Sunday, July 21, 2019

Smash All the Camps (Or Sympathy For Willem Van Spronsen)

I sympathize with Willem Van Spronsen. Maybe that's a bad way to start this post but it feels like the most honest way to start this post. A mentally ill anarchist, not unlike myself, Willem wanted to end his life but he wanted to end it for a cause. So he attacked an ICE detention center with pipe bombs and let the cops do the rest. I've never made my disdain for Antifa a secret, I've befriended too many right-wing anti-imperialists caught in their crossfire, but god help me, this struck me as a move in the right direction for Pacific Northwest anarchists, who have lately been far too busy bombarding alt-right imbeciles to confront our growing police state.

My sympathy is not exclusively political however. My sympathy comes from a place of very personal outrage and my outrage comes from a deeply traumatic childhood. I can usually retain a pretty jaded gonzo snark with my writing, stemming from my misanthropic drag queen sense of humor. But when you've been fucked with by role-crazy adults as a child, part of you will always be that child. So when I see kids in fucking cages, I see myself brutally misgendered in a confessional waiting for hell. And that's when I flip my proverbial shit and get downright histrionic. The only reason why I haven't gone full Kaczynski like Willem, aside from the fact that my meds are working and I generally appose initiatory violence, is because I'm usually too livid in these moments to handle anarcho-home-ec projects like IED's. I'm also probably too pissed off to write a completely lucid blog post, so this time I decided to wait a week and take a closer look at the issue of the camps.

It's very tempting to drop the lion share of the blame on a loud-mouth bully like Trump. He's certainly made the immigration issue more personal by declaring entire classes of people war criminals and encouraging his beloved gorilla juice-heads in ICE to get their Gestapo on. The harsh reality that the media has chosen to ignore however is that there is nothing particularly new about Orange-Man-Bad's persecution of pint-sized undocumented line-crossers. In fact, the bastard still comes in fourth behind the last three presidents in mass deportations. The modern militarization of the boarder actually started decades before Trump with another sanction-happy rapist named Bill Clinton (I believe the two may have met once or twice at one of Jeffrey Epstein's Pretty Baby-Eyes Wide Shut Parties) which was just one small part of his fascistic war on children, the hallmark of which was his draconian Biden-approved crime bill which essentially declared black childhood to be a felony. And this is where we meet the concentration camp question.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez generally puts me to shame in the histrionics department (the bitch also looks way better in heels) but she hit the nail on the head when she had the ovaries to call our countries desert tiger-cage day-care centers concentration camps. No single race of people owns the rights to that specific genre of inhumanity. This country had concentration camps for Indians long before Germany was even Germany. A concentration camp is anywhere where large groups of people are concentrated against their will behind bars and concertina wire. You don't have to be a limp-wristed open-borders loving panarchist like me to find that concept repulsive, especially when it involves children. Ankle bracelets are cheap and locking up toddlers is terrorism. But why are we picking favorites here? When it all comes down to it, aren't all prisons concentration camps?

There are millions of people in cages across this country, more than any other country, not just in general but per capita. We make China look like fucking Burning Man for Christ's sake. And what does all this barbarism achieve? Nothing. Not rehabilitation. The American prison system is a factory that gobbles up the children our equally heinous public schools fail and spits out hardened criminals, pathologically incapable of existing anywhere but prison. It's an emotional crippling machine. Recidivism rates are through the roof and a huge portion of this countries permanent prisoners suffer from untreated mental illness. That just leaves us with some hideously arcane Hobbesian sense of frontier justice where we essentially throw people's lives away who hurt us because it makes us feel better about creating a society that makes this pain inevitable. Forgive my bluntness, but this is fucking stupid. We're kicking the dog for biting us because we kicked the dog. Maybe if our schools weren't glorified prisoner factories we would have learned that two wrongs don't make a right, two million wrongs makes a catastrophe and concentration camps are never right.

So I welcome Willem's rage, but I also welcome it to be put in the proper perspective. If you appose the camps on the boarder, you should appose their northern supermax cousins. Tribes managed to effect restorative models of justice centuries before the relatively recent invention of the modern prison. There is no reason why our communities, towns and neighborhoods can't do the same. When a society becomes too modern for mercy, it has ceased to evolve into anything worth protecting. Maybe we can get back on track by spending less time and money on violently reacting to societies ills and more time fixing them. The best way to prevent the proliferation of violence in society is to prevent child abuse. Let's start by letting them out of those goddamn cages. Until then, I will continue to have more sympathy for the Willem Van Spronsen's of this country than the comfortable state terrorists they assault. Make of that what you will.

Smash all the camps, dearest motherfuckers, from Yuma to Attica. Either we all get free or nobodies free. No justice? No peace.

Piss, Vinegar & always Empathy- Nicky/CH

Soundtrack; songs that influenced this post

*  Rusty Cage by Soundgarden
*  Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
*  Drunk II by Mannequin Pussy
*  Suedehead by Morrissey
*  Daddy Was a Bank Robber by the Clash
*  Waiting Room by Fugazi
*  Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers
*  Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
*  Poor Poor Pitiful Me by Warren Zevon


  1. I am not sure I agree with abolishing all prisons, as there are some people such as Ted Bundy who are so dangerous that perhaps prison is the only alternative (not that they had much luck keeping him locked up). But I am nearly certain that at least 99% of the people currently in prison should never have been there. Most of these people are in there for totally victimless crimes, and the rest of the 99% should be required to make restitution to their victims rather than be locked up. Locking someone up who is not dangerous is not justice, it is simply punishment, even retribution, and makes nobody better off.

    You make a very good analogy about kicking the dog for biting you for kicking the dog, it describes the situation perfectly. As far as State sponsored schools as incubators for antisocial behavior which lands young people in prison, well, these very schools are prisons in themselves. I remember reading a book a while back, it was a collection of essays arguing against State sponsored education, titled "The Twelve-Year Sentence." I think that title describes “public” education pretty well.

    Funny you should mention sympathy for Willem Van Spronsen. In my youth, while watching detective shows on TV, I found myself rooting over and over again for the “bad guys” to get away in the end. I don’t know why, as some of these characters really were bad, and had harmed others. I guess, in spite of being as traditionally strait-laced as I was back then, I have always had an antinomian streak. I guess that makes me a criminal at heart.

    I find the immigrant concentration camp situation to be the problem with prisons which riles me up the most, just like you. These people are doing nothing different in principle from you or I crossing a state line to find work or a new home. And we’re fucking throwing them into a Gulag for it? It is amazing how dehumanizing an entire race or class of people allows us to commit the worst atrocities imaginable and think it’s nothing but a righteous act.

    Keep up the good work, Comrade. I saw they had included a link to your Counterpunch article on Justin Raimondo’s life and death on More power to you.

    1. My solution to the Ted Bundy-grade predator would be some form of isolated penal colony in which they could be separated and possibly even studied without being caged. I guess you could call it free range incarceration.

      I always rooted for the bad guys too. The Joker was my favorite. He was more Salvador Dali than Al Capone. He seemed to be in it for theatre above all else. Plus, Batman didn't where lipstick.

  2. Bravo!

    With Due regard... Liberal Warrior

    1. Thank you very much, though I must correct you, I'm a leftist not a liberal. Liberal is a polite word for pussy, and not the kind I should have been born with.