Ticking Away the Luxury of Time

I have complicated feelings about this situation [1]. On one hand, I recognize that armed violence is exactly what this situation has been engineered to provoke, and that van Spronsen’s attack will be used to justify further crackdowns and escalations of force on the part of ICE and other “law-enforcement” agencies.
 
On the other hand, I cannot disagree with a word he wrote. [2]

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Unlike the right-wing “patriots” who have turned our nation into Mass Shooter Central this past decade-and-then-some, Will van Spronsen did not unload bombs and bullets at innocent crowds. He staged a militarized attack against a militarized target that has violated national and international laws as well as the rules of decency and the social contract. He has done what our police should be doing, and the fact that cops and this administration continue to protect and justify these outrages is a greater crime than anything van Spronsen committed there.
 
Within the last decade, we have heard a great deal about Amendment 2. For better and worse, whatever one might think of his activities and motivations, Will van Spronsen did what Amendment 2 advocates claim that Amendment exists to do.
 
The ICE camps and raids are clear and present dangers to the rules of law and civil society. Like slavery, they represent a gross ethnic crime perpetrated by a hypocritical, tyrannical and oppressive establishment that profits from racial strife.
 
We have now had our John-Brown-at-Harper’s-Ferry moment. And in my case, it’s in my own back yard.
 
Speaking as someone with a history of violence that I have worked very hard to move beyond, I understand and deeply fear the realities of violence. Shooting someone in a game or film is easy; murdering a fellow human being – or simply striking one with an intent to harm that person – is an act that carries profound and perhaps literally grave consequences that no one can predict once the violence has begun.
 
I fear that an acceleration of violence will destroy everything worth preserving, not only in the United States but quite possibly on a global scale. Once combat begins, its repercussions swell beyond anyone’s control, and the end results – no matter how just the cause might seem – might end very, VERY badly for everyone concerned. [3]
 
I fear even more that we are being left with no better choice.
 
This is Zero Hour for our society. The current situation cannot continue as things are. Either by politics or violence, it must change, or else it will BE changed by forces beyond our control.
 
I keep hoping for, and working toward, a political resolution to this horrorshow.
 
If for no reason other than because every day I have to wrestle with the urge to do what Will van Spronsen did.
 
I cannot applaud him, but neither can I honestly condemn him.
 
Tick-tick, people.
 
We do not have the luxury of time.
Tick Tick Bomb
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1. 13.07.19: Early this morning around 4am our friend and comrade Will Van Spronsen was shot and killed by the Tacoma police. All we know about what lead up to this comes from the cops, who are notoriously corrupt and unreliable sources for such a narrative. The story that we do have is that Will attempted to set fire to several vehicles, outbuildings and a propane tank outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma which houses hundreds of immigrants awaiting hearings or deportations. He successfully set one vehicle on fire and then exchanged gunfire with Tacoma police officers who fatally shot him. He was pronounced dead on the scene. We find his actions inspiring. The vehicles outside the detention facility are used to forcibly remove people from their homes and deport them, often to situations where they will face severe danger or death. Those vehicles being destroyed is only a start of what is needed. We wish the fires Will set had freed all the inmates and razed the entire Northwest Detention Center to the ground. And we miss our friend and wish from the bottom of our hearts that his action had not ended in his death.

https://anarchistsworldwide.noblogs.org/post/2019/07/14/olympia-usa-we-are-the-fire-that-will-melt-ice-rest-in-power-will-van-spronsen/

2.there’s wrong and there’s right.
it’s time to take action against the forces of evil.

evil says one life is worth less than another.
evil says the flow of commerce is our purpose here.
evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary.
the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane.
beware the centrist.

i have a father’s broken heart
i have a broken down body
and i have an unshakeable abhorrence of injustice
that is what brings me here.
this is my clear opportunity to try to make a difference, i’d be an ingrate to be waiting for a more obvious invitation.

i follow three teachers:
don pritts, my spiritual guide, “love without action is just a word.”
john brown, my moral guide, “what is needed is action!”
emma goldman, my political guide, “if i can’t dance, i don’t want to be in your revolution”

i’m a head in the clouds dreamer, i believe in love and redemption.
i believe we’re going to win.
i’m joyfully revolutionary. (we all should have been reading emma goldman in school instead of the jingo drivel we were fed. but i digress.) (we should all be looking at the photos of the YPJ heroes should we falter and think our dreams are impossible, but i double digress. fight me.)

in these days of fascist hooligans preying on vulnerable people on our streets, in the name of the state or supported and defended by the state,

in these days of highly profitable detention/ concentration camps and a battle over the semantics,

in these days of hopelessness, empty pursuit and endless yearning,

we are living in visible fascism ascendant. (i say visible, because those paying attention watched it survive and thrive under the protection of the state for decades. (see howard zinn, “a people’s history of the united states.”) now it unabashedly follows its agenda with open and full cooperation from the government. from governments around the world.

fascism serves the needs of the state serves the needs of business and at your expense. who benefits? jeff bezos, warren buffett, elon musk, tim cook, bill gates, betsy de vos, george soros, donald trump, and need i go on? let me say it again: rich guys, (who think you’re not really all that good.) really dig government, (every government everywhere, including “communist” governments.) because they make the rules that make rich guys richer.
simple.
don’t overthink it.

(are you patriots in the back paying attention?)

i’m a man who loves you all and this spinning ball so much that i’m going to fulfill my childhood promise to myself to be noble.

here it is, in these corporate for profit concentration camps.
here it is, in brown and non conforming folks afraid to show their faces for fear of the police/ migra/ proud boys/ beckies…
here it is, a planet almost used up by the market’s greed.

i’m a black and white thinker.
detention camps are an abomination.
i’m not standing by.
i really shouldn’t have to say any more than this.

i set aside my broken heart and i heal the only way i know how- by being useful.
i efficiently compartmentalize my pain…
and i joyfully go about this work.
(to those burdened with the wreckage from my actions, i hope that you will make the best use of that burden.)

to my comrades:

i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution.
thank you for the honor of having been in your midst.

giving me space to be useful, to feel that i was fulfilling my ideals, has been the spiritual pinnacle of my life.

doing what i can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe.

my trans comrades have transformed me, solidifying my conviction that we will be guided to a dreamed of future by those most marginalized among us today. i have dreamed it so clearly that i have no regret for not seeing how it turns out. thank you for bringing me so far along.

i am antifa, i stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation. comrades who understand that freedom means real freedom for all and a life worth living.

keep the faith!
all power to the people!
bella ciao

audio manifesto: theSuper8.bandcamp.com

don’t let your silly government agencies waste money “investigating” this one. i was radicalized in civics class at 13 when we were taught about the electoral college. it was at that point that i decided that the status quo might be a house of cards. further reading confirmed in the positive. i highly recommend reading!
i am not affiliated with any organization, i have disafilliated from any organization who disagree with my choice of tactics.
the semi automatic weapon i used was a cheap, home built unregistered “ghost” ar15, it had six magazines. i strongly encourage comrades and incoming comrades to arm themselves. we are now responsible for defending people from the predatory state: ignore the law in arming yourself if you have the luxury, i did.

3. Imagine the following words: President Ted Nugent.

About Satyr

Award-winning fantasy author, game-designer, and all 'round creative malcontent. Creator of a whole bunch of stuff, most notably the series Mage: The Ascension, Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium, and Powerchords: Music, Magic & Urban Fantasy. Lives in Seattle. Hates shoes. Loves cats. Dances a lot.
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1 Response to Ticking Away the Luxury of Time

  1. You speak very well the thoughts that are also in my mind. As you always have in the years I have known you. I’m scared and I’m angry. I know I’m not the only one and that is a recipe to lead us right into the outbreak of violence you are talking about.

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