A critique of the current election spectacle from Unvereinbar.
They say our time for political involvement is now. We say the spectacle
This long and endless summer, with its uprisings and wildfires, its hurricanes and heatwaves has taught us what it means to act in a way adequate to the situation. We have returned to the world, we have felt our power and it is terrifying. The courage of those first days in Minneapolis revealed a path forward beyond the ballot box, beyond quiet resignation behind screens and the endless scandal of the headlines.
They say we are fractured
The uprising is just the beginning. The pacifying elections cannot be the end. The programmed identities of capital’s social nightmare give us nothing other than our own conditioned limitations. Get rid of yourself as an identity to find ourselves as a collective form of the ungovernable. We are not speaking of the broken logic of martyrdom. We are speaking to the fundamental position that when we give ourselves to insurrection, we are the vehicles that insurrection takes. We want happy and vital lives. We imagine you do too. Lying, hiding, and placing our faith in politicians won’t bring this about. Biden and Trump will bring us nothing other than more misery and death. It is rather regrettable to admit, but the battle has already begun. The questions are: how is it to be done and what side are you on?
This November, remember what it felt like to act. The care, the intention, the intensity, the joy, the fear. The lingering depression, of waiting on incompetent politicians to right their wrongs, alone should tell you that your vote is nothing like an act. Vote, all the same, if you must. But understand blockading your city, redistributing food and the means to live, reappropriating infrastructure, learning to fight and treat wounds together, freely distributing looted goods, and de-activating the police, are more tangible and positioned gestures than any vote. Let us no longer mince words, we are enveloped in war. A Biden candidacy is not victory, neither option can give us the world we want. What one chooses to do with that fact is left up to them.
We love you & hope to see you in the battles to come.
– Unvereinbar, Fall 2020
photo: Javier García