June 20th Statement: Concluding Remarks Regarding The Anarchist International
There are periods in the life of human society when revolution becomes an imperative necessity, when it proclaims itself as inevitable. New ideas germinate everywhere, seeking to force their way into the light, to find an application in life; everywhere they are opposed by the inertia of those whose interest it is to maintain the old order.
-Peter Kropotkin, The Spirit of Revolt
We commenced these communications on July 20th, 2011. Our intention was to disperse conceptual tools throughout various anarchist networks, social circles, milieus, or other groupings. Using the basic tools provides by the anonymous architect of our website, we were able to perceive that comrades in India, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Canada, Bolivia, Peru, Russia, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, Argentina, and several other nation states were accessing the content of the website. We are unaware of the extent to which any of our assertions have traveled on their own and are now mutated beyond recognition. We hope they have been of some use.
Our unifying tactics, methods, recommendations, and instructions have been made clear in our previous nine communications. With this final text we will end our analysis of the time period between July, 2011 and July, 2012. It is our hope that this year has been a time of transformation and enlightenment for comrades across the world. Our new world is on the verge of breaking out somewhere. There have some days where it seems as if Athens will host it, just as there are others where it could be Montreal. The boundless energy we have been describing for the past year (Geist) can occur simultaneously in different places across the world. If it diminishes it one area, it reappears in another. There is no end.
As we write these words, people are beginning to hurl themselves at the enemy in the city of Madrid. It was only days ago that a column of Austurian miners entered the city, greeted by thousands of cheering people. When we began writing in July of 2011, the saga of the Indignados had already passed away into memory, Egypt had quieted, and Spain was watching its own future unfold in the streets of eternal Athens. Now, as we write these words, random fires are being lit in the metropolitan streets by rebels in the night. Since we began writing these words, the rose of fire has returned to inhabit Barcelona, a long lost column has returned to Madrid, and the streets are filling with thousands of people.
This, perhaps, is the best illustration of what we have been trying to say in multiple ways. There is just one moment in time where an endless instance of revolt is constantly occurring. This revolt is always on the verge of spilling outward into world, infecting it permanently. We do not know nor can we predict when or if we will finally succeed in our efforts to destroy this sadistic world of control, hierarchy, and greed. The reign of the Empire, the reign of capitalism, will end at some point during the course of linear time. The moments that lead up to it will be filled with larger and larger multidimensional shock-waves, time-quakes, and mass-intrusions of the Geist.
During these moments, the world will appear to be filled with fire. Time ceases here. As they have been known up until the present time, these moments have had a greater or lesser hold upon the human population of the planet. Throughout history there has been an effort by our enemy to expand into and ensnare the entirety of the planet in the webs of law, domestication, and slavery. This effort of theirs has been accompanied by our nearly equal but nonetheless greater effort to harmonize and enrich the planet through autonomy, co-operation, our innate desire for freedom, and our inability to enslave others. At a certain point in time, infinitely distant and eternally immanent, our effort will instantly overpower theirs. The history of the worlds enslavement is shorter than the history of its freedom.
For month after long month, the fascists besieged Madrid in 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939, chipping away at its defenses and trapping the defenders inside. During the initial efforts to push the fascists out of the eternal city, Buenaventura Durruti and his column left Catalonia and traveled eastward to the capitol of the collapsing nation state. It is was in Madrd that Durruti was killed in the midst of fighting the fascists and it was this city that would be the last to fall during the war, outlasting even Barcelona, the rose of fire. The siege of Madrid is still taking place. Our objective is to help break the siege, forever.
The Greek letter Phi has come to signify many things over the course of time. To contemporary mathematicians and philosophers, its signifies the Golden Ratio, 1.61803……into the infinite. The ratio is simple: A + B is to A as A is to B. But at its heart, this perfect ratio holds the chaos of the infinite. From its first articulation as the pentagram to its current manifestations in the carceral architecture that millions are forced to inhabit, Phi has represented our struggle against linear time. The infinite that is contained within the symbol knows no bounds. It is chaotic, magnificent, and perfect. Visually, the Phi should be viewed as an arrow piercing the heart of authoritarian order and domination. The arrow lies deep in its body, on the verge of making it explode.
In the early 1930′s, the FAI in Spain waged a struggle against domination that drew the apprehension, distrust, and scorn of far too many people. They were seen as being crazy, reckless, suicidal, and counter-productive. They shot their enemies and bombed their buildings. They fought desperately against the very same forces that would ultimately destroy them all, FAI, CNT, communist and republican alike. The FAI contained the uncontrollable element that will always emerge and be best equipped to lead us straight to the ones we are afraid of, to the ones we must defeat. When the fascists attempted to take power on July 19th, 1936, all the tendencies within the anarchist organizations were thrust into war along with FAI and it was only where they all were the strongest, in the land of Catalonia, that our world burst into being.
Unfortunately, many of our former comrades decided to compromise with the people we had been fighting against. They began to cling to the weapons of the Stalinists and lose sight of the irregular and chaotic people that had pushed the fascists out of Catalonia. Thousands of these same people were torn apart and murdered because of the treachery that occurred in the back rooms of occupied buildings. They were sent to die by the people our former comrades collaborated with. The best of these flames were extinguished in the first battles. Some of them survived to watch their new world slip away, consumed by the bombs dropped from German planes. The FAI fought until the end and some of them hiked through the mountains with guns on their backs in order to keep fighting long after the war had been lost.
Phi can also signify the moment when a sine wave undergoes a phase shift. When electricity falls from the sky, it is perfect, existing as it is, glimpsed for only a moment. But when it is captured in a circuit or transmitted through a wire, that electricity travels in a sine wave, a waveform. Phi signifies the moment that the waveform changes its relation to the straight line of the wire or the circuit.
It is possible to help facilitate a series of phase shifts, to increase the frequency of rebellion upon the straight line of time. Using all the energy we have available, we should overload capitalist linear time and cause it to destroy itself. Seen visually, this could be represented as an electrical line burning itself out. Energy does not wish to be contained and eternally strives to escape from where it is captured. This is true of how we have moved across the planet and how we will all continue to exist until the end of time. The uncontrollable must have all our trust, just as we must have theirs.
The metropolis is the sight of our conflict with the enemy but in the end, we are only here to point more people away from it. In the interim, we should aim at the heart of the enemy in whatever manner we see fit to do so. Whether it be the fascist parties, the police, the local government, or the corporate overlords, we must maintain the same antagonism and never relent. Each threat must be judged accordingly, but something must surely be done about the rise of fascism in Greece. It must be destroyed quickly. Further hesitation will only worsen the eventual outcome.
Clear communication is the only tool that can prevent a fascist strategy of tension from forming. If our intentions are expressed clearly and widely, there will be no confusion for the enemy to utilize against us. People will fight to destroy the fascists as long as someone begins the fight and makes it clear that is what they mean to do.
But attention cannot just be paid to the weakest opponent. The fascist parasites only inhabit the grander war field controlled by the capitalists. To enter the field of battle against them is not possible in a traditional sense. We will never control or create the weapons they possess. Against the high capitalists, our only weapons are magical instruments, invisible tools that cannot be stolen from us.
These tools have a material basis, the primary of which is physical space. In an urban environment, this will most often begin at the smallest level, in a structure or encampment. If there is no expansion or outward momentum to these groupings, they will begin to wither and implode. Energy cannot stand still. There must be a vastness of space to grow and mingle within. No matter how difficult, space must be taken in the metropolis. Only within areas of free thought and free action will people come to realize they must leave the city and deprive the capitalists of their wealth, their human capital.
As we write these words, over a dozen people have been killed at a movie theater in Denver. They were at the midnight premier of the new Batman movie. These are the type of occurrences that take place in the conquered world, the enslaved world. In the metropolis, outside or within our free areas, we will see the worst of humans and what they are capable of. It is impossible to withstand too much time in these massive slave colonies. The vast majority of us are not rich and in order to escape the metropolis we will have to secure land that is free and outside the law. It is here that we will remember what we are fighting for.
But these places outside the metropolis will not be places to take a vacation. To inhabit these places is to build and extend them, to create more free space for others to thrive and be healthy within. In these new worlds, people can learn to live with the planet and not against it just as they can begin to taste what a life without time is like.
Just like an alternating current, we must travel back and forth between the rural and the urban, always active, always engaged. The places we travel to and from must be familiar. If they are not, they are much easier to treat as a vacation. We can only contribute to an effort, initiative, campaign, or project if we are rooted in an area and know the layout. This applies to the rural and the urban alike. There can only be purposeful traveling. The intention in everything must be clear, to oneself and to others.
These areas will have to withstand attacks from our opponent. Those in the urban areas will experience the worst repression. The only strength we will possess in these situations will not be arms but the people who agree with us. They are our reason for residing in the metropolis and they are the ones who will eventually leave it behind.
To say it all very clearly: establish antagonistic infrastructure in the city and the country. Spread according to immediate region and remain familiar with all territory. Continuously travel between the two settings with the aim of increasing the densities in both. Fight against whatever opponent can be fought against. Treat every threat seriously. Expand until all are free and the enemy is destroyed.
Our program is very simple and very old. We believe we have outlined it sufficiently in our previous nine communications. With this tenth and final communication, we are hereby announcing that there is one thing you must do with the utmost haste: build up the Anarchist International.
And so we conclude our communications on the morning of July 20th, 2012. Let tomorrow be unlike any other.
To all who fight, to all who live,
Long live Anarchy
Long live Life
Forever with you,
THE ANARCHIST INTERNATIONAL