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(en) Aporia Journal - Autonomous Thought on the Latest State of Emergency Collective Statement

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 13 Apr 2003 09:44:07 +0200 (CEST)

A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E

"How could we not think that a system that can
no longer function at all except on the basis of
emergency would not also be interested in
preserving such an emergency at any price" --
Giorgio Agamben
"Let the combination of morality and
inhumanity begin" -- Amiri Baraka
> Aporia #1 http://aporiajournal.tripod.com
is focused on the emerging war in Iraq
as symptomatic of larger, global systems of force
and the new face of Capital since the fall of the
Soviet Union. Whether this war is an instance in
the unfolding of a new type of global politics or
the latest stage of a more familiar imperialism
is not as obvious as the fact that our traditional
tactics and methods of revolt are inadequate.
The emphasis on the "local" has overdetermined
our perspectives and our tactics. We remain
fixated on this or that crisis while ignoring the
global structures that need and produce the
contradictions we so readily combat. Capital
continues to use these micro-crises to adapt and
outstrip our efforts of resistance. It uses our
reactive stances to make its machinery more
effective in the future.

We see hope in the worldwide uprising against
the war, especially as more and more people
realize just how unresponsive their governments
are, how political decisions have nothing to do
with popular sentiment. However, in contrast to
the anti-globalization protests of the late 90's,
anti-war activity has rested too much on
organizing against a specific regime, rather than
challenging the entire apparatus of power that
allows for U.S. dominance to continue. In this
dominance, the U.N., the European Union, as
well as the W.T.O., I.M.F. and World Bank are
equally complicit.

We are creating a space for autonomous thought
and action. As anti-state communists and
anarchists we refuse to repeat the failures of
vanguardism and representation. These pages
are neither intellectual abstractions nor
dogmatic prescriptions for a certain type of
action. They are a step towards making the
amorphous and seemingly disparate networks of
global force that surround us into something we
can once again recognize and overcome. This
publication is a witness to the attempts to
confront the worldwide and everyday tyrannies
that make of an abundant and joyous existence
something akin to a heap of ashes.

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