Democracy is a political system through which individuals constrain each others' behavior through voting, police, military, and prisons.
There are no political prisoners, only prisoners of war. There is no prison, only imprisonment. Prison cannot be abolished, only destroyed.
Know anyone in the military, or thinking about signing up soon? Pass this along to them. They may appreciate it, or not, but they deserve a heads up.
The text of this pamphlet is taken from the book Unfinished Business: the Politics of Class War by the Class War Federation.
We Don’t Want a Mass Organisation. Why not? Because we’re not a mass, and we don’t want anyone to organise us.
Selections to Expose and Oppose Legislation, Law Enforcement, and Vigilantes
anarchism, colonialism, democracy, fascism, race
Sources: http://deletetheborder.org/chaparral, http://deletetheborder.org, http://nooneisillegal.org, http://organiccollective.org/writing.html, http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org
An underground strategy without a revolution- ary form of organisation can only emerge as a new class society. To destroy the system of oppression is not enough. We must create the organisation of a free society. When the underground emerges, the collective will be that society.
The aim of this pamphlet is to do nothing more than present an outline of what the author thinks are the key features of Mikhail Bakunin's anarchist ideas. Bakunin was extremely influential in the 19th century socialist move- ment, yet his ideas for decades have been reviled, distorted or ignored. On reading this pamphlet, it will become apparent that Bakunin has a lot to offer and that his ideas are not at all confused (as some writers would have us think) but make up a full coherent and well argued body of thought.
Analysis of contemporary capitalism and ways to fight it in the U.S.
Democracy presumes a line between participants and outsiders, between legitimate and illegitimate. Only a fraction of the men could vote in ancient Athens; the Founding Fathers owned slaves. Citizenship still imposes a barrier between included and excluded, shutting over 10 million undocumented residents out of the decisions that shape their lives.
Democracy doesn’t just mean public participation in making decisions. It presumes that all power and legitimacy is vested in one decision-making structure, and it requires a way to impose those decisions. As long as anyone might defy them, there have to be armed personnel to regulate, to discipline, to control.
Those who don’t accept the authority of the state must be isolated, lest their disobedience spread to the rest of the population. We’re told that prisons protect us, but the only constant since their invention has been that they protect the state from those who might threaten it. In practice, by breaking up communities and fostering antisocial tendencies, they only endanger us—even those of us who aren’t behind bars.
Democracy presumes transparency: a marketplace of ideas, in which decisions are made in the open. Of course, in an unequal society, transparency puts some people at risk—the employee who could be fired for expressing the wrong opinion, the immigrant who fears deportation—while the powerful can feign transparency as they make back-room deals. In practice, political transparency simply equips intelligence agencies to monitor the populace, preparing reprisals for when dissidents get out of hand—and what government could maintain its authority without intelligence agencies?
Democracy means constant competition. Just as corporations contend for resources in the marketplace, politicians and governments vie for power. When power is centralized, people have to attain domination over others in order to determine their own destinies. Those in power can only hold onto it by waging war perpetually against their own populations as well as foreign peoples: hence the National Guard troops brought back from Iraq to suppress domestic protests.
Enemies unite experiences that generate the environment of terror that makes up daily life under Empire
The struggle of the left does not grow out of the desires, needs, and dreams of the living individuals exploited, oppressed, dominated, and dispossessed by this society.
Examining the role of the state in four constructions of present and future societies: classical liberal, libertarian socialist, state socialist, and state capitalist.
An examination of the grand jury system
In healthcare, subsidies to the most costly and high-tech forms of medicine crowd out cheaper and decentralized alternatives, so that cheaper forms of treatment--even when perfectly adequate from the consumer's standpoint--become less and less available. There are powerful institutional pressures for ever more radical monopoly. At the commanding heights of the centralized state and centralized corporate economy--so interlocked as to be barely distinguishable--problems are analyzed and solutions prescribed from the perspective of those who benefit from radical monopoly.
'What’s it all about, comrade?' outlines the general diference between the activist/voluntarist models of social revolution and historical materialist models. Here’s to making theory a threat again.
They come expecting free coffee at my work. The same ones who detain and search my friends; the same ones who beat that girl back in the spring; the same ones who threaten us with prison one day for smoking weed and who will another day speed past us with because they don’t wish to wait for the light. They dress in our attire at a party, listening for important information; they wag their finger or their nightstick when we get out of hand; they help old ladies cross the street; they shoot dead someone who mouthed off to them—who conveniently had something shiny in his hand. They pave the concrete world in video cameras; they speak to me like they are my friend, they give me directions, and they discipline me anytime I stray from their directions. They are our enemy, the police.
democracy, police, posters, prisons
Publisher: Politics is not a Banana
Sources: http://www.politicsisnotabanana.com/, http://325.nostate.net, http://www.prole.info/, http://caringlabor.wordpress.com/
Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
Nationalism was so perfectly suited to its double task, the domestication of workers and the despoliation of aliens, that it appealed to everyone - everyone, that is, who wielded or aspired to wield a portion of capital.
The proletariat’s assault on the citadels of capital only has a chance of success on condition that the proletarian revolutionary movement finishes with democracy once and for all. Democracy is the last refuge of all disavowals and betrayals, because it is the first hope of those who believe in purifying and re-invigorating the current movement which is rotten to its core.
The paths beyond democracy, fascism, socialism, and capitalism that lead to direct action, consensus, autonomy, and freedom
An anarchist critique of democracy
anarchism, democracy, theory
Authors: Adonide, Dominique Misein, M. Sartin, Wolfi Landstreicher
Publisher: Venomous Butterfly Productions, Elephant Editions, Quiver Distro
A short guide to direct actions that can have a great impact than those that leverage illusions of power through democracy and voting.
Notes on Consciousness and Unity in US Cities and Prisons
The question is not: who has the guns? but rather: what do the people with the guns do? 10,000 or 100,000 proletarians armed to the teeth are nothing if they place their trust in anything beside their own power to change the world. Otherwise, the next day, the next month or the next year, the power whose authority they recognize will take away the guns which they failed to use against it.
A one-shot publication of social reconnaissance
A comic discussing the intersections of capitalism, democracy, military, and social class
In this pamphlet, Chaz Bufe looks closely at the common belief that the United States is a 'free country,' comparing rhetoric with reality. He considers common conceptions of freedom, why so few 'freedom loving Americans' actually have any understanding of freeom, and why so few have any respect for it. Bufe traces this lack of understanding and lack of respect to the various American institutions of the public. He concludes by examining the nature of freedom, especially aspects of it which are never mentioned in 'the miseducation system' or the corporate media.