"------If we take a look back at our normality, we see that direct violence from the State and its institutions is not the most freedom-killing one, but rather carries with it a catalytic potential for revolt. No, the worst of all, and what could make the most freedom-committed of individuals rot away in a concrete landscape, is the bureaucratically administrated power: the Job centre, the Tax office, the Social insurance authority, the Social security administration, the Migration authority, the Prison institution, the Juvenile office, the Bailiffs and all of their capitalist collaborators (career coaching firms, asylum entrepreneurs, debt collectors, “children entrepreneurs”, etc.). Together with the morals enforced by society, telling us how to act and what our obligations are as slaves; religious and patriarchal structures in families and local communities… You should want to work, but no one wants to hire you. You get a job, but you’re not paid any money. You are promised asylum, but in the end you still have to go underground. You are supposed to be eager to learn, but your intelligence is defamed. It should come as no surprise that, because of all this, a hatred towards the existent is formulated, and conscious steps are taken to attack it. Rather it is worrying that so many keep submitting to these social relations.------"
Does the above sound familiar? Continually running up against legislation, authority and other forces of conformity, that tell you how to run your life. Constraints at every turn to keep you in your appointed niche, a position of servility, necessary for the system to function, and you know it doesn't function in your favour.
Over the centuries, we have had civilisations come and go, they rise and they fall, and another moves in, in another place. Today is different, this is the first world wide civilisation, it covers every corner of our planet. When this one collapses, and like every other before it, it will collapse, it will be a world wide explosion. We, the ordinary people should be aware of this imminent collapse and should be preparing the alternative ways of living, here and now. The alternative will be chaos of an unimaginably brutal complexity.
We can change the world as the present system continues on its terminal decline, but it has to be the people with their new structures, new modes of interaction, the institutions of the old order are tainted and corrupt beyond use.
The statement quoted above is an article in response to the recent riots in Stockholm. My reason for quoting it was to highlight the fact that the discontent of the people is spilling onto the streets in country after country, that discontent can no longer be confined to the party political meetings, or the committee meetings. Riots in Sweden, as in Greece, Italy, Mexico, America, France, UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia, point to the fact that it is becoming more difficult to keep the system functioning, In which case it will become more authoritarian, more brutal, in its death throes, as it tries to hold onto power. For us to win, we should be preparing now, for that battle to the death. We, the ordinary people have an advantage, we, unlike the present system, have the desire, and know how, to live together.
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