Essays

The Claws of Empire, the Rise of Fascism

  • Posted on: 22 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Brazilian Anarchist Statement on Bolsonaro

What follows is translated statement by our comrades in Brazil on the current and politically urgent situation in Brazil. As Brazil is rocked by economic recession, parliamentary coups and scandals, into the void has stepped far right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Winning the first found of voting earlier this month Bolsonaro is headed to the second round on October 28 where he will face off against the Workers Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad. Often compared to Trump, Bolsonaro is actually far more dangerous with a much more coherent and reactionary ideology and in praise for torture and Brazil’s previous military dictatorship.

The State and Revolution: Theory and Practice

  • Posted on: 21 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Writers by Anarcho

This is almost my chapter in the anthology Bloodstained: One Hundred Years of Leninist Counterrrevolution (Oakland/Edinburgh: AK Press, 2017). Some revisions were made during the editing process which are not included here. In addition, references to the 1913 French edition of Kropotkin’s Modern Science and Anarchy have been replaced with those from the 2018 English-language translation. However, the bulk of the text is the same, as is the message and its call to learn from history rather than repeat it. I would, of course, urge you to buy the book.

An Anarcho-Transhumanist Path to Surviving AI

  • Posted on: 21 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchism and nerd stuff. by Emmi Bevensee

General artificial-intelligence is one of the most important ethical frontiers towards sustainable futures for human and post-human species. However, it is also one of humanity and other earth-spawned life’s greatest sources of existential risk (X-risk) as witnessed by the abundance of scholarly research in the field (Larks, 2018). General artificial intelligence isn’t just purchase recommendations from ecommerce sites and spam filters, it a degree of intelligence at or above human functioning that can be generalized into other domains. This means that it can’t just be more intelligent in in one area such as game machine learning as in AlphaGo and zero-knowledge AlphaGo (AlphaGo Zero, 2018). Like a human, it needs to be able to learn a wide range of skills and intelligences but this generally intelligent AI will ultimately surpass human minds through the acquisition of the materials it needs to fulfill its utility function.

Help Us Develop “Even Lower Rings Of Hell”

  • Posted on: 14 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by William Gillis

This week we celebrated the 12th anniversary since the founding of the Center for a Stateless Society. It’s been a wild ride, with many ups and downs. But somehow we’ve managed to build one of the most successful sites of anarchist discourse since the journal Liberty shuttered in 1908. We have become, as weird as it is, something of an institution.

Sorry to Bother You, Comrade: a primal anarchist at the theaters

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Agency by Kevin Tucker

Warning: this entire review is a spoiler. See the movie first. Please and thank you.

By this point, you’ve probably heard a lot about Boots Riley’s excellent film, Sorry to Bother You. Heed my spoiler warning, because we’re jumping right in.

Settler Anarchists Should Tread Lightly Around Indigenous Nationalism

  • Posted on: 2 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by Emmi Bevensee

To be an anarchist is to be anti-nationalist. It is no coincidence that national-anarchists have so often turned out to be white supremacists — the movement itself is crypto-fascist. However, our critique of nationalism and related critiques of things like tribalism must deeply understand the different strategies behind different forms of nationalism if we are to not alienate our allies and relegate our dynamic movement to the ethical pit of genocide apologism.

Hambacher Forest – peaceful resistance?

  • Posted on: 1 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

The Hambacher Forest is in the focus of the media, since Thursday 13.09. is a major police operation inclusive SEK (Special Deployment Commando) evicting the tree houses. There are different ways of resistance, but especially the left press and NGO’s like to report about non violent protest, to claim it for themselves. In our report we want to focus on militance, but we don’t see it as the only important part of the protest. Here follows a chronic of militance, resistance and repression in Hambacher Forst. Of course this chronic is not complete, because many actions are done by small groups and we only know about the actions, that where told to us.

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