check this thought crime (against the CPE and the conditions which created it) from FRANCE ya'll!
Chaos for Our Children
Their "First Employment Contract" is one more proof: The capitalists will end up reducing wage workers to a condition of slavery if nothing is done to stop them.
Those who still have illusions that subservience will bring them comfort and shield them from dictatorship, war, famine, nuclear radiation and energy crises, are suicidal. Those who still believe in political organizations ("oppositional" or not) are naïve. It is pointless to try to reform capitalism, all the more so when the latter is terminally ill.
You will never succeed in "getting your life together" within this society, because this society is designed to fragment your life. It does everything possible to amputate your intelligence so that you become incapable of recognizing this otherwise obvious fact.
If you persist in conforming to this social order, your life will continue its rapid deterioration and your children will not survive. Soon you will no longer even be able to pretend to comfortably accommodate yourself to this existence — an increasingly boring and regimented existence geared to the production and consumption of mental and material pollution. You think that playing the loyal flunkey today will secure your future?
Your only solution is to rediscover the tradition of struggles waged by the working-class and avant-garde movements of the past.
Wake up! Drop your skepticism, your resignation, your petty self-obsessions, and fight for the survival of humanity — including your own humanity. Do it now.
Don't wait till the cop in your head is replaced by a microchip implanted in your arm.
Don't wait till you die of cancer, like increasing numbers of your friends and neighbors. Stop passively grumbling or philosophizing about pollution and start working to save what remains of the natural world.
Don't wait till you have become such a serial consumer that you lose all human feelings. Open your eyes and start changing human relationships.
Don't wait till you have become incapable of struggle. Tomorrow will be too late. Get back to the root of your self, starting now. Radicalize yourself. Our adversary has already radicalized itself.
The logic of capitalism is pushing the human species toward extinction. Each minute that goes by is one less minute that remains to save it.
Time is not on your side.
Attack Their Program of Extermination
The lunatics in power did not foresee that the youth revolt would attain such a massive scale.
The urgency with which they are implementing the multinationals' program for the destruction of civilization leads them to confuse the mass media with the masses, to imagine that the champions of stupidity who monopolize the media reflect the state of mind of the general population. This strategic error is pushing the bourgeoisie to stick rigidly to its positions.
No longer capable of convincing anyone of anything, the regime is determined to suppress any opposition.
In these circumstances, unity between all the exploited must be strengthened and radicalized. To accomplish this, you must be aware of the fact that you are a proletarian, in an era when the educational system is basically nothing but a factory for programming zombies for the conditions of wage slavery.
Opposition must go beyond protests. It is crucial to maintain our distance from the labor unions, whose present role is to sabotage the potential proletarian counterattack called for by the catastrophic stakes of our time.
The present confrontational situation gives us a precious opportunity to reopen the practical and theoretical terrains that have been blocked for the last thirty years, enabling us once again to pose the possibility of a new world. Autonomous actions and open-ended debates have already begun.
Contacts between workers, students, unemployed and other oppressed people must be strengthened; autonomous action groups for defense must be formed.
The question of revolution should be at the center of debates, but we should avoid musty formulas inherited from the failures of the past. We have to recognize all the problematic aspects of revolutionary thought while exchanging experiences and ideas about how to fundamentally challenge and vanquish the present society. We need to discuss the values that we intend to substitute for those that prevail today, the principles that we intend to propose to people to replace the vicious laws of the market.
Groping for the lost thread, humanity will rediscover itself.
LES RAPACES [The Raptors]
and FRANÇOIS LONCHAMPT
(Paris, March 2006)
Anything Is Possible...
After the revolt of the youth in the suburban ghettos, which represented a breakthrough against the real social violence of the ruling order that has effectively destroyed everything (conviviality, kindness, neighborhoods, jobs, public services, social protection, health, climate, natural resources, living species, agriculture, countryside...), the movement of student youth against the CPE-CNE and against the (Un-)"Equal Opportunity" law has created a new situation and brought about the possibility of a collective awakening of millions of people.
When the machine grinds to a halt, the cogs themselves begin wondering about their function. People become much more open to new perspectives, readier to question previous assumptions, quicker to see through the usual cons.
Individuals dare to break out of their habits and live. Bosses, leaders, hierarchies are seen as useless. Orders are ignored. Separations are broken down. Personal problems are transformed into public issues, while public issues that seemed distant and abstract become immediate practical matters. The old order is analyzed, criticized, satirized. People start talking to each other again. As wage labor comes to a halt, frenetic time pressures collapse. No one pays any attention to ads or politicians or media brainwashing. Passive consumption is replaced by encounters, confrontations, dialogues. As the struggle expands and strives to overthrow the structures of domination, solidarity dissipates the fearsome power of money.
Long-repressed experiences like the Paris Commune, the collectives during the Spanish revolution, self-management, workers councils, direct democracy, are revived in sovereign general assemblies. Everything seems possible — and much more is possible. People learn more about society in a week than in years of academic "social studies" or leftist "consciousness raising."
Beyond the essential preliminary of the rejection of the CPE, young people are posing the question of their future, which is also the collective future of everyone. But the dictatorship of the capitalist economy has already responded: increased productivity, competition, commodification of all human activities, military-industrial power, increasing inequality, unemployment, poverty and barbarism. Proletarianized youth are today forcefully declaring that this system is insane and that they want none of it. Confronting the politicians' inevitable attempts to present false alternatives, the poor are once again becoming a threat to all the established powers, and through direct collective action they are discovering their own capacities of thought, initiative, solidarity and self-organization.
CNT (freely adapted from "Effervescence of Radical Situations")*
(Rhône, 18 March 2006)
[*Several passages from La Joie de la Révolution (the French translation of The Joy of Revolution) were widely circulated during the movement — posted on the Web, forwarded to email lists, or adapted in graffiti or leaflets, in some cases by people who did not know the source and who presumed that they were French texts commenting on the situation in France. The present leaflet, produced by members of the Rhône section of the CNT (Confédération Nationale du Travail, the anarcho-syndicalist labor union), incorporates or adapts a number of passages from a section about radical situations in Chapter 3.]
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