I’d been seeing anti-tech graffiti around my town for the better part of a decade. Over the course of months it would appear in bursts, then slowly fade as the authorities cleaned it. Some places, images, or slogans only seemed to appear once, while others were clearly contested territories where cleaning and painting happened regularly. For years I wondered who the vigilantes that made my walks and bike rides so much more exciting could be. In a funny synchronicity, I finally met “IRL” through a mutual friend the same week another friend of mine started an anti-technology journal.
"It would be imprudent to deny, or even to play down, the profound change which the advent of ‘fluid modernity’ has brought to the human condition. The remoteness and unreachability of systemic structure, coupled with the unstructured, fluid state of the immediate setting of life-politics, change that condition in a radical way and call for a rethinking of old concepts that used to frame its narratives. Like zombies, such concepts are today simultaneously dead and alive.” – Zygmunt Baumani
From Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015 - by Bill Weinberg
Kurdish rebels, 2014The north Syrian town of Kobani has been under siege since mid-September by forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS. Early in the siege, world leaders spoke as if they expected it to fall.
Review of Time Bomb: Canada and the First Nations by Douglas Bland
For radicals, part of taking our struggle seriously is committing to understanding ourselves, the context we're operating within, and the perspectives of our enemies. Time Bomb is a good example of an enemy text which can prove useful to us.
A few weeks ago I had a discussion about what “primitivism” was and how it was different from “anarcho-primitivism.” Ultimately it was decided that the word “primitivism” has traditionally indicated a general outlook that sees value in some past era. On the other hand, “anarcho-primitivism” is that same tendency in the specific context of the anarchist movement. Some people also distinguished a type of primitivism that was specifically ecological in nature, separating it from primitivists who were not concerned with ecology or civilization at all (i.e., “Christian primitivism”).
On January 25, after years of economic crisis and austerity measures, Greek voters chose the political party Syriza to take the reins of the state. Formed from a coalition of socialist, communist, and Green groups, Syriza appears to be sympathetic to autonomous social movements; its leaders promise to take steps against austerity and police violence.
In engagement with the black power movement and the current spotlight on race relations in America, we call on white radicals to take direct action in the fight against white supremacy and police violence. The actions that have taken place since the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson have shown a strong anti-authoritarian tendency nationwide, and reflect the larger sense of a rupture in the traditional acceptance of police and state power.
For some time there has been a simmering animosity amongst many Pittsburgh anarchists towards the study/activist group Whats Up (Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege), that has until now remained mostly silent. With Whats Up moving into the spotlight for instigating and promoting the Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron MccLay holding a sign promising to "challenge racism at work", we can no longer stay inactive in what we perceive to be an approach which is foolish and harmful.
There has been an effort by scholars and organizers alike over the last forty years to segregate anarcho-syndicalism from the rest of the broad anarchist movement. The labor movement dominated social struggles in the first half of the twentieth century, but as large business union bureaucracies were formed and new shop organizing began to diminish, the participation of anarchists in labor began to wane as community struggles around environmental issues, LGBT and women’s struggles, and housing justice took precedence. The syndicalist strategies that defined the earlier successes of anarchism internationally diminished to only the most hardcore adherents of a labor strategy, though these ideas have had spikes during periods of economic crisis.