Essays

Ted Kaczynski not just any ordinary madman

  • Posted on: 2 January 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The app

In Florence, Colorado, in a maximum security prison, there is a genius in an orange jumpsuit. A genius that entered Harvard College at the age of 16 and became a professor at Berkeley by the age of 25. A genius serving eight life sentences without the possibility of parole. Why throw it all away? I’d like to find out.

Don’t Panic: The Internet Isn’t Dead Yet

  • Posted on: 31 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Torchlight: Anarchist News from Pittsburgh

In the wake of the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules on December 14, CrimethInc. teamed up with Bill Budington of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to produce a jeremiad entitled “Anarchist Perspectives on Net Neutrality: The Digital Enclosure of the Commons” (Digital Enclosure henceforward). It offers a distorted, highly oversimplified, and unduly pessimistic view of the net neutrality situation that tacitly assumes zero resistance on the part of anyone but a few anarchist geeks.

Theories of Anarchist Development

  • Posted on: 31 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur

The question we’re wrestling with remains this: How do we understand the anarchist past and how does that understanding influence our action in the present? This question is ultimately inseparable from questions about how our present understanding of the anarchist project influences our engagement with the anarchist past, but one thing at a time.

Argentina: Everything Motivates Us, Nothing Satisfies Us – About the Revolts of Dec. 14 & 18 in Buenos Aires

  • Posted on: 30 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Insurrection News Received on 25.12.17:

And the rage overflowed.

And it should be clarified that many of those that found themeselves involved in the revolts of Thursday the 14th and Monday the 18th of December were not there to stop the pension reforms by supporting legalistic measures, much less defending citizenship rights. We were there for everything, we were there for nothing.

I was not there rejecting the pension reform because I reject the reforms, because I reject all law. I was not there for the retirees, because I detest that a life without work and the right to leisure is only given when the wrinkles are plentiful and the bones crack.

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Greek Anarchists Say They're Injecting Groceries with Toxic Acid

  • Posted on: 29 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

If you come to Greece during Christmas, you’ll find piles of walnut-crusted melomakarona cookies; buttery, snow-white kourambiethes; caramelized pork; and a yeasted bread called christopsomo. It’s all delicious, but be careful what you pick off the supermarket shelves during your holiday shopping—some products may have been poisoned by anarchists.

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The Undying State: An Anarchist Examination of 2018

  • Posted on: 28 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down by Ami du Radical

Errico Malatesta wrote that an organ of the State, deprived of its original function, will either wither and die or, when possible, construct a new function for itself. “A police force where there are no crimes to solve or criminals to apprehend,” he said, “will invent both, or cease to exist.” As we speak, this eventuality is fast approaching the political landscape of so-called America.

The Anarchist Alternative in Cuba

  • Posted on: 27 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017 by Bill Weinberg

A former community center that hosted a youth rock scene is now being occupied by activists, seemingly ignored by the authorities. A few blocks away, urban farms are bright patches of green in the landscape, producing vegetables and fruits for the community.

Oakland? Detroit? Manhattan’s Lower East Side?

Nope. This is Havana.

Transphobia is a class issue.

  • Posted on: 27 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

[Content warning: In addition to transphobia in the abstract, this piece discusses harassment, violence and abuse. Some sources linked to for reference purposes feature transphobic abuse and slurs.]

Transphobia is a class issue. By this I mean that in a class society that is also deeply transphobic, it is impossible to talk about transphobia in a meaningful way without also talking about class. Trans people are more likely, all other things being equal, than our cis peers to fall into the most exploited and oppressed sections of the working class and the extent to which transphobia will negatively affect any given trans person’s life will be mediated by their economic class. This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of every aspect of this issue, but to contribute to an ongoing conversation around it and illustrate a class struggle perspective on transgender issues.

LSC Statement on Sample Bylaws

  • Posted on: 24 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

We believe that bylaws are an important tool for use in organizing for radical social change and their possible arrangements constitute a political decision. Governing structures must open up possibilities for political action and engagement, rather than foreclose them. The proposed sample bylaws seem to both insulate local leadership from accountability to the general membership and stifle initiative from the rank and file. This may or may not have been intentional on the part of whoever drafted them—they appear, for instance, to essentially mimic large portions of these boilerplate NGO bylaws—but regardless of their specific intentions, their effect if implemented would be to undermine the grassroots vitality of our organization.

Below and Beyond Trump: Power and Counter-Power in 2017

  • Posted on: 23 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

This analysis was developed by ongoing discussions among members of the Black Rose / Rosa Negra (BRRN) Anarchist Federation’s Analysis and Strategy Committee and sent as a discussion document to our August 2017 convention, where it generated deep discussion and further feedback. It is organized into four sections: an analysis of ruling class power, an analysis of social movements, a statement of basic organizing principles in light of the current moment, and some suggestions for the federation moving forward.

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