Germany

The Reality of Denial and the Denial of Reality

anti-vaxxer graffiti

This text was meant as a polemic intervention in the debate around the questions of the Sars-CoV-2 virus in Greece. Above all, it was triggered by our surprise towards the fact that many of our comrades and friends within the radical milieu had embraced a denialist approach, while quite a few of them gradually but surely slid into conspiracy thinking and shocking absurdities. Even though the text tries to answer the question of what the Covid pandemic (and its management) tells us about contemporary capitalism and the state, it also asks the difficult question of what it tells us about the subjects of the contemporary period and the material conditions for collective thinking and struggle.

After the German Elections

The article which follows was written before the German elections last month. The German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) reopened today (26/10/21) but Germany still awaits a new government. One thing seems clear though. After 16 years of “Mutti” (Angela Merkel) another capitalist coalition will be pieced together as in the past. As the old adage has it “whoever you vote for, the bourgeoisie always win”.

A Tough State and Soft Heads

Demo at Hoyerswerda 29 September 1991

Wildcat article on an anti-fascist demo in Hoyerswerda, Germany, in response to a week of racist violence in the town in September 1991.

Ditching The Olympics

A Black Flag article on resistance to the Olympic Games in Berlin and the Netherlands in the 1980s and 1990s.

Homes to Those Who Live in Them!

The demand often raised in the renters’ protests that housing should not be a commodity is a correct and an important one. But it amounts to nothing as long as the relations of power and domination of this society are not called into question.

The Council Communist Reader

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The Communist Reader with a new introduction by Paul Mattick Jr. | Published by Radical Reprints (2021) | PDF attached | A print version is available wherever you buy books online | All proceeds go to mutual aid funds and getting free books to collectives, libraries, and more.

In Place of a Concluding Chapter - Martin Griffin

The poetic conclusion to Squatting In West Berlin published by Hooligan Press.

The State's Revenge – Arnim Stauth

September 1981: Lummer enters a cleared house on Bülowstrasse

Article on the revenge prosecution of squatters by the West German state in the 1980s.

Originally published in Die Tageszeitung (4 January 1985).

Enchanted Isle - Martin Griffin

Demonstration against far right Konservative Aktion in Kreuzberg

An account of the conditions in West Berlin in the early 1980s by a visitor from Ireland.

Originally published in Ekomedia's Squatting in West Berlin.

Women's Cafe

A shortl article on the difficulties faced by Women's Cafe, a squatted social centre in Berlin in the early 1980s.

Originally published in Frauenbewegung und Hauserkampf — unvorsohnlich? (Women's Movement and Squatting Movement -irreconcilable?)