Later, capitalism. We’re outta here.
Capitalism (including its police wing, the state) actually needs us for its own existence. The system only hangs together because we perform it every day. Whether wittingly or unwittingly, we are all caught up in this system and function to reproduce it everyday. The moment we begin to defect from this system by questioning its underlying tenets, refusing to buy into its ideologies, contracting other relationships, doing things differently, capitalism freaks out. The moment we undercut the system by refusing to participate in it, by refusing to let it draw its power from us any longer, it sends in its army of riot police, busts up our camps, busts up our alternative futures in the making. I believe this is exactly what the Oakland police riot was about. New forms of life despite and beyond capitalism were being created there in #OccupyOakland, and the capitalist state needed to assert control and bring people back in line. It doesn’t want people realising they are capable of running their own lives and self-governing. It doesn’t want people realising that when they self-organise into cooperatives they can provide for each others’ needs without the need for capitalism. Therein lies the crux: While capitalism needs us, we don’t need it. We are potentially autonomous. This autonomy is growing each day with the #Occupy movement. The general assemblies are already functioning as a parallel system of direct democracy to the stale representative democracy offered by the elites. Our relationship with capitalism is like that between an abusive husband and a battered wife. We’ve been battered for too long and we keep trying to leave, but he keeps threatening to kill us everytime we try to do so. He’s an alcoholic, drunk on money and power. But we have to break free eventually. We have to realise there’s absolutely no future if we keep believing our husband’s lies that he’s sorry and he can change and that staying together is for the best. He needs us, but we don’t need his ass. Right now is our best moment in history to leave his sorry ass once and for all. Let him self-destruct. In the meantime, we’ll be busy getting on with our own lives without him.