Whilst we are working, consuming, functioning… they build the cage we`re living in!
Life under democratic regime is dominated by a continuous process of adaption to the problems and developments of the system. The state permanently reflects and improves itself, trying to keep up a civic discourse through offering so-called alternatives and reforms. This is supposed to destroy the basis for unrest and resistance and to many it legitimates strong repressive answers to such rebellious behavior.
This phenomenon can be found in almost every aspect of modern life. The illusion of participation if one of their strongest weapons, and together with the ongoing expansion of so called rights, democracy is developing towards a system, in which the ruled are actively participating in their own oppression.
But their maintaining of this so called social peace doesn’t happen without any disruption and errors. In many places, the social inequality reaches a point, at which it doesn’t maintain, but starts to threaten the stability of power. In these places, more and more people start to leave their prescribed frame and rebel.
Furthermore, Europe is facing a constant stampede for its borders (including its financial and social systems) by people from those countries, in which the inequality has already reached the peak of functionality. These unwanted of the democracy are creating dynamics to which the state has to react, if he doesn’t want to see his existence under threat.
But these developments do not come out of nowhere – they have been expected by those in power, these dynamics are known through studies and analysis for a long time. Counter-programs and processes are running and the states, including their structures and apparatuses of control, are in state of restructuring again. Everything has to become faster, more effective, cheaper. So does the apparatus of repression, which is supposed to defend the current order, defend the state and attack rebels, unwanted, un-needed and the states enemies. Besides the expanding networking and armament of the apparatuses of repression, there is a need for social assimilation as well, so as to avoid the development towards a field of conflict and a target of the hatred of the oppressed. A society, that finds the ever expanding repression legitimate and actively takes part in its development won’t rise up.
This ever increasing praxis of often violent appeasement is not unknown – especially to those, who have been incarcerated in prisons during the 1980s and 90s, when there where riots, insurrections and hunger-strikes going on allover the European continent, creating cracks in the destroying force of prisons daily grind, it must be pretty familiar. The methods which were used to crush these tensions – on one hand, repression and violence and on the other hand, intensified improvement of the illusion of actively participating and having influence on ones own oppression – can nowadays be found on both sides of the walls.
The prison, as the states most frightening weapon of repression against those who are either not willing or capable to comply with its rules, is actually everywhere, it became much more then just the a grey wall which we`re supposed to fear, it became a concrete reality in every-ones life – the prison is just the states maximized version of the same confinement we have to get used to since we were born.
If we want subversion, the turnover of the system and the end of all oppression and authority, for the realization of a life in freedom, we have to rebel!
If we want a social revolt, that doesn’t just pave the way for another authoritarian reality, we have to recognize social conflicts, we have analyze them and create them ourselves. Through permanent intervention, conflict and reflection of the existent, we can provoke cracks in the normality of the system. Our goal should be to destroy this prison society, starting from what could grow in the spaces, permanent attack could open.
In most parts of Europe, subversion seems to be asleep. Let`s wake it up, armed with our ideas and passions for freedom and put an end to the misery.
If prisons, camps or borders, the states institutions, banks, the economy, the cops or the military – lets face the system and its defendants – just as we have to destroy all the authoritarian bullshit in our heads, the rules and norms created by the existent, for getting closer to our freedom.
We want to come together on this weekend to discuss ideas and struggles for social revolts against the prison society and its world.
We want to talk about whats up and what is to come, get to know each other for finding out, if we share perspectives and find ways of struggling together.
Preview to the program:
Thursday, 8th October, 19:30, Centro Sociale
Our passion for freedom is stronger then any prison!
Presentation and discussion with revolting prisoners in Greece and a comrade from the solidarity-fund for prisoners from Athens.
Friday, 9th October, Rote Flora, 19:00
Against the world of borders and papers!
We want to talk about the possibilities and perspectives of struggles against the deportation machinery, the racist normality and its world. There will be comrades talking about concrete experiences in specific struggles.
Saturday, 10th October, Rote Flora, 12:00am
Neither laws nor order!
Discussion concerning specific struggles against repressive developments with comrades from Munich.
Later: Open space for different discussions, for example a workshop about communication with prisoners and a presentation concerning the repression against anarchists in Czech Republic.
Sunday, 11th October, Rote Flora, 12:00am
Against the prison and its world!
What happens in the prison society, which perspectives of struggle do we see (or don’t)?
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On each day, there will be food, drinks and infotables.