letter from amelia nicol
<table><tr><td>Destruction of property is not violent; smashing someone’s head with a baton is violent. We can remove ourselves from this violent situation that is the oppression of industrial, corporate government society entirely in being non-violent in self-sustaining community, in squatting. However, this is something that is illegal, that has been made so because of the money machine of corporate industry that is stealing our lives from us in the violent oppression that finds its ability in monetary value; to try to remove ourselves completely from money sees the oppression of the actuality that it is illegal to be homeless. So, pretty much, if you don’t have a job, they will find a way to make their blood money off of you in jail or prison, through their probation and parole that says if you don’t have a job, we’ll force you to, and if you can’t pay us for punishing you, we will put you back behind bars.
Stealing people’s lives from them is violent, and it is not surprising that when we feel so horribly oppressed, we lash out in different ways; most of us, however, are ethical enough not to harm others’ bodies in this process. It is obvious that the frustrations and pull toward violence is caused by that violent oppression that seems to constantly be pushing on our backs; we demand our freedom from monetary value, from corporation, from this business government, and when we see that we are more harshly oppressed for these residual feelings of entrapment we feel justified in our frustrations. </td><td><img title="justification was never the issue" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2011/nicol-amelia.jpg"></td></tr...
Something, however, I believe that we need to step back and recognize; when we are ‘violent’ that is to say, when we supposedly ‘provoke’ them, they use it to try to fuel and justify even more of their violent oppression. On a global scale, to recognize that if we are trying to ‘fight’ violent oppression with that same spirit of oppression, of forcing our will upon others, this will only see a repeated cycle of that same oppression, which is that which sets up openings for capitalist dictators and centralized militancy. So what are we to do? We are violently oppressed for the simple expression of a smashed window, and punished for their violence. There seems to be no winning, because their violent machine and propaganda is a trap in this way. If we are non-violent, we get attacked, if we are ‘violent’ we get attacked.
So what are we to do? If we have any sort of war, the world is set up in such a way that this means only some sort of debt is created through the use of monetary value, and we once again are forced to set up some sort of centralized banking, which is the centralized militancy that the entire world is already under; regaurdless of whatever clever guise, it’s all centralized rule based on monetary value with some sort of dictator or oligarchy ruling it. Any kind of war would be the continuation of everything we already see on a global basis; the forced oppression of people is the forced oppression of people; regaurdless of whatever side you believe that you are on, violence feeds the propaganda, war, money, industry machine that is that which we all work to have freedom from.
So, rather than supposedly ‘provocative’ direct action, what if our direct action was squatting in self-reliant communities? What if our direct action is stopping the use of money all together by finding ways in which to live so that we no longer have a need for it? PROBLEM: what about all of us that have had our lives stolen in so many ways by this system, to the point that we are trapped from doing such? Probation, a violation of which would end up making them more money, is the reason that I am currently unable to remove myself from this bloody, violent society; I am literally being forced to have some sort of residence, some sort of income, and pay for my own punishment, because if I don’t, I will be sent to prison and make them money that way, after which I would have an even longer sentence of parole and probation; and if I don’t pay them, I’ll have my life taken away. Again.
And what of the system that says to resist it’s idea of a god that is the belief in money means that you are some terrorist, that you are then targeted and forced violently in to some form of payment? This, is called humyn sacrifice to the god of money. So, what are we to do? The smallest of supposed ‘crime’ on our part *cough (firework), is seen as a full fledged attempt to murder someone. The most peaceful of protests, squatting, is seen as terrorism. I for one do not believe that any bank or corporation can own property, and I do not believe that I owe any government, corporation, or business my time or any part of my life. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN MONEY. And yet, I am being trapped by it. And they wonder why we feel like smashing their windows? I would NEVER want to cause harm to anyone, to any body, nor do I wish to force myself upon anyone else in any way.
The most difficult part of my current position as a person who is being forced, violently into this type of supposed submission to a system of monetary value is to find a way out of their war scemes, out of their money, and hopefully, out of their system and ideas of life entirely. I fight not to fight, in so many ways, I fight to find ways out of their violence, because this is the way in which they make money, and I fight to find solidarity with my brothers and sisters; because we’re all trying to find ways to exist in a society that they have tried to make impossible for us to exist in. We demand the freedom to EXIST; we do not owe anyone for this. For global equality in squatters rights, in self sustaining; in as many ways as we possibly can, let’s remove ourselves from this society, from the rule of money and live in actual community. Because it seems that we cannot win or lose, let’s remove ourselves as much as possible and take care of and protect eachother.
In solidarity with all those who are working for freedom, in whatever way they see that manifested in their own lives.