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[Art Strike 1990-1993]
A Manifesto of Counterrevolutionary Communism
- The concept of "Revolution" is inherently "religious" and refers
to an unrealizable abstraction. Those who act for the collective
transformation of the world must reject the concept of revolution and
all other concepts which locate change in an unde ned and distant
future. Until we have crushed the concept of revolution we will be
slaves to history.
- Dialectics are mystification. It is naive to assume that the
interaction of ideas within social process will mechanically resolve
social contradictions. The concept of historical inevitability is
completely laughable. An understanding of "history" shows the
accumulation of "contradiction" the identity of which is produced by
the logical habits of the observer.
- The emotional desires which are expressed as "social theories"
have never been rigorously "scientific," and it is the worst
mystification for revolutionaries to couch their agendas in a
"scientific" context. That a "revolutionary" would want to is
indicative of the general lack of critical engagement towards
"scientific thought" present in "revolutionary" culture. Science is a
fascist ideology which perpetuates itself through a technical elite
that produces "truth" in support of capitalism. It is based on a
variety of false premises which remain relatively unchallenged.
Most notable is science's reliance on "cause and effect," a warped
version of the capitalist ideology of "individuality," positing
"individual causes" directly linked to individual "effects" within
a coherent universe. Though this concept is in practice highly
elaborated, it has its roots in the fragmentary world view
transmitted by capitalism. Communists should attempt to collectivize
"truth" and overthrow the scientific "knowledge" which has brought
destructive technology and industrial slavery.
- "Revolutionaries" tend to engage the system only within their
own minds, creating separate identities which "self-manage" their
alienation. To be a "revolutionary" is to engage in a nostalgic
fascist mythology, part of the entertaining stage-set of the
"western world." To achieve change it is imperative that all separate
identities be destroyed along with the institutions and attitudes
that support them.
- "Community" is the abstraction by which ethnocentrism is reified
on a local scale. The concept of the community, as an abstraction,
further situates human life within the comprehensibility of a
productive, receptive discourse outside of its own control. To be
part of a "community" is to reinforce an identity as alienated as
"individual" identity. The resolution of the collectivization of
power stands outside the existence of banal and comprehensible
- Massive change on a local or total level is possible and in process.