Essays

Only Some Power Comes from the Barrel of a Gun

  • Posted on: 26 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

The students who are organizing against gun violence? I am excited to see them learn the power they can wield — because not all power comes from the barrel of the gun and the best forms of power never do. I hope they realize that they can push for changes that don’t just address gun ownership but also the ways in which those laws might be enforced; I hope they push for changes that don’t empower the police, but instead look to disempower nationalists and misogynists. I hope they see the problem of violence in our society is more than a single issue and that the gun issue itself as more than just black and white.

Anarchism and Catholicism: An Introduction

  • Posted on: 24 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Hampton Institution by Chase Padusniak

“Anarchy,” a scary word to many, doesn’t get much used in Catholic circles. It seems downright frightening, either theologically or personally—it seems to threaten longstanding traditions of justice, not to mention the personal comfort and status of the West’s largely comfortable and assimilated Catholic population. Witness, for example, the Catholic Encyclopedia:

William (Bill) Koehnline (1949-2017) Anarchist, Militant, Friend

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

( I sadly post this announcement about an old time NYC anarchist--Bill Koehnlein, a real hold out, a good friend, a man who preserved almost singlehandedly one of two last Anarchist spaces in the City in the 80s, the Anarchist Switchboard. Bill introduced my friends and me to Camatte, the Sits, and Perlman--and in this way helped shape our ideas of the post-left and now black anarchy. Rest In Power, Comrade--wherever I go, little bit of you comes with me--pzs)

Countering Black Metal Bullshit in Olympia

  • Posted on: 22 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Puget Sound Anarchists

For those unaware black metal has always had a neo-Nazi problem. Extreme music attracted people with an affinity for extreme politics. It being infused with macho bullshit and with the boom of neo-Nazi music outside of Oi around 90s black metal and other dark esoteric scenes became a hot bed for esoteric neo-Nazi activity. With neo-Nazis being forced out of the punk scene they retreated into noise, goth, martial industrial, neo-folk, and black metal scenes. Often the main differences between black metal and other genres like grindcore have to do with instrumentation in a small part, but largely have to do with aesthetics and themes. Another appeal of Nazi imagery is the dangerous aesthetic and since the Nazi project and other fascist projects have been in part the aestheticization of politics it only makes sense that where the aesthetic lives so does the ideology.

Reframing The Question Of Gun Control In The Context Of A School Shooting

  • Posted on: 22 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

I'm not writing this to outline specific steps you should take next, but instead to reframe the discussion that we have after every school shooting to something more real and directed at mass-murderers as a phenomenon. I want to start by summing up the two official American political party positions on mass-murder and school shootings so that I can then compare them to an anarchist's position on the same thing.

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Ursula Le Guin and Utopia

  • Posted on: 21 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Writers by anarcho

It is with great sadness that I write this for one of my favourite writers, Ursula Le Guin, had died. The New York Times called her “America’s greatest living science fiction writers” in 2016 but that does not really do her work justice: she was one of the world’s greatest writers. It is just that she worked mostly in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. And like a few others – Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore spring to mind – also contributed to popularising anarchism outside political circles. Her SF novel The Dispossessed (1974) is still by far the best account of an anarchist society, warts and all!

Review: The Anarchist Roots of Geography – Toward Spatial Emancipation

  • Posted on: 19 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

Anyone who wants evidence that anarchist geography is alive and well today need only read this book. The author, Simon Springer, is one of the most active anarchist intellectuals today. In 2016, he authored two books and edited five, mostly on anarchist themes, and he has written numerous articles, some technical, but many deeply immersed in contemporary struggles.

His lively polemic, “Fuck Neoliberalism,” has over 50,000 hits on one website alone.

Mexico: Idealized Nature: On Absolutism and Misanthropy

  • Posted on: 17 February 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From IGD

There is an ever-spreading idealistic, romantic, and superfluous tendency regarding the existence of a pristine, virgin, and idyllic nature that has never been touched by human beings and that must be preserved without having any contact with our species. There are many, many problems and shallow reflections regarding this stance about a pristine and virgin nature.

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