This zine explores the after-math of the militant clashes at the 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg, France. It is a multi-contributor zine exploring the topic of “revolutionary strategy and emotions.” As a starting point, the zine includes an article that critiques some of the militant posturing and the attitudes of some participants within the black bloc to make a larger critique about the fetishization of militancy in anarchist circles. Following the essay, there are a series of responses that criticize and affirm many of the points the initial author(s) make. It is a useful as prompt for further thinking about strategy and the points raised are worth considering even outside of the context of the NATO Summit.
After We Have Burnt Everything
For ten years I have run with the black bloc, seizing every chance, every moment we were strong enough, to run riot and fill the air with the sound of breaking glass and baton rounds, and the heady smells of adrenaline, gasoline, testosterone and teargas. For ten years I have stood up for the “diversity of tactics” and pushed for radicalization: from social movement to social struggle to social war. So this text is difficult for me to write...