Now, it's my turn for a brief editorial, dear listeners. This is Bursts. I grew up in a part of so-called California known as Sonoma County, lands stolen from the Pomo and the Miwok peoples first by the Spanish, then by Mexico and Russia and then the U.S. I lived there from the mid-1980's through 2009 and consider it my home in a way I could no other place. The rolling hills, the foggy mornings, the Coastal Live Oak groves, the nasty but 100 year old Eucalyptis groves, the early evening sky that turns a goldish orange into purple, the Manzanita, the people, the ocean breeze coming out from Bodega. These are things that I remember fondly from the deeply damaged yet still beautiful biome I called home for most (and definitely the more formative years) of my life.
“Why, then, has mankind not long ago gone extinct during great epidemics of madness? Why do only a fairly minor number of individuals perish because they fail to endure the strain of living – because cognition gives them more than they can carry?” asks Peter Wessel Zapffe in his 1933 essay, “The Last Messiah.” For him, the cosmic panic he saw endemic to the capacity for meaning-making burdened his species with a perpetual psychic scramble to avoid absorption into the infinite regression which undergirds that capacity. For anarchists, the whole of the world as it is faces them with similarly unthinkable problems whose sheer magnitude, complexity, or both render them as in fact meaningless by dint of scopes in excess of the capacity for a given brain to cognize them, terminating thought into impermeably blank anagnorisis. Having achieved a state of no mind, only those with suitable religious inclinations bother remaining here for long.
New Book Released
"The Politics of Attack: Communiqués and Insurrectionary Violence" (Contemporary Anarchist Studies MUP Series) by Michael Loadenthal
This study is an exploration of insurrectionary anarchist praxis, with a particular focus on how the rhetoric, discourse, and theory is both informed and conveyed through communiqués. It challenges the reader to consider the marginalized ideas put forth by those political actors that communicate through bombs, arson, and broken windows, who are rejected through the state's construction of terrorism. When a police station is firebombed, the subsequent discussions focus more on the illegality of the act rather than the sociopolitical critique the actor put forth. What if we were to embrace the means through which the militant 'organic intellectual' acts, and consider the communiqué's content, the way one would consider any political text? This inter-textual analysis is presented within a political and historical context, with the hopes of elevating the discussion of insurrectionary praxis beyond notions of terrorism and securitization and towards its application for intersectional challenges to structural violence and domination.
From Little Black Cart
Welcome to the quarterly newsletter of the Little Black Cart project. We distribute anarchist anti-political books, pamphlets, and newspapers. This quarter we present to you two new books and six new pamphlets on a variety of topics from abortion to communism, informants to antifa, and the paths along the way.
From Freedom News
Marking the run-up to the launch of deep ecology and anarchism at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair on October 28th, below is the latter part of an essay by Robert Hart, a founding mover of the forest gardening and permaculture movements.
From It's Going Down
Across the world, actions are happening in solidarity with Kara Wild, an anarchist from the US who was swept up in resistance to French Labor Reform Laws aimed against the young and poor. Along with several others, Kara is accused of taking part in the burning of a police car in the midst of a riot. According to Free Kara Wild:
We have to apologize for the low sound quality again this episode. Some of us are not tech-friendly, and are still figuring out the parameters.
Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 33 for October 13. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.
11th of October city court of Baranovichi, Belarus sentenced Russian anarchist Pyotr Ryabov. Anarchist philosopher, lecturer of department of Philosophy in Moscow State Pedagogical University was sentenced to 6 days of prison for "small hooliganism" and "distribution of extremist materials (statute 17.1 and 17.11 of codex of misdemeanors of Belarus). Court considered Belarusian anarchist journal "Svoboda ili Smert №6", published in 2007, as extremist material.