Originally posted to Facebook by Alerta Proletarios, Wed. Jan. 11th, 2017 at this link. Translated from the Spanish by ediciones inéditos.
The first days of the new year saw the implementation of a rise in the price of fuel in Mexico, followed by a road blockades, seizure of toll road booths and gasoline station blockades. But what has garnered the most attention has been a series of lootings seen across many cities. The looters mostly take TVs, electronic appliances, but also toys and some “basic” necessities. There’s been more than 500 arrests in a week, some killed, panic in the government, in the business community and in all political parties.
Society bestows adoration to the commodity-form: it adores it, elevates it upon the altar, where it must be venerated. And the greatest expression of this adoration is not consumption, but rather work. Through and by work, human activity is transformed into a commodity. Although it may seem as though we only work to produce what will become commodities, or to gain access to them, our activity is itself a commodity which must be exchanged for other commodities: the very bare minimum so that we can return to work. In summation: we work so that we can purchase commodities and we end up only being able to purchase enough so that we can show up to work the next day.
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translated from the French. Originally published on Jan. 4th, 2017 by Lundi Matin: https://lundi.am/Qu-on-en-finisse. you can support them here.
2016 comes to an end and along with it some of our hopes. Within the general contempt that the West has for itself, cynicism proclaims itself as a supreme form of political intelligence, and nihilism as the last shade of the political horizon. Language comes apart and words lose their power in a grand power play where nothing but the anguished desire to persist reigns.
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translated from the Spanish. Originally published on Jan. 8th, 2017 in Antagonismo – Por el communismo y anarquia: https://antagonismorp.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/cronica-de-estos-dias-de-saqueo-y-revuelta-o-que-sigue/
How much more can they take from me? They got my blood, now it’s my car! […] High-octane crazy blood fillin’ me up. If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road.
– Mad Max: Fury Road
Days like the one we have today, Jan. 4th 2017, of rage and adrenaline will be remembered. They are special, since contrary to the days that we individually treasure, like a great birthday, those vacations on the beach or a colorful day of the dead; these days will be remembered by all, by many of us as extraordinary days.
Continue reading “Chronicle of days of looting & revolt. Or what comes next?”