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Barricada Summer/September Out Now
by Barricada Collective
Email: barricadacollective (nospam) hotmail.com
Address: Barricada, PO Box 73, Boston MA 02133
28 Sep 2001
After much delay, the new issue of Barricada is finally out. Because we failed to produce a summer issue, we have released a special summer/September 40 page issue. Barricada is North America’s only revolutionary anarchist monthly publication.
Magazine Excerpt Below
Barricada Summer/September Now Available
40 page double issue with feature section, Building the Revolutionary Anarchist Movement
After much delay, the new issue of Barricada is finally out. Because we failed to produce a summer issue, we have released a special summer/September 40 page issue. Barricada is North America’s only revolutionary anarchist monthly publication. This issue includes...
-Editorial: Anarchists and the New York City Tragedy
-Long Island ELF Strikes Again
-Resistance in Santiago, Managua, and around the World
-WEF Attacked in Salzburg Despite Pre-Emptive Repression
-Fourth Congress of NEFAC
-The EU Summit in Gothenburg
-The Black Bloc in Genoa, An Affinity Group’s Account
Building the Revolutionary Anarchist Movement:
-Genoa Will Not Be Porto Alegre Statement from Athenian Anarchists
-FTAA Summit Text from Main Noire
-The Lessons of Genoa
-The Whitewashing of History Will Not Pass
-After Genoa: Why We Need to Stay in the Streets
-A Liberal Response or a Revolutionary Response
-Black Bloc: Origins, Structure, and Purposes
-A Communique on Tactics and Organization to the Black Bloc from Within
-The Community for Libertarian Socialism
-Solidarity with Gothenburg EU Summit Prisoners
-Genoa G8 Prisoners Update
-Onward to Washington
-Revolutionaries of the World, Organize and Converge on Washington DC
-NEFAC Statement: This is What Direct Action Looks Like
-RACB Medical Bloc Initiative
-Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Offensive
In Loving Memory of a Fallen Comrade: A Tribute to Carlo Giuliani
Back issues of Barricada are also still available, please enquire. Despite the delay in releasing this issue of Barricada, the October issue will be out mid-October.
Barricada can be ordered by writing to...
Barricada PO Box 73 Boston, MA 02133 USA
Or by emailing us at
barricadacollective (at) hotmail.com
We are still very much in need of economic contributions as our economic situation is constantly unstable.
If you wish to make a financial contribution please send either a money order (Preferred), concealed cash, or a check with "Pay to the order of..." blank to our PO Box address.
Subscriptions to Barricada are 15$ for 6 issues (US and Canada), 20$ Western Europe, or _$ for a supporters subscription. We strongly encourage supporter subscriptions as we barely break even with regular subscriptions given our low price. Supporter subs also help us fund the free subscriptions that we offer to prisoners.
(For all other countries subscription please enquire by mail or email)
Individual copies by mail in the US and Canada are 5$ for this issue, as it is a double issue.
We would still appreciate any help in expanding our currently rather inadequate distribution network. Barricada is North America’s only revolutionary anarchist monthly publication, and we would like your help in order to reach as many people as possible. Therefore, if you know of somebody who you think would enjoy Barricada, why not arrange for them to receive a free sample issue. Likewise, if you know of a distributor or bookstore who might be interested in carrying Barricada, please let us know and we will send them a free sample issue.
Revolutionary Greetings, The Barricada Collective
This text was written by anarchist comrades from Greece in anticipation of the anti-G8 demonstrations of July in Genoa. The text on page 14 was written by the Main Noire (Montreal) group for distribution during the April Summit of the Americas.
While we do not necessarily agree with absolutely everything they say, we certainly do identify with the general spirit and message.
The Barricada Collective
For the development of an "opponent awe" against the modern tyranny, its apologists and reformers... For "being wherever it happens and wherever we are to make it happen"... For the passage from protest to revolt... For global social revolution... For Anarchy...
Today, while globalization proceeds
-armed with new "visions" for looting and redistributing the planet, after the collapse of the bipolar world, which allowed anew the geographical and social maps to become areas for the operation, the development and the imposition of the western capitalist model, having in key-roles transnational political and economic institutions (as the G8 and the EU - the IMF, the World Bank and WTO)…
- armed with the "achievements" of technology (informatics, genetics, biotechnology) which become the new instruments for the domestication of humans and nature, the new means of control and repression, transforming the power not only in numbers but in quality by providing it infinite possibilities to be diffused, turning society into a prison...
- armed with criminal military and police mercenary staffs (NATO, CIA, FBI and Europol) and with global strategies for the order enforcement and the criminalization of resistance (international "antiterrorist" laws), and armed as well with a modernized ideological arsenal -deriving from the, otherwise sanguinary, humanitarian and democratic western civilization- which is to fabricate the necessary social consent to the transaction of death operations...
Today, the matter of posing a rival awe against this modern dictatorship of the State and Capital, is more urgent than ever.
And that is because along with the new ideology emerging by the dominant block of authority, who talk about "human rights" and "humanitarian wars", "societies of consuming prosperity", "development, security and modernization", about "democratic participation" in the governing of the world through the "Civil Society" and the NGOs, we also see the reappearance of some downgraded servants of the regime, nationalists, priests, professional unionists, workers patriarchs, this time disguised as "resisters" to globalization. They appear first in order to negotiate their own entrance in the new era and then to enslave in their rusty chains the authentic social resistance, buying off this way a role in the game of domination, as valuable supporters of social consent and guarantors of lawfulness.
This reality increasingly confirms the struggles that have the character or rupture with all forms of domination, that their identity originates in the radical rejection of the establishment and that promote its total destruction, without illusions of negotiating with institutions which only expand survival in a world empty of life and freedom. And even more visible becomes the desire for the growth of this antagonistic pole within the new global scene, for communication between the different struggles and for their potential coordination...
The insurrectional moments that marked the mobilizations in Amsterdam, London, Seattle, Prague, Nice, Napoli and Quebec, by acquiring global resonance, represent an expression of that perspective beyond the "good" and the "evil" (on the one hand the defense of the old world and its values, such as patriotism, religion, labor, and on the other its modernization). These moments are the stigma of a threat from below in the foundations of the new order, against its much-praised omnipotence and the defeatism it produces. It is also an expression of a different globalization, with universal and anti-regime character, a globalization of resistance and solidarity for a world without borders... They are clashes that break out with every chance, like for example where the transnational economic and political apparatuses organize their conferences... Clashes that constitute only moments of the social and class war which takes place everyday and in every place of the planet and which includes all small or big actions of resistance against the State and the bosses. It is the social war that was expressed by the aggressive actions in the streets of Athens the night of Clinton's visit, with the indigenous uprising that swept Ecuador, with the violent conflicts between the workers on strike and the police in Seoul, with the burnt properties of the multinationals that produce genetically modified products in N. America, with the militant demonstrations in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo in Latin America... It is the same war that continues inside and outside the prisons, against the programs of extermination for the political prisoners, against the white cells in Turkey, against the FIES isolation system in Spain, for the liberation of the fighters from RAF and Action Directe in Germany and France, for freedom to the Black and Indian strugglers in USA, for the liberation of all imprisoned anarchists, of all political and social prisoners all over the world... The same war that rages in modern metropolis between the excluded proletarians and those incorporated in the system, between youth and the police, in the struggles against the neo liberal capitalist attack.
This summer the bosses travel in the Mediterranean... From July 20 to 22, the leaders of the seven most rich and powerful states plus Russia, the G8, will meet in Genoa.
The anarchists will be there once more!
-Because it is a chance to meet with our comrades who will come from all around the world, a chance in order to promote continual conditions of communication and coordination of our struggle in the fields of counter-information, solidarity and action, and in order to create together moments of social counter-attack.
-Because we are interested in the development of a multiform radical social movement, self-organized and subversive, with an antinationalist, antiauthoritarian and anticapitalist character, which will penetrate the fabricated borders of the states. Because spreading and internationalizing the struggle, especially today, is essential concerning its quality and effectiveness, against the globalization of the bosses and against those "opposed" to it based on patriotic positions.
-Because conferences such as the one of the G8, and the bosses’ ceremonies in general, provoke the discontent or the rage of thousands of people. Because the upper-crust coalition of the global leaders is a key-instrument in the promotion of globalization, and thus responsible for its devastating consequences to people and nature, including all ways that these effects are expressed in different places of the planet: either through economic development and the simultaneous privation of the proletarians, or with the war catastrophe and the immigrants' waves, through looting and polluting the land, through escalating exploitation and oppression everyday and everywhere.
-Because this institution as well, is one of the headquarters initiating the same globalization programs that are imposed in Greece, in the name of modernization. And because any place in the global map is an appropriate ground to confront the local and foreign bosses. Because when we fight in the place we live against the politics of the Greek state, in fact we fight against a global strategy of domination. The same way, when we aim at undermining a leading staff of the international bosses, we also undermine the interests of the Greek ruling class. So, planning the sabotage of the fiesta in Genoa is a part of the struggle we are engaged in here, in Greece, against the exploiting and repressive role that the Greek state has, both internationally and locally:
- Because in the miscellaneous crowd that is gathering for the international demonstrations, we can distinguish a variety of collectives and individuals who chose different issues as priorities in their struggles -such as racism, social discriminations, ecology, unemployment etc. - but through their interaction of their meeting in the streets, they have the chance to make practical steps towards surpassing the compromises, the entrenchment to themselves and the single-issue conceptions.
There, we can also see a youth suffocating in the margins of life left in the modern metropolis; communities that the system criminalizes in order to have them surviving under surveillance in the outskirts of the walls that are built to protect the corporate centers. Youth that, when participating in such events, express dynamically a new kind of politicization, against their absorption or crush by the blackmails of the power, the values and the roles that are imposed. A "politicization" without any particular bonds with the existing status quo;, born in the ruins of the previous season of all those exhausted pacifist illusions and consumed trade-unionist claims, cultivated in class violence, the alienation and the prison-societies of the modern cities.
Because in such meetings (as it happened in Seattle, Prague, Nice, Napoli, Quebec, and tomorrow in Genoa), the anarchists, the anti-authoritarians, the proletarians in revolt, with their discourse about radical critique and attack against the state and capitalist structures, with their determinative intervention within the people who took the streets and with their insurrectional action, have managed to sharpen social antagonism, to have an incendiary part in transforming an atmosphere of dissent into one of social counter-attack. They give specific blows to the symbols and the guards of the regime, they damage the picture of "social pacification" and absolute control that the bosses want to present as their achievement... In such events, they once more revealed the futility of self-limitations and of appealing to the "sensitivities" of a fully armed regime, they debunked the controlled and faked clashes of specialized groups, they have made obvious that resistance against the State and Capital not only includes all the dispensable means of struggle, but it also discovers new ones.
For that reason, the direct action of the revolted people, which came as practical result of their refusal to have any compromise or dialogue with the institutions, met not only the angry response of the state apparatuses, but also the wrath of the left wing of the regime... and that is because this left wing was inside the mobilizations (or somewhere near, anyway) but still unable to prevent or control them, to guide or assimilate them, or even observe them. So, in the disappointment of those who believed that globalization is just an invention in the service of the left, what really happened was the contrary…
What characterized Clinton's visit in Athens was the attacks launched by anarchists against banks and luxury stores. What marked Seattle and sent everywhere a message of resistance was the black bloc action, and what created a reference to Prague was the anarchists' blue march.
Thereby, sometime after the Prague events -and the consequent defeat that the view of mediation and regression had suffered- a mishmash of managers coming from political parties or governments, having among them the internal affairs minister of France, personalities like media owners, eminent university professors and patriotic trade-unionists, together with a mixture of surplus political personnel from European countries, organized the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, relying on the real existence of movements in Latin America. There they attempted, for the fist time with such a degree of organization, to compose a reformist theoretical framework, which would convert the struggle against globalization into another incorporated "movement" of harmless contestation, where the effects of the social and class exploitation are supposed to be transferred for "settlement" to the official directories which are approved by the institutions: non-governmental organizations, boss trade-unions, political parties, the same organizations that the state itself empowers to negotiate the interests of the oppressed.
In view of Genoa, many left groups and parties from Italy and other European countries, with the title of Porto Alegre representatives, met in order to determine the boundaries for the mobilizations against G8. In their discussion, among other things, "... they referred to some negative experiences from Prague and Napoli and they denounced the practice of breaking and damaging the cities". They were also hastened to guarantee that "... in July 20 there will be no aggressiveness from the demonstrator's part, only "civil disobedience"
Their presence in Genoa is for us one more reason to be there.
Because as we have an answer for capitalism, we also have an answer for those who mediate the interests of state security and who safeguard the capitalists' property, placing themselves inside the movements; for those who instead of denouncing state repression, the maltreatment, the arrests and imprisonment of demonstrators by the police in all previous mobilizations, choose to denounce the insurrectional practice which came from revolted people and was used against those responsible for the misery of the world, against the symbols of the rich and the guards of the bosses.
- Because resistance against capitalist globalization can only be based on the self-organized direct action of the people who struggle, in the way they chose each time, and not surrendered to institutions and self-styled representatives.
-Because there is no better way to put in practice a subversive plan for attacking the political and economic elite, and for making at the same time your presence distinguishable, than when within a mishmash of Stalinists, nationalists, and authoritarian pacifists
-Because we are not at all willing to solve the problems of capitalism by beautifying it through "constructive" proposals. We are not interested in plastic surgeries for the democratic mask of the state coalitions' dictatorship. Because we don't want to live in a "more human way" inside their nightmarish world; we want to live without them. Because in the environment of global resistance which is formed, we find our social and class allies to transform the arrogant conferences of the bosses into festivals of revolt.
-Because the bosses, their institutions and symbols, as we have already proven, are not invulnerable.
Here and everywhere...
Anarchist Collectives and Comrades (Athens, Greece)