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Colombia – present day to 2019 – A chronology

Colombia. Whilst English-language anarchist and other anti-statist sites show how brutal capitalism in Colombia is, and show their solidarity with the uprising there, as far as I can see they give little information or critique – if any – about the ideas and ideologies of the participants in this uprising, nor of how anti-state ideas are received, nor of whether this movement is trying to go beyond strikes and riots – say, with occupations, organised expropriation and distribution of necessities, etc. Worse, they tend to concentrate on the protesters solely as victims of the obviously repulsive cop brutality, whilst writing  little about the excellent attacks on cops, looting, pulling down of statues, attacks on state or local state buildings, etc.

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The return of the Arab Spring? – Riots in Tunisia, January 2021 – “The whole system must go”

The following collection of reports about the revolt in Tunisia was submitted by Dialectical Delinquents.

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Martyrdominoes – Fuck Martyrdom! Thoughts on Michael Reinoehl, John Brown, civil war and martyrdom in general

“The Saints …who preach martyrdom most often… hang about down here. To die for ideas, it’s true to say, is their reason for living. They won’t deprive themselves of it…. you can see some who will soon supplant Methusela in longevity. From this I conclude they must tell themselves, privately: let’s die for ideas, OK, but not too soon” 

Georges Brassens, “To die for ideas”

With the US election concentrating the minds of millions, perhaps billions, of people, some, particularly amongst those in the USA,  seem to be valorising an ideology of martyrdom for the cause of anti-fascism and/or  anti-Trumpism. But martyrdom is inevitably something bestowed on people by those who live on afterwards to bestow it. Like some radical equivalent of awarding someone a posthumous George Cross for gallantry on the field of battle. Fuck that! A dangerous development if it begins to be pursued and adopted by those genuinely furious and fearful about the progress towards totalitarianism, and certainly not dangerous for this frightening future but for those who would like to fight it.

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