A Crime Called Freedom: The Writings of Os Cangaceiros, by Os Cangaceiros (author) Wolfi Landstreicher (translator)

By Os Cangaceiros (author) Wolfi Landstreicher (translator)

Os Cangaceiros was once a bunch of delinquents stuck up within the spirit of the French rebellion of 1968 who refused to allow that spirit die. With not anything yet contempt for the self-sacrificial ideology practiced by way of "specialists in armed struggle", this uncontrollable band of social rebels wreaked havoc at the French kingdom - attacking infrastructures of oppression, helping renowned revolts, stealing and freeing mystery blueprints for high-tech prisons, raiding the workplaces of company collaborators, and growing their lives in whole competition to the realm in keeping with paintings. This quantity, translated by means of Wolfi Landstreicher, is the 1st large choice of the writings of Os Cangaceiros in English.

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Quite appropriately, John and Paula Zerzan bring up this contradiction2: It was during the second third of the 19th century, when the poor were subjected to the most degrading and mutilating conditions in all aspects of their lives, and when all resistance to the founding of the new capitalist order was defeated, that Marx, Engels and their followers greeted the birth of “the revolutionary army of work” with satisfaction, and believed that the objective conditions for a victorious assault had finally come together.

July 13: In Lyons, two official cars are set on fire in solidarity with the city’s prisoners. ). July 14: At St. Paul prison in Lyons, about twenty prisoners of the “psychiatric” unit rebel, destroying and burning. The pathetic presidential amnesty is announced: a one to two month reduction of short-term sentences. The JAP [Judges for the Application of Penalties] will expand their workload: 3000-4000 prisoners will get out in the next few days. Numerous disturbances will accompany the news in the country’s prisons.

Now they appeal to the interests of the company. In this period, the bureaucrats have reached the point where they can discuss what was beyond discussion for workers in the 1970s. Today these union apparatuses are involved, in a systematic way as managers, in meddling in the affairs of the companies. The reformist conception of “self-management” has entered into union practice that is now mainly dedicated to co-management. What wasn’t yet obvious in 1968 has now become so. The workers’ movement defined itself in this way: it was about making a collective legal 33 subject out of the mass of workers, a subject 10/31/09 9:02:11 PM T A CRIME CALLED FREEDOM OS CANGACEIROS 34 that defended its interests in civil society.

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