Militarism is the practice of systematic aggressions enacted by a ruling class to build the social illusions of order and security.
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.
A guide to building a world without police, in which communities function and thrive without the intervention of the heavy and often deadly hand of the State
anarchism, introduction, militarism, prisons
Editors: Missy Rohs, Emily-Jane Dawson
Publisher: Rose City Copwatch, P.O. Box 12353, Portland, OR 97202
Paths towards peace and social justice without leveraging power dynamics, domination, or oppression
Anarchist Strategies Against the Police
An Introduction to Citizen Monitoring of the Police
Challenging the Mainstream Gay Agenda: On Marriage, Militarism, and Hate Crime Laws
Death by Regulation and A Message from a Death Camp, two essays on 'clean torture' in U.S. prisons
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.
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.
The cops and the FBI are not your friends, they are agents of the fascist police state we are opposing.
A protestor's guide to less-lethal police weaponry including an introduction to taser-proof jackets. Covers stun guns, tasers, stingers, stun shields, CS gas, CN gas, CR gas, pepper spray, riot guns, sprays, rubber balls, baton rounds, pepperballs, flash bangs, batons, pain rays, LRADs, water cannons, electrified water cannons, dazzlers, and incapacitators.
The Breakdown of the U.S. Army in Vietnam
The articles in this pamphlet are all translations of articles originally written in German by the communist group Wildcat and deal with various aspects of the “War on Terror”. Despite the sometimes mediocre translations they are well worth making the effort to read because they are some of the best articles about capitalism’s current war spree available. The essence of the argument that runs through all these articles is that the capitalist world order is in crisis and in desperation the response is war, first against Afghanistan and then Iraq. The “War on Terror” is thus an expression of capitalist weakness not strength.
An examination of the grand jury system
The unemployed Bengali and the Irish call center worker experience a dispossession and a domination that are basically similar, though never addressed in what they have in common. The September 11, 2001 attack and the ensuing counter-offensive set these two proletarians even further away from each other.
On the Finer Points of the Recent Revolt in Ferguson, MO: the St. Louis area has a history of police being shot at, and police are very aware of that. The police know people are armed and willing to shoot. From the beginning of the uprising, rebels made this very clear: one of the first things to happen after they killed Mike Brown was shots being fired into the air.
An open letter to GIs in Iraq.
As we have seen with historic colonialism, slavery, and apartheid, oppressors manage to vilify and demonize their victims in ordre to keep their regime in place. The smoke-screen created by the American and Israeli government is no different.
The apocalypse began with the advent of our current form of life based on industrial production. It is easy to assume that there is no alternative to this form of life, that the way we live in this present moment is simply a reflection of the way things are.
In times of crisis, a space of freedom returns, and the possibility of a rupture with the present opens. History, long banished to dreary scholastic books, returns to us fresh and alive. To push away that which is closest to us, our very form of life, and see it objectively – this might seem impossible. Yet it is not: the first step is to give our form of life a name, to identify it as something finite in time and space, so capable of ending. This perpetual present that has its only favor being the certainty of its own destruction has a name: capitalism
Freedom or Slavery; an essay on the nature of the Prison Industrial Complex
Despite the media and the respectable leaders of antiwar movements endlessly repeating the lie that US forces withdrew from the Vietnam War due to peaceful protests in the streets of American cities we are not fooled. The US withdrew from Vietnam because it’s military was on the verge of collapse due to widespread desertion, the killing of officers and small-scale mutinies.
Anarchist opposition to war is not a pacifist refusal of violence. Rather it is a refusal of militarism-of that system of social relationships founded on hierarchy, obedience, the dismantling of the individual, the quantified perception of the other that allows for indiscriminate killing and the description of those killed as a body count.
The morale, discipline, and battleworthiness of the U.S. Armed Forces are, with a few salient exceptions, lower and worse than at any time in this century and possibly in the history of the United States. By every conceivable indicator, our army that remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and non-commissioned officers, drug-ridden and dispirited where not near mutinous. Elsewhere than Vietnam the situation is nearly as serious.
On the relationship between current military operations, crowd control techniques, the technologies of surveillance and control and their increasing intrusion into our daily lives.
Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
What they are, why we need them, an how to implement them
A manual written for and by people living in control units
fascism, militarism, police, prison
Editors: Bonnie Kerness, Holbrook Teter
Publisher: Quiver Press
Sources: http://anti-politics.net/distro, http://afsc.org/resources/pdf/CJSurvivorsManual.pdf
Insie information from an uprising
Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege
Warfare has significantly changed in the last thirty years. From 1945 until about 1975 most wars were part of the worldwide movement of decolonisation that saw the formation of dozens of new states in Africa and Asia. Since then most wars have been civil wars within the decolonised countries, sometimes continuing directly from the national liberation war as competing factions fought over the prize of the new state as in Angola. While these wars all have their own proximate causes rooted in particular histories certain similarities can be discerned. These essays examine those similarities
anarchism, capitalism, colonialism, history, militarism
Authors: Melancholic Troglodytes, Silvia Federici, Ta Pedia Tis Galerias, Undercurrent, Wildcat
Publisher: Treason Press
Today's political repression differs fundamentally from the repression practiced around the world in the past. The most basic difference is on the level of stragy--the general approach of the state, the outlook of the ruling class. Their belief is that insurgency is not an occasional, erratic idiosyncrasy but a constant occurrence--permanent insurgency, which calls for a strategy of permanent repression as the full-time task of the security forces.
introduction, militarism, police, protests, surveillance
Authors: Ken Lawrence, Kristian Williams
Publisher: Tarantula Publishing and Distribution
A chapter of the revolutionart movement in the german nacy, 1918-1919
The game of patriotism. Whom do you protect when you go to war? Your love of home and country exploited to make profits. Does war develop personal courage? Modern war cowardly. Why it requires more bravery to refuse obedience than to obey. The conscientious objector needs courage. How the people of the United States were tricked into the World War by a President elected to keep them out of war. Your patriotism coined into money.
The real cost of modern conveniences
A one-shot publication of social reconnaissance