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(en) Mexico City, The Fifth .. Enters the Sixth A Utopian Call to Arms By Colectivo "5tA brigada ... ay karmela,"

Date Thu, 08 Sep 2005 17:10:26 +0300

"The only authority that we can respect has to be that of
the collective and public spirit, of a society based on
equality and solidarity as well as freedom and respect and
mutual aid among all its members. Yes, I have here an
authority that is not in any divine style but is completely
human before that which we have to incline ourselves with
all our heart certain that it will empancipate men and women
instead of subjugating them."
-- Malatesta
We are a small collective made up of compañeros and
compañeras who stake our claim as anarchists, libertarians,
libertarian communists, or whatever you want to call it. We
have worked as a collective ever since the university
student strike of the "General Strike Committee" in 1999.
Since then we have worked and participated together as the
"5tA(kinta) brigada . . . (ay karmela)" with our modest
efforts in this conglomeration of struggles (inside and
above all outside of the university environment), that is
the fight against capitalism, the globalization of misery
and the exclusion of the people, their men and their women,
against neoliberalism and, as anarchists, we are in this
fight against the State and its circus of electoral
democracy, in this fight for freedom, for self-management,
for autonomy, in this fight for a life that has dignity and
equality for all, in this fight for equality among men,
women and other inhabitants of our mother América, and above
all of our mother that is the entire earth.

We struggle against a system that imprisons everyone and,
beyond that, imprisons all that grows on this earth, a
system that keeps the people prisoners in a scam called
democracy, in a trick called freedom. We raise the banners
of the struggles of the peoples of the world, the struggles
for land, for education and our own cultures, for health,
work, home, for being the owners of our own histories, of
our own pasts, for being able to be owners of our own lives,
our present and future as individuals, neighborhoods,
peoples, social groups, collectives, etcetera.

We are determined to fight and construct a world where
nobody steps on anybody, where no one subjugates anyone,
where nobody is oppressed by laws, by judges, by
institutions, by economic and political ideas that defend
the supremacy of and looting by one social class to dominate
the people who are exploited, who are torn from their own
nature; a world where individuals live and think for their
own wellbeing without forgetting the collective good, for a
world where the collective never ignores the individuals
that form it; a world where exploitation doesn't exist,
where there is neither wealth nor poverty; a world where
social and collective entities decide together what path to
walk, where there is no system where one or some individuals
or groups determine the lives of anybody else; a world where
the only authority permissible will be a collective
decision, where the words "to lead" and "to obey" don't need
to exist, where collectivities organize and among them
decide the future and their acts; a world where the
individual can exist without falling prey to individualism;
a world where collectivity is based on the needs of individuals.

We are committed to work for a society where governments are
useless, unnecessary (as it is a given that they are); a
society where the people decide together how to live,
resolving their problems, enjoying the fruits of their
labor; a world where the greedy don't become rich by
enjoying the fruits of the labor of the rest, of the tools
and the means of production as well as that which their
hands create and produce, where the means of production are
common property so that the fruits of labor will be
collectively harvested, where private property doesn't
exist, where there is nobody that exists to govern over the
life of anyone else be it in politics, culture or
economically, where the peoples, neighborhoods, barrios, and
communities exchange experiences, efforts, ideas and deeds
so that together we can construct a libertarian world, where
the principles of collectivity and mutual aid, of
self-management, and autonomy are the bases of public
entities and where support, respect, mutual recognition and
interrelation exist between peoples to be able to confront
common problems. A world where all the worlds that fit among
each other coexist, where worlds that do not recognize other
worlds do not fit, those worlds that want to govern and
decide on behalf of the other worlds.

This is what we believe and think as a collective and we
know that we are not alone on the entire earth. In this land
named América and in this land they call Mexico many
brothers and sisters think this way -- maybe not exactly the
same way, maybe they don't call themselves anarchists, but
we know that we all share the dream of a libertarian, just,
collective, self-managing, free and conscious world among
equals with brothers and sisters of other names and other
ideas . . .

We believe this as a collective, as compañeros and
compañeras, and that's how we have been participating and
working with the little that we can offer, and for the past
year and a half we have joined with other colleagues (of
diverse ways of thinking) in another collective called
"coyotl yohuali," with which we work to construct, together
with other people, a life that is just and dignified; a
different form of living, where productivity isn't seen as
something merely monetary, where balance in the environment
can be constructed, where wellbeing is not confused with
using up natural resources, where education is not about
repeating laws or dates, but is complete and not just
academic, where education brings us toward a conscious life
and what we learn together serves the collective,
ecological, economic, social and cultural good, an education
that is not decided by the powerful, where the knowledge
that we learn is constructed by ourselves and walks toward
the wellbeing of people and individuals. We work at sharing
our knowledge with that of others, other peoples, so that
together we construct paths that lead us toward a happy and
dignified life.

Our work currently is done in rural areas, in the
semi-desert lands of this land called Mexico with a view at
being able, together, to improve the living conditions in
the communities, also improving the conditions of what the
communities produce; improving and conserving the natural
world, protecting natural resources, improving productive
techniques in a manner that does not damage the environment;
improving education by giving it a social viewpoint and so
that it relates to the reality of the people, so that it
seeks to solve problems and not generate work that only
benefits capitalism; seeking to solve problems with our own
hands; organizing ourselves, without depending on the
government, its parties, or its election campaigns; learning
to work and decide collectively; learning to share our
knowledge and experiences with other groups, collectives,
communities and peoples to weave a grand network that
sustains our lives, to weave a grand network that permits us
to face this system that excludes us in every way, exploits
us, uses us for its own good and the good of those that form
it (the political class). It is for this that we work,
knowing that the path is long and hard and that we are
barely beginning to walk it, knowing that there are many
other people walking and constructing, dreaming of a
different way to live, knowing that the path seeks other
feet, other dreams, and other words and working together for
the common good. We know the path is long and hard but we
are conscious that we need it and we are commited to
continue walking and meeting the feet that walk on the earth
all flying on the dreams of their hearts and of liberty.

In the majority of places on our earth a political and
economic system rules with the single goal of defending the
rich; of justifying its lootings, the robbery of what
belongs to the people, defending the privileges of a few,
defending the supposed right of some groups or people to
exploit men, women, children and everything else that is
able to generate them wealth, the supposed right that they
give themselves to say "this is mine," to exploit and
over-exploit not only men and women of all ages but also to
exploit and over-exploit animal species, plants of every
indole, to the extreme of patenting plants and their
medicinal, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical properties (that
is to say, to be the owners of the plant and all its
products throughout the world with the egregious arrogance
to want to collect royalties if someone uses that plant or
its properties), the right that they invent to be able to
shave the earth and its fruits and resources from east to
west, the right of theft not only against men and women, but
against life itself.

The political-economic system that rules in the world has
one goal only: to make itself owner of everything, of the
earth itself, which cannot belong to anybody; to make itself
owner of the natural resources that cannot have an owner, of
animals and plants, and of men and women, who are free
beings by their very nature. This system, its tools, and its
means were created to defend the indefensible, the most
atrocious aberrations that humanity has committed and above
all society in its errant path: to defend the exploitation
of man and woman by man and woman; to defend the right of
some to have too much while the majority is dispossessed; to
defend the shameful right of some to enjoy the fruits of
labor of the people; to defend their supposed right to strip
natural resources, animals, plants, minerals, water, entire
ecosystems, with the stupid goal of making money; to defend
the absurd right that does not belong to any human, that of
declaring oneself owner of other lives, of other human
beings; to defend the right to disappear cultures and erase
different ways of seeing the world and life. And all this
can end up in humankind's most absurd concept: the right to
private property, the right to decide for someone else, for
peoples, for men and women, the right to enjoy the benefits
of the work of others.

And it all began when some asshole had the idea of saying
"this is mine," and cultivated the greed and arrogance of
believing himself the owner of other lives and everything
that responded to everyone else.

We know the absurdity of this system that is imposed upon
the world -- this system called capitalism, and now called
neoliberalism, based on institutions that legitimize their
illegitimacy, judicial, political, economic and legislative
institutions that only serve to defend the privileges of the
owners of money and of the entire political class, of those
who believe themselves to be owners everything, institutions
that form the large institution called the STATE. And the
state is charged with defending all these absurdities,
charged with repressing, exterminating everyone who rebels
against the political, economic and cultural order that is
imposed. The state is the control mechanism of this system,
the apparatus that is in charge of keeping us outside of the
circus of electoral democracy that makes people believe that
they are really the ones who lead; trying to make peoples,
men and women, believe that it, the state, is a tool of the
people to preserve order; making the people believe that in
the act of marking a ballot every six years is enough to
decide how our lives will be. The state is in charge of
trying to trick us, of trying to blindfold us, making us
believe that we are free and are the owners of our history,
of our decisions and our lives; of destroying all those who
don’t allow themselves to be fooled, imprisoning them,
disappearing them, assassinating them, exterminating them,
torturing them and forgetting them so that the grand circus
can continue doing its job, its privileges, and its absurdities.

So they call us every three or six years to vote, to decide
democratically who will be the owners of our futures, our
lives and our decisions, and who will defend those who rob
the fruits of our labor and our lands. We vote for
representatives, mayors, governors, local and federal
legislators, and for the president, to leave the decisions
about our future in the hands of these political parasites.
And during campaign seasons they go all over the place and
speak with a thousand tongues and a thousand faces to try to
convince the majority of who is the best choice, if it will
the PRI, the PAN, the PRD, the PVEM, et cetera. They go out
to the farthest corners -- to the most alienated, to those
whose existence they ignored; places where after the
election they will never return, or will remember them only
when they seek another electoral post -- and they will
promise whatever the people want to hear, and that's how
every election season the state calls us to vote so, they
say, "we can decide our future as a public and as
individuals," and the story will be the same, and one day
someone will win, and on another day another will win, and
the real problems of the people are never solved, because if
they are solved the state will cease to exist together with
the system it defends, together with all the means it
constructed, will all end.

We are convinced that the only organization permissible is
that which is popular, collective, autonomous, assuming
responsibility for the socialization of needs,
responsibilities, decisions and results among all. That is
to say, the total disappearance of power, since upon
socializing and collectivizing decisions, responsibilities,
work, and results, power disappears because nobody is on top
of anyone else, no one is worth more than anyone else, and
nobody decides for anybody else, nobody has power. The only
authority that we can accept is that of the collective
spirit, that is to say, the authority that is us all that is
not personalized, that does not govern others; the authority
that doesn't lead nor oppress nor repress, that which does
not decide for us; the authority of the collective, of
decisions made in common by individuals and peoples. We know
that then the duties will also be collective because only
that way, working collectively, will we be able to solve
problems, improve our lives, and construct a different and
better society where nobody excludes anybody, where nobody
imposes upon anybody, where nobody exploits anybody, where
no one is the owner of anyone nor of others' decisions, nor
of their future, nor their life; where what is decided is
decided by all, is worked by all, and that way is enjoyed by
all. Where we all make agreements and we all respect them
and we respect ourselves.

And inside of this circus of electoral democracy is the
important role that all the political parties play (no
matter how leftist they call themselves), and their role is
not minor (although it is easy to express it). The role of
political parties is to give a tint of reality to this trick
called democracy; a little discussion so that it seems that
there are choices to be made: clearly, there are, but they
are the choices that the system allows; those that although
they attack it do not do it harm; those that don't seek to
destroy it; those that defend it with cloak and dagger
whether they be from the right, or the extreme right, or the
middle, or they try the illusion of being from the left.
That more accurately put would be "a tint of left-of-center
of the right." All have the same goal of backing the state,
of backing the system -- some say that with a vision more
human and more social -- but in the end always defending the
privileges that the majority of them enjoy, always defending
capital, and its state of law, and always being part of the
mafias that control life. And then there are the parties of
the far right like the PAN with a history that nobody can
deny, being the boiling pot of the most atrocious reaction,
part of the most conservative and recalcitrant sectors of
society, connected closely with groups of all kinds of
fascist indole such as El Yunque, Opus Dei, and the
Legionairres of Christ; fascist groups and followers of the
shit of Spaniard Franco-ism and Italian fascism; or the PRI
-- does anybody need this explained? -- the traitors of the
revolutionary struggles of 1910, those who assassinated
Zapata and Villa, those who fought the Mexican Liberal Party
and the Liberal Clubs (of the tendency of Flores Magón), all
those that fought, betrayed and tried to destroy the truly
revolutionary ideas and efforts, those that told us that the
revolution had triumphed and then took control of it and
destroyed it, those that governed and still govern the
country for more than a century, those that imposed and
developed the dirty war since the 1960s and that continues
to this day, those that fought against the guerrillas in
Mexico without truce, those that are guilty of so many
historic atrocities; or the PRD, the party that says it is
of the left, that presumes to have been born in the
so-called left and stays there. We do not deny that many of
its participants were of the left, but between that and the
idea that the party has been of the left or still is there
is a vast distance. Better said, it has been the party of
electoral opposition, but to go from that to saying that it
is a party of the left -- it has always been very far from
that. From our way of looking at the PRD, what it has done
and still does today has been to try to mediatize what it is
to be of the left, to mediatize inentions, movements,
people, collective, to mediatize them in the electoral
routine, using them as political diving boards to position
itself inside of the Mexican political class, and inside its
rotten party structure, using movements, selling them or
trying to sell them on behalf of its fight for positions
inside a sphere of power, which like all power spheres is
shit. This party boasts of having been the first democratic
government in Mexico City, and believes we have forgotten
those democratic beatings dished out by its democratic riot
cops to a student movement in 1999, democratic beatings that
more than once bloodied and imprisoned compañeros and
compañeras saying that it was a call for dialogue, defending
the state of law, of not wanting to see filthy students
marching through Mexico City, and that is just one example,
but surely there will be many more in the City of Hope, or
in any other entity governed by the PRD, and only that if we
forget another shameless act of having not voted for the
Cocopa bill for indigenous rights in 2001 when the Zapatista
command marched through a large part of Mexico.

Of the other parties, better that we don't even speak of
them because they aren't anything more than signs on a stick
and family businesses of the sons of magnates.

But beyond all that, the most important thing is that the
political parties do not represent a solution to the
problems of the people, and not only because they are
parties and full of shit by their nature, but, rather, for
the simple fact that they are one more tool of the state to
defend the system, capital and private property, simply
because their principle interest is defending a system of
privileges, the privileges of the owners of money and their
own privileges as members of the political class; defending
a system that excludes the people, its men and its women.
With this we refer principally to the party leaderships, the
spokes of the parties, its stratospheres of power that
decide and lead its direction; the rank-and-file members are
another story.

What's more: How can they defend a system with an electoral
circus where only one third of the adult population of
Mexico participates, where less than ten percent of the
population decides who governs and makes laws? Thus, it is
clear that the electoral democracy is not even a slightly
representative, much less totally representative, with the
insult that "the people decide who governs them" from among
those who they will allow to govern us. And still more: Why
should anybody govern us and decide for the people and live
for the people? We believe and we are convinced that nobody
should govern and nobody should be governed, that we all
must decide together, and that a government that is
socialized disappears, so it is clear that when the figures
and concepts of power are socialized they disappear. We
believe in the need to eradicate the words "to lead" and "to
obey," "to govern" and "to be governed," "to own," and "to
be owned."

We are sure that we do not need laws, and much less laws
made far from the people, from men and women, laws that
justify looting, robbery, and the exclusion of people from
decision-making. We believe that, more than laws, we need
agreements that we are all ready to comply with. But a law
needs someone to make people comply, to make them ready to
cumply, to obey; someone to oppress others. And when this
apparatus of control exists, in this case to make people
obey the law, there also exists someone who is put down,
oppressed; someone controlled. We believe in the necessity
to disappear all apparatuses of control and so we have to
work on the conscience of the people, the men and women, not
to obey laws, but, rather, to come to agreements and respect

That is why we believe in the total necessity of walking and
finding other feet, other dreams, other intents, other
knowledge; of joining together the hearts of our world to
fight against this system that excludes us and brings us to
extermination when it does not need us, and that if it needs
us it is to enrich itself with our sweat and our hands. We
know the necessity of finding other brothers and other
sisters with other experiences and efforts to construct a
different world where all the inhabitants will be able to
live with dignity, with what his and her nature corresponds;
a world we we will be able to cover all of our needs; a
world without exclusion, without dispossessed; a world
without someone that governs; a world where the worker and
the farmer enjoy the fruits of their labor, where they are
owners of their work and of that of nobody else, where all
of us will be owners of our lives, our decisions, our
histories, our pasts and our futures as well as our present;
a world of solidarity, just and equal, conscious, clean,
healthy and happy; a world without rich and without poor; a
world without exploitation, where one is worthy as a human
being and not as a number, a piece of fabric, or a farm
tool; a world where the world and the land will be ours, of
everyone and for everyone, and that therefore has no owner,
where nothing has an owner, where everything will be
everyone's; of men, women and all the beings of our mother
earth . . .

That's why we see the need to find others that fight against
this world where the people do not have a dignified place,
where the people, the men and women, only fit in as workers
to enrich the powerful. That's why we see the necessity to
add an echo to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle,
so that it will be a call not only of the Zapatistas, but
something that we construct together among all, a wide and
general call, and there among us all we will fight and
construct a world where we all dream, the world that we
need, and together confront the attacks of this system, of
this capitalism, of neoliberalism and its globalization of
misery and exclusion of peoples. We believe it is important
to join together all our many dreams of fighting for a
different world and that a voice be born that is formed of
many voices, distinct but together, and together to try to
walk making the path with our feet; to together go
constructing our world, the world of all the beings of
mother earth, of our América, and of this land called
Mexico. Therefore we know the need to exchange ideas,
knowledge and experience to make this dream and this heart
grow. That's why we add ourselves to the Sixth Declaration
of the Lacandon Jungle. We join it to make a common front
among all against this system, against this capitalism that
gives us every form of barbarism, against this neoliberalism
that tries to privatize the inalienable rights of men and
women, and beyond that the rights of every living being on
this earth, against this globalization that tries to
globally enrich them while it globally impoverishes us.

We join commited to fight for a world and a society where
solidarity, mutual aid among all groups, communities,
peoples, among all the individuals, men and women, exist, a
world and a society based on equality, freedom,
self-management, autonomy and cooperation, based on respect,
on sharing, based on collectivity, on collectivism, and
never based on private property, or on superiority, or on
exploitation, or on looting, or on robbery, or on
forgetting, never based on privileges or exclusions.

But in this we do not join ourselves to the effort to
generate a new constitution, because we are certain that
what we need is not another constitution that somebody will
make us comply with; that what we need aren't laws to obey,
nor control apparatuses in charge of making us comply, nor
do we need a homogenizing ideal that denies cultural
diversity. Thus we believe that what is important is working
for self-management and autonomy of peoples, based on mutual
aid, the recognition of the others, and mutual and
collective cooperation, based on autonomous forms of
organization, where we all make agreements that we are ready
to comply with and work for them. A constitution needs a
state that makes it work, a state needs police and military
corps to make obedience and these are apparatuses of power
and control and all power and all control rot the hearts and
the dreams of those who feel themselves their owners. Power
and control corrupt although they were not created with the
intention to subjugate. When someone feels power and control
his greed and his vanity explode. Thus, we believe in
fighting not for a new constitution, not for laws, but for
the autonomous organization of peoples, communities,
barrios, and social entities, to fight for agreements and
solve the collective problems working collectively and
deciding collectively. We believe in the figure of the
collective, the assembly -- autonomous, collective and
popular, or following each community, people or barrio's own
forms -- to organize itself and decide on its own, and so we
do not seek to make laws that someone obliges others to
comply with. Better said, we must seek and make agreements
that we are all disposed to comply with. And that is how we
join ourselves to the call of the Sixth Declaration of the
Lacandon Jungle, to construct a large network that sustains
the life of the people, a collective network, where we can
construct a better world, a network of dreams and hearts
where we can fight against this system of oppression and
inequality, where we will be able to walk toward a dignified
life. But we do not join with the idea of constructing a new
constitution, because of the fact that we believe the state
should disappear and a new constitution needs an apparatus
of power and control to make people comply. We fight to
struggle for the collectivization of authority, which is to
say to make it disappear it, to destroy power; we fight to
work for the conscience of the people, and its autonomy, and
its self-management, based on support, cooperation, and
mutual respect, based on freedom and collectivity.

We fight to work for the organization of the people, for the
construction of collective, autonomous and popular
organization, that can only be constructed by autonomous and
collective means and not from a sphere of power, whether
called president, congress, governor, king, oligarchy,
central committee, et cetera.

We fight to work to come to agreements collectively and not
to make laws that require a control apparatus, but, rather,
to fight and to work for autonomy and collectivity.

Colectivo "5tA brigada . . . ay karmela".
Colectivo "coyotl yohuali"


We don't recognize the right of the majority to dictate laws
to the minority, although the will of the majority might be
widely accepted. The fact of having a majority absolutely
does not demonstrate that it is right. To the contrary,
humanity has always been pulled forward by the initiative
and work of individuals and minorities while the majority
walks more slowly and conservatively, obeying the strongest
who find himself in the the position of advantage previously

But if we don't admit the right of the majority to dominate
the minorities we refuse also and more vociferously the
right of minorities to dominate the majority. It would be
absurd to insist that the minority is right because it is a

In the end, it's not about being right or not . . .

It's about freedom . . .

Liberty is the only means to reach through experience what
is true and best for one and for all . . .

We believe then that we need to reach a peaceful and
prolific coexistence between majorities and minorities via
free agreement, mutual understanding and the intelligent
recognition of the necessary practices of collective life
and of the transitions that circumstances make necessary.

-- Radio Sabotaje

Dan Clore

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any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in
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an interruption of the harmony existing between the two
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