucked into it than other randos. For decades we've been promoting the use of the internets for dissent and mobilization. But as we all know IRL agitation still has the edge over even social media, just not enough people are grabbing the razor. Why aren't they? Coz most of them are caught in social media? Hmm...

As somebody who grew up in video games and top quality kids entertainment on TV, when the internet got big it was marvelous. Way bigger than when people "discovered" the Fedbook. It was a million different channels and platforms, all over the place, and you could interact and code freely without hassles or login walls. It was the deal of the century to buy out the masses.

True true! I can only "hope" (whatever, cuz fuck everybody, bunch of dummies) that we've already peaked on the social media phenomenon. I see plenty of signs that people are groggily waking up with nasty hangovers from their decade long fedbook bender.

Wouldn't blame you for being like "Nah, we're all going to be slumbering cyborgs in our vampire coffins forever you techno-optimist fool!" but I'm convinced that people are fickle and never do any single thing for very long.

Years from now, if there's anyone left to tell the stories, they'll speak with hushed awe, of the times when half the population of the planet was in an electro-hypnotic trance, while the world burned down around their ears.

Hah nicely put rave ;)

as other commenters have stated - history happened, we weren't enough to stop it.

i have been reflecting lately on the past decade, how a lot of my worst fears have come true - that no one would listen to at the time - and how i am doing completely different things with my life now, and of course, no one listening still.

almost a decade ago i was involved in one of the student occupations movements that was a precursor to occupy. we were crushed but i figured something like occupy and the squares movements was bound to roll through the u.s. soon after, that there would be more general anti-police rebellions - and that there would be a right-wing response that would be much stronger than we could ever hope to be, and a dithering left that would only make things worse.

we started seeing this when the oath keepers showed up in ferguson and the first bundy standoff. but even before that i could feel that like everything else we were doing, our attempts at making insurrection hip were too small, and were going to face a much larger reaction from the right. it was hard to imagine in the first obama term what that was going to look like, but the mere existence of the tea party showed there was still so many reactionary, relatively privileged white men in society and enough super-privileged white men looking to back them that this massive inertia was going to confront us, even incoherently, just idiots were going to come out of the wood work if the left started making headway, even if capitalism was also shaking at the same time - maybe especially if considering how most crises and fascist upsurges have happened in history.

we had this delirious zeal, back then, but i think even being the childish idiots we were, we knew somehow it was too little, too late. the stuff i heard people say that made the most sense in those years was about building subterranean networks and spaces of opacity to face what was coming...and now it's here. we didn't take our own apocalyptic predictions seriously enough, i think - or took them so seriously we didn't think about our own futures. that's being in your 20s i guess... we rushed to confrontation and some of us paid quite heavily for it. not just into direct conflict with the state but in trying to work with leftists who were saying out the other side of their mouth (and both sides once shit went down) that all anarchists are racist and sexist, and in encountering some of the right-wing auxiliaries who were already beginning to emerge in crowdsourced counterinsurgency that picked up so much speed since then, neo-cyber-fascism or whatever the fuck we should call it... anyway it was the beginning of the end of my activist days, that's for sure.

"history happened, we weren't enough to stop it."

That's because the intended goal wasn't to change history. It was an unclear, non-defined blur of motives and desires, not always converging, often by-products of the summit-hopping Left activism. Anarchism for so many has been nothing else than an edgy "socialism lite". But just because I want to rethink the way I/we relate to each other and to nature, that doesn't mean I fucking care about improving society!

It took far too long for anarchists to draw the line in the sand between them and those following political or economic agendas that get recuperated. We need committed crazy individuals who're ready to conspire and plot for real. We need blood oaths and secret passphrases. We need people who like to analyze the enemy and figure where to strike. We need a spiritual power. This ia what the former Illuminati were, and they somewhat succeeded.

Also, as you're saying, having a movement consisting almost entirely of late teenagers and twentysomethings is problematic, given how they haven't been through the social funnel of the '30s. Ageism in an insurgency is problematic, as much as the other bad -isms. The intents of insurgency can be as vivid among people in their '40s, and even and especially at very old age, but if your usual bunch of bb cool kids are looking down upon them like old creeps or cops, well this means a big fuck off to them, so, well... not exactly good for whatever your insurgency is. Getting over our social identities and their divides to do shit together makes a lasting, powerful anarchy to happen and prevail.

What you described is --We need a bunch of sociopathic narcississist paranoics to run amok for a spiritual goal. Hmm, just another crusade by the sounds of it.

Just a net of individualists who're not waiting to get the big numbers on their side to influence the real world, instead of the world of ideas. Because, anyways, it's always a minority of inspired people getting things done who change the course of history, not the big numbers who get duped all the time.

Also I've been through the definition of spirituality and how it fundamentally differs from religion, so plz don't go full troll. The Bonnot Gang or Malatesta's peasant insurrection are the same as Hamas or ISIS only in your mind.

Ok, Much in the way that Jesus and his disciples did their thing in their day, cos, sociopathy is merely opposing the social system one is living in, not an actually disease, just an adverse attitude. No point telling me not to go full troll, I will forever wear that yoke.,.

"crowd-sourced counterinsurgency"

That is fucking brilliant and I'm going to steal it and use it all the time to explain the new reactionary forces. Til now, I had to talk for like 10 minutes to explain how it's not exactly fascism but kind of still is, blah blah blah.

Anyway, you're awesome, anon! Thanks

Thanks! Idk if I came up with it or was remembering from a piece about the UK anti police riots some years back when the state put out calls on for people to look at footage and try to ID people (before this was a common activity)

Part of what came up after 2012 was indeed a "crowdsourced counterinsurgency". You can see this through the Alt-Right like the ultra-liberal identity politics, who worked together at crushing radical tendencies from inside and outside. There ain't just the ultra-conservative offensive, there's also the people who traded their (shallow) revolutionary paradig for a ranged defense of specific minority identities, just as they, in the real world have been climbing up the stairs of academia while amassing social capital. These are people who used to riot and smash stuff around.

There's evidence that Ukraine 2014 was steered through social media gimmicks, and also less sophisticated media gimmicks, from both sides. Look at the noosphere theory and how it may possibly have been actually applied through a tool of mass social management, called the "nooscope", purportedly in use by the Russian government, even tho there's the Western version of it. Cambridge Analytica was basically using a nooscope actively during the 2016 campaign, but this predictive colleration statistics model, that works by using agglomerates, was developped and used for quite a while in social sciences. Only that its proactive and inductive use -which taps onto people's opinions, sensitivities and behavior through herd tactics for economic and political ends- may be the recent new development. Social media added to correlation statistics can be one powerful cocktail. While the official purpose is marketing, it can also be used the other way around.

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