Essays

One Hand Clapping for Kanye West

  • Posted on: 4 July 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Anvil Review - by Alex Gorrion

Now that the controversy and indignation over Kanye West's early May comment has been forgotten and replaced by a dozen other moral outrages, each evidently so important for fine-tuning the ethics of a society that doesn't actually change, I want to return to his assertion that four hundred years of slavery was “a choice”. I would argue—not out of any desire to play a role in a spectacle of controversy, one that has long since expired, but out of genuine conviction—that Kanye was right about one thing, and wrong about another.

Dispatch from Occupy ICE Philly

  • Posted on: 4 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

On July 2nd, a coalition of groups in Philadelphia occupied the local ICE office. In what follows I offer a few quick sketches of the occupation. I was there at the opening of the march at City Hall at 5PM until I had to leave at 9, and then again the next day (July 3rd) at 9:30, leaving just after noon. Today, July 4th, the occupation enters its third day. The account and ideas below are therefore cobbled together from my own experiences, from Unicorn Riot’s live feed, and from reports from comrades who were there when I couldn’t be.

Anarchism is movement: Tomás Ibáñez (1)

  • Posted on: 1 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

With this post, we begin the publication of an english language translation of Tomás Ibáñez essay, “Anarchism is movement: Anarchism, neoanarchism and postanarchism” (2014). Among our motives for undertaking the exercise, there is first the desire to share with english speakers the work of anarchist writers and militants from the spanish speaking world and, secondly, in this instance (and by no means the first time), to share the work of Tomás Ibáñez, with whom we have great affinity.

I Am Action: Praxedis Guerrero, 1882-1910

  • Posted on: 27 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Courtesy of AK Press and editor/translator Javier Sethness-Castro, we share part of the introduction to the forthcoming I Am Action: Literary and Combat Articles, Thoughts, and Revolutionary Chronicles by Praxedis G. Guerrero, a Mexican anarcho-communist militant, journalist, and organizer. Javier’s biographical introduction is followed by translations from the volume of three of Guerrero’s most moving writings.

Positively Quila Street

  • Posted on: 27 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate

Lima anarchist scene survives official clean up
by Bill Weinberg
Fifth Estate # 400, Spring, 2018

When Lutxo Rodríguez recalls the local punks and social outcasts of the downtown Lima, Peru district he habituates “dressing in black in the ’80s,” I smile wryly, remembering the Lower East Side of my own youth. But the urban decay that allowed for the florescence of bohemia and an anarcho-punk scene in this small enclave of a South American capital came “in the context of political violence,” he says.

Since 2012

  • Posted on: 20 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Fauvenoir

It can be safely assumed that around the year 2011, we've seen a worldwide momentum of anarchist insurgency. Perhaps we could talk about a 4-years period, or maybe even 7 or 8, that started with the Greek insurgency in December 2008, which might have opened a temporary rupture in the hardening fabric of social reality, unleashing waves of forces from Hell (in the Jungian sense of course!) upon the stagnant, grey, totalitarian liberal-democratic order of the Millenium, the Forteress Europe, and America's War on Terror.

Is Elon Musk an Anarchist? More like a Libertarian Lenin

  • Posted on: 19 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

Elon Musk is trolling on twitter. A celebrity billionaire wasting his time making inane provocations would hardly be worthy of note but in the process Musk has declared that his politics are in line with Iain Banks’ anarcho-transhumanist utopia and that he aspires to see a world of direct democracy. There’s few spectacles like a billionaire in a labor dispute essentially fronting as a proponent of fully automated luxury communism. Yet when a number of his statements wander close to left wing market anarchist takes it may be worth responding.

A Critique of the Concept of "the System"

  • Posted on: 19 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Ted Kaczynski (TK) repeatedly writes that a revolutionary movement needs an enemy. Variously he names the enemy as “modern technology,” “the industrial system,” “the techno-industrial system,” just “the system,” and, in addition to one of the foregoing, “the technician class.” But these terms are vague or unintuitive, they confuse the enemy of a revolutionary movement with its target, and they fail to motivate.

A Critique of the Concept of "Leftism"

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

Source: The Wild Will Project

Note: Here I will not completely explain the concept of "leftism" as Ted Kaczynski uses it. Readers of this essay should instead refer to "Industrial Society and Its Future" (especially paragraphs 6-32, 83, 213-232) and "Izquierdismo" by Último Reducto. These pieces should provide the requisite knowledge for following this critique.

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