Essays

EGOMANIA! A Response to My Critics on the Post-Left

  • Posted on: 5 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Anti-Fascist News - By Alexander Reid Ross

My piece, “The Left-Overs: How Fascists Court the Post-Left,” has been shared on Facebook more than 2,000 times now and numerous interpretations have made the rounds. I feel like I must apologize for the inappropriate uses of “Left-Overs,” which unfortunately came across to some as against the post-left specifically. I would like to use this space to humbly correct what has been written about me and the subject of my article.

Against The Pull Of Simplicity & Disconnect

  • Posted on: 3 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From: C4SS - By William Gillis

Despite the right’s stereotype of antifascist activists as closeminded thugs or paid protesters in reality the majority have long been quite geeky, prone to lining their bookshelves with obscure fascist screeds and abstruse historical tomes. This comes with its own problems. Fascism is a multifaceted phenomenon to say the least and different threads can easily preoccupy a researcher their whole life. This has made fascist studies a kaleidoscope of particulars that can be forbidding for newcomers and resists general summary. We are all lucky then that in a moment when suddenly everyone is interested Alexander Reid Ross has undertaken the herculean task of mapping an overview of fascist historical and ideological currents across a myriad of directions and locales.

The Anarchism of Blackness

  • Posted on: 2 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

by William C. Anderson and Zoé Samudzi

from Roar Magazine #5

Present incarnations of an unfazed and empowered far right increasingly demand the presence of a real, radical left. In the coming months and years, the left and left-leaning constituencies of the United States will need to make clear distinctions between potentially counterproductive symbolic progress, and actual material progress. Liberalism and party politics have failed a public attempting to bring about real change — but there are solutions.

An Imagined Dialogue with a Supporter of Taking People's Picture

  • Posted on: 2 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Counter-arguments for those who no longer want to contribute to the spectacle of the end of the world, but to the end of the world of the spectacle

Translator note: translated from a pamphlet found in Paris and available online. There have been several texts circulating in the past month critiquing cameras in demonstrations, some online and some distributed as leaflets in the street. This one is perhaps the fullest articulation of the anarchist (but not just) argument against filming revolt.

Me: Stop filming or I smash your camera.

"But pictures are just raw information. They only show facts."

The photographic re-transmission of facts depends on the point of view in which the person taking the picture situates themselves, which makes it subjective even though it claims objectivity. Proof through pictures is a lie, not so much because it speaks falsely but because it claims to be true. To try to be a spectator, neutral and exempt from the power relations at play can only be an illusion, because it is in itself a way of taking sides, though indirectly.

Anarchist black bloc tears through Celebration, Florida and destroys Disney World

  • Posted on: 1 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

Anarchists march on Disney World

A black bloc composed of 2,000 fully black clad seething anarchists took over the streets of downtown Celebration, Florida yesterday and the 5 mile march on Disney World, which was also destroyed. No one was hurt or arrested, but a few newspaper boxes and windows will never see the light of day again.

TOTW: Alert!

  • Posted on: 1 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

Anarchistnews.org, black rose anarchist federation, itsgoingdown.org, crimethinc.com and r/anarchism.com are joining forces! In the face of the increasing challenges to anarchists in the u.s., these five eminent anarchist projects have agreed to come together in an effort to maximize our impact and make all our projects more efficient.

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Notes on the anarchist culture wars

  • Posted on: 30 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Contr'un: Anarchist Theory

[This is actually a social media status that took on a sprawling life of its own. It is not exactly a response to Alexander Reid Ross’ essay “The Left Overs: How Fascists Court the Post-Left,” but rather some more general thoughts on the dynamics that might be in play in all of the similar culture-wars skirmishes that periodically break out in radical circles. I’m happy to grant the best of intentions to some critiques I find less than useful, largely because there really does seem to be one of those infamous “failures to communicate” that keeps this particular pot boiling. I’m a lot more interested in the potential incompatibility of various intellectual cultures within the milieu than I am with the drama that emerges from that problem.]

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We Get Knocked Down, But We Get Up Again: Regressive Transportation Policy Under the Mercury-Pluto Square

  • Posted on: 29 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

On March 22, as transportation planet Mercury in Aries formed a square to "illegitimate power and hierarchy" Pluto in Capricorn, the neo-conservative Brad Wall government in Saskatchewan, my home province, announced in its budget that it will be shutting down the province's bus system.

Yes, that's right. No public debate, no public consultation, no transportation alternatives offered. It's just over because Brad Wall and his buddies say it is.

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