Essays

Anarchism is beautiful, even when it’s ugly

  • Posted on: 14 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

But yes; anarchism and the way it plays out in my life is beautiful. It's not what media says it is; it's not all black masks, smashing windows and \"f\" the police. Of course it is some \"FTP\" because we do hate hierarchical, dominant and abusive systems of control — but also it's about supporting and building friendship and community. It's about love — for each other and for what this world could be instead of what it is now, and fighting for that better thing.

Work does not redeem but rather embrutes

  • Posted on: 14 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

Dispossessed of everything that would allow us to recognize ourselves as human beings, we continue to live in the time of being chained to boring and absurd jobs. What do we have? What is it that we possess? All kinds of debt: rent, cell phone bills, car payments and the costs of all the rags which show that we’re hip. What is really ours? A mocking and miserable future which awaits us at every second with only one real affirmation, the sole certainty our lives hold: to be owners of nothing but our labor power: our minds, arms, legs, vaginas, asses that we sell to the highest bidder, who will pay us whatever dollar amount, who will be the owner of our body & mind, our dreams and wishes.

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Democracy, Radical Democracy, and Anarchism—A Discussion

  • Posted on: 13 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

Review of Markus Lundstrom, Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy

Reviewing Lundstrom's "Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy" leads to a discussion of what "radical democracy" could mean and whether anarchists should support it. Some anarchists oppose "democracy" of any sort because they regard "majority rule" as inherently oppressive and un-anarchist. This view is criticized and rejected in favor of a view of anarchism as democracy without a state.

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.

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