Bullet Points (9/3/18)

“To all you workers out there, every single commodity you produce is a piece of your own death.”

•It’s Labor Day, and although I think most American anarchists see Labor Day as a bogus version of May Day, a video editorial from Joanna Allhands had me thinking more about it than usual this year.  I generally find the Arizona Republic oped writing from Allhands repulsively stupid and reactionary, but I was entertained by her Labor Day post in which she makes the case for doing nothing on the holiday. Not a particularly radical position, and her writing generally comes from a rightwing orientation, so of course she decries her imagined advocate of labor who would like you “to join a union, or protest, or at least do something productive to further workers’ rights on Labor Day”, so she instead calls for laziness maybe to irritate the leftwing busybodies.  What she has no imagination for, and sadly neither do many anarchists who want to build the struggle, is an intervention of the laziest sort, a ludic strike of play and rest, of creativity and spontaneity, a withholding of labor on a scale to bring capitalists to their knees, and may even keep the planet hospitable to humans.

Rather than sound off on some grand anarchist (Marxist informed) analysis that was TL;DR (and utterly unreadable to anyone outside of specialized Left circles) I thought I’d pull together some writings and things said  against work, along with some videos. But hey, if you’re still reading this on Labor Day, have the day off, and haven’t done enough of nothing yet (or whatever you like), feel free to put the device away and settle in for a nap.

“Workers of the World…Relax,” this is a bit of an odd video, but an entertaining interpretation of Bob Black’s Abolition of Work.

16 May 1968

•Although workplace utopians in France and Spain called on workers to take over the productive forces and construct a socialist or libertarian society, everyday contact with wage earners mitigated the Left’s theoretical commitment to productivism. During the nineteenth century and when out of power in the twentieth, working-class organizations usually supported their own constituents’ demands for less worktime. In fact, the organizations would probably have had fewer members if they had ignored workers’ demands to avoid work. But the advocacy of idleness per se never became a publicly proclaimed platform of the Left. In the 1930s leisure was frequently defended in productivist terms as restoration after work or as effective employment of the jobless. The more subversive forms of resistance—absenteeism, malingering, and sabotage—were officially ignored, except in situations like the Spanish Revolution and, to a much lesser extent, the French Popular Front, when the parties and the unions of the Left assumed some responsibility for the smooth functioning of the productive forces and were thus forced to combat resistance.
-Workers Against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts by Michael Seidman

•Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving
through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a
job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and house you leave
empty all day in order to afford to live in it.
-Ellen Goodman

•Behind the glorification of “work” and the tireless talk of the “blessings of work” I find the same thought as behind the praise of impersonal activity for the public benefit: the fear of everything individual. At bottom, one feels now when confronted with work – and what is invariably meant is relentless industry from early till late – that such work is the best police, that it keeps everybody in harness and powerfully obstructs the development of reason, of covetousness, of the desire for independence. For it uses up a tremendous amount of nervous industry and takes it away from reflection, brooding, dreaming, worry, love, and hatred; it always sets a small goal before one’s eyes and permits easy and regular satisfaction. In that way a society in which the members continually work hard will have more security: and security is now adorned as the supreme goddess. And now – horrors! – it is precisely the “worker” who has become dangerous. Dangerous individuals are swarming all around. And behind them, the danger of dangers: the individual.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

•Too lazy to go to work, too lazy to go to war, too lazy to pay taxes…one big lazy general strike is our last hope

Bullet Points (8/17/18)

One of my biggest frustrations is seeing the anti-fascist resistance to white nationalists reduced to antifa as a glorified community defense body, rather than an insurrectionary push against these far right statist ideologues, the cops who protect them, and this entire order they defend.  We’re currently stuck with a model of anti-fascism in which the opposition to the fascist is  the limit of the action (thanks to many anarchists who willfully participate in Leftist “big tent” unity with leftists who have no interest in smashing the state) rather than as a  component of a multifaceted anarchist resistance to democracy, nationalism, statism, and capitalism. It may sound like going back to basics, but as an anarchist, I believe that the anti-statist must always by definition be anti-fascist, despite the protests of the Leftist organizer who demands anti-fascist unity first and above all else. So of course it was interesting to see anti-authoritarians not just mobilize against a far right rally in Berkeley, but to attack state power (as shown in the video embedded above) in addition to a standoff and confrontation with the cops protecting the far right.  Yes, here’s to the defeat of every last socialist, progressive, populist, nationalist, and fascist, and everyone in between looking for their shot at state power, here’s to Anti-Statist Action!

It’s not all Fritos and Polar Pops

•Circle K is a death trap if you work there or shop there, and cops love to shoot people dead and beat them down there. It’s as close to “the commons” or a gathering space as we’ve got in 21st century Arizona, and there’s blood on the floor (and the soda machine).
July 18: Man stabbed at Tucson Circle K
July 19: Man shot, killed at gas station near 35th Avenue and Osborn Road
August 8: 1 man critically injured in shooting at north Phoenix Circle K
August 10: Man shot at Circle K at El Mirage and Lower Buckeye roads in Avondale
August 16: Man shot in alley behind Tucson Circle K on East Speedway and North Sixth Avenue
August 16: Let’s hear it for the guillotine for Circle K, “I not gonna risk my life to get a candy bar and nor should the employees risk their lives for the money and the beer in there as well”
August 17: Phoenix cop shoots man in gun battle outside of Circle K

•So, with all the blood and misery offered up by worker and customer alike, I’m going to posit that robbing the death trap Circle K is ok. Which also means, customer and worker, gtfo the way when you see it happen, your Circle K overlords could give a fuck about you.
July 19: The Olympian of Circle K robberies hit 3 stores for cash, and got away (Update, he robbed 4, but was arrested)
July 24: Man robs Tucson Circle K of cash and cigarettes, escapes
July 30: Cops still looking for hero who robbed Tucson Circle K of cash, booze, and cigarettes
July 30: Yuma Circle K robbed of cash, clean getaway reported
July 31: Customer makes unauthorized withdrawal from Circle K register, cops clueless
August 15: Masked person claims to have grenade, gets handed register cash at Flagstaff Circle K
August 17: Phoenix cop shot at stop in front of Circle k

Cops, Alt-light, and other useless idiots

Glendale cops got it out for Victor Reyes, dude has been sentenced to a year and a half after the cops came to his house to make an arrest for an alleged fight 2 weeks before.  Because the homie Victor wasn’t expecting a bunch of cops to come breaking into his house in the middle of the night, he opened his door and pepper sprayed the 3 cops, natch the cops bring out the SWAT team and arrest him. Because he had previously been combative with cops during a mental health call in 2006, a Superior Court commissioner has sentenced him to a year and a half in prison for this bullshit. None of the cops who arrested him showed up to his trial and the commissioner “noted that if one of the Glendale officers had been present in court, he would have liked to hear an explanation about why they took more than two weeks to apprehend Reyes after the May incident, and did so at roughly 10:40 p.m.” Cops and their bud the commissioner ain’t trying to help Victor out though, it’s not like the commish doesn’t have the authority to drag those cops into court and make them answer for what they did, actually that little speech probably made the commissioner feel like he was one of the good guys that day, “more fair than most” he tells himself.

•The far right, Phoenix oriented freak show AZ Patriot Movement went to Tucson for an event billed as “Refuse Alt Left Fascism”, presumably expecting  “La Raza” and Antifa (“an-tee-fuh”) to show up and impose the dreaded alt left fascism which Tucson is renowned for. Instead, it was really hot, no militants showed up or “alt left fascists”, and some guy got to yell  the national anthem.

•Honestly, this is probably the only decent thing David Garcia had going for him: David Garcia Staffer Resigns Over Old Tweets, Including ‘Fuck You’ to Arizona #acab #ftp #shitholeamerica

•Far right anti-Islam group paid for far right Arizona congressman Paul Gosar to fly to London to speak at a far right rally for jailed far right racist Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon or as he self identifies “Tommy Robinson.”

Ends and endings

•On death row in Nevada: “I don’t even really want to die, but I’d rather die than spend my life in prison.

•MCSO deputy with K-9 provokes, then shoots and kills Youngtown dog 

California had its hottest month on record in July, and Death Valley had world’s hottest month ever. I’m not saying it’s too late to challenge the entirety of the concept of human civilization (but we all know it is), but all the mocking leftists better remember all the shit they talked on anti-civ when they’re drinking toilet bowl water to stay hydrated in 25 years.

•Former Maricopa County Sheriff’s Special Deputy becomes Russian envoy for humanitarian ties to the United States

•The best interview of the week, Vulture interviews Penn Jillette on the illusions of Libertarianism, magic, Sigfried, and working on The Apprentice with Trump.

•Here’s to the weekend (if you get one), I’ll be back with another Bullet Points in a week or so.

Bullet Points (8/3/18)

Phoenix summer mood

Welcome to Bullet Points, a (hopefully) regular endeavor where you can find news, analysis, action, history, commentary, and non-sequiturs of interest to me and possibly even other people.  The idea is for this to be weekly, otherwise I’ll try to sustain it as long as I’m interested or anyone shows interest in it.

Your town, burn it down

•Police in Maricopa County have fired their weapons in 62 incidents in 2018, and the 31st in which the police killed someone. The most recent person to be killed by police was Skyler Martin, an escaped inmate who had been on the run since February and died in a gun battle with the authorities while trying to escape.

•Mesa Police are back in the news for a whole lot of shit, which is a pretty normal thing this year. Today, the 84 year old grandma who was left with bruises, bleeding, and a black eye from a beating by two officers is suing the City of Mesa and the two cops for “an unspecified amount of punitive and compensatory damages.”  On Tuesday another video was released of an officer attacking an unarmed person on a bus, the attacker was identified as Officer Joseph Demarco, while the person he attacked was charged with aggravated assault after the confrontation, all charges have now been dropped.  A google search of his name reveals that he has shot and killed two people as a Mesa cop; Kayden Clarke, a 24 year old transgender man in 2016 after the officers claimed that Kayden “came at them” with a knife during a mental health check; and in 2006 he and two other officers shot and killed Monty Merkley, 47, after claiming that Merkley came at officers with a gun.

•Apparently neo-nazi loser “Baked Alaska”/Tim “Treadstone”/Anthime “Tim” Gionet  is in Phoenix. “Keep streaming! I need milk!

•Run, kids, run away from the nightmare: Migrant teen runs away from Tucson facility for unaccompanied minors, as two separate arrests were made of workers from the private Southwest Key immigrant youth detention centers for molestation of children, and more incidents have been identified by journalists and researchers.

• Solidarity to Mayra Roque.

Normal? There’s no going back, it never existed.

•Before “rideshares” people were walking, biking, and taking public transportation, so is it any surprise that a new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse

 “Shared rides add to traffic because most users switch from non-auto modes,” the report says. “In addition, there is added mileage between trips as drivers wait for the next dispatch and then drive to a pickup location. Finally, even in a shared ride, some of the trip involves just one passenger (e.g., between the first and second pickup).”

•Facebook is a hot psy-op pile of shit: We Are Not Bots’: Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They ‘Unwittingly’ Planned Protest

•When housing prices rise twice as fast as incomes (a generous outlook, most people I know are in an even worse situation with their rents): The U.S. Housing Market Looks Headed for Its Worst Slowdown in Years

•Every day capitalist terror: ‘Nobody speaks, because everyone needs the job’: Aldergrove Subway workers’ shocking allegations

Telangana man worships photo of Donald Trump every day

“I only know that he is the most strong and invincible leader in the world. What I liked about him was his bold attitude. Since he took part in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) competitions, he must be very powerful,”

“Nobody took me seriously and some people even called me a mad fellow, wondering how prayers in a remote village would reach Trump. But I have a strong faith in what I am doing,” he said.

•Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yacht set adrift by vandals

Thieves steal dead Swedish asshole’s crown jewels and escape in a speedboat. Best of luck for a clean getaway!

Anarchy things

•Little Black Cart has released A Full and Fighting Heart,  a collection of writing by and about the recently deceased anarchist writer Paul Z. Simons.

•An odd and incomplete writeup on the glory days of militant anarchist  efforts stemming from Eugene, Oregon 20 years ago.

•Greece: Rouvikonas member cleared of incitement charges

Giorgos Kalaitzidis was arrested after he wrote on his Facebook page: “We will burn Skai down. Today, tomorrow, in 10 years – I don’t know. But we will burn it down. And we will dance around the ashes.”

Recommended Reading

Against Fortress Leftism: Free movement over markets is a minimum demand by Joshua Clover