From my earliest years, the first thing that I saw was suffering. And if I couldn’t rebel when I was a child, it was only because I was an unaware being then. But the sorrows of my grandparents and parents were recorded in my memory during those years of unawareness. How many times did I see our mother cry because she couldn’t give us the bread that we asked for! And yet our father worked without resting for a minute. Why couldn’t we eat the bread that we needed if our father worked so hard? That was the first question whose answer I found in social injustice. And, since that same injustice exists today, thirty years later, I don’t see why, now that I’m conscious of this, that I should stop fighting to abolish it.
—  Buenaventura Durruti

“Father, yes, I am a prisoner
Si, Padre, son carcerato
Fear not to relay my crime
Non aver paura di parlare del mio reato
The crime is loving the forsaken
Crimine di amare i dimenticati
Only silence is shame.
Solo il silenzio è vergogna”

From ‘The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZnIeHWg_EE

Here’s one of my favourite international working class solidarity and sabotage stories, it’s very short.

In Madrid during the Spanish civil war they came across an unexploded shell - a German shell, made in the Ruhr valley. Approaching it carefully, on closer inspection they saw that it had words written on it. Those words were “Comrades! The shells I make do not explode!”

They put it on display in a shop window and people cued round the block to see it.

Nightly reminder that the fascists, white supremecists, and other godless people who were riled by Trump’s presence in the election and exposed themselves will still be here after Trump loses the election.

Voting can potentially stop the fascists from reaching office, but never the fascists that’re already in our communities. For stopping them, i suggest baseball bats.

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Nondas Skiftoulis (greek anarchist) talks about the collaboration between police forces and Golden Dawn (Greek’s Neo-Nazi Party), in 2012 a senior police officer claimed that Golden Dawn has successfully infiltrated Greek’s police and polls from 2014 have shown that over 50% of police officers have voted for the openly fascist party. (x, x)

“The police attacked openly. However, this has nothing to do with the police leadership. Right now, the standard, active police force, namely the Riot Squad and the Delta Force, has established an identity, the Golden Dawn’s identity. They are essentially Golden Dawn, as far as their ideology and behaviour is concerned.”

If you would go out of your way to argue how easy it is for capital to automate away jobs when labor costs become too high, then you should probably know that you’re giving all kinds of credibility to those of us who advocate fully-automated luxury communism. I mean, think about it: you’re arguing that so much of human labor ISN’T NECESSARY because said jobs can be done by machines, and yet you STILL want the bulk of humanity to pointlessly scrape by laboring for the capitalist class, receiving meager wages to buy the shit they helped generate in the first place. The above billboard is a THREAT. Let’s not mince words – that billboard is bourgeois propaganda designed to turn the working class against each other and against the broader goals of resource democratization. “If you fight for a basic livable wage, just know that you’re easily replaceable, peon!”

This is what leftists mean when they say that capitalism is an economic system filled to the brim with tensions and contradictions; it’s also what they mean when they say that capitalism inevitably produces its own gravediggers. Automation is one of those gravediggers, and it’s a major one at that. As more and more jobs become automated in the coming decades, the working class will face widespread dispossession, ramping up revolutionary class consciousness in the process. At that point, capitalism will either focus on generating more superfluous jobs for people to work or set about instituting a universal basic income – regardless, the point is to keep enough scraps flowing downward so that people don’t call for a broader system change. In this way, capitalism’s ruling class can maintain control over the wealth-producing means of production and imperialist capital accumulation can continue unrestrained.

For these reasons, “more jobs” and universal basic incomes are not enough. We need to democratize the broader social infrastructure and eliminate the profit system. If you recognize how possible it is to automate away human labor, then you should defenestrate yourself out of the Overton Window and use some political imagination – cut out the unnecessary jobs, automate all the labor you can, produce for human need rather than elite profit, and you end up with drastically reduced working hours and bountiful leisure time. This is the essence of fully-automated luxury communism – the natural conclusion of the conditions that capitalism set in motion.

Be wary of automation in the present climate, but always trace it back to the class struggle. Robots taking our jobs SHOULD be cause for celebration; why should we treat these potential liberators as harbingers of dispossession? Technological advancements are pushing us exponentially towards a de facto post-scarcity world, where everyone’s needs can be comfortably met alongside their desires for community and leisure and entertainment, and yet we’re held back by Empire’s insistence on keeping the means of production hoarded under the command of a superfluous ruling class. As long as we are divided into capitalists and workers, humanity will never know full liberation.