Essays

Decentralizing the Green Revolution

  • Posted on: 23 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

An Anarchist Guide to Environmentalism

When looking to solve the issue of climate change and other forms of environmental damage, people tend to look at two kinds of solutions: those targeting the individual, such as recycling, turning off your lights, bicycling, and unplugging your electronics when not in use, or more statist solutions, such as banning plastic straws, carbon taxes, or government investment. As anarchists one of the typical questions we face (aside from how will we deal with crime and how do we supply people with the medical care they need) is how do we adequately protect the environment before it’s too late without large-scale government intervention.

Calling It Terror: On recent attacks in Southern Ontario

  • Posted on: 22 August 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Calling something terrorism is undeniably powerful, but the word is used in such widely different ways that it often seems to mean little more than, “I condemn this utterly”. Whether it's being used loosely or specifically though, it has the function of setting the acts it describes as outside of reasonable consideration – it's often paired with words like “senseless”, “incomprehensible”, or “unimaginable”.

But terrorism is a strategy that's been used by almost all political tendencies at different times. As a strategy, it's not desperate or insane, the way the specific attacks often appear; terrorism has specific goals and groups using it aren't shy about articulating them. The goal of this text is to look at terrorism as a strategy, as a choice that rational people might make to achieve their goals. This gives us a stronger basis for rejecting it and also gets us beyond the shocked and decontextualized reactions we understandably have to scenes of violence, like the two attacks in Toronto.

For anarchy, not anarchism

  • Posted on: 17 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

Why for anarchy and not for anarchism? This may seem like a small point to split hairs over but it is a point which is important to us. It is important because we are interested in a vital anarchist (anti-state communist) milieu. For us anarchism points to the notion that there could be a special set of practices (forms) which can be found out to be complentary for a free life for all. We feel this is foolish and assumes human life could ever take on a singular form. Life should take on the form necessary for its free reproduction, unlike its current state which only serves those who rule/control us.

HELL YES I think We Should Dox Nazis! Is That A Serious Question?

  • Posted on: 15 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From The Conjure House by Dr. Bones

From the moment I started writing I decided that, as long as I had a voice, I would say exactly what I wanted to.

I’ve written about magic, which has pissed off secular radicals. I’ve written about Egoism, which pissed off the Leftists. The largest publisher of Egoist material in turn hates my guts because I don’t think Egoists should waste their time hanging out by themselves and, weirdly enough, should be involved with others in the struggle for liberation.

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Curing the Disease of Control with Taoism and Crypto-Anarchy

  • Posted on: 15 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Bitcoin.com

Many people lust for control. They need to control objects, animals, and people. This need for domination leads some to use violence to sate their urges. Their blind obedience to control unlocks a pathology that destroys their thinking faculties. It turns them into animals, driven by a fetish for control. In some ways, this need to manage their surroundings can be seen as a disease.

Tearing racism up from its capitalist roots

  • Posted on: 12 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Zabalaza

An African anarchist-communist approach

Racism has been a curse in South Africa, and remains embedded in the society. But how scientific are racist ideas? Where do they come from? And how can we fight racism and create a truly equal and fair society? What do we as revolutionary anarchists think?

Darkness Falls: Revisiting anarchist politics in the age of collapse

  • Posted on: 12 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Medium by Uri Gordon

Ten years ago I published a short and not very rigorous essay titled “Dark Tidings: Anarchist Politics in the Age of Collapse”, in which I attempted to anticipate forthcoming trends in the terrain of social struggle, and suggest responsive stategies for social transformation in view of ecosystem degradation and climate change. Since the news cycle has again come around to these themes, the topic may be worth revisiting.

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