For anyone who has decided to pass from words to insurrectionary action,
and carry this in every scope of life, it is necessary to prioritize
engagement by continual reflection; and in this way reconsider again and
again your thoughts, tools, and strategies of fighting. This is in order
to not fall into the passive dynamics which are sterile and
counterproductive when it is time to attack.
From here comes our necessity to revisit important themes that
because we do not consider them something fixed, should always put up
for debate and discussion.
In a manner of personal capacity and humility I take the work of
re-positing what is understood by informality and insurrectionary
anarchism-in a brief manner- with the intention that those who can
identify can contribute and from their place, give it more depth and
debate. At the same time I will make a small critique towards those
anarchist currents who have been determined to treat us as “pyromaniacs
Around the world conflicts and tensions continue to be generated by anarchist compañerxs
against the complex apparatus of domination, those whose struggle
coincides with us do not stop filling us with inspiration, seeking in
this way to extend and generalize the conflict in a manner of decided
and destructive attack. The efforts of the compas who decide to
start their projects based in the coherency of theory-practice and
practice-theory (understanding that each complement the other) should be
taken into account, not leaving them to be forgotten and putting them
up for debate and discussion in a critical-constructive manner seeking
in this way to learn from mistakes and successes to later take to the
battlefield: social war.
This makes clear that the confrontation against all power and
authority is not an idea of lunatics and stooges, but a real and
palpable form of seeking in an incisive manner our total and definitive
We speak of an Anarchy that for us is not an ideology (a struggle
which is based in fixed ideas which dictate to us how to act), but a
form of shaping life and living it in accordance with our theses,
analysis, and criticisms arising in reflection of the struggles that
reflect our reality which are always in search of new methods,
strategies, and forms of attack; this is why we claim ourselves as
insurrectionary anarchists and organize in an informal logic.
We understand insurrectionary anarchy as an action born from
individuality, like the rupture that everyone carries with themselves,
transforming the entirety of what surrounds them, from the nuclear
family, social and political, which much of the time we maintain in this
prison/society from which it is not so easy to escape. In this way we
transcend the conflict. If something identifies with the insurrectionary
struggle it is precisely that which carries it farther away from
illusion and words, of taking the initiative in the conflict of classes
and breaking with the passive attitude of resistance to go into action,
without limiting oneself to waiting to be repressed, to therefore have
justification to attack; but rather doing it already, here and now.
Permanent conflict, we carry it in our daily life, in our heads and
hearts, always seeking to generalize it in the neighborhoods, colonies,
towns, and beyond; to come to organize ourselves -through base nuclei-
along with people who are not anarchists who wage heavy battles, for
example, to stop government projects which put their well being and /or
lives at risk. It is important to not situate the insurrectionary
struggle in a minimal structure of “specific organization”, as it goes
beyond clandestinity, as I previously explained.
Even though this struggle is nothing new, it has been rekindled, we
can cite old struggles of peasants and indigenous people who revolted
with dignity against rich landowners and landlords, but in another
historical context, thus, we see past struggles as reference points not
as methods to follow.
It is necessary to stop only remembering past combat forgetting that it is in the here and now that we should actualize them.
Understanding informality as the organizing structure of
insurrectionary anarchists as the more or less stable relation of
people, groups, or movements which are maintained in a constant approach
seeking to deepen the knowledge gained in struggles, without
bureaucratic structures nor delegation of responsibility and rejecting
possible hierarchies which give way to relations of power. Here within
-we say- the part that we “insus (insurrectos)” talk so much about and
defend which is the constant reassessment and rearrangement of the forms
and methods used to bring the destructive attack to the battlefield.
Informality is not something static and is in constant restructuring
(we never forget that “that which stagnates rots”), on the contrary it
would not be informal.
The affinity groups who are inspired by this organizational form meet
in general in small groups, connected by a mutual personal knowledge.
Study and critique of social problems are also important to generate
affinity, not only of partial struggles, but as debates taken to the
most profound in order to understand from the roots that which is
confronted; and above all it is the same destructive urge towards all of
the existent which makes us feel affinity. In this way we reach
complicity. Affinity is not the same as friendship, although they can go
hand in hand or separately,that it is to say, to be in affinity without
being in friendship and vice versa. This way these groups build and
learn with those they can count on when it is time to take action. These
small groups are intended to disappear after completing the objective
for which they were formed and from this new ones will arise, retaking
the aforementioned “that which stagnates rots”. The union of diverse
affinity groups is also part of this informal form of organization.
It is from here, this small contribution, trying as I said, to see that it is deepened.
Now it is time for me to deal with a small critique of some groups,
platforms, federations, and some “insus” compas, about a behavior I
consider worthy of attention that I do not share. Although anarchism is
antagonistic towards every form of structure and relation of power- that
which we commonly know as “the system of domination”, – there also
exists within the same movement different currents that discredit with a
serpentine tone the action of some which go beyond simply words and
decide to leave the monotonous passivity that they themselves bear.
Currents which extol “preaching” that things should be this or that way
like grand cafe theories, just like that, without more. For some time I
have felt certain refusal to accept said anarchist doctrine where
passionately talking of “searching for” freeing oneself of every
imposition, to form fraternity and love horizontal amongst equals almost
departing to christian idealism which prays the phrase “eradicating the
sins of the world”, but… without doing anything more that getting
together to talk, talk, and continue idolizing their perspective of a
life in freedom!!, but forgetting themselves or leaving to the side that
said life is in the hands of a powerful enemy which is necessary to
attack in a permanent and destructive manner.
By themselves rabid and ingenious ideas- theories don’t do much. I
consider propaganda and contra-information as something important, but
not when they are only use to move the masses; especially if this
“moving” carries implicitly waiting for the ideal moment” to launch the
offensive, like someone who waits for their messiah, and in this waiting
they will dedicate themselves to proselytizing to swell their ranks and
fall into quantitative positions.
Therefore, while not agreeing with those who decide to put into
praxis direct action, without waiting for the mediation of the State and
Capital, they decide to act without solidarity to silence their
struggles and consequences, acting like “nothing is happening here” and
continuing with their talks and populist indoctrinations -like one who
gathers sheep for their flock-.
I think that through the means of marches, meetings, and, talks of
anarchism, congresses, great and pompous recitals of liberty -by
themselves- will not change much less will they destroy the enemy they
say they fight.
Finishing this writing, if its true its only a ton of things I have
already said, they are also things that I have lived and reflected on
closely, leaving it to the criticism and debate of whoever sees fit.
Lastly, I do not want to miss the opportunity to send a warm and friendly embrace and all of my solidarity to the compas:
Nikos Maziotis in greek prison and Pola Roupa on the run, Mónica
Caballero and Francisco Solar in Spain, Felicity Ryder on the run,
Fredy, Juan and Marcelo in $hile, strength to compañera Tamara
Sol; Mario “Tripa” on the run, Gianluca Lacovaca and Adriano Antonacci
in Italiy; Gabriel Pombo da Silva, and in México Mario González,
Abraham, Fernando, Fallon y Amelie.
To all of them and those I am unaware of, my love, rage, and solidarity.
Always irreducible and unyielding, because the struggle is not about
winning privileges nor a comfortable future, but is a condition-act
seeking to destroy every form of domination; to therefore rise from the
ruins and then be free.
Eastern Penitentiary, México D.F.