Some people, such as Earnest Becker, have argued that the denial of death is fundamental to civilization. Part of this argument includes an analysis of heroism as a method through which individuals transcend their mortality by becoming a part of something eternal. Martyrdom, sacrifice, and risking one's mortality for an eternal cause has been a familiar trope in anarchist past. But, what do anarchists think of this heroism now? Is there anything greater than the individual that is worthy of self-sacrifice? Is there a good anarchist death?
How has the influence of art in its many forms affected anarchist actions?
Were the situationists both artists and revolutionaries? How did their critique affect anarchist actions? What is the relationship and/or tension between art and revolutionary or anarchist thought, and in what ways has art framed the context or range of anarchist actions?
We have known a few black diaper babies over the years, but by far the majority of us came to anarchy not through our family but through reading (these days, especially through reading online). How did you come to this terrain? What was challenging about finding yourself here? (One of us, for example, was in a marxist leninist group, and was looked on with suspicion because their way of defining and determining issues and goals was so different.)
Punk used to be the introduction, and then Crimethinc, and now...?
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am writing to you on this Veterans Day not as foe but as friend. I am penning these words with a heart toward convincing you that any commands you obeyed and the services you rendered were a detriment to you, your brothers and sisters, and all the people of the world. It is not my intent to be ugly, to shame, to condescend, or incite you to anger or the desire to hurt me. I only wish to connect with you on a humanitarian level, thus I humbly request your attention to my perspective, to my truth. With that said, the things I say will not be easy. They do not come easy, either.
From Unicorn Riot
An in-depth interview with Doug Gilbert, author of “I Saw Fire.” Sole and Doug have a long conversation about anarchist strategies and counter-information. Lots of practical stuff in here about how to get revolutionary projects started in smaller cities and how to meaningfully engage in larger cities. They talk about what it means to “live and fight,” discuss problems with the “left” and have a broader conversation about revolutionary projects.
From Global Voices
It’s four in the morning, and we are sitting on my rooftop in Istanbul with Jabar, overlooking the Golden Horn. The conversation is racing at a mile a minute, from Taksim Square to Tahrir Square, to Jerusalem, Cape Town and finally, Oakland, California. We talk about the good friends we had, and good friends we lost along the way. Those with whom we shared the same opinions and barricades are recalled in kinship terms.
In a Topic of the Week past, emphasis was placed on anarchist life after 30 and how it is experienced individually, at the early stages of family life, amongst other anarchists (the “Scene”), and in its consequences on anarchist-specific capacity. This week, we'd like to move in the opposite direction with the question of age and discuss the life of younger individuals...
The following points represent a brief statement of priorities, an outline of some of the perspectives our organization has decided on to help guide our thinking and actions in the coming period. We do not want to overstate where our organization is at in our analysis and organizing, nor are these points a substitute for the hard discussions our organization still must have. These points developed out of reviews and discussions of the nature of the current period, the continuing wave of social protest domestically and abroad, and how we as a small and specific group of anarchist revolutionaries can participate in and help build those movements for dignity, justice and freedom.