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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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A Critique of the Concept of Collapse (Grupo Barbaria)

The following is a translation of the transcript from the Grupo Barbaria’s intervention in the debate on the 17th of October, 2019 on capitalist collapse, the environmental catastrophe and the alternatives that the revolutionaries propose. Continue reading →

A Letter From Chile (Raoul Vaneigem)

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What’s been happening has been so beautiful. Two weeks of uprising have already gone by which have allowed us to shake off the fear, the indolence and frustration of living under the dictatorship of money and meet as human beings, beyond all the identifications which had kept us separated.

From the beginning, the insurrection and its spontaneous generalization expressed its critique of the capitalist way of life by the deed, expropriating and destroying the symbols of capitalism and the State (supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, police stations, municipal buildings, etc.) There are loads of demands, so many that everybody knows that what’s needed here is a structural change. In the streets is heard “now nothing will ever be the same again”. Everyone’s desire to live has been reborn in the adventure of the anti-system struggle. Continue reading →

The Kosovan Path (Agustín Guillamón)

Here’s a quick translation of some geopolitical analysis by the distinguished historian Augustín Guillamón, which draws from the history of the balkan conflict in order to examine the potential dangers of the so-called catalan independence process. The title is in reference to the assertion of the current president of the catalan generalitat, Quim Torra who notoriously posited towards the end of last year that catalan independence would be achieved through “the slovenian path”, a statement which provoked threats and outrage from politicians and pundits across the political spectrum throughout the spanish region.

Thanks to the comrades from materiales por la emancipación for sending the original article our way!

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Contra la Contra #2

Here’s an english edition of the second issue of the bulletin Contra la Contra, a new initiative from comrades in mexico. The original version can be found here: https://materialesxlaemancipacion.espivblogs.net/2018/10/06/publicacion-contra-la-contra-2/

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Neither rojigualdas nor esteladas. For class independence against every nation!

Translated from the article by Barbaria:

Ni rojigualdas ni esteladas. ¡Por la independencia de clase contra toda nación!

For explaining the nature of the so-called catalan independentist process there’s no better image than the election of Quim Torra as president of the Generalitat. Self-determination and the freedom to vote has ended up putting an all-out admirer of Miquel Badia, one of the worst torturers and killers of the proletariat in the revolutionary Catalonia of the 30’s, at its helm. (The homage made to the Badia brothers on the part of Junqueras and Torra serves as testimony).

Quim Torra (right), current president of the Catalan Parlament at an act of homage to the proto-fascist Badia brothers

Quim Torra (right), current president of the Catalan Parlament at an act of homage to the proto-fascist Badia brothers

There’s no contradiction in all of this. In the end of the story, the freedom to vote has always meant the freedom to become massacred by our own bourgeoisie. Continue reading →

In Memoriam: Santiago Maldonado (1989-2017)

This 1st of August marks the first anniversary of the murder of Santiago Maldonado (aka ‘Lecho’/’Brujo’), an anarchist comrade from the region of Argentina who was ‘disappeared’ by the repressive forces of the State for acting in solidarity with the Mapuche community in the region of Cushamen.

The following article and extracts from Santiago’s work are translated from the first page of the bulletin “La Oveja Negra” n.56, July 2018, (Rosario, Argentina):

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