Essays

Pure Black: An Emerging Consensus Among Some Comrades?

  • Posted on: 23 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
black flag

The term “black” anarchist has been thrown around recently in a number of international milieux and journals. Indeed during the last few years of my travels throughout North and South America and Europe I have noted repeated attempts to define, through action and theory, the ideas associated with black anarchy. Following is a brief, incomplete outline of some of the more common aspects of what black anarchists think and do. These tendencies are numbered for convenience, and not to show priority or importance.

The Collapse of the Colonial Illusion of ‘Being in Control’

  • Posted on: 23 April 2017
  • By: emile
dustbowl storm

The farmers who claim to be causally responsible for the production of wheat have to qualify their claims when dustbowl conditions prove otherwise; i.e. forces more powerful than them by far, and beyond their control, had to be operative and keeping things moving along smoothly to make the farmers 'look good' and allow them to pretend that ‘they were responsible’ for wheat production. Is it not the same for colonizers claiming to be 'in control' of colonized lands and peoples?

Benjamin Tucker: American Mutualist

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Benjamin Tucker: American Mutualist

(In an article I made in 2009 titled 'Benjamin Tucker Individualist Libertarian Market Socialist' some of its definitions on Capitalism and Market Socialism were not very accurate and needed work. So I made a much more accurate updated article titled ‘Benjamin Tucker Individualist Libertarian Market Socialist Updated 2017’. This article ‘Benjamin Tucker: American Mutualist’ is the follow up article to the ‘Benjamin Tucker Individualist Libertarian Market Socialist Updated 2017’ article. So if you have not read that updated article, please read that one first.)

Same Battle, New Field: Problems of Opportunism and Organization

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Libcom by Easy K

Criticism of NGO organizing tactics and reformism from the perspective of an Anarchist labor organizer in New England. The piece is meant highlight the need for new forms of organization to meet the needs of the current struggle. (Specific to the U.S. context)

For a University Against Itself

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Filler Collective

Our material environment arranges life into a procession of neat little rituals. All that is possible or desirable is administered according to the routines built into Campus Life.

No one is quite sure why the lobby of Litchfield Towers is first and foremost a place to glide through in passing, to dodge the solicitations of student clubs, or to purchase coffee. Nor is there much reason to question such fixtures of everyday life; these structures are simply taken for granted as part of our unspoken consensus on reality.

The State of Emergency and the Totalitarian Drift of the State

  • Posted on: 20 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
A report from France

It appears that the French Republic is reaching a tipping point, a fundamental break with the way that rule has functioned here for three decades. Everything indicates that the political legitimization of racism and violent policing must either lead to tyranny or provoke an uprising. These two forces—tyranny and revolt—define the moment we are experiencing in France today. The confrontation is now permanent. In the following report, the second installment in our series leading up to the French elections, we explore these developments and the prospects for revolutionary movements in France.

To be an anarchist: Ruymán Rodríguez

  • Posted on: 20 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

We share once again an essay, in translation, by Ruymán Rodríguez of the FAGC – Federación de Anarquistas Gran Canaria (alasbarricadas.org 26/03/2017). What follows is a critical reflection on what it means to be an anarchist, born of Rodríguez’s experience with the FAGC. To simply characterise his position as “anti-intellectual” would be, I believe, a mistake. It is rather a call to all who would assume the name “anarchist” to seriously think or re-think what that term means; indeed, it is to ask the question of whether the anarchist “identity” is of any relevance, and if so, in what way, with what meaning.

A Lament for Criminality

  • Posted on: 18 April 2017
  • By: shadowsmoke

I smoked weed for the first time under a starry sky in deep woods down east. It was at a party, all teenagers, at the cabin someone’s mom owned. It was the summer before my last year in high school. It was Jesse who passed it to me, helped me light it, talked me through my first coughing fit, passed it to me again, then said nothing but positive things for me – nothing shitty, nothing implying that I had been immature up to this point for not having done it sooner. Obviously there is a lot of hierarchy and cockfighting in high school, but Jesse was never like that.

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