One of our favorite longtime anarchists has passed away.
Howard Ehrlich, of Baltimore, Maryland, was an American sociologist and anarchist activist. Formerly a professor at University of Iowa, he was co-founder of Research Group One that conducted research on behalf of activist organizations in the US. Subsequently, he co-founded a collective that produced a successful syndicated radio program called the Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, a free school, and in 1980 he co-founded a peer-reviewed journal called Social Anarchism, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until his passing.
Revolutionary Organization & Mass Work
The revolutionary organization seeks to contribute to the theoretical and practical development of revolutionary struggle. The revolutionary organization participates in and seeks to broaden and generalize the revolutionary potential of the working class. It strives to retain a historical memory of its experiences of success and failures in order to strengthen mass movements for its liberation. It participates in mass movements as equals in struggle. The revolutionary organization should be a tool for the active and militant members within the class. It never seeks to dominate, impose upon, manipulate, command or control mass movements in recognition of the need for revolutionary pluralism, and that those movements not the revolutionary organization itself are the revolutionary agent of social transformation.
The submission deadline for the first issue of FC Journal, Feb 22, is approaching. Please email your submissions to uncfc (at) rise up (dot) net.
FC Journal #1 is entitled "Who are the Luddites?":
Of all the responses to the Industrial Revolution, the Luddite response is the most ignored and misunderstood. But between the clandestine sabotage of the textile mill workers, the idealistic poetry of the Romantics, and the letter bombs of Ted Kaczynski, the Luddite response has a rich and varied history—one with particular power in the modern technological age.
In late 2014, local autonomous participants, anarchists and members of Socialist Praxis at Long Beach City College began working together to host a discussion on police, prisons, and capitalism. This event was planned for January 10th and is now postponed after drawing the targeted attention of the Long Beach Police.
LBPD intimidated the owner of our chosen venue, Cultural Alliance Long Beach, into withdrawing their support less than a week before the scheduled date by citing inapplicable permitting requirements.
Episode 114: We talk with Rod Coronado; eco-anarchist and animal liberation activist. We discuss his new Wolf Patrol Campaign, Animal Rights Tactics, Life After Prison, Radical Parenting, Dumpster Diving, Veganism and much more.
Listen here: http://whichsidepodcast.com/rod-coronado/
From NY Review of Books - By Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Contat, translated by Paul Auster and Lydia Davis
But you are involving yourself less in these projects.
I am involving myself less because I have to. Because at seventy I can no longer hope that in the ten useful years remaining to me I will produce the novel or the philosophical work of my life. Everyone knows what the ten years between seventy and eighty are like….
In hopes of contributing to the growing discontent with the police and prisons, sections of the Ex-Worker podcast have been put together as two pamphlets by some independent @s.
The first pamphlet, entitled POLICE/POLICING and LIFE WITHOUT THE POLICE, discusses the origins of the police, police tactics, and how life could look without them.
The second, PRISONS and PRISON ABOLITION, looks at the prison system and how alternatives to it might look like.