Monday, July 11, 2005

PAC's Points of Unity Statement

The Peninsula Anarchist Collective was formed in order to educate and present people the ideals of anarchism, and make anarchism accessible to the average person. Below is an outline of our ideals

1) As socialists (and as working people), we understand that the underlying issue of all the great injustices of society is a class issue. As anarchists, we feel equality and opportunity for all cannot be achieved through reform; no politician or trade union bureaucrat will bring lasting and meaningful social change. The only people that can bring about this change are the workers themselves. Change will come from the bottom up.

2) The enemy is the boss, the landowner and all other social parasites of the capitalist class who live off the labor of the people who make society run- the workers. Our struggle is of the worker against the capitalist.

3) The current struggle for justice can only end with the fall of the system of capitalism and in its place a system based upon free association, mutual aid and federalism, free of any coercive authority such as government. It is not a political struggle, but a class struggle. By this, we mean the struggle will not be won by electing kinder-and-gentler rulers. The class struggle will be fought and won through direct confrontation with the capitalist class. This is called direct action, which takes the form of strikes, militant protests, self-defense, etc.

4) We feel anarchism to be the greatest expression of socialist ideals. Anarchism addresses the main problem facing the working class: workers’ self-management of production, free of bosses and exploiters. In other words, it addresses how to get rid of the boss, the politician and all illegitimate authority.

5) The goal is workers’ self-management. By that, we mean a system based upon direct democracy where workers themselves are in control of the productive process. It means workers making the decisions without a boss, bureaucrat or corporation telling them what’s best. We feel a system of workers’ councils would be a just alternative. In workers’ councils, local collectives and individuals possess the fullest amount of autonomy for decisions that affect their community. Any delegates are elected by the workers and can be replaced at any time. Although workers’ councils are a means to the end goal of self-management, we reject it as a concrete blueprint for a future anarchist society. Through the class struggle itself, workers will decide what system of production works best for them and their community.

6) Racism, sexism, homophobia and war all serve to pit one group of workers or poor people against another. This allows the capitalist class to divide and conquer all. Political boundaries serve this purpose of division as well. The rich and their riches freely pass through borders. Meanwhile, inhuman laws label some people as “illegal,” allowing their labor to be easily exploited by the capitalist class. Nationalism and patriotism, inherently ethnocentric and elitist, serve to unite all, exploiters and exploited, in one nation-state against another, just because of artificial lines drawn on a map. Real compassion is borderless, and the real enemy (the capitalist) is not so far away.

If the workers united together, the social revolution would be inevitable.

7) Capitalism and representative government cannot be reformed to stop the exploitation of the working class. Therefore, we feel a social revolution is necessary. A political revolution is when one ruling group takes over and rules, imposing their will. A social revolution is where the people revolt, take power away from the ruling classes and set up a society without rulers and ruled; without imposing their will on others. The social revolution is a democratic process, where society is changed from the bottom up, without any “revolutionary” vanguard barking orders. Peninsula Anarchist Collective provides people with information to help generalize a revolutionary consciousness, but in the end it is the workers themselves that will add the most to the collective (and their individual) consciousness of society. This consciousness comes from the class struggle itself, through both theory and action.

8) We are not pacifists. We deny all pacifist and militant arguments that claim moral superiority when discussing tactics; we want tactical strategies that work… that are effective. We understand that the United States government is, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. In the face of this violence, we support a person’s right to self-defense. When confronted with the question of how to create change and do away with injustice, we say by any and all means necessary. The State is violent and it is the very existence of this violence that makes non-violent revolution almost impossible. We feel it dangerous and counter-productive to equate the violence of the oppressed with the violence of the oppressor. The oppressor (i.e. the elite and their State) is inherently more violent.

In this struggle, we support, network and work with other groups. At the same time, we claim the right to our own autonomy to work freely as a collective and as individuals. We wish to associate but not to lead. Our collective is against any group leading the working class for them. Our main goal is not for our group to grow, but for the principles of anarchism to spread and grow.

We are idealists but we hold no illusions of what we’re up against. There will always be new struggles. There will always be new obstacles of oppression to overcome. But there are battles to be fought and won for the greater good of all. There is no better time to start than now; no better people than you or us. REVOLT!

-Peninsula Anarchist Collective, July 2005.


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