Not to go off on a rant but watching thread after thread on anarchist news treat whatever new piece of information as the foundation of a new hyphenated anarchism demonstrates a central problem to North American Anarchism. As if our desire for a world without coercion, politics (meaning representation), or commodification were not niche enough it seems further refinement is necessary... or not. But a quick trip through anarchist twitter shows a dozen flags and a tumblr-gender number of different anarchist splinters.
How the fuck did we get here? Where the fuck is here? What do we do now? Questions like these are huge. They are largely unanswerable, because starting somewhere and ending somewhere else inevitably means so much space is lost during the journey. I’m not going to attempt to answer any questions here, because I don’t believe I’m in a position to give any, and would only trust my answers slightly more than the answers provided by people arrogant enough to believe their own.
While Justin Trudeau was in Hamilton yesterday (April 20) handing out free lunches at St-Patrick’s church, notorious for its anti-abortion activity, our beloved local paper The Hamilton Spectator decided to republish a long article from the New York Times entitled “What’s a Feminist Government? Canada, and Trudeau Grapple With the Question”. I was reading the morning paper with six or seven friends, and over waffles we read the article out loud and had a go at the questions it raised with a fair bit less bullshit than its author.
According to the prosecution, Karakashev posted a video allegedly calling for terrorism on his profile at VKontakte back in 2014 , and, in January 2017, he posted a text from another account which contained “propaganda of the ideology of violence” and “calls for terrorist activity”. It was not specified what the posts contained.
According to the defence lawyer, Yevgeny believes that the initiation of a criminal case against him was related to his activist work: he is a long-standing anarchist and antifascist who, prior to his arrest, was involved in a campaign against the construction of a tourist resort near his hometown. Karakashev will appeal his sentence.
From Anews Podcast
Welcome to the anews podcast. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week on anarchistnews.org.
Editorial: Inchoate Mutterings on Tasks, etc. by chisel
TOTW: Just Anarchist, Aragorn! and a friend
sound editing was by Dim
what's new was written by Jackie and narrated by Chisel and Dim
1) The Leather Nun - Slow Death
2) Blue Flag
From Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur
These notes are from a group reading of the book on Reddit. While fragmentary, they do raise a number of questions that I haven’t had a chance to raise elsewhere. If nothing else, I’m archiving them to use in a future revision of Tucker’s translation.
From Sprout Distro
“Mutual Fire Brigade” was written for and appeared in March 2019 in DOPE 5, an anarchistic magazine published in so-called London, and distributed free to those behind bars and those without homes. See dogsection.org/dope/. Jeff Clark kindly and beautifully transformed it into this zine. Here’s an excerpt:
From mpalothia.net via Facebook page - Anti Capitalist Front
by a Member of Anti Capitalist Front
On the this day over 100 years ago on the 21st of April, 1913, Illegalist and Individualist anarchist Raymond Callemin was executed by guillotine by order of the French state. On the anniversary of his execution I write this in memory of all those that have fallen or been jailed in the social war against society.
A short letter about the big problems of the Antifa phenom in the contemporary U.S. to the publication "Commune." With its heavy focus on the fantasy projections of subjectively insurrectionary grad students and fealty to identity politics, the politics of "Commune" might be described as Miller Lite Maoism. In the same way that the sci-fi movie 'Planet of the Apes' generated a terrible sequel called 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes,' "Commune" is also being called by some wags "Beneath the Planet of the Jacobin Magazine."