The Operation ∇ (pronounced: Operation Nabla) is an anti-natalist movement in the ∇, which began in the 2020s and within ten years caused a social change in the Western European countries, Canada, Australia and parts of South America and Asia. The basic thesis of the movement refers to the property of the insurmountable difference between modern societies and their individuals, which is thus also reflected in the biosphere and consequently asks for the abolition of the species homo sapiens through an implementation that should be as peaceful as possible.
- 1 History
- 2 Features
- 3 ∇ Forms of government
- 4 Origin of name
- 5 Criticism
2020 - 21: Development during a pandemic
In the course of the measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the concept of voluntary self-isolation in the so-called “lockdowns” was applied for the first time. What was initially put up for discussion as a drastic measure in the freedom rights, especially in Western Europe, was taken up in the former countries of the Eastern Bloc and China, the country of origin of the pandemic, without any counter-protests worth mentioning. At the same time, the states in question dominated another wave of protests directed against the autocratic situation per se.
In Germany there were organized demonstrations in the Stuttgart and Berlin, such as the “Querfront” movement which represented a reservoir for various political movements. One of them was the hygiene demonstration initiated at the then-called Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (also known as "Circumvention") by the group "KDW". If anti-gentrification opponents and esotericists took part in these demonstrations in the first few weeks, they distanced themselves in the course of the summer of 2021. About 49 people took part in a 14-day “quarantine lab” in Parchim, Brandenburg, and developed the manifesto of Operation ∇. It was founding member Dharma Ewe who mainly went public in the coming months and whose personal experiences pointed the way for the movement in the course of the first few months. The former Antifa activist and then spokeswoman for the Voluntary Human Exticion Movements had been infected with the COVID19 virus as part of an anti-corona measures demonstration at the end of 2020 and experienced a moderate to severe course of the disease. In the summer of 2022, in a public address on her YouTube channel, she appealed for common sense and presented the basic knowledge and goals of Operation ∇ for the first time. Within a few hours, the video was translated into several languages and shared millions of times. Prominent supporters included Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Pope Francisco and the youngest son of former US President Donald Trump, Barron Trump.
Unsurprisingly, dissenting voices came from the leadership of the then ailing new right, as well as from some bourgeois parties in the Federal Republic of Germany, who described Ewe's proposals as thoroughly inhuman and "Kamikaze on a cuddle path". The Süddeutsche Zeitung refused to give the name of the operation or that of its leader when discussing the situation and instead called it the “POC final solution”. The media, which were primarily assigned to the conservative-liberal camps, referred to it as “eco-dictatorship”.
Due to the lack of a vaccine against the new mutant ∇, the measures to contain the corona virus were tightened again in summer 2023. In “Lockdown2.1”, all EU countries, Scandinavia (with the exception of Sweden), Australia, Argentina, Guatemala and some Asian countries took part in a uniform regulation to close 66% of all public institutions for an indefinite period. There were only isolated riots in German cities.
The BRD as the country of origin of the movement stands as an example for the simultaneous course in numerous national states of Europe. The real problem was the calls from business lobbyists to boycott Lockdown2.1, which were mainly supported by government coalitions involved in the AfD and FDP. At the end of 2023, every federal state changed its requirements almost every week. Different regulations of the different state parliaments ensured the colportage of a uniform policy, which resulted in the gradual collapse of the Federal Republic of Germany. On June 19, 2024 Corinna Miazga announced the secession of the Free State of Bavaria from the Federal Republic of Germany. Only one day later Björn Höcke was crowned King of the Saxons, Thuringians and Saxony-Anhaltines, while Alice Weidel was killed in a failed military coup in North Rhine-Westphalia and then became a martyr. Due to the quarantine requirements, Federal Chancellor Armin Laschet was only able to watch as the competition for the proclamation of new monarchies by non-legitimized heads of state began.
The following proclamations were planned for June 30th, 2024: proclamation by “New Germania” in Berlin by Grand Duke Ken, “New Prussia” in Brandenburg by King Attila I, the “Kingdom of Southern Germany” by King Xavier I and the “Hanseatic Republic of Hamburg” by Ronald Schill.
As a counter-offensive, a pact was concluded with the sometimes severely weakened Prime Ministers and Mayors as well as members of Operation ∇, which was becoming more and more popular among the population, and was given command of some important areas. In addition to Dharma Ewe (Berlin), Luisa Neubauer (Hamburg) and Verena Brunschweiger (Free City of Munich), the provisional heads of state of the key strategic locations were appointed, which enabled autocratic putschists to be disempowered and isolated and the political situation calmed down just as quickly as it sparked became. Since the majority of the population was already in voluntary domestic isolation at that time, the time for a mobilization of the masses, as the putschists strived for, was practically impossible to implement and one longed for a quick solution that would take the simplest bureaucratic processes directly from one's own Living space defined from.
At the digital climate summit of all participating states and republics in October 2024, Ewe described the consequences of the summer drought, which 3.3% of the world's population fell victim to, as a “calculated and foreseeable consequence of centuries of ignorance of mankind”. Today, this moment is usually understood as the birth of a unified anti-natalist policy that encompasses both the problem of the ongoing pandemic and climate change.
The burning down of the Volksbühne on what was then Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz was considered symbolic. Even if no one confessed to the crime, it is now assumed that the forces close to Operation ∇ were responsible for the arson. When choosing the location for the proclamation of the first ∇ republic in the coming year, the chairperson referred to this:
“The destruction of the Volksbühne was an important liberation against a completely eocentric, inhumane and depraved system, which pretends to see people in the center and thereby legitimizes everything that the biosphere, including homo sapiens Damage. ” Dharma Ewe, 2026 when the first ∇ republic was proclaimed
In the course of this, all public buildings controlled by the ∇ movement were dismantled, converted or burned down as well. At the end of 2026, the area of the former Berlin was de facto "completely clean of public buildings."
The open spaces gained have since been used as green spaces, to which every member of the republic has access at a certain time, as long as they are jointly responsible for their maintenance. The goal is to plant a tree for every 20 square meters that have been gained.
see also: The ∇ social contract
Hostility to theater
To Operation ∇, Rousseau's "Letter to d’Almbert" from 1758 is of particular importance. In this, Rousseau takes a decided position against the plan to build a theater in his hometown. You can either approve or reject it, there is no in between. It is the last thing the city needs for its happiness, it would cause him the greatest damage, which he repeats several times with urgency. According to Rousseau, the theater not only causes those involved in its creation to disguise themselves, to take on a character other than their own, but also alienates the bourgeoisie, as the stage expands into the auditorium and it is above all a matter of being at oneself To portray the best. The city of Paris in its decadence is mentioned as an implied negative reference. ∇ applies the thesis of the theater as a catalyst for splitting society and sees its sphere of activity extended “to all spheres of our existence”. If one's own existence consisted solely in presenting oneself and portraying it alienated, thereby delimiting oneself from others, increasing it, then this is an indication of a society that is fundamentally sick. The theater is equated with the public, which has to be fought in order to enable people to live as peaceful as possible.
As the only event that is of benefit to the community, Rousseau suggests the fest in the fresh air and in the open air, since "it is you yourself, the most worthy spectacle on which the sun can shine." Those festive events without a drama would completely cancel out the difference between the sighted and what is happening, people put themselves in relation to one another - always kept at the right distance. In the course of containing the Covid19 pandemic, that “innocent” spectacle (also known as the open-air event) enjoyed increasing popularity, which meant that even after the public sphere had been dismantled, every citizen was given the opportunity to participate in one Participate in an open-air celebratory event. It is recommended that this option be limited to every six months. Accordingly, most ∇ forms of government offer various types of festive events that their citizens can choose from every six months. Form and content are freely selectable as long as they do not contradict the social contract. They are developed by the citizens of the respective state themselves and take place in specially designated restricted zones (mostly formerly public spaces) exclusively in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 10, a distance rule of 1.5 meters must be guaranteed at all times. In fact, the festive event is the only form of gathering that the social contract allows.
Human being as an isolated individual
The human being as a modern subject is constituted by an absolute claim to individuality, which automatically turns out to be hostile to other subjects, above all to the closest relatives. A peaceful coexistence of more than one person is therefore not possible, which explains the concept of domestic isolation within so-called living cells (apartments and rooms that the respective citizen has already lived in). Although the people still form a community within their neighborhood, they occur except at festive events or in exceptional cases such as caring for a person in need of care or the funeral of deceased people.
Instead, every citizen undertakes to spend the rest of his life alone and only deal with himself and the history of his living space.
Emerging from the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, ∇ advocates the extinction of humanity through childlessness. Arthur Schopenhauer and the writers Philip Larkin and Philippe Annaba were influences in the ∇ Manifesto. The writer and ∇ co-founder Verena Brunschweiger is one of the most widely read authors in the ∇ republics with Rousseau, her novel Feuerherz, written in 2023, soon became part of the canon for self-study for ∇ citizens.
∇ Forms of government
The prototype of the ∇-implementation is the ∇-Republic: A relatively small state, which usually only comprises a few blocks of houses / streets and whose population is usually not more than 5,000 (in urban areas) or 2,500 (in rural areas).
The form of organization is characterized by the absence of all representatives and interest groups / parties.
Instead of a government, the entire population makes all decisions relevant to regulating everyday life together in open votes. They are conducted in simple yes-no votes at the window: If a light shines, the person votes for “Yes”, if it is dark, they vote for “No”.
All members of the republic form the executive and are responsible for maintaining social order.
If in most areas of Western and Central Europe each ∇ republic is de facto an independent state due to the elimination of the national level, in certain regions there are alliances of several republics that refer to the common cultural or linguistic tradition, but have only symbolic value.
Also in Australia and New Zealand, the ∇ republic is currently the only form of political organization practiced.
On non-European continents, the form of the “autonomous ∇ republic” is widespread, especially in South America, but is officially subordinated to other political constructs such as the Empire of Bolsononaro in the east or the Unidad Pacífco in the west.
In the Asian region, “∇” districts (primarily in the southeast) and “∇” kolkhozes (Central Asia) are the most common forms of organization.
Origin of name
Mathematically, the Nabla sign is an inverted delta (Δ), the sign of difference. Using the ∇ operator, context-dependent differential operations are noted and information about their formal similarity is provided.
In microbiology / bioprocess engineering, ∇ denotes the sterility criterion (SAL value). This indicates the probability that an individual product is still contaminated after the sterilization process.
The founding member Dharma Ewe justified the choice of the symbol for the movement as follows:
“It shows that it is not about the difference between us all. In the logical sense, difference always means the opposite of identity. We think that this is exactly where the fallacy lies: Identity causes difference. We just have to put things in the right relation to each other, and that means separating them from each other. Since civilized man strives for individualization, humanity cannot exist together in peace. ∇ is the conciliatory conclusion. ”
The name “Nabla ” is originally derived from a harp-like stringed instrument that was roughly in the shape of a triangle. Long forgotten, it is now the most common instrument in European ∇-Republics and is also the only man-made item authorized for transit.
Critics disagree about the role of the individual in this construct: (...) In doing so he (the human being/man) loses his natural freedom and the unrestricted right to achieve his personal goals, but in return he gains
civil liberty as well as co-ownership of the property of the general public and in addition moral freedom, which first makes man master of himself. The sovereignty that characterizes the community equipped in this way is inalienable and indivisible.
Especially in the early years, the principle of the ∇-Republic was often classified as a theocracy.
The means of liquidation as a tool to secure the common good is repeatedly criticized, but is currently only rarely used. As a punishment for breaches of contract, the now most common punishment used is Medial Isolation, in which the individual is in a residential unit that has been designated as a restricted area and has no power connection. The individual is thus deprived of the right to access media archives and contact with other individuals is limited to handwritten correspondence. Further gradations of the penalty include, for example, the loss of the right to prepare one's own food, the right to general media reception or the right to communication.
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