“Because the goal of the State is total social control. Because the trajectory of capitalism is towards the total commercialization of public space. Every time we identify another invasion of State and capitalism into the minutiae of daily life, every time we confront that invasion, we are potentially fighting for revolution. As Authority increasingly manages us at the nano level, the can of spraypaint, the rock, the molotov, deserve the same significance as the AK-47.”
Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s attack has provided useful precedent for understanding the response of police departments to the politicized assassination of their officers. We do not mean to suggest that embracing assassination is the only path to liberation, or even that assassination is necessarily on the path. We do believe, however, that producing police withdrawal is an essential component of developing resistance to global capital, and definitely the foundational aim of any movement against police murder.
The conception of opacity amongst insurgent anarchists¹ is vital to the struggle against the social order. In an age where everything is surveilled, where our lives are processed through online profiles, and transparency has become the demand of every activist across the political spectrum, the need for opacity reveals it’s importance for all who resist. It is necessarily incompatible with the political logic of activists, who crave attention and media coverage for their cause. Instead, the insurgent weaponizes their invisibility in order to strike.
To name this project OPAQUE is to recognize the imperative of shedding every last misunderstanding that so-called leftism has implanted within anarchist thought and practice.
This project has grown out of years of writing, designing and distributing material. Some of this appeared under the banner Ruine des Kapitals, some elsewhere. This project aims not simply to disseminate information, but to put forward explicit positions and circulate theoretical and strategic contributions to social war.
One noteworthy aspect of the Ruine des Kapitals project was the general abstention from placing it’s own name or URL on anything posted. This decision was made to emphasize the authors and publishers of the original texts, and not on itself as the intermediary. This project will differ in this regard in order to provide a consistency—every piece to be taken as part of a whole, together forming a coherent position.
Ruine des Kapitals will likely continue to host first drafts as well as other texts on occasion.
With the announcement of Opaque Editions, the first four publications are now available:
Do Riots Work?
Nine Theses on Insurgency
Guns, Cars, Autonomy
1. The term “anarchist” is used as short-hand to describe a position against the economy, against patriarchy, against the state, and against white supremacy. There are many accomplices in this struggle who do not use the label anarchist, and many enemies who wear the label proudly.
We should not fool ourselves, we are facing nothing less than a war; one without defined battlefields, without limit and without end. A war so all pervasive that it conditions our possibilities for existence, that it has become the standard for normalcy. This is a war that structures our terrain, inspires our cities, and organizes our lines of movement through space. It is a war, nothing less, and it is on that plane that we must conceive our engagement.
The St. Louis area has a history of police being shot at, and police are very aware of that. The police know people are armed and willing to shoot. From the beginning of the uprising, rebels made this very clear: one of the first things to happen after they killed Mike Brown was shots being red into the air.
Informal self-organisation is particularly powerful in war. Modern states can easily crush weaker opposing armies, but struggle to contain loose informal insurgencies. And it’s war we’re talking about.