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“When the police feel they are reduced to the status of sub-humans, they themselves go into a kind of revolt against the young people in order to affirm a humanity which is denied to them, and in so doing they are therefore not simply playing the part of killing/ repression machines. Secondly, every riot cop and every other kind of cop is still a person. Each one is a person with a definite role like everyone else. It is dangerous to delegate all inhumanity to one part of the social whole, and all humanity to another.”

– Jacques Camatte, “Against Domestication.”  In French in Invariance Année VI, Série II, no. 3, 1973. This translation Falling Sky Books, Kitchener, Canada in 1981.

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“Immoral Women Are In The Toils,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 08.

From recent arrests made by Provincial Constable George Grassick there has apparently been an influx of immoral women from Montreal into this district of late. They have been given short shrift by the provincial policeman, however, as two of the number already taken into custody say they have been in the district but two weeks. They have been making their headquarters at Stobie Mine. On the occasion of the police visit to the place, however, only one girl, Cecile Gauthier, was found at home. Ellen Sunden has since been arrested, while a girl named Hilda is still at large.

The two girls so far arrested have pleaded guilty, but have been remanded for sentence for a week.

‘Clean up the nest,’ Magistrate Brodie told the police when he deferred sentence Tuesday morning.

A young well-dressed Italian, with a brush cut and of a smart appearance, came forward to the dock in Tuesday’s court and offered to marry the Gauthier girl if the Magistrate would release her. The girl is but eighteen years old, well dressed and good looking. After a few questions the magistrate decided against the union, for a time at least.

Cecile Gauthier told the court that she came of good people in Montreal and that her step-brother was a Jesuit Father in that city. Addresses were given the court. The girl continued that she had left Montreal in company with two other girls and had told her parents that she had secured a position with a Montreal family as nurse girl and companion. From Toronto they came to Sudbury, which proved to be the end of their journey, the trio running foul of the provincial police.

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“Underlying all this is a profoundly important phenomenon: all human life, from the very beginning of its development within capitalist society, has undergone an impoverishment. More than this, capitalist society is death organized with all the appearances of life. Here it is not a question of death as the extinction of life, but death-in-life, death with all the substance and power of life. The human being is dead and is no more than a ritual of capital. Young people still have the strength to refuse this death; they are able to rebel against domestication. They demand to live. But to those great numbers of smugly complacent people, who live on empty dreams and fantasies, this demand, this passionate need just seems irrational, or, at best, a paradise which is by definition inaccessible.

Youth remains a serious problem for capital because it is a part of society which is still undomesticated. The lycée students demonstrated not only against military service and the army, but also, and just as much, against the school, the university and the family. Schools function as the organization of the passivity of the soul, and this is true even when active and libertarian methods are used; the liberation of the school would be the liberation of oppression. In the name of history, science and philosophy, each individual is sent down a corridor of passivity, into a world surrounded by walls. Knowledge and theory are just so many insurmountable barriers which prevent one individual from recognizing other individuals, making dialogue between them impossible. Discourse must proceed along certain channels, but that’s all. And then at the end of the pipeline, there is the army, which is a factory for domestication; it organizes people into a general will to kill others, structuring the dichotomy already imprinted in their minds by the secular morality of “my nation” and “other people”, all of whom are potential enemies. People are trained and educated to know how to justify the unjustifiable – the killing of men and women.”

– Jacques Camatte, “Against Domestication.” 

In French in Invariance Année VI, Série II, no. 3, 1973. This translation Falling Sky Books, Kitchener, Canada in 1981.

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