“Every vagabond way of life displeases the bourgeoisie. And there are also intellectual vagabonds, to whom the hereditary dwelling place of their fathers seems too cramped in and oppressive for them to be content any more with its restricted space and so go to find more space and light far away. Instead of remaining curled up in the family cave stirring the ashes of moderate opinion, instead of accepting what has given comfort and relief to thousands of generations as irrefutable truth, they go beyond all the boundaries of tradition and run wild with their impudent criticism and untamed mania for doubt. These extravagant vagabonds form the class of the unstable, the restless, the volatile, formed from the proletariat; and when left to give voice to their unsettled natures, they are called unruly, hot heads, fanatics…” – Max Stirner
“Let this be known. Let it be finally understood that in the current society we are the vanguard of a barbarous army. That we have no respect for what constitutes virtue, morality, honesty, that we are outside or laws and regulations. They oppress us, they persecute us, they pursue us. Rebels constantly find themselves before the sad alternative: submit, that is, abolish their will and return to the miserable herd of the exploited, or accept combat against the entire social organism.” – Victor Serge
The failing of any ideology is its inability to think outside its own parameters.
The Soviets couldn’t see the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, led by worker’s councils and a Revolutionary Committee, as anything other than a foreign threat to Stalinist rule. Rather than hear out the demands for a more democratic style of State Socialism they responded with bullets and tanks.
In Vietnam, the United States was convinced they were batting the newest Soviet-created threat and the Vietnamese were mere Kremlin puppets. Anyone with a passing knowledge in Vietnamese history would have known they’d been fighting against imperial control since WW2, first against the Japanese and then against the French. Ho Chi Minh, while certainly a socialist, was also a nationalist and wanted above all else a united Vietnam run by the Vietnamese; Truman’s own Office of Strategic Services told him as much. Any myths of State Socialism’s internationalist ambitions came to an abrupt end when “Communist” China and “Communist” Vietnam went to war shortly after the Americans withdrew.
And now when I see you shake your head at the “intolerance” of “professional Anarchists” and the “paid protesters” of the Left, whom you regard as duped minions of some grand political conspiracy just waiting in the wings, I see you have fallen into the same trap.
I’m sitting in a hotel about 30 miles from anything in the backwaters of Florida with no WiFi, no TV, and nothing but a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s and my wife to keep me company. The room hasn’t aged since it first gained electricity in the 1960’s and is so remote the Gideons never laid eyes on it. Yeehaw Junction, a town of 210 people in the loosest sense of the word, is really just a bar that’s been in operation since the 1880’s. Come morning the original building—a brothel up till 1976—will play host to truckers, cowboys, and whoever the hell happens to show up.
But for now, save for the frequent rumbles of 18-wheelers on their way to somewhere, I am left alone with my thoughts. Here I can think, wrap my head around the fraying strands of American politics as I sip strong drink that dulls the mind and excites the blood; a castaway on a roadside island whose only inhabitants are a drunken conjurer, his blushing bride, three chickens, two pipeliners, and the spirit of a man who doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in the parking spot ahead of me.
Only a fool would ignore the very alarming fact that the same agency responsible for the torture, murder, and rape (and not necessarily in that order) of thousands seems to be engaged in open war with the Trump administration:
What’s going on in the intelligence community with this new president is unprecedented. They are making every effort to up-end him. Who knows what the truth is anymore? This is like the electronic version of Mad Magazine: spy versus spy. …The bottom line is: we should not start a cold war again with Russia. The American people forked over billions of dollars for the last one and changed the quality of life in this country. There’s something wrong going on here in the intelligence community.
I want to remind the viewers and all those who are on the panel, that in the closing months of the Obama administration they put together a deal with Russia to create peace in Syria. A few days later, a military strike in Syria killed a hundred Syrian soldiers and that ended the agreement. …Inside the intelligence community and the Pentagon there was a deliberate effort to sabotage an agreement the White House made. This is like Deep State. This is like some kind of a spy novel. But it’s real and the American people have to understand that a game is being played with the security of our country.
Every day things get weirder and new armies enter an already crowded field. The United States government, far from the monolithic force its presented itself as all these years, appears to be nothing more than a festering pit of competing syphilitic vipers. Like watching some strange, cobbled-together freak of science we are both horrified yet mesmerized, each leaking sore and puddle of drool, each alien proboscis and misshapen limb dizzying our minds with questions of how the hell such a thing came to be.
There are as many theories, perspectives, and boogeymen responsible as there are people to dream them up.
For some, though, a strange affliction has seized them, perhaps Jungian and unconscious in nature, that can lay eyes on this maelstrom of interconnected interests and pure Wille zur Macht and be absolutely certain there is some hidden agenda silently guiding it all. These poor souls—some of them occult authors of note that shall not be named—have switched out God’s robes and beard for the Pyramid Eyes of the Illuminati, the fundraisers of George Soros, or the swastikas and sickles of spooky foreign ideologies.
To these symbolism-ridden theorists everything ultimately has one source, a humanistic monotheism pulling the strings.
For them there are no real protests, merely paid provocateurs; no systemic racism, merely sensationalist stories; no actual problems save for the aberrations to Adonai’s architecture that are surely alien in nature.
How do you explain something to someone who refuses to believe in its existence? That’s what I’ve been struggling with for about 13 hours as the due date of this report inches closer and closer each passing minute. I have no words and must fight back thoughts of pistol-whipping you. I have been shocked and appalled by the ungodly amount of kool-aid kooks that have infested the magical scene and placed an all-powerful god behind everything and you are right there with them.
Bernie Sanders? Clearly not the CIA! Whadda take me for, an idiot? Why he’s a former MKULTRA sleeper cell newly activated to bring down our illustrious republic.
Let’s say, just for the sake of Lady Gaga being a secret Satanic priest, that every action by radicals for the past year has had CIA agents nestled within them.
Recent leaks have indicated that the CIA successfully infiltrated all of the major French political parties leading up to and after the 2012 elections. While cause for concern, nobody in their right mind would consider French politics a “creation of the CIA,” as if the entire country was nothing more than American spies donning fake mustaches and berets in an elaborate ruse to get what they desire. The riots due to the recent “accidental” anal rape of a black Parisian by police have less to do with American empire and more to do with the scandalous idea that cops can violate someone’s anus with a baton so violently it requires surgery and get away with it.
See? No Soros required.
But that’s the trick, isn’t it? You have to live in the same world those people do. If you live in a world where police simply “are the good guys” he must have done something to deserve that; if you can’t possibly imagine a world beyond the peaceful protests of the 1960’s, the call for riots has to be the work of some secret Chinese agents. There must be some hidden motive, some grand scheme by the
Jews Illuminati, just like Capitalism CAN’T be the problem because it’s worked so well for you and all your tech company buddies. And so you look outward onto the writhing mess of forces currently mauling each other and pick whichever one you don’t like the most as the REAL enemy.
Because it has to be simple. Because you cannot allow thoughts or ideas that might quite possibly shake your ideological foundation to exist.
And above all it of course cannot be Capitalism. Certainly can’t be the same thing that you’ve benefited from and that’s killed millions or crushed their souls in mind-numbing tedium.
Let’s take a quick look at the social climate of the United States:
- There is a pervasive and disturbing pattern of racial discrimination across America often resulting in extrajudicial killings/beatings by police
- Social inequality has hit record levels
- Millennials will be the first generation in a very long time to be worse off then our parents
- The American people attempted to choose a candidate through the normal electoral process only to have it rigged in broad daylight.
Is it that far-fetched that people are getting increasingly pissed? Might be tired of an economic and political system that has them barely making ends meet? That the bankruptcy of the same politics your parents and you championed fills them with nothing but disgust?
No, can’t be that. Far easier to think the CIA or George Soros or Lizard Aliens have been planning this from the beginning, shapeshifting reptiles roving the countryside and giving stacks of cash to college kids that can’t afford healthcare to stand around and make trouble. Must be those same bastards from Mars that got all those black people pissed off at segregation back in the 60’s.
While we’re still waiting on proof of saurian involvement, there is evidence the CIA is infiltrating groups opposed to the Trump regime. I’d expect nothing less. Even so, Deep State hands are hardly required for the kind of revolt we’re beginning to see.
People do have revolutions, countries do sometimes radically change. To anyone that has lazily ignored years of outright capitalist looting and racial horrors I’m sure the world looks pretty crazy right now. You can imagine our confusion on the other side as an entire community of magic-users seemingly oblivious to global suffering can intently pull apart the symbolism in the newest comic book yet can’t seem to understand that the United States isn’t so great for poor people. And there’s more of us everyday.
When the system is comfortable everything else is a threat. Change, of any kind, is seen as an unwelcome thing. Recall that in 1964 63% of American’s thought the Civil Rights Movement “moved too fast”, 58% thought they were violent, and 58% said “they hurt their own cause” by demanding too much.
What company are you keeping?
When I see you or others tell people the rise of militant activity is “distasteful” or the result of “outside agitators” I can’t help but laugh. These people who once appeared to us as enlightened Saints have proven themselves to be hermits woefully out of touch with the world. Distasteful? For who? Certainly not for the people being terrorized by the fascists you downplay on a regular basis.
You may be comfortable but we are not.
I understand some of you hermits are scared and the world doesn’t quite make sense. You were told in school that if you just kept voting and saluted the flag you’d get a good job out of college with plenty of time to masturbate to Crowley and visit Mongolia or wherever the hell it is to get “in tune with Gaia.”
And maybe you got it. Maybe you had enough money and connections to get a good life and romp around coral reefs on daddy’s dime. For you the world is just as you were raised to believe in and it’s those damned Leftists that are rocking the boat you sailed out on.
But some of us didn’t. Some of us didn’t even get LIED TO about it and we are fucking pissed. We are tired of an economic system that divides people into masters and slaves, tired of coming home so sore we can’t even do prosperity work, tired of the people we looked up to telling us we don’t exist.
I’m here to tell you we do.
The Anarchists are real my friend, and we have been for some time. We are not CIA agents and we are not paid protesters. We are individuals who declared our own revolution long ago and are stoking the flames of insurrection that will burn down the dusty edifice you call home. We long ago cast out the gods you still cling to and set about becoming our own Prometheus. We too walk in graveyards, we too can summon Baphomet, and we have come to the conclusion that this world is quite hazardous to our health and simply must go.
I speak only for myself, but what else should matter? I care little for laws and institutions I had no hand in building. We are the bastards in the alley, the witches huddled over stolen cauldrons and lighting healing candles because we cannot afford to miss work.
Life is a reality, and the reality of life is war. We have merely decided to join the fray. This is our profession, our one true calling.
Paid in glorious struggle!
Funded by the creative urge to destroy and the destructive desire to build new life!
Dr. Bones is a conjurer, card-reader and egoist-communist who believes “true individuality can only flourish when the means of existence are shared by all.” A Florida native and Hoodoo practitioner, he summons pure vitriol, straight narrative, and sorcerous wisdom into a potent blend of poltergasmic politics and gonzo journalism. He lives with his loving wife, a herd of cats, and a house full of spirits.
Dr. Bone’s essay, “Fear & Loathing At The Crossroads,” is available exclusively in A Beautiful Resistance: Left Sacred. Buy it online here!