topic of the week
One of the characteristics of a modern (since 1937) anarchist is a concern that hierarchy is a problem that ranks alongside capitalism and the state. We've added a few more problems to the murderers row of abstractions we oppose but hierarchy does seem like the one we devote the most energy to.
To quote the AFAQ
a. The moderators of anews have asked many times for input on how to make conversations better on this site.
The responses have overwhelmingly been in two camps: one insisting (roughly) that the site should be no holds barred, anything that could possibly be called anarchist should be allowed, and the moderators should get out of the way. The other camp (roughly) demanding that there should be the correct amount (which varies) of moderation, usually more (and frequently targeted at specific, named posters).
What’s Your Favorite Piece of Anarchist Media Right Now?
We’ve had a topic of the week regarding the role of anarchist media in the past, but this week is focused on your personal favorite—a “Best of” compilation by you the commenters.
Books, pamphlets & zines, news articles, music, films, vlogs, podcasts, Surrealist paintings, Dadaist subway performers, subversive puppet shows, comics, pirate radio stations, etc…. The list of anarchist media is expansive and inexhaustible.
If we've been around at all, we've all had experiences of either being called out, or calling out, or both. This totw is not for the same conversations about how fucked up the most egregious examples are (a target that is far too easy), but one about our own positive (as much as possible, and however complicated) experiences: when has calling out someone or something worked in a specific case? when has someone had a really solid response to being falsely or correctly called out?
Like so many anarchists, perhaps your brain has begun to hurt and your to stomach churn when you hear yet another conversation about the USA presidential election, or talk of any election or democracy for that matter. With the election a little more than two weeks away perhaps now is a good time to pause and reflect on our anarchist analysis of democracy, electoral politics, and our actions leading up to and beyond this election cycle.
Automation is an old topic, but according to some recent estimates, automation is expected to replace nearly half of the US-workforce over the next couple of decades. While some people look forward to this future of less work, it isn't just neo-Luddites frowning about these developments. As anarchists, working less (or not at all) is a familiar goal; however, less work doesn't necessarily mean more freedom. It isn't difficult to imagine a future that is both without work and without liberty. It's especially easy to imagine such a future when the latest popular technologies are surveyed: smart phones, GPS-tracking, high-speed (and highly centralized) interconnected networks, the Internet of Things. Compelling the population to work with the threat of poverty is only one form of compelling populations. There are countless others.
Drawing from last week's TOTW and the politics of everyday life. How does anarchism influence our actions, activities, jobs, hobbies, or other interests beyond the scope of anarchism? Where does this cross-pollination between anarchism and the rest of your life feel more substantial? What are some examples of anarchism informing or influencing your actions, interactions, or opinions in ways that have been positive? When have you tried to apply anarchist ethics, ideas, framework, etc. to something that didn't work out, either at all or how you hoped?
Let's talk about the ways we engage in conflict with other anarchists on this site and elsewhere. What's the difference between conflict and horizontal hostility? How do we interact with other anarchists we may disagree with on certain fronts, and is there any value--personal or otherwise--in being openly hostile towards them? How has infighting with other anarchist groups or individuals affected you? What's stopping you from resolving current or recent instances of horizontal hostility in your life (e.g. by coming to a mutual understanding)?