Essays

Interview: scott crow, the author of Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense

  • Posted on: 5 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

As street confrontations continue to escalate between self-appointed guardians of American Fascism and various anti-fascist factions, PM Press released author scott crow’s collection Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense. Drawn from an interview that initially centered on community self-defense, the conversation rapidly sprawled to touch on other topics. Given Crow’s three decades of experience in activism and organizing, the result is rich. What follows are excerpts that address key aspects of Crow’s work: anarchist ideas, community, decentralized political organizing, and self-defense.
On Movements & Communities

The Devil in the Plow, Clock & Book

  • Posted on: 5 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Counter Punch by Martin Billheimer

The plow marked the moment when History first entered into geological time and humankind, once a single creation out of many, began to transform the forces of general life. This is civilization – the old curse of Cain, first to till and kill, primal architect of cities, the father of that pathology known as ‘Progress’. If Anarchist John Zerzan has one wish in his new book, it is that we might wake from this nightmare of myth and History. Wise children often ask their social science teachers: Why do I have to learn this junk that doesn’t matter? The teacher seldom has a good answer because the question is rarely understood: Why must I learn theirjunk, theirHistory; that is, the ghostly lessons of theirwreckage.

Obituary: Jack Stevenson

  • Posted on: 4 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Jack Stevenson passed away on Easter Sunday. An electrician by trade, and a keen gardener of vegetables on his allotment, Jack was prominent among London anarchists and in the 1960s. Among other achievements, he was the founder, treasurer, and inconspicuous donor to the Sit-Down-Or-Pay-Up fund, which subsidised legal expenses and fines of supporters of the Committee of One Hundred anti-bomb campaign, mostly charged with obstructing traffic. (by Donald Rooum)

Call for Anarchist Writers

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS

We at the Center believe ideas matter. We believe thoughtful discourse enriches, rather than undermines, anarchist praxis. We believe that a world free of compulsion and degradation is achievable through, in part, a culture permeated by anarchist ideas. Our mission as an openly anarchist think tank is to thoughtfully articulate and defend anarchist ideas. We strive to present the inspiring, yet practical, alternative of anarchism and serve as a consistent source of engaging thought.

The Stifling Air of Rigid Radicalism

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

About a century ago, the famous anarchist Emma Goldman was at a party, dancing her heart out, when a young man took her aside. “With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade,” the man told her that “it did not behoove an agitator to dance.” It made the revolutionary movement look bad, he said. Goldman was pissed, and basically told the guy to fuck off. This encounter is thought to be the source of the now famous defense of joy and play often attributed to Goldman: “If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution.” This wasn’t just about dancing. Goldman insisted that conformity and policing persisted within radical movements themselves, and radicals were expected to put “the Cause” before their own desires.

Neither tourism or sunblock: a few reflections on what longed-for vacations hide

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From ediciones inéditos

Originally published in Spanish by Comunidad de Lucha (Chile) on Febr. 2nd 2018. The original text can be found here. It says in a clear and propagandistic way what Gilles Dauvé said in an long essay we recently translated here.

Solidarity greetings from anarchist comrade Lisa to the Vienna ABC Days of Solidarity

  • Posted on: 2 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Dear comrades,

I send you solidarity and militant greetings for the Giornate della Croce Nera Anarchica a Vienna – [Anarchist Black Cross Solidarity Festival in Vienna 20 – 23 April]. Although these are certainly very difficult and confusing times both inside and outside the prison walls, it is still very important not to lose the courage and determination to face this miserable and unjust world.

Looking at Anarchist solidarity with prisoners and exiles in the Soviet Union

  • Posted on: 2 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

In 2010 the Alexander Berkman Social Club and Kate Sharpley Library published The Tragic Procession: Alexander Berkman and Russian Prisoner Aid. It tells the story of the anarchist solidarity effort with their comrades in the Soviet Union (first in the Joint Committee of anarchists and Socialist Revolutionaries, and then under the wing of the anarcho-syndicalist International Working Men’s Association). These bulletins, published between 1923 and 1931, illuminate the development of Bolshevik repression over many years. But they also show how and why the solidarity was vital to imprisoned and exiled revolutionaries, how it drew on Russian revolutionary traditions, and how information was crucial to the work they did.

Crimethinc. Communique 57/75

  • Posted on: 1 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Crimethinc. grants a blanket pardon to Mac Evasion and all the travelling kids

In the dawn of the 21st century, the Crimethinc. Ex-Workers Collective was synonymous with train hopping, stale bagels, dumpster sushi, and Carhart™ overalls. A world of the possible was gaining momentum against the dreary and controlled existence of the status quo. By the hundreds, young dreamers were eschewing their comfort for an opportunity to leverage their relative class and racial privilege hitchhiking and shoplifting across the country. Fueled by the example of our bestselling book Evasion, the youth were truly rising up. Whose streets? Why take the streets, when the alleys, the rooftops, and the dumpsters, were all fair game?

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