from PSA. May 5:
Black Bloc as Water
I write this as an observer of the Anti-Capitalist May Day march in
Seattle. I, myself, was not a participant in the Black Bloc and through
writing this compromise my anonymity and bar any future involvement in
the tactic. It is a response to the chatter of the days past in which
charges ranging from involvement of agent-provocateur to infantile or
cowardice nihilists are abound. The effectiveness of the participants
maintaining their anonymity disallows me from validating none. I am
therefore limited to the merits of the tactic.
Black bloc is water. It is not a characteristic of a political
philosophy, whether it is anarchistic or any other. It is merely a
tactic that can be adopted by any group that wishes to. Its virtues are
no different from those of guerilla, conventional, or passive
resistance. It is one that participants feel to be most effective and
proper at the given moment.
Like water, participants are enabled to move smoothly as a body of
water, using the strength of that body. At certain junctures it allows
for individual molecules to break out of the body, erode the landscape,
and spring back into the body as part of the indistinguishable mass.
Unless the target is transportation, it does not go against traffic.
It understands that doing so will only divide them into smaller streams
in which their body is rendered impotent. It understands that it does
not have the resonance of a roaring river to divert stones upstream to
other tributaries. It hence moves downstream on dried up river beds
acting as a bulwark to the rubble rendered immobile behind them.
Agent-provocateur or self-promotion made ineffective. The
self-promoter is made a scapegoat by the state. After induction, one
cannot speak of their actions; the power is in the collective. The
agent-provocateur is limited to targeting what is acceptable. Any
deviance from it results in isolation and expulsion like oil in water.
Motivated by molecules of past, present, and future; participants in
Black Bloc are not mindless atoms. The structures each molecule erodes
are exact. They see it as a hindrance to their gyatso or impediment to
Blood beckons reaction, so through red paint bombs on corporate
corpus seeps revelations of hands unclean. It understands the viscous
potency of blood and therefore avoids targeting individuals. They will
more readily shed their own than that of another, unless given no
recourse for the maintenance of their characteristic integrity: that of