TOTW: How do we build trust at a distance?

  • Posted on: 22 May 2017
  • By: SUDS

For better or for worse the Internet has become an essential tool for communicating among anarchists. Traditionally anarchists have relied on face-to-face interactions and local social centres to build trust and solidarity. Yet, our communities are now sparse and spread thin. Aside from the obvious security concerns due to infiltration when we are involved with the “struggle” there is no popular alternative to the ritual of establishing rapport in localized ways.

Anarchism, work and bureaucracy

  • Posted on: 21 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Eurozine - By David Graeber Aro Velmet

An interview with David Graeber

‘On a deep, cultural level, people actually believe that if you don’t do something that at least mildly frustrates you, then your work is not valuable.’ Anthropologist, activist and bestselling anarchist David Graeber on the police state, bullshit jobs and why people need no telling that capitalism is bad.

If the FBI Approaches You to Become an Informant

  • Posted on: 21 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

Federal agents approach you. Perhaps they just ask a couple offhand questions; perhaps they have a deal to propose. They might tell you they are trying to help you; they might tell you that you are in a lot of trouble and it will just get worse unless you cooperate with them; they might tell you that they need your help to prevent something terrible from happening. But whatever they say, you can’t be sure what their real agenda is or what they’re trying to learn. Whether you’ve already been approached for interrogation or you simply want to be prepared for the possibility, this FAQ answers all the questions you might have. Don’t take our word for it—follow up with other legal scholars for more perspective.

Get to Know an Anarchist

  • Posted on: 20 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Portland Mercury - by Doug Brown

We Spoke with One of the Dozens of People Arrested on May Day

“Portland must be done with punk fascists,” an Oregonian editorial stated a few days after May Day. The paper was talking about a group of anarchists who smashed windows at stores and government buildings in downtown Portland on May 1, and also set fire to items in the streets.


“There Will Be Blood”: Gelderloos on Health Care, Tax Cuts, & Trump

  • Posted on: 17 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From IGD

In the last several weeks, the Trump Administration has pushed for both a tax cut on the wealthy as well as an increasingly unpopular health care plan. Now, after a series of blunders, calls for impeachment in both corporate parties are growing. Wanting to know more about what this means for the rest of us, we caught up with Peter Gelderloos to try and make sense of it all.

IGD: Several days ago, Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey. What led to his firing and the Trump administration decision to do so? What are the broader implications of his dismissal?

8th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in Mexico City: May 27th and 28th

  • Posted on: 17 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

from IGD

Dear colleagues! It is a pleasure to invite you to 8th annual Anarchist Books and Publications Fair. It will be held on the 27th and 28th of May, at the Libertas Social Center Ricardo Flores Magon, located on Donceles street n. 10 1st floor, Col Centro, Mexico City

Topic of the Week: Responses to Intimate Violence

  • Posted on: 15 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

Intimate violence is something that occurs within any community, and among anarchists in general there has been a long running attempt to define and resolve it in a way that is supposed to reflect our politics. Tools such as call-outs and accountability processes were adopted and developed with the intent of countering a culture in which intimate violence is denied, hidden, or thrown back at the person claiming to have been wronged.


Redditors on r/Anarchism Are Angry That They Have to Follow the Rules

  • Posted on: 9 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Vice
The r/Anarchism mod team disputes Reddit’s content policy after mods get removed for approving banned content.

Modern anarchism has found a place beyond the huddled coffee shops of the Spanish Civil War: The r/Anarchism subreddit. With over 72,000 readers and cousin pages like GreenAnarchism, it has become a meeting place for contemporary anarchists to exchange thoughts, rally together from all parts of the world and frolic into sunflower fields with wild abandon. However, on Reddit, anarchists have to follow the rules just like everyone else.