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Sep 10 2011 19:10
Your favourite anarchist, libcom, communist quotes

Some friends and I are working on a wee pamphlet of anarchist quotes (for simple propaganda purposes) and while we've got our own faves, we'd like to know the faves of others as well. So please post 'em up here; the quote and who said it (and perhaps where and when and in what context).

Thanks.

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Sep 10 2011 20:24

'to live, is to choose sides'
anon.

I saw an elderly woman with this statement written on a handmade badge that was pinned to her coat. For me it is a decent watchword for the class war.

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Sep 11 2011 09:09

One of the most clichéd: 'Anarchy is order'

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Sep 11 2011 10:36

"All sex under capitalism is alienated, Devrim...especially with your father"

My Mum (Obviously she didn't say Devrim, but used my real name.

Devrim

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Sep 11 2011 17:23

Bakunin: divinity, the divine person of idea, is flattened out, loses consciousness of itself, and never more recovers

Kropotkin: the real tragedy of history

Goldman: I must first take stock of my own self.

Voline: absence of any freedom of speech and of the press, as well as the absolute prohibition of all meetings with political or social content, rendered impossible all criticism, all propaganda, all social activity, the circulation of all ideas, in short, all progress
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Sep 11 2011 17:36

Thanks, guys. Keep em coming.

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Sep 11 2011 20:28

"In this prostituting society, we ALL have to hustle, and I'd rather suck cock than kiss ass!" - Margo St. James

"Man, I see the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off." - Tyler Durden, Fight Club (1999)

Besides the 'we have no Great War' bit, it's pretty anarchist.

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Sep 11 2011 20:32

Except that Fight Club promotes a not-so-crypto-fascist storyline...

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Sep 11 2011 21:08

It's all about this from Fight Club. Franco or Mussolini's lot aren't cool enough to blow up history/the credit system.

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Sep 11 2011 22:07
Black Badger wrote:
Except that Fight Club promotes a not-so-crypto-fascist storyline...

let's not derail the discussion into talking about Fight Club, but that's incorrect. In the book, for example they talk about "calling the general strike and redistributing the wealth of the world".

Anyway, a couple of mine:

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If one identifies proletarian with factory worker ( or even worse : with manual labourer ), or with the poor, then one cannot see what is subversive in the proletarian condition. The proletariat is the negation of this society. It is not the collection of the poor, but of those who are desperate, those who have no reserves ( les sans-réserves in French, or senza riserve in Italian ), who have nothing to lose but their chains; those who are nothing, have nothing, and cannot liberate themselves without destroying the whole social order. The proletariat is the dissolution of present society, because this society deprives it of nearly all its positive aspects. Thus the proletariat is also its own destruction.
- Gilles Dauvé

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Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others - even by those allegedly acting on their behalf.
- Solidarity
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"Anarchists do not see the world in terms of competing national peoples, but in terms of class. We do not see a world of nations in struggle, but of classes in struggle. The nation is a smokescreen, a fantasy which hides the struggle between classes which exists within and across them. Though there are no real nations, there are real classes with their own interests, and these classes must be differentiated. Consequently, there is no single ‘people’ within the ‘nation’, and there is no shared ‘national interest’ which unifies them."
-extract from Against Nationalism, a pamphlet produced by the Anarchist Federation.

"Now, a revolutionary programme, the anarchist programme, cannot be one that is created by a few people and then imposed on the masses. It's the opposite that must happen: the programme of the revolutionary vanguard, of the active minority, can only be the expression - concise and powerful, clear and rendered conscious and plain - of the desires of the exploited masses summoned to make the Revolution. In other words: class before party."
-Georges Fontenis, Manifesto of Libertarian Communism

"The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abolition of the wage system."

It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old."
-Preamble to the constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World

"No, its mistake is the belief that society is based on rational arguments in the first place. Our society is not a debating chamber, but a power struggle between different groups with competing interests."
-From Winning the Argument or Winning the Fight? by SolFed.

and possibly the Best Anarchy Quote Ever:

"There is no one single humanity
There is a humanity of classes
Slaves and Masters

Like all those which have preceded it, the bourgeois capitalist society of our times is not 'one humanity'. It is divided into two very distinct camps, differentiated socially by their situations and their functions, the proletariat (in the wider sense of the word), and the bourgeoisie.

The lot of the proletariat is, and has been for centuries, to carry the burden of physical, painful work from which the fruits come, not to them, however, but to another, privileged class which owns property, authority, and the products of culture (science, education, art): the bourgeoisie. The social enslavement and exploitation of the working masses form the base on which modern society stands, without which this society could not exist.

This generated a class struggle, at one point taking on an open, violent character, at others a semblance of slow and intangible progress, which reflects needs, necessities, and the concept of the justice of workers.

In the social domain, all human history represents an uninterrupted chain of struggles waged by the working masses for their rights, liberty, and a better life. In the history of human society this class struggle has always been the primary factor which determined the form and structure of these societies.

The social and political regime of all states is above all the product of class struggle. The fundamental structure of any society shows us the stage at which the class struggle has gravitated and is to be found. The slightest change in the course of the battle of classes, in the relative locations of the forces of the class struggle, produces continuous modifications in the fabric and structure of society.

Such is the general, universal scope and meaning of class struggle in the life of class societies."

-Part 1 of the 'constructive section' of the organisation platform of the libertarian communists

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Sep 12 2011 11:07

Here is a few more to add to the list:
‘A fig for those by law protected!
Liberty’s a glorious feast!
Courts for cowards were erected,
Churches built to please the priest!’
Robert Burns (chorus of a song from Love and Liberty)

‘True happiness must arise from well-regulated affections, and an affection includes a duty.’ Mary Wollstonecraft (A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792)

‘The basic law of capitalism is you or I, not both you and I.’
Karl Liebknecht (in a speech 1907)

‘Anarchy Loves You’ - badges made in opposition to the tribal Jesus Freaks - ‘Jesus Loves You’ evangelical guff in the late 1960s.

Pavement poetry:
‘It doesn’t matter who you vote for. The government always gets in.’
‘A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.’
‘No man is good enough to be another man’s master.’
‘To vote is to choose a master.’

‘Socialism without freedom is an army barracks; freedom without socialism is a jungle.’ (I think this paraphrases Bakunin, though I’ve forgotten his exact phraseology. It’s been said since in several variations.)

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Sep 12 2011 11:21

"...that paradoxical feeling .....of living in a world without any possible escape, in which there was nothing for it but to fight for an impossible escape..."
- Victor Serge

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Sep 12 2011 17:41

Those are some sweet quotes. More please smile

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Sep 12 2011 17:54

"The criticism of religion ends with the teaching that man is the highest being for man, hence with the categorical imperative to overthrow all relations in which man is a debased, enslaved forsaken, despicable being..." (Marx)

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Sep 12 2011 17:59

"While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." (Eugene Debs)

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Sep 12 2011 18:12

Sorry for so many posts at a time, I just remembered my two other favorites:

"Consider these two units of time: 36 seconds, the rest of your life. The job that takes 36 seconds to do that you're going to do for the rest of your life. I don't know a better definition of alienation than that..." (Martin Glaberman)

"Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons." (Franklin Rosemont)

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Sep 12 2011 19:19

Graffiti from May '68 ( http://www.bopsecrets.org/CF/graffiti.htm ) My favourites:

'Don’t liberate me — I’ll take care of that.'

'Warning: ambitious careerists may now be disguised as “progressives.”'

'Since 1936 I have fought for wage increases.
My father before me fought for wage increases.
Now I have a TV, a fridge, a Volkswagen.
Yet my whole life has been a drag.
Don’t negotiate with the bosses. Abolish them.'

'Humanity won’t be happy till the last capitalist is hung
with the guts of the last bureaucrat.'

'When the last sociologist has been hung with the guts of
the last bureaucrat, will we still have “problems”?'

'Professors, you make us grow old.'

'Happiness is hanging your landlord' (sorry Pikel)

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Sep 12 2011 22:34
jura wrote:
"While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." (Eugene Debs)

I've always liked that quote.

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Sep 12 2011 22:53

For the back page blurb of your pamphlet:

Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote:
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times.
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Sep 13 2011 00:03

"The black flag is the flag of strikes and the flag of those who are hungry." Louis Michel

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Sep 13 2011 00:10

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Michel
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Michel

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Sep 13 2011 00:43

Close enough.

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The Coca-Cola bottle is capitalist technology through-and-through. Nonetheless, if the bottle has been designed with a particular purpose, its purpose can be subverted. The bottle can be three-quarter-filled with petrol, then topped up with oil or soap. Add a petrol soaked rag and you have transformed the classically styled capitalist product into an ever popular example of proletarian technology.

http://libcom.org/library/technoskeptic-antagonism

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Sep 13 2011 17:12
Serge Forward wrote:
For the back page blurb of your pamphlet:
Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote:
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times.

That is a good one for that! Thanks!

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Sep 13 2011 18:18
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"All sex under capitalism is alienated, Devrim...especially with your father"

This.
"Inspiring quotes" are all fucking rubbish anyway. They are the product of the same political philosophy that is behind @ActivismTips.
Communism is the negation of bourgeois verbosity.

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Sep 13 2011 18:23

"Communism is the negation of bourgeois verbosity." Boris Badenov

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"Inspiring quotes" are all fucking rubbish anyway. They are the product of the same political philosophy that is behind @ActivismTips.

At least we're not limited to 140 characters or less.

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"Communism is the negation of bourgeois verbosity." Boris Badenov

How dare you quote my anti-quoting tirade? angry

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Sep 13 2011 18:26

Because you're a hypocrite hand

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Sep 13 2011 23:35
Khawaga wrote:
Serge Forward wrote:
For the back page blurb of your pamphlet:
Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote:
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times.

That is a good one for that! Thanks!

About 20 years ago, I was compiling stuff for a similar pamphlet which was to be entitled, The Little Red & Black Book of Revolutionary Quotations. Zamyatin was to be on the back cover. It was pre-home computer days and everything was written on scraps of paper but, unfortunately, I lost everything I'd spent ages collecting while moving house embarrassed I think all I've got left now is the artwork for the cover and fuck all contents wall