Anarchy 66/Appeal to the international provotariat
Appeal to the
What is the provotariat?
Provos, beatniks, nozems, teddy boys, blousons noirs, gammler, raggare, stiljagi, mangupi, mods, students, artists, rockers, delinquents, anarchists, ban the bombers, misfits. …
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The provotariat is the last rebellious grouping in the Welfare State countries. The proletariat has become the slave of the politicians, happy to watch TV. It has joined its traditional enemy, the bourgeoisie, making with it, becoming bloated, grey Arse-
The new class opposition is Provotariat versus Arse-
But the provotariat is not a class—
The provotariat is a grouping of subversive elements.
Why does the provotariat rebel?
The example of millions of elbow-
We live in a tasteless, monolithic, mass-
But the provos want to be themselves.
They want to be the Creative Leisure Activators of tomorrow!
Down with Philips, Seven Up, Persil, BMC, Players, MacLeans.
The provotariat despises the slave consumer.
We live in an authoritarian society. The authorities (the heads and arms of the Arse-
Against our will the authorities are preparing for atomic war. The full weaponry of mass destruction is being stockpiled everywhere; in America, England, France and China, and soon in West Germany, Sweden, Indonesia, Israel, India and so on. If the War war in Vietnam becomes nuclear war we can expect the Northern Hemisphere to be uninhabitable!
The Authorities decide our manner of living and our manner of dying.
So the provotariat is at odds with authorities everywhere. The police hit out at us when we demonstrate against the atom bomb, when we organise happenings, when the mods and rockers come on the scene in their own way (in subconscious protest against this society). The police work off their spite on us provos.
Police versus provotariat = hierarchy against anarchy.
The anarchistic spirit of the international provotariat has given birth to the anarchist Provo movement which attempts to make the provotariat of the whole world aware of its alienation.
What does anarchism want?
Collectivisation. (No private property, as much as possible common property.)
Decentralisation. (Abolition of the State in which Government holds practically all power.)
Demilitarisation. (Disarmament and no hierarchies.)
A new society composed of a federation of communes, each as autonomous as possible, in which private property is abolished. In the approaching cybernetic age electronic machinery will carry out the tasks of administration which are the eternal pretext for the existence of politicians.
In such a technological society, decentralised into small communities, there will be real democracy.
Anarchism demands revolution!
Provo despairs of the coming of Revolution and Anarchy. Nevertheless it puts its faith in anarchism; for provo anarchism is the only acceptable social concept. It is our ideological weapon against the authoritarian forces which threaten us. The provotariat lacks the strength for revolution but one thing remains to us:
The subtle pin-
A crisis of provoked authority.
Such is the gigantic provocation we call for from the International Provotariat.
Provoke! from anarchist groups!
Provos awake! we are losing a world!