anarchy 101

The Tangled Paths of State Formation and Resistance

  • Posted on: 17 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

Gelderloos’ central thesis is that while there are many paths and pressures societies face, we nevertheless have some agency in how we navigate them. No technology, no material condition, no social condition is a prison sentence. It is our common values that play a huge role in determining whether a society can handle something like agriculture, cities, writing, or markets without turning to tyranny. The fight between authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism is ultimately a fight over values far more than it is a fight over particular conditions or tools.

source: human iterations

Topic of the Week: Naming the Horror

  • Posted on: 5 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

This week's topic is a question from our sister site Check it out if you haven't already!

Do you tend to call what you're against the totality? civilization? power? capitalism? the state? kyriarchy? society?

I have gone through stages of using capitalism, civilization, and christianity as thing-i-was-railing-against. Is it more useful or harmful (and in what circumstances) to combine all-the-bad, or separate things out?