By Os Cangaceiros (author) Wolfi Landstreicher (translator)
Os Cangaceiros used to be a bunch of delinquents stuck up within the spirit of the French revolt of 1968 who refused to enable that spirit die. With not anything yet contempt for the self-sacrificial ideology practiced via "specialists in armed struggle", this uncontrollable band of social rebels wreaked havoc at the French country - attacking infrastructures of oppression, aiding renowned revolts, stealing and liberating mystery blueprints for high-tech prisons, raiding the workplaces of company collaborators, and developing their lives in entire competition to the realm in response to paintings. This quantity, translated by way of Wolfi Landstreicher, is the 1st immense choice of the writings of Os Cangaceiros in English.
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Extra info for A Crime Called Freedom: The Writings of Os Cangaceiros, Volume One
The poor in their struggle for the most elementary survival. The destruction of domination as the main aim of the oppressed. Violence and amazement. For an early detection of the emerging conditions of subversion. Slip the moorings! indd 31 ur epoch is marked by the return of the poor to the initial ferocity. A positive break with the previous period. The workers’ movement, dominated by reformist and stalinist ideas and organized by bureaucratic mechanisms, had managed to civilize the proposals of the poor almost everywhere (the Popular Front was the most important 31 10/31/09 9:02:10 PM T A CRIME CALLED FREEDOM OS CANGACEIROS 32 moment of this process).
Indd 54 remedy. With the triumph of the English ideology, the poor, who were already completely dispossessed, were deprived of even the idea of Industry as the origin plenitude. Puritans – scum The cult of utility and progress found its source and legitimacy in Protestantism, and more precisely in its Anglo-Saxon Puritan variant. Having made religion a private affair, the protestant ethic confirmed the social atomization caused by industrialization. Individuals found themselves alone before god just as they found themselves isolated in the face of commodities and money.
At the same time that the functioning of the buildings is dedicated to eliminating points of friction, it sends every prisoner into a depersonalized environment. Consequently, oppression becomes more abstract. Besides, the point is not so much to mete out an iron discipline to an undifferentiated mass of prisoners as to manage the smallest details of their incarceration. The repressive method cannot disappear – it forms the intrinsic backdrop of the prison universe – but it tends to dress itself up in a cold, impersonal management that characterizes our times so well.