Queerness, Anarchism & Oscar Wilde

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The Intertwined Histories of Queerness and Anarchism; Guest Interview with Kristian Williams about his new book on Oscar Wilde

This week we are pleased to present a guest interview with author Kristian Williams about his new book Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde which was released in June 2020 from AK Press.

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I found this interview extremely illuminating, perhaps like many other people who might not have strong ties to either academia or popular education models of learning, I had sort of written Oscar Wilde off as this kind of white dead rich guy who carried little to no relevance apart from a model of queerness that we could look back on. This interview very much proved that this isn’t the case, and that he and the circumstances around him very much influence how we as queers and as anarchists can sense historical threads that pull on our lives very tangibly today. Thanks a million to Scott for researching and conducting this interview!

You can learn more about the author, Kristian Williams, who is most known for his book Our Enemies in Blue, which is a critical history of American policing and police, at his website kristianwilliams.com.

Help Charlotte Jail Support Rebuild!

One announcement before we begin from our comrades at the Charlotte Uprising, Charlotte Jail Support has been getting extremely targeted harassment for some months from CMPD and the sheriff’s department. In times of rebellion or revolt, it is the support infrastructures that are often the most vulnerable to repression and violence. All of their supplies have either been seized or destroyed by the police, if you would like to support them re upping their much needed materials, you can Venmoing them @Ashwilliamsclt or Cash App $houseofkanautica.

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Music for this episode:

Hustler – Retro Beatz (loop by William)

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I don't know, everything is temptation, everything is anarchy, that's in the context of chaos theory, so òne could say that everyone and everything is potentially anarch-esque.

What you might be referring to is what zen calls kensho, an awareness of the self, the eastern version with a few tweaks of dasein. The potentiality does exist, however, chaos theory allows for diversity, thus one unique version of diversity becomes the "queer" event at any one moment. What was queer one hundred years ago becomes the commonality in the next moment. What was anarchic one century becomes the commonality in the next era. Environment plays a major part, imagine a fish out of water growing lungs instantly, that was Wilde.

thought impossible for centuries, Wayoutthere has managed to actually invert the fartbong technique resulting in an inverse bonging wherein the practitioner verbally diarrheas into their own rectum resulting in a back-flow of magnificent nonsense to only be replied to by more conservative fartbongers, back and forth forever.


But of course, the coup de grace is the 3rd person's summary, hereby compĺeting the circle, the Ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, or in this context, the backflow from my anus filling your cup to overfloweth. Thankyou for acting as my enema sir, I am hereby purified to begin another cycle of fart bonging.

Dang!!! I didn't know the guy that played Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" was an anarchist. How about that.

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