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TOTW: the Alt-Right

  • Posted on: 28 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

Over the past few years and especially proceeding Trump's election, there has been a lot of debate about the growth of right-wing authoritarianism. One of the items on the table is the use of terminology to describe relatively new forms of ideology and practice throughout Europe and the United States. In the USA, pundits are taking positions on the label "alt-right;" whether a variety of different sorts of authoritarians ought to be recognized in their particularities, or rather exposed as (or lumped into) an undifferentiated camp that we simply call "fascists" or "white nationalists".

Topic of the Week: Your Favorite Anarchist Media

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

What’s Your Favorite Piece of Anarchist Media Right Now?

We’ve had a topic of the week regarding the role of anarchist media in the past, but this week is focused on your personal favorite—a “Best of” compilation by you the commenters.

Books, pamphlets & zines, news articles, music, films, vlogs, podcasts, Surrealist paintings, Dadaist subway performers, subversive puppet shows, comics, pirate radio stations, etc…. The list of anarchist media is expansive and inexhaustible.

No Gods No Masters Part 1

  • Posted on: 5 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

From submedia.tv

Yesterday we posted the documentary on the history of Anarchism "No Gods No Masters" (it's amazing!) Seems the distributor made a mistake and made the upload public. By the the time they took it down, already hundreds of people had seen it, and some even downloaded it. One such person put in on YouTube. So for a limited time (probably) here is is again. - submedia

TOTW: Call Outs: what's worked

  • Posted on: 1 November 2016
  • By: thecollective

If we've been around at all, we've all had experiences of either being called out, or calling out, or both. This totw is not for the same conversations about how fucked up the most egregious examples are (a target that is far too easy), but one about our own positive (as much as possible, and however complicated) experiences: when has calling out someone or something worked in a specific case? when has someone had a really solid response to being falsely or correctly called out?

Radical investigation of mental distress in modern world

  • Posted on: 1 November 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

A radically ground-breaking investigation of mental distress in the spaces of the modern world has just been published by Winter Oak Press.

In Modern Madness: A Wild Schizoanalysis of Mental Distress in the Spaces of Modernity, talented new author Ed Lord opens up some fundamental questions for analysis.

What are we to make of an age that delivers pandemic levels of mental illness and a physical environment at the point of catastrophic collapse?

OU anarchist group members refuse to vote, explain thought process

  • Posted on: 31 October 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From OU Daily

Editor's note: This week, The Daily is devoting coverage to the Nov. 8 presidential election. Our online coverage will be spread throughout the week, and our Nov. 3 print edition will be entirely centered around the election. Read all of The Daily's election coverage at www.oudaily.com/news.

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TOTW: On democracy, electoral politics, and voting

  • Posted on: 24 October 2016
  • By: thecollective

Like so many anarchists, perhaps your brain has begun to hurt and your to stomach churn when you hear yet another conversation about the USA presidential election, or talk of any election or democracy for that matter. With the election a little more than two weeks away perhaps now is a good time to pause and reflect on our anarchist analysis of democracy, electoral politics, and our actions leading up to and beyond this election cycle.

Topic of the Week: Automation

  • Posted on: 17 October 2016
  • By: thecollective

Automation is an old topic, but according to some recent estimates, automation is expected to replace nearly half of the US-workforce over the next couple of decades. While some people look forward to this future of less work, it isn't just neo-Luddites frowning about these developments. As anarchists, working less (or not at all) is a familiar goal; however, less work doesn't necessarily mean more freedom. It isn't difficult to imagine a future that is both without work and without liberty. It's especially easy to imagine such a future when the latest popular technologies are surveyed: smart phones, GPS-tracking, high-speed (and highly centralized) interconnected networks, the Internet of Things. Compelling the population to work with the threat of poverty is only one form of compelling populations. There are countless others.

Long Live Anarchy: An Interview With Robert Anton Wilson

  • Posted on: 15 October 2016
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS (Part I & II)

At some point in the late fifties or early sixties, Pacifica Radio’s Charlie Hayden interviewed the inimitable Robert Anton Wilson on all things anarchism. Wilson waxes poetic on anarchism’s foundations and answers some challenging questions from a presumable skeptic in Hayden. While the exact date of the interview is unknown, the early to mid-sixties appear to have been Wilson’s most overtly anarchist period. Wilson references Ralph Borsodi’s “School of Living” in the interview without mentioning anything about his position as editor of SoL’s anarchist publication, “Way Out.” This is a good indication that the interview likely occurred prior to the beginning of Wilson’s tenure there in 1962. I maintain that Wilson seemed to be a lifelong anarchist in spirit, despite explicitly shedding that label in favor of the more ambiguous “libertarian” label in his later years.

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