Wednesday, August 22, 2007

On the Anniversary of the murder of Sacco and Vanzetti

On the anniversary of the state murder of Sacco and Vanzetti, we're just including a few quick links from History Is A Weapon. The first is the brief mention in the People's History at the end of War is the Health of the State.

The second is much rarer. Sacco and Vanzetti were members of the radical Galleanist anarchist tendency. HIAW has the Galleanist manifesto, Plain Words. Correct us if we're wrong, but we're the first spot on the internet with it and it is a great short read.

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Anonymous Jose said...

That's the mural on one of the academic buildings at Syracuse U. Wow.

::goes to read the links::

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Galleanist code there could fit about any radical, socio-political group on the planet. It really sounds like a lot of terrorist boiler plate. I find it fascinating that these words, issued in hundreds of languages around the world and with a kind of "fill in the blanks" ability to name the oppressor are still being mouthed. From rednecks to the mullahs, this language should affect us all and inform us that the world is truly a hard and dangerous place and that just because the fallout hasn't hit our neighborhoods yet we should never ignore the threat.

When you think of a dozen Italian immagrints sitting around sipping strong coffee and smoking cigarettes you get the impression of spoiled and angry children. When you realize that the same messages were heard/spoked in the caves of Afghanistan and the warrens of Baghdad, the image becomes a bit more strained, a bit more real. And when you think of people jumping out of the wreckage of the twin towers to their deaths becaues they didn't want to burn up in the fires, it puts a whole new light on these messages.

12:27 AM  
Blogger History Is A Weapon said...

While I think there is some truth to what you say, I think you have a bit of a simplistic read. You dismiss the manifesto, not just this one, but all, as some sort of empty statement "mouthed" by the "Extremists" that should remind us all that this is a dangerous world. Most working people live in a dangerous system that treats us as expendable cogs in a machine and that if we raise our voices, however meekly, that the system claims a monopoly on violence and will exercise it to excise any challengers. I think that the power of the Galleanist text is in reminding us all that we can strike back against the architects of the system. You sound concerned about the fallout eventually hitting us, but what about the bombing itself?
Anyway, either you've been reading too much DeLillo, or you should start reading him.

8:33 AM  

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