Submitted by worker on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:12
From Cindy Milstein
One of my great sorrows — as a critically constructive, “prefigurativist” anarchist writer — is that a small number of loud antiauthoritarian voices, too often patriarchal ones, seem to enjoy bullying the vast majority of anarchistic folks into silence. Such bullies are frequently male writers and/or males who control various DIY means of production/publication.
Submitted by worker on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:10
From Kickstarter - by Crimethinc
Help us print a free booklet introducing radical ideas and values to a broader audience at this critical historical juncture.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:34
it is the end of September, or the beginning of October. Tis the season we register to vote! Miserable canvassers surround my daily trips to run errands, asking me to register to vote, with a fake enthusiastic tone that reminds me of a child who would rather play with dolls than hit other children for a ball. Their tired and aching bodies show the truth behind this “enthusiasm.” They merely want to work to survive, so I register. Everyday I register to vote. Today, I am a member of the “Libertarian party” whatever that means.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:28
From C4SS - by William Gillis
It’s no secret that economists and libertarians have developed a bad habit of assuming things about history and other societies on first principle without actually checking archaeological or anthropological findings. On occasion the divide can be quite stark. David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5000 Years gets a lot of momentum by attacking a widely circulated economic fable purporting to explain the origin of currency wherein coinage precedes credit. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the “I need a blanket and all I have to barter with are five chickens but everyone in my village likes cowry shells” dilemma at the start of elementary economics textbooks has no clear historical basis; there’s little evidence small tribes or villages needed to invent physical currency to facilitate market exchange internally because reputation and credit are far more natural and flexible.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:01
On October 1st, 2014, I was arrested, hooded and taken to an interrogation room of the antiterrorist unit. From 5pm until 1am, a bunch of hooded cops – and while I was handcuffed behind the back – took my DNA sample, fingerprints and (tried to take) my photographs by force, amid ironies, chokeholds, sprains and beatings, and threatened to electroshock me, thinking this would make me collaborate. At 1am, I saw unhooded cops for the first time, who told me that I am accused of terrorism. Until 5.30 in the morning, I remained in a 1×3 holding cell, always handcuffed behind my back.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:02
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:59
For more than a year, thousands of volunteer fighters have been defending the autonomous revolution of Rojava (located in former Northern Syria) from the Islamic State (ISIS). Since this past July the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of the Autonoumous territory of Rojava, has been under siege by ISIS. ISIS fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by volunteer fighters affiliated with the militias of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) armed with dated small arms and improvised weapons.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:12
>I have lived more than half of my life as an anarchist. The majority of that time was spent learning about anarchism as a type of activism. As a result, for many years of my life I believed quite strongly that anarchism was nothing more than a particular subset of activism. You can understand this as a statement about the orientation of anarchism toward practice. Activism, for me, was something that one did in the world, it was act-based and not, as it were, thought-based. It took me at least a decade to begin to disrupt this prevailing orientation. Now I believe that it is quite the opposite: activism is something like a subset of anarchism, or, to be more precise, something which can be partially united with anarchism.
Submitted by Rocinante on Sun, 10/05/2014 - 09:57
The Anarchist Library has been updated! As the library unfolds and develops into its current iteration, we would like to share with you some of new and exciting things happening and remind you of some old ones.