Anarchists always appropriated means to spread anti-authoritarian ideas and struggles to feed the dialogue and subversive action. It is in this sense that this publication is also intended as a tool, more precisely that of providing a space to nourish the international debate between anarchists. That is why these particular pages create space for struggles that spring from anarchist activities; autonomous, direct and self-organized struggles; struggles that go towards the destruction of power in all its forms; struggles happening today, yesterday or that are announcing itself.
Editorial: December 2016
Internationalism is the perspective that tries to get rid of the imposed concepts of borders and states, since the struggle and the solidarity of the enemies of all domination has to be carried beyond all barriers and borders of power. Internationalism means considering the international dimension of local incidents and processes as well as it means the internationalist dimension of the anarchist idea – that of a liberating perspective for each human being no matter in what place, no matter where she comes from. Since in this world liberation has always something to do with destruction, the ground on which we can get to know each other and discuss and meet far away from identities and cliches, from masks and shame, is also the ground on which we tell about our struggles, about struggling for freedom and about the destruction of our oppression. Where we talk about how we try to express our hostility against all domination in practical terms and dynamics.
The idea of this publication is to gather different contributions in which the authors speak from their own perspective and viewpoint about struggles and developments taking place where they live, thus making it possible for an internationalist readership to comprehend them. Avalanche is at the same time an attempt to stimulate a reciprocally feeding discourse and to be a frame for eventually developing correspondences. Correspondence in the sense of the idea and possibility to take up questions and perspectives of other contributions and spin and carry them further in direction of the own reality or criticizing and questioning them. Like this can arise potentially a stimulus, an intensification of perspective and a clarifying of ideas. But this is although a big challenge, because it needs the active participation of different comrades. Maybe exactly this is fundamental for internationalism: Relationships don’t just come to life where one is pleasing and consuming each other, and one still stays separated through distances, no, but rather where one is challenging each other – and one is confronting oneself with the challenge of coming together to deal with each other, to honestly and directly express the proper ideas, proposals and critiques.
In this sense we want to confront ourselves with the reality of the internationalist relationships and see, from whom contributions – so new texts or already published texts with a short introduction – are getting sent, and with whom it is possible to discuss about possible contributions – also interviews – instead of artificially constructing a participation by publishing articles from other publications or the internet. And for sure it is more likely possible on the basis of real relationships to ask and dig deeper for contributions to this project. Maybe this digging deeper for something is an important aspect that gets lost in many ways in the world of the internet. A digging in direction of “what’s happening at the moment? Where do we want to go? And how and on what ways?” Fundamental questions that should be at the beginning of any project and affinitarian relationship, and with which one is confronted again and again. And exactly ’cause these question are something basically individual, the “answering” of this questions can be done by nobody but ourselves. Those that are really in place and involved in the struggles can probably say and reflect best what’s going on and where they want to go. The role of those who think they can explain everything to others or recuperate struggles for themselves, opens the door for ideologization and delegation. A relationship cannot be developed on the basis of prefabricated frames of explanation and a prejudged perception, on the abstraction of concrete realities and the objectification of individuals, but only where everybody speaks for oneself. This is the basis where we imagine this project and the basis on which we call all those, that feel affinity to this project, to contribute to it.
The translation, reading and spreading of different texts, the traveling and discussing, the coming together and partially the realization of different undertakings are all things that a lot of comrades share and practice in an international frame. But often the common level stays on exchanging information and stories, something that is inspiring and important, but cannot really break the feeling of living in two separated worlds. A separation that can’t be broken through feigning ourselves that we’re fighting one common struggle together, as long as for the common, what we really share of individual analysis and methods, of perspectives and imaginations, is neither asked for nor searched. Is it the proposal that we are making each other, to just simply do what we also do in our place? Or is it possible – on the basis of a correspondence and the knowledge of specific contexts that comes with it – to develop a common proposal? Not as a fixed construction but as a core of common analysis and affinities – how it would be now possible to develop a real connection between different projects of struggle? Not to fall in the illusion that we then would be all on the same page, that we would have to become more or stronger and more powerful – no, the asymmetrical conflict that is always refusing to imitate the model and method of domination is a basis of our anarchy. But rather because we all really have one bowl under our feet and the processes of power do not only cross the frame of single countries, but carry in themselves an integral, global projection.
Far reaching infrastructural changes of power are taking place. For example it was possible in some few months to close the few remaining gaps in the borders of Europe, controlling them with help of police and military and to install a cross-border system of repatriation, expulsion and camps which concentrates the undesirable migrants at the gates of Europe. Other processes too, which show themselves – depending on the place specifically, but are developing internationally and nearly without disturbance, are about to transform the reality of our contexts far beyond just a construction of a new, specific manifestation of domination (lets look for example at the plans in the field of the coming energy supply, the new technologies and the “smart” cities). But, as this projects are developing transboundary, they need for their realization beyond and above the frame of single borders the same undisturbed circumstances and infrastructures, the same unimaginative resignation and lack of initiative from the side of the oppressed… maybe this is the terrain, that tries to understand the realities and circumstances of the changes taking place, also a basis to – starting from the specific analysis – find common elements and try out how the bordercrossing loss of control of domination and the connection of struggles can be accomplished.
With the attempt to circulate the redaction of this publication we stand also in front of an attempt towards practical internationalism – a decentralization and an experiment. Maybe this also can help us to discover what it could mean nowadays to develop an insurrectional internationalist projectuality.
Some anarchists living somewhere in Germany
Issue #9 of Avalanche (PDF file)