principles

TotW: Anarchist Principles

  • Posted on: 19 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

The classic anarchist tenets were mutual aid, rejection of church and state and capitalism, solidarity, voluntary association, decentralization, and autonomy. (I might be missing a couple...)
More recently, anarchists have espoused principles like transparency, consistency between means-and-ends, and a DIY ethic.

Dispossess Podcast Episode 2: On Morality

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

This is the podcast Dispossess where we explore the ideas, tendencies, ideologies, spooks, spirits, and other possessions and conversations that are relevant to the hosts of the show as providing for nourishing dialogue from the perspective of a non-ideological critique of civilization

Topic of the Week: The Social and the Political

  • Posted on: 29 December 2015
  • By: thecollective

Much ado was made, a decade or so ago, about a book that criticized “the milieu” as being a place where a “civil war” was going on, with no useful outcome possible. It proposed abandoning the milieu, and returning to friendship itself as the place to do political work. Clearly this is a framing exercise since most people we know do the bulk of their “political work” in exactly the same social circles they inhabited before and after the so-called milieu became indicted for their lack of success.

Insurgent Islands: A Continuing Conversation on Anarchism with Principles

  • Posted on: 10 November 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

“Freely Disassociating” appeared in June 2015. Although it was written a year prior, the half dozen Left and radical publications to which it was initially submitted would not print it. Since its publication by Perspectives on Anarchist Theory inquiries and positive responses (such as Scott Campbell’s, on which I have commented upon elsewhere ) have found their way to me either directly or through intermediaries. Of course there was a series of irrational and nonsensical comments online that only served to confirm my claim that there isn’t an “audience that can access arguments and positions outside those with which it already agrees.” And for that matter, the positive responses confirm this as well.

Towards an Anarchism with Principles: A Response to “Freely Disassociating,”

  • Posted on: 31 July 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

I read with interest Kevin Van Meter’s recent essay, Freely Disassociating: Three Stories on Contemporary Radical Movements published by Perspectives on Anarchist Theory on the Institute for Anarchist Studies website. In it, he discusses the current climate within the anarchist movement, painting a grim picture where increasingly meaningless labels and judgments get tossed about like political hand grenades, shutting down discussion, utilizing guilt-by-association, fomenting an atmosphere of anti-intellectualism and devolving into moralizing-outrage-as-activism.