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Responding to Antifa and Riseup: On Revolutionary Politics and Non-Violence

  • Posted on: 1 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

In recent weeks, I’ve authored numerous pieces discussing Antifa and its rise to prominence. The first piece was a plea for non-violent resistance to fascism, which covered the dangers of aggressive violence and how it provides the state with a justification for suppressing left protest. The second piece addressed the failure of Antifa to develop a mass support base due to its preoccupation with fetishized violence over a commitment to movement building and articulating a positive vision for social change.

One of the primary online Antifa organs, Itsgoingdown.org, printed a response from “Riseup.net,” a Seattle-based anarchist organization. The group describes itself as committed to “human liberation” and “the fight for freedom and the self-determination of all oppressed groups” and as opposing “all forms of prejudice, authoritarianism, and vanguardism.” Riseup states: “Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with freedom from want and freedom of expression, a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.”

On the Delusion of (non)violence & Difference between Progressive-Liberalism & Radicalism: Between Trump, BLM, DAPL-INM, & Tahrir

  • Posted on: 24 February 2017
  • By: thecollective

From mohamed jeanveneuse

Introduction:There are only middles, no beginnings and ends, when the end is the beginning is the end again

The Landing: Fascists without Fascism

  • Posted on: 21 February 2017
  • By: thecollective

From research and destroy

We can imagine a person slowly becoming aware that he is the subject of catastrophe. The form of consciousness might be likened to someone peering out the window of a plane. They have been aboard for a long time, years, decades. From cruising altitude the landscape below scrolls past evenly, somewhat abstracted. The stabilizing mechanisms of eye and brain smooth the scene. Perhaps they are somewhere above the upper midwest. Their knowledge of the miseries that have seized flyover country hovers at the periphery of a becalmed boredom. Steady hum of the jet engines, sense of stillness. Borne by prevailing winds the first balloonists detected no wind whatsoever. So this flight. Though the passengers will never travel faster than this they scarcely feel any motion at all.

I Have No Mouth But I Must Scream

  • Posted on: 6 February 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Cult of Infinity

While I have doubts about the efficacy of militant anti-fascist actions in the US, like the one that shut down a certain self-professed internet troll in Berkeley for a myriad of reasons, the response to the riotous events from the liberal mouthpieces merits a response from anarchists that rejects the language of the Left that has always walked hand in hand with the Right. Anarchists would be wise to discard this language because by accepting it is to already violate the most basic unifying principles for us; that we are enemies of Government and State.

TOTW: Team sports

  • Posted on: 23 January 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

There are several conversations to be had while viewing J20 in the mirror. The first is to say "good job" to the people who participated in the events of the day, to check in on our prisoners, and to ask ourselves how we can keep up the momentum. The second, and the point of this TOTW, is to ask ourselves if we are satisfied with the people we associated ourselves with during J20 and generally during this moment. It's hard to call the broad left particularly healthy, should they be who we turn to? How about Unions? The organizers of the Women's march on J21?

An Anarchist FAQ after 20 years

  • Posted on: 20 July 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

It is now 20 years since An Anarchist FAQ (AFAQ) was officially launched and six years since the core of it was completed (version 14.0). Its has been published by AK Press as well as translated into numerous languages. It has been quoted and referenced by other works. So it has been a success – although when it was started I had no idea what it would end up like.

Against Identity Politics

  • Posted on: 31 January 2016
  • By: rocinante

By Lupus Dragonowl from Anarchy Magazine #76

Spectres, Joylessness, and the contours of ressentiment

Identity Politicians (IPs) are a particular kind of leftist who use the spectre[1] of an identity-category (gender, race, sexuality, etc) as a lever to obtain power. In the sense discussed here, they should not be considered coterminous either with groups of people oppressed by identity categories, or even that subset who prioritise identity as a key site of struggle. Not all women, Black people, People of Colour (POC)[2], or members of other specifiable groups are IPs; not all feminists, anti-racists, or even separatists are IPs. Racism, sexism and other oppressions along identity axes are sociologically real, and not every person involved in the struggle against such oppressions is an IP.

Eco-Socialism and Decentralism

  • Posted on: 12 January 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Anarkismo - by Wayne Price

Theorists of the climate-justice movement have been raising decentralist ideas as part of their programs for an ecologically-balanced society. This ecological program means more local democracy, workers’ management of industry, consumer coops, and federations of radically-democratic institutions. Such ideas revive the decentralist ideas of anarchism.

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