WORLD AROUND WHICH IT TURNS

                            “That the proprietors are chauvinists in the name of their
                            mansion; that the financiers praise the army that, for pay,
                            stands guard over the cash box; that the bourgeoisie hail the
                            flag that covers their merchandise, this is understood without
                            effort. Even that certain semi-philosophers, people of
                            tranquility and tradition, that coin collectors and
                            archeologists, that old poets and prostitutes prostrate
                            themselves before power—this is also comprehensible. But
                            that the helots, the maltreated, that the proletariat would be
                            patriot—why, then?”
                            —Zo d’Axa

                            Militarism is at the center of this society.
                            Militarism is not merely an ensemble of institutions (the
                            police, the army…) created to defend the established order
                            with force; it is also a culture—a culture of obedience, of
                            discipline, of submission, of the planned negation of every
                            Militarism is every order shouted and carried out, every act
                            carried out by those who have not decided either the reasons
                            or the means, every uniform of cloth or of the mind, every
                            hierarchy, every sacred cause that stirs flags and calls to
                            sacrifice, every profane cause that exploits with the rhetoric
                            of rationality. Militarism is the boss at work and the police on
                            the street.
                            Militarism is anyone who is indignant about war without being
                            indignant about its reverse, about a peace made of hierarchy
                            and exploitation. It is anyone who begs us to stay
                            calm—because everything is already so difficult, because the
                            world has already changed so much, because there is nothing
                            else left to do than to light candles and play
                            ring-around-the-rosy around the military bases.
                            Militarism is anyone who speaks and acts in our names;
                            anyone who wants us to be soldiers, even if in the so-called
                            “revolutionary” army; anyone who promises us a bright
                            future—provided it advances itself in tight ranks in the
                            shadow of his or her flag.
                            Militarism is anyone who tells us that it is impossible to
                            combat militarism without using its same means.

                            THE SPIDER WEB

                            In this society, a clear separation between civil institutions
                            and those of the military is impossible. The economy scatters
                            the world with corpses through the game of financial
                            speculation. The multinationals that decide the fate of that
                            which we once called agriculture with their seed rackets are
                            the same ones that produce and sell arms. Many
                            technological innovations enter into the civil market only
                            after having been elaborated and tested by the military. In
                            addition, the production of arms is possible only thanks to the
                            collaboration of numerous non-military enterprises such as
                            those of transportation, of electronics support and of
                            precision optics, to mention only a few. This doesn’t count
                            those which allow the everyday functioning of the military,
                            from the restocking of food to the supply of clothing, from the
                            systems of communication to the maintenance of machinery.
                            To give another example, the nuclear industry—even leaving
                            out the problem of its use by the military and that of its
                            poisoning of the earth—has need of an organization and of
                            control similar to that of the army. More generally, economic
                            activity turns increasingly toward the technobureaucratic
                            administration of the existing order and toward the informatic
                            control of the population. Every day we hear talk of
                            video-surveillance, of the gathering of information through
                            every sort of magnetic support, of communication between
                            medical, advertising and financial data banks and those of the

                            THE KNOTS IN THE WEB

                            The bombing in the former Yugoslavia and the massacre of
                            the Kosovars have been among us from time immemorial in
                            all that we do not call “war”. They are in the calculations of
                            the industrialist and in the submission of the worker, in the
                            voice of the teacher and in the obedience of the student, in
                            the rally of the politician and in the boredom of the citizen.
                            They are in the ticking of the clock; they are in every social
                            But if the war machine, that which every day renders war
                            possible in the world, appears to us as an untouchable
                            monster, it is because from here we don’t see the concrete
                            presence upon the territory, all the tiles—even the least
                            evident—that compose this mosaic of death. It is because
                            from here we don’t see the principals, all the political and
                            economic institutions, all the businesses and financial groups
                            that set it in motion.
                            With a more discreet presence in its structure and with the
                            future professional army, the military machine becomes
                            increasingly “invisible”, but the more “invisible” it becomes,
                            the more it absorbs and penetrates the social, giving it the
                            aspect of an enormous barracks.
                            This is why all the discourses about the separation between
                            the economy of peace and the economy of war have no basis.
                            In the same way, the purposes of civil reconversion of
                            military structures or those of fiscal objection to military
                            expenses are abstracted in an abstraction always functional
                            for power. (On the other hand they are impossible to
                            distinguish given the global nature of the state budget.)

                            TO CUT THE KNOTS

                            Genocide, institutionalized and gregarious violence, the
                            hierarchy of the sword, blind obedience, the complete
                            deresponsibilization of individuals are unmasked and fought:
                            they are the means of war. Together with these, the plans for
                            division by the powers that be, by the capitalists and the
                            states, are refused—it is worth mentioning the objectives of
                            war, even when these are reached through diplomacy. In the
                            same way, it becomes necessary to refuse not only the
                            objects of mercantile production—profit above all and from
                            all—but also its methods: the division between who decides
                            and who carries out, specialization, the domination of the
                            machine over humans, the submission of nature and the
                            alienation of relationships.
                            To sabotage their war then, one must try to attack their
                            peace: in all the thousand threads and all the thousand knots
                            of the web of the military spider. But without creating
                            organizations and without creating leaders. Otherwise, even
                            without uniforms, even in times of peace, we would all remain
                            like soldiers, accomplice and victim of an immense enterprise
                            of death.

                            Ready, aim…fire!
                            And the soldier, Masetti, shoots…
                            .But at his captain.

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