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Announcing the 2016 East Bay Anarchist Books and Conversation

  • Posted on: 20 September 2016
  • By: thecollective

Announcing the 2016 East Bay Anarchist Book event, December 17 at the Humanist Hall

This year’s theme is Community: for good or ill. We will be celebrating, defining, and exploring the concept and reality of community: the good and bad things about being part of a group of people who inspire, aggravate, and confound us.

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Topic of the Week: Enemies, Rivals, Opponents, Inspiration

  • Posted on: 20 September 2016
  • By: thecollective

What is the purpose of enemies? What is the difference between enemies, rivals, and opponents (etc)? What is useful about them? How have they inspired you to be more who you want to be? How have they constrained your imagination?
How have you interacted with people who you disagree with, but are still in relationship with? What is the difference between disagreement and hate?

Feminist Frequency features The Revolutionary Life of Emma Goldman

  • Posted on: 14 September 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

By Tariq Khan, BRRN

This short video on Emma Goldman is useful as an introduction, is well produced, is appealing, and will likely spark people’s interest in learning more about Emma Goldman. That last point alone makes it worthwhile. However, be aware that it waters Goldman down to make her palatable to a liberal feminist audience.

Topic of the Week: Representation

  • Posted on: 12 September 2016
  • By: thecollective

Anarchists have long rejected the notion that democratic, political representation is a goal worth fighting for. Sometimes this is argued against because of the subordination of the individual to the mass of voters, as expressed by Emma Goldman in Minorities Versus Majorities, for instance. Or to be found in the same essay, the necessary appeal to masses that is required for the success of political parties (and other representative entities).

Hard Words: An eco-extremist conversation

  • Posted on: 10 September 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Source: https://atassa.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/hard-words-an-eco-extremist-conv...

“These are hard words! Who can hear them?” (John 6: 60)

As a reader, I have never been very satisfied with all of the interviews that have been done with eco-extremists through the years. The interviewers have either seemed badly informed, of bad faith, unwilling to engage with anything new, or they simply didn’t seem that smart. In any event, as a reader who is a bit more informed on these topics, I wanted to ask some questions that got to the bottom of what eco-extremism is, its origins, and recent developments. Thus, Xale, Chief Editor of Revista Regresión and a member of ITS-Mexico, an expert on these topics, has been very generous with his time in responding the following questions and/or thoughts.

Rare video from Pyotr Kropotkin's funeral (1921)

  • Posted on: 8 September 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_X7ZJIg9c

Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin born a prince on 9 December 1842, died as an anarchist activist, scientist, philosopher, writer and scholar on 8 February 1921 from pneumonia. His funeral took place from the 10th to 13th of February 1921, and it was documented by "Section of social chronicles of all-Russian cinema and photo publishing".

Topic of the Week: Horizontal Hostility

  • Posted on: 4 September 2016
  • By: thecollective

Let's talk about the ways we engage in conflict with other anarchists on this site and elsewhere. What's the difference between conflict and horizontal hostility? How do we interact with other anarchists we may disagree with on certain fronts, and is there any value--personal or otherwise--in being openly hostile towards them? How has infighting with other anarchist groups or individuals affected you? What's stopping you from resolving current or recent instances of horizontal hostility in your life (e.g. by coming to a mutual understanding)?

Layla AbdelRahim on Which Side Podcast – Episode 199

  • Posted on: 29 August 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Layla AbdelRahim - Which Side Podcast

Episode 199: We talk with Layla AbdelRahim; Vegan Anarcho-Primitivist, Comparatist Anthropologist and Author of Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness and Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education. Her work can be found at http://layla.miltsov.org/. We discuss anthropocentrism, animal liberation, rewilding and much more. #fsd

TOTW - An experiment with comments

  • Posted on: 29 August 2016
  • By: thecollective

Over the years this site has garnered a lot of criticism around the bad opinions of its users. As a platform for anarchist discussion this comes as no surprise. Of course it is disconcerting that some users confuse the opinions of anons with the opinions of the site but that is part of the price of hosting those opinions. During different moments, and with varying consistency, we have attempted to address this conundrum. On the one side the anon is the creator of almost all of the interesting content that has ever run through the comment section.

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