Essays

In a rebellious month of May, reflections on militant autonomy

  • Posted on: 7 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

Radical political militancy is never intellectually unarmed, for it always assumes some understanding of what it contests and of how it can or should be overcome. It also carries with it some idea of what is to follow the detested social order. But it is precisely because of the weight of these assumptions that militancy is dangerous even for the militant, for all may go terribly wrong at all three of these levels. In other words, a non-reflective militancy is blind, and fatally so.

The essay we share below is not presented with the presumption that it holds all of the answers. However the intensity with which it is written, and at a time of widespread political struggle in france, makes it an important contribution to a debate that will never be closed; and rightfully so.

On the struggle against Bässlergut prison

  • Posted on: 7 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

This text, first published in Avalanche, offers a perspective on the direct action struggle against Bässlergut, a prison and detention facility in Switzerland, from one of the activists involved. The facility, sited near the German border, is currently being expanded and anarchists have been active in trying to sabotage the process. The writer makes a case for an insurrectionist approach in the course of this article, which is reproduced here to give an idea of the thinking around some of these issues.

Travelogue: For a projectualty in times of war (and in times of peace)

  • Posted on: 2 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

Often we think of our ideas as pillars staved-in stable grounds. However, the grounds are generally stable but in appearance. It’s enough for conditions to change, for the grounds becoming muddy or for the waters rising, to see our stable grounds move and our dear pillars subsiding like castles of cards. Then panic seizes us, we run from one indigestible alliance to the next one which is even more improbable, our concepts which we thought so solid become gelatinous, shift into modelling clay, and in a short laps of time, we become what we always despised: simple pawns on a chessboard we do not understand. This happened to quite some anarchists when the First World War broke out, it happened to Spanish anarchists dragged from a revolutionary situation into a full scale war, it happened to many revolutionaries caught up in the geopolitical games of the Cold Ward, and it will happen again tomorrow.

April 2018: one hundred year anniversary of the beginning of Bolshevik terror

  • Posted on: 30 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

It's April 1918. On the 12th, the Cheka unleashes a ferocious assault on 26 anarchist locales in Moscow, killing dozens and arresting 500. The political situation this repressive operation goes down in is extremely important.

Report back from Anti-Pipeline Activities in Virginia, USA

  • Posted on: 30 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

4/29 - The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a massive, but well hidden, and emersed construction project. It’s current immediate ramifications in just this area extend from Salem, VA, over to the city of Roanoke, and even into Floyd. All along these relevant areas, giant, yellow Caterpillar wrecking machines rest upon the top of the freshly exposed blood red clay, which is so ubiquitous to this region, the Southeast US. There are political yard signs everywhere stating their opposition: “NO PIPELINE”, “NO MVP”.

What does it mean to sell out? A Personal Approach to Setting a Standard

  • Posted on: 24 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Selling out is the ironic reference to giving into social convention or forfeiting a period of claimed or perceived rebellion. It’s applied mostly to hippies or punks in the mainstream. Typically in the same tone of laughing off someone’s sub-cultural phase or period where they challenged society. This tone usually mocks the audacity seen by the mainstream made by someone even trying to challenge social norms and expectations, because inevitably one must give in “so why even try? (scoff).”

The Callout

  • Posted on: 16 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Invisibilia

A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond, Va. hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish.

Anarchism in Today's United States

  • Posted on: 15 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Society gets the dissidents it deserves. This can be seen in an acute form with what gets called anarchism in today’s United States. When I write about anarchism or anti-authoritarianism here I am not referring to what might simplistically be called “real” anarchism in the increasingly distance past or elsewhere in the world today.

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