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Friday, September 18, 2009

Wit and wisdom from G-20 protesters

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 8:45 AM

In recent days, I've been critical of media hype surrounding the upcoming G-20 summit. And of proposed security measures that would clamp down on the ability of people to dissent during the summit. But obviously, there's more than a little horseshit on the other side, too. Witness this anonymous internet posting, a link to which I found whilst poking around the P-G's paysite. (My publisher's $3.99 has officially paid for itself.) It purports to be posted by the "G-20 Wrecking Crew," whose members obviously have not been the gentle folk trying to petition world leaders through legal means. 

The Web page itself was loading real slow for me -- probably because of all the law-enforcement guys hitting "refresh" -- so I've reprinted it below. But a few observations right up front.

First off, I kinda have the feeling that a lot of this was typed up one-handed, if you know what I mean:

When presented with the images of the fires of Greece, our chests tighten and our pulses quicken. When reading of the destruction of banks in Mexico, we begin to feel a nervous energy. As the institutions that hold us captive are violated, we can sense the approach of our bliss point

Oh, global capitalism ... how I long to violate your institutions ... your soft, yielding institutions ... until I approach my "bliss point."

What's great is that after all this onanistic vaporing, the author accuses the POLICE of getting off on these confrontations:

Do not be discouraged by ... whatever pepper-sonic-taser masturbatory toys that will be covered with the sexual juices of 4000 cops.

Ooh, snap. The problem with this insult, of course, is that you can't help feeling the author was fondling a length of PVC pipe when he wrote it.

This is what Freudians call "projection" -- ascribing motives to others you may not be ready to acknowledge within yourself. In fact, this whole essay seems so totally counterproductive -- so over the top -- that I found myself wondering if it had been written by a cop, trying to goad protesters into doing something stupid, thereby discrediting the whole movement. 

For example: The author espouses a series of "actions" prior to marches planned for the middle of next week. Participants will then join the marches and "position ourselves to radicalize the marches, driving them to a more confrontational stance. We also ready ourselves for pushing forward rupture as the police will inevitably show their true faces ..." The text urges the like-minded to "feel encouraged by the space our backstabbing-allies will create, even as they do so unintentionally."

Again, "pushing forward rupture" sounds a wee bit suggestive. But what's even more telling is this: The author proposes hijacking other people's marches ... and then accuses the unwitting marchers of being backstabbers. Uh-huh.

So we've got a group that claims to be "willing inhabitants of Pittsburgh" who are "asking ... anyone itching to see the skyline on fire: come to Pittsburgh."

Well, let's say they do. What will that make them? It will make them visitors who come to a city with no real connection to it ... a rootless, globetrotting bunch for whom a local community is just a backdrop for carrying out their own acts of creative destruction. And once they gratify their desires, they'll leave, with little thought of the damage trailing in their wake.

You know what that makes them sound like? The very global capitalists they decry.

On that note, I give you the wit and wisdom of the "G-20 Wrecking Crew":

Shatter capital, wreak havoc on the state: a call to action for the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh

This is not just a call to action, but an attempt to verbalize the resonance we feel every time an attack is made on what keeps anyone and everything from experiencing the totality of liberation.

When presented with the images of the fires of Greece, our chests tighten and our pulses quicken. When reading of the destruction of banks in Mexico, we begin to feel a nervous energy. As the institutions that hold us captive are violated, we can sense the approach of our bliss point, at which our appetite for freedom can no longer be suppressed. Complacency has been disrupted, and in the ensuing confusion, desire and anger mingle and reproduce. These feelings must be spread, and in order to make the tumult continuous, it is disruption that must become commonplace.

As we fight for what is ours and what must become ours; as we fight not just one oppressive group of finance ministers and heads of state, but all of finance and all aspects of State; as we fight those who wish to contain our struggle or direct our rage, but work to broaden revolt beyond those who identify as "anarchist" or cut their hair in a certain way: we will not stop, not by our own volition or in response to any amount of state repression. Insurrection is not our mode of attack, but our mode of living: we rise up against all who desire control, whether through capital's commodification of everything intangible or anyone exercising the privileges afforded by the white patriarchy that purports control over our lives. We want to send shock waves, not just through the systems of the captors, bosses, and owners; but also through our communities, organizations, and selves. The things that keep us from achieving vindication come from without and within. We attack them both. We seek the triggers of defiance, of rage, of buried longing, and we plan to pull them.

Isolated, both as individuals and as small crews, we are weak. This is most apparent in the protest situation when we are grabbed by snatch squads or outnumbered by a well-equipped police force. To this end, we propose that those of us wishing to foment social rupture take advantage of the State's focus on announced actions to attack where they are weak. The proximity of many areas deserving of destruction within the East End -- the hospital-university industrial complex that is Oakland, the expanding bourgeois cancer of Shadyside, the dividing line of gentrification represented by Penn Avenue -- allows us to conduct strikes on the symbols of our oppression even before we join with the heavily-policed marches on both Wednesday and Thursday. By participating in these marches after carrying out successful actions, we position ourselves to radicalize the marches, driving them to a more confrontational stance. We also ready ourselves for pushing forward rupture as the police will inevitably show their true faces as the violent, enforcing arm of our oppressors.

For us, willing inhabitants of a city on the twin front lines of deindustrialization and a "green"-powered gentrification, this fight is not just about a display of opposition to the G-20, or whatever mask capitalism wears in September. As opportunistic as always, we are asking all of our friends and anyone itching to see the skyline on fire: come to Pittsburgh. Organizing has begun and the potential is becoming palpable. We invite you to feel the tension. Do not be discouraged by any lack of strategic analysis coming from organizations, or by whatever pepper-sonic-taser masturbatory toys that will be covered with the sexual juices of 4000 cops. Rather, feel encouraged by the space our backstabbing-allies will create, even as they do so unintentionally. Feel encouraged by the congregation of cops within the Golden Triangle and placed sporadically elsewhere. But most of all, feel encouraged by all of those coming here to meet us, everyone coming to find themselves within conflict. Explore the opportunities available to destroy what destroys you. Claim your wrath and your ardor.

This is not a call for the re-propagation of the Ship Of Fools, enclosing ourselves with our own self-imposed exclusion, sailing the isolated waterways linking summit to subcultural gathering. This is a call to challenge the march as usual, to break from stagnant mindsets. This is a call for the realization that we must seize the opportunity for destruction as surely and swiftly as we seize space.

See you on the barricades this September.

G-20 Wrecking Crew

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