"Logistics is capital’s art of war, a series of techniques for intercapitalist and interstate competition. But such wars are, at the same time, always fought through and against workers. One of the most significant reasons for the extension, complication and lubrication of these planetary supply chains is that they allow for arbitrage of the labour market. The sophisticated, permutable supply chains of the contemporary world make it possible for capital to seek out the lowest wages anywhere in the world and to play proletarians off of each other. Logistics was therefore one of the key weapons in a decades-long global offensive against labour. The planetary supply chains enabled by containerisation effectively encircled labour, laying siege to its defensive emplacements such as unions and, eventually, over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, completely crushing them. From there, with labour on the run, logistics has enabled capital to quickly neutralise and outmanoeuvre whatever feeble resistance workers mount. Although capital must deal with the problem of sunk investments in immovable buildings, machines, and other infrastructures, reconfigurable supply chains allow it unprecedented power to route around, and starve, troublesome labour forces. By splitting workers into a “core” composed of permanent workers (often conservative and loyal) and a periphery of casualised, outsourced and fragmented workers, who may or may not work for the same firm, capital has dispersed proletarian resistance quite effectively. But these organisational structures require systems of coordination, communication and transport, opening capital up to the danger of disruption in the space of circulation, whether by workers charged with circulating commodities or by others, as with the port blockade, who choose circulation as their space of effective action, for the simple reason that capital has already made this choice as well. The actions of the participants in the port blockade are, in this regard, doubly determined by the restructuring of capital. They are there not only because the restructuring of capital has either left them with no jobs at all or placed them into jobs where action as workers according to the classical tactics of the worker’s movement has been proscribed, but also because capital itself has increasingly taken the sphere of circulation as the object of its own interventions."
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a buffer zone law that protects patients and staff at clinics in Massachusetts from anti-choice harassment and violence.
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"Without even so much as a room that he could call his own, he would sell sherbet in the streets of London to get his living, & in the evening write brilliant articles for the Italian papers. Imprisoned in France, released, expelled, re-condemned in Italy, confined to an island, escaped, & again in Italy in disguise; always in the hottest of the struggle…."
- Kropotkin on Malatesta.
Errico Malatesta, the Italian anarchist, died on this day in 1932. From the age of fourteen, he devoted his life to struggles against injustice and oppression, becoming a member of the first international at eighteen. He quickly became associated with Bakunin, and the emerging anti-authoritarian brand of socialism that to this day, we know as anarchism, and participated in the 1872 St. Imier conference that founded the first anarchist international.
He was imprisoned many times for his political activity, participated in an insurrection in the Italian province of Benevento in 1877, fought against the British in the Anglo-Egyptian war of 1882 and was associated with the anarchist newspapers, La Questione Social, L’Associazione and Umanità Nova. He is probably best known today for his books, Anarchy and At the Café.
To be an anarchist, he wrote:
"It is not enough to rebel against oppression. We must refuse to be oppressors. We need to understand the bonds of solidarity, natural or desired which link humanity, to love our fellow beings, suffer from others’ misfortune, not feel happy if one is aware of the unhappiness of others. And this is not a question of economic assets, but of feelings or, as it is theoretically called, a question of ethics.
Given such principles and such feelings which, despite differences of language, are common to all anarchists, it is a question of finding those solutions to the practical problems of life that most respect liberty and best satisfy our feelings of love and solidarity.”
Errico Malatesta 14th December 1853 - 22nd July 1932
(Workers Solidarity Movement, IRE)
If Facebook Was A Guy
FACEBOOK: Hi, I’m Facebook.
ME: Nice to meet you, I’m Ryan.
FACEBOOK: What’s your last name? Where do you live? When were you born? What’s your phone number? Is that work or mobile? Can I have your work number too?
ME: Facebook, I just met you.
FACEBOOK: This is what friendship is to me.
ME: Hey, you know what’d be lots of fun? If we had a picnic!
FACEBOOK: Hey, you know what’d be lots of fun? If you told me the names of every single person you know!
FACEBOOK: Hey Ryan, do you know this person?
ME: That’s Sarah. I haven’t spoken to her for years.
FACEBOOK: Okay, here’s a shot of her bedroom and some pictures of her children as they sleep.
FACEBOOK: Hey Ryan, do you know this person?
ME: I… maybe? I may have seen him at a party.
FACEBOOK: He likes The Big Bang Theory. You wanna be friends, right?
FACEBOOK: I’ll ask you to be friends with him every time I see you again for the next six months.
FACEBOOK: Your friends went to the beach. Do you have any comments on these pictures of your friends at the beach?
FACEBOOK: I’m showing their swimsuit pictures to everyone. Do you like them? You can tell me if you like them. It’s fine if you like them.
ME: They’re… okay, I guess?
FACEBOOK: Okay, I just told them and everyone they know that you like their swimsuit pictures.
MY FRIEND STEVE: Hey, Facebook just said we’re not friends anymore? What the hell, Ryan?
FACEBOOK: Hah hah hah
NSA: Hey Facebook, what can you tell us about Ryan?
FACEBOOK: Age, interests, relationships, activities, where he was last night, what he looked like while he was there, the last five places he’s lived - what do you want?
NSA: That’ll be great, thanks. Do we need a warrant?
FACEBOOK: Nah, just make a fake account and friend someone who is friends with Ryan. That’s good enough for me!
NSA: Hah hah hah
FACEBOOK: Hey, did you know your aunt is racist?
ME: I… no?
FACEBOOK: Here’s something they wrote about “the foreigners”.
ME: Why would you think I’d want to see this?
FACEBOOK: Do you like what you see? You can tell me if you like it. It’s fine if you like it.
FACEBOOK: Hey, this corporation wants to engage with you.
ME: What? No.
FACEBOOK: They paid me money so you’re going to listen to them whether you want to or not.
CORPORATION: Hi, are you getting married? Do you want to buy diamonds? You mentioned diamonds earlier so you should buy our diamonds.
ME: I was talking about the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever.
CORPORATION: We can sell you that too.
ME: Wait, how did you know I was talking about that in the first place?
FACEBOOK: Hah hah hah
ME: Facebook, I don’t want to be friends anymore. Forget everything I ever told you about myself.
ME: Facebook, did you delete everything?
FACEBOOK: I did. Sorry to see you go.
ME: …Facebook, if I said I wanted to be friends again, what would you say?
FACEBOOK: Here’s all your old shit again! I never deleted anything!
FACEBOOK: Hah hah hah
im sorry but i only listen to real music
Only B.C. kids remember this
I feel like I was meant to be born in a different time, no so called “musician” these days even knows what hurriancore is.
thesubversivesound said: Hello mate, just interested in getting your views and opinions on a couple of things regarding the IRA. A lot of leftists on here and elsewhere, particularly americans across the pond seem to openly support and often fund the IRA and its offshoots as the orgnisation currently stands today. Do you think it is something people on the left, anarchists and socialists alike should be voicing their support for these days... considering there is a lot of controversy surrounding it.
Aye, well as you know mate, I don’t have to look across to america to see folk openly supporting and funding the IRA, it’s what I grew up around. I remember seeing my old man give money to them when they’d have whip rounds ‘for the provos’ on Celtic supporters busses when I was a wee boy in the eighties - we’re great at romanticising them in the west of scotland.
It’s my opinion that anarchists shouldn’t be supporting the IRA as it exists now, or in the eighties for that matter, and the reasons for that are pretty obvious when you apply the slightest degree of critical thought to it. They set themselves up as an alternative police force who use brutal corporal punishment to keep “anti-social” elements in line. You can’t be an anarchist and support that. Don’t complain about police brutality and then support guys who shoot teenagers in the knees for stealing a car. If you genuinely believe that wounding poor people is the correct way to deal with crime, piss off and join some right wing militia group or something, that’s not our politics - we are the anti social elements. Shooting wee boys in the hands for being “anti-social” and then letting off bombs in shopping centres is not my idea of effective praxis if what you’re looking for is a unified working class capable of realising a social revolution.
For republican communities, the IRA were meant to be the army and police force, and Sinn Fein were the political party. Sinn Fein are a capitalist party who are currently implementing neoliberalism in NI. What’s to support there? Fuck all. It’s pretty clear that the order the IRA imposed on communities by fear and force was to be a capitalist order. The only real hope for working class people in Northern Ireland and everywhere else for that matter is in autonomous working class unity, and the IRA have hindered that cause more than they’ve helped it.
I think we should remember the struggle in Ireland as a class struggle, and I’ll happily sing songs about Irish history and stuff at the football, it’s good to remember that stuff, and to argue a class struggle perspective within working class left nationalists groups like our fellow Celtic fans etc - but as far as anarchist organising goes, there is absolutely no place for nationalist sentiment of any kind whatsoever. I wouldn’t so much as use a national flag for anything anarchist, it doesn’t fit. We are an anti-nationalist, internationalist movement.