Anarchy Now! Chile Elects to Revolt

This week we take a look at the 6 plus year student revolt in Chile, plus ballot burning fury in Mexico and an interview with militants from Santiago who tell us about the anarchist scene there.

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Anarchy now!? this video is basically glorifying chilean student and worker unions, the most radicals being bolivarian or communists (but yes it is in style to identify as anarchist in chile, as it is elswhere) and lets not forget the important "anarchist" student union FEL (frente estudiante libertario) and their vocal support for chavismo during uprisings in venezuela last year.
And that interview with the focus on neolibaralism as root problem and the calling for education controlled by the people for cultural revolution, these people are not my compas.
About the rioting, people with very different views erect barricades or "riot" in Chile. The cops always come sooner or later with the paramilitary apparatus so some people confront them, its basically a ritual at this point.Unions, independent workers (like fishers), mapuche, "students", or people affected by natural disasters like floods or earthquakes. Many of these same people, especially the unions regularly smear anarchists as infiltrators (which isnt totally false, as an anarchist minority - which would still be substantial compared to other places - does infiltrate bigger marches to reek havoc, they just arent cops though). And lots of kids just enjoy destroying the urban decor, lamplights, bus stops, street signals, etc. which I find a lot more admirable and worthwhile than the fucking Organizers and their groups and politics, always instrumentalizing the situation.

Yeah Frank Lopez / Stimulator always goes for the most populist BS he can find - disappointing how there was no mention of the recent hunger strike of anarchist prisoners Nataly, Juan, Guillermo and Enrique or anything about the sentencing of anarchist prisoner Tamara Sol Vergara or any word on the many barricades, incendiary attacks etc that took place in Chile to mark the anniversary of insurrectionist anarchist Mauricio Morale's untimely demise. As usual Lopez plays it safe and sticks with the populist nonsense that is barely connected to anarchism at all and like the worst type of propagandists he spreads the lie that the student protests and the union protests etc are some kind of anarchist initiative which they are not. lame, but then what else did you expect from the hipster poseur?

You two are sanctimonious assholes. The reason Lopez pimps the militant street tactics is because it's essential to the praxis he's promoting. It's compelling imagery on camera, it's easily imitated and the proliferation of such tactics would benefit many of the underdogs INCLUDING (but not limited to) the anarchists.

The emphasis is on ruptures of the social peace, infinitely more important than your d-bag notions of anarchist piety. None of which is meant to detract from those other issues you raise but you're essentially saying he should be making a total different show that appeals to an even narrower base … which would be a stupid move from a media perspective. Why bother making a show at all if it only appeals to the people who are already fully in the loop? Fuck right off with that noise...

Well more callous bitching doesn't solve callous bitching. Yes, the commenter above was over-the-top critical about Stim, and part of this criticism is founded, but if you

There IS a major cause for bringing prisoner struggle to the video format... The only problem is HOW to do it in a way that's appealing and provoking. Beyond tons of Hollywood productions on the matter, and a few good indy films, it's quite a steep challenge to make video reporting on ongoing live struggles in prison, beyond the few prisonn riots that we've only got images from the outside.

I'd say the best thing to be done would be to film noise demos at prisons and push them to the Stimulator. If anyone does that, I swear I'll be supporting the initiative... Just send me an email if it doesn't go through.

- the belligerent blogger Anabraxas

Boo hoo, there's like one anarchist doing a video news show and you're treating him like an elected representative. Fuck people who just complain about others' efforts--you're behaving like a fucking voter. As an anon commenter on this site, you have zero credibility from which to criticize anybody else's work. If you have suggestions, make them without accusing the people doing the hard work of being "hipster poseurs," or else don't be surprised when people lump it in with all the cointeltroll nonsense on here. Frank is a decent guy, I bet he'd be happy to include material about everything you described with a little better-mannered encouragement.

I agree with that. Haters gonna hate.

- belligerent blogger A.

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