Dear CBC: Yep, I´m a terrorist. Boo!
In which I finally answer the questions the CBC asked me back in February
As some of you know, I have somewhat of an ongoing feud with the Canadian Brainwashing Corporation, the propaganda arm of the state.
The following post will make more sense to people who are familiar with the back story of my beef with the CBC. I will offer a brief summary below, but the best way to bring yourself up to speed is to watch the following video:
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The above video does not mention me by name, but near the end, a CBC reporter named Rob Brown makes reference to an anarchist from Ottawa who now lives in Mexico. It´s obvious that he´s talking about yours truly.
Around the same time the above video was posted, an article called When Anarchists Attack was published, which strongly implies that I might be one of the ringleaders of a direct action campaign targeting oil and gas infrastructure in Northern B.C. The article states:
One of the people taken into custody was Anton Bueckert, who describes himself as an eco-anarchist. Originally from Ottawa, he now lives in Mexico and writes an anarchist themed newsletter on the Substack platform.
Bueckert was arrested in the 2019 RCMP raid in B.C. and charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon. The charge was stayed last year. He was also arrested in Quebec for chaining himself to an Enbridge pipeline in 2015 and again in Minnesota after clashing with police while trying to disrupt a pro-Trump rally in St. Paul in 2017.
They even included the following photo, complete with attribution to satisfy the most anal-retentive editor.
My expectations of the CBC aren´t high, but I was impressed by the quality of the reporting. Although they try to make the facts fit their anti-smurf, pro-Gargamel bias, the article does not contain any obvious factual errors. Surprising.
This article was briefly the top article on the CBC website, meaning that several hundred thousand people probably saw this article, although who knows how many people actually bothered to read it. Who reads these days?
It´s pretty hilarious to me to think that this is how thousands upon thousands of people learned of my existence. The CBC is making me out to be some kind of anarchist super-villian, but they neglected to include any details that actually reflect badly on me. They didn´t even call me a far-right anti-semitic transphobic conspiracy theorist with unacceptable views! C´mon guys, get your shit together!
As much as I like the attention, however, I think it would be wise for me to set the record straight about a few things, because Canadian authorities have basically publicly announced that I am a suspect in a major investigation.
Now, it should be obvious to everyone who knows me that I would never brag about crimes that I actually committed. Loose lips sink ships. The reason I´ve been taunting the police is because I know that they´ve got nothing on me. I find it hilarious that they´re so clueless that they´re investigating me two years after I left the country. They´re clearly grasping at straws.
None of this will be the slightest bit funny if I end up getting my ass locked up over it, though. And the fact of the matter is that I have nothing to do with the attacks in question, although it´s not hard to see why the police would suspect me.
So, anyway, this article won´t be as entertaining as previous posts, because I´ve decided it´s not in my best interests to taunt the police anymore.
Okay, with that out of the way, I´m about ready to begin, but first, I´ll post links to my previous posts about my beef with the CBC.
I´m really sorry to keep you guys waiting. I´m not sure how much you guys know about clowns, but basically you can never expect them to arrive on time.
I swear I wasn´t just trying to snub you guys. I think it´s real swell that you think that I´m so important, and I do realize that you guys were offering me free airtime. I´m flattered and everything, but you kind of caught me at a bad time, to be honest.
Really, I´ve been going through a lot lately. If you guys really are monitoring my movements, I guess you already know this, but I recently left Chiapas after finding out that my girlfriend was cheating on me.
I like to present a certain image to the world, but I´m not going to lie. That was a major blow to my self-esteem. It´s a little tricky playing the cocky bastard given the circumstances, and being a cocky bastard is kind of my thing. You understand my problem?
Fortunately, however, I had another lover all along. Honestly, I really wanted to be with her all along, but I thought I couldn´t be because she lives in Michoacan, she´s much younger than I am, and I thought that her daddy might decapitate me if I tried to get her to run away with me.
Really, though, the answer was staring me in the face all along. I don´t need to talk her into dropping out of school to be with me. I can just move to Michoacan.
I know some people say that it´s not a good idea to move somewhere for a girl, but when you´re in love with someone, you´re going to do what you gotta do to be with them. When you´re really, truly in love, you want to be with your lover, and you´re going to be willing to do what you need to do to be with them. Plus, Michoacan rules.
Anyway, she says that her daddy probably won´t kill me, and I´ve decided to trust her. I think that so long as I treat her like a princess, I should be good. Maybe a bit of fear will keep me on the right path.
(You never really hear feminists talk about this, but the ability of a wife´s relatives to inflict pain on a husband is one of the most important predictors of the status of women in comparative political anthropology. It beats me why feminists never talk about this. Are they not into comparative political anthropology or something? Why wouldn´t they be?)
In any case, all this to say that I´m sorry to keep you guys waiting. Please don´t take it personally. I´ll tell you what - I´ll make it up to you by resisting the temptation to mock you guys, okay? You guys are clearly doing your best. It´s not your fault that Stephen Harper sold Canada to the CCP for chump change.
In previous posts, I was quite insulting towards you, but I´ve decided to switch my game up.
Let´s just say that someone wise appeared to me in a dream and scolded me for taunting my enemies. My parents and grandparents all taught me to love my enemies, and I want to honour them. So, technically, I´m supposed to love you, Rob. Don´t ask me how, but I do like the fact that you haven´t lied about me. I appreciate that. So long as you don´t do that, we´re good, capiche?
Also, the truth is that I do want to visit Canada in the near future, so I have a vested interest in doing some damage control.
For this reason, among others, I want to unequivocally state that I really had nothing at all to do with the vandalism in question.
Next, let me just say that I am not returning to Canada in order to cause problems for the Canadian state. I am planning to visit family. I have a new nephew, and I haven´t even met him yet.
For another thing, I want to attend a fasting ceremony with my spiritual family. My mental health has been up and down over the past few years, and I need to spend some time in ceremony with people who know me well. I´m no good to anyone else if I can´t even take care of myself. My mental health is always number one on my list of priorities, and I make no apologies about that.
Also, I really want to meet my little nephew for the first time. It took me 35 years to become an uncle. My step-sister got married back in January of last year and had a baby in November. This is my first nephew, and I really want to meet him. I know that you guys want to make me out to be a bad guy, so maybe you don´t believe me, but really family is very important to me.
My plan is to return to Canada at the beginning of May and stay for a month. I am not planning on throwing myself back into political organizing. Although the winds now do seem to be blowing my way a lot more than they were a couple of years ago, I really don´t feel inspired to stick my neck out for my fellow Canadians after the nightmare of the COVID era. Why should I defend the rights of people who have no solidarity with me?
Honestly, my feelings are summed up nicely by the following meme:
Regardless, I said I would answer your questions, and although I didn´t play my cards right, I´m still going to come through for your guys.
Okay, so with that out of the way, let´s do this, shall we?
THE CBC INTERVIEWS ANTON BUECKERT
1.Were you involved in the two direct actions I referenced above?
No. I wasn´t even in the country. Since leaving Canada in May 2021, I have returned only twice. Both times were in order to attend court dates.
The first time was in the Fall of 2021, which ended with the Crown´s star witness deciding that he wanted to go home or something.
The second time was from July 2022 to September 2022. In this case, I traveled a great distance in order to stand trial, but neither the crown prosecutor nor the star witness showed up on the day of the trial.
A summary of my second trial can be found in the following video, which was filmed outside the courthouse in Smithers, B.C.
This will surprise a lot of people, but technically I have no criminal record in Canada. Although I was convicted of various crimes as a minor, and received two conditional sentences and one pre-trial diversion as an adult, I technically do not have any convictions on my record since turning 18.
It´s also worth noting that none of the crimes I have ever been charged with are considered crimes of moral turpitude. So by the state´s own admission, I´m really not that bad of a guy. A lot of people, especially feminists, have tried to convince me that I´m a horrible person over the years, but no one has been able to make the case convincingly enough to make me or my friends believe it.
You guys trying to make me seem like a villain kind of just makes me seem like a bad-ass, if you ask me. You guys might want to rethink your game plan. Just saying.
2.If you weren't, are you able to put me in touch with who was?
Are you really asking me to do your job for you? Why in the fuck would I do that?
Okay, okay, fine, I´ll play nice. Let´s take a close look at those videos and see if we can´t channel our inner Sherlock Holmes, why don´t we?
Okay, do you want to play twenty questions? Or is that too complicated for you? How about we watch another vido, then you ask me a question and I tell you whether you´re hot or cold? Sound fair? Okay, let´s go.
Okay, any guesses now? No?
Jesus, they´re not giving the C-IRG the pick of the litter, are they? Okay, let´s try once more.
How about now? Still nothing?
Jesus Christ, do you really need me to help you figure this out? Here, maybe this will help.
Obviously, it was GUTALAX! Weren´t the costumes a dead giveaway?
Oh my God. Please don´t tell me that you don´t know who GUTALAX is. Oh my God, do your wives know how of the fucking loop you guys are? Fercrissake.
If you´ve living under a rock for the last decade, or you have terrible taste in music, Gutalax are the grindcore superheroes fighting to send all shit demons back to hell.
Just watch this video. It´s easier than me explaining something that really shouldn´t need to be explained. Then please do the world a favour and pretend that you knew who GUTALAX was all along.
So now you know. It was GUTALAX. You guys have an extradition treaty with Germany, right? Get your German cop buddies to issue warrants, have them kick down some doors and feel like badasses, dust off your uniforms, go home, fuck your wives, and call it a day. That´s what you guys want, isn´t it?
What? Still not happy? Damn, you guys are tough customers. Okay, fine, I get it, I get it. You want to know whether GUTALAX might have had Canadian assiStants with names and addresses, because if you don´t arrest anyone soon, some asshole who thinks they´re a big shot is going to yell at you. Man, sucks to be you. I have no idea what it´s like to pretend to care what some government dipshit thinks. Doesn´t sound like fun.
As to whether or not anarchists may have assisted our entrepid shitbusting heroes, I guess anything´s possible, but I really can´t be of much assistance here. If there were Canadians involved, I don´t know who they were. As I have previously stated, I am no longer on speaking terms with most of my former comrades back in Canada, and am basically estranged from the anarchist movement that I used to be a part of. So, believe it or not, I couldn´t give you any useful information about those attacks even if I wanted to. All I can say is that they really seem to done a very good job. It´s not easy pulling off such a complex operation. Maybe it was Russian agents. Have you guys given any thought to that possibility?
3.If you were or were not...can you explain why those sort of tactics would be used?
Sabotage of heavy equipment is used to render heavy equipment inoperable. Property destruction accomplishes two things. First, to prevent use of that property. Second, to inflict damage to one´s opponent by costing them money.
These types of action are intended to cost CGL and the Canadian state money. The logic is simple - the only thing that corporations care about is money. The only way to do damage to them is to hit them where it hurts. The only logical way to fight them is to cost them money.
This is known as attrition.
Ironically, the fact that C-IRG exists at all is proof of how effective indigenous land defnders and their anarchist comrades have been in recent years, because every dollar spent on policing CGL adds to the cost of the project.
We have been costing you guys money in more ways than one, and y´all know it.
4.In what ways would those tactics help achieve the stated goals of the Wet'suwet'en who oppose the project and have been non-violent to date?
If the pipeline is not completed, they win.
The stated goals of the Wet´suwet´en hereditary chiefs is to assert the sovereignty of their traditional territory, as per the aboriginal title recognized by the Delgamuukw court case.
You guys act like this is a complicated legal question with differing opinions that are equally valid, but that´s a crock of shit and you know it. The Delgamuukw court case went on for twenty fucking years, and resulted in a clear victory for the Wet´suwet´en and Gitxsan chiefs. Really, this is a case when the law happens to be inconvenient for the Canadian state, so you´re choosing to ignore the law.
Apparently, it´s cool with you what statists ignore the law, but when anarchists do the same, you cry like a five year-old girl who just dropped her favourite teddy bear in a mudpuddle.
You can take your indignation about anarchist lawbreakers and shove it up your ass.
You´re criminals too.
5.Is the anarchist movement an organized movement in Canada or is it more accurate to characterize in another way? If so, how?
Good question. That´s a tricky one. Anarchist organization is hard to describe to non-anarchists. Have you ever seen the movie Flubber?
If you want to understand how anarchists manage to have such an impact on world events whilst simultaneously seeming not to have their shit together at all, just watch Flubber. At the best of times, anarchist organization is like Flubber. Things just happen because of the magical qualities possessed by anarchists, or perhaps because anarchists are possessed by the magic of the universe which acts through them.
Christians refer to this as being animated by the Holy Spirit, by the way. Remember when your mommy and daddy were trying to teach you to be a good person? Remember that part about the Holy Ghost? That´s anarchism in a nutshell, if you can wrap your mind around that.
That said, these are definitely not the best of times. The truth is that the anarchist movement in Canada is no longer united at all, and in fact that many of the factions that used to comprise it are now hostile to each other.
This has been especially true since COVID, but there were simmering tensions long before.
A lot of this has to do with what is now called woke ideology, but which used to be called anti-oppression praxis (or, to the unitiated, identity politics).
Basically, the Left´s obession with race and gender gradually undermined the universalism inherent to anarchism, until it morphed into something else entirely. This ideology, commonly known in academic circles as post-anarchism, repudiates the universalism of classical anarchism and mixes in influences drawn from Marxist, poststructuralist, and postmodernist theories. The result is an incoherent, incongruent, inconsistent jumble of jargonistic blather that will inevitably collapse under the weight of its own contradictions.
We at Nevermore believe that post-anarchism is a house of cards, and that is why we are huffing and puffing with all of our might. It´s because we have every intention of blowing it down.
All of this would be more clear with an example, so I´ll provide one.
Nevermore, for instance, is basically alone amongst anarchists in having any sort of critique of trans ideology, or of the medical-industrial complex pushing fucked-up drugs on children in the name of ¨affirming their gender¨ or whatever. Apparently genital mutilation, which was horrifying when we used to hear about it being done in Africa, is totally fine when it´s done by putative ¨medical professionals¨. We say FUCK THAT!
If you have no problem with mutilating the genitals of children and making them life-long dependents on pharmaceutical drugs that will undoubtedly cause all kinds of fucked-up side effects, you´re out of your fucking minds. I´m glad I´m not on your side.
I´ll add as a caveat that I have no problem with adults doing what they want to do with their bodies. I have many queer friends and I know many queer people also think that what these so-called doctors are doing to kids now are insane. Since when has being queer been about forcing your ideology down the throats of children?
You can imagine how popular I am with my former publishers over at Montreal Counter-Info, by the way. This month, they published a reportback from a rally in which trans ideologues staged a counter-protest of a right-wing protest against a drag show for children being held in a public library.
Think about that. Of all the injustices in the world, the one that they feel most aggrieved by is the fact that some people don´t like that adults are putting on a strip show for children. Can you even wrap you mind around that? I´m not going to lie. I can´t. All I know is that if you think I want to have anything at all to do with that type of person, you´re out of your fucking minds.
It gets even more pathetic, by the way. You ready for the kicker?
Get this - the drag queen who was scheduled to give this child-friendly strip show reached out to the counter-protest organizers to implore them not to attend. I shit you not.
That´s right. Not even the people these wanna-be anti-fascist super-soldiers were rallying in support of even wanted them there. How sad is that? No one outside of their echo chambers wants anything at all to do with them.
I include myself in that company, by the way. After years of working with this type of person, I´ve concluded that they bring nothing to the table. They´re insufferably self-righteous, yet have no idea of basic moral principles. They´re pure liabilities, and I for one think that real anarchists should distance themselves from these hysterical Pharisee fucks.
Do you understand the problem better now? These people call themselves anarchists and control most media outlets that call themselves anarchist. Anarchism is a contested term, meaning that people with opposing ideologies lay claim to it. When I really stop and think about it, it must be damn near impossible to make sense of from the outside. It´s hard enough to make sense of from the inside.
The anarchist movement, if it can ever be called that, is at war with itself, and honestly I think that a whole lot of anarchists are waging a strange kind of inner war within their own hearts and minds as well. Things have gotten so fucking warped in recent years that a lot of people aren´t really quite sure how to feel about things anymore. The whole anarchist movement needs to shed its skin, and shed its skin it shall. Well it does, it shall truly become a force to be reckoned with. Mark my words.
We were in the time of the New Moon, but now a sliver is visible. Anarchism is in its ascendancy again. Like the moon, anarchism will always be reborn, because its source is the innate desire for freedom that every human being possesses.
There´s not a lot of sure things in this life, but the inevitable rebirth of anarchism is one of them. Push people far enough, and they´ll start valuing their freedom again. And because anarchism is the philosophy of freedom, the inevitable result of rising authoritarianism is a revival of anarchism.
That´s probably not great news for your shareholders, I get it. But please don´t shoot the messenger, okay? I just want to visit my family.
As for the schism in the anarchist movement, it seems pretty irreconciliable now, but honestly, there has been so many crazy twists and turns of fate in recent years, I wouldn´t be surprised if we end up on the same side of the barricades again.
It now seems to me entirely possible that Canada could see something like the Gilets Jaunes in France, in which a rural, right-wing protest movement ended up transcending the left-right political divide and coalescing into a popular uprising which continues to gain force. If something like that happened in Canada, we could kill CGL right fast.
But woke ideology is standing in the way, as evidenced by the fact that Wet´suwet´en leaders showed no solidarity with last year´s Freedom Convoy. It´s tragic that that opportunity was lost, and shows that people are prioritizing political tribalism over political strategy, and that´s a damn shame. If people really wanted to win bad enough, they´d understand the importance of coalition-building, which is really what politics is all about.
6.Do you know if there "anarchists" directly involved in on the ground action in Wet'suwet'en terriroty?
Yes. Everyone knows that. Why would you even ask a question that you already know the answer to? Do I really think than I don´t have anything better to do than answer stupid questions like this? I know I said I was going to be nice, but you´re really trying my patience here, Rob.
7.Do you think the violent tactics will continue and even after the pipeline is built?
I´m not sure which violent tactics you´re referring to. Do you mean that actions of the RCMP sending heavily armed goons to invade sovereign indigenous territory?
I can guess what you mean, however. You want to know whether I think that indigenous land defenders and their anarchist comrades are going to give up the fight against CGL, or whether they will continue to resist.
Really, what do you think? Do you really have to ask? Do you think everyone that has dedicated some much of their lives over the past ten years to this cause are just going to walk away and say ¨Ah, well, at least we tried¨?
You do realize that the Wet´suwet´en have been where they´re at since the last Ice Age, right? You think they´re about to pick up and peace out? Are you guys silly?
So, I´m going to go ahead and say that I think that it is extremely likely that the struggle will continue for years to come. It would be disingenuous to think otherwise.
Although I can´t pretend that the movement is in a particularly strong position right now, I assure you that there are many people fanatically devoted to the cause. If you think I´m the guy you need be worrying about, all I´ve got to say is ¨Oh, boy.¨
Really, the truth is that there are people whose dedication to the cause far exceeds mine. I´ve been maxing out in Mexico for the better part of two years. Obviously I don´t have boots on the ground. From what I can tell, however, the people who do definitely haven´t given up, and that speaks to the depth and the strength of the conviction that people have in the righteousness of their cause. If you think your smurf problem is going away anytime soon, you got another think coming.
Also, there is a boom-and-bust cycle to activist morale, in which time of great momentum are interspersed with periods of pessimism and despondency. That´s just how she goes. Obviously, there will be future native insurgencies in Canada, and there will also likely be other unrest as well, especially as it becomes increasingly obvious that FIPPA basically renders Canadian sovereignty null and void.
(Yes, I know that Canadian sovereignty was a joke all along, and that Canada has always been a resource colony for the Crown. But you know what I mean.)
Personally, I think that sabotage is an important tactic, and that attrition is an important strategy, but I don´t think that either should be seen as the be-all and end-all of political struggle. Ultimately, I think that we need to build a strong movement between different sectors of society. You can make me out to be some kind of terrorist if you want, but really what I envision looks a lot more like the Civil Rights movement than the Weather Underground. True, I am a vanguardist, but I´m a vanguardist who understands politics. Smashy-smash is not a political program. All real political work is coalition-building.
I salute the courage of those who choose the path of the warrior, but the role of the peacemaker is equally important. Respect for a diversity of tactics shouldn´t be a dogwhistle for smashy-smash. It should be sincere. Different forms of political organizing are important, not just direct action. As much as I might enjoy my reputation as a badass, I´m not really sure how much I deserve it. I really do see sabotage as only one part of a larger political strategy.
There is a lot of diplomacy that needs to happen if the anarchist movement is to regain its former fortitude. In all honesty, it remains to be seen whether the political will to rebuild the movement exists. Anarchists are stubborn people, and there is quite a bit of bad blood between different factions at this point.
Really, though, I don´t think that the success or failure of the fight against CGL will ultimately come down to whether or not anarchists can put their differences aside. This is a native issue.
Really, you´ve got to think about demographics. How many anarchists are there in Canada? Ten thousand? Twenty? Maybe fifty? I doubt anyone could make a convincing case that there are more than fifty thousand committed anarchists in Canada, unless one were to include members of certain religious sects in one´s tally.
How many indigenous people are there? Way, way more than fifty thousand, that´s for sure. No one knows how to count indigenous people in Canada, but probably 10% of the country can call themselves indigenous, and a lot of them have very strong feelings about what that means to them. Really, it´s not anarchists you need to worry about. I´m flattered that you think we´re so important, but really we´ve just been playing a supporting role in a native insurgency that has been thirty years in the making. If it makes you feel better to blame people like me, go ahead. It won´t make your problem go away, though.
This is a native issue. Anarchists have done their part to answer the call for settlers to address the historic injustice of colonization, and I think that we´ve done an admirable job of participating without trying to steer the boat. Make no mistake. The boat is very much being steered by indigneous people. There´s really no doubt about that for anyone in the know.
If you want to believe otherwise, that´s fine with me. You might even be able to find some Indian Act Indians who agree with you without you needing to pay them, but that doesn´t change a damn thing in the grand scheme of things.
Real recognize real, and our movement transcends race. We´ve created something beautiful, and your attempts to portray it as something it´s not will inevitably fail, because anyone with half a brain knows that the CBC is full of shit.
Okay, I think I´m going to leave it there.
Actually, scratch that. You guys clearly need a clue, so I´m going to give you one.
Go study Bini and the history of the Prophet Dance. Then come back and see me, okay?
You do know who Bini was, right?
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What a wonderfully unapologetic "Fuck YOU!" to the powers that be! Your stated position(s) could be equally representative of my general consensus toward the U.S., as well the entire Western inter-generational totalitarian conspiracy of global hegemony. And I could copy and paste so many passages of your above essay that it would no doubt satisfy the definition of a "reiteration"... I'm not going to go to that extreme, but there is one statement of purpose that you've made that deserves repeating... One which opened the door to my believing that I had for the first time ever actually met my tribe...
"Nevermore, for instance, is basically alone amongst anarchists in having any sort of critique of trans ideology, or of the medical-industrial complex pushing fucked-up drugs on children in the name of ¨affirming their gender¨ or whatever. Apparently genital mutilation, which was horrifying when we used to hear about it being done in Africa, is totally fine when it´s done by putative ¨medical professionals¨. We say FUCK THAT!"
Just as a testimony I would like to clarify that I have considered myself as an "Anarchist" (and I mean a "Real Anarchist" as you have illustrated) since I was in my middle/late 20's... having turned from a pseudo "Revolutionary" through the readings of Jerry Rubin and Abby Hoffman (later realized as sellouts) into something real and tangible in a philosophical sense, but difficult to actualize... I've now just turned 69, and this is the first time ever that I have been gifted with such an authoritative sense of belonging... Thank you! And if you would, please forward my appreciation to Margaret Anna Alice, as she was the source of my initial introduction to you by means of one of her latest substack essays... "My Two-Year Stackiversary: Lattice of Coincidence + The Courage to Face the Truth"... I am truly appreciative to her as well.
I wholeheartedly meant what I said about the "tribe" thing... in more ways than I have the time to express in this comment space... and if there is anything that I can do to substantiate my sincerity, please let me know.
Wishing you a joyous family visit and a truly delightful introduction to your new nephew.
"An anarchist living in Mexico" eh?
Well done. 😁
Still chained in BC (not Baja California), for reasons beyond my immediate control.
MAA's latest stack article linked me to you.