- Oh yeah, see also Anti-German Translation, “A blog about the anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist and anti-globalization movements, analysing the convergences between right-wing thought and false forms of anti-capitalism, drawing on the German “anti-German” communist current”. Typical Kraut nonsense.
“In an anthropological spirit, then, I propose the following definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community — and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion… The nation is imagined as limited because even the largest of them encompassing perhaps a billion living human beings, has finite, if elastic boundaries, beyond which lie other nations. No nation imagines itself coterminous with mankind… It is imagined as sovereign because the concept was born in an age in which Enlightenment and Revolution were destroying the legitimacy of the divinely-ordained, hierarchical dynastic realm… nations dream of being free, and, if under God, directly so. The gage and emblem of this freedom is the sovereign state. Finally, it is imagined as a community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship. Ultimately it is this fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries, for so many millions of people, not so much to kill, as willingly to die for such limited imaginings. These deaths bring us abruptly face to face with the central problem posed by nationalism: what makes the shrunken imaginings of recent history (scarcely more than two centuries) generate such colossal sacrifices? I believe that the beginnings of an answer lie in the cultural roots of nationalism.” ~ Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1991)
“But it’s not just violent and brutal nazi-skins; the regular German throws bloody shadows back to the early 1930s. Their attitude “what’s not regular, has to be erased” makes political and inter-cultural coalitions against nazi violence impossible. Nazis seem to express exactly what the regular German wants: a Germany just for Germans. [Böhse Onkelz (Bad Uncles)] a fascist band which could hardly manage to play a year ago and whose records are illegal, has sold-out concerts all over Germany and sold more than 50,000 records under the table this fall. Left hardcore is out and “nazi”-punk is the future (nobody wants to be a “wimpy, degenerate, red scumbag”). ~ ‘Nazis Raus Aus Deutschland!’, Love & Rage, Sep/Oct/Nov 1992, p.9.
“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” ~ George Orwell, ‘Notes on Nationalism’ (1945)
“Nationalism is the opposite of imperialism only in the realm of definitions. In practice, nationalism was a methodology for conducting the empire of capital.” ~ ‘The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism’, Fredy Perlman (1984)
- …and solidarity to the comrades. October 15th Solidarity is “a new online project organised by a small group of people spread around the world. We hope to provide a platform to help support those affected by the raids and their wider communities. We also hope to strengthen the networks of existing and future support groups”. See also afterg20.org for information on the situation of the dozens of individuals facing charges as a result of excessive uppityness in the face of the G20.