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France’s ‘Nuit Debout’ movement & anarchist critiques of direct democracy (+related news)

  • Posted on: 24 April 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Rable.org.uk and other sources at end

The wave of rebellion unleashed in France in response to the El-Khomri labour law has been impressive. The fighting spirit and political acuity shown by many of those blockading their colleges, blocking the railway lines, looting supermarkets and distributing the goods, attacking police stations, and disseminating tracts against work itself is beautiful. But since 31st March, a new, friendlier-looking trend has emerged alongside the riots. On that night, people responded to a call for a ‘Nuit Debout’ (night on your feet) to occupy something after the day’s demos. In Paris it led to a large and continuous occupation of Place de la Republique. People had discussions, partied, and even prevented the eviction of Stalingrad migrant camp (note: the camp at Stalingrad is populated by several hundred refugees, many of whom have fled police harassment and eviction in Calais, and it & other migrant squats in the city have has been evicted at least 18 times(!) since last June). The occupations grew in size and spread rapidly over France and into Belgium and Spain.

Anarcho-Primitivism Is Not Just Another Ideology: An Interview with John Zerzan

  • Posted on: 24 April 2016
  • By: more-thought

“Are people happy with domestication, with leading domesticated lives? I think the answer is, resoundingly, 'no'.” - John Zerzan

From the site 'More Thought': http://moretht.blogspot.com (see this site for a PDF of the interview and a Czech translation of the interview)

This interview took place in December 2015, during the Ekofilm festival in the city of Brno, the Czech Republic, and was transcribed and edited April 2016.

Topic of the Week: Sports, Games, and Play

  • Posted on: 17 April 2016
  • By: thecollective

The spectacle of professional sports, capitalism, and people making millions of dollars to perform in front of an audience seem to have little in common with anarchism. However, anarchists especially those in Europe and Latin America have a rich past of being involved in various sporting clubs, local community organizations, and associations especially with relation to soccer (football).

Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game

  • Posted on: 12 April 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Kickstarter

A cooperative board game of revolutionary strategy, hidden agendas & 21st century urban rebellion

The story is similar in cities near and far. At first, the protests against a corrupt economy and a violent police force start off small. The government cracks down to crush the movement but their brutality backfires. Thousands of furious people from all walks of life take to the streets in solidarity. The city is quickly engulfed in a vibrant popular rebellion bringing everyday life to a standstill…

Touring the Great Lakes: It Takes an Anarchist Village

  • Posted on: 31 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Fortune Magazine, travel edition

Great Lakes, North America - Over the last 16 years, a tiny hamlet in the water rich region of Great Lakes has become a mecca for self-identified anarchists across North America. The village has come to be known as Crumm Mountain II, after the previous anarchist village of Crumm Mountain in the Leatherstocking region of New York was taken over by Trotskyists and eventually collapsed during the late 1980s.

Topic of the Week: Security Culture

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

From the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's e-mail debacle to the blah blah of Bitcoin enthusiasts, from Anonymous to Michael Schmidt catfishing fascists (or not), debates about Privacy, the Surveillance State, cryptography, whistle-blowers, and other security culture topics can be found everywhere today. As anarchists, this has been a longtime area of interest, being no strangers to the State (and others) targeting us for surveillance and infiltration.

Topic of the Week: Anarchist Coping Mechanisms

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

What do you do to stay anarchist? How is that different from what you do to stay... functional/sane/coherent (for lack of better terms)? How are those different things (if they are)?
Some people step outside the anarchist scene, pop culture, games, fiction, tv, etc, and then apply anarchist criteria (however they define that), in a sort of two-step process, as a way to get the benefit of a release of pressure without negating or ignoring the real paucity of our options.

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