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Dan Harmon: "Rick is an Anarchist"

  • Posted on: 20 July 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Cartoon Network's Rick and Morty, with its massive viewership and critical acclaim, is probably the standard bearer for TV animation right now. But as co-creator Dan Harmon recently pointed out to me at a press event in Los Angeles, only 21 episodes have aired so far, and that's not all that much material to evaluate from.

The show's fan community grew massively during its nearly two-year hiatus, and, according to Harmon, "It wasn't because we were like pumping out episodes. It happened while we were still taking too long on season 3. It just grew by itself."

TOTW: Idealizing the Anarcho-Townie

  • Posted on: 16 July 2017
  • By: SUDS

In its current fashion anarchism appears inseparable from hyper-localism. However, some anarchists may be disconnected from localized community, either because they travel frequently, they socialize infrequently, or, in general, don’t enjoy interactions with other anarchists. These nomads and hermits may fail to build the most highly valued token of solidarity with anarchist community—long-term affinity built through face-to-face interactions—but if this is true should they be outcasts?

Wolfi and White Supremacy? What Happened and What it Means

  • Posted on: 16 July 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Conjure House

This is a story about lies, cheapness, and the destruction of a seven-year project in the blink of an eye. It’s about idiocy, sheer blindness, and a willfullness to ignorance that would make even the most Catholic among us blush. It is a tale of Wolfi Landstreicher associating an entire philosophy with the most putrid of politics for a few dollars in his bank account.

TOTW: Fighting Oppression

  • Posted on: 11 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

There seem to me to be two main ways that people come at fighting oppression. One way is to think about how all the things are similar/the same. I think antifa is that style in practice if not in theory. The other way is the style of (for example) Black Lives Matter, which takes a group of people with (what many consider to be) a primary identifying characteristic and organizes around that.

An Open Letter to Liberals & Progressives from the Black Bloc

  • Posted on: 7 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

The deep state isn’t coming to save us. Trump isn’t going anywhere and it seems clear that the elites have no desire to remove him. Meanwhile war and another economic collapse lay just on the horizon, as violence, intimidation, and threats from the far-Right seek to attack anyone that isn’t loyal to the billionaire King. As tens of thousands mobilize in Hamburg, Germany against neoliberal capitalism and both repression and resistance at home heats up, progressives and liberals must ask themselves a simple question: what side are you on?

Heathcote Williams, Radical British Poet Who Helped Form Anarchist Nation, Dies at 75

  • Posted on: 6 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The New York Times

By WILLIAM GRIMES JULY 5, 2017

Heathcote Williams, a poet, playwright, actor, lyricist, painter, sculptor, magician and relentless scourge of the British establishment for half a century, died on Saturday in Oxford. He was 75.

Let's learn from the past: Assassination attempt on Henry Clay Frick

  • Posted on: 6 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

by Brady Smith, Heinz History Center director of communication

During the late 19th century, an assassination attempt on the life of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick shocked the nation during one of the most notorious labor disputes in American history.

TOTW: Don’t Get Trolled!

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

This week’s topic is near and dear to our hearts. Sometimes entertaining and often frustrating, trolling as a phenomenon is endemic to modern discourse, and this is especially true of political spaces. From people who veer discussions wildly off-topic with seemingly unrelated opinions to those who provoke frustration or even anger with opinions with which we disagree strongly, we are presented daily with complicated social interactions both online and offline.

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