Anonymous asked: On a somewhat related note: do you think smashing the windows of banks and shops has a positive effect on what you want to achieve?
It depends on the situation. It certainly sends a message, and it is an expression of class rage. The destruction of corporate property breaks the illusion of serenity. It hits the stale, dominant culture like a bath in ice. It sends the message that we do not respect their legitimacy, the legitimacy of the state, or of their property.
So it can have certainly have a liberating effect. Tactically, smashing a bank window isn’t doing much towards a tactical victory.
More importantly, does it harm the movement? Well, it doesn’t encourage state repression, it’s obvious that the state needed no encouragement. Turns people off? In the past, people have been attracted to movements just as violent as smashing a few windows.
We need to stop with the false dichotomy between violent and non-violent tactics and look instead at whether or not these tactics will free us. Is it liberating?
We are locked in a fight for survival here. The class war is upon us, and it is war. The ruling class continues to utterly destroy the environment and we try to stick to non-violence?