Editorial: Avalanche #11, July 2017
From Avalanche- #11, July 2017 (anarchist correspondence)
To be in conflict with power doesn’t mean to be gene rally hostile towards power. The hostility towards power begins with scepticism – the scepticism questioning its existence and necessity. A rational matter, on the one hand, which persuades us to develop rational analyses about the functioning and transformations of pow er. Although purely abstract, whereas the putting into practice of our hostilities towards power also means to move on to speaking about oneself and about considering one’s own life as the field of projection for the own ideas. An irrational matter, on the other hand, a mat ter of heart, a matter of acting, an individual moment of rupture. A rupture, which overcomes the passive attitude of scepticism and creates by means of the own ideas and comrades projects that are attempting to push the hostility towards power in the direction of a permanent revolt and a generalised rupture with authority.
In the development of mutual projects also always arises a moment of “we”, a moment of identity, which is kept together by a minimal common perspective. A “we” that with good reason induces the sceptics to prick up their ears. Constructing a “we” is a matter, which often springs out of the will for power, prestige and norms.
Because if something like an anarchist identity is existing – on what is it based? What is constituting the movement, which is taking up this name? The number of groups, followers and spaces – a matter of structure? Or the ideas, the history, the discussions – and there fore the theory? Or the attacks and the forms of action, which the hostility against authority is taking on – so rather the practice? Or all together?
In contradiction to a perspective, which is only driven by the hunger for new followers for the own identity, our projects – so the diverse and different projects of the several individuals sharing this project – are aiming at something different. The attempt to launch and develop insurrectionary dynamics and relations, is an attempt to break up the isolation of our ideas and methods within the conflict against power, to experiment with the possibilities for a generalised rupture with the social reality surrounding us. Because being only a few comrades doesn’t mean to be isolated. As well as the quality and the uncompromising way of a stance within a conflict can also be something shareable. Because our relations and struggles are not dependent on the sharing of a fix identity, of a name or a formal (physical) structure, but rather on the way how we want to fight against power. Which means that in our struggles we are not only leaving bonds to formalities behind us to base our relationships on real affinities and experiences, but also that we are putting our struggles on an anti-political basis. Because for a method to potentially spread, it must be grounded upon the analysis of specific social conflictualities, on the reality of conflict with power.
Moreover in our struggles we want to go beyond a mere reacting to the strikes of power to self determine our struggles and the terrain on which they are taking place – and through this build them on the basis of our own analyses, own proposals and individual rhythms.
In this sense collectivity for us means the coming to gether of different individual perspectives with the aim of organising the necessary things for a project – and where this organisation is only maintained as long as it means and enables the individual enrichment and get ting closer to own perspectives.
Comrades, who are welcoming an international correspondence between comrades about their projects and struggles and who are considering the Avalanche as a useful tool for this, we are calling to contribute to this project with own texts, translations and the distributing of this magazine.
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