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(en) anarkismo.net, Greece, About nations and nationalisms by Initiative for Total Revolt Refusal - Part 1

Date Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:54:27 +0300


[The following positions do not claim the conclusion of a closed theory, which, moreover, we despise. We are making a first contribution of our collectivity to criticizing, deconstructing and opposing the nations, in a context of exaggeration of various expressions of nationalist discourse. For the total refusal to engage in an illusion that is constituted and constituted by states, capital, armies, borders and intolerance.] ---- 1. ---- The nation is not just a imaginary community. It is a fantasy community created by the modern state and capitalism, without which there would be a negligible, insignificant and meaningful concept. It is a political religion that guarantees the coherence and perpetuation of a society separated by class, gender, race, religion, and so on. The fact that it was created in the context of innovation does not mean that it could never have been created under other circumstances. But unlike the marvelous reversals of the nation-wide, this also means that the nation has historically never been anywhere in any other past condition.

2.
The constituents of the nations may vary but do not differ in the social segregation they impose, having a profound allergy to the social / class antagonism and the historical truth it assembles. A nation can be constructed and built from a "language", a "territory", a "culture", a "history" (or a "economic way of organizing" during communist doctrines) and so on. but never by a suppressed social group or a class under exploitation. Its existence did not come to erase the pre-existing and historical relations of oppression and exploitation but to redefine them, modernize them, give them feedback and redeem them. Whatever repressive and authoritative preceded (patriarchy, religion, political power, army, etc. ) was renewed and repositioned within the nation by finding new ways, forms and contents of social conduct and legitimacy. That is why national consciousness is not only not understood without gendered oppressions, class structure and any other social segregation, but in reality it could never have existed without them.

The nation was not created in a test tube of experiments in many communities. The feneus of selective brotherhood among various populations across the earth was another tool of power to perpetuate sovereignty within an environment of social / political / economic transformation, in the passage of feudalism and religious power to capitalism and the secular power. Since the power relations are the constituent field of a nation, then any collec- tion of "below" without their oppressors opposes the national constitution. Much more, when any such collectivization is realized, emancipated and opposed to any power. Only when the "below" becomes sufficiently sufficient for new authority and hierarchical relationships, only when they are ultimately self-canceled as such,

3.
Power has the inherent tendency to reproduce and expand. Capitalism has not only succeeded in surviving and spreading globally among other economic models, but survived because it stood on any other model found in front of it. The imaginary / political community of the nation could never survive if it was not imposed as such on a planetary scale.

Nevertheless, no nation - regardless of population size - sees itself as being identified with humanity. Likewise, no nation could ever survive alone in an otherwise a-national world. Thus, as much as an obsession with self-referencing, the nation is not meant by itself, but presupposes that it is integrated into and interrelated in a continuous interaction with a "League of Nations" ... The latter has a dual meaning: on the one hand it resolves the contradiction of this " autistic coexistence "and on the other hand forms a universal narrative for the world, a single fragmented world in nations. The universality of this narrative, along with all the ideals that accompany each nation, give the necessary validity to the nations to function as political religions. As a cosmic-rational-political perception, while referring to irrational and existential anxieties. This dual character of the nations is, moreover, the one who ratified them so deeply in the institutional pillars of the modern world. If the latter stood up by grabbing political power from the church, he had to find the new adhesives of his own citizens at the same time. This transition, from the "flock" and the "inhabited people" of the God of a kingdom or empire to the people of a nation-state, was made possible only with a lot of national anthems, symbols and an excess of national ideology. If the latter stood up by grabbing political power from the church, he had to find the new adhesives of his own citizens at the same time. This transition, from the "flock" and the "inhabited people" of the God of a kingdom or empire to the people of a nation-state, was made possible only with a lot of national anthems, symbols and an excess of national ideology. If the latter stood up by grabbing political power from the church, he had to find the new adhesives of his own citizens at the same time. This transition, from the "flock" and the "inhabited people" of the God of a kingdom or empire to the people of a nation-state, was made possible only with a lot of national anthems, symbols and an excess of national ideology.

4.
To the extent that the national narrative is universal, it attempts to extend to past, present and future. If the latter two are expressed through the national sovereignty of political / state power, the past - in the absence of any ethnicity - needs the help of historiographical reconstruction, counterfeiting, falsification and fiction.

The most important tool of the national struggle in the past is the anachronism, which conveys with every arbitrariness the modern "national spirit" to past historical conditions (in which the nation was simply non-existent). The first concept that was to be nationalized was the word "nation": an insubstantial and scarce (if not non-existent) term in pre-capitalist societies with multiple uses per places and times, some of which terribly embody its present meaning: the word nation in various historical periods it was synonymous with the alien, while elsewhere it is to mark a guild, the students of a university or the "foreign" merchants of a harbor ...

The liquidity of the nation's concept is evident even after the "birthday act" of the American and French Revolution, for example, as the monumental "nation of the proletarians" indicates in the Communist Party Manifesto in 1848. An ever-diminished hence the liquidity that needed the inconceivable carnage of two world wars to crystallize completely. The anachronistic pillage and the neglect of the past in a spectacular dimension is a permanent process for the construction of the national identity, in which old and new methods, institutions and sciences were recovered: museums, maps, historiography, ethnology, archeology, urban arts and many others have made a commitment to speaking and settling past time for the sake of a nationally proud present and to prevent any free future. People, communities, geographies, facts, meanings, are not conceived and re-written into social consciousness within the narrow and predetermined limits of each national destiny in the name of national integration. Since the past, present, and future have been depicted by nationalist ideology, no historical background or historical subject is left intact ...

* Reload from the Initiative on Total Rebellion Initiative blog

Related Link: http://olikiarnisi.espivblogs.net/

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