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.
Submitted by worker on Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:05
The term ‘safer spaces’ is increasingly used as a short-hand for a loosely interconnected set of concepts and practices developed to challenge oppressive power dynamics within radical collectives. The historical roots of these ways of thinking and doing politics lie primarily (though not exclusively) in feminist struggles against rape, and LGBT struggles against queer- and trans*-phobic violence. I know more about the former of these than the latter, and this is just one example of my limitations. What I’m presenting here is not supposed to be a comprehensive or definitive account of safer spaces politics.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:18
Check out the site for videos & reward stills: The Tower InPrint Crowdfunding
We're starting a print shop in Hamilton, Ontario and we need your support. The print shop will not be a business where people come to buy copies, but a community-based project that will provide the resources to produce antagonist posters, art, pamphlets and propaganda.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 18:38
From Civil Liberties Defense Center
This legal primer is intended to be a basic legal resource for activists and legal observers involved in protests at or around railroads, ports, and energy facilities.