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I read some interesting articles on the international Anarcho-blogosphere about the need for more insurrectionary Anarchism versus the more middle class oriented, Civic Anarchism.

The Insurrectional Anarchist practices the original Class War methods of classical Anarchism, meaning Propaganda of both the Word and the Deed. These actions imply that the Anarchist reads and writes prolifically, and then proceeds into the insurrectionist mode. The insurrectionist mode involves industrial or commercial sabotage, firebombing work places and factories, destruction of targeted private property, attacking cops at protests, fighting back against Fascists at their demos, and killing selected targets from the elites and the powerful.

Some defenders of these methods call themselves Anarcho-Nihilists or Anarcho-Individualists. A few have even stated that their actions value more than their lives, and that imprisonment from the state becomes the beautiful moment of peace, and for a few, a true clarity of vision. They also state that the insurrectionist locked inside the prison inferno is truly free because he or she has no more fear of the State.

Civic Anarchism tends to exist in many urban centers of the ‘Western’ European and Colonial-Settler European regions, such as the Americas and Australia. The Civic Anarchist, and mostly associated with the Anarcho-Syndicalist, radical unionist bunch, reads and writes a lot, and then works within the system through ‘radical’ organizing. They eschew violence and often condemn the violence of certain Anarchists. The ‘civies’ might organize a workplace, or help out in a strike, but there is a lot more organizational tactics at work, such as endless meetings, writing articles for Indymedia, or setting up a benefit punk show for collecting more organizing funds.

According to the Insurrectional Anarchists, the Civic Anarchists play it safe like their Activist-Leftist, Middle Class counterparts. According to the hard cores, the Civic Anarchists are really Anarcho-activists, and they are not much different from the mortal enemies of Anarchists: the Marxist sect-ideologically crazy activists, with their ideological platforms and assemblies lasting over two hours.

The insurrectionists might have very good reasons to criticize the civic-minded Anarchists. Anarchy is not just talking at meetings and writing polemics. Anarchy also represents the actions of taking what is ours and attacking targets; however, the insurrectionists, like their civic rivals, are also guilty of too much talk.

Too many Anarcho-revolutionaries scream their violent works on their own websites and hard copy pages – and they have even given interviews related to ‘illegal’ activities to corporate news organs! A good example were some Eugene Anarchists that publicly proclaimed their resistance to the State and Capitalism after the WTO protests in 1999.

After their foolish interviews to the corporate press, the full violence of the State came upon them, and then a few Anarchists ended up doing some hard time in prison. While these same insurrectionists are often fanatics for ‘security culture,’ they have often broken their very same rules. Nothing is more damaging to any revolutionary group than having boasters and blowhards scream about their ‘actions’ against the enemy.

I have also read uncountable declarations on the Internet blogosphere, mostly coming from particular Anarcho-gun owners, stating that they were ready to violently throw down against the US government if they try to take away their guns. Oh really? Are those armchair tough guys going to risk it all when the SWAT team thugs show up at their front doors? It is one thing to write the tough words on the Internet, and it is quite another thing to actually engage in a heated gun fight with the authorities.

All of those hard cores know full well that the state spies and police forces are also listening and reading their pronouncements. In the dangerous world that we live in now, one simple slip of the tongue, and often a person goes down. Sometimes, the civic-minded Anarchist that printed the insurrectionist diatribe in his or her written format, whether electronic or paper, represents the one that pays dearly. Other times, the insurrectionist falls into his or her own imprudent post-action actions. The state authorities don’t care much either way, because at least they have found another enemy to destroy who is against the legitimate authority of the state.

Anarchists ought to remember the first rule of any organization antagonistic to the state: silence. For example, the Italian Mafia has always had its code of ‘Omertà,’ and the Ashkenazi Jewish communities of Eastern Europe had the code of “Mesirah.’ The Gypsies have also used their code of silence against harassing state bureaucrats.

The Anarchist community has to abide in the code of silence. Silence has generally related to the first law of both prudence and maturity. We also have the old saying, ‘silence is golden.’ If an Anarchist has committed a propaganda of the deed, then the Anarchist must never talk about or refer to the past event – ever again. After an action, it is even best to stay away from friends and alcohol for a few months, so that the boasting, imaginative mind never tempts the loose, undisciplined tongue.

Most importantly, we Anarchists ought to realize that the mental concepts of our selves are illusions. We have our likes, dislikes, cares and preferences, but just like human culture throughout the various ages of history, all cultures change. So do we. We are not the same people that we were ten years ago, and definitely not twenty years ago. Yes, we do have similarities to those ancient selves of ours, yet we are now a different breed.

Even with these changes, our egos often get in the way of clear thinking. We often surmise that both our personal views and words are truth, while our perceptions are the absolute truth. We often dwell too much on the personal mind garbage. Instead of letting go, we get bogged down inside our recurring thoughts.

Unlike the Marxist sectarians, Anarchism contains some marvelous diversity within its methods. Squatters who take over an abandoned building and open it up for the homeless and vagabonds are doing a great work too. They have fixed up an abandoned property left to rot by some property pimp, and now they can live freely without the common anxieties of having ‘to make rent payments,’ or relying on the landlord to fix the problems. Other residents that have had to pay rents, have seen such successes, and they would also want to enter such living arrangements.

There are other methods that have worked splendidly, such as living in trees to save a forest area, video exposures on the cruel methods of factory mass murder of animals for cheap meat, corporate billboard sabotage, cop watching on a Friday night, setting up a spontaneous street party in a busy intersection, such as Reclaim the Streets, or camping out in a park right in the heart of a large, corrupt mega city, which led to the Occupy movement. All of these tactics have worked and they will continue to work because they have used the greatest powers of the Anarchist, direct action and mutual aid.

As long as we Anarchists keep up the diversity of our work, we will continue to be old nails on the floor for the creeps of the State. We Anarchists are not criminals however, nor should we glamorize muggers, petty thieves, robbers, looters, wise guys and con artists. Unlike them, we fight to build a better world for ourselves. The criminal elements only want their inflated egos caressed. Their worlds are only for themselves – and themselves alone. There is an old saying, ‘there is no honor among thieves.’ This is also the truth.

We can kill the obsessions with ourselves, keep up the revolutionary work, and finally, keep our mouths shut – bearing our secrets forever, while simply holding on to our reserve and dignity. The state authorities and the elites will definitely persecute us, but the invisible barbed wire of silence, coolness, and a noticeable lack of ego trips will weaken all of their insidious methods – security culture or no security culture.

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Every single day within the nightmare of the Amerikan Empire, some police outrage arrives to the public via the corporate news. What is so amazing about these terrible incidents is that the corporate news media actually reports on them. Normally, the local corporate news media in Amerika posts police blotter stories in order to encourage ‘law abiding citizens’ to snitch on criminals through the local police hotline. In effect, the local news does the police’s dirty work for no cost at all; meanwhile the TV media often portrays the local cops as the community’s public servants. Yet with all of this pro-police state media monopoly, citizens still record numerous police brutality acts on videotape, and local citizens continue to tell their horror stories of encountering cops. The reports of cop terror still seep through the daily, deadly doses of TV propaganda.

Police forces in the United States have the greatest privileges against the authority of the law, the widest discretions and leeway in the use of state violence against citizens, and they are immune from any checks and balances versus their powers. The Amerikan police hold even greater powers than what other foreign police forces currently enjoy around the world.

The United States’ cops have the total and undeniable support from all politician of all stripes, and from both of our political spectrums. Donut cops receive praise from both Leftist anti-gun, urban tyrants and from Hardcore right-wing extremists that quote more from the Bible than the Constitution. In most countries around the world, the military holds such sacred positions. In contemporary Amerika, the police possess the chalice of pure silver.

Amerika’s cops are literally a gang unto themselves and unto the corrupt politicians that support them. Amerika has become the ultimate police gang state. The Donut Patrols have been corrupt from their very sinister beginnings, and the United States has the most violent state gangs in the world, both in the number of murder victims from police violence and in police legal immunities in committing legal crime.

How did it get this way? Our modern cop gangs were essentially keystone cop gangs when they first formed in the United States around the 1830s and 40s. In the large urban centers of the Northeast, such as New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, there were actually rival police gangs vying for the support of local corrupt political bosses, such as Tammany Hall in New York City. These rival gangs also aligned themselves with rival firemen gangs in those urban cauldrons of injustice and brutality. The ‘authorities’ also constructed the first notorious prisons just outside of these wretched cities.

With the massive immigration of Catholic Irish, and both Catholic and Protestant Germans, in the northeastern US during the decades of the 1840s and 50s, the cop gangs literally offered their municipal positions to the dastardliest of local political bosses, or ward bosses. The ward bosses often controlled local Democratic political voting blocks, which meant enlisting recent immigrants into the ‘democratic’ voting scam. This old method explains the reason why there are still so many urban cops in the Northeast from Irish and German descent. As long as these immigrants acted on the wills of the Democratic party ward bosses, and post Civil War, Republican party ward bosses, many police, fireman and city hall jobs were open to them. This infamous and corrupt spoils system strangled city hall government across the nation. Mayors became local tyrants, the cops in turn, became their private gangs.

The urban cop gangs of Irish and German immigrants had also transformed into ‘white Americans.’ When they first arrived on the North American continent, many Americans with white skin privilege referred to them as ‘white niggers.’ But with the opening of corrupt city hall positions and cop-fireman gang services, Americans accepted them as the newer additions to the white European family. Their white skin privilege saved them, they eventually spoke English like Americans, and they also began to hate the real internal enemy of Amerika: the colored person, negro, black person. The evil stench of Amerikan racism built the foundation of Amerikan policing. It is still there today, and even many Black officers utterly hate their ‘own people.’ White supremacy racism will always remain a part of Amerika’s police practices as long as there are cops. And yet, there is more to this sordid story.

Besides Amerika’s megalopolis dictatorships now found on both the east and west coasts, on the Gulf Coast, and in the middle of the continent, there is the region of the South. The southern white authorities during the Jim Crow apartheid period, which lasted for about a hundred years, did not develop most of their police forces until after Reconstruction, meaning after 1876. Most rural counties possessed no police forces whatsoever. There were local sheriffs however. The reason for this lack of policing was due to the pre Civil War practice of slave patrols.

Planter elites in southern state legislatures used the slave patrol system as a divide and conquer method in their rule. They recruited non-slave holding whites into local paramilitary units. These non-slaveholding whites could easily purchase guns without any legal restrictions, and they could use any form of savage violence on both slave and free negroes that they encountered without identification.

During post Reconstruction, local counties in the South recruited from this pool of slave patrollers to form the first cop gangs, or posses of local sheriffs. This system worked so well that southern authorities used these gangs to round-up both African-American men and women for the brutal slave labor and chain gang system in the south, called ‘Convict Leasing.’ Unlike the gang-herd mentality of Amerika’s urban cops, the southern variety became the ultimate law unto themselves. They allowed paramilitary fascist gangs like the Klan a free reign of terror, yet they conducted their own reigns of terror on African-American communities, – and against unwary Yankees entering their ‘territories.’

Even in today’s Amerika, there are horror stories of ‘outsiders’ experiencing car breakdowns in southern towns, then getting arrested for some minor infraction, and soon ending up on prison work details! If they had ‘white skin privilege,’ then they would get an easier load – but if they were black and brown-skinned, then they would experience the full fury of ‘the law.’ A few have never come out alive from such slave prison injustice. The southern cop reputation for brutality, hating blacks and lack of mercy even attracted the eye of authorities in many western cities in the United States. Cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas recruited a heavy portion of their police forces from this slave patrol region.

Amerika’s cop gangs were putrid from the beginning. Amerikan Liberal-Leftist journalists, lawyers and writers regularly whine and lament about the American cop transformation from the friendly donut on patrol to the paramilitary SWAT gang. As usual, they do not know their own history, so they blame the War of Drugs or the attack on the World Trade Towers for the transformations.

The Amerikan Empire has been in continual war, both foreign and domestic conflicts, from its beginning in 1790. In the 1830s, the Amerikan Empire decided to copy the British cop model of night patrols, which ‘policed’ working class areas of urban cities, such as London. But the cop system took on its own peculiar characteristics due to both Amerika’s hatred of the African and the city hall-gang system that emerged in its northern urban maelstroms. As long as the Amerikan Empire exists, it will continue to murder millions of innocents across the world – and it will continue to murder millions of innocents at home. Like the upper officer class in the US Military, Amerikan cops possess a vital service for this empire of sociopaths.