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(en) Statement of The Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists say: END THE WAR! END THE STATE!

Date Sat, 24 Sep 2005 19:38:16 +0300


Many liberals feel that it was wrong to invade Iraq; that, though the
United States has used the crime of 9/11 to justify a war for
geopolitical power, wealth and oil and created disaster upon disaster
in that country, it has a responsibility to stay there to restore order
and to repair a ruined infrastructure. Other liberals feel Iraq should
be handed over to NATO or the U.N. But these are coalitions of
imperialist governments with motives similar to the U.S. The Iraqis
will gain nothing by being occupied by more foreign armies than by,
mostly, just one. Anarchists recognize that we cannot trust the U.S.
imperialist state to act any better than it has already. On no account
will the U.S. help the Iraqis gain real democracy and freedom. The
U.S. must immediately withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, and
withdraw all support from Israel. Supporting the continued
occupation of Iraq is a justification for the continued imposition of
U.S. dominance.

Iraqi workers and peasants have the right to determine the fate of
their own country. They have every right to armed resistance
against foreign occupiers. We give no political support to the
semi-fascists who would impose a religious dictatorship over the
women and other workers of Iraq or the rest of the Middle East but
we want the U.S. to lose its wars of aggression. We urge U.S.
soldiers and their families to oppose this war and to demand the
soldiers be brought home now. We support all efforts to resist
military recruitment of young people, on and off school grounds.
There must be no draft. Registration for the draft must be ended
immediately.

All real popular gains have been won outside of the electoral system.
Slavery of African-Americans in this country was ended with illegal
runaways, revolts, and, ultimately, with a civil war. Legal
segregation was defeated with civil disobedience. Urban rebellions
brought anti-discrimination and affirmative action laws. Unions
were won through mass sit-down strikes in major industries.
Women's rights were won with consciousness-raising and mass
demonstrations. Gay rights began to be recognized with the
Stonewall Rebellion. The struggle against the war in Vietnam was
won with the armed resistance of the Vietnamese people and, in the
U.S., with large legal and illegal demonstrations, campus strikes,
widespread draft resistance, and a virtual mutiny in the army. The
mainstream antiwar movement focuses on electing Democrats or
third party politicians but it is only through mass struggle, outside of
and against the State, that we can successfully stop this war. In
particular, we should aim for political strikes, using the unique
strategic power of workers to stop society in its tracks, recreating it
on a new and better basis.

The war and other social evils are caused by a bad social system.
They are not caused by the bad policies of politicians. At the heart of
this system is capitalism, by which a few rich people drain off the
wealth produced by everyone else. This class system supports, and
is supported by, all other forms of oppression: of women, of people
of color, of poorer nations, of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
trans-gendered people, and so on. Holding it all together is the
nation state, the special layer of police, military, bureaucrats,
politicians, lobbyists, and others that stand over the rest of us. The
nation state is a war-waging machine in the service of the rich.
Without war -- preparing for war and paying for war -- there would
hardly be nation states. To end all wars, we must end all states.

What is revolutionary socialist anarchism? Anarchism means the
abolition of all forms of oppression. Instead of the State, we
advocate a federation of democratic associations. Instead of
capitalism, we advocate a federation of self-managed workplaces,
industries, associations, and communes. To achieve such a society,
we must bring an end to patriarchy, white supremacy and class
domination; smash State power; expropriate the wealth of the rich;
abolish the wage system and market economy; and seize the means
of productions and distribution for the benefit of society as a whole.
This means nothing short of social revolution, which can only
emerge from autonomous mass movements and the revolutionary
self-activity of the working class.

September 24, 2005

Open City Anarchist Collective, New York City, opencity@nefac.net
Nemesis Collective, Baltimore, Maryland, nemesis@nefac.net
Capital Terminus Collective, Atlanta, Georgia,
capitalterminus@gmail.com

secretary@nefac.net
PO Box 250-159, Columbia University Station, NY, NY 10025
http://www.nefac.net/

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