segunda-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2012

Che vuoi?

Surpreende que haja quem dê provas de lucidez, de autonomia e liberdade de pensamento. 
Com as marcas hereditárias da repressão e abuso de autoridade entranhadas na história de família de cada português (quer o individuo tenha ou não arriscado tomar consciência disso mesmo), de esperar seria que uma gestão violenta e emocionalmente caótica tivesse há muito tomado conta deste país. 
Surpreende que isso não aconteça; eu cá não posso prometer lucidez...

Fica o relato de alguém cuja liberdade está também a ser comprometida pela raiva, no contexto do movimento Occupy, em Oakland. 
Confio que esse processo tenha uma catarse e que depois da destruição necessária nos seja dada a oportunidade de olhar, apreender e compreender, sem que essa autonomia tenha por origem um conflito.

Power always represents itself as adult, rationale and in control. The socially sanctioned definition of what it is to be adult includes the ability to be compliant with the self-repression required of an obedient and productive member of society. Since those of us in opposition have no desire to be obedient and less to be productive cogs in the machine, it’s no wonder we fall into the role of defiant children.
It may be inevitable that in the confrontation between radical movements and the systems they oppose there are echoes of the conflict between child and adult. We who march in the streets in defiance of the orders of the police have legitimate reason to rage against the system. It in no way negates the legitimacy of that rage to say that it may also have an “infantile” component.

This black block of anarchist youth tends to identify with insurrectionist anarchism. They are our militants who will be the first to challenge the police, and who proudly proclaim their disrespect for property rights. I imagine that for them the rest of us appear as somewhat compromised and a bit timid, for we are unwilling to go as far as they in our commitment to the revolution. Here something of the dynamic between child and adult reemerges as a political division within the movement. We who do not come to demonstrations dressed in black become the model of a not quite legitimate “maturity;” the purest revolutionary energies are represented by those who reject this maturity, as a fraud — the heroic kids.  

Jean Quan’s [Okland's mayor] insinuates that we act like children. I say “we”, because the black bloc is part of us; we cannot disown them. Infuriating as her charge may be, I think it contains something worth looking at. Her version of being grown-up is compromised. If to be a grownup means to live forever within the confines of the system, let us all be Peter Pans. But in our righteous rejection of her version of adulthood there lies a danger. The danger is that without being aware of it, we are unable truly to imagine winning; that we remain heroic “kids,” endlessly reenacting a drama in which we are abused by the authorities. (It might be worthwhile looking at whether we get a masochistic pleasure in being fucked over by them. 

O relato intimista de Osha Neumann "Occupy Oakland: Are We Being Childish?". Texto na integra aqui.

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