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(en) FAO, Slovenia & Croatia masari: Conflict culture as heir to "protest culture" [machine translation]

Date Thu, 8 Aug 2019 08:45:55 +0300

We have seen various protests, strikes, arrests, solidarization, injunctions against strikes, prosecutions of activists, censorship of journalists in the last decade of social upheaval, but somehow it seems that all actors have come to the wall of repression - where the vast majority of them have stopped in disbelief as well. further, some have adapted the discourse to be harmless, less noticeable, ie. in permissible parameters or in constant fear of consequences. Left-wing politicians from the margins have started talking about a "culture of protest" as something we collectively managed to achieve, or a belief that protests make sense, so it would be political suicide for anarchists to stop at a "culture of resistance and solidarity" that they have been persistently propagating for the last decade. Why? Because we need to be one step away from acceptable solutions in election games,

The question is, what after a culture of protest? The answer won't be overly popular, but what lies ahead is a culture of conflict. A culture of conflict regardless of price with the belief that they will serve, regardless of the outcome, of learning how to fight and inspire others to take similar and further actions. So what if they brought you in, are you wrong about that? So what if there was a court injunction to strike, does that mean that strikes are unnecessary? So what if you were being dragged to court for organizing a protest or a written word, does that mean you should cover your ears? We are not talking about paid activism, which goes through the sieve and the grid of various EU and state funds, but about blood and meat resistance with real consequences for the lives of unemployed activists, black lists, existential problems, etc. The distinction between a culture of protest and a culture of conflict continues in the aftermath of repression. The culture of protest tends to stop after experiencing repression and retreat back into legalistic contexts, while the culture of conflict continues to resist even after the border has been drawn through state repression.

Can we be more specific? We can, we believe, face a period of minor and major conflicts over a mosaic of topics regarding the existential problems of the majority; from salaries, jobs, utilities, housing, environmental issues, access to public goods, health care and education, etc. A series of conflicts will be developed that should be supported, networked and kept as far as possible within non-institutional frameworks, reminding actors of alternative solutions in methods of struggle such as direct action and direct democracy. These conflicts already exist, but they are regularly sucked into institutional solutions and bureaucratic impasse, stripping rebel collectives of power and restoring emphasis on legal and party frameworks of action, putting apathy and disorganization on the menu of our social environment.

We do not have to agree with our associates ideologically, nor require the masses to be anarchist, but what is a minimal requirement is a requirement about methodology, which is to be decided by those directly concerned (direct democracy), and to rely on their own forces and direct problem solving more effectively than legalist tapes and political representatives, whether party or union (direct action). With values in mind, solidarity is better than watching your work, and mutual aid is better than throwing your pistons under your feet.

What's left? Not losing hope in the face of problems, running away from conflict, finding new associates, maintaining old relationships and regrouping as often as necessary. It is important to remember that we always have more associates than enemies. Our agenda is simple, the associate is a work colleague, not the boss, the neighbor, not the politician, the refugee, not the banker. Forward! Always onward!

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