A lot of us are grappling with what it means to get older as an anarchist. We struggle with physical and mental health issues, adapting to new lifestyles, figuring out how to reckon our realities with the ideals of our younger selves. Out of a desire to make space for these stories, Strangers is putting together a zine anthology of essays (750-2500 words) that explore aging as an anarchist. What challenges have you faced? How have they been impacted by other parts of your identity or by privileges or experiences of oppression? How have you grown as an anarchist over the years? Which political strategies have you adopted, and which have you left behind? We’re looking for writing that’s political, that’s personal, that’s willing to be honest and, at times, unsure.
Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 18 for July 2nd. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.
Editorial - Waking the Woke
TOTW - Changes through Aging
A101 question - What is right and wrong with the idea of gradual transitions to anarchy?
From Aragorn! Blog
For those of you that haven't heard I threw an event with Bob Black at our local infoshop on August 7th 2015. At this event local activist Morgan Le Fay came to protest Bob for the 1995 Hogshire affair and ended up punching him a few times (3) in the face. A month later Bob announced on Facebook that I was both a traitor and enemy. He proceeded to blow my pseudonym (incorrectly) as an act of vengeance.
North American anarchist subculture doesn’t offer much to elders. A lot of the time it can actively repel them. Sometimes this is referred to as “burn-out,” but that term can also be used to describe other situations where someone decides that the costs of participating in something are no longer worth paying. The burn-out that is related to aging isn’t limited to the frustrations of losing over and over again. It comes from many places, especially in a system that manages aging just as much as it manages labor, health, public policy, war, and the environment.