As anarchists, we may often find ourselves in challenging situations. This TOTW takes a looks at the anarchist relationship with natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, etc) and other major adverse events like insurrection, war, riots, and general trouble.
Story time everyone! In this case, the story is: how did you become an anarchist?
What was your path to becoming an anarchist? Was it because of the influence of a subculture, like punk, hippie or activism? Was it the influence (positive or negative) of a particular relative or teacher? Was it through long hours reading books in the library? Was it through the influence of a friend or group of friends? Was it through a series of troubles with the law? Or was it through spending excessive amounts of time on the internet?
The concept of constant struggle holds strong as definitive measure among a range of anarchists. We may be struggling against our preexisting conditions--or the level at which we are at odds with what we oppose as anarchists, or intentionally confronting or attacking our opposition in a direct drive towards a intensified state of struggle. This isn't intended to present a binary either, as of course there can be a range of ways we may attack our enemies that make sense in our situation.
Following up on last weeks topic on transhumanism is a simpler question.
Is it in the interest of anarchism for humans to leave and settle upon other planets than earth.
On the pro side is the idea that exploration, while the seed of colonialism, is also the seed of something like freedom. Any place else will not have the institutions and anthropology that this planet does.
Any place else can represent the tabla rosa [edit: tabula rasa] of a fresh start, a blank piece of paper, a new beginning.
The idea of banning people seems to be all the rage these days now that President what's-his-name wants to ban large swaths of people from entering the U.S. Within anarchist circles, however, the idea of banning people from anarchist spaces has long been popular among certain people as well. Some people argue that banning people is perfectly fine and is in alignment with the anarchist principle of free association. Other people say that banning people is not at all okay, saying it is by it's very nature exclusionary and leads to certain people having more influence and power than others.
There are several conversations to be had while viewing J20 in the mirror. The first is to say "good job" to the people who participated in the events of the day, to check in on our prisoners, and to ask ourselves how we can keep up the momentum. The second, and the point of this TOTW, is to ask ourselves if we are satisfied with the people we associated ourselves with during J20 and generally during this moment. It's hard to call the broad left particularly healthy, should they be who we turn to? How about Unions? The organizers of the Women's march on J21?
It’s that time of the year again, when many in society are making new plans and resolutions for the coming year. While the anarchist may oft shun such silliness from society, some areas behind these ideas demand a closer examination. This TOTW is about anarchists relation to physical and mental health.