We Embrace Again

via AMW

We Embrace Again: Communique from Family Members and Friends of Subversive and Anarchist Prisoners

During these last two weeks, all of our imprisoned subversive compañerxs in their different units (high-security prison, maximum security section and the “connotación publica” module in the San Miguel Prison) received a visit from one of their loved ones. We ruptured the protocols and we embraced each other with an intensity that only genuine affection and the anarchist spirit allows. In spite of this long period without seeing each other, the certainties of combat remain unshakable inside and outside of prison.

Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Beppe on Strike

from Malaconda via AMW

Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Beppe on Strike in Pavia, Italy

Prison of Pavia, December 3rd, 2020

Dear comrades,

I am writing to inform you that as of December 2nd, 2020, I have started a strike (the umpteenth after several hunger strikes during this year in this prison!) of the air and the common rooms (the only four hours available to get out of the cells in 20 hours). With this strike I ask for treatment for my illnesses which have been amply documented for about a year by my lawyer Fabio Sommovigo! The reports and complaints submitted by my lawyer have not been enough!

Explosive Attack Against Police Claimed

from Contra Info via AMW

Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Explosive Attack Against Police Station in Santiago, Chile

We claim the explosive attack carried out on December 24, 2020 at the facilities of the 21st Commissariat of Central Station with a load composed of more than ½ kilo of dynamite and ANFO, arranged inside a reinforced tube and a mechanical activation system.

Board Game Review: Bloc by Bloc

but can you 360 no scope get wrecked gg ez pz?

From C4SS by Evan Pierce

For better or worse, board games tend to be a popular form of entertainment in radical spaces, and yet there are precious few games that explicitly deal with anarchist ideas. For those exhausted by games glorifying nationalistic conquest, monopoly capitalism, and settler colonialism, Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game may offer a breath of refreshing (if tear-gas-scented) air. According to the introduction in the manual, Bloc by Bloc is “a semi-cooperative game simulating protest movements, riots and popular uprisings in urban areas of the world during the first decades of the 21st century.” The name refers to the black bloc, a tactic used to anonymize and thereby protect participants in these uprisings, and in the game refers to the literal wooden blocks that represent such participants.

The Final Solecast w/ The Final Straw

The Final Solecast w/ The Final Straw

From Solecast

Closing out a hellish year with the final episode of the “ solecast” before I change the name (and focus) to The Institute For Post-American Studies in 2021.  Couldn’t think of a better way to end it, then with two of my favorite co-travellers and co-conspirators in the world of anarchist podcasting: Final Straw Radio.   In this episode we reflect on 2020, our hopes and fears for the future and how this year surprised us in many ways.  We also talk about our projects and things we've learned along the way, going in depth on on issues of race and anarchy, internationalism, abolition, ecology and much more.  Bursts also shares his Kim chi recipe at the end.

New year statement from anarchist collective Pramen from Belarus

solidarity

From Pramen

Dear comrades,

behind us 2020 – one of the most intense years in the history of Belarussian society and the anarchist movement. Solidarity became the main weapon in the struggle not only against the dictatorship, but also against the coronavirus. It was by collective efforts that we were able to overcome the first wave of the epidemic.

Obituary: Alexandre Skirda (1942-2020)

Obituary: Alexandre Skirda (1942-2020)

From Freedom News UK, Dec 30th

The influential French historian and translator, best known for his research on revolutionary Ukraine in the early 20th century, died on Wednesday December 23rd.

Alongside his extensive series of works on Russian radicalism, the Makhnovtchina and Krondstadt, Skirda published Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organisation (Autonomie Individuelle et Force Collective: Les Anarchistes et l’Organisation de Proudhon a nos Jours), the as yet untranslated biography of Jan Vaclav Makhajski Le Socialisme des Intellectuels and a number of highly critical works on Leninism, listed (in French) here.

The Cost of Power and Hierarchy

from The Commoner

On April 5th, 1887, Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton proclaimed, ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Obviously, we could poke fun at the evident contradiction of the prestigious position Lord Acton held and the intent and meaning of the quote, and if we were to get into Lord Acton’s politics, it would be incredibly difficult to take his word seriously when speaking on the subject of power. However, this isn’t about Lord Acton, this is about the truism that power corrupts. Yet in contemporary discourse, not everyone sees it as a truism. It is still a highly contested claim in many circles, and I’d like to attempt to settle the issue if I can. I’d like to examine some of the early conceptualisations of consciousness and psychology in the field of philosophy and relate that to current discoveries in modern science. I’d then like to loop back around to show how this is all relevant when considering the claims that have been consistently made by anarchists for as long as the political philosophy has existed.

Kill Your Heroes

from CrimethInc.

A Filipino Anarchist Discussion about National Heroes

On December 30, the day set aside to commemorate Dr. José Rizal, scientist, author, and icon of the Philippine Republic, it is only right to emulate his example by analyzing and critiquing our society. Our contributor Malaginoo focuses on a concept that informs how we regard Rizal and his contemporaries during the ascendance of “Filipino nationalism”:

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