Essays

Supporting Street Actions with Labor and Economic Campaigns

  • Posted on: 9 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

So in addition to taking to the streets against the nazi-right organized as antifa, why not call for an embargo on the nazi-right? Denial of service to any and all that would support the nazi-right. Deny the out of town nazi-right access to housing by organizing among the hotel and service industry. Deny the nazi-right access to food and water by organizing among the food and grocery industry. Demand a nominal wage-increase as extortion and punishment to the local capitalists who have decided to host the nazi-right in their city. Discover precisely who among the local capitalists has the most obvious and closest ties to the nazi-right and punish them via strikes and other economic disruptions.

Actually Yes, the Left Can Defeat The United States Militarily

  • Posted on: 9 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

Is the Left willing to sacrifice the United States for a free but chaotic territory across a few states? Could we study sniper tactics, small arms maintenance, and urban/rural survivalism right alongside economic and gender theory? Are we willing to selfishly demand our right to live as we see fit? Are we willing to struggle, fight, and even commit violence…for a decade? Two? How bad do we really want this?

Notes from underground: Dostoyevsky’s anarchism

  • Posted on: 1 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in a letter speaking of his The Brothers Karamazov, declares that his principal aim in writing the novel, a civic duty no less, is the defeat of “anarchism”.

How can we then suggest to speak of Dostoyevsky’s anarchism? And yet we dare to do so, navigating our way through the extremes of the underground and the modern social conformity of the many, of the nihilists and decadent aristocrats, of the social reformers and a Church oblivious to the kingdom of heaven.

Jobs, Bullshit, and the Bureaucratization of the World

  • Posted on: 31 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From The Brooklyn Rail

You probably first heard of him when reading, on Bloomberg.com or in the pages of The New Yorker, about his role as one of the “founders” of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some of you might have stumbled across him even earlier, when The New York Times published a short article on the openly anarchist anthropology professor whose politics, he lamented, thwarted his plans for tenure at Yale.

The evolution of Eugene’s anarchist movements

  • Posted on: 31 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Daily Emerald

Rioters ran through the streets of downtown Eugene, blocking traffic and resisting arrest on June 18, 1999. The event had escalated from an international protest named “Carnival Against Capital” earlier that same day. People went to the nearest bank and started smashing windows according to John Zerzan, a prominent, Eugene-based anarchist thinker. Activist Rob los Ricos, who was present at the riot, ended up spending seven years in prison for hitting a cop in the shoulder with a rock.

The trouble with student unions

  • Posted on: 30 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

A member of the Anarchist Communist Group writes on the limitations of engaging in struggle through long-professionalised institutional structures dependent on university funding.

Institutions exist to do the exact opposite of their stated aims. The police force don’t exist to protect you and stop crime, but instead to keep you in line and to facilitate a unilaterial class war.

Gaetano Bresci: Tyrannicide and Defender of the People

  • Posted on: 29 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.

With Remarks by Malatesta and Tolstoy

On this day, July 29, in the year 1900, the anarchist Gaetano Bresci assassinated King Umberto of Italy. But there is a lot more to his story than this single deed. Here, we remember an Italian worker and immigrant who risked his life to save Errico Malatesta from an assassination attempt, then gave his life to impose consequences on the king for overseeing the murder of hundreds of poor working people.

An Anarchist View of the Class Theory of the State

  • Posted on: 27 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarkismo by Wayne Price

A Libertarian Socialist Defense of the Class Theory of the State

In order to understand government politics, it is necessary to have a theory of the state. The essay reviews classical anarchist and Marxist views of the class-based, pro-capitalist, nature of the state. But there are also non-class and non-capitalist influences on the state. These need to be integrated into a class theory of the state.

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