4/29 - The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a massive, but well hidden, and emersed construction project. It’s current immediate ramifications in just this area extend from Salem, VA, over to the city of Roanoke, and even into Floyd. All along these relevant areas, giant, yellow Caterpillar wrecking machines rest upon the top of the freshly exposed blood red clay, which is so ubiquitous to this region, the Southeast US. There are political yard signs everywhere stating their opposition: “NO PIPELINE”, “NO MVP”.
Selling out is the ironic reference to giving into social convention or forfeiting a period of claimed or perceived rebellion. It’s applied mostly to hippies or punks in the mainstream. Typically in the same tone of laughing off someone’s sub-cultural phase or period where they challenged society. This tone usually mocks the audacity seen by the mainstream made by someone even trying to challenge social norms and expectations, because inevitably one must give in “so why even try? (scoff).”
A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond, Va. hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish.
Society gets the dissidents it deserves. This can be seen in an acute form with what gets called anarchism in today’s United States. When I write about anarchism or anti-authoritarianism here I am not referring to what might simplistically be called “real” anarchism in the increasingly distance past or elsewhere in the world today.
Not: creation, defense, occupation, or solution. Not practical alternative to structural constraints. Not conventional reformism, or conventional revolutionizing. Not aesthetic ideal. Not the suspension of critical awareness.
According to Peter Lamborn Wilson (“Hakim Bey”), Temporary Autonomous Zone is not idealized image of real world practice, nor an alternative to structural constraints:
“Sometimes, you just have to get a knife in your hands and make it clear which way the stabby end is pointing.”
So begins Margaret Killjoy’s novella The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, the first of a pair of books that introduces a fantastic world of magic in America’s decrepit heartland, featuring a band of genderqueer, anarchist demon hunters. The two books are short, sharp, get straight to the point, and present a fantastic world that can be consumed in a single sitting.
Learning from 50 Years of Struggle at Notre-Dame-des-Landes
On January 17, 2018, the French government announced on television, via the voice of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, that it had given up on pursuing the highly controversial project of building a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (NDDL). This decision capped five decades of political, economic, legal, environmental, and personal struggle. The airport was to be located approximately 30 kilometers north of the city of Nantes in western France; instead, the site became la ZAD—the Zone a Défendre (Zone To Defend). What began as a small protest camp grew into a world-famous space of autonomous experimentation that lasted almost nine years.
From Medium by A.S. Robak (Dec 18, 2017)
It should not come as surprise to the majority of our population that there is a fairly new phenomena that has arisen within the later half of the 20th century that pertains to the preservation of our environment. Just as light green environmental groups and lobbyists have gained traction within the mainstream, so have their more radical underground counterparts.
(brief and unrevised comments on the proposal to create zones of autonomy)
Although proposing the creation of zones for temporary autonomy appears as a practical alternative to the structural constraints bound up within both the politics of conventional reformism and of conventional revolutionising, really it remains only an idealised image of ‘real world practice.’ And if we interject, stating our reservations, right from the beginning, then the object of temporary autonomy suddenly resolves more clearly, and thus problematically, into focus.
Some of us believe various forms of strong cryptography will cause the power of the state to decline, perhaps even collapse fairly abruptly. We believe the expansion into cyberspace, with secure communications, digital money, anonymity and pseudonymity, and other crypto-mediated interactions, will profoundly change the nature of economies and social interactions.