In Volume Three of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, I have included a selection regarding the revolution in Egypt during the “Arab Spring,” and a piece on the new Russian capitalism, showing that so-called Marxist state socialism and the “dictatorship of the proletariat” were not stages in the transition from capitalism to communism, but from a primitive form of capitalism to a more advanced form, under the aegis of an authoritarian state. This week, Pussy Riot’s video denouncing Vladimir Putin and calling for freedom in Russia was officially condemned, while two member’s of Pussy Riot remain imprisoned. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to impose its own dictatorship, much like the clerics in Iran following the overthrow of the Shah, and the Bolsheviks in Russia following the overthrow of the Czar. I felt it was appropriate then to post these two anarchist proclamations from the Russian Revolution, in which the anarchists denounce the nascent Bolshevik dictatorship and suppression of freedom, calling on the people to arise against their new masters and to create a “sorrowless world, with freedom, love, equality and brotherhood for all people.”
THE SOCIAL-VAMPIRES ARE DRINKING YOUR BLOOD!
THOSE WHO EARLIER CRIED OUT FOR LIBERTY, FRATERNITY AND EQUALITY ARE CREATING TERRIBLE VIOLENCE!
THE SHOOTING OF PRISONERS IS OCCURRING NOW WITHOUT TRIAL OR INVESTIGATION AND EVEN WITHOUT THEIR ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ TRIBUNAL.
THE BOLSHEVIKS HAVE BECOME MONARCHISTS.
PEOPLE! THE GENDARME’S BOOT IS CRUSHING ALL YOUR BEST FEELINGS AND DESIRES.
THERE IS NO FREE SPEECH, NO FREE PRESS, NO FREE HOUSING. EVERYWHERE THERE IS ONLY BLOOD, MOANS, TEARS AND VIOLENCE.
YOUR ENEMIES SUMMON HUNGER TO HELP THEM IN THEIR STRUGGLE WITH YOU.
ARISE THEN PEOPLE!
DESTROY THE PARASITES WHO TORMENT YOU!
DESTROY ALL WHO OPPRESS YOU!
CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS YOURSELVES. DO NOT TRUST YOUR FATE TO ANYONE.
ARISE PEOPLE! CREATE ANARCHY AND THE COMMUNE!
TO THE FLAMES WITH LAW AND AUTHORITY
TERROR, DISCONTENT, HATRED AGAINST EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING.
GROANS OF THE HUNGRY, TEARS OF WIVES, MOTHERS.
PROTESTS AND DESPAIR OF THE ABUSED.
CRIES OF THE SICK AND DYING.
VENGEANCE OF THE WEAK.
THE TRIUMPH OF POVERTY.
REVENGE AND DEFIANCE OF THE INSULTED.
MORE HATE, MORE ANGER AGAINST THIS ENSLAVEMENT!
MAY THIS ODIOUS AND WORTHLESS WORLD ROT!
WORLD OF MASTERS AND SLAVES, WORLD OF ENSLAVERS AND ENSLAVED!
WORLD OF THE SATED AND THE HUNGRY!
AWAY WITH GRIEF AND DEJECTION!
ONWARD TO LIBERTY AND EQUALITY!
PULL DOWN THE PRISON WALLS!
BRING FREEDOM TO ALL THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH!
DESTROY THE CULTURE OF THE OPPRESSORS!
SMASH ‘YOUR’ EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY IDOLS!
CAST ANGER AND HATE TO THE FLAMES!
TO THE FLAMES WITH LAWS AND RULES SET DOWN BY ‘GOD’ AND AUTHORITY!
TEAR UP BY THE ROOTS THIS CONTEMPTIBLE WORLD! AND ON ITS RUINS BUILD A BRIGHT, SORROWLESS WORLD, WITH FREEDOM, LOVE, EQUALITY AND BROTHERHOOD FOR ALL PEOPLE!
Vestnik Anarkhii (Briansk), 14 July 1918