The relevant part starts about 30 minutes in.
A left-wing anarchist has offered the following reply to right-libertarian/an-cap sympathizers with the Beer Belly Putsch.
It’s equally true of Hoppean and paleo types who think that because the putsch attempt was against “the government” and its targets were members of Congress, the perpetrators were somehow “anarchist” or “libertarian” heroes. Never mind that it was instigated by a fascist president who wanted to overturn the results of an election and stay in office by stopping the vote from being counted. I see a lot of claims that it was just “one mob versus another mob,” or that because the state has no moral legitimacy it was no more serious than any other act of vandalism. By the argument of these people, Mussolini’s march on Rome and the Munich beer hall putsch were either good or morally neutral because their target was the gummint, and even if Hitler was known to be behind the Reichstag fire it was no more serious than any other arson. This is some real galaxy brain thinking.
The core issue here is whether or not it matters who attacks the system as long as the system gets attacked.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to the latest FBI updates on the insurrection at the Capitol.
Politicians have come together across the aisle to decry the storming of the Capitol on January 6 as “lawless,” “anti-democratic,” and “extremist,” going so far as to misrepresent the result as “anarchy.” But the problem with the invasion of the Capitol was not that it was unlawful, undemocratic, or extremist, per se, but that it was an effort to concentrate oppressive power in the hands of an autocrat—which is precisely the opposite of anarchy. Direct action, militant tactics, and a critique of electoral politics will remain essential to movements against fascism and state violence. We must not let the far right associate them with tyranny, nor permit centrists to muddy the waters.
It’s Going Down
A critical anarchist analysis and critique of the recent events in Washington DC and the response from the political Center and mass media.
So much could be said about the spectacle recently witnessed at Washington, DC’s federal capitol building, however we will write a quick statement, hoping to further understand the situation as well as to assert a need on behalf of comrades in the States who face both imminent and ongoing grassroots violence and parallel state repression. Essentially, what we saw was not an insurrection or revolt; what the world witnessed was a permitted fascist temper tantrum.
It’s only been a week so it’s still a bit early to fully assess what the long-term effects of the “Beer Belly Putsch” are going to be, but so far it’s looking like these will be among the outcomes.
- The legitimacy of the present state will be undermined. Nothing makes a state look weaker than a violent attack on its capital by a mob that manages to terrorize and humiliate the political class. Maintaining an appearance of strength and stability is fundamental to state legitimacy. January 6 was a case study in fourth-generation warfare where non-state actors managed to expose the weakness of a state.
It’s possible to draw analogies to the Spanish Civil War anytime there is a major left/right cleavage. But in our case, I think the civil war in El Salvador is a better political analogy in terms of parties, factions, and their relationships, and I think the Lebanese Civil War works better as an analogy in terms of sectarian/tribal conflicts. El Salvador and Lebanon are comparable in size to our individual states. “Civil War Two” in the US would be those two civil wars synthesized and multiplied by 50.
We’re still a long way from actual civil war. I know of no evidence that state security or the ruling class is actually threatened. The stock market is thriving and the military industrial complex shows no sign of fracturing into warring factions.
The problem is no longer who was legitimately elected President of the United States, but how long can the civil war be postponed? Far from being a fight between a narcissistic TV presenter and a senile old man, the country is being torn apart over a fundamental cultural issue that has been smouldering since its inception.
So maybe the “new normal” will be that the summer season is for baseball and left-wing riots, and the winter season is for basketball and right-wing riots. Fair enough.
By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams
Here it comes.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss what the long-term law enforcement reaction will be to the riots at the Capitol.
Princess Nancy’s first hand account of the plebes’ invasion of the castle.
Another leftist take on the Capitol incident.
By Mike Davis
Yesterday’s ‘sacrileges’ in our temple of democracy – oh, poor defiled city on the hill, etc. – constituted an ‘insurrection’ only in the sense of dark comedy. What was essentially a big biker gang dressed as circus performers and war-surplus barbarians – including the guy with a painted face posing as horned bison in a fur coat – stormed the ultimate country club, squatted on Pence’s throne, chased Senators into the sewers, casually picked their noses and rifled files and, above all, shot endless selfies to send to the dudes back home. Otherwise they didn’t have a clue. (The aesthetic was pure Buñuel and Dali: ‘Our only rule was very simple: no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted.’)
A fairly interesting analysis of the split between the pigs and the “far-right” from a semi-far-left perspective.
On January 6th a determined mob from across the United States descended on Washington, D.C. They rumbled with police, overturned barricades, breached the perimeter of the United States Capitol, and smashed their way into the building itself – all while both houses were in session. Inside, the insurgents played cat and mouse with police and federal agents, gleefully traipsing the evacuated halls of Congress and the Senate, and marauded through the offices of high-level politicians, who escaped a direct confrontation by a matter of minutes. The scene at the Capitol was replicated in miniature across the US, with large crowds menacing state houses in Washington state, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and others. But nothing compared to the spectacle playing out in the nation’s capital.
PBS reporters on the Capitol riot.
It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I wouldn’t want these lunatics taking over the state,and I wouldn’t want to live under the kind of regime at least of some of them would probably create in many instances (the same is true of many on the “far left”). But I can’t really feel any sympathy for the poor victimized political class, who have inflicted incalculable amounts of death and suffering on many millions of people all over the world.
By Michael Levenson, New York Times
A man who had an assault rifle was charged with threatening Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, after he traveled to Washington for the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday and sent a text message saying he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” the federal authorities said.