Identity has become a code word for most anarchists. For those who reject it, it connotes people who embrace their victimization. For those who embrace it (or who at least don't reject it), it means the ways that groups of people are linked in how they suffer in this world (and implies solutions to that suffering, as well). The criticisms of identity, like those of the term "p.c.", have also been jumped on by right-wing folks, looking to negate the idea that there is more structural unfairness aimed at some than at others...
I generally refuse to debate to which degree our collective future is set in stone. Placing hypothetical situations at the forefront of political thought seems foolish to me, as none of us are clairvoyant. Hypothetically, if all fossil fuels were left in the ground, and no more were burned as of tomorrow, we might have a chance of survival as a species. Hypothetically, a solar storm could knock the grid offline, saving the natural world from further extirpation. Hypothetically, the powerful could adopt humane policies to reduce human suffering during ecological and industrial collapse. We know, however, that these are sordid fantasies. They are sordid because they detract from real suffering being visited upon the natural world everyday, and the suffering of those humans to which the apocalypse is not a distant future event, or a clever metaphor.
Since we announced the project on @news back in January of this year, ten new titles have been released, which were are excited to share with you. As always, everything we do is available for free download in printable and readable PDF format on our website
The latest issue of Black Flag, the flagship publication of the Free Association of Anarchists (F@@), has just been published online, and is available for download here:
This text is less so a general critique of insurrectionalist methodology or ideas than a critique of how a specific insurrectionalism, that which has developed in Barcelona in the last eighteen years, has played out in practice. It problematizes a set of practices and attitudes that it sees in the self- proclaimed insurrectionalist milieu there, from arrogance to bad security to an incomplete understanding of repression. At times it broadens to critique insurrectionalisms of other places or more general aspects of the tendency.
As thousands of people gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, to celebrate the inauguration of the new European Central Bank building, hundreds paper copies of an extract from "To our friends" by the Invisible Committee were given out.
You can now download it here
From Mute by Alberto Toscano, originally published on 13 January 2015
After the Insurrection that was to come The Invisible Committee’s À nos amis assesses the defeats and 'permanent catastrophe' which never stopped. Alberto Toscano’s extended review, ahead of the book’s English translation, seeks points of agreement among the peaks and pitfalls of a relentless metaphysical attack on network power
*note: this is a reproduction of a text that was circulated at a recent 'Reclaim The Streets' gathering here in Macedonia*
1. Madonna and preconceptualist discourse
In the works of Madonna, a predominant concept is the distinction between opening and closing. The characteristic theme of Werther’s model of Debordist image is a mythopoetical totality.