The conception of opacity amongst insurgent anarchists is vital to the struggle against the social order. In an age where everything is surveilled, where our lives are processed through online profiles, and transparency has become the demand of every activist across the political spectrum, the need for opacity reveals it’s importance for all who resist. It is necessarily incompatible with the political logic of activists, who crave attention and media coverage for their cause. Instead, the insurgent weaponizes their invisibility in order to strike.
To name this project OPAQUE is to recognize the imperative of shedding every last misunderstanding that so-called leftism has implanted within anarchist thought and practice.
This project has grown out of years of writing, designing and distributing material. Some of this appeared under the banner Ruine des Kapitals, some elsewhere. This project aims not simply to disseminate information, but to put forward explicit positions and circulate theoretical and strategic contributions to social war.
One noteworthy aspect of the Ruine des Kapitals project was the general abstention from placing it’s own name or URL on anything posted. This decision was made to emphasize the authors and publishers of the original texts, and not on itself as the intermediary. This project will differ in this regard in order to provide a consistency—every piece to be taken as part of a whole, together forming a coherent position.
Ruine des Kapitals will likely continue to host first drafts as well as other texts on occasion.
Visit Opaque Editions here.
On The Rebellious Spirit of Halloween
Originally published by Mask Magazine, October 2015. Revised and expanded by the author, October 2016.
The following is an interview with Gord Hill (Kwakwaka’wakw nation), who frequently writes under the pseudonym Zig Zag. The interview was originally published in the 12th issue of Fire To The Prisons (Spring 2015).
In late July, 2016, subMedia conducted an interview with Tom Nomad on the recent RNC counter-demonstrations in Cleveland, and the political environment in the US in the wake of police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
From Opaque Editons
In light of the recent shooting in Dallas, this text seems even more crucial to understanding the current moment.
From Insurgencies No. 2 by the Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare.
Another Response in the Ongoing Debate on What Constitutes Reformist Tactic
By Sean Swain
From Wildfire #4
Several months ago, Cleveland police attacked a crowd that attempted to unarrest a young teen outside of a Black Lives Matter conference. The resulting standoff highlighted increasing tensions in a city that had already been brewing with anger at the police following the murder of Tamir Rice and the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a 31 year-old white patrolman who stood atop the car of two unarmed African-American motorists and fired into their vehicle 15 times, after other officers had already riddled it with bullets. In this interview, author and anarchist strategist Tom Nomad discusses how the last few months in Cleveland have played out and the dynamics leading up to the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC).
First person perspective from the warzone of North Kurdistan, from Lower Class Magazine
Translated anonymously from Spanish, and recreated with many of the design choices of the original book. We publish this translation in solidarity with those facing repression in Spain in connection with the text.
The book you hold in your hands is a small contribution from the Coordinated Anarchist Groups to the fight against democracy, which is the most widespread contemporary form of political domination as the primary and most sophisticated expression of the State.
Three texts from CrimethInc. on the November 13th attacks in Paris and the following state of emergency.
The opening text from the first journal of Insurgencies by ISIW that discusses the need to abandon activism, which is defined by symbolism, conceptual terrains of engagement and a politics of complaint. Instead, it suggests a realignment towards insurgency, embracing material engagement with our enemies and focusing on strategy as opposed to abstract political theory.
Communiques and action call-outs from the Decolonize The New World convergence in the Bay Area, 2012.
One part of this society has every interest in continuing to rule, the other in it all collapsing as soon as possible. Deciding which side one is on is the first step. But resignation, the basis of agreement between the parts (improvers of the existent and its false critics) is everywhere, even in our own lives—the authentic place of the social war—in our desires and resoluteness, just as in our little daily submissions.
With all this it is necessary to draw daggers, to finally draw daggers with life.
UPDATE: Revised and expanded version here, October 2016.
From Mask Magazine
Before plastic fangs and fake blood, October 31st was a day of rebellion; the history of Halloween spans five hundred years and two continents, featuring pagan rebels in the Medieval British Isles, the European witch hunts, Irish migration to the States, and even widespread arsons in Detroit in the 1980s.
To Our Friends Chapter Eight
To Our Friends Chapter Seven
To Our Friends Chapter Six
Two reports from the ‘Run the Klan Out of Town’ counter-demonstration in South Carolina in July. One from Final Straw Radio, the other from Mask Magazine.
Please support two anti-racists facing repression from the event:
From Hostis Journal issue one.
Two texts from people involved in the Aylesbury Estate occupation and originally published on the occupation’s blog. The image, which references the texts, is from theoccupiedtimes.
From Rabble LDN
The fear that we would like to critique here is the fear of forming one’s own opinion, the fear of developing one’s own analysis and then acting upon it. We do find fault in this fear of the White Ally. To be a White Ally is to stop thinking for one’s self, to blindly follow a leader based on no other criteria than their identity. At least this is what is demanded of us by those who would make us into Allies.
From Anti-State STL
Old design here.
Chapter three from To Our Friends by the Invisible Committee
Chapter two of To Our Friends by the Invisible Committee.
Chapter one of To Our Friends by the Invisible Committee.
New Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf has drawn scorn from liberals and civil-libertarians for her implementation of a “protest curfew” in Downtown Oakland. The curfew comes after the mayor bowed to pressure from Downtown businesses and developers after several months of riots. But the curfew is only part of a new wave of repression: from more FBI agents coming to town, the continuation of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), to the increasing policing of everyday life. While those on the right howl for blood as young people continue to take the streets in the face of evictions, low-paying jobs, and continued racist police terror, those on the Left are just as quick to divide the “good protesters” from “the bad ones.”
Analysis of ISIS and the strategic insights we can gain from our political enemies, by the Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare.
Regarding Baltimore and it’s recent uprising.
In coordination with a short series of presentations on Berlin squatting, we published the following two zines. The final presentation will be hosted at La Idea in Oakland, CA on May 2nd.
Liebig 14 Evicted
Some notes on the eviction of a former squatted house from Berlin, originally published in 325 #9, 2011.
Reflections on an Eviction – For the Joyful Militants, originally published on the Liebig 14 website, 2013.
Beyond the Ruins of the Creative City
Berlin’s Factory of Culture and the Sabotage of Rent
by Matteo Pasquinelli
As thousands of people gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, to celebrate the inauguration of the new European Central Bank building, hundreds paper copies of an extract from “To our friends” by the Invisible Committee were given out.
Some Inspirations from Chapter 4 of À Nos Amis // To Our Friends
By The Hamilton Institute
Analysis of Actions and Interventions Against Police Murder in Salinas, CA
Written by the Direct Action Monterey Network.
In collaboration with Fire to the Prisons, here is an interview with Tom Nomad on the state of the Middle East since the Arab Spring uprisings four years ago. This interview appears in the latest issue, Spring 2015.
Compiled from various translations, originally appeared as a chapter of “This Is Not A Program,” Tiqqun #2, 2001
“It’s becoming clear that Facebook is not so much the model of a new form of government as its reality already in operation. The fact that revolutionaries employed it and still employ it to link up in the street en masse only proves that it’s possible, in some places, to use Facebook against itself, against its essential function, which is policing.”
Excerpt from «To Our Friends»
English translation coming April 2015
Young Service Workers on the Sanctity of Small Business
By East Bay Solidarity Network
Affinity, Informal Organization and Insurrectional Projects
Originally published in journal ‘Salto, subverion & anarchy” #2
November 2012, Brussels
Note: This zine was inspired by “Nothing is Finished” which was not available online at the time. It is now available from Untorelli here.
Originally published November 25th, 2014, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown.
Available online at cwc.im/bluefuse
L’Insurrection qui vient (The Coming Insurrection) was originally published in France, 2007. It is also the principle piece of evidence in an anti-terrorism case directed against several individuals who were arrested on November 11th, 2008, mostly in the village of Tarnac. They have been accused of “criminal association for the purpose of terrorist activity” on the grounds that they were to have participated in the sabotage of overhead electrical lines on France’s national railways. They are also accused of authoring this text.
For more information, visit: http://tarnac9.wordpress.com/
The following is an excerpt from The Coming Insurrection that we feel is most portable, in that it is shorter, easier to read (and to print) and also more universally relevant in its content.
On the Oscar Grant Rebellions
Oakland, July 2010
A recreation of an already existing zine that was previously unavailable online.
Long before Edward Snowden revealed the secrets of the NSA and the federal government, another man revealed that the CIA was directly responsible for flooding the US with cocaine in the 1980s. His name was Gary Webb. In 1996, after publishing his three part article “Dark Alliance: The Story Behind The Crack Explosion” in the San Jose Mercury News, Gary was subjected to criticism, censorship, and was forced to quit his job. His employers at the Mercury News retracted the story and destroyed the CDROMS that had been created by the paper to spread the basic information of the CIA’s conspiracy. Despite his thorough and professional research, the mainstream media ignored his findings and Gary remained unemployable until his suicide on December 10th, 2004. This article is dedicated to his memory and to all those who died in the drug wars.
Published anonymously on Indybay on September 24th, 2013
Killing King Abacus
The following is a transcript of a conversation between two friends shortly after the insurgency in Ferguson, Missouri. (+++) was there and (***) wasn’t, but both of us have participated in anti-police uprisings in the last several years on the West Coast and in the Midwest. We’re publishing this in an effort to explore the complexities of recent events in the United States, but also to contribute to the ongoing discussions and attacks against the existing order, everywhere.
Originally published in Avalanche #3, November 2014.