Even as the extension of planning and infrastructure seemed to suggest that socialism was inherent in the direction of development of the mode of production, it also called into question the possibility of everything connected to local autonomy and self-management. On the one hand, infrastructure-dependent industries appear to be unavailable to the development and management of unskilled or semi-skilled workers. They require an increasingly sophisticated technocratic elite, to be operational. They need to benefit from economies of scale, to be worthwhile: railroad lines, electrical lines. The very fact that these technologies are about communication, travel, etc: they generate a world that is outward looking, that links up everyone in the world. For these reasons, it becomes harder and harder for any insurrectionist to actually imagine what it would look like to take power. Their plans, once clearly visible, begin to go out of focus and fade away, like someone trying to remember a dream after waking. Now, the bases of power are now ever more dispersed (as Foucault saw, probably most clearly): now, its not only that one needs to disperse the army and the police, to replace representatives with recallable delegates. There are still the power stations, the water supply, the gas stations, airports and airplanes, the ports and ships, etc. And then, moreover, how might we actually get rid of the state, in this more expansive sense, without a massive simplification of life, in ways that are themselves unimaginable?But even for those who can imagine it, there is this other problem, that the earth itself has been transformed; it now needs human action to keep it going, at least as a planet suitable for human and other life. The planet is full of toxic waste, which must be kept out of the groundwater. Nuclear power plants cannot easily be decommissioned, nor can they be left to decommission themselves.
Many people don’t understand politics, it’s very complicated sometimes. I’m shit at Math, English, Science and basically all the topics I touch that aren’t Anime, Video Games, or Leftist theory.
More than 300 female prisoners took advantage of the huge earthquake that hit the northern coast of Chile and escaped late Tuesday, officials said.
The prisoners set fire to the site after the massive jailbreak, which happened as the penitentiary was being evacuated, according to El Mundo newspaper.
"Bakunin has become a monster, a huge mass of flesh and fat, and is barely capable of walking any more. To crown it all, he is sexually perverse and jealous of the seventeen year-old Polish girl who married him in Siberia because of his martyrdom. He is presently in Sweden, where he is hatching ‘revolution’ with the Finns."
from total destruction #4, via letters journal blog:
Notes On Attacking the Cult of Personal Agency
Regardless of my political positions or activity, I cannot transform material conditions. Involvement in a political group or “movement” does not change this. I can, at best, make it onto the evening news.
The cult of personal agency pushes forward the ideology that individual choices and ideas can change the world. This cult pushes people in circles of useless political activity – in addition to the usual working, shopping, and so on – and leaves many burned out when all of their actions amount to nothing more than a strange social life.
The expectation of doing the right thing, dressing correctly for political activity, and articulating acceptable positions on everything makes for awful personal and romantic relationships within the pro-revolutionary milieu.
Specifics differ depending on ideology and subculture, of course, but the dedication to evangelism and party building (spreading consciousness) is constant.
Sectarianism and ‘infighting’ emerge when one believes that political militants change the world, but the world doesn’t change. The lack of change is attributed to bad organizing, lack of creativity, or faulty leadership. As with advertising firms, the wording and layout of leaflets, websites, and posters takes on monumental importance.
Political militants hold each other to a completely different set of standards than they do their coworkers and neighbors, who are not considered worthy of leadership or agency.
Pro-revolutionaries, in their self-importance, make decisions not based on self-interest but on political strategy and tactics. In this way, the cult of personal agency is a cult of sacrifice.
Do you think the possibility of revolution is related to what you happen to be doing?
“tis true that slacking is likely the closest we’ll ever get to heaven…”