topic of the week

Topic of the Week: Anarchist Traveling vs. Tourism

  • Posted on: 21 December 2015
  • By: thecollective

Anarchist Traveling vs. Tourism

How do we distinguish between traveling and tourism as anarchists? What is important about traveling to anarchists and how does experiencing different places affect our views of the world around us? How can we prevent ourselves from fetishizing these experiences, as seems to be the case in tourism? Is it possible to reflect on or discuss our experiences without projecting our own biases on places that are alien to our own? Have experiences witnessing or engaging in struggle while traveling changed your viewpoint?

Topic of the Week: Death and Heroism

  • Posted on: 30 November 2015
  • By: thecollective

Some people, such as Earnest Becker, have argued that the denial of death is fundamental to civilization. Part of this argument includes an analysis of heroism as a method through which individuals transcend their mortality by becoming a part of something eternal. Martyrdom, sacrifice, and risking one's mortality for an eternal cause has been a familiar trope in anarchist past. But, what do anarchists think of this heroism now? Is there anything greater than the individual that is worthy of self-sacrifice? Is there a good anarchist death?

Topic of the Week: Cooperation or Collaboration?

  • Posted on: 25 October 2015
  • By: thecollective

How do we enter or engage in actions, projects, or practices that require coordination between other people? How do you make the distinction between interacting cooperatively or collaboratively? Do you situate yourself within a role by volunteering for a collectively determined or constructed position, or by accepting a delegated role at the request of another or the group—both cooperative efforts? Have you felt stronger lines of cooperation that teetered into the realm of collaboration?

Topic of the Week: Quality Conflict

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: thecollective

Once in a while, an event or personality becomes controversial and anarchists everywhere don their lawyer hats to get in on the action. On this site we get to witness a sample of the things anarchists have to say. It may seem like we can intuitively sort out the mess of argumentation styles, provocations, and jokes; but, the accuracy of such intuitions is less than satisfying upon inspection. Is this anarchist sincere? Is that anarchist making an attempt at humor? And is the joke good enough to transcend the realm of meanness?

Topic of the Week - That old time religion

  • Posted on: 14 September 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Let us begin with a couple of basic assumptions that are arguable but will allow us (if we accept them) to address the topic of the week in good faith.

Before we get to this let’s admit that we are trying to read one of our site's frenemies in the best possible light (which isn’t exactly fair to them as they are a stated opponent of anarchism as a political doctrine). The question, stated plainly, is “What exact activity should we be engaging in if we desire society-wide struggles that could lead to an anarchist society?”.

Topic of the Week: Anarchist Aging and Burn-out

  • Posted on: 7 September 2015
  • By: thecollective

North American anarchist subculture doesn’t offer much to elders. A lot of the time it can actively repel them. Sometimes this is referred to as “burn-out,” but that term can also be used to describe other situations where someone decides that the costs of participating in something are no longer worth paying. The burn-out that is related to aging isn’t limited to the frustrations of losing over and over again. It comes from many places, especially in a system that manages aging just as much as it manages labor, health, public policy, war, and the environment.

Topic of the Week: What is the Role of Anarchist Media?

  • Posted on: 31 August 2015
  • By: thecollective

Despite various degrees of agreement between common tendencies in anarchist thought, the tools that we use to engage with our politics in the virtual realm of media may complement, contribute to, provoke, or otherwise engage with the actions or other lived experiences. It’s hard to deny the potential role of media to re-contextualize the ways we view or chose to interact with the world around us, as well as the ways it can inspire us intellectually or emotionally.

Hello from thecollective

  • Posted on: 24 August 2015
  • By: thecollective

We are a bite-size group of people who agree on many things, including the importance of humor; looking at actions (our own as well as others') with history, context, and imagination; the complicated and contradictory role of technology on human relations; and a desire for a vibrant and diverse anarchy. We will do our best to leave our egos out of the mix in moderating anews, but we also don't expect people to like all (some of you won't even like most) of the decisions we make and that is certainly not our criteria.

Topic of the week - The resignation of worker

  • Posted on: 17 August 2015
  • By: worker

As of this date (August 17th, 2015) Worker has officially resigned as the figurehead and moderator of anarchistnews.org. Worker will no longer be the operator of this site. That task will now be passed to an editorial crew named thecollective.

Further notes are from Worker about their time at anarchistnews.org


Worker has served as a useful nom de plume for the operation of this website but it has expired as a position I can reasonably stand by any longer.

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