It is possible to imagine that identities (as abstractions, at least) don't have to compete with each other, but the default is that they do have to (that is, that some identities are the most down-trodden, or the most crucial to the status quo, and therefore that those identities should be respected more than others and/or that the people most closely resembling those identities get extra cred). Usually this is tacit, but some theories, like some radfeminism and afro-pessimism, are pretty explicit about the foundational role they claim for the oppression of women or black people respectively. And of course to the extent that people treat class as an identity, plenty of folks are all about that as the most foundational, relevant issue.
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Zmicer Palienka has gone on a hunger strike!
Former political prisoner from Belarus Zmicer Palienka, who is currently kept at a temporary detention facility on suspicion of committing a crime under part 3 of article 339 of the Criminal Code “Hooliganism of a particularly serious nature”, has been maintaining a hunger strike since 24 March.
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A new website has been launched which challenges "to the core" the thinking of the industrial capitalist system.
It presents the ideological alternative of an "organic radicalism" which it sources from a wide range of thinkers, past and present.
This philosophy, it says, is based on the idea of a living community, a social organism consisting of "horizontal relationships and exchanges between free human beings, rather than on sterile hierarchy".
From Anarchy Bang
This week we are going to discuss structure in conversations, presentations, and in how anarchists present information. This week's discussion is inspired by Waldemar and their comment on Episode 12. Have our discussions up till now been too abstract and removed from daily life? Do conversations benefit or suffer for structure? If our goal is to grow the conversation how have we done so far? What could we do to improve?
From Act for Freedom!
THE TRICKLE OF MEASURES CONTINUES
DETERMINATION CONTINUES TO GROW
Yet another expulsion order from Turin delivered following one of the numerous actions of solidarity with those who struggle and those who are struck by repression.
LISTEN HERE: http://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio03262019
Peter Bauer of Rewild Portland for the hour. Theory and practice of reconnecting with the earth. Many aspects discussed, challenges and ways forward. One call. Excellent episode.
In a way, the contemporary anarchist does not seek to make life better under the current conditions of exploitation and extraction, but tries, rather, to figure out how to bring things to the point of collapse. Because the system itself is what must be opposed—a representative democracy within which only rich, white people are represented.