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Petrol bombs are not necessary
The 62nd Letter of an Autonomous Thinker



Amsterdam, July 29 2005

Dear reader,

Animal-rights blow for drugs firm

“Shares in British drugs firm Phytopharm have slumped by as much as 22%, as investors feared attacks from animal-rights militants. Phytopharm says it has been targeted by militants before. Activists want Phytopharm to cut links with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a prominent target of their campaigns.
Canaccord Capital has quit as broker to the firm, after one of its bosses was the target of an incendiary device. A website connected to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) said activists planted the device in May. 
Research firm HLS moved its headquarters to the US in 2001 after a sometimes violent campaign against its staff and property in the UK .” 

That is the start of an article on BBC-news, http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/business/4122984.stm.

Seemingly mighty directors of industry changed their policy. This never occurs after demonstrations, petitions or elections. Directors do not have to justify their deeds to the elected or the masses. They work in guarded compounds where onlookers are not allowed. They live in a world apart.  

The ALF wants to reduce the powerlessness of masspeople that live in a world in which most decisions are taken without their consent. The action methods include the use of Big Violence.   

But petrol bombs are not necessary. Many small actions by masspeople who like a swarm of fleas attack again and again their target by using Small Violence are more effective than a few big actions. In Chapter 19 of my book “About Violence and Democracy” I called this action method Creative Disturbance.

The ALF is a fairly small organisation and with only a few persons it is difficult to exert a constant pressure. They act on behalf of masspeople and compensate the small number of actions by making them heavier. They got some results but they are moving away from the masses. In our society masspeople will hardly use actions with a high chance on imprisonment. And they are right, in prison life becomes meaningless.

The ALF transgresses the borders of the existing laws that give masspeople enough possibilities to undermine the power of elitepeople who in the first place want to improve the own situation. They are on the verge of making the same mistake as the German Rote Armee Fraktion or the Italian Red Brigades. In the end most members were arrested and the organisations vanished because heavy actions forced them to become clandestine. Most activists of the so-called diffuse guerrilla however continued their private life during and after an action period. They proved that it is possible to move "like a fish in the water" by remaining in the massworld.

The ALF has once more proven that an invasion in the eliteworld brings results. A second article on the BBC-site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4020235.stm) states that in 2004 eighty suppliers of Huntingdon have severed ties with the firm often after actions targeted powerful people.

By the way do not become too much preoccupied by the Iraq War. It is in fact a war between elites carried out at the cost of masspeople. It is used to split the masses and to rally the masses behind the own leadership.
There are many other problems that are caused by the existence of a small, powerful and privileged elite. The use of animals for human vanity is only one of them. Such problems can only be solved by undermining the personal power of any elite.  And only by autonomous actions the activity, creativity and independence of masspeople will grow in such a way that a New World becomes possible

Yours truly, Joost van Steenis

 

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