Teaching freedom: Thoughts on an anarchist education

  • Posted on: 13 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by Logan Marie Glitterbomb (7/31/2017)

Nearly everyone from across the political spectrum can agree that our current public education system in america is not ideal. Those on the statist left tend to fear that public education is under attack by private corporations and is completely underfunded. More progressive leftists go so far as to not only advocate for more funding for public grade school education but also higher education such as college, university, or graduate school. Those on the statist right however tend to believe in various corporatist versions of the school choice argument, most notably advocating the failed corporate charter school scheme usually partnered with a voucher system.

BASTARD Conference 2017: Call for Presentations & Workshops

  • Posted on: 12 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

It's that time of year again. Now in its 18th annual incarnation, the BASTARD (Berkeley Students of Anarchist Theory and Research & Development) Conference is a nonsectarian, noncommercial gathering of insurgents who come together to explore and share our unique approaches to anarchy, our selves, and our worlds. We invite you to add your voice to the conversation.

Paris: La Chapelle: Defending women or attacking the poor?

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

This text was distributed in the streets of Paris in the journal Paris Sous Tension as an anarchist response to the opportunistic use of a certain anti-sexist politic to attack migrants and poor people in the area.

It's easy to just look out for yourself. It's easy to want to push hardship out of sight when you don't feel affected by it, when the system favours you. It's easy to find excuses not to be in solidarity in these democracies that have found ways to dress themselves up, “liberty, equality, fraternity” (1), and relegate cruelty to a darker past or to far-away lands, to cover your eyes and not see what's going on outside your door. It's easy to be contemptuous of those who struggle to survive, at least for those whose money allows them so much. But it's also easy to brag about your success, your cash, your social position that's held up as a model, as a way to conceal your own existential and emotional misery, the disappointment in the face of our childhood dreams of freedom and self-fulfillment, this frustration that all the money in the world couldn't take away. And yet, there are those who feel no shame in pushing these plain truths aside with their arrogance.

Anarchist Ends, Market Means

  • Posted on: 11 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Center for a Stateless Society

(This is a response to the "Socialist Ends, Market Means" zine of essays by Gary Chartier.)

Markets are not my end goal. My end goal is anarchism which will always look like something just beyond the horizon of my knowledge. Markets unleash the creative complexity that make the dynamic testing of a wide range of liberatory strategies more meaningfully possible. This very same complexity makes it harder for authoritarians to squash resistance or take root themselves.

The Hotwire: CrimethInc.'s New Weekly Anarchist News Podcast

  • Posted on: 11 August 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Announcing the Hotwire, our new weekly anarchist news show! This is an expanded version of the Ex-Worker’s new anarchist news show, now featuring your host, the Rebel Girl. We’ll have new episodes coming out every Wednesday this fall.

Class Combat

  • Posted on: 10 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From ultra

The empire had fallen long before it collapsed. Corrupt elites ruled from a distance. Industry fragmented in slow motion, plundered by the rich and slowly pieced apart by foreign competition. For common people, the possibility of any sort of stable life slowly faded. The future itself seemed to recede into an impenetrable darkness, thick with the sound of some as-yet-unseen chaos slouching toward the present. The gap between the dim light of everyday life and that rapidly approaching night was filled with bone-deep madness. Tradition rotted from the inside out. Opiates muted the misery of ever-expanding unemployment and unrest bloomed in its thousand forms. Religious sects arose across the heartland. On the coasts, overburdened, underfunded cities sprawled outward even as their cores were flooded with unprecedented wealth. Slums spiraled in a fractal pattern around glittering ports. Foreign powers pressed inward from a distance, the military overextended and inefficient. Weaker armies fought asymmetrical wars against the empire at its edges. Corrupt officials were assassinated in broad daylight. Militias grew in the rural areas, filled with young, futureless men hoping to push out the foreigners and make a great nation strong once again.

“We Are the Inferno”

  • Posted on: 10 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
A Conversation on the Anarchist Roots of Geography

In the 1970s, radical geographers expanded the discipline to study the interplay between spaces and social relations, focusing on the spatial dimensions of inequality and oppression. Since then, the radical geography has come to encompass a wide range of tools—yet Marxism remains the most common framework. In this conversation between scholars in the field, Alexander Reid Ross interviews Simon Springer, author of The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation, who argues that a truly radical geography must oppose the state and all notions of command and control.

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