TOTW: Electoral politics

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Topic of the Week: It’s that time of year again, on repeat every four years; where in a little more than a month, the spectacle of the USA presidential election will take place live over the virtual stream of 2020. This week we’re taking a look at elections, politics, and their impact on anarchist ideas.

Gelderloos on BLM, Tactics, Defunding police

via The Ranting Minority

Interviewing Anarchist author Peter Gelderloos: Protest Tactics, BLM, misconceptions, defunding police.

Today I interview, Peter Gelderloos, anarchist writer and activist on the current state of America, his book How Nonviolence Protects the State, The Black Lives Matter movement, and the practicality of an anarchist society.

Anarchist on trial for death of fascist

Chilean anarchist on trial for death of fascist in Spain

From Freedom News UK

Chilean anarchist on trial for death of fascist in Spain

Chilean anarchist Rodrigo Lanza is facing 20 years in prison for the death of a fascist in Zaragoza, Spain. This is not the first time Rodrigo is imprisoned: at 21 years old, he was allegedly framed in 2006 for throwing a stone that left a police officer tetraplegic during a squat raid in Barcelona. The many irregularities in the Barcelona 4-F case were exposed in the documentary Ciutat Morta, along with the police violence suffered by the prisoners, which we covered back in 2014.

Bye-Bye Moria

received via email

When a prison burns down, those of us who have experienced, even for a moment, the condition of imprisonment, can only shudder with delight.

Regardless of whether a new one will be built after its demolition, and regardless of whether the empty cells will be refilled after the escape of some prisoners, the fact of the escape can only fill us with joy. After all, the struggle for the abolition of every prison, goes through the struggle for individual and social liberation, right here and now.

Fénix 2 Case Update

via email, from ANTIFÉNIX

On Friday, September 25, 2020, from 8:30 a.m., another hearing will take place at the District Court in Most in the Fénix 2 case. So far, witnesses have been invited for questioning at the instigation of public prosecutor Václav Richter, who drafted the indictment. More precisely, witnesses who did not testify to anything to confirm the allegations. This time, witnesses nominated by the defendants themselves in their defense will finally be present. Recall that four anarchists and one environmentalist are charged with offenses punishable by 3 to 10 years in prison. Support the accused directly in court or by another solidarity action.

Ontological Anarchy & Psychedelics

via Deconstructing Yourself

Michael Taft speaks with Erik Davis about author Robert Anton Wilson, anarchism in the 1970s, Terrence McKenna, P.K. Dick, psychedelics, cultures of awakening now and then, Zen practice, and more.

Immediatism Podcast Baedan 1 Episodes

Two full essays from Baedan 1: Journal of Queer Nihilism can now be enjoyed as podcasts, at Immediatism.com. The Anti-Social Turn is a close reading and overthrowing of Edelman’s No Future: Queer Theory & the Death Drive, while Identity in Crisis was a lecture originally given at BASTARD, a conference of anarchist theory. Both shine in their themes of nihilism and insurrection. Baedan 1, 2, and 3 are available from Contagion Press or Little Black Cart. Watch for more Baedan episodes on Immediatism in the future.

Raids in Athens & Berlin

via Indymedia DE translated by Enough is Enough!

Police raids in #Athens and #Berlin: And again they create a criminal organization

Berlin. Athens. September 16. 2020. The searches today, which included our anarchist library, are nothing new. But this time the authorities are stepping up their efforts. Five people are affected, who are accused of having founded a special, conspiratorial and criminal association or of being members of it. For this reason, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office is investigating under paragraph 129 and the BKA visited the people concerned at home, sometimes with pulled guns.

The Witch in the Smoke

The Witch in the Smoke

From Just Seeds by Roger Peet - Art & Politics, Today's Extinct Animal

David Graeber died last week, and in mourning his loss and considering his contributions, I read, at a friend’s suggestion, his 2011 summary of Occupy on the Al Jazeera website. He begins by talking about the questions that people often asked him, at that time, about aspects of the communications and decision making structure within Occupy that they found confusing, and which they thought unlikely to find purchase among the general public. The example he gives is the general wry contempt that most journalists had for the twinkly fingers of agreement, and the sprawling consensus process. His response to those journalists was to observe that Occupy’s explosive spread into cities and towns across the country showed that the thing it was doing was something that inspired people across America, regardless of the minutiae of process. The idea that a new form of relating to other people could be created ad hoc wherever you were was the force at the heart of the idea, and what propelled it.

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