The old corpse of national liberation creeping back?
Some one on the irc reminded me about this crappy nationalist background I went through during my teenage. It's not that much an important detail; we all get caught up the political farce of some Imagined Community at some point, and I did make a fool of myself in some different ways, like proselytizing about the anarcho-communist social revolution for a while... All of it was fluff. Or "spooks" if you prefer.
So national liberation movements. In reference to this reply: https://anarchistnews.org/comment/3275#comment-3275 that was in response to this absurd, manipulative text: https://anarchistnews.org/
Those movements were more driven by historical forces than they drove these. I don't mean to be oversimplifying by drawing out conspiratorial motives explaining away every single national liberation movement, but if you look at these movements through the 20th century, most have been pushed by darker, foreign interests that would be serving one or another expansionist goal. It's not as much an interesting exercise to be looking through these "big movements" and their suspicious politics, as it is to be looking at the, totalitarian, alienating social relationship they help turning a blind eye upon; how, by throwing magic dusts at people's faces, they make them forget the reality of their, otherwise, depressing, oppressive every day life.
Looking back at it, if the FLQ would have been instead an anti-tech Luddite fight, back in the '60s, instead of a bunch of sad losers who got told grand narratives then instrumentalized to fight for an ideal nation suspended in some future where Hitler would have been a romantic hero, we would have probably had a much more interesting situation, as the real imperial invasion wasn't British, but the US's very own cultural revolution (i.e. neoliberalism) and its coming techno-industrial, commodity society. The post-war empire thought by pre-war "luminaries" like Keynes, Ford, Bernays and Rand, and devised the Breton-Woods conference. These deluded, brainwashed insurgents didn't care enough to look around them to see how their world had really changed since their childhood. The American Way had invaded; it was already globalized commodity culture, based on oil, cars, and the rest of the Leviathanesque machinery, State monopolies over an expansion energy and communications infrastructure, happening during the '60s. Beyond a "back to the land" famous among the hippie culture (that was equally, as noted by a fantastic Quebecois writer, "Made in USA"), there was little interest, back then, in a critique of civilization, of technology as a system of control, as the "masses" were already throwing away the Church off the window for TV shows on the CBC-SRC.
The stupidity of nationalists lies partly in turning a blind eye over the daily life and sublimating its commodity worship; not looking at the fact that their great nation is just a bunch of shitty suburbs, shopping malls, plastic shit all over the place. But hey, "we" had to stand up to the commie evil empire... and all that's left of this war for liberty is mountains of toxic waste, prisons and radiations all over the place. Morons. And there I am, to fight a war everyday against these morons in their cars, threatening and insulting me on a daily basis, as they equally crush non-human animals on the roads, all with pride in their machines, their German cars of the Fourth Reich. Still no self... just prefab human drones, waiting to be replaced by actual machines eventually. These are your proles I would be supposed to fight alongside, according to your local libcom or radleft; biological automatons who'd like to see me lying dead by the road to their jobs... cops without badges who snitch me when they find me around some dumpsters, to some actual cops who couldn't care less!
Fuck your nation of cowards. I don't want MORE of it. Reading this national liberation shit on an anarchist website is as bad as when a text by Keith Preston ended up here, for a brief moment before being removed. Now it's not some fringe national-anarchist loser nobody wants to hear about who's found pushing the dead horse of nationalism, but our usual suspects the libertarian commies, . And that sux!
See ya back in 2023, 2038, 2102 for more of that same old nationalist garbage, because it's always so badly needed! :S