Submitted by worker on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:36
As an anarchist who participated in the larger Occupy phenomenon (in my case, Occupy Grand Rapids) I never really followed much of what was happening with Occupy Wall Street in New York City. When the occupations spread across the country, my inspiration came from elsewhere, cities like Oakland, Seattle, and St. Louis seemed to offer more interesting forms of anarchist involvement. By contrast, what I saw coming out of New York City—such as the “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City”—was generally not that exciting. Its political analysis was overly simplified and anarchist ideas were more or less nonexistent.
Nevertheless, I have always been interested in anarchists’ role in Occupy Wall Street.
Submitted by worker on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:17
From Marx & Philosophy - by Seferin James
The Anarchist Turn collects fourteen papers from the conference of the same name organised by Jacob Blumenfeld, Chiara Bottici and Simon Critchley at the New School for Social Research in 2011. The title speaks of the perceived shift towards anarchism as the backdrop of radical politics in recent years. As Andrej Grubačić puts it:
Submitted by worker on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:43
Disruptive Elements: The Extremes of French Anarchism
Ardent Press, 2014
"Tant pis pour ceux qui souffrent et n’osent pas prêcher l’extermination et l’incendie!"
Most history worth bothering with shakes things up. This is particularly true of radical history, and of that branch of radical history that involves rediscovering and re-presenting primary works from various radical currents. Sometimes, the shake-ups are comparatively pleasant, and we find, unexpectedly, that we have inherited marvelous gems, glimpses into the personalities and practices of those who came before us.
Submitted by worker on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:39
The links between the two schools of revolutionary socialism – Marxism and class struggle anarchism – have produced much debate, some more helpful than others. Into the helpful pile comes Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) edited by Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta and Dave Berry. Twelve excellent chapters and a terrible one are sandwiched between a useful introduction and conclusion. Overall, it is essential reading for all those seeking to enrich libertarian socialism in the 21st century.
Submitted by worker on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:42
From Truth Out - By Paul Buhle
This reviewer found Mark Bray's "Translating Anarchy: the Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street" the most compelling of OWS "insider" stories and an illustration of anarchism as yeast to progressive movements.
Translating Anarchy: the Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. By Mark Bray. Winchester, UK/Washington DC: Zero Press, 271pp, $26.95.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 18:56
In this episode, Alanis and Clara allegedly break into an abandoned building to begin a conversation about squatting–and why it’s so important to anarchists. This episode includes two interviews–one with participants in a squatted social center in the United States, and one from an anti-infrastructure land occupation project in France.
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Submitted by worker on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:59
From Earth First News - by Sasha
Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, by Chris Crass (PM Press 2013), is a challenging collection of essays and interviews. The concept of collective liberation, gleaned initially from radical scholar bell hooks, connotes a struggle lodged deep in the tradition of liberation movements—black liberation, GLBQTTI liberation, women’s liberation, and so on. CC insists, “we need liberation movements of millions of people, from all backgrounds, from all walks of life, with a wide range of experience, playing many different roles… everyone reading this book is needed in the process of building the powerful and successful movements we need to make the changes crucial for our future.” For liberation movements to connect at crucial strategic and ideological intersections, activists must overcome the problem by which “processes of inclusions and exclusions are reproduced in our organizing.” For collective movement organization to succeed, we need “a commitment to use different strategies and approaches.” The message of Towards Collective Liberation is that love, openness, and patient determination will prevail. It is an imperative lesson for everyone.
Submitted by worker on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 10:38
From New Yorker - BY KELEFA SANNEH David Graeber’s “The Democracy Project” and the anarchist revival.