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(en) Australia, Melbourne, A Space Outside* #1 - whisper for mobilisation against the G20

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2006 14:50:56 +0200

In the beginning is the Scream. We Scream -----John Holloway
Preface: This document is not a finished call for action; rather it
aims to be what is said before the call, a part of a discussion to
build commonalities and affinity around which a call can be generated.
We see it as being malleable and fleshy and mutating and alive
Our starting point is our refusal: NO! ENOUGH! BASTA!
We realise that lives worth living can only be found against capitalism
and all else flows from this. To approach the G20 is to approach a
possibility to rupture from the normality of daily life, to jam
the functioning of the global empire of capital and its manufacture
of social consensus, and from this affirm other ways of being.
For this to be realised though involves an open
process of questioning how we can work
collectively in ways that assert our au-
tonomy from capital and how we can aid
the generation of refusals. It is the hope
that this short piece can add to this act of
cartography, this charting of a new land.
Numerous open processes are needed to
work out what is common that allows us
to act collectively, and how can we affirm
our difference and multiplicity in a way
that is militant and effective....
To begin with we should be clear that no
anti-summit protest will destroy capital-
ism ­ because capitalism is not a summit.
Capitalism is a lived social relationship
that exists everywhere throughout soci-
ety: capitalism is the school, the kitchen,
the bus stop. It is the process in which
the collective social activity of human-
ity and earth are reified into structures,
commodities and accumulations from
which we are alienated yet which impose
their will on the living of our daily lives.
It is not Bad Corporations, or Greedy
Politicians ­ it is neither Ronald McDon-
ald nor George Bush. Capitalism is what
we are compelled, forced and enticed to
build everyday with the most minute of
our actions. Yet that said it is also incred-
ibly broken, fractured and precarious. As
much as everyday we rebuild capitalism
through our activities, we also rebel, re-
fuse, and act `other' in numerous gestures
of defiance and autonomy. Some of these
are small, covert, individual; some mas-
sive, overt, and collective. The destruction
of capitalism is the manifestation of our
numerous, countless NO's: the open col-
lective realisation of new worlds and new
relationships. No one rules capitalism:
there is no cabal of bankers and politi-
cians, no fat man with a top hat pulling
the strings. Yet real human beings manage
capitalism. Concrete institutions - nation-
states, supra-national bodies, international
corporations, secret services and criminal
conspiracies - administer it. Events like
the G20 provide certain sections of capi-
talism opportunities to implement certain
strategies for the global order. They serve
a use in the creation of the appearance
of a smooth and functioning world, the
appearance of a forum where the tough
questions of the globe are being dealt
with by a generation's best and brightest.
We go to the G20 with desires and with
questions. Disrupting the G20 could help
in preventing the smooth running of cap-
ital's current and future offensives against
us. Mobilising against the G20 provides
us an opportunity to break the normality
of capital's operations. Also it provides us
with the opportunity to manifest what the
Leeds May Day Group call, "moments of
excess" (http://www.nadir.org.uk/excess.
html); moments when what is other, what
is more, and what is beyond capital mani-
fest in an event. These are events that
radically rupture and disrupt the normal
operations of power; events that produce
new ways of relating and new world and
new futures
The success of any of these elements,
to negate the world that is or affirm new
and other ways of being, rests on our
abilities to connect a big event with the
myriad struggles that make up daily life.
This does not mean how an "activist" can
form links with middle level bureaucrats
from trade unions, but rather how we as
part of the multitude can bring into being
connections of insubordination with each
other. It is a question of how we work
to manifest ourselves. It seems that this
most often takes place through structures
that are firmly wedded to the ossifying
remains of social democracy or through
relatively small micro-networks of friend-
ship and affinity. The first is totally re-
pellent: these structures are hierarchical
leftovers of a dead politics often riddled
with authoritarian dynamics. The second
is preferable but inadequate: we remain
trapped and atomised, isolated against a
hostile social machine. We need to find
ways of autonomous organising away
from the restrictions, defeat and hierar-
chy of social democracy and we need to
find ways of amplifying and transforming
our links of everyday solidarity into new
forms that can produce enough heat to
destroy capitalism.
To this end, we could start to cohere a
block or series of blocks (lets call it a
`mobilisation') around a number of points
or questions. Placing ourselves (not
uncritically) in the lines of revolt of our
recent past, we could adopt the hallmarks
of People's Global Action as our first
basis of commonality. These are:
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism,
imperialism and feudalism; all trade agree-
ments, institutions and governments that
promote destructive globalisation.
2. We reject all forms and systems of
domination and discrimination including,
but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and
religious fundamentalism of all creeds.
We embrace the full dignity of all human
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do
not think that lobbying can have a major
impact in such biased and undemocratic
organisations, in which transnational capi-
tal is the only real policy-maker.
4. A call to direct action and civil disobe-
dience, support for social movements'
struggles, advocating forms of resistance
which maximise respect for life and op-
pressed peoples' rights, as well as the con-
struction of local alternatives to global
5. An organisational philosophy based on
decentralisation and autonomy.
These hallmarks do not summarise our
dreams and struggles, because our strug-
gles and dreams can not be summarised:
we want to open cracks from where lines
of flight can shoot out, new possibilities
open up: freedom never stops.
These hallmarks have the advantage of
being broad enough to include a wide
range of revolutionary anti-capitalist ori-
entations with all their differences whilst
also separating this manifestation from
reformists, racketeers and recuperators.
But more is needed than this. To really
connect to our daily insubordinations,
such a mobilisation needs to grow out
of and give voice to our daily struggles
­ in our workplaces, the streets, schools,
hospitals etc. To this end the mobilisation
could work to create various consulta-
tions around us where our grievances
against life under capital and the genius
of our resistances can accumulate and
communicate. This process could be
placed before, during and after the actual
G20 meeting, to facilitate the circulations
of our experiences and solidarity. The
hope here is that this would be a break
from single-issue activism or a protest-
as-usual approach around "good causes"
(fair trade, anti-GE etc) into a "real
movement that abolishes the present state
of things."
dave & naima
*Anti-authoritarian collective.
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