What do we do about Guantanamo?

What do we do about Guantanamo?

I was asked this question recently, to which I replied (somewhat glibly), “burn the fucker down”. The questioner, to her credit, did not accept this for an answer, and pressed for more detail, which I did not give.

Why? Because I did not think she would take my answer, global revolution, any more seriously than my “burn the fucker down” comment. To me, however, this is the only answer.

Sure, sustained protest/public pressure conceivably could (and hopefully will) see the end of the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay. Until the current system is replaced however, more things like it will keep popping up. And we shouldn’t kid ourselves – plenty of other countries around the world are already doing the same thing, and worse.

In my eyes, attempting to build an open, inclusive and welcoming anarchist/activist community is going to be far more effective in the long term at bettering this world than standing around and shouting outside the US embassy (although the latter can certainly have a part to play in the former).

My revolution sees these anarchist communities, and their associated resources (for now community centres and food co-ops, but later as we grow health clinics and sustainable villages) steadily growing in size and strength until it reaches a point where there are only two options – either they will take over from capitalism’s institutions and usher in a new age, or, more likely, the capitalist institutions will attempt to crush the new society thus bringing in a time of violent repression and revolution.

So why then do I bother with non-community building activism, such as environmental, anti-fascist, anti-war etc? Firstly, I would make the point that all activism, if targeted in certain ways, can and does build community. The main reason I do these, however, is split in two parts.

I am involved in enviro-activism for one main reason – we can’t ever hope to have an anarchist society without a planet to live on. Capitalism is destroying the earth at ever increasing rates, and it is already likely to be too late to ever reverse some of the destruction it has wrought. So I am involved in environmental campaigns in order to do what I can to ensure the planet and what lives on it survives for long enough to create a more sustainable society.

The reasoning behind my involvement in and support for other forms of activism is a little different. With these, I acknowledge that I have grown up with a lot of privileges in my life. As a middle class white male, I have automatically been given a head start in this society that many others have not had. While my attainment of privilege was not something I could have controlled, what I do with that privilege is certainly my choice. To me, it seems selfish for someone with privilege not to support the struggles of those without.

So what do we do about Guantanamo? Build our own communities, ditch the system and BURN THE FUCKER DOWN!

12 Responses to What do we do about Guantanamo?

  1. 1488 says:

    send golden boy to cuba so he can blow the fucker up.

  2. rooster says:

    christ your a tough fucker 1488,

    I wish I was as cool as you

  3. Barrie says:

    Same, same! :)

  4. some d00d says:

    “My revolution sees these anarchist communities, and their associated resources (for now community centres and food co-ops, but later as we grow health clinics and sustainable villages) steadily growing in size and strength until it reaches a point where there are only two options – either they will take over from capitalism’s institutions and usher in a new age, or, more likely, the capitalist institutions will attempt to crush the new society thus bringing in a time of violent repression and revolution.”

    geez, what a bunch of asinine crap, “usher in a new age”?, god help us.

  5. Whig says:

    Very noble of you to want to get rid of the prison camp at Guantanamo. I hope you are also going to show equal public concern at the other prisons on the island of Cuba, where the worlds largest per capita population of political prisoners resides.

  6. rooster says:

    So Guantanimo is Ok Wig cause there are lots of prisons in Cuba, or iss it ok to have a torture camp there because its a social norm in Cuba.

  7. blash says:

    blah

  8. Asher says:

    Whig – Next time, try to read before you launch into unfounded criticism.

    To quote myself: “Until the current system is replaced however, more things like it will keep popping up. And we shouldn’t kid ourselves – plenty of other countries around the world are already doing the same thing, and worse.

  9. rooster says:

    asher said

    “whig – your a big fat silly face”

    or something like that

  10. Christiaan says:

    Came across this article the other day:
    Why Do People Vote Right-wing?

    http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-03/15adamovsky.cfm

  11. rooster says:

    you wana make another post sometime soo ???

    jeepers Creepers!!!!

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