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Industrial Domestication by Leopold Roc:
“The term industrial revolution, commonly used to describe the period between 1750 and 1850, is a pure bourgeois lie, symmetrical to the lie about the political revolution. It does not include the negative and flows from a vision of history as uniquely the history of technological progress. Here the enemy deals a double blow, legitimizing the existence of managers and hierarchy as unavoidable technical necessities, and imposing a mechanical conception of progress, which is considered a positive and socially neutral law. It is the religious moment of materialism and the idealism of matter. Such a lie was obviously destined for the poor, among whom it was to inflict long lasting destruction.”
Notes on the Local by TIQQUN:
“The global is so little opposed to the local that actually the global creates it. The global only designates a certain distribution of differences from a homogenizing norm. Folklore is the result of cosmopolitanism. If we didn’t know that the local was local it would be for us a little globality. The local is revealed as the global makes itself possible, and necessary. Go to work, do your shopping, travel far from home, this is what constitutes the local, which otherwise would more modestly be the place where we live.
All the same, we live strictly speaking nowhere. Our existence is simply divided into layers of schedules and topologies, in slices of tailored life.”
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From the French Tarnac 9 Support Committee Bulletin:
“It is sometimes by an apparent chance that makes one believe that there really does exist a “spirit of the age”. Thus, the appearance of a book on the “Internal Enemy” by Mathieu Rigouste at the same moment when “the Tarnac affair” was in the news, leaves the thought that a real popular uprising, for those who want to contain it as for those who place in it their hopes, is in the air. Invited to Tarnac to present to us his research, the author brought us some thoughts on the theory of revolutionary war that involves a good part of the “cadres of the Nation”. If we have contributed to diffusing this work, it is as much to show that the preventive war of counter-insurrection is truly a practical and theoretical reality, as it is to give certain clues to all those who envisage derailing this war machine.
The colonial roots of counter-insurrection: Indochina, 1946-1954. The French military who tried to safeguard the colonial empire of France were bypassed by events. The techniques of crowd control that they could have utilized up until WW2, in the face of a clearly identified enemy, were checked by an untraceable form of anti-colonial revolt, where the actors were disseminated amidst the mass of the colonized population. Undiscoverable, the presumed terrorists could hit everywhere, only to dissolve back once more into the largely supportive population. It was thus necessary to react, invent, and experiment with techniques other than that of frontal combat, with a sentiment of urgency all the more powerful as the Cold War hit its peak, and as the military theorists were convinced that the hand of Moscow was hidden behind all forms of insubordination. Relying on historical antecedents, but also on a creativity not devoid of zeal, they began to utilize certain techniques: it was a question of finding one part of the enemy that was the politico-administrative organization, supposedly the spinal column of subversion, the structure of which was to be destroyed; on the other hand, systematic propaganda and psychological action upon the population, as well as the use of industrialized torture on the prisoners, to make each and every one lose their interest for insubordination. Sure of total support from a colonial state attached to “defending the free world” against “communist subversion”, the generals who guided these operations had free reign for testing techniques the better to defend the French empire- whatever the price.
Thus, even though paid for by defeat, the war in Indochina had permitted the refinement of a doctrine of revolutionary war which shortly thereafter found its place in the heart of institutes for military studies (such as the Institute for Higher Studies in National Defense [IHEDN]). Taught to military figures, but equally to owners of the media, the military industrial complex, and high ranking judges who were invited to participate in seminars, and in this way to ministers who regularly received reports- in brief, all the “cadres of the nation”- the new doctrine permitted the circulation of what they called “defense theory”. The nation is considered as an organism that must be immunized against the menaces of dissolution that eat away at it. The army is here the source of an “immunization theory” which it has precisely to function to defend the national “body” politic. The diffusion of “defense theory” into the population, relayed by all the cadres formed to this end, is thus a manner of bringing the population to immunise itself against the intervention of a protective army. An army that on its side, develops to the end of combating subversion (“cancer“) a coherent ensemble of techniques to conjure a revolutionary menace.
The resume made by Mr. Rigouste is eloquent: 1)The colonized populations are the centers of proliferation of revolutionary subversion 2)Information gathered must reveal the appearance of parallel hierarchies, which can be supported, destroyed, or replaced 3)Terror permits the adversary to hold the population, it is necessary to re-appropriate these principles 4)Designating interior subversion permits the population to be lead into supporting and participating in repression. 5)Psychological action permits the control of representations of the population and psychological war fools the adversary. The army must be the surgeon of a gangrenous society. 6)The military-police cordoning of the urban terrain constitutes a radical surgical act to purge the subversives and immunize the colonized population. 7)Reasons of state justify the state of exception and militarized surveillance.
Theorized and taught, the doctrine of counter insurrection continued at the same time to nourish itself on French colonial wars, particularly in Algeria. A new stage was thus reached during the 1957 “Battle of Algiers”. Confronted by a city-labyrinth in which subversive elements could move about and hide themselves with an uncontrollable ease, the military created what they called the “technique of urban protection”, namely that -a number was attributed to each house – the population was carded in its entirety, each one being the object of a summary of information on their job, their habits, their activities- the city was cordoned off with barbed wire and barricades, constituting so many checkpoints that permitted the control of the smallest movements-and last, diverse operations of “disappearances” and of torture were effected against anyone who was suspected of harboring bad intentions. In a parallel fashion in the 50’s, the doctrine was exported to diverse international colloquiums, for example into Nato. In the U.S., this doctrine would be immediately applied, notably against the Black Panthers.
Importing revolutionary war into the metropolitan space: After the colonial terrain, relayed by military theorists who had applied it there, the doctrine imported itself into the metropolis. In France, it was forbidden following many attempted coup d’etats (in 1961 and 1962) by its principal theoreticians (the future cadres of the Secret organization of the Army [OAS in french], but it remained studied in military institutes, and its heritage remains visible in the techniques of maintaining order. It’s in this manner that the leftists of the 60’s were designated as “chienlit”, and thus an action was taken to teach the populace to immunize itself against the leftists. At the same time, the security techniques multiplied, the media stations were held under control and the subversives expelled. But it was above all a few years later that the practices of counter-insurrection reappeared with force.
An old student of IHEDN, Giscard D’Estaing, put in place the plan Vigipirate applying the counter-insurrectional model: classed in part secret defense, this plan aimed as much to cordon the urban terrain as to immunize the population and diffuse among them the spirit of security. Later, another old student of IHEDN, Mitterand, chose to rehabilitate the generals who had attempted the coup d’etats under De Gaulle, and by this to give a new legitimacy to the doctrine. The affair of the “Irish of Vincennes” in 1982 inaugurated in France the practice of “media-police montages”: a concerted action between the media and the police permitted the preparation of a designated enemy for the populace, the diffusion of descriptive details about this foe, and, after a few months of recitation, to proceed with collective arrests.
The doctrine of revolutionary war seems to henceforth appear as a pure technology of the state, apolitical, leading simply to the maintenance of order in a population all at once menacing and menaced. The doctrine was, however, shaken by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Deprived of their principle justification in the designation of an internal enemy, the theoreticians of counter-insurrection recovered very quickly, using the “theory of new menaces”. The new doctrine always advocates the non-distinction between the subversive and the enemy, the interior and the exterior, but it adds to this the existence of gray areas, spaces of an incomplete control which serve as the terrain for the premise of subversion. And above all, the enemy from now on has multiple faces: suburban youth, leftist subversives, radical ecologists, diverse independence fighters, and above all, foreign populations. These last, constituted as “French suspected of questionable allegiance” have thus been made the object of many mediatic campaigns since their invention as a problem, and of many police interventions, and justifying at the same time by the fear that they are supposed to inspire, an ever-growing mobilization of the population.
Human Rights Watch numbers 17 media-police montages in the 90’s in France, of which the two most memorable concern such “enemies” as Khaled Kelkal, the name of the Algerian accused of the metro bombings in Paris in 1995, and who was killed by gendarmes in front of TV cameras- the affair in which the #1 and #2 in the DST have since admitted were commanded by the Algerian secret service…in the shape of an operation of psychological war; and the affair of the “Chalabi network”, which lead in 1995 to the arrest of more than 300 people of which many passed years in provisional detention to end finally at the quasi-total acquittal of the detained.
New menaces, the reinforcement of Vigipirate, psychological action…in step with the time, “defense theory” became “security theory”: the theory no long posits the population faced with an exterior enemy, but facing a new enemy from within which everyone must mistrust, and against which a permanent military-police presence is indispensable. Since 9/11, the techniques have hardly evolved, but the urgency imposed by the “Global War on Terror” has, in passing, permitted the acceleration and intensification of actions of preventive war, all the while multiplying security laws.
The internal enemy, today: One can largely resume things thusly: elaborated in the course of colonial wars, the doctrine called revolutionary war (or counter-insurrection) has since been imported into the metropolis while adapting to the context of the age. The “thought of security” has a clear lineage, and the theories that have issued from it have very concrete practical applications on the techniques of maintaining order, at the national level first, but equally and more and more, at the international level. The dominant representation is henceforth at a quasi-global level that of a singular society placed under the threat of internal subversion disseminated amongst the population, and which must at all costs be contained and prevented by the States.
In France, the two most ancient interior enemies, who have been the object of very elaborate actions of counter-insurrections, are the “savages of the suburbs” and the “illegal immigrant”. These two types constructed by “security theory” are supposed to be an antisocial force, sometimes aided by foreign powers, who menace the integrity of the nation which must protect itself. It is, in the terms of the state, a “low-intensity war” that has been led against them already for twenty years. ”Low intensity war”, that is to say one employs the methods of war in a time of peace. Thus, faced with the amplitude of the riots in 2005, it was the theory and the military figures who were solicited to the end of reestablishing order. A “technique of urban protection” of which we spoke of previously, was employed on this occasion for the first time in a metropolis: checkpoints, cordoning, and carding of the population. The military mobilized were the same who, a few months earlier, had assured the defense of French interest in the Ivory Coast (see the affair of the Ivory Hotel, an affair that was paid for by 64 deaths among the rebels). The possibility of having to use guns to keep down the rebels was envisaged with the greatest seriousness, and the military was finally mobilized to that end. And if finally its above all the CRS who were put in the foreground of the scene, the employment of technique or military material in their action was frequent (drones, flashballs, protection equipment).
In such a context, one understand better the ideological reasoning of the “Tarnac affair”. One can in effect observe, across this prism, the putting into place of a counter-insurrection operation with the intention to designate a new type of interior enemy: the anarcho-autonomous. To that end, in 2007, the first descriptions of this “new menace” began to circulate in the media. In 2008, the mediatic interventions multiplied, and the first arrests where held in a new context, attacking a supposed “French anarcho-autonomous movement”. At the same time, a certain Alain Bauer, security counselor of Michele Alliot-Marie and besides a boss of an important international security company, passed around examples of The Coming Insurrection, alerting the responsible figures of national security of the danger represented by these authors. In June 2008 all French judges received a service note inviting them to inform the Anti-Terrorist Bureau (SDAT) of all affairs that could be linked with the anarcho-autonomous movement. Then in November, after a year of mediatic preparation diffused against the new enemy, came the time for the “police-media montage” of Tanac, which permitted the public designation of the supposed representatives of this menace, and to give some principle characteristics: young, white, cultivated, mistrusting cellphones and suspecting police shadowing, living occasionally in groups…After many months of preparation, the population is in this way made to see their new enemy, against which the State is posed as the savior who intervenes preventively against a group launched on a dangerous path. That this action was balanced by a burning failure matters very little. The fact that it was irony which stood out against this paranoia of the state does not change the fact that the structures which give shape to its phantasms are really present. The plan Vigipirate has passed to red for many years (cordoning of territory and security theory), the gendarmerie is in the process of passing under the responsibility of the Minister of the Interior (army/police fusion), the general carding of the population advances slowly (Edvige and its cousins, student id cards, internet surveillance, biometrics), arrests follow, psychological action is constant, whether it be in the media or in all the places where one calls for the vigilance of the citizens against a supposed menace, the fight against the interior enemy is internationalizing, and its techniques are changing. . .
The state appears for better or worse, at all levels, to be leading a preventive offensive against all that could oppose the dominant order, combining the permanent drilling and mobilization of populations, and war operations of low intensity to assure itself of protection against the “subversive cancer” that corrodes it. Associated with the arsenal of anti-terrorist laws, which offer a legal frame for the state of exception necessary to apply this military theory, this ensemble of measures offers a structure more and more operational for putting down all eventuality of revolt. If we add to this certain recent information on the actuality of this paranoia, there is much to be unquiet about: on one hand, the same Bauer who cultivates “defense theory” at the summit of the State is about to put into place a “National Security Council” that would reunite all the bosses of the military-industrial companies, ministers, or owners of the media; on the other hand, one knows that a note has been sent to retirees and reservists of the national gendarmerie, demanding them to hold themselves ready to mobilize as of next June 30.
Thus, unease. But as M. Benasayag said in an interview diffused by numerous committees, “Unease, it’s what makes you move, what makes you act”. It’s not by fear or anguish which paralyzes and incites to replace something as stronger or more protective- above all in the context of the state, which poses as savior, since it is the same one that diffuses this anguish.
We thus face a disturbing machine of preventive war. But for one part, all machines have failures, bugs, and dysfunctions. And for another part, they also all have weak points. The question is now to succeed at discovering these, and to derail this machine. Some ideas? If the machine rests upon psychological action to diffuse anguish, we can stop trusting it; if it rests upon our collaboration, we can refuse it our complicity; and if it counts on the discretion of its real intentions, we can also put these in the light. . .”
After a long wait for the books to be shipped, the bookmobile should be getting in a number of copies of This World We Must Leave by Jacques Camatte, heretic of the Italian communist left (with an emphasis on heretic), as well as major influence on the US anarcho-primitivist / anti-civ milieu, and recent anti-political trends.
From Little Black Cart:
“Challenging post-Marxist essays translated and reprinted from Jacques Camatte’s journal Invariance. Camatte’s writing emerges from the spirit of Paris 68, but from a less familiar perspective. Neither a Parisian post-structuralist nor a situationist, Camatte comes from an ultra-left Franco-Italian communist background, and takes Marx in a more ecological, anarchistic direction.”
Essays by Camatte, including most found in this book, can be found here.
And a few new zines:
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According to AP:
“BEIJING — About 30,000 Chinese steel workers clashed with police over plans to merge their mill with another company, and beat a manager to death, a Hong Kong-based human rights group has said.
About 100 people were injured in the incident on Friday in the northeastern city of Tonghua, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in a statement.
A police officer at the Tonghua Public Security Bureau’s control centre on Sunday confirmed to AFP that a clash took place, but refused to provide any details or comment on the reported death.
Company and local government officials were not immediately available for comment.
Tonghua Iron and Steel Group employees opposed plans for Beijing-based Jianlong Steel to take a 65 percent stake in the mill, the centre said, adding they accused Jianlong of mismanagement during temporary stewardship last year.
The Tonghua employees attacked Jianlong general manager Chen Guojun when he ordered them to return to work, the centre said, adding Chen’s friends had confirmed he had died after workers blocked an ambulance from responding.
The workers had complained about Chen’s alleged three-million-yuan (438,000-dollar) salary, as the mill’s pensioners received as little as 200 yuan (29 dollars) a month, the statement said.”
China has seen an increase in unrest recently due to rapid development and the current crisis (among many other factors), which manifest in either furious proletarian tornadoes such as this instance or sadly channeled into ethnic civil war between Han Chinese and Muslim minorities.
Some videos of recent rioting:
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This video is a bit old, but still worth sharing with people who maybe not have seen it. It was made by the imaginary party, who is either associated with or made up of some of the same people who worked on the Tiqqun journal, and possibly wrote The Coming Insurrection (TCI) as the Invisible Committee. The text by itself is also interesting because it develops some thoughts on party as network of affinities, and the forming of affirming collectivities, which are later mentioned and further elaborated in Call and some of TCI. Maybe there will be some little zines floating around of this soon.
Excerpt from the text:
“The sleep of our era
is not a good sleep that
It’s an anxious sleep
that leaves you feeling even
more worn out,
desiring only to go back
to sleep again,
to escape a little longer
this irritating reality.
There is a narcosis that begs
for an even deeper narcosis.
Those who, by luck or
awake from the prescribed sleep,
come into this world as
Where are the words,
where is the house,
where are my ancestors,
where are my loves
and where are my friends?
There are none, my child.
Everything has to be built.
You must build the language
that you will live in,
You must build the house
where you’ll no longer be alone.
You must find the ancestors
who will make you more free,
and you must invent the new
through which once again,
you will love.
And all of this,
you must build it upon
the general hostility
because those who wake up
are the nightmare
of those who still sleep.
…supersession always comes
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According to onmilwaukee.com:
“‘No God, No Master’ is the story of U.S. Bureau of Investigation agent William Flynn who is swept into the world of homegrown terrorism during the Red Scare of the early 1900s. His journey into the culture of anarchism sets the stage for a timely drama with resounding parallels to the politics and issues of contemporary society. This action-driven feature film is the story of one man’s odyssey into a universe of power, greed and corruption, forcing him to confront the very principles and values that make him an American.”
Milwaukee was chosen apparently not because Galleanist’s, insurrectionary Italian anarchists, blew up a police station here and regularly instigated riots, but because Milwaukee is said to resemble the early architechture of New York. The link to the Galleanists is still there in that the film focuses on the anarchist movement during the Palmer raids and early red scare, which can’t be mentioned without talking about Luigi Galleani, Sacco and Vanzetti and the bombing of Wall Street by Mario Buda (also believed to have planted the bomb in Milwaukee which killed 11 police.) Anyway, there’s a film being filmed in Milwaukee about Anarchists. The question of its bias or the favorability of the content is a banal point. What’s significant is that it’s being made at all? Are anarchists interesting again? (positioned once again as irreconcilable monsters who haunt society) There is enough of a gulf between the bomb throwing firebrand of the 1910’s and the anti-globalization activist of today to say that this raw material for a film can not be said to be rooted in the contemporary anarchist milieu. Perhaps the content of the anarchist lies in its categorization of a potential threat to society, as identity… Especially if it’s frozen in the past.
The content of the call to “extirpate the miserable brood!” remains heartwarming.
If interested, Paul Avrich’s book Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background is an excellent history of Italian anarchists (the largest ethnic grouping of anarchists to have existed) and the Palmer raids.
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“On 16 and 17 July , three German comrades were summoned by judges in Berlin and Hamburg, in the framework of the “Tarnac Affair.” In Berlin, following a gathering in front of the French Embassy, they were brought before a judge to whom, in conformity with what they said, they made no statements. The German authorities were responding to the rogatory commission launched by Judge Fragnoli, who based his suspicions about the two Berliners on the fact that, ten years ago, they had been arrested and released following a campaign that sabotaged train lines to protest against the shipments of nuclear wastes over them.
Two weeks ago, in Perouse [Italy], two companions were thrown in jail, following a vast operation by the media and the police that merits attention. While the newspapers (Le Nouvel Observateur in France and all of the Italian press) congratulated themselves that two dangerous terrorists had been arrested at the moment they were trying to sabotage train lines, it came out that, in fact, it was 16 months ago that the two companions had been spotted by the Italian federal police not far from a railroad line and that the police didn’t arrest them so as to be able to continue to surveill them. The terms in which the forty searches and the arrests of thirty-seven people (charged with “organization of and participation in a subversive association of anarcho-insurrectionalist inspiration that seeks to commit criminal acts with the purpose of terrorism and overthrowing the democratic order”) have the same laughable grandiloquence as “Operation Taiga,” this time called “Operation Shadow.” Here one also flatters oneself with having “neutralized a dangerous anarcho-insurrectionalist cell,” since the investigation established “the concrete risk that the arrested parties could, in pursuit of their project, commit offenses of the same type or even more serious ones, which are unforeseeable but inescapable.” Lacking the ability to reproach the two in prison with actually sabotaging the train lines, one has accused them of having the intention to do so. And even if they are finally cleared, the procedure will at least have had the merit of putting them under pressure. As with “Tarnac,” here it is a question of manuals of sabotage, fanzines communicating black projects, hypothetical campaigns of destabilization, this time coordinated with people in Greece and Spain. One will not be disorientated by learning that the Italian police forces have created their own FAASI, which no longer means the “French Anarcho-Autonomous Sphere of Influence,” but the “Florentine Anarcho-Autonomous Sphere of Influence.” Quite obviously, these raids came a few days before the meeting of the G8. The local anti-terrorist unit (the Regrouping of Special Operations) judged the moment opportune to try to dissuade and disorganize any contestation, and not so much to prosecute an intention to sabotage that was more than a year old. But it was [Antonio] Tajani, the European Commissioner of Transportation, who provided the key to so many happy similarities: immediately after the raids, he gave comical “compliments to the ROS for having frustrated an attack upon the security of rail transport,” and then proclaimed, “Europe is on Italy’s side concerning what reinforces security.”
The summoning of the German comrades, the Italian raids, and the deployment of anti-terrorism against the “anarcho-autonomous” peril in France reveals one and the same imperial strategy, employed at the European level: the strategy of neutralizing political subversion. They conspire against use internationally; thus it is internationally that we must conspire against them.
French-German Friendship Lives!
Up with international solidarity!
Free all of them!
 In French, the initials are “M.A.F.,” which suggests MAFIA.
 The “Special Operations Group” of the carabinieri.
 German in original.
 Italian in original.
(Published on 19 July 2009 and translated by NOT BORED! 21 July 2009. All footnotes by the translator.)”
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A brief video introduction to the Situationists and some of their ideas.
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“A group of French workers facing layoffs obtained extra money after threatening to blow up industrial equipment at their plant, labor union representatives said on Friday. Meanwhile, workers at two other companies continue their threats to blow up their workplaces.
The workers, at JLG, a manufacturing company, were the third in France to make similar threats this month, after workers from Nortel, the telecommunications equipment maker, and New Fabris, a car parts maker.
JLG workers at three plants in southwestern France had been on strike for three weeks over a management plan to lay off 53 of them. After hearing news of the threats made at Nortel and New Fabris, they followed suit.
On Wednesday, the JLG workers placed four of the company’s products — large platform cranes with a total value estimated at $352,400 — in a car park and surrounded them with gas cylinders and kindling.
After talks that lasted well into Thursday night, management met their demand that laid-off workers receive 30,000 euros, or about $42,300, in compensation, and the strikers removed the gas cylinders and returned the cranes to the factory, said Christian Amadio, a JLG worker representative.
At Nortel, talks with management resumed, while workers at New Fabris are still threatening to blow up their factory. New Fabris workers have given a 31st July deadline for Renault and Peugeot, which provided 90% of the plant’s work, to pay them 30,000 euros each.
Such threats signal a new escalation in tactics used by disgruntled French workers after episodes in which managers were detained by employees on company premises.
Authorities have used tough language to denounce such actions but have refrained from sending in the police to break up protests. France has a history of labor unrest, and the government wants to avoid an escalation of violence.”
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This is a new and well organized archival project for anarchist and anti-authoritarian texts.
From a post announcing the start of the project:
“We introduce, for your pleasure, The Anarchist Library, an archive of anarchist texts: books, essays, and articles. We hope that this archive grows from its initial selection of over 400 titles (books, essays, and articles) into a comprehensive textual library that spans the entirety of anarchist thought.
The Internet has allowed us an amazing opportunity to share anarchist texts widely. This has allowed more people than ever access to obscure anarchist literature and propaganda. The few existing anarchist archives have all been helpful and inspirational to this project, which arises due to the inactivity of the existing online anarchist archives, with little sign that anyone is specifically serving as a librarian (commonly lacking introduction, curation, updating, or all of the above). A library is either active or dying and with the Internet popping with new anarchist texts every day, we believe it would be a shame to not attend to them.”
Some texts of interest: (previously hard to find or unavailable)
- Let’s Destroy Work, Let’s Destroy the Economy by Alfredo M. Bonanno
- Progress and Nuclear Power: The Destruction of the Continent and Its Peoples by Fredy Perlman