domenica 20 maggio 2012
A Trajectory From Sparks to Fire: Federico Buono’s communiqué in solidarity with the members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (Italy, Greece)
I want to give my little solidarity contribution to the members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire through this piece of writing.
“Revolution is existential struggle”
Panagiotis Argirou, a member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
A Trajectory From Sparks to Fire…
From the darkness of social pacification a new propulsive force is emerging, which destroys and annihilates everything -regardless of anything else: normal daily life is being shattered and overturned like advancing darkness that refuses the drowsiness induced by the ‘artificial’ lights of stable certitudes.
Abandoning an insignificant world and the immovable reality of a life regulated by artificial mechanisms.
There exists no quiet acquiescence towards the respect of the rules of honour that sound human life, in a continuous repetition of mechanic gestures, artifacts in their essence, and which stop their ‘way of being’ in a limbo of frustrations.
Theory is put in practice and practice is put in theory without being stopped by neither a ‘collective no’, which determines the silence imposed in order no to lose the ‘certitudes of life’, nor by compromise.
When one’s hands and mind shake in unison in an exasperating rift of free conscience and free will, it means that from inside our awareness a dream bursts out, a dream transformed into real necessity to change the air that one breathes, in a destructive fire and for the destruction of the order which has been reigning so far – cutting off all ties.
The experience of ‘constant attack’ of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire –which are far away form the world of ‘bourgeois laws’ – without any certitude, annihilates all that ‘allow’ the citizen to live an existence of claustrophobic normality.
Concentrating oneself on the concept of normal and abnormal sounds the way of life of those who demand from themselves and what surrounds them a sharp and opposing refusal of a life which means ‘no life’.
Concentrating oneself on necessary destruction and carry it out requires an effort which is bigger than one’s expectations. Expectations determine the state of permanent immobility and reduce one’s desires of revolt, in a mere representation of one’s daily life.
The intensity of choices that refuse all compromises and attack the legitimate society, with its codes and values, its uniforms and cops, sets us in conflict with our enemies, in a refusal of the imposed rules of a civilized living together.
This is total rupture with those instances of pacification, which want us to adapt to the current law and which always place themselves only on a position of reactive defence.
To take back one’s life has a deep significance in the reality we face every day: it is the experimentation of forms of attack that free the individual from the morals inside us, by totally annihilating the authority, which is no abstract principle but which is made of ‘flesh and bones’. In order to destroy this authority, one must ‘renounce’ any compliance towards what we feel belongs to us. ‘Renouncing’ breaks a wall made of social acceptation, discipline, sacred respect for friendship and life, for refusal of material and dialectic clash, and it creates the basis for refusing Authority and all its acolytes!
With their revolutionary outcome of negation of dominant values, the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, with their actions as well as communiqués, brings about a new way of understanding the method of action, no longer based on the difference among classes but on the opposition to the ‘classes’.
The actions and communiqués that arrive at destination give ‘propulsive destruction’ to the world in revolt, and every time they turn over the stillness that creates fear of reaction, and in a perpetual movement, the reaction of ideas, in a leading abandonment of the revolutionary aspect!
‘We have never acted within the boundaries marked by orthodox social struggle that only speak the language of class struggle and economic analysis, obviously ignoring the individual responsibility of the representatives of authority. We are enemies of both the hand that holds the whip and the back that accept it passively. That’s why we speak of revolution in daily life, reversal of compromises and uniqueness of the individual.’
(Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire)
It destabilizes the way with which the members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire give strength to what they experienced without being subordinated to the
assumption of democratic laws and to the respect for those who, born poor, want to stay ‘poor’ in their lives, in a constant trajectory made of superficiality and submissiveness: the uniformed mass-appearance is advancing like a sea of mud, ready to sweep away all that does not ‘resists’ to it in its viscous vortex.
Albert Caraco wrote: “The world we live in is the Inferno tempered by nothingness, where the man who refuses to recognize himself prefers to immolate himself.”
When we face the reality we live in, we have to cope with main obstacles that are more complex than we think.
Each one makes choices with their free will made of obstacles to pull down or compromises to accept.
Without being stopped by any ‘social container’ whatsoever, the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire break and destabilize the existent of reactionary calmness.
And they do so also in so called anarchist movement everywhere, showing the ‘way’ but not teaching anything, because they ‘do not want anything’…
In this way a new form of antisocial and nihilist guerrilla bursts out, which does not accept to be inscribed in a stereotype of fake revolutionary feeling by the pedantic university professors of official anarchism and by the enthusiasts of the militancy for militancy’s sake. A guerrilla that determines its propulsive destruction in the revolutionary field, and which destroys any social concept.
Informality transforms its ‘being’ into a nihilist attack refusing all universal values that sound the surrounding world, and it overturns the logic of the
mass-stereotype that justifies the law.
“The law is the spirit of society. If society has a will, this is the law: society only exists thanks to the law.”
In this, the enemy facing you has the same appearance: be it the policeman who has a right to arrest you or the democratic citizen who wants to report you (as he has such a right), they give the guerrilla a ‘right’ to hit the enemy, denying any requisite or class belonging.
While the courts of the constituted order attack and carry away without flinching, the members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire experiment their action and totality, their ‘I want’, and overturn the concept of authority.
This concept creates regression because it uniforms all that was lived, and immobilizes any ‘individual’ in a penetrating way, the individual who had grown in a critical way by interiorizing his experiences.
Like corrosive acid authority ‘dissolves’ all solidarity, and puts everyone on the side of ‘imposed knowledge’.
The essential element increasing the gap between those who impose themselves and those who are inflicted imposition is a refusal of ‘personal responsibility’ by the dominated individual.
If you don’t take your own responsibilities because you want to get quiet sleep, you go back to a vision of sterile defence. Thinking subjects become silent subjects. They realize they are not acting and assimilate their thoughts to those of people with more experience, vitality, character (but according to some kind of hierarchy), thus determining their line of conduct with rules that suit them.
On the contrary the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire determine themselves and overturn the role of specialization and leadership because “Power belongs to man, the world belongs to man, I belong to man.” (Max Stirner)
The unbridled action against the universe made of forced relations without a spark of free will is the base on which all the values of a mankind of ‘sleepwalkers’ must be destroyed.
It is imperative not to give in those who believe in the order of dominion, to knock down the barriers of common morals, which see the ‘exploited’ as a thinking subject who changes his values into their negation, and then, in mass-dominion society, he accepts and executes the imposed precepts as if they were part of his life.
If you don’t exasperate the contradictions you live in, you create asphyxiating normality.
Then this affects your choices, and slowly but inevitably it degrades to a sterile defence of your social space, and at the first sign of repression you just intensify this defence.
Dominant normality penetrates deeply in the choices and positions that are taken for the most part. Mental and material borders are created, which reproduce what dominion imposes and circumscribes in reality as official culture.
These ‘borders’ come out in repressive situations, where reality sink in a sort of empty memory of a trajectory totally opposed with what is normality. Radicalism abates and you feel like you are the master of your ‘little space’, which you protect with formal ‘fences’ in order to carry on your social life. Your ‘life’ made of experiences is annihilated in favour of uniformity of ideas, which creates a vicious circle.
In these conditions everything becomes a ‘justification’. The need to adapt to what the historical period requires comes out slowly, and there is no longer a clear perspective of this ‘justification’.
As we choose a trajectory of vehement radicalism we establish who our real enemies are.
If you say to me ‘you are vanguard’ because I choose action and refuse to die slowly in an inanition of desires, you are not saying anything.
Those who express their free will in a destructive act decide for themselves, and when they ‘fall’ they go ahead with their head held high!
‘We are not enrolled soldiers whose duty is revolution. We are warriors of satisfaction and we see the link between rebellion and life as a requirement for action. We don’t believe in any ‘right line’ to be followed.’
(Conspiracy of Cells of Fire from “The Sun Still Rises”)
Another aspect that emerges in opposition to the world surrounding us (and to what surrounds the anarchist movement) is the refusal to support the authority not only through ‘silence’ (which should be part of the DNA of all anarchists and revolutionaries) but also through the refusal of being filed or photographed.
The strength emerging from the letters of the members captured and now in the hands of the enemy is something that bursts out in magma of indescribable sensations: the Conspiracy members refuse to go back one millimetre as for their individuality, and this is no formal refusal.
Once again there’s no intention to give in to the respect for the imposed rules and turn one’s refusal and unfortunate ‘fall’ into material for victimising, which would only help dominion to establish what is ‘right’ and what ‘wrong’ in a relation of submission.
Coherent with their existence and without any authoritarian scheme, the imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire issued the pamphlet ‘The Sun Still Rises’:
“We love what we did because it contains our whole essence, so the ‘Conspiracy’ is not only all of us but also each one of us.”
The second phase of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire begins:
The instruments of knowledge are put in action, instruments that refuse vertically structures organizations and turn to the free choice to take one’s responsibilities at the time of action and of a possible ‘fall’ in the hands of the enemy.
Informality stays there and develops itself through theoretical basis without imposition or formal setting.
The destructive and propulsive force against any democratic instance also emerges in the second phase of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
So any group or individual, in the wake of the first phase of the Conspiracy, can use the name thus stopping the assumptions of any authoritative seed.
Instruments are put at everyone’s disposal, without any kind of professionalism or moral dictatorship: any cell or individual can use the ‘passion’ unleashed by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, take in its revolutionary ‘experience’ and attack!
Attack in all its forms can be expressed with stones or explosive in a flowing up of events!
‘For us, the revolutionary subject is the one who liberates himself from the obligations of the present, put the status quo into question and takes part in the criminal search for freedom.’
(Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, from ‘The Sun Still Rises’)
To liberate oneself from the obsession of ‘keeping’ something and to live the present and to pursue and carry on a trajectory that ‘attacks’ and does not totter, in front of a life consumed and made of empty existence, all this gives effective value to the destructive attacks carried out by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
S.G. Necaev wrote: ‘The ruthless logic of those who really work for the cause must not stop in front of any fact that leads to the success of this very cause, and especially in front of the facts that are such that they save it and avoid its ruin.’
‘Not to stop’ in front of vague certitudes, not to establish the attenuation of one’s experience, refuse to play the role of victim of the ‘system’.
Here the members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire bring their experience.
The field of ‘if’ and ‘but’ is swept away by destructive acts carried out by revolutionary strength that make any logic of social adaptation sterile.
The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire emerges, bursts in, attacks and show its ‘way of being’ to those who liberate themselves from the chains of normal and stereotyped life and choose the field of action and urban guerrilla.
Each one with their ways and methods but with a base of informal and existential peculiarity.
‘It’s a wonderful moment when the attack on order is being carried out. Even at the beginning – when we knew it was rather imperceptible – we knew that very soon nothing would be as before, no matter what was to happen. It’s a force that begins slowly, speeds up its rhythm, goes beyond the no return point and inevitably causes what seems impregnable to explode – so firm and protected but already prone to fall down, demolished by conflict and disorder.’
(Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, ‘The Sun Still Rises’)
A post-scriptum must be written so that everyone makes their evaluations on what making choices means in a revolutionary and solidarity context.
As I’m writing this, I want to say that I am the direct responsible of what I am writing, and I take my responsibilities so that any individual can be free of agreeing or not, developing its content and make it their own.
This piece of writing talks about the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire because in their choices, attacks and communiqués they set a new way of understanding the ‘guerrilla’. But I want to remember hundreds of informal groups and single individuals which destroy the ‘certitude’ of the bourgeois thought and that of social pacification!
Revolutionary solidarity with the members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire!