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Against the Holy Family of capital, we defend our lives by means of social antagonism (Grupo Barbaria)

In this article we intend to tackle the questions that are unpinned by the current state of emergency that was decreed by the Pedro Sánchez administration in Spain, along with the measures that were announced on Tuesday, March 17th. We are living in times of profound social crisis, a health crisis that, at the same, is combined with an economic crisis, of change in the climate, psychology, politics, etc. In reality we’re facing the crisis of a world that’s beginning to collapse, that’s exhausting its historical time: it’s the world of capital. It’s the crisis of capital. Continue reading →

The Pandemics of Capital (Grupo Barbaria)

Here’s a translation of an article published last week by Grupo Barbaria about the coronavirus and the crisis it has provoked: the causes, the social context and the prospects ahead.

It’s difficult to write a text like this one right now. In the current context, in which coronavirus has busted – or soon threatens to – the living conditions of many of us, the only thing you want to do is go out to the street and set everything ablaze, with a mask on if needed. That’s what it deserves. If the economy is worth more than our lives, it makes sense to delay the containment of the virus until the last moment, until the pandemic is already inevitable. It also makes sense that when it’s no longer possible to halt the contagion and it’s needed to disturb – to the bare minimum – the production and distribution of commodities, it be us who are fired, who are forced to work, who remain confined in the jails and the Foreigner Internment Centers, who are obliged to choose between the sickness and the contagion of loved ones or dying of hunger in quarantine. All of this with patriotic cheers and the call for national unity, with social discipline as the executioner’s mantra, with the elegies to the good citizen who bows the head and keeps quiet.

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Now There’s No Turning Back n.2 (Ya No Hay Vuelta Atrás)

Here’s a translation of the latest issue of Ya No Hay Vuelta Atrás, n.2 from February. This issue features two articles that attempt to summarize and clarify the history and contexts of the ongoing revolt in Chile, in particular the role of the youth in it, and to reaffirm its proletarian and potentially revolutionary character.

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[Chile] Now There’s No Turning Back n.1

Here is a translation of “Ya No Hay Vuelta Atrás”, the first issue of a bulletin published in early december (which appears to have been written in the context of late november) about the Chilean revolt and the need for the territorial assemblies to reject attempts at recuperation as embodied by the so-called Constituent Process and to assert their autonomy outside of and against all State institutions. Again it’s been attempted to maintain the format of the original publication.

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The way to do it is to be it

Here is a translation of an anonymous text from Chile from early December. The original text in spanish can be found here:
https://materialesxlaemancipacion.espivblogs.net/2019/12/10/chile-la-manera-de-hacer-es-ser/

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Evade $hile, communiques 1-11 compiled

Here are Evade communiques from Chile, numbers 1-11, compiled in pamphlet form for the occasion of an upcoming event in solidarity with the ongoing revolt. The original english translations were done by Ediciones Inéditas and Enough 14. This edition has incorporated a number of minor additions and corrections and it has been attempted to roughly mimic the layout of the original spanish language communiques.
The original spanish language communiques, provided on the same sites as the translations, have also been compiled for convenience.

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The power of the swamp: Against all nationalism (Barbaria)

What’s most prominent about the situation in Catalonia during the past few years has not been the permanent mobilization, the number of people that have participated in it, or the content of the reclamations. What calls the attention most is the absence of an unmistaken contestation of the Procés which doesn’t come from spanish nationalist positions, in a game of mirrors between reactionary images. The firm oppositions to the catalan nationalist movement, coming from socially critical and revolutionary positions, could be counted on the fingers of a hand, always limited to the taking of positions by isolated comrades.

We could very well say that the Tsunami has affected above all the ranks of those who should have opposed it unmistakably. What remains from all of this is a desolating panorama and one more demonstration of the insubstantial and empty character of social critique today. Continue reading →

International Revolt Against Global Capitalism (Proletarios Internacionalistas)

Here is a translation of the latest communique from Proletarios Internacionalistas about the recent struggles around the world and the decisive need for them to converge and assume themselves as the global struggle of our class against the State and Capital. One more reminder that only through international proletarian unity, aware of but transcending all localist conditions and perspectives, can we bring an end to the capitalist nightmare that holds our planet in captivity.

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Postmodernity or the imposture of a false radicality (Barbaria)

Here is an english translation of a text by Grupo Barbaria which, coming from an uncompromisingly revolutionary perspective, makes a short but powerful critique of the platitudes of the various ideologies that loosely fall under the category of ‘postmodernist”. Ideologies which have notably achieved a wide and poisonous influence over radical movements across the world, effectively reducing class to “one more form of oppression” in the minds of numerous would-be revolutionaries, and thus negating the historical struggle of the proletariat and its centrality in the creation of a worldwide human community free from all forms of oppression and exploitation.

This timely text is an important reminder that the revolution for anarchy and communism is not the struggle for fair treatment, representation and recognition for “oppressed identities” on the part of Capital and the State, but their concrete negation and the total and absolute destruction of the class and mercantile society on a global scale.

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Me, Proletarian? (GCI-ICG)

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August of this year marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Internationalist Communist Group (GCI-ICG). Here is an english translation of an often referenced article that appeared in issue n.57 of their spanish language journal Comunismo which attempts to clarify the definition of the proletariat. The original article first appeared in 2008 but today it remains more relevant than ever.

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