Essays

8 reasons why meat-eating anarchists need a kick up their anthropocentric arses

  • Posted on: 24 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Vegan Anarchoprimitivism

1. Anarchism impoverished

Anarchism, for me, is struggle against all forms of domination. It is a beautifully simple idea that helps call into question every oppressive norm.

Until All Are Free: Black Feminism, Anarchism, and Interlocking Oppression

  • Posted on: 20 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

From The Institute for Anarchist Studies by Hillary Lazar

There is growing recognition among activists that we need to acknowledge the interconnectedness of our struggles if we are to harness the collective power necessary to overcome interlocking systems of domination. As Francesca Mastrangelo comments in an editorial piece for The Feminist Wire, we need to begin to “recognize that our liberation is bound up in the liberation of every person.”1 Or, as expressed by labor organizer Ai-Jen Poo, “The way we try to think about it and the way the world is, we’re all interdependent and interconnected . . . . Those connections are fairly invisible to most people most of the time. We’re taught not to see those connections.”2

Not My President!

  • Posted on: 18 December 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Wayne Price, from http://anarkismo.net/article/29862

In demonstrations across the United States, protestors have raised signs saying, “Not My President!” Obviously they are not denying that state machinery has given Donald J. Trump the position of head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, ruler of the mightiest and wealthiest state in the world. What they are denying is Trump’s legitimacy for the position, his moral right to claim the presidency.

Does Trump Represent Fascism or White Supremacy?

  • Posted on: 13 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc. - A guest column by PG

How should we understand the impending presidency of Donald Trump? What should we be prepared for? While some have framed Trump’s victory as a sign of resurgent fascism, our guest contributor argues that we should see it as the latest development in a much older phenomenon, which is not an interruption of democracy but intimately interlinked with it.

After The Smoke Clears: A Quick Report Back From Portland

  • Posted on: 5 December 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

It’s been two weeks since Portland erupted over the news as THE city that opposes trump and his administration. The riot caused approximately one million dollars in damage, as well as costing the city’s police department $600,000. Portland has mellowed recently in preparation for the inevitable flag-burning and hell-raising of inauguration day. Currently several groups have risen to not only prepare for the impending fascist creep, but the harsh repression from the government that is in full force.

Some Quick Thoughts on Anarchist Theory After the Decline of Symbolic Efficiency

  • Posted on: 1 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Ding Politik by Duane Rousselle

It has become a common argument among a certain school of political theorists to claim that there has been a decline in symbolic efficiency within recent political and social history. These scholars go on to argue that this period of decline is marked historically and it presents itself as a movement inward toward the political ontology of drive and away from the political logic of desire. Moreover, it represents the disappearance of the subject-supposed-to-know, that is, the subject who, because of his place within the structure of ruling, knows the answer or the deep secrets of our lives as political agents. However, what has been less highlighted by these scholars is the role that Lacan’s later work played in the formation of this theory. For example, these scholars seldom acknowledge that Lacan’s later work – which provided the foundation for this theory of the decline of symbolic efficiency – also offered a solution.

The Authoritarian Vision of Che Guevara

  • Posted on: 29 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Review of Samuel Farber, The Politics of Che Guevara (2016)

The recent death of Fidel Castro makes it timely to review this account of how Che Guevara and Fidel Castro created the ideology and social structure of "Communist" Cuba.

How did Situationism Influence Art History?

  • Posted on: 27 November 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Wide Walls

It is rare for an art movement to be completely original. The go forward meanings of avant-garde do not mean that its movements are a tabula rasa and this is certainly true for Situationism. Spurred by many previous concepts, this artistic and political movement started emerging during the early 1960s in France and it experimented with the idea of constructing a situation – hence the name. Constructing a situation was setting up an environment favorable for the fulfillment of a particular desire. This was the main concept for all representatives of Situationism[1]. All of the initial theories concerning the development of this movement came from an organization called Situationist International (often referred to simply as SI) – a group whose activities we shell investigate to detail in the remainder of this text.

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