The Parallel State
[A General Operating guide for the Practitioners and Partisans concerned with human rights, human needs and the proliferation of Emancipatory Development on the eve of the Great Revolt.]
There are rights you never even knew you had which entitle you to life much different from the one you currently lead.
We are a group of development practitioners and rescue workers; human rights advocates & defenders, humanitarian relief personnel, peace builders, civil servants, trade unionists, student organizers, community activists and abolitionists that believe in Human Rights and Emancipatory Development. We are prepared to defend those stolen rights by every nonviolent means necessary and coordinate amongst the international resistance movement a broad based revolt to check the atrocities and structural violence propagated by the oligarchs in every country. We are student and also teachers. We are going to teach you what we know and ask for the same in return and we’re all going to work together to get our rights back. To secure a future for our children.
We are dedicated to our families and the future.
It is not our intention that we should compose such an indictment of the Oligarchy that our reader throws down the manuscript and declares him or herself a revolutionist, for cruel experiences of this world and living in it breed more revolutionaries daily then our pens can expend on poetic syllables. Instead we wished to put to paper an ethical argument that condemns our oppressors, clearly states their means of oppressive control and thus allows the reader to take what actions thou wilt to participate in the abolition of our collective slavery. We posit like others before us that the system in which we live is exploitative to all within; top and below. We declare that the World System and the Oligarchic Collectives that operate it are but agents of a vast killing machine; sentencing us all to toil ceaselessly; suffer long and die early while they glut themselves on ill acquired wealth.
With that indictment we ask the reader a Talmudic question; ‘a sane person in an insane world is what?’ And there by a conscious person in a sleeping world has what duty? And furthermore, if the readers cannot be moved by the humble words of this theorist narrator, be moved then by atrocities that are carried out daily paid for in the taxes levied from the sweat of your work and the blood of your fellow humans.
We remind you as have others before me, it is not a revolution we are fighting. It is battle for the survival of our species and is still an open question of who will win, for this is a very old war began long before us and will end long after we are gone. But, far more specifically by what conduct, what actions are appropriate in the face of such a holocaust to ensure that there is still a just and equitable world for our children and grandchildren to inherit.
The victory of the resistance is question of consciousness. The victory of the Oligarchy is a death sentence for all.
With over forty-five active violent conflicts raging across the earth; with many millions outright starving or dying of preventable disease, and over 3 billion human beings caught in varying degrees of wretched poverty at living on less than $2.50 a day we declare that “Northern” economic policy; NGO “development enterprises”, and multilateral conferences on broad based humanitarian goals have been a true and horrific failure. In a most unreasonable framework, the former colonizers have dictated economic terms and trampled on our universal rights, which via so-called “aid” buttresses the most despicable regimes on the planet. We believe that in every nation on earth there is a spirit of resistance growing stronger as the conditions resulting from rights violations grow more egregious by the day. We wish to enlist you in our movement as active partisans or sympathizers and thus may we all be networked in horizontal alliance to bolster our international efforts.
We ask you to join us in building Mass Capacity; that all communities should be trained to administer social services, vastly increase their own agency and control their means of future development. We ask you when necessary to wage all out resistance; that by any non-violent means necessary we will secure and advance universal human rights for all. That even though our nemesis is nasty, brutal and heavily armed we will demonstrate the futility of waging armed conflict. Regardless of the scale of atrocity perpetrated or the crimes against humanity unearthed.
We are advocating the full international coordination of a resistance movement within the mechanisms of the Development Enterprise into a fully mobilized and highly decentralized tactical alliance. We will ascribe a name to that movement in this pamphlet, but of course, a movement in the shadows has no agreed to name only a common cause.
For several hundred years, the vile forces moving against the will and interests of humanity have relied on their brute strength, overwhelming resources, savage barbarism and our disunity. Lacking good data and lines of communication most of the resistance had been cut off from each other until the advent of the internet in the end of the 20th century. We should not trust statistics and data collected by any apparatus of the oligarchy. For all those reading this document. We must organize ourselves into a broad yet highly decentralized framework. This is not a revolution. We must examine the last three hundred years of freedom struggle and declare that we are holding on to besieged and tainted turf. The “nations” liberated in the last two hundred years have been quarantined, ghettoized and driven into proverbial bunkers of their imagined identity. The children of believers and populations they have “liberated” are in some of the darkest corners of the killing fields. They have no collective unity of theory or ideology, race identity or creed. The only thing these slivers of turf and those that govern them have in common is that they have temporarily delivered their population from occupation, subjugation or genocide often at the expense of normative civil and political rights. Some are far worse than others, some more reactionary some more progressive, some not even bound by territory. We must however reinforce them with every available tactic. They are not asking for reinforcements to hold their positions but it must be made clear that no regime, not a single government on this planet has will or intention to relinquish power once it is seized. Be clear that what was done to and inside France, Haiti, Russia and China was the perversion of emancipatory revolt. Be clear that we are not in an ideological confrontation or a spiritual war.
We are engaged in a visceral battle against extinction.
We are offering to reinforce any position from a block to a barrio; from a village to a city; from rebel zones to quarantined states; to lonely outposts deep in the core nations being held in or outside the Parallel State.
For the Para State is not a specific place, nor is it the cumulative land mass liberated in years since some amongst our species came to believe that we were not born to be chattel slaves. It is also not some utopian ideal. It is the reclamation of both minds and spaces. More precisely, it is the creation of functional infrastructure and realization of human rights via mechanisms that unleash human capability. It is the maximization of life via the conquest of the means of development. It is the balance of the ecological, the economic and social spheres under a theory of abundance. It is a realization that we do not have to confront governments and topple states to enjoy our rights and freedom. There are ways to organize the good things of life without engaging the corrupt and self-serving architecture of the state system and those it serves.
We aim to bond our struggles and experiences with those of you and your compatriots who share an affinity with our cause. Our cause is full actualization of the universal human rights as a starting conversation in the dawn of a newly conceived epoch. Our mass capacity will now be unleashed.
We aim to marshal our detachments, utilize our networks, partisans and sympathizers; call upon our allied sister organizations working in direct coordination with yours to stage a rising the likes of which the oligarchs have never seen coming. We are calling not for an insurrection or a general strike; (at least not in historical terms) but instead the embrace of emancipatory development used towards a highly particular end.
Governments everywhere have justified themselves on our supposed nature; that we are supposedly savage, selfish and disorganized as a species. Under the auspices of our projected “nature” they have reduced us serfdom via a sophisticated management system this manuscript will outline. It is not our aim to engage the state system in warfare. That attempt has failed every single time it has been utilized in human history.
Our aim is to use the development technologies to sever unnecessary dependencies. Woman to man; subordinate worker to management; urban or rural; peripheral nation to core humanity to the oligarchy and the people to their governments. It is time to break bonds built to extract from us the enjoyment and goodness of life. They, and it surely is a ‘they’ that profit off of how the world is organized today; they gave us tools so we could be more productive serfs, subjects and consumers but we will train each other in the means of development and we will make them obsolete. We were all born into bondage but we will not die as their slaves.
The aim of the entire Great Revolt therefore is to take full control of the means of development at the most localized level without using violence to do so and harness our collective might to secure our human rights entitlements once and for all.