I just had an idea over the weekend that, had it been put into practice, would've freaked most anews readers right out. It would have been a fine project, perfectly reasonable, but given the context it would've signaled something entirely opposite from what it intended.
What's your most interesting project that you wish someone would do, or that you'd like to do, but don't have the right situation for? Are you working towards getting the right situation for it, or is it too daunting?
Brenan Daniels I Social Movement Studies I Interview I March 9th, 2017
This is a transcript of a recent email interview I had with JA, an administrator of the Facebook page Anarchist Memes where we discuss Trump's rise to the presidency and how people can more actively resist the fascist-esque politics that are currently being put in the mainstream.
From Adverse Possession
Antifa has no place in Oakland because it is a racist, reactionary, reductive, counter-revolutionary, and nihilistic organization that has attacked workers and community members as well as engaged in intimidation increasing police repression against marginalized communities.
Story time everyone! In this case, the story is: how did you become an anarchist?
What was your path to becoming an anarchist? Was it because of the influence of a subculture, like punk, hippie or activism? Was it the influence (positive or negative) of a particular relative or teacher? Was it through long hours reading books in the library? Was it through the influence of a friend or group of friends? Was it through a series of troubles with the law? Or was it through spending excessive amounts of time on the internet?
Laurance Labadie was born in Detroit, in the summer of 1898, the son of the famously affable anarchist Joseph A. Labadie. Jo, as he was called, neither pressed anarchism on his children nor seems to have done very much pressing or parenting at all, preferring to allow the Labadie brood space to learn and grow on their own terms. That they, to his disappointment, never found much happiness or success suggests, perhaps, that the anarchist’s aversion to hierarchical relationships is ill-suited to the business of raising children into content and independent adults. Though certainly independent of thought and action, Joseph’s son Laurance was anything but content. Even to those who loved him and considered him family, the younger Labadie did not inherit his father’s easy, obliging way. In her book All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement, Laurance’s niece, Carlotta Anderson, writes that he “bitterly disappointed both parents,” never marrying or achieving career or financial success.
In his recent essay on IGD, Peter Gelderloos argued that Trump isn’t a departure from American democracy, but is simply its latest, most vile creation. While Trump is not a strict fascist, contends Gelderloos (a long time anarchist writer, organizer, and thinker), part of Trump’s appeal is that he seeks to re-strengthen white supremacy at a time when many people are losing faith in the State and the economic system, while offering ready-made enemies and easy answers to complex problems.
The role of protest and attempts to shit down the talks far-right wing figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos has been a recent subject controversy. But what are the actual goals of anti-fascists, anarchists and others on the left who advocate giving “no platform”? The following is a transcribed interview with Mark Bray of Black Rose on the Feb. 10, 2017 broadcast of WNYC’s On the Media.
The concept of constant struggle holds strong as definitive measure among a range of anarchists. We may be struggling against our preexisting conditions--or the level at which we are at odds with what we oppose as anarchists, or intentionally confronting or attacking our opposition in a direct drive towards a intensified state of struggle. This isn't intended to present a binary either, as of course there can be a range of ways we may attack our enemies that make sense in our situation.