Essays

Anarchy Vs Yoga

  • Posted on: 14 June 2017
  • By: Fauve Noir

Have we just got gently fucked by Yoga, and its evermore affluent soft power?

The biggest and most successful cult these days, next to Capital of course, is Yoga. Yoga isn't only practice, but religion on its own... carrying a set of values, behavioral principles, representations about the Self and the Other, and also a very obvious set of metaphysical beliefs.

Now and the anarchy of destituent power: Reading politics with the invisible committee

  • Posted on: 11 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

What follows is a second exercise in the sharing of ideas, of visions. The most recent essay by the invisible committee, Now, continues a reflection-intervention that began with The Coming Insurrection and To Our Friends, and offers a powerful critique of contemporary politics, along with a defense of “autonomy”. What is proposed here then is again a partial summary and a critical commentary of the idea of politics expressed in the essay.

An Introduction to the Affinity Group

  • Posted on: 8 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Plain Words

From 1890’s Spain to present day Bloomington, anarchists of varying stripes organize ourselves and take action together in what’s called an “affinity group.” Central to anarchy is not only respect for autonomy, but the belief that without stifling systems of control, people are capable of creativity, beauty, and courage. Because it is flexible, leaderless, and informal, the affinity group is one way to facilitate these drives.

Who Are the Anarchists and What is Anarchism?

  • Posted on: 8 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation By Thomas Giovanni

In the wake of the use of militant street tactics at the Trump inauguration protests, the controversial shut down of two prominent right-wing speakers the University in California, Berkeley, and a variety of high profile actions against the far right, anarchists have received increased media attention and sparked widespread debate, particularly around anti-fascist struggles. But many people are still confused about anarchism, associating it with indiscriminate violence, chaos, and disorder. This distorted image runs counter to more than a century of anarchist activity in and outside the United States. So if not chaos or disorder, what does anarchism stand for? What do anarchists believe in?

Review of Jonathan Matthew Smucker, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals

  • Posted on: 5 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Alpine Anarchist

Review of
Jonathan Matthew Smucker, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals (Chico et al.: AK Press, 2017)

There is much to admire in Jonathan Matthew Smucker’s Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. It adds another layer to the internal criticism of activist culture that we have seen in releases such as Matthew Wilson’s Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism, J. Moufawad-Paul’s The Communist Necessity, and AAP’s Revolution Is More Than a Word: 23 Theses on Anarchism.

Agency and Other Anarchist Themes In Paul Goodman’s Work

  • Posted on: 2 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS

Download a PDF copy of Kevin Carson’s full C4SS Study: Agency and Other Anarchist Themes In Paul Goodman’s Work

Perhaps the most important characteristic Goodman shares with the other “anarchists without adjectives” in this series is his high regard for human agency, and his primary focus on the way actual human beings assert that agency in interacting with their environment.

Do Not Fear Your Local Anarchist

  • Posted on: 29 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

My name is Mike. I live in a community that practices anarchy.

From Good Men Project

People smashing windows, burning police cars, looting businesses, running around dressed in black – wearing Guy Fawkes masks – creating chaos. These are the images that come to mind most commonly, when we think of anarchy. Who created this meaning of anarchy in our minds?

Reading our times with Now: The invisible committee

  • Posted on: 29 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

What follows is an exercise in the sharing of ideas, of visions. The most recent essay by the invisible committee, Now, continues a reflection-intervention that began with The Coming Insurrection and To Our Friends, and offers a powerful critique of contemporary politics, along with a defense of “autonomy”. What is proposed here then is a partial summary, and occasionally a commentary and exemplification, or simply a montage, of some of the ideas that animate their vision of our times.

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