May 9, 2021
From Gatorna (Sweden)
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2021-05-09

It’s not a novel idea, for today large projects aimed to rebuild the
world are in decline. In the twentieth century, the powerful movements
mobilized millions of people to storm political Olympus and start “great
construction projects”. But during the last century, they have gone
bankrupt both ethically and practically, one after the other , and soon
vanished entirely. Here in particular we refer to fascism and communism
of the Leninist type. Even the seemingly triumphant liberal project just
basically vanished into the global capitalist system and the global
political game, where liberal mechanisms are hardly seen.

Among the ambitious ideologists daring to rebuild
the world in accordance with their convictions, today, perhaps, only the
voice of the jihadists is heard. However, Islamism is clearly not the
big project which a person with an anarchist worldview would come to
terms with.

Failed global plans at the end of the twentieth
century gave rise to deep pessimism and paralysis of the ideas of
transformation. However, the first decades of the new century clearly
showed that the “end of history” did not occur. Growing instability,
rebelliousness and ungovernability manifested themselves. The number of
anti-government protests under a variety of slogans and flags has
increased severely compared to the previous era.

At the same time, there is a desperate need for
fundamental changes on the widest possible territorial scale. As before,
we need a new world. Almost everything that exists in society is
unacceptable and cannot serve as a framework for the present and future.

But what will the transformed reality be like?
There are hideous prophecies of a “Brave New World” entirely ruled by
the elites of post-humanity, or, on the contrary, a new feudalism and a
great split, accompanied by an upsurge of brutal violence. Alongside
these pictures there is a prospect of a global ecological catastrophe.
But a different trend manifests itself more and more clearly alongside
the diverse dystopias. It is an aspiration to direct democracy, equal
collectivity, elimination of inequality and oppression, and search for a
harmonious coexistence with nature. This tendency is sprinkled among
many social movements, but has not been formed into a single stream.
However, it brings the relevance of anarchism back to life. At a time
when all other missionaries showed themselves to be deceivers or
maniacs, it is time for anarchists to remember their mission and
re-declare their global project. How can we outline its possible common
features?

Demount the Mega-machine

The modern mass-society is concentrated in
gigantic urban agglomerations. The lion’s share of human life is
controlled and directed by the laws of states, as well as capitalist
relations in the sphere of production, exchange and consumption. As a
result, a modern human finds oneself in the situation of being an object
manipulated by gigantic machine-like forces. At the same time, we are
constantly fussing. The modern world is “The Sleep of Reason” – an
anesthesia of intellect and deep feelings, replaced by momentary,
externally controlled, desires. This situation is abhorrent to human
nature, it causes unhappiness and frustration, and after that — a thirst
for something else.

But the monstrous massive carcasses of states
evoke fear and doubt in us: is it at all possible to free ourselves from
under its iron heel? The endless buying and selling, filling our daily
lives with a million chores, aggravates our addiction, and even worse,
as from within, corrupts and depraves us.

And yet, the course of life itself pushes us to
rebellion. The accumulated historical experience teaches us that even
the most seemingly omnipotent social systems collapse like a house of
cards, and sometimes it happens completely unexpected. This is the
starting point of our struggle against the ruling order. To crush and to
demount the Mega-machine is the ambitious task of the anarchist
movement.

The New Communality

Today, we see a progressive atomization and the
weakening of collective relationships. Neighbors get to know each other
less and less, and sometimes even avoid each other altogether. Loud
family celebrations are becoming rare and enforced.

The origins of this painful social phenomenon are
complex and it is not easy to distinguish the main ones. However, here
lays the growing sphere of individual entertainment, the general course
towards individual comfort, which is always threatened by “excessive”
closeness of communication, and the notorious egoism, which is organic
for a capitalist market society and turns any ties into a temporary
interaction of two consumers for the purpose of reciprocal benefit. The
word “partner” is gaining more and more popularity in everyday life,
which in Russian has a distinctly alienated note and acts as a kind of
antonym to such consepts as loved, friend, comrade…

We believe that the crisis of collectivity and
mutual existence is one of the most catastrophic consequences of
capitalism and statehood. Alongside with the ethics, the anarchist
revolution has a concrete institutional tool for creating what we can
call the “new communality.” This is popular assemblies, meetings,
collective self-ruled institutions and autonomous economic entities.
When the mite of the System, which has launched its suckers deep into
the social tissue and separated us from each other, is ripped out of
society, we will be faced by the NECESSITY to recreate our warm
horizontal ties and connect us with each other by bonds of solidarity.

The collective building of social life will stand
in direct contrast to the present social practices. Look at the current
initiative of the Russian authorities to organize voting by mail — now
not even the imitation of choice gather crowds of alienated strangers at
the ballot boxes.

Yes, we plan to get together to make decisions, to
cook food in crowded and noisy kitchens and not to receive it in
sterile delivery bags. We plan to introduce our children to their
fellows on the streets, and not to just sit them down to watch cartoon
films alone… The degradation of humanity rapidly unfolding before our
eyes can and must be stopped.

Economy

Managing people for personal gain, the perception
of all living and non-living things as a resource for profit,
pathological luxury for an insignificant minority and deprivation of the
vast majority — are just a few strokes, the most striking illustrations
that characterize the present economic model. Its essence is directly
opposed to that we believe to be right and fair. The whole bunch of
reasons to reject capitalism can be reduced to two main theses: 1) this
economic system is unethical, unfair, ignominious; 2) it is unable to
provide a decent material level for everyone.

Commodity-money relations, wage labor,
investments, bank loans and interests – are so deeply ingrained in our
daily lives, that at times it seems unreal to get rid of them. As if
without them hunger and societal collapse would immediately follow.

But we have a lot to oppose to the “trend”: human
resources (today many thousands of people waste their worktime for the
phenomenon of meaningless work (“bullshit jobs”)); workers practical
experience, which allow them to maintain production without bosses;
technology, which allow society to regulate the system of production and
distribution in accordance with its needs and values … This should be
quite enough to transfer the economy from the elite to the hands of
society, to ensure equal management of production by people of labor and
to implement the principle “Each according to one’s ability, to each
according to one’s needs.”

The mission of the anarchist movement is the
following: by word, deed and example, root in society the understanding
of the principles of economic justice, and, by overthrowing the state
and capitalists, “clear the space” — to provide socio-political
conditions for its implementation.

Elimination of discrimination

Modern society is full of discrimination on a
variety of grounds. There are many features and specifications by which a
person or a group can be discriminated. The reasons for this are old or
new prejudices, the principle of collective responsibility, as well as
the alienation of people from each other in a world permeated by
capitalist relations.

Unscrupulous politicians skillfully manipulate by
prejudice and collective responsibility while alienation is a “side”
effect of the entire current system.

One of the oldest and most painful forms of
discrimination for human existence is gender oppression. Even though, in
Eastern Europe as well as in the “Western world”, the situation has
changed significantly compared to the openly patriarchal past, women are
still oppressed. This is evidenced by data on domestic, sexual and
gender-based violence and the difference in average income. Practices
and behaviors that belittle women remain strong. A striking example: the
attitude “Politics is not a woman’s business.” There are many such
imperceptible stones of contemporary culture that prevent a woman to
release her human potential in our social reality.

And one more detail that is not often paid
attention to, although it is one of the most important. The relationship
between all people is heavily poisoned by gender stereotypes and the
reciprocal consumer attitude and egoism based on them. Because of this,
even the most seemingly close relationships bring people pain and
misery, and not the opposite. The capitalist and authoritarian worldview
prevents true intimacy from being born.

The mission of anarchism is to achieve true
sisterhood / brotherhood between people, beyond any group
characteristics. For this we have different tools: 1) joint practice of
building and managing society, requiring equal cooperation and mutual
warmth of all participants in the process; 2) a revolutionary political
culture, requiring the conscious active involvement of representatives
of all oppressed groups in joint social work; 3) finally, education and
educational programs, helping to leave prejudices in the past.

Thus, the ambition of the anarchist project is to
eradicate discrimination, improve interpersonal relationships and, no
matter how vulnerable it sounds, return love for our neighbor into our
lives. Capitalism and Authoritarianism as social phenomena stand in the
way. This barrier is not indestructible.

Solution of ethnic conflicts

Since time immemorial, human society has been
shaken and terrorized by violent clashes, triggered by ethnic or
national cultural differences. Quite different criteria were also added
to the load: religious, racial. National and ethnic conflicts reached a
special intensity in the era of national states, which to this day is
the main form of the political organization of mankind. With their
appearance, the question began to be raised with extreme urgency: which
nationality is the “titular” one in this or that state? Which land
“rightfully belongs” to a particular national group? The result has been
countless suffering for millions of innocent people: forced
assimilation, mass deportations and, finally, atrocious acts of mass
murder. After everything mankind has gone through, national conflicts
continue to flare up brightly in all parts of the world.

Hardly any other imaginary contradictions in the
history of mankind entailed such monstrous consequences as
“contradictions” between “nations”. At the heart of the national
conflicts often lie the interests of national political and economic
elites, government bureaucracies, as well as the most ignorant
prejudices and distorted ideas about their own neighbors — the “other” —
the representatives of other ethnic groups.

At the root of the idea of a national conflict
lies the question “We or them?”. Anarchism offers an alternative: “We
and them are together and on an equal footing.” By denying the nation
state, which is nothing more than an instrument of oppression and
injustice, anarchists open the way to confederation: equal cooperation
of peoples in all territories. One and the same land can be both Serbian
and Albanian; both Armenian and Azerbaijani … the list is endless.
Equality and self-government, the social pillars of anarchism, are
prerequisites for a fruitful and friendly dialogue between cultures. The
need for this dialogue has not diminished, on the contrary, it has
intensified in the 21st century.

Re-harmonizing with nature

The fact that capitalism and in general the
constantly expanding human economy and consumption have an extremely
destructive effect on nature has long been commonly known. As well as
the understanding that this development threatens the planet and
humanity.

We would like to take a deeper look at the
problem. The anthropocentric worldview that prevails today, and the way
of life conditioned by it, is a special case of a hierarchical
relationship to the world and existence in general. Nature is the
“workshop of man” … This view is neither natural, nor ethical, nor
acceptable. The true liberation of humanity can not take place without
overcoming alienation from nature and finding harmony with it.

Which ecological solutions can anarchism offer?
Modern technologies must be reoriented from maximizing profits to the
conservation and restoration of nature. These measures would be combined
with the procuring of worth material living conditions for all.
Ideally, the extensive destructive human influence on nature should end
completely. The knowledge and capabilities accumulated by humanity makes
it possible to complete this task, or in any case move closer to its
fulfillment.

The reorganization of living space, with the
elimination of the monstrous metropolis as a form of human community
life, is extremely important. The living settlement should be
proportionate to the person, no matter how subjective it may sound. The
lifeless anthropogenic landscape, cutting off a human from the natural
complexes, must give place for the harmonious inclusion of settlement in
the natural landscape, the interweaving of the natural and the human.

Here and now

The total unacceptability of the current (un)being
… and the outlines of the renewed world, like prophetic dreams,
excite our minds and hearts. These are the points of mobilization that
do not allow us to give up and just accept. That is why we are ready to
make efforts, to take risks so that to create a new society. Organized
revolutionary struggle is the path along which we will achieve the goal
outlined in this text. Victory is possible, and therefore we must win.

Fil Kuznetsov,
Anarchist Fighter

Anarchist Fighter is revolutionary anarchist group active in Easter Europe

Anarchist Fighter

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