Saturday, April 02, 2011

Agents Provacateur

Ever since The Man Who Was Thursday some people believe that activists are all government agents. There was also the case in the USA where, at one point in the 1960s 10 percent of the SWP were FBI informants.
COINTELPRO operations began against the SW in 1961, when court records show they had around 600 members-10 percent were FBI informants who were paid in excess of $1.6 million over the years for their efforts.22 Infiltration began in response to the SW's electoral campaigns and desegregation activities-perfectly legal undertakings. Over the years, member informants supplied the government with membership lists, financial records, budgets, minutes of meetings, mailing lists, and correspondence. From 1961-1976, fifty-five informants held offices or committee positions and fifty-one served on executive committees of the party. 13
Dan Hind points out that at 5:54 into this footage of the MArch 26th 2011 demo a black clad psuedo anarchist passes through police lines by showing a pass.

UK Uncut - How To Do a Bail In

How To Do a Bail In. A guide by UK Uncut.

[Via Socialist Unity]

The Famous Five and a Polyester Emporium

Lasy Saturday a branch of the static inducing, misogynistic, Anne Summers chain had its windows smashed.

The heroes of the hour were George, Julian, Dick, Anne and Timmy. They explain why they did what they did here.
Ann Summers presents a thin veneer of respectability to what is ultimately total exploitation of our attachments, insecurities and fears. It is a point of capture for the feelings of inadequacy synthesized by capitalist marketing.

The present commodification of sex is so successful because the insecurity it generates distracts us from rejecting capitalist values as the only possible precondition for meaningful sexual relations. As if worth and value can be calculated from the frequency of orgasms. Good sex becomes quantifiable. Pleasures must be maximized. Are you missing out because you are not flirtatious, adventurous or daring enough?

But let us not spend too long missing the wood for the trees. This is the nature of the real subsumption beneath capital: once capitalist production is established it seeks to permeate every aspect of life that exists within it.

Our act was not one of destruction but one of rejection. A rejection of a process of capture. Of ensnaring and taking our desires from us. Of taking everything we want in life and returning it to us in a box.
To resist this is to live and, in the words of Jacques Camatte, this world we must leave.