Treason to the State Is Loyalty to the Species January 24, 2013Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Anti-imperialism, Decolonization, Transhumanism.
Once you walk through the wall with me, then as I see it you are one of us. We are responsible to you and you to us; you become an Anarresti, with the same options as all the others. But they are not safe options. Freedom is never very safe. - Shevek
Returning to Dale Carrico’s blog after an extended break has convinced me to address the issue of arms control. As a transhumanist anarchist concerned with reaching a free and egalitarian future, contemplating how to negotiate risk constitutes a key area of inquiry for me. I advocate a decentralized approach that both challenges actually existing gun culture and rejects government regulation. Authority kills – if not the body, then the mind and spirit. I would rather face physical danger than live securely in a dungeon. Dale’s promotion of bureaucratized coercion demonstrates how fundamentally statists and anarchists disagree. Patriotic dissent won’t do the trick here, folks. Our times call for treason.
Dale recently declared that the “private possession” of a “military-style weapon” is reprehensible and “literally treasonable” if combined with the wrong attitude. Ey later elaborated on eir desire to imprison “literal armed insurrectionists” and eir opposition to the “anarchist and secessionist conceits” involved. While I loathe the politics of many if not most so-called gun nuts, I find Dale’s celebration of the U.S. government’s monopoly on force and assertion of legitimately at least as troubling.
Although Dale invokes the rightfully despised figure of the white-supremacist militiaman, eir denigration of secession and insurrection reminds me of how the white-supremacist establishment talked and talk about revolutionary autonomist and separatist movements. Defending the U.S. state’s integrity means supporting settler colonialism. As numerous Native scholars and radicals argue, the United States is a settler state based on the dispossession of Indigenous people and decolonization means its transformation if not utter elimination. This understanding of the country stands irreconcilable with Dale’s repeated assertion that the United States is an “accountable and democratic state.”
Historically, arms control has functioned to keep the masses from threatening the bosses; in the United States, the Black Panthers terrified white folks and so inadvertly made gun regulation a reality in California. During the Plan de San Diego uprisings in South Texas, Anglo officials confiscated guns from ethnic Mexicans while performing summary executions that left hundreds dead. If toting weapons and yearning for autonomy makes a person crazy, it ain’t just racist white folks who’re crazy. The list includes countless revolutionaries of color.
Dale and company claim assaults rifles are useless against the mighty of the U.S. military – and this has considerable validity – but I’ve also heard from an acquaintance with personal experience that AK-47 fire scatters FBI agents quite effectively. Your millage may vary.
Despite what the above looks like, I’m hardly a firearm enthusiast. I respect my warrior comrades but tend toward viewing guns as a liability. I’d prefer a world without them, but if some shooting’s got to happen as counter-violence, better autonomously from the people than from the war machine. If you want to stop firearm deaths, struggle for a free and just society. Prohibition only enhances the power of the elite.