This communication is part of the Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts on 15th December 2010 called by autonomous benefit claimant groups. We have decided to take up their idea of National Troll a Tory Day and Internationalise it by combining it into our current Dead Workers
Union Cyber Vigil under way against the monarchies of Swaziland and England as well as the multinationals Foxconn and G4S until this iNcwala.
We are particularly eager to support the action against welfare and housing cuts in the UK because, like Workers Dreadnought in their Constitution for British soviets, we see the basic unit of workers organisation as the household soviet lead by women. The original labour is the labour of birth and this is the basis of the labour movement. To paraphrase both Black Mask and Yoko Ono, Woman as Class – and so beyond any Proletarian Nation such as the Muslim National Communism of Sultan Galiev, we must assert that the idea of a British Soviet is a contradiction in terms. - we do not need any Proletarian nation – the proletariat has no nation, and never did. National Liberation Struggle must be seen in relation to class and situation – i.e. a national consciousness is superseded by a class consciousness – and we are becoming conscious of ourself as the revolutionary class – the gravediggers of this society – the Proletariat.
For us it makes no sense to define workers according to nation or indeed occupation, e.g. as miners, students or according to ethnicity eg as Africans or Muslims - as separate from the proletariat. Universities ARE supermarkets and datamines. Education at once exploits and gives one a chance to increase his/her wage and to climb a step in a social hierarchy. The proposals to build New Europe led by precarious intelligentsia makes no sense to us. It repeats the same historical mistakes made by the Situationists in their treatment of the general strike of May 1968. “The beginning of an era” succumbed to Eurocentricity and the fetishisation of the unexpected proletarianisation of students – that avant-garde of the bourgeoisie destined to be the freemasons of the future – when they claim that student occupations and uprisings in other countries following may 68 were a consequence of the events in Paris that summer, which, 'in fact',
were a consequence of situationist propaganda. Rather than claiming to have an armed theory after the event, it was Black Mask’s idea of the New Proletariat of 1967 that combined the theory and practice of overcoming the worker/ non-worker divide in the working class.
And yet in London today, even though it was carefully stage managed by freemasons, the only viable politics is that displayed by the students who attack the police line and members of the monarchy who occupied the party HQ — this is the only reasonable response to Capitalism. To criticize one political party is to do good for another, which, like Labour in this case, has actually initiated the politics of tuition fee increases during
their past rule (it reminds us of the miners' movement in the 80s, when Labour party was the one who closed the most of the mines). We stand with those who occupied the HQ building and with all the students who have occupied their university buildings subsequently – not in concert with the National Union of Students or other unions. Because the direct assertion of the self goes beyond the economic defence which is manifested through trade-unionism, it goes beyond 'the rights and access'.
To stand with the workers is one thing. Another thing is to stand with a particular group of workers and to deny the international nature of working class in favour of some trans-European bollocks. The proposal to
build 'The New Europe' nation reminds us of the 'plural' 'new'-right political organizations, all products of the imperial war machine that creates the jihad and the counter-jihad movements. We therefore oppose the English Defence League (EDL) and stand with the Muslim workers of any area under attack and with the Muslim Defence League (MDL) before but as well as Antifa, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) or any other political group because the MDL is the manifestation of workers self defence against an organised and concerted attack. We will therefore always be with the workers themselves as they supersede their leaders and organisations.
A curious similarity arises when we see both a fetish of university education and a fetish of art. Uncritical attitudes towards these both institutions correspond to Casa Pound's views – there is hardly a difference. Idealist dreams about either cultural production or research activities somehow escaping Capitalist system is contemptible. Art Against Cuts campaign fights the public sector cuts by occupying but not disrupting the Turner Prize. Education today is a preparation for work. Art is work. Both these categories are created to fit
Capitalism and divide the working class, and the politicos are adjusting them accordingly. If something for us goes bad to the extent of us taking to the streets, it is a moment exposing Capitalism and opening up
possibilities in collective action.
Protests are optimistic only in the moments of attack – where the individual interests of the workers connect with the general interests of the international workers movement, the Proletariat. Students in London join the Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) workers strike and the upcoming involvement in the benefit and welfare protests.Contrary to the recuperations of nationalists or transnationalists, they are internationalists - making links with the student movement in Iran and drawing from Xiamen Dada and the Tiananmen Square students – they are going from wahdat – Union - to kathiral – Multitude. This transition is
not just across all space and situation but also across all time. Individual unions cannot currently do this but individual workers can and are.
The Data Miners Travailleurs Psychique is a sitUnion of those who make meaning – individual workers, dead or alive, real or imaginary. We pay no dues and have no membership list. We manifest committees at will and are instantly revocable as such. We recognize no front line and no demarcation of zones. We recognize no leadership or due process. We simply and directly take control of the situation, the time and the space.