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You love us, you hate us; we desire your submission: Utopia // Emergency, cont'd

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Jul 21 2009 14:59
You love us, you hate us; we desire your submission: Utopia // Emergency, cont'd

It's with a mixture of pleasure and shame we admit that alongside the more joyous responses to the first issue - appropriated newsboxes in SF's Mission district filled with U//E #0 by unknown cohort! - it was held up by some as representative of the very "worst" flaws of the terrible, incoherent body known vaguely as the "insurrectionary anarchist tendency" (or the "social war fad", if you prefer). Not to give too much weight to the specific criticisms - since we also must admit that some were raised in defense of the sheerest idiocy - but we sometimes have the unpleasant feeling of looking at one's haggard reflection some morning after a night of a few too many drink and too much bold talk. It's not that we regret all the negativity, since first of all regret is boring and pointless and second of all the totality of modern existence deserves every bit of negativity we can muster toward inspiring ourselves and all those around us to remove it from our path, since it's the overwhelming negativity imposed on our lives and worlds by hierarchal and capitalist social relations.<p>No, we worry that in an excess of malicious glee, we may have focused too much on celebrating the specific points of attack and rupture, rather than <i>the composition of the social body which attacks</i> - that is to say, <b>us</b>, the party of insurgents, taking ourselves as our own historical subjects. And that, in so doing, we have added our voice - it's hard to tell, but some say - to a dim-witted choir of mostly male, mostly ex-activist bodies celebrating attack and nothing but attack in the most trivial and deadening way, which is to say <i>quantitatively</i> and <i>fetishistically</i>: X many broken windows equals Y damage to entity Z. Who the fuck cares? Are we a goddamned insurance company all of a sudden?
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For sure: we can only build conflict through conflict, and our goal is still complete and permanent rupture with this present world which inflicts so much misery and inspires so much rage. But however justified the rage and however urgent the task of demolition, it's not to be undertaken without thinking quite hard about who we are and how it is to be done. The appropriation of our lives from Leviathan does not begin or end with a burning cop car, any more than with the assemblage of a publication. There are complicities to be formed, preparations to make, histories and social dynamics to analyze, and analyses to be applied - theory to be used up in battle. We must leave no stone unturned, no matter how un-sexy.
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To these ends, we'd like to invite your connivance in broadening our efforts in this direction with a second issue that explores the constitution of revolutionary war-machines and desiring-bodies, the position and relations of the revolutionary minority among the exploited multitude, the problem of identity/subjectivity as well as notes on the war in course... and whatever else you can think of. We could also use help coming up with some new graphics - as sexy as fucked up cop cars and masked Greek hoodlums are! - and maybe a new title. ?Como no? Projected deadline: end of August.
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Without any intention of fleshing out a 'political line' or 'correct program' - and with some small amount of fear that in a way we're, or we seem to be doing that - we think it's worth the effort to spell out exactly what we've learned from observation and experiment. We know how easily the totality recaptures any motion of unrest, and look only to the development of an unknown, the only force capable of overcoming it, an ungovernable force that struggles without compromise against authority, exploitation, domestication and misery in all forms. We must be sharp, unbelievably sharp - as sharp as the thinnest ridge that we can walk on, and live, between irrelevant obscurity and the clashing jaws of repression - in word, thought and deed.
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For this reason we wish to offer the most well-chosen words of anarchists and anti-state communists and whatevers, as tools to be used for destruction and appropriation, or to be broken, worn out and cast aside - but always moved by the insatiable desire to negate the negation of our lives by capitalist civilization. For us, nothing else could matter so much.
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This is not a journal. This is our emergency.
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With love and hate,<br>
from the misty shores of Monterey Bay,<br>
an autonomous committee against the metropolis.<br>
July 2009
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PS - Check out our <a href="http://likelostchildren.blogspot.com">new blog</a> and recent layout projects. Or else.