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(en) Czech, afed: Do not recognize any authority I -- Interview with Jan Tesar on authorities, capitalism and the bottom-up movement [machine translation]

Date Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:04:12 +0300


In the report " Serink's Oak ", we quoted the words of Jan Tesar's speech. Now we would like to remind the author of the recently published three-volume book " Gypsy Rhapsody" by the interview that we published earlier in the Anarchist Revue Existence. ---- We met with historian Jan Tesar sometime in the beginning of the summer of 2013 to ask questions that seem so urgent to us and which we needed to hear a response from a person who, through his life work and personal attitude, guarantees the principles and values he speaks about. The reader is then to consider how big the differences are in the real fight against power that each of us is leading. As at the end of our joint meeting, Jan Tesar remarked: "We have closer to you than you think." It was not by accident that his former cautious dissident colleagues described him as romantic, anarchist, adventurer or extremist ...

Twenty-year-old demagogic propaganda, condensed into anti-Communism, has created, in today's public opinion, a clear black-and-white conception of the past. Such primitive simplification can then prevent many people from talking about their own past ...

This certainly concerns most of my former colleagues-historians from before August 1968 and at least at least some dissidents from the 1970s and 1980s, but not me. On the contrary, I emphasize that I have sincerely and sincerely agreed to the post-February regime, which was not socialist according to our already existing ideals, but has undoubtedly removed the capitalism that I thought at that time and today I think it is the misery of humanity. At the Communists, in the pre-February and the postwar months, I enjoyed defining themselves as the speakers of the exploited and oppressed, not those who engender sentimental crying and charity, but those who have risen and are going to take what belongs to them. I strongly supported their regime, and that is why I wanted to eliminate what I considered to be its "shortcomings", that is to say, mainly the wrongs of the so-called "small" working people. I have fought for it all the time until 1968 and, in all possible ways, fought, and the restriction of the regime's bafanár therefore considered me an enemy. I had to bite in my life, but it is also true that I often managed to get justice for those I fought for and ultimately for myself.

But I can afford to tell the truth because I have a perfectly clean shirt. Not only did I not suppress and support repression or consent (as most of the people had to do by forced resolutions), but right after the first political executions in our country, I sent a letter to the Czech Minister of Justice at the age of 16 proposing the abolition of the death penalty. And do you know what followed? The cap did not answer me, of course, he sent it to the CPC District Committee and they did not take the hand or the grammar school out of it - only the director, scared by the fear that the party thinks about him, just gave me a hub. He wrote to my mother that I was going to show that I did not want to be like everyone else. I had "educators" like this, they could not understand the purest motivation of a young person at all! And so I then defeated these "educators", making them all the worst, I compromised them in their usefulness to the Communists who hated them, and caused their fear. So they managed to raise me from the rebels and destroyers of all the so-called authorities. So in the end I should be grateful for what gave my life a glamor! However, I must say that they have always tried to destroy the anti-Communist concealment of the red-coloring, red-headed by fear and willing to do whatever they are told, and that a tough Communist who has honestly felt his faith but managed to appreciate the pure Motivating my protests and my revolts; This has been repeated several times in my life. What gave my life a glamor! However, I must say that they have always tried to destroy the anti-Communist concealment of the red-coloring, red-headed by fear and willing to do whatever they are told, and that a tough Communist who has honestly felt his faith but managed to appreciate the pure Motivating my protests and my revolts; This has been repeated several times in my life. What gave my life a glamor! However, I must say that they have always tried to destroy the anti-Communist concealment of the red-coloring, red-headed by fear and willing to do whatever they are told, and that a tough Communist who has honestly felt his faith but managed to appreciate the pure Motivating my protests and my revolts; This has been repeated several times in my life.

You have, in fact, ended up in jail.

They closed me for the first time in September 1969. The essence of our then crime was the so-called ROH Coordinating Committees: Rudolf Batteko's idea, which I assumed and appreciated as the best thing to do at the time. The basic organization of trade unions freely elected representatives, and they immediately emerged as new higher trade unions, freely without party kuratela. I was in these new structures as the first elected representative of the CSAV and then of the Enterprise of the Ulysses of Kladno. Unfortunately, our closure has sparked the panic of the leaders of this movement. They gave up everything and betrayed us in the interrogations. Those who are a little interested in the Workers' Movement know that this is a fairly common story from its beginnings (otherwise, I recommend to everybody a beautiful film by director Monicelli It happened in Turin ).

I went to court (which was only in 1972) as a "representative of the socialist and democratic opposition", but unfortunately someone nobody recognized my representative, which may be related to the fact that the socialist idea had faded away from the anti-Muslim opposition. I came out of crime after six seasons just prior to the announcement of Charter 77, I was just one of the first signers, but I did not take part in the text. I considered him to be nothing. Then I tried to extend it to social rights, but I was not successful. After all, my almost complete isolation among charisma and the failure of most of my impulses led me to realize that I can not do anything at home, and therefore to a happy decision that I had vigorously defended since 1968 - to emigrate. So, on another arrest in May 1979,

Then I was not surprised to wonder about those miracles of the West! When I was able to speak with the left-wing workers in the UK, I pointed out to them that the unscrupulous trampling of the Western Socialists and their hesitancy to stand up to the Kremlin or "dissent" would lead to the victory of the CIA-sponsored dissent so that the Western Socialists , Which they recognized in the 19th century: Russia will be the backbone of the reaction and the enemy of Europe's social progress; This time, however, anti-social regimes will be introduced in all of Soviet Europe! "An interesting idea," said the then famous left-wing deputy, amazed, I do not know what his name was. And I, one year after arriving in the West and exploring all possible ideological environments, sent a letter to the home dissidents with a message, That the only real ally for the authentic Czechoslovak freedom movement is radical Socialists in the West. Fortunately, that letter was preserved for history. It is certain that this attitude led me to my complete isolation from emigration-dependent domestic dissent and her foreign protectors.

What did you mean by radical Socialists?

They were the former Young Socialists from Westphalia, comrades, with whom I have been working together to this day. (A few years ago I brokered a lecture with them in Ostrava Left Club.) I myself joined Germany in 1980 in the exiled Czechoslovak Social Democracy and became even a member of its Central Committee. This allowed me to see things a little closer, so shortly afterwards, in the open letter, I called this party as an instrument of foreign interest and that is why I stepped out of it. Since then, I have not been and will no longer be a member of any party. I work in the International Workers' Agreement, where I work with, among other things, Trotskyists, Anarcho-Syndicists, Russian Newcomers and other socialist radicals. But I do not accept any membership and no binding ideology myself.

This is the old pain between me and most of the socialists (I do not mean members of the parties who are fraudulently called "socialist", but real socialists): the problem among us is not one or the other modern trend, but the unfortunate pseudo-religion of many socialists and, The cause of all the defeats of the workers' movement, Karl Marx and his historical machinery.

To be continued

Published in Existence No. 4/2013 .

http://www.afed.cz/text/6726/neuznavejte-zadnou-autoritu-i
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