NIHILIST — Ukrainian anarchist online zine

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Feb 11 2018 15:15
NIHILIST — Ukrainian anarchist online zine

Happy to present the international section of the Ukrainian online publication "Nihilist". We translate our articles about Ukrainian affairs, military conflict and anarchist theory mostly in English.

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Editorial site NIHILIST are anarchists and anti-authoritarian radical left.

We allow ourselves to call a spade a spade directly honestly and sincerely. We are not afraid to seem «unconstructive», because we understand that «constructiveness» is a so-called «fair play».

We are not afraid to offend someone’s feelings and aesthetic tastes, because these feelings and tastes are formed by the system we are fighting against.

We are not afraid to seem destructive, because we are the destroyers indeed.

The State, the Family, the Church and the Сapital must die, and we make sure these ungrateful dead, guided by the thirst for power, do not drag the whole world down into their graves.

Sooner or later some beautiful flowers will grow on these graves and they will be cultivated by wise and sensitive gardeners. But now mankind needs much more evil and uncompromising gravediggers.

Read the newest articles here: https://www.nihilist.li/inter-antinational/

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Feb 12 2018 12:28

Fascists and rebellion

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It happens that the fascists behave like revolutionaries. They fight with the police, expose large property fraud, use their flags at the strikes. This is their common tactic. They manipulate something precious and close to target audience’s heart by using flattery. When there is a need to agitate the masses of dissatisfied — fascists will build barricades, turn over cars and embody other dreams of an embittered citizen. And then, on a wave of universal trust, they come to power and turn the country into hell. Under their vigilant leadership, the «fatherland» will always be «in danger». Not the time for revolution, my dear! You’d better look for enemies not think about radical measures of justice.
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Feb 14 2018 14:09

Anarchism and war

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Among leftist pacifists, it is widely believed that those Ukrainian anarchists who took an anti-Russian position, had made their choice under the influence of state or nationalist propaganda. Allegedly, life in an aggressive, authoritarian environment, broke their will and forced them to obey. I would like to stop this nonsense, because the anarchists came to the anti-Russian position not because of, but in spite of propaganda.

The authority shout like on bullhorn that Russia violated treacherously our sovereignty. Are state borders an argument for those who profess anarchist views, after all? Absolutely not. The state and its jurisdiction is not a value, and the more this state comes to freedom, the more resistance it deserves. In the current conflict, the Russian state is the more terrible enemy of freedom, and therefore, logic and common sense force to oppose it, first of all.

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Feb 15 2018 10:20

Why leftists can’t support Novorossia

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I write this only to make people stop talking about «the division of the left into supporters and opponents of the Novorossia». Novorossia is a non-class project: the workers in it are fighting against other workers, and not against the capitalists. The workers are not fighting under the leadership of the workers’ party, but under the leadership of the Moscow oligarchs and Russian fascists (not those, of course, on the battlefields). Novorossia is an anti-humanistic project: its agents deny the diversity of religions and life-styles, any right of an unarmed person. And all these facts are known to us, unless we are afraid to face the truth.
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Feb 15 2018 11:03

Despite a reasonable sounding start to this announcement, we should have some serious doubts about aspects of this groups claimed independence from Ukrainian nationalism in it's 'lesser evil' approach to fighting the authoritarian Russian lead occupation of eastern Ukraine and Crimea until there is chance to examine their politics more thoroughly - maybe others who post on libcom with more knowledge on the Ukrainian political scene could help with that??

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Feb 15 2018 13:18

I'm sure that you are guided by the best motives and you did not want to insult anyone, but such a comment looks really disrespectful and arrogant.

What is nationalism for you and why do you have doubts about the relationship between the magazine and the nationalists?

What is "the lesser evil" in your understanding and why should this concept influence the evaluation of events that happen without your participation and far from your home?

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Feb 15 2018 13:24

Nationalism and the National Question

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It should be noted that ethnocultural and even just linguistic unity in the formation of the nation plays an important part, but it is, by no means, paramount. Examples being of a Swiss nation made up of several compactly residing ethnic groups, or the antagonism of the nations of the former Yugoslavia, which sometimes has a purely confessional and political background, with actual cultural and linguistic homogeneity, is clearly demonstrated. A nation is a product of the development of capitalist production relations in a particular territory and the basic structural unit of the world capitalist economy. On the subjective plane, this is a product of socio-political action, that is, created (in many cases artificially, virtually from scratch, then to be used by the state, as in the case of Ukrainian and Russian nationalisms) at a certain historical moment, a community that relies on developing economic relations. National identity can not be measured and defined in any way, but ideological. In other words, a nation exists as long as its representatives coexist in a homogeneous socio-economic space, believe in a common goal, and support the actions that lead to it.
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Feb 16 2018 11:06

My previous post here expressed my doubts about the 'internationalist' credentials of this group specifically in relation to the short text titled 'Anarchism and War' which I found confusing and in need of some clarification. They say for instance, ''Due to the circumstances,the anarchists were not only permissible, but it was also necessary, to join the ranks of the armed formations'' fighting against the Russian supported authorities in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Which 'armed formations' and within which territories is unclear and who exactly these anarchist would be fighting alongside isn't stated. The text alongside others makes clear this groups ideological opposition to the state and nationalism but also appears to acknowledge that what they are advocating is still in practice aligned with the interests of the Ukrainian state 'in the circumstances'. The 'lesser evil' chosen in this case is the limited freedoms for them and others to operate within the confines of the Ukrainian state as compared with the more repressive conditions in the Russian occupied areas. Whilst there is a history of independent anarchist armed formations in the past acting within and across national state boundaries as auxiliaries to rising class struggles against their respective states, the approach of this group seems a long way from that? Given previous criticism on this site of some Ukrainian anarchist politics and activities in the period prior to the Russian incursions I thought this aspect of the groups politics deserved more scrutiny and preferably by some of those who have previously contributed on these issues.
PS: See here just one of a very long list of previous discussions that come to mind.
https://libcom.org/forums/general/ukraine-crisis-left-07102014