Due to the recent publication of a loose smattering of straw man arguments and other logical fallacies, also known as the CrimethInc. article, “Say You Want an Insurrection,” which both critiques insurrectionary anarchist thought and misrepresents the purpose of Social Rupture, I feel it necessary to step outside of my usual posting format and talk briefly about why this blog exists. This statement is neither meant to be a scathing critique of the article or CrimethInc. in general, as other people have already begun dissecting the article and I'm sure that anyone familiar with the anarchist milieu in the United States has already heard their fair share of criticism related to CrimethInc.
Social Rupture was conceived by a dear friend of yours truly during a time when a handful of other blogs (Bombs and Shields, AntiCiv, Center for Strategic Anarchy) were regularly updated with news of anti-capitalist, anti-exploitation, and anti-authoritarian struggles and attacks from around the world. Social Rupture was created in order to show that right beside the swelling militant anarchist activity, there were non-political attacks on normality in the United States every day in the form of anti-social actions such as bank robberies, high-end vandalism, cop killings, prison breaks, sabotage, various expropriations, and the occasional smashed bank window or two. In the midst of these other blogs, Social Rupture was conceived to explore the illegalist activity and creative destruction which runs rampant in the United States. The blog has never existed to publish explicitly anarchist action, although I do not hesitate to talk about the exploits of our comrades.
Now, a point of contention arises with the CrimethInc. article: in the section entitled “Not Just Insurrection, but Anarchist Insurrection,” the authors make the egregious claim that Social Rupture “hail[s] all sorts of antisocial crime as manifestations of social war, without knowing the motivations of the protagonists.” Au contraire, never has such a notion been expressed and to suggest that every action reported on Social Rupture is being billed as a staunchly anti-authoritarian attack on state and capital is a gross misrepresentation of this blog's purpose. The truth of the matter is, the majority of the people who commit these anti-social acts which are not explicitly anarchist were probably not reflecting upon the ideas of negation, potentiality, the totality, or even insurrection or anarchy while they stole an ATM, torched a church, or shot four cops sitting in a cafe. It is important to recognize that assaults on daily life occur frequently, but often have little to do with politics or the negation thereof.
Social Rupture, contrary to the assertions of “Say You Want an Insurrection,” does not push for a particular party program or a desire for an anarcho-specialist revolt against capitalism. Let us hope instead for a widening of the chasm which snakes in and about society--a fissure of social malaise which continues to threaten the banality of everyday life. May the spread of illegalism and the gratification of destruction further infect all passersby.