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19th Century Anarchist Bakunin, Investigated By Brazil’s Police As “Suspect”
31 Jul 2014
Brazil’s police state has played a joke on itself: Mikhail Bakunin, an anarchist born in Russia 200 years ago, is being investigated by the Rio de Janeiro police under the suspicion that he is participating in protests against the World Cup and social injustice. Police suspect Bakunin of participating in “vandalism acts during protests.”
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Bakunin, considered among the founders of anarchism (which is a theory of organizing the society without the state and without capitalism; horizontally, without hierarchies, without the bourgeois class , oppression, exploitation, wage slavery and private property), has been listed as “a potential suspect” because a 34 year old professor, who is enduring state repression, mentioned him in a phone conversation.

Police tapped her phone to spy on her activities, and when they heard her mentioning the name they included it in a 2,000 page report against social activists. In the past cops investigated Marx too; oddly enough Marx and Bakunin are known due to their divergent positions regarding the state’s disappearance. Bakunin’s conflict with Marxists, in his words: “As for me, I do not hesitate to say that all the Marxist flirtations with the Radicalism, whether reformist or revolutionary, of the bourgeois, can have no other result than the demoralization and disorganization of the rising power of the proletariat, and consequently a new consolidation of the established power of the bourgeois.”

Bakunin, like all the other anarchist thinkers and revolutionaries, is censored by mainstream curricula, and by mainstream political ideas, because they contest the legitimacy of the capitalist ruling classes, of their capitalist economic arrangements, and of their domination over the majority of the population, which they keep in submission, by silent or violent coercion. So with this, cops help the ones they hate most, the anarchists, propagate their ideas. A page has appeared immediately to denounce more terrorists and vandals to the police. These listed bellow have been fighting against the state and the capital all their lives. They are:

Louise Michel; “Memories of the Commune” (“One of the future revenges for the murder of Paris will be that of revealing the customary infamous betrayals of military reaction.”)

- Pëtr Kropotkin; “Law and Authority” (“The main supports of crime are idleness, law and authority; laws about property, about government, laws about penalties and misdemeanours; and authority, which takes upon itself to manufacture these laws and to apply them.), “Communism and Anarchy” (“With Anarchy as an aim and as a means, Communism becomes possible. Without it, it necessarily becomes slavery and cannot exist.”); “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution“, “The Conquest of Bread” and many others, find them all here.

- Mikhail Bakunin, “Power Corrupts the Best“, “The Capitalist System” (“The truth is that the whole life of the worker is simply a continuous and dismaying succession of terms of serfdom — voluntary from the juridical point of view but compulsory in the economic sense — broken up by momentarily brief interludes of freedom accompanied by starvation; in other words, it is real slavery.”), find them all here.

- Errico Malatesta, “The Anarchist Revolution” (By revolution we do not mean jus the insurrection, but we must avoid replacing one state of coercion by another. We must clearly distinguish between the revolutionary act which destroys as much as it can of the old regime and puts in its place new institutions, and government which comes afterwards to halt the revolution and suppress as many of the revolutionary conquests as it can.”), and many others, see here.

- Emma Goldman, find her works here; “True progress is a struggle against the inhumanity of our social existence, against the barbarity of dominant conceptions.”

- Ricardo Flores Magón, find his works here; “Comrades,” exclaimed the man, “the time has come to reflect. Capitalists are thieves. Only by bad tricks can one become a millionaire. The poor drop down, working, and when we cannot work anymore, we are fired by the bourgeoisie, as leaving a tired and old horse from service. Let’s bare arms to conquer our welfare and for our families!”

- Emiliano Zapata, who was partly influenced by the anarchist from Oaxaca, Ricardo Flores Magón.

- Nestor Makhno, find his writings here; “Anarchism therefore is a part of human nature, communism its logical extension.”

Also, Alexander Berkman who explained in such a way what cops do in fact, that even they could understand it: “You see, then, that it is to the interests of capital to keep the workers from understanding that they are wage slaves. The ‘identity of interests’ swindle is one of the means of doing it.”

Of course, cops are mocked now; this says “help the Rio police capture the leader of the vandals”, via Porque en quis.
See also:
http://revolution-news.com/19th-century-anarchist-bakunin-investigated-by-brazils-police-as-suspect/

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Anarchists Unite with Big Brother Against Reds
01 Aug 2014
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Hampshire College

The following letter by the New York Spartacus Youth Club was submitted to the Climax newspaper at Western Massachusetts’ Hampshire College on October 11, 2010

On September 7, 2010, Hampshire College’s self-appointed speech police struck a blow for censorship. When the Spartacus Youth Club brought our revolutionary Marxist newspaper Workers Vanguard to campus, a group of “politically correct” self-described anarchists waged a two-day campaign to kick us off. These junior McCarthys showed their “anti-authoritarian” credentials by crying to the campus administration, which was only too happy to revoke our permit for a literature table. Our purported “crime” was being communists who engage in political debate. These anarchists smeared us as “racist,” “transphobic” and “anti-gay” for trying to argue with one of them about capitalism, because the student in question was a transgender “person of color.” This argument is as transparently false as it is paternalistic.

Only genuinely anti-gay and racist forces, who seek to silence all opposition, benefit from such idiotic and cowardly censorship. Does this clot seek to suppress the speech of religious groups, the Green Party or Democrats canvassing for votes—who we think have every right to express their views—or only the reds? Those groups seek to uphold the system of capitalist exploitation. We want to do away with it. The revolutionary movement has a proud tradition—which we uphold—of scathing arguments and polemics. It is through such clashes of opinion that one actually learns something.

Against the liberal idea of these lifestyle anarchists that one’s personal sexual identity can alter the oppressive conditions of capitalist society, we understand that liberation is a material act that requires changing the conditions that people live in. Like women’s oppression, the oppression of homosexuals is rooted in the institution of the family, which is fundamental to capitalist society. To do away with all forms of oppression engendered by capitalism, we put forward a Marxist program for socialist revolution. The racist U.S. ruling class pushes every kind of chauvinism and bigotry to divide working people and the oppressed. We fight to win students to become partisans of the working class and to help forge a multiracial workers party that will act as a “tribune of the people,” championing the cause of all the oppressed, crucially fighting to achieve black liberation through revolutionary integration in a socialist society. This is what the Hampshire anarchists don’t want you to hear!

We fight against race and class privilege in education. The administration is the capitalists’ agent on campus—as shown by its vicious ongoing campaign against the unionization of campus workers. We say: Nationalize Hampshire and abolish the administration! For the campuses to be run by those who go to school and work there! We fight for open admissions and no tuition with a state-paid living stipend so poor and working-class students can attend college. Open up elite $50,000-a-year Hampshire to the black, immigrant, poor and working-class people of the area, including Springfield!

We urge those students opposed to political censorship to protest to Hampshire Dean of Students Dawn Ellinwood at (413) 559-5412 or dellinwood (at) hampshire.edu. Check out our Web site: www.spartacist.org!

Workers Vanguard No. 967

22 October 2010 http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/967/ysp-hampshire.html