At AK Press, we’re always on the lookout for good kids’ books to distribute. One of the recent stand-outs was The Worms That Saved The World, which is always fun to hand off to a kid when we’re tabling somewhere. Here’s an interview with the author, Kevin Doyle, about how the ideas in the book were spawned by real-life struggles in Cork, Ireland. And if you’d like a copy of the book itself, just click here.
Everybody's doing it, so let's do it too: let's talk about Donald Trump. As anarchists, what are we to make of this guy?
Is this guy the new Hitler of the 21st Century? Or is he just a total idiot and ultimately inconsequential? Or is Trump himself a non-issue, but the pandora's box that he opened of blatant racism, xenophobia and the "Alt Right" the real threat that we need to take seriously?
There was a time when anarchists waxed enthusiastic about the power of video. The argument was that the video was the perfect anarchist mechanism to make our political points. Nothing says "the thing we are trying to say" better than 30 seconds of riot porn or heartfelt speechifying to the camera. But video is hard, expensive, and kind of a centralized say to say that thing.
The closing of one year and the opening of another provides an opportunity to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. This TOTW is a space for those reflections, both personal and general.
- What did you do this year that you’re proud of? What did you start, what did you finish? What are you looking forward to doing in the new year?
- What were some of your favorite comments on @news? What we some of your favorite stories? Did you have a favorite topic of the week?
Some of us don't do Christmas. Some of us have rejected holidays as obligatory time with Loved Ones(tm), etc, and just hide in our homes avoiding commercials and sappy music (or only listen to detourned sappy music, which can be awesome). Some of us just bare knuckle it every year, avoiding calls from our families as the year draws to a close, while others have clearly and decisively said “NO” and don't get harassed any more.
What is your most creative way to deal with this (and other) seasons of obligatory merrymaking and family time and saccharine eggnog, etc?
(I am accused of being less than fair with my red comrades, of being dismissive, arrogant. While on occasion that may be true, I will say that beyond the theoretical squabbles, the back and forth of ideas, I maintain an underlying sense of empathy, of solidarity for its own sake with these individuals and tendencies. In addition, I realize that being an anarchist at twenty is easy, at thirty is difficult, and over fifty is outrageous. I resolved at the age of 27 to never look back, to follow the lifeway of an anarchist until there is no life left.
From anti-civ.net forum
The darkling plain is here. This is the waste land: England, America, Russia, China, Israel, France....
And we are here as victims, or as spectators, or as perpetrators of tortures, massacres, poisonings, manipulations, despoliations.
Why are anarchists so serious all the time? Where are the flash mobs, the parodies, the theatre? Pranks are fun to execute with friends and also a great way to fuck with the State.
Many are familiar with the Situationist concept of detournement, but what about when Crass spliced together audio from speeches given by Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher and released it anonymously and the tape was taken seriously by the government as legitimate soviet propaganda?
Not long ago anarchists were gifted copycats. The autonomist movements of Europe set a prime example of how to take an idea, open it up to participants, and allow for them to experiment and improve on ideas as they went.
The Social Centre Movement was key in imagining anarchist spaces seeking freedom from the status quo, and gave birth not only to the infoshop but also to the DIY movement, and longer-lasting experiments like Christiania.
Promo video for book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsl8MDreetE&feature=youtu.be
Anthology collected and edited by scott crow
Foreword by Ward Churchill
This wide-ranging anthology uncovers the hidden histories and ideas of community armed self-defense, exploring how it has been used by marginalized and oppressed communities as well as anarchists and radicals within significant social movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.