Editorial: All Power toward Decomposing the Global Nuclear Regime — in the Year 2012


The action to blockade CASTOR in Volognes that took place November 23rd ~ 24th 2011 was a significant development, although it did not succeed in stopping the transportation of radioactive material back to Germany after having been processed in France. As we heard, it involved anti-capitalist groups of an anti-authoritarian vein, and as such announced the formation of a new front against the nuclear regime (read: not just against nuclear power), whose impetus is a testimonial to both an intensification and diversification of the anti-nuke movement. This embodies an expanding merging of the issues around nuclear power, capitalism and the state. We thus translated into English and Japanese «Nous aussi, nous irons à Valognes», communiqué du comité anti-CASTOR de Tarnac, lundi 21 novembre 2011, par soutien11novembre as a marker of this development.

Subsequently we posted an interview with two women, Kaori Izumi and Yukiko Anzai, who have been active in the anti-nuke struggles in Hokkaido, entitled “Revolution is Necessary.” Their words address the incredible hardships to continue ‘normal’ everyday life under the spread of radiation from the standpoint of reproductive workers, that is, many of the women (and mothers especially) in the society. They emphasize the disintegration of families and communities by “the temperature differences” — from taking  the nuclear issue seriously to ignoring it — to deal with the crisis. On top of that, they spoke about crucial issues around organizing opposition to the nuclear regime that is largely responsible for worsening people’s exposure to radiation. Their conclusion is that they have no trust whatsoever left in their government; that “the rich and the powerful are taking the lives of the people who live with honesty and modesty”; and that “revolution is necessary.”

In the past weeks we have been receiving more and more news that the radioactive contamination in Japan has been much worse than any of the official reports, and that it has been and will be expanding across the globe. Radiation knows no discrimination in principle: it passes through and goes into everyone’s body equally. But the effects vary: children are more susceptible than adults; the people who are unable to evacuate and still remain in the highly-irradiated vicinity of Fukushima Daiichi Plant are exposed more; the workers at the nuclear plants – especially those who work under sub-contracting and are not in official employment with TEPCO – are exposed more; farmers who work with soil; the homeless population who sleep outdoors; those who cannot flee to safer areas…
That is to say, the ways and degrees of how people are affected by radiation are largely political and social. Here exist class divisions, discrimination, exploitation, violence and all other socio-political problems with extreme intensification. Here lie responsibilities of the administration, electric companies and media. The people in Japanese will never be free from radiation, since the nuclear disaster has already happened. But, despite the fatal condition or precisely because of that, revolution is necessary. It is necessary in order to confront (i.e. not necessarily ‘to solve’) the issues of deadly radiation in an autonomous and egalitarian manner, based upon people’s needs and intentions. This is a matter of dignity and happiness as bases of living one’s life.

It is at this point that we feel it imperative to rethink the nature of the power that administrates and manages the society based upon nuclear energy – and ultimately, what we call “the global nuclear regime.”

As Robert Jungk clearly presented in The Nuclear State (1979), the threat of nuclear power is not merely to the environment, but also imposes itself over our earthly existence in all aspects: everyday life (reproduction), labor and social relations. Jungk narrates in detail what happens when technology and state power become one with the conglomeration of scientists, capitalists and state bureaucrats – a perfect apparatus as an end result. The state that embraces nuclear energy inexorably assumes a new form of social control, that is, of the most thorough and nasty kind. Its strongest advantage for rule is the capacity to hold hostage an entire nation or even the world by the threat of atomic power itself. The technology to create, manage and maintain the esoteric and dreadful entity or activity of nuclear fission is from the onset monopolistically developed by a small group of power elites, which formed the basis of the nuclear state. Nuclear operation requires highly concentrated power — capital, technology and man-power — which is equal to military operation in essence and utilized for both profit making and war, under the pretext of prosperity of popular living. This power, though it is based on a national territory, is global in essence, in terms of exportation/importation of technology, waste and electricity, militaristic threat and potential hazards.

The dangers inherent in the operation of any nuclear state go beyond boundaries of national territories and involve the entire planet. The threat won’t go away unless all the nuclear states on the planet determine to decommission their nuclear plants as well as undo their social machines born out of the nuclear management. And still we should remember that the effects won’t go away with the remaining task of cleaning up radioactive waste whose effect will endure for the coming xxx amount of time. Now with the advent of Fukushima 3/11, the issues of the nuclear state articulated by Jungk thirty odd years ago are still here, or rather present more than ever with the worst imaginable consequences realized. That is the state of the world ruled by the global nuclear regime we are in now.

The global nuclear regime is an assembly of nuclear states, nuclear capitals and international organizations that work for their own benefit, and is the zenith of industrial capitalism driven by a series of intensifying energo-genetic operations from the steam engine, coal, oil to atomic fission – and its final destination from which we cannot go any further. Whether or not a nation-state has nuclear power plants, all of them are under the rule of the global nuclear regime, be it positively or negatively, overtly or covertly, commercially or militaristically.
We feel the need of sharing the understanding about the power of the global nuclear regime, and how global capitalism is based upon that power, emphatically with those who are fighting anti-capitalist struggles across the world. Nuclear issues cannot be considered just a specific, single issue among other issues. It is what forms global capitalist and militarist apparatus on the material level. That is why it is necessary for all of us to prosecute the crime against the entire humanity of the Japanese government as the epitome of the global nuclear regime.

All the power to stop nuclear operation.
All the power to destroy the nuclear state.
All the power to decompose the global nuclear regime.

PDF (English)

Robert Jungk, The Nuclear State





去る11月23〜24日、ヴォローニュで試みられたカスター列車の進行を妨害する行動はーーフランスで処理された放射能廃棄物のドイツへの輸送を阻止することは出来なかったとはいえーー重要な発展であった。われわれが聞くところによると、それは反権威主義的傾向の反資本主義運動を含み、その為に、原子力体制(単に電力としての原子力ではなく)に対抗する新しい戦線の形成を記していたからだ。それは、反原子力運動の強度化と多様化を示すものであった。その趨勢は原子力、資本主義、国家にまつわる諸問題の合流を体現していた。そこでわれわれは、この発展を記すマニフェストとして、«Nous aussi, nous irons à Valognes», communiqué du comité anti-CASTOR de Tarnac, lundi 21 novembre 2011, par soutien11novembreを英語と日本語に訳すことにした。






PDF (日本語)


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