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The Glory
of Crime

By Punkerslut

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Start Date: October 5, 2009
Finish Date: October 5, 2009

"Which side will you take? For the law and against justice, or for justice and against the law?"
          --Peter Kropotkin, 1880
          "An Appeal to the Young"

     If you have committed a crime, like shoplifting, or disrespecting an officer, or downloading music, or stealing from work, then you will have realized the glory of crime.

     You have proven, with your own hands and your own eyes, that crime does not hurt the community, it doesn't harm the people, and it doesn't destroy culture. You have become a witness to the glory of truth; you have become conscious of the lies by the media, the schools, the universities, and the churches. This personal revelation lifts the fog from your mind, it lifts you from the pit of ignorance, it emancipates your soul, and in a way unlike any other, it excites your heart.

"In creating the articles of the Criminal Code, the legislators forgot that they didn't attack the causes, but only the effects, and so they don't in any way destroy crime. In truth, the causes continuing to exist, the effects will necessarily flow from them. There will always be criminals, for today you destroy one, but tomorrow ten will be born."
          --Ravachol, 1892
          "The Forbidden Speech"

     This is the glory of crime. It existed in the parched documents of Galileo, where he had recorded measurements of rolling balls of various weights. And it exists in the nickel and dime bags that are sold in clubs, bars, and just that right strip of road. It exists with the digital pirate who illegally downloads movies, music, and games. This person breaks the law, only to be exposed to new ideas and media; and in their shadow, we see the encyclopedists from centuries ago -- they were hunted throughout Europe, just for collecting ideas, and making them freely available. Whether in the format of MP3 or typeset, bootleggers and pirates have advanced culture and weakened Capitalist exploitation. There is a glory to all of this.

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     To be the criminal is to constantly be a fugitive and sought-after; you must always be aware of your surroundings, always calculating and predicting the next move by state agencies, prepared at any moment for whatever situation you're dealt. Any person in the world who becomes your friend could turn you in; anyone who knows what you're thinking may start to see what you're actually doing. There is always a secrecy, but this does not mean the criminal is a lonely person.

"The day I rob a bank is the first day I'm not lying to you or me about what I believe..."
          --Wingnut Dishwashers Union, 2009
          "Burn the Earth, Leave it Behind," Track 2

     The first union of Britain had organized in the fifteenth century. The servants of the king and aristocracy were prepared to withdraw their labor, but the masters couldn't have this. Any organization of laborers, that had sought the interests of the laborers, was prohibited. The criminals here were not the outcasts depicted in films and books, hiding from all human contact. The unionist criminals were the organizers of the masses!

     The greatest aspiration is not one with a clean, criminal record, one with a history that involved no social change. We should aspire to be like the criminals in the German Peasants' War of 1524 AD, or the Chen Sheng Wu Guang Uprising of 209 BC. Those who have agitated and educated the masses, who have sacrificed for the common good, who have become victims of state brutality so that others could see the truth. From thinkers like Martin Luther King, to Gandhi, to Susan B. Anthony, crime has been the cornerstone to philosophies that promise genuine liberty.

     There is glory in truth, glory in real freedom, and glory in crime!

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"...the law makes ten criminals where it restrains one."
          --Voltairine De Cleyre, 1890
          "The Economic Tendency of Freethought"


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