It's that time of year again. Now in its 18th annual incarnation, the BASTARD (Berkeley Students of Anarchist Theory and Research & Development) Conference is a nonsectarian, noncommercial gathering of insurgents who come together to explore and share our unique approaches to anarchy, our selves, and our worlds. We invite you to add your voice to the conversation.
From Freedom News UK
People were beaten, houses were burned, antique furniture burned, books were lost forever. Hurricane Gendarmerie went through the town of Cushamen last Monday causing devastation in the name of the Benetton fashion corporation, and one person is still missing — anarchist solidarity activist Santiago Maldonado.
With the growth and increasing pervasiveness of the internet it is becoming more likely that people are being introduced to anarchism, and all things related to anarchy, on the internet. It has been said on the A News podcast recently that there are many anarchists now who experience their whole lives as anarchists online, not in face-to-face contact with other anarchists.
At long last, we are ready to fill orders for No Wall They Can Build and From Democracy to Freedom, our new books about borders and democracy. Both of these are the culmination of years of effort—years of on-the-ground organizing, research, and reflection involving participants from around the world. We are very excited to share them with you!
There has been too much back and forth about eco-extremism in the last few weeks that it seems that the fatwas against ITS and others have only intensified and perhaps are coming from the “highest rungs” of insurrectionary anarchism (LOL yeah we think that’s funny too). Honestly, we don’t have to point out where you can find all of these polemics: the cyber-world that keeps up with this stuff is small and incestuous enough that to link to them would be pandering to the obvious. Here are some selected points that have been raised:
"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." This quote, which has often been misattributed to Sinclair Lewis, is wise in its recognizing the authoritarian potential of both nationalism and organized religion. In slight contrast, Professor Halford E. Luccock of the Divinity School of Yale University said in a 1938 interview , "When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled 'made in Germany'; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism.'" Luccock's view was that of a Christian theologian during the height of Nazi Germany, likely meant to not only downplay the role of religion but perhaps more so warn against the false idolatry of nationalistic reverence.
If the latest controversies have taught us anything it is that the newest generation of anarchists (and anarchist-adjacent) deal with political disagreements differently than we have in the past. The story is likely apocryphal but it is said that when Johann Most (German anarchist who immigrated to the US in 1882 to join the labor movement here!) talked shit (generally implying that the Berkman assassination attempt against Frick was not what was claimed by Goldman) Emma whipped him across the face.
Cartoon Network's Rick and Morty, with its massive viewership and critical acclaim, is probably the standard bearer for TV animation right now. But as co-creator Dan Harmon recently pointed out to me at a press event in Los Angeles, only 21 episodes have aired so far, and that's not all that much material to evaluate from.
The show's fan community grew massively during its nearly two-year hiatus, and, according to Harmon, "It wasn't because we were like pumping out episodes. It happened while we were still taking too long on season 3. It just grew by itself."
In its current fashion anarchism appears inseparable from hyper-localism. However, some anarchists may be disconnected from localized community, either because they travel frequently, they socialize infrequently, or, in general, don’t enjoy interactions with other anarchists. These nomads and hermits may fail to build the most highly valued token of solidarity with anarchist community—long-term affinity built through face-to-face interactions—but if this is true should they be outcasts?