Good move. Tumblr is like any other digital distraction preventing you from living a real life and acting in the real world. The time used for free work providing companies like Tumblr with content could be used to meet friends, talk to people, organize.
I only use Tumblr as a distraction. I’m working at the computer anyways. So if you have the choice, always prefer real life instead of digital distractions and never assume that the distraction is actually part of your life.
20 years from now you won’t remember what you posted on Tumblr but you will remember the people you met, the things you actually did, in real life.
I’m tired of tumblr. just fucking tired. the masses. the mediocrity. I can’t keep pouring information out in hopes that people will see it and make changes in their behavior. we all operate on our own timeline. my time is being wasted here. i have met some wonderful people through tumblr and…
The pity, about this kind of argumentation is, maybe it plays more into the states hand than any riot ever could. It takes the position of the public media for it`s own, makes the distinction between “good” (peaceful) and “bad” (violent) activists.
No it doesn’t. I never used the term “violence” etc. You are using the language of power/hegemony. The media loves riots. They will only show protests in most cases if riots occur.
Fact is, the state uses violence against you, if you are peaceful or not and finds ways to justify it on its own accord.
So you join the state in being violent as well, and one day you become part of the government like the former Green party ministers who first rioted in the streets and then bombarded other countries.
If you take the G8 2007 in Germany as example, there were nearly no militant actions (except brief clashes after the opening demonstration) so they were made up in the aftermath to justify excessive repression against nonviolent protests
Exactly, the useful idiots from the black block (or maybe agents provocateurs/fascists dressed in black) smashed a police car and set another car ablaze to provide the excuse for excessive force by the police. Well done idiots!
(clowns attacking with acid, non existent molotovs, the unrealistic number of injured police publically claimed at first). Mass militancy sometimes can be self emancipation and self defense. In other moments it may be completely useless and counterproductive. You rule that option out as a whole, you draw a dogmatic line in the movement that excludes those who do not, instead of communicating about legitimate situations of using force against ones who arent’t.
The black block is non-democratic and always dominates protests by force. You don’t even get to see the clowns o the pink silver block. Call it violence or property destruction, it’s just a ritual and a show for the press with no positive effect for the protest as a whole. The last time a black block succeeded partly was in Prague in 2001 where they were so many that most police had to deal with them while the pink silver block could almost reach the summit venue.
We do not have to look good in the civic media. We aren’t looking good there anyway, if we are shown as utopian hippies or senseless rioters. In the logic that bad publicity is publicity anway, riots might even force the public to adress issues that would otherwise be likely to be ignored.
I’s not about looking good, it’s not a goddamn fashion show you have to dress in black for. It’s about setting the agenda. Random property destruction is meaningless and alienates most of the population. This way protests can’t reach critical mass. Only targeted direct action can have some effect. That was the case in Heiligendamm.
Again, a case of tactics. And perhaps the case here is more the lack of communicating our aims and our vision of a society aside from such controllable forms of protest like demonstrations.
The black block is not a tactic, it’s a dogma, a tradition that doesn’t make sense for at least decade by now.
And of course, it is not adviseable to antagonize the police as a whole. But the police is a prime instrument of state repression, there is no revolutionary situation (might be discussable if Venezuela counts, other topic) where the police is joining the progressive forces to a majority. The other way round is much, much more common in history. There are socialisation processes within the police that benefit authoritarian characters, conservatives, people who keep silent about police crimes, who do not criticize their commanding officers, white- christian- heterosexual males and so on.
The police by itself, in its current form is not to be supported, that’s clear, but even in a utopian society there would be always some kind of democratic security force. After 1968 there were tendencies inside the police to make it more democratic. There are police unions and in Germany there are the so called “critical police men” who are often a dissenting voice. These kinds of organizations are a first step in the right direction.
The real scandal is not, that the black bloc is intrumentalized by the police and the press.
This is not a scandal. Nobody cares for it. People don’t even notice. The black block just repeats the mistakes over and over like in a TV rerun. It looks staged.
The real scandal is the rapid fragmentation of the left wing fostered by themes like “the question of violence” and alienation from fellow activists.
It’s not the “question of violence”, it’s just the domination of the public image by a tiny fraction that is overtaking protests. There is never the “question” like black block activists asking other protest groups whether it will make sense to do this or that. It’s just random rampage. It’s breaking things for fun.
I like the position of the greek anarchists, not to disassociate from groups or persons within their own movement even if their actions backfired, to make it harder for the police to identify the perpetrators. The main problem is not violence on the streets, this is getting rarer and rarer while repression and surveillance grow anyway. The main problem is the structural violence we encounter every day, against which we should fight together.
Yeah, and you don’t fucking change anything by repeating the same mistakes over and over actually helping justify the violence by authorities and alienating non-radical protesters.
Structural violence is not fought by random property destruction, it can be tackled by organizing and providing alternative structures.
OK, enough of this. You might be a professional full time anarchist but I have to get up in the morning.
Yeah, the police always uses this strategy in recent years when major protests happen. They did in Greece, London, and Heiligendamm. They either employ agents provocateurs or find the useful idiots and let them smash a few windows or police cars. Then the press has the great riot porn everyone craves and the state can make the protests look like a an attack by domestics terrorists.
Then everybody is scared and glad that the police is using force against the protesters. The script is very simple but the black block idiots fall for it each time. When not, the agents provocateurs do that. In Heiligendamm agent provocateurs were unmasked who tried to incite violence.
It’s so predictable that I don’t even follow such protests anymore out of frustration.
The wannabee anarchist who want to smash the state or capitalism in reality are the state’s and capitalism’s best allies.
Btw.: In a real revolutionary situation the police is in many cases supporting the people and fighting the military. Just remember the attempted Coup the Etat in Venezuela. So from a strategic point of view fighting the police is not the best option at all.
So I posted a bit of riot porn the other day with a police car burning at the G20. While not particularly a fan of black block actions sometimes it’s just damn satisfying to see a cop car go up in flames.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, I’m reminded why I’m not particularly fond of black block tactics. If what I’ve read is correct, it seems the police have upped the game a bit by allowing a cop car to be destroyed and allowing the media to “take a good long look” at what these protesters “really are about”. mhmm… You make up your mind, but here is a pretty compelling article by Judy Rebick at Links.org. Make sure to watch the video too and skim the article linked at the end: When police stick to phony script
Police playing politics, justifying the expense and responding to the critiques building all week about excessive and arbitrary police powers. A politicised police force is unacceptable in a democratic society. There are serious questions that must be answered and they have not been satisfactory answered.
It was a perfect storm. A massive police presence who were primed for “dangerous anarchists” after a week of peaceful protests. No more than one hundred, probably fewer, young men who think violent confrontations with the police will create a radicalisation and expose the violence of the state. A new generation of young people who are becoming activists believing they live in a democratic society and are shocked by the degree of police violence arrayed to stop them.
But it is the police that let the handful of people using Black Bloc tactics run wild and then used the burning police cars and violent images as a media campaign to convince the people of Toronto that the cost and the excessive police presence was necessary. They knew what would happen and they knew how it would happen. It is the police that bear the responsibility for what happened last night. They were responsible for keeping the peace and they failed to do it.
Though, I disagree with the idea the police are to “keep the peace”, I do agree, they manipulated the protesters and subsequently the news media consumers with flawless execution.
For the market-anarchist/agorists, this one is for you.
Scofflaws who jump the turnstiles or enter through the exits have formed an insurance fund that pays if they get caught.
The answer, here in the land that gave the world the motto “All for one, one for all,” is as typically French as it is ingenious: They’ve banded together to set up what are, essentially, scofflaw insurance funds, seasoned with a dollop of revolutionary fervor.
For about $8.50 a month, those who join one of these raffish-sounding mutuelles des fraudeurs can rest easy knowing that, if they get busted for refusing to be so bourgeois as to pay to use public transit, the fund will cough up the money for the fine.
But for many of these fraudeurs, cheating the system and forming a co-op isn’t just about saving money; it’s about striking a blow against a capitalist state that favors the haves over the have-nots. Fare dodgers of the world, unite!
do you work with adbusters or something, or are you just a WAY bigger fan than i am?
hey widad, no i don’t work with adbusters although i was involved in some similar projects here locally, a culture jamming magazine, buy nothing day, indymedia etc. this was years ago. now i practice armchair activism only.
i’m not really a fan but adbusters is what we have, it’s better than nothing. i personally find it too depressing. they always complain how bad everything is but rarely propose an alternative or actual action. after all, they are mainly about selling a mag.
i don’t have a better alternative myself so i support them.
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes:Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Coke, it’ll make you feel better.
*FYI: The Coke itself is not the enemy, here. It’s the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid. Things which are found in almost all soda.