Last night, I have just finished reading Of Indiscriminate Attacks and Wild Reactions, by an author referring to himself as ‘an anti-civ’. I have mentioned here before about my fascination with the ITS and other nihilist groups, which has cumulated to me including their likeness into many of my characters of my poems and stories. I’m not sure if the author is reading this entry. If he is, I must admit first and foremost that only a few short years ago, I described my beliefs close to that of many social anarchists, and I still hold onto dearly many of those ideals: lifting the oppression of the indigenous, the poor, women, queer people, etc. However, recently I started to find the legitimacy of the social anarchists and activists questionable. They did their marches, protests, and even some cool riots here and there, but so far nothing has happened. What is more disturbing to me is that many of these movements have now become mainstream, and worse yet, corporatized. ANTIFA is a new label that appears to be “government approved rebels.” They do their fights with the alt-right and then go home. Despite their skirmishes, the battle never seems to get anywhere, if not into the hands of police and media bait. From this, I began to read and research from the likes of Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and yes the communiques of the ITS. By now, if I was forced to label myself, I would call myself an individualist anarchist with green tendencies and pro-nature with a tint of social and liberalism.
One of the bigger criticisms the author has against of the ITS and their affiliates is their hypocrisy when it comes to their amoral stance. In the text, the author refers to the group as “a Maoist cadre/religious cult painted green with some ham-fisted Nietzschean elitism sprinkled on top” (p21). Throughout the book, the author makes numerous claims that the ITS immediately outcasts and scowls at those who don’t follow their ideology. Quick YouTube search of “SJW fails” or “ANTIFA fails” will show the left, and even the left anarchist branches, are getting a more authoritarian stance. The common person, whatever race or gender, is often called a racist, misogynist, homophobe, transphobe, and everything else-phobe if he or she asks any question or wishes to enter a debate. Whether we wish to admit to it or not, the millennial left are nowhere near as brave or engaging as those of the past centuries. They (a bit of myself included) have become infantilized, and we are infantilizing others as they join movements. We all know that rallies, organized protests with government permission, boycotts, voting (there’s a Goddamn Anarchists for Bernie Sanders page on Facebook!) don’t work one bit. Never has. Never will. Whatever change we see is only to shut us up for the time being. The trees won’t stop being cut down if there’s a legislation, oceans won’t stop being overfished or bleached with a dozen or so participating in a boycott against Chicken of the Sea, Israel and Palestine will keep shooting each other. Animal liberation Front, and even Earth liberation front have achieved more results that almost every other social movement that has existed in the developed world. As far as I know they are the only anti-civ movement making any concreate action at all, even if it is despicable.
Yes, the ITS and their nihilist buddies are despicable, gross, violent, repulsive, heathen, perhaps even living nightmares. Yet, isn’t that what makes them effective attackers of society? We all know we’re living in a spectacle. This spectacle requires beauty, mathematic perfection, plans, mechanization, it wants to get rid of everything natural. People are already giving up and making up plans to colonize the universe. While I do agree that colonization, racism, and oppression of women within patriarchal societies are important issues within our human world, the focus of the ITS is misanthropic, chaotic, and by pro-wild nature above all else. It would seem to me that anything social or solidarity related is beyond their care, so far as to even praise the ISIS attacks on Barcelona and the bombings of Ted Kaczynski in a somewhat childish way like “this is what you get society.” The ITS claim to the murder of a Mexican woman activist in the UNAM university seems to me more like (whether they actually did it or not) just trolling or picking at the left’s devotion to ending female oppression. After all, most famous of the ITS attacks throughout Latin America are letter bombs to car lots and technology centers. Even though the author makes numerous cases that the ITS are a hyper-male, proto-fascist reaction against the civilized world, I believe that either there are already some female anti-civ nihilists wandering around the Andes or Amazon in South America, or there will be in due time.
The ITS is a group that has captured my fascination. Even though they are a deplorable group, their rage against nanotechnology makes a whole lot of sense. Are we just too used to protests, civil disobedience, and political correctness to see in their crooked eyes?