Essays

Since 2012

  • Posted on: 20 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Fauvenoir

It can be safely assumed that around the year 2011, we've seen a worldwide momentum of anarchist insurgency. Perhaps we could talk about a 4-years period, or maybe even 7 or 8, that started with the Greek insurgency in December 2008, which might have opened a temporary rupture in the hardening fabric of social reality, unleashing waves of forces from Hell (in the Jungian sense of course!) upon the stagnant, grey, totalitarian liberal-democratic order of the Millenium, the Forteress Europe, and America's War on Terror.

Is Elon Musk an Anarchist? More like a Libertarian Lenin

  • Posted on: 19 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

Elon Musk is trolling on twitter. A celebrity billionaire wasting his time making inane provocations would hardly be worthy of note but in the process Musk has declared that his politics are in line with Iain Banks’ anarcho-transhumanist utopia and that he aspires to see a world of direct democracy. There’s few spectacles like a billionaire in a labor dispute essentially fronting as a proponent of fully automated luxury communism. Yet when a number of his statements wander close to left wing market anarchist takes it may be worth responding.

A Critique of the Concept of "the System"

  • Posted on: 19 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Ted Kaczynski (TK) repeatedly writes that a revolutionary movement needs an enemy. Variously he names the enemy as “modern technology,” “the industrial system,” “the techno-industrial system,” just “the system,” and, in addition to one of the foregoing, “the technician class.” But these terms are vague or unintuitive, they confuse the enemy of a revolutionary movement with its target, and they fail to motivate.

A Critique of the Concept of "Leftism"

  • Posted on: 17 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Source: The Wild Will Project

Note: Here I will not completely explain the concept of "leftism" as Ted Kaczynski uses it. Readers of this essay should instead refer to "Industrial Society and Its Future" (especially paragraphs 6-32, 83, 213-232) and "Izquierdismo" by Último Reducto. These pieces should provide the requisite knowledge for following this critique.

A Critique of the Nomadic Hunter / Gatherer Ideal

  • Posted on: 16 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Source: The Wild Will Project

Contradictions in the Reasoning

Ted Kaczynski (TK) suggests a nomadic hunter/gatherer (NHG) ideal, because, he claims, a movement needs a positive ideal as much as it needs an enemy. On the other hand, he says that it would be impossible to control post-collapse conditions and in fact imagines that agriculture will inevitably arise where the soil and climate are suitable for it. “No ideology,” he writes, “will persuade people to starve when they can feed themselves by planting crops.” He also repeatedly states that revolutions have only ever succeeded at destroying or conquering their target society, never implementing their ideal society (see ISAIF, paragraph 182). Therefore, the object of anti-industrial revolutionaries should only be “the elimination of modern technology.” Otherwise, they might be tempted to use the techno-industrial system to implement their ideal, and, if history is any indication, they will fail.

Is The Revolution Your Religion?

  • Posted on: 14 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

Nobody is going to abolish the police. Nothing will stop the sadistic murders carried out in the name of “law and order” and nothing will convince everybody. Step out of some invisible march of history and start focusing on the breathing bodies around us. Alternative services to calling the police must be built rather than new slogans or “movements.” Territory must be claimed and protected.

Prefigurative Politics, Catastrophe, and Hope

  • Posted on: 13 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Anarchists such as David Graeber and Cindy Milstein have used the term “prefigurative politics” to describe the anarchist principle that the ways we organize in the present should reflect the sort of society we hope to create in the future. Yet the concept of prefiguration is drawn from a Christian theology that presumes a future salvation so certain that it radiates backward through time, generating its own precursors.

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Ontario: On Turning Orange: A friendly letter to those who urged us to vote

  • Posted on: 12 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

There are many ways in which the recent Ontario election is disappointing, and the new leader is barely even one of them. No – though Doug Ford is a despicable rich jerk whose own entitlement to power was strong enough to persuade others to give it to him, the situation is actually much worse.

As the election approached, the political system deployed every trick to get people to put aside their disgust and participate. It’s understandable that someone trying to sit in the halls of power would claim that Ford is so bad that you’re wicked too if you don’t grab a ballot and try to stop him. But to see this kind of lazy thinking and moralistic manipulation repeated by so many who should know better is truly depressing.

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