I once got into an argument at the anarchist study group in Berkeley, CA about where our anarchy came from. As I usually do, I loudly proclaimed that all anarchy means to me is “No!” and nothing else. To some at the group, this seemed an immature and childish sentiment, reminiscent of Crimethinc. and reeking of anti-intellectualism. Some shared their displeasure at this claim of mine, while some sat silently, as they usually do at the study group, being voyeurs, being takers, giving none of their energy or effort and absorbing(or not) the work others do in attempting to explain their thoughts and feelings.
This is the first episode of FRR's new books podcast. Our goal is to discuss books(mostly fiction), especially where they intersect with our lives, nihilism, and anarchism. I(rydra) will be the most consistent host with a rotation of friends and others I find interesting broadcasting when we desire to. In this episode we discuss Milan Kundera's final novel, "The Festival of Insignificance." I began reading Kundera as a teenager and my fondness for him has only grown as I have slowly felt the effects of his writing, ideas, and brilliance sink into me over the years.
Free Radical Radio continues the tradition of weekly producing new content for your anarchist ears, and also brings some new content for your anarchist eyes.
First, a recording of Alyson Escalante’s Gender Nihilism: An Anti-Manifesto. Recorded and edited by Dirtroll.
Second, the first Free Radical Radio original writing, an essay on intellectual property.
After a year of hiatus, Free Radical Radio is returning in a new iteration. We are a group of anarchists, nihilists, label-haters, readers, but above all we find joy and passion in the sharing and discussion of ideas. We intend to use this project as an outlet to share audio recordings we have created that challenged us, interested us, or made us laugh so hard that we cried. There is possibility that podcasts will happen again, but only if we are inspired and driven by our own desires to make them happen.
From: C4SS - By William Gillis
Despite the right’s stereotype of antifascist activists as closeminded thugs or paid protesters in reality the majority have long been quite geeky, prone to lining their bookshelves with obscure fascist screeds and abstruse historical tomes. This comes with its own problems. Fascism is a multifaceted phenomenon to say the least and different threads can easily preoccupy a researcher their whole life. This has made fascist studies a kaleidoscope of particulars that can be forbidding for newcomers and resists general summary. We are all lucky then that in a moment when suddenly everyone is interested Alexander Reid Ross has undertaken the herculean task of mapping an overview of fascist historical and ideological currents across a myriad of directions and locales.
Elpis began as a favor to a friend who asked a few perpetual depressives for reading recommendations. We responded with a collection of our favorite pieces of nihilism and pessimism that we thought might have something to offer less dour anarchists taking an excursion to the bleaker side of things. Sadness doesn't only come when called, however, and neither do we.
Announcing underHILL Distro: https://underhilldistro.tumblr.com/
underHILL distro is excited to announce that after three years of existing as a face to face distribution project, we've taken the leap, bit friendship as a form of life & no new ideas' tumblr scheme, put our portfolio online, and removed the human element from the equation.
This letter (or rant) was originally meant as a therapeutic stream of consciousness for an existentially confused revolutionary anarchist. It is now being presented as a letter or call out requesting written contributions on the subject of ‘burning out’, or a broader community goal of creating a diverse and revolutionary dialogue in opposition to the drop out culture that can be associated with the term.
The letter below was not necessarily written by those coordinating this project. It was anonymously submitted at a political meeting somewhere in the United States.