We don’t intend to pay for the crisis!

13 November 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in activism | 10 Comments »

Hmm, maybe the anarcho-syndicalists around here have something up their collective sleeve…

[My translation from original Slovak at the Priama ackia (“Direct Action”) website. All errors mine.]

Priama Akcia’s call: “We don’t intend to pay for the crisis!”

Activism opportunity in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

12 November 2008

A world summit will take place on 15 November 2008 in Washington at which 20 of the most economically powerful countries in the world (including the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will debate regarding reform of the global financial system. It is the day on which the elite will decide upon the salvation of capitalism. This meeting merits our attention because its outcome affects even us. Come what may, we are not going to just sit back and watch the whole crisis. There are many possibilities for beginning activism related to the crisis.


The politicians, bosses and bankers settle things and take care of their own. And we should do the same. The only way we can succeed in not being forced to pay for this crisis is to know ourselves, to have contact among ourselves and to help each other. The objective of this call is to take the first step toward presenting an approach to the crisis from the perspective of ordinary people rather than liberal economists and politicians.

We say this openly: ordinary people – workers, students, retirees and unemployed alike – should in our view take advantage of this global financial crisis to build contact among ourselves. Regardless of how or even whether the capitalists manage to salvage their system, the problems will not go away. They will always arouse discontent and the striving to resolve it by our very own energies. The current situation is an opportunity for establishing contact and thinking about setting up a contact network amongst ourselves. In the process the crisis can be built upon in terms of aid and solidarity regarding the various problems what await us in the near future.


During Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and subsequent days we will publish a flyer, a poster and a questionnaire at our website,

• We suggest distributing flyers basically everywhere. Places where people gather (cafes, clubs, etc.) are good, but distributing them in trains is also very good. All you have to do is get on before the train leaves, throw a few flyers into the cabin and get off before departure. Quick and effective.
Posters for transport stops, schools, workplaces and elsewhere can also draw attention to this activism.
• The questionnaire will be able to be filled out right on a web page and is part of an international project by militant workers. More information coming soon.

Only two things are needed for anyone to get involved in this activity immediately: the urge to do something and the ability to print out materials. These will be prepared in PDF form for open download in Slovak and Czech. Even now you can talk about activism options with someone near you with whom you might be able to do something today, tomorrow or the day after.


Other activities are planned as well. If you want to get involved, let us know at priamaakcia(at)priamaakcia(dot)sk. We will provide information on the website about further activism opportunities and we would be especially pleased if more people – including readers of this text – took part in our ideas. Should you get involved in any way (such as by distributing flyers), please let us know.

We can’t count on chit-chat saying that the crisis will impact us to a weaker extent than it will other countries. The fact is, it’s already impacting us through layoffs at US Steel, in the auto industry (the firms Riba Nitra, Dura Stupava and Johnson Controls), in machining (PPS, Embraco), etc. This will by no means be where it ends…

For spreading this call farther – among your acquaintances, friends or colleagues, via discussion forums, blogs, web pages, myspace, hi5, facebook or other information channels – we thank you in advance.

This is the impulse. What else, and how, is up to you.


Priama akcia (“Direct Action”) is the Slovak branch of the International Workers Association (IWA), a confederation which unites trade unions and initiatives from 16 countries of the world as a membership base.

  1. 10 Responses to “We don’t intend to pay for the crisis!”

  2. By Cork on 13 November 2008

    Good old loveable ansynds. At least they try.

    Sometimes, the pest spray simply does not deter them.

  3. By Cork on 13 November 2008

    I kid, of course. I don’t really believe they’re the human equivalent of cockroaches.

  4. By Mike Gogulski on 13 November 2008

    I’m trying on a much broader view here, Cork. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to network with people who may be receptive to an agorist approach, regardless of their underlying philosophy. I have no idea what to expect.

  5. By brmerrick on 13 November 2008

    Mike, this is an excellent idea. In fact, it may be one of the greatest ideas of all time. Do you have any intention of writing up something similar for STR or LewRockwell?

  6. By Mike Gogulski on 13 November 2008

    This is not my text, I just translated it from the Slovak website of this anarcho-syndicalist group active here and in the Czech Republic.

    Some STR editors track my site, though, and are of course welcome to pick it up and run it if they think it merits attention.

  7. By Aaron Kinney on 14 November 2008

    Individualists, UNITE!

  8. By Royce Christian on 14 November 2008

    A word of advice, be careful. It’s a great thing to network/argue/share with these people. But you need to expect some level of hostility particularly if they are familiar with the term ‘Anarcho-Capitalism.’ They will jump at you.

    The one thing I learned (the hard way) is you need to drop any jargon that’s remotely Anarcho-Capitalist. The AnCap jargon is heavily influenced by economics (pretty obvious), and while you’ll probably find that you and the Syndicalists are pretty much against the same things though propose slightly different solutions, your terminology will conflict will theirs. This is what’s created the schism between the different strains in Anarchism, after all.

    Secondly, if it does come up you need to highlight that while Agorism is influenced by Anarcho-Capitalism, they are not the same thing. Agorism takes the best of Rothbard, and does it better than Anarcho-Capitalism. Also, you can point out that Agorism shares a great deal in common with Mutualism, so it’s a good idea to have some resources to back this up. It’s also a good idea to stress that counter economics is another incarnation of the Anarchist concept of, “creating a new world within the shell of the old.” Systemic, mutual aid, guided towards killing people’s dependency on government, (so long as they don’t agress upon another) is essentially counter economics with a syndicalist spin and another way to put it.

    Lastly, by meeting these people, you need to make sure that you’re not trying to convert them to your views by using Agorism as a watershed. That’s just downright insulting, to both Syndicalists and Agorists.

    Though, if y’all get together and kick-start some kind of counter economic revolt, I might just have to move.

  9. By Mike Gogulski on 20 November 2008

    Agreement from my side on 100% of this, Royce. Thanks nonetheless for the reminders.

  10. By Royce Christian on 23 November 2008

    I apologise if it seemed condescending. I just wanted to be sure; I’ve ventured into hostile territory many times. These are pretty generally the lessons I learned.

  11. By Mike Gogulski on 23 November 2008

    Not condescending. Important. No idea, here, who they are yet — a couple of contact attempts have yielded no response to date.

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