The First Gathering of Libertarian Infrastructures

  • Posted on: 21 December 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

[The translation of this call-out is not being posted as a current event-- the gathering, after all, has already passed-- but because the model of organization and the concept of anarchist infrastructure may be of interest to comrades in other countries. An article about how the gathering went was published in the most recent issue of Fifth Estate]

Call-out for the First Gathering of the Coordination of Libertarian Infrastructures

translated from Catalan by PG

[Note on terminology for North American audiences: «libertarian» is a non-specific, more inclusive synonym of «anarchist». The term first came into being in France as a direct synonym at a time when the term «anarchist» could not get past the press censors. In general, those who use the term in North America are NOT libertarians, though a minority who do not opt for electoral politics and want to practice self-sufficiency with no government interference may be classifiable as communitarian or individualist anarchists. Ron Paul is not a libertarian, he is a liberal, another term that has been thoroughly confused in the North American context. A liberal is a proponent or ideologue of the sociopolitical structures and policies that complement the so-called free market. When conservatives, who tend to be liberals, accuse their opponents of being liberals, what they are clumsily and ahistorically trying to call attention to are politics that are social-democratic or progressive.]

Many times it has been said in our circles—and we agree—that we suffer a lack of creative rather than abstract projects. We put a great deal of energy into organizing protests and propaganda, and as far as our destructive capacity towards the system that oppresses us is concerned, sometimes we are even capable of beating the police in the streets; but we often fail at the moment of constructing the path to a new world.

Despite this, in Catalunya there exist many creative projects and liberated infrastructures. Thus, our failure does not proceed from a lack of initiative or intention. So how do we explain this contradiction?

We believe that the perceived weakness in the creative sphere of our struggles comes down to a social problem, a kind of problem that no collective would be capable of solving on its own. Everything from state repression to capitalist alienation to patriarchal socialization converge to exercise a continuous pressure on our lives. This pressure affects our creative projects in a very distinctive way. It keeps us from valuing the feminine or feminized tasks of care and survival, makes our projects respond to the needs of the law and the capitalist market, and causes them to separate from the more combative spheres of the struggle.

We all know the result of this process: cooperatives and projects for a solidaristic economy that end up in self-exploitation or that even transform into capitalist businesses with an alternative character; projects that fail due to exhaustion, that fall into a productivist logic, or that collapse under the imposed need to pay rent; projects that little by little distance themselves from the struggle as they come to inhabit a reality different from that of those comrades who remain «in the streets»; projects that limit themselves to a legalistic path, in order to avoid repression and the significant loss of energy and material that such repression brings; or projects that, even as they evade capitalist dynamics, condemn themselves to self-isolation in their search for self-sufficiency.

Meanwhile, other comrades continue in the destructive and abstract paths of struggle (also necessary), normally the youngest of us, given the lifestyle that such paths favor. As such the creative part of the struggle is divorced and distanced from practices of collective self-defense and propaganda. In the end all of us are weakened.

This is a predictable dynamic. Capitalism always offers us tools for «achieving our dreams» and realizing any and all creative projects, but they are tools that reconduct us towards mercantile and productive relations. Democracy will also give us permission for nearly any initiative, but with regulations and conditions that will not allow us to step out of the game that the powerful control so easily.

We cannot take refuge in the law nor in the profitability of our ideas.

We feel a collective need for coordination and an intensification of relations to be able to build the collective force necessary to sustain our projects without losing our compass points. We want to see one another's faces to realize that we are many, so that we can climb out of our isolation. We want our projects to serve the struggle, to sustain us and to sustain all those who fight, instead of satisfying alternative and «responsible» consumers. We want to make use of the combative and propagandistic parts of the struggle to be able to communicate our visions and dreams, going beyond individual projects, and to be able to defend them when the government or a property owner threatens their continuity. We want our creative projects to link up rather than remaining alone.

On Money
We have seen and been a part of projects that ended up in self-exploitation or the commercialization of the struggle. However, we have neither answers nor immediate solutions to the problems of money, of cooperatives, of rents, etc.

We have to consider that all commercialization, every relation or exchange mediated by money constitutes a danger and carries within it the seed of capitalist relations. Notwithstanding, none of us are capable of escaping economic impositions, and many surival initiatives, even cooperativism, have generated important experiences and histories.

Perhaps, instead of circling the wagons of dogma or arguing where to draw red lines, we should foment the opposite: that which we want, that which we know brings us closer to a free world. The gift economy is the type of economy that is oldest and most incompatible with exploitation. It is based in reciprocity, mutual aid, care and well-being, that which is not quantifiable. We still practice gift economies, but often unconsciously and only in spaces that are still not ruled by the State and business (among friends and family members, in some villages, among neighbors...).

We do not want to reject projects that use money because all of us do the same in our daily lives; what's more, we appreciate that many projects have a currently insurmountable need to spend and generate money. There are projects that have to pay rent or buy machines and materials or pay their members because their work implies a full day's labor. We want to include all such projects. But we also want to open a door to be able to explicitly spread the idea of the gift economy and establish the relations necessary to practice this kind of exchange.

On Organization
There exist many organizational experiences that have failed. Organizations can be centers of power that end up centralizing or dominating an entire struggle. Of course, currently the most common outcome is that organizations fail long before they accumulate such power. It seems people abandon them for not meeting their needs or for constituting a great deal of effort and few results. Desite all this, many of us still have the need to organize ourselves.

We understand that, at least in the current context, the problems are the obsession with unity and the failure to understand «organization» as the fruit of a verb. We believe that, faced with any proposal for organization, we should always ask, «organize what?» If the answer is not clear, it's because there is no clear need for organization.

In this case we do not propose an organization for its own sake, but because we feel a concrete need to foment more coordination among projects that already exist, that have already developed their practices and chosen their paths.

There is a great diversity among all these projects and that is their strength. The current proposal will not satisfy all the organizational needs of all the collectives and individuals who attend. It will only satisfy some concrete needs and remain open to responding to other needs through initiatives that arise from the collectives themselves, initiatives that do not have to be imposed on all.

To carry out this work of sharing and coordinating we believe it is essential to accept our heterogeneity and autonomy. We want to create a common space where everyone can decide their degree of involvement and the initiatives in which they do or do not want to participate. We do not seek unity on the level of action, language, or thought. We put things in common* to be able to decide whether to share or not, because decentralized—connected but free—we are stronger. We respect difference, not as a current problem that we have not yet overcome, but as a proof of our freedom and as a source of constructive conflicts and learning.

The existence of our projects proves that we are capable of organizing ourselves. Since the projects are each so different, coordination among them will take on diverse forms that logically we cannot predict.

[*Translator's note: the expression in Catalan is «posem les coses en comú» which means to share or to make things accessible to everyone, without implying homogeneity or unity. Nowadays «posar en comú» is an expression that usually refers to a sharing of ideas, information, or other abstract things, but it stems from a communal heritage in which the commons were a normal form of economic cooperation free from state regulation that allowed both sharing and individual freedom. ]

On Dreams and Know-how
It is no coincidence that in our society fewer and fewer people learn the skills necessary to sustain life. We are ever more dependent, trained to perform undignified and surreal jobs. Neither is it a coincidence that we are losing our capacity for imagination. A century ago, the whole society questioned the future and debated contradictory visions. Today, everyone accepts the future that is being imposed on us, or at the most, they imagine the apocalypse.

As such, we think it is necessary to impel the recovery of artisanal know-how and other skills that make life and struggle possible; and also to impel the dissemination of other visions, of rebellious, communal, and anarchic imaginaries. These imaginaries will be infinitely stronger if they are sustained, not by isolated initiatives but by a web of real projects that generate a collective power and that make the first step towards other social relations.

If you identify with some of these concerns and experiences and participate in a creative project or you have the intention of starting one, you are invited to the first gathering for building a coordination of libertarian infrastructures.

Open Proposal for Structure, Objectives, and Minimums

Objectives
-Generate an awareness of collective power so that projects can support one another without having to support themselves in commercial relations and fall into self-exploitation.
-Foment relations and connections between creative projects of the same type (for example: printshops, social centers, gardens, healthcare groups, childraising groups, etc.)
-Foment relations and connections horizontally between projects of different types to make possible exchanges, networks, gift economies and a culture of reciprocity.
-Give support to the people who want to start new infrastructure projects, sharing materials and experience.
-Encourage the learning of capacities and skills that are artisanal and truly useful for the self-organization of life.
-Share knowledge and resources.
-Make possible the level of coordination between projects that the members themselves consider fruitful and necessary.

Structure
-Semiannual gatherings in Catalunya. The gatherings will not be congresses, but common spaces that are decentralized and designed for the sharing of resources and the encouragement of relations of quality, where people can directly make contacts, start initiatives, and generate networks in an agile way, without going through bureaucratic procedures.
-The Coordination is intended for participants in creative and infrastructure projects, or for people with the intention of starting such a project.
-Minimalist organization, from below and arising from direct needs. The gathering will be a space for encouraging the generation of other types of organization and coordination: from email lists to networks, meetings, and joint activities. No group or individual will have to participate in structures that do not directly respond to their own organizational needs (for example: three garden collectives and a collective of self-organized healthcare can organize a joint initiative, without other collectives with other needs having to participate).
-A voluntary commission, established at each gathering, that takes responsibility for organizing and publicizing the following gathering, and inviting new collectives to participate.
-A commission for setting up a website where all the collectives and projects that wish can be listed as forming part of the Coordination.

Minimums
-Participation is for people who are involved in infrastructure projects or creative projects, or who have the intention of starting such a project. By creative and infrastructure projects we mean any project that corresponds to a vital need (cultural, emotional, or physical), that creates tools necessary for the struggle (spaces, propaganda, care, capacities of self-defense, etc.), or that begins to build the world we carry in our hearts.
-It does not matter at all how the projects that wish to participate label themselves, but it is necessary that their principles, practices, and thinking be libertarian, even if they do not use that word. Accepting that a group of heterogeneous people will not arrive at a consensus on the meaning of this term, we understand «libertarian» (at least in this document) to mean: with a revolutionary or transformative perspective, in favor of a healthy, heterogeneous and free world; against patriarchy, capitalism, the State, the domination and destruction of the planet and of other living things, and all other types of exploitation and oppression. It also means: a commitment to the values of solidarity, mutual aid, self-organization, and free association, and an independence from any political party, state institution, or state-funded labor union.
-We understand that many struggles and important values are not reflected here, but we respect the differences amongst ourselves, we value constructive conflict, and we recognize that all of us still have much work to do, that no struggle is perfect and we accept what is obvious: that ennumerating a complete list of all the struggles and values will not make it so that these are truly appreciated in practice; that the struggle has to be perfected on the streets and not on paper.

The first gathering will be celebrated on October 17 and 18 in Manresa
-Presentation of projects (function, brief history, needs and desires).
-Elaboration of a more detailed schedule.
-Meetings among similar projects.
-Free time for workshops of artisanal skills and techniques, etc.
-Changes to the proposal of objectives, structures, and minimums.
-Forming a commission to organize the next gathering.

(There will also be time for cooking, eating, and playing together, and a space for children).

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Comments

so im still wondering, who in the fuck thought that these photos are cool? what the hell is this photo even? a globe with some burning flags? COOL! i stopped looking at A news ever since this stupid fuckfleet of workers took over that has no idea why people come to anews in the first site- to troll. it's going ddown is now the more reliable source for anarchy in america. anews, you died a sad death.

Some of us are still hanging on by the skin of our teeth.

Let’s be real as in ‘the physical reality of our actual, natural experience’, and admit that the gold in the oceans is a kind of imaginary birds of a feather brotherhood, and the same for jewish people in their diaspora who were ‘connected’ but ‘decentralized’, as is the claim of Catalunyan libertarians [and/or anarchists in general]. The article claims;

“decentralized—connected but free—we are stronger”.

To be sure, there is a ‘spiritual connection’ or ‘belief-based connection’ and the spirit can prevail over the body to a point [e.g. in suicide missions], but if we want to deal in physical reality, then we have to acknowledge that the world is only given once and the fragmentation into independent parts [states] and independent groups [anarchists, capitalists] is intellectual idealization.

The three million or however many Zapatistas in Chiapas are not like 3 million flecks of gold in the ocean and not like the millions of jews in their diaspora. Perhaps the spiritual connection is even greater when the brotherhood is dispersed within an alien cultural medium, but to give physicality to their spirit, the believers cannot do this when dispersed in alien substrate, and must come together in their own relation with one another and the land. Even Einstein, who despised nationalism, calling it “an infantile disease, the measles of the world”, agreed that Jews needed to come together, physically, to rejuvenate their beliefs through common practice, and not just for the duration of picnics and international conferences.

The ‘glue’ that holds such organizations together is ‘common belief’. In the case of states formed by settlements of European colonizing peoples [e.g. the U.S.], they bring their belief-glue with them, but in the case of the states of Iraq and Syria, the military supremacy of European colonizers ‘forcibly made believers out of them’, ... and if the 50-plus million people of the region would rather believe in a Muslim Brotherhood or Caliphate, the Euro-American colonizers are going to have a tough time, in today's realities, to put them back in ‘their’ boxes.

My point is that what we call ‘jews’, or ‘anarchists’ or ‘libertarians’ are not physically real things, they are ‘categories’ that stand or fall on the basis of common beliefs. If they can come together, like amoebates come together to form slime mold, to behave as a unit, ... they can have a body to go with their ‘spirit’. In their dispersed mode, they are all mind (spirit, belief) and no [collective] body. The bodies called ‘iraq’ and ‘syria’ will disintegrate and be regathered into a Caliphate in the time it takes to utter a Declaration of NON-Independence, if the collective ‘mind’ and its beliefs so chooses.

http://anticonformityrage.blogspot.com/

Eternal AnuskissFakeAnarchist poem + Anti-Conformity-Rage-Collage-version2point1
The eternal
costume peasant
fake anarchist
anus kiss freak

free and strong
is an addict and weak

anti-conformity
is following a herd of dipshits
and group think

feral and wild
means debauchery and stink

you and your clique of fellow posers
Hates authority
only when it selectively
fucks you all over

never walk
any real talk
or any of your own
uniquenes
worth a SHIT

Wear the death head / totenkopf
and take another bong HIT

wear the consensus uniform
and some trendy fruitcake
androgonous hairstyle,
goofy threads,
nappy hair,
and black hoodies

enjoy your jerk circle
with your tiny little woodies

sit around and snicker
be the ZOMBIE
black bloc
hornet's nest kicker

THEN wonder why
you get profiled as a
dumbass wiggers?

never ask again
AM I REALLY ME?

and JOIN "POLYAMORY"
and "ecosexuality"
which turns out to be
nothing more
than a buttfucking orgy

buy into the lies
of crimethinc

http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/atoz/adultery.php

praising adultery,
moral relativity
solipsism
and promiscuity
and eat it hook line and sync

join the clique
join the cult
join the congregation
join the FLOCK
get coerced and experiment with being queer
not because you were born that way
because you idolize the Manson family
and guzzled too many fucking beers
where all women
are little girls who munch carpet
and all men
are little boys who suck COCK!

go back to sleep
follow the shephard
and be like the rest of the
sheep
don't raise an eyebrow
and don't even blink
just follow the herd of fellow
[zombie]/brainwashed DRAINBO dipshits
with mindless group think

http://spiralcosmosart.deviantart.com/art/Anti-Conformity-Rage-Collage-v...

Portland, Seattle,Eugene / Lane County and the Rest of the PNW urbanized fake ultra left wing idiots in a nutshell :

(of far more exclusively segregated white european heritage than almost anywhere in north america by the way):

as birds of 1 feather
flock together

The eternal
costume peasant
new age yuppy
(youth undermined into plastic parasites)
fake progressive
freak

AND

The eternal
costume peasant
fake anarchist
anus kiss freak

free and strong
is an addict and weak

anti-conformity
is following a herd of dip shits
and group think

feral and wild
means debauchery and stink

you and your clique of fellow posers
Hates authority
only when it selectively
fucks you all over

never walk
any real talk
or any of your own
uniqueness
worth a SHIT

Wear the death head / totenkopf
and take another bong HIT

wear the consensus uniform
and some trendy fruitcake
androgynous hairstyle,
goofy threads,
nappy hair,
and black hoodies

enjoy your jerk circle
with your tiny little woodies

sit around and snicker
be the ZOMBIE
black bloc
hornet's nest kicker

THEN wonder why
you get profiled as a
dumb ass wiggers?

never ask again
AM I REALLY ME?
and JOIN POLYAMORY
which turns out to be
nothing more
than a promiscuous buttfucking orgy

buy into the lies
of crimethinc

http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=3664&search_text=Crimethin

and eat it hook line and sync

join the clique
join the cult
join the congregation
join the FLOCK

get coerced into being queer
where all women
are little girls who munch carpet
and all men
are little boys who suck COCK!

go back to sleep
follow the shephard
and be like the rest of the
sheep
don't raise an eyebrow
and don't even blink
just follow the herd of fellow
[zombie]/brainwashed DRAINBO dipshits
with mindless group think
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Stephan Cosmos Arthur I never hid my true anti-anuskiss colors in this town
You're all conformist‭ ‬suckers
You're all dumb mother‭ ‬fuckers
You're all in some goofy‭ ‬clique
All your women munch carpet
and all your men suck‭ ‬dick
You follow agent provocateurs like a herd of
sheep.‭
Eugene Anuskisseds,‭ ‬How do you‭ ‬sleep‭?
You say you love Gaia‭?
And living green and free,
‎ ‏And saving the world‭
And saving the wilderness?
And saving clean water
And saving the air?
And saving the earth‎?
Where is your safe place for men and women to love each other‎?
Where is your safe place for men and women to raise children together‎?
Where is your safe place for both father and mother to give‎ ‏birth‭?
You say you hate overpopulation,‎
you say you hate world hunger,‎
and you say you hate‎ ‏greed‭?
When is the last time you freed yourself from your selfishness‎?
When is the last time you really felt‎ ‏freed‭?
You say you hate the civilization's evil game and wicked‭ ‬ride‭?
Then quit being such a poster children for genocide‭!
Fuck all you pussy whipped drainbos‭,
burnout deadhead,
emos‭,
cowards,
‎ ‏& geeks
you disgust the rest of us
wholesome loving,‭
self respecting,‭
‎health conscious,
frugal down to earth
organic granola eating
hippies and freaks
Fuck all you closeted fucktard‭ ‬faggots and fucktard closeted‭ ‬Dykes
Fuck all you patriarchal dickhead worshipers,
And FUCK all you misandronist feminazi feminists and their new age fuckin'
gender supremacy bullshit
ALIKE‭!
As you perform‭
sadomasochism
and buttfucking orgies
As you waste your lives in dispair
Never giving a fuck
Never ever giving a‭ ‬care
Pretending Indigineous primitive values
involve being a costume peasant rich kid
hippy wigger
with nappy unwashed dingleberry‭ ‬hair
As you become endless dipshit party animals
fuckface junk food drug addicts
and perverts
and bums without‭ ‬balls
you are all objects of pity‭
for the yuppy snob scum
and their shopping malls.
As you do the deadly nicotine,
crystal meth,
become the heroin junkie,
smoke too much‭ ‬pot,
fucked over,
endlessly whining as a the victim,
endlessly cheap whores,
endlessly sold out,
and endlessly‭ ‬bought,
As time passes you by
As the clock goes tick‭ ‬tock
As you closeted fags sluts suck too much‭ ‬cock
As you closeted dykes sluts lick too much clit
As you eat your junk food
and pretend it's delicious and
pretend it's not‭ ‬shit
And As you drink the final poison‭ suicide ‬drink
Maybe these words will finally make you think‭?
Someday at your funeral
they'll make your Mamma cry‭
as far as I can see,
YOU'VE ALL ALREADY ALL CHOSEN
to all go eat shit an die

****************************************

Yuppy Snob Prick and Yuppy Snob Cunt:

Exponential altruism is based on the premise that no one ever knows when the filthy
fucking rich and yupp-ies will have a change of heart peacefully and non-violently.
SpiralCosmosArt desires the the complete stigmatization, quarantine, ostracism and
eventual annihilation of all filthy fucking rich and yup-y culture epidemic off the face
of the earth given the proper acronym of yupp-y being
◦youth usurped/ undermined / &/or urbanized into plastic parasites

The word “yuppy” is an American slang term often used to berate materialism. The word
“yuppy” is the commoner's accurate and concise pejorative against materialism that need be used
proudly and loudly to destroy materialism, and never again be used in the context of jealousy or envy
because there is absolutely nothing to be jealous about a lifestyle where youth is usurped/undermined/
& urbanized into a plastic parasite.
In this context yuppy is not simply someone who is “young urban professional” as in a
white collared affluent, young and ambitious https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuppie, but someone
infected with a spiritually diseased hatred of everything rural beautiful, verdant and natural who could
very well be a senior citizen over 65 years or more. The worst yuppy is a complete hater of youth and
everything sacred about a world with everyone naturally healthy athletic human beings in nature, and
would rather be an android if he could, and could very well be between 15 and 30 years old. A yuppy
in this context is brainwashed and programmed into a willful preference and pursuit of perverse
disgusting sterile plastic materialism, softkill genocide, and the artificial over the beautiful natural wholesome verdure of
the earth which is very very generous and abundant.

the word yuppy means youth usurped into plastic parasites
and all those who usurp youth by plastic parasitism

the word yuppy is a word to berate materialistic assholes

and a word to berate materialistic assholes

And the world is infested by yuppy snobby pricks
and all their aspiration to be with filthy fucking rich.

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
there's
nothing you've earned
nothing do you deserve
no one but
yourself do you ever serve

yuppy snob cunt &
AND yuppy snob prick
have no love for each other
with mating arrangements contrived
doomed to divorce and decay
the opposite gender, the driving force
you are determine to betray

When sex is an expedient act
an inconvenient chore
who do you think you are fooling?
you porn addicted dipshit?
you plastic golddigging motherfucking whore?

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
you are all closeted homosexuals
the truly vilest of the vilest
coerced into being fags and dykes
in your elitist sorority fraternity clubs
clubs and cliques
pussy bumps other pussies
and dick rubs other dicks

all the women munch, finger bang and dildo fuck each other's pussies
and all the men butffuck and suck off the shit off each other's cocks

yuppy snob cunts &
yuppy snob pricks
you are all pedophiles
of the worse fucking kind
your public schools
are child porn
snuff flick dungeons
and death camps
to harvest their flesh
into decadent leather furniture
and Nazi lamps

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
you live to
boast, flaunt, boast and brag about
every vain luxury toy you can buy
yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick

altruism to you
is pissing
in your raped children's eyes

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob pricks
you are all closeted homosexuals
in your girl's only and boy's only clubs
all the women munch each other's pussies
and the men suck off each other's cocks
clam bumps other clams
and dick on dick rubs

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
Revolution is coming
you're outnumbered
with or without your guns
to run
with an arrogant pig
ripe for slaughter
by a hoarde of mongols and huns

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
you know no love of life
you lost little girls
you lost little boys
You live in an endless playground
of sadomasochist toys

yuppy snob cunt &
yuppy snob prick
you make the world sick

yuppy snob cunt &
and yuppy snob prick
youth usurped and undermined into plastic parasites
with little hope
of you ever having change of heart
it's about time you get lynched and burned alived
fueled by your own stinking fart

it's your turn to grovel and lick
It's your turn to get burned,
it's your turn to get bit,
it's about fuckin' time you eat shit.

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