Why I Am an Anarchist

  • Posted on: 19 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Dog Section Press By Benjamin Zephaniah

I got political after I suffered my first racist attack at the age of seven. I didn’t understand any political theory, I just knew that I had been wronged, and I knew there was another way. A few years later, when I was fifteen a marked police car pulled up to me as I walked in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning, three cops got out of the car, they pushed me into a shop doorway, then they beat me up. They got back into their car, and drove off as if nothing had happened. I had read nothing about policing policy, or anything on so-called law and order, I just knew I had been wronged. When I got my first job as a painter, I had read nothing on the theory of working class struggles or how the rich exploited the poor, but when my boss turned up every other day in a different supercar, and we were risking our lives up ladders and breathing in toxic fumes, I just knew I had been wronged.

Anarchy Radio: 06-18-2019

  • Posted on: 19 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

06-18-2019 [audio] Some dates/anniversaries of note (e.g. 6-18-99 anarchist eruption in Eugene). Heat waves, permafrost going fast. Rhinos, seals, insects, etc. also going fast. Brain-eating amoebas in New Jersey. Shooting of the week, (Lion Share Fund) ad of the week. Grid ever more vulnerable, undependable. Time for healing? Resistance news. Virtual celebrity, health slippages. Tech companies to lose trillions soon to cool off servers. One call.

Black Blossoms at the End of the World by Invecchiare Selvatico

  • Posted on: 18 June 2019
  • By: rotN

"Black Blossoms At The End Of The World"
by Invecchiare Selvatico
(the unedited version)

“Well, the sun is settin’…our ship has sailed…we missed the train…the show is over…time to throw in the towel…yes, doom is upon us” says a boy in a strangely cold and ambivalently detached tone.

“But if you think like that, son, we’ve already lost. You might as well just go to sleep or join the circus” replies an obviously disappointed man with a weathered face framed by graying hair.

Sabotage of BiciMad electric bikes in solidarity

  • Posted on: 18 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

Dozens of electric bikes of the BiciMad company were sabotaged in the centre of Madrid throughout the whole month of May. Not much to it, by cutting the electric cable the bike is put out of use. Sabotage against the structure of the city is quite simple.

The pacified, ordered, commodified, big data city of control, raids, the smart-city, city of exploitation and misery, the city as centre of accumulation of power… is vulnerable! Its infrastructures and transport networks also!

Coffee with Comrades Episode 50: "Fuck Theory, Do Shit!"

  • Posted on: 18 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

This week might just be the most polemic episode of Coffee with Comrades yet! After talking about social media under a capitalist mode of economics, Pearson and Mel diagnose some of the problems with new media on the left (and with podcasts, in particular.) Afterward, Pearson and Mel outline a number of practical, material solutions to these dilemmas that can begin to build revolutionary infrastructure right here, right now.

New Releases from D&O Distro (Queer, Nihilist, and Insurrectionalist distro)

  • Posted on: 17 June 2019
  • By: anon (not verified)

These last couple of months we've been busy working on some new texts and collections on themes of Illegalism, Prostitution/Sex work, Queer Insurrectional Praxis, Anti Colonialism, and more, as well as some new posters and translations. A short List is Given here:

Illegalist/Insurrectionist perspectives on prostitution/sex work:

TOTW: Polyamory

  • Posted on: 16 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

This topic comes up from time to time but usually buried in something else. I have found that polyamory (or other versions that boil down to having deep, romantic, non-exclusive relationships over time) is the most consistent way to keep anarchist community strong over time. Obviously this isn't everyone's goal. Some people want insurrectionary (sudden, bursting anarchy that can go away as fast as it comes on) relationships. Others want organizational relationships (manifestos, lots of meetings, and hard straight lines).

Pioneers of British Anarchism: George Barrett

  • Posted on: 16 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

To mark the launch of new Freedom Press title Our Masters Are Helpless, we will be publishing a number of historic reprints about historic anarchist figures from our 130-year store of articles, starting with the firebrand himself, George Barrett. Originally written in 1947, this essay by Mat Kavanagh (himself a figure of note) was part of a series which attempted to rescue British activists from the obscurity that seemed destined to be their lot in the aftermath of World War I and II.

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