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.
We want to bring up a delicate topic. How do we fund our projects? What is, for lack of better terms, our business model? Of course it is strange to bring this up as anti-capitalists but it is also naive to think that the way we get and use money isn't part of the "what we do," rather than what we think.
The classic anarchist tenets were mutual aid, rejection of church and state and capitalism, solidarity, voluntary association, decentralization, and autonomy. (I might be missing a couple...)
More recently, anarchists have espoused principles like transparency, consistency between means-and-ends, and a DIY ethic.
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
Words dilute and brutalize; words depersonalize; words make the uncommon common. Culture is made up of languages - languages of words and numbers, of concepts and assumptions, of conventions and expectations, of problems and solutions, of answers and questions. Languages write our lives: they set the options whenever we make a choice, however free we may be in selecting. At the same time, it is our use of them that makes them what they are and reproduces them. This week we’re looking into how languages enforce their constraints upon us and ways to adjust, subvert, and remake anarchist dialogue.
Over the past few years and especially proceeding Trump's election, there has been a lot of debate about the growth of right-wing authoritarianism. One of the items on the table is the use of terminology to describe relatively new forms of ideology and practice throughout Europe and the United States. In the USA, pundits are taking positions on the label "alt-right;" whether a variety of different sorts of authoritarians ought to be recognized in their particularities, or rather exposed as (or lumped into) an undifferentiated camp that we simply call "fascists" or "white nationalists".
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.