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(en) US, Who are the anarchists? Why does resistance come from below? By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:59:31 +0200


America is in the middle of the crisis. Elected as the less popular president in history, Donald Trump has taken the reins and intends to force his agenda over the world by brute force. Beside him, white supremacists are taking to the streets, convinced that their time has come. Millions that already had the Democratic Party are losing faith in the entire political system. Will anything be done to stop the rise of tyranny? ---- This is the context in which the anarchists are once again returning to the stage of history and to the front page of the New York Times. Neither voting nor passive protest has worked, and popular imagination is shifting to open confrontation. Even Trump is tweeting claims about "professional anarchists, thugs and protestant payers". Imagine that billionaire who hired actors to launch his campaign, accusing working class protesters of being mercenaries.

The grassroots resistance that has shaken the US since the election of Trump is not the work of paid or professional Protestants - nor, by extension, George Soros, the so-called "puppet master" of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to which Trump is Reference. It did not come from the Democratic Party, the not-for-profit sector, or the various dissident socialist groups.

Resistance to Trump came from ordinary people acting on their own terms without waiting for leadership or instructions. It came from the same people who breathed tear gas into Ferguson as they faced a militarized police force to defend their neighborhood. It came from tens of thousands of people who survived the ice water cannons and rubber bullets in Standing Rock to block a wave that Trump is now trying to cross. She came from those who risked their lives to face KKK at Stone Mountain and neo-Nazis in Sacramento. It came from people who disrupted Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, which shut down airports Jan. 28 and 29 to challenge Trump's Muslim ban, which closed Milo Yiannopoulos on Feb. 1.

All these efforts were organized horizontally according to broadly anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian frameworks. They are not just some masked people: the spirit of the times is anarchist.

This resistance was growing long before Trump. The wave of momentum that has exploded in American consciousness in the last two months has its roots in many years of discontent. The object of this discontent is not just the Trump regime, but a social order that creates dramatic imbalances in power and access to resources as war, climate change, and ecological collapse precipitate. With the most authoritarian advocates of this order at the helm, only a comprehensive approach to social change has any chance of having any impact.

Anarchists are among the only ones who offer a clear view of another way of living. By organizing networks and community spaces around the world, we gather to help each other to meet basic needs and build collective self-defense capacity.

In neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, anarchists are struggling against petty bourgeoisie, police brutality and exploitation, creating alternative and alternative infrastructure for survival. Through the bioregions, we are organizing to protect the drinking water and land that we all depend on for life.

This view conflicts directly with Trump's top-down ( top-down ), exclusive, and authoritative agenda. It's the only real alternative: Obama's time in office has shown that attempts to improve the state have only left him stronger and more legitimate, so the next tyrant to take the helm has more power at his disposal. Many people are afraid that the regime will crack down on resistance, but Trump is determined to wipe out all of us, regardless. The more we unite, the more we engage the authorities, the faster and more courageously we act, the more secure we will be.

You and your friends already constitute an affinity group, the essential foundation of basic anarchist practice. Identify the goal you want to accomplish, build your skills, get in touch with other groups and take action. That could mean disrupting efforts to recruit white supremacists or blocking the infrastructure Trump relies on to implement his executive orders. It could mean uniting people in the defense of their homes, evicting or protecting their land from development. It could mean setting up rapid response networks to react to attacks or establishing a free clinic to provide health care for people who can not get it through institutions. We are counting on you to help us get out of this situation, to create the world of union and freedom that we all deserve.

Source: https://submedia.tv/stimulator/2017/02/04/who-are-the-anarchists/

Translation> Gafa
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