Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Some of the best anarchist analysis of Trump.

Welcome to Athens, Obama

"In expressing shock and outrage about [the election of Donald Trump, many on the Left have obscured the systemic nature of the problem. By taking action against the Democratic favorite of the US, we show that our opposition is not directed against any particular representative, but against the state and capitalism themselves. In the pleas Clinton and Obama have made for a “peaceful transition of power” to a man they declared unfit to rule, we see the collusion of liberals who would rather preserve the apparatus of the state even in the hands of outright fascists than permit real freedom to emerge.

Indeed, as the candidate of supposed “Hope” and “Change,” Obama not only preserved the structures of power, but persuaded many of the people who are most targeted by the system to invest more faith and resources in those structures—which will now be used to repress them more aggressively than ever. Just as we reject the false solutions of Syriza,we understand that Obama’s reputation as a “good” politician has only made him more dangerous to those he purports to protect. Those who promise a more “inclusive” neoliberalism today pave the way for tomorrow’s fascism.
Obama has deported two and a half million people, as many as all the US Presidents of the 20th century combined—turning Mexico and Central America into a detention center for the population capitalism has no use for. Just as we act in solidarity with those targeted by the so-called “migrant crisis,” a crisis imposed by the borders and wars that are endemic to capitalism, we demonstrate against Obama’s visit in solidarity with all the people of Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and the world. If we don’t tear down the borders that fence other people out today, who will help us tear down the borders that fence us out tomorrow?
As the first Black President, Obama has served the agenda of those who want to convey the impression that white supremacy is a thing of the past. Yet under his reign, a million Black people have languished in prison while police have murdered Black people in the streets with impunity on a daily basis. Over the past months, we have seen indigenous warriors attacked by the same police for defending the water that gives life to their communities. Inspired by the courageous fighters of Ferguson, Baltimore, Oakland, and Standing Rock, we aim to strike blows against racism, prisons, and police everywhere.
These struggles will not be concluded when Obama leaves Greece, nor when he exits office. As President of the most hegemonic state power of our era, Obama arguably represents the interlaced and mutually reinforcing hierarchies that divide humanity—property, citizenship, gender roles, and every other form of authority—yet he himself is merely a cog in a much greater machine. When he is replaced this coming January, the economic interests that have pulled the strings in his administration will move on to utilizing Donald Trump to the same ends, albeit via a more overtly brutal strategy suitable to these times.  "


"Revolution cannot be an abstract idea or distant-goal bandied around by out-of-touch intellectuals. It must be a living, breathing movement that brings hope and victories to our communities, workplaces, and schools. Our revolution will not be a single spectacular event, but instead it is a process that has already begun. Community meetings, marches, strikes, blockades, occupations, physical defense of abortion clinics, and physical resistance to racists and neo-Nazis are just some of the tactics we can employ. The important part is for regular everyday people to come together, to build power from below that does not rest in the hands of any corrupt Washington party in any way"

"Meanwhile, we need to be confronting far-right violence; seeking out and shutting down fascist organizing wherever it rears its head. In the long term, though, we will need to do much more to undercut the political base for Trump and the far-right by organizing white workers to abandon their support for white supremacy in favor of class solidarity. That means that white revolutionaries need to focus their efforts more on organizing white people, and on rebuilding social movements that can organize white people not only around the needs that they share with working class people of color, but also around people of color’s demands for freedom. Right now most of our comrades are concentrated in liberal, highly-educated, urban centers. In the long term we must put more resources into developing bases for revolutionary politics in rural areas, in the south, and in the midwest."

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