Essays

On the Role of Black Bloc: A Critical Look

  • Posted on: 18 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From May First Anarchist Alliance - by K., M1 Detroit Collective member

When we, as anarchists or anti-fascists, go out into the streets, questions should arise: What are we doing here? What are our goals? What is the most appropriate or powerful way to achieve those goals? Our tactical choices should always be in service of our goals — they should never be goals in themselves. I fear that in the anti-fascist movement, the tactic of black bloc has become fetishized and that this fetishization has impeded the growth of our movement and struggle. That isn’t at all to say that black bloc doesn’t have a role, but it seems to be imperative that we reflect on our goals as a movement and constantly assess whether or not our tactical choices are moving us toward those goals or not. Does holding onto black bloc as an identity help or hurt us as a movement?

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Why the Alt-Right Are So Weak

  • Posted on: 17 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

And Why They’re Becoming So Dangerous

From CrimethInc.

On April 15, “alt-right” supporters of Donald Trump invaded Berkeley, physically attacking people in the name of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and nationalism while the police looked on. A large number of them were outright fascists who had converged from around the United States in hopes of creating an advertisement for right-wing violence. Finally, the Trump regime is getting the street cadre it needs to graduate to the next stage of fascism. Setting aside disingenuous arguments that the best way to support free speech is to promote totalitarian ideas, we have to ask ourselves—who are these people? Why are they attracted to fascism? And how do we stop this phenomenon from spreading?

Easter is an Empty Ritual, Just Like the Fights at Berkeley

  • Posted on: 16 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Conjure House

Easter: a day normally celebrated by the recollection of Christian myth, the painting of eggs, and the wide scale eating of pork in clear defiance of Judaic law. This holiday is obliquely about rebirth or resurrection, whether a simple celebration of springtime or the foolhardy belief that the energetic mass behind all things chose this day to look upon earth and scream “deuces.”

Towards an Alt-left: The Anarchist Response to Liberal and Neofascist Narratives

  • Posted on: 12 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The election of Donald Trump has for many been an awakening to the growing historical potency and momentum of what we may accurately refer to as neofascism. Trump is not the first of this breed to gain state power, only the most flamboyantly obnoxious. Neofascists are driving the Russian chariot, successfully convinced the British public to approve Brexit, and have growing parliamentary strength throughout Europe. By paying lip service to the electoral process they are more subtle than their traditional forebears, while having all the same key characteristics: authoritarian nationalism, populist demagoguery, imperialist militarism, an appeal to xenophobia, and a cult of personality built around bombastic figureheads. There has been a groundswell of resistance inspired by Trump, but this has been more an instinctual reaction against smug neofascist hypocrisy than an expression of any coherent counternarrative. Ideologically the opposition is diverse, a smorgasbord popular front with liberal, centrist, and radical elements. Of these I would argue that the anarchists offer the most viable alt-left antifa narrative, because only they correctly diagnose government as the essential problem rather than looking to it for solutions.

On the Question of Violence and Nonviolence As a Tactic and Strategy Within the Social Protest Movement: An Anarchist Perspective

  • Posted on: 12 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Nonviolence can be used in many circumstances as an effective tactic, but it is irrelevant, irresponsible, and utterly ridiculous to even consider it as a strategy. So yes, nonviolence should be utilized as a tactic where pertinent, and in turn pacifism, as an ideology and a strategy, must be purged from our movement.

My Brief Stint in Redneck Revolt

  • Posted on: 12 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

I first got in touch with Redneck Revolt through the Internet.

Shortly after major rioting events in a nearby city, in response to racist and classist police violence there and elsewhere, a brief period of feeling out happened. Since around the time of Occupy in 2011, self-described socialists and anarchists, individuals and groupings, have become noticeably more prominent in my area. Some of these groups decided to venture out their comfort zones following the major rioting I mentioned before. Some statements from blogs were shared on the Internet and emails were exchanged.

Book Review: Bakunin. Selected Texts 1868-1875 (Edited and Translated by A.W. Zurbrugg)

  • Posted on: 11 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo

Although the 20th century may have seemingly signalled the eclipse of libertarian forms of socialist thought under the bureaucratic weight of ‘real socialism’, Bakunin views are an urgent reminder of what socialism could be. His voice, in spite of some antiquated expressions, resonates a hundred and a half years later with the same vital energy.

Peak Civ: Trump, Pipelines, and Climate Change

  • Posted on: 10 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From IGD - by Kevin Tucker

Welcome to the first installment of Peak Civ, an original column by Kevin Tucker that takes on the news from an anti-civilization perspective, only on It’s Going Down.

“Civilizations are artificial cultural constructions, not biological organisms, and they would be poor biological performers if we insisted on considering them as organisms.”

ARRm and Hammers: a further response to Alexander Reid Ross

  • Posted on: 9 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

Alexander Reid Ross is right that he attended my anti-civ discussion group at Dry River Anarchist Collective several years ago. It's about all he gets right in either of his recent pieces insinuating sinister affinities between fascism and post-left anarchists. But then, he always had the attention span of a flea-hop.

I'm also one of the writers identified as post-left in “Egomania,” along with Fredy Perlman, John Zerzan, and others.

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