Anarchy in New Orleans?
TORONTO - September 2 - Death and devastation. A chemical factory explosion. Fires rage & tempers rise. Days without food, water, medical supplies. Capitalist media around the world screamed the headline ANARCHY today.
Its very important to the war-makers, lawmakers, and oil investors to submerge the real definition of anarchy: mutual aid without government, cooperation in solidarity, and ORDER. Their authoritarian control is deeply threatened by their own complete failure to meet basic needs. Their authority has rested on the divides of class, on misogyny and racism. Capitals media pitches images of black men with bags as looters, while a lighter-skinned man is carrying something he found. They didnt get pictures of the corrupt police, allowed into WalMart for relief measures instead loading their car trunk with DVDs and dogfood. The rulers have no humanity, only profit interests. They continue madly pouring billions into war, while expecting charities will bail out New Orleans.
Law is not order. Bush knew that levee would fail in at least 2001. Those who chose not to evacuate were the poor, black, elderly... while the rich had long left for their second homes, safe hotels and elsewhere. But it doesnt stop there, as the ruling class seem determined to make things even worse. Now the Governor of Louisiana brings in the National Guard many young shell-shocked soldiers freshly returned from Iraq M-16s locked and loaded, she says about their killing capacity, and I expect they will. They are sent in like so many other mercenaries, first to protect private property. [Remember that through the poverty draft, the south has already suffered among the heaviest casualties in Iraq, where doubtless many boys sit tonight wondering why they cant just come home to help their families and neighbours, whether they themselves will make it out alive.] A decent journalist from Toronto is nearly shot on sight for taking pictures of flagrant police brutality.
If this was anarchy, there would be neighborhood bases established much earlier to coordinate relief. Direct action toward liberation. Many people actually said it was the looters that first distributed food and water. Perhaps capital will not be able to recuperate. Possibly, finally, the bosses and their media lap-dogs may not escape the peoples wrath on this one. Will it become widely understood that another world is possible?
"Disasters like this can only be met when ordinary people begin to work together on a human level, to the best of their abilities helping each other to get through, instead of relying on highly bureaucratic and irrational social abstractions to save them," as Shevek put it to Indymedia, "Then there will actually be anarchy in New Orleans."
Justice? Just us. Get organized.
See also: demands & call for solidarity from the
Capital Terminus anarchist collective in Atlanta: