TOTW: Anarchy and Trauma

TOTW - Anarchy and Trauma

I know that, before I had ever encountered critical discourse or radical politics, before I'd attended my first protest or meeting, before I had debated anyone on political theories either face to face or on the Internet, my first experiences of disenfranchisement towards the state, capitalism, civilisation, etc., and desires to rebel came from direct personal experiences that were mostly, in some way or another, traumatic. The trauma of childhood poverty, of bullying teachers in school, of family members dependent on drugs and alcohol, these all left me with a feeling of "I hate this shit", long before I had read anything on economics or anarchism.

Racist Corporate Media Offices Redecorated

From Anarchists Worldwide

Gimuy / Cairns, So-Called Australia: Racist Corporate Media Offices Redecorated

During the night of 03-04 August 2020 we visited the offices of News Corp publication The Cairns Post and the local offices of the Seven Network, broadcaster of 7 News.

The Final Straw: Keep Calm and Get Prepared

Keep Calm and Get Prepared: A Look Into Month 3 and Beyond of the Portland Uprising with the Portland GDC

From The Final Straw

A Look Into Month 3 and Beyond of the Portland Uprising with the Portland GDC

This week we got to sit down with two members of the Portland General Defense Committee, AC (they them) and Raoul (they he), about the ongoing Uprising in Portland OR in the months since the murder of George Floyd. We get to touch on a lot of topics in this interview; the neo-liberal whitewashing of the image of the city of Portland which masks a lot of ultra racist and colonial tendencies, personal timelines of engagement in the Uprising, and a lot of tips and tricks for newer and older anarchists and radicals for dealing with and anticipating state repression and violence.

System Fail #2

From It's Going Down

System Fail #2: An Airborne Virus Called Freedom

SubMedia.Tv returns with a new episode of System Fail, which looks at the COVID-19 pandemic and features an interview with Peter Gelderloos.

A look at the social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on the incompetent state responses of the UK, Brazil and the United States.

Pioneers of British Anarchism: Rita Milton

From Freedom News UK

Features,

After the Second World War British anarchism was left in a state of near-collapse, with Rita Milton being one of a very few people who kept the philosophy alive. Her robust speaking at Hyde Park and Tower Hill was an important part of the activism that helped drive anarchism’s revival in the 1960s.

Singular Substantive

(published in « Blasphemia », May 2014.
Translated to French by Diomedea in « Hérésie », n° 1, Winter 2017
Translated and adapted to English by Fauvenoir, Summer 2020)

Do we need a collective identity for subverting the Existent? Sometimes in the midst of a more or less large group, we get to lose sight of our own identity in favor of the collective identity. For many, the group is the only way to socialize, communicate, to confront ourselves, but within the group our conducts become ritualized, then we acquire a common language, and often we end up identifying to the group itself.

Black Rose Anarchist Federation NYC Local Statement on the Current Revolt

Black Rose Anarchist Federation NYC Local Statement on the Current Revolt

From Love and Rage media dot org

by Black Rose/Rosa Negra NYC Local

The explosive revolt following the murders of George Floyd, Raynard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Loreal Tsingine and Chantel Moore laid bare the collective anger that’s been simmering just below the surface in a U.S. society  founded on white supremacy and a capitalist system designed to enrich a very few haves at the expense of everyone else. The uprising was a revolt of the Black and Brown people and the have-nots sickened by seeing the video of a Black man being slowly lynched, and tired of living day-to-day with a dim future of precarious jobs, health and housing, unstable food, debt, a degrading climate, and a pandemic-induced depression. The system has failed the have-nots. It’s time to uproot it and replace it with a cooperative and democratic society.

The Great Sideshow Army: An Oakland Story

The Great Sideshow Army: An Oakland Story

From The Transmetropolitan Review

by G. Pinguini

I wish I could tell you the truth, only you wouldn’t believe me, so what’s the point? It sounds like total fiction. People believe all sorts of lies, conspiracies, especially when the truth is right in front of their faces, sort of like the fireworks going off right now, as I type this. Although to tell you the truth, calling it fireworks is a bit of an understatement. The loud boom I just heard was a quarter-stick of dynamite. Maybe even a half-stick.

"Operation Bialystok" – Anarchists from Berlin in Solidarity and Complicity

From roundrobin.info, Translated by act for freedom now!

NOW THAT YOU ARE SCARED.

It is becoming more and more obvious that the dominant economic system is sacrificing any expression of individual freedom, social equality and solidarity to the law of profit and exasperated competition. In the face of all this, numerous scenarios of revolt are breaking out and spreading in every part of the world.

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