autonomy

In a rebellious month of May, reflections on militant autonomy

  • Posted on: 7 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

Radical political militancy is never intellectually unarmed, for it always assumes some understanding of what it contests and of how it can or should be overcome. It also carries with it some idea of what is to follow the detested social order. But it is precisely because of the weight of these assumptions that militancy is dangerous even for the militant, for all may go terribly wrong at all three of these levels. In other words, a non-reflective militancy is blind, and fatally so.

The essay we share below is not presented with the presumption that it holds all of the answers. However the intensity with which it is written, and at a time of widespread political struggle in france, makes it an important contribution to a debate that will never be closed; and rightfully so.

New video from Woodbine: "Coordinates"

  • Posted on: 1 May 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1FPW-_j-Mw

Take stock of our time and chart new paths forward with “Coordinates,” the latest video from Woodbine.

Amid omnipresent confusion and catastrophe, idiots and conmen are at the helm. Tech billionaires prey on the future while the ground gives way beneath our feet. Every day reminds us that the world is on fire.

In the face of it all, new struggles are exploding across the country in courageous attempts to reclaim life and to reopen the future.

Not here to be loved

  • Posted on: 7 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Insipidities

(brief and unrevised comments on the proposal to create zones of autonomy)

Although proposing the creation of zones for temporary autonomy appears as a practical alternative to the structural constraints bound up within both the politics of conventional reformism and of conventional revolutionising, really it remains only an idealised image of ‘real world practice.’ And if we interject, stating our reservations, right from the beginning, then the object of temporary autonomy suddenly resolves more clearly, and thus problematically, into focus.

How Kurds & Anarchists Came Together on March 24th

  • Posted on: 7 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with two members each of the North American Kurdish Alliance (NAKA), a network of Kurdish people across the US who support the Rojava Revolution and Kurdish self-determination, as well as Demand Utopia, an organization of anarchists and communalists in the Pacific Northwest. Joined with other Kurdish and anarchist groups, such as the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM), the confederation set out to launch actions of solidarity and support on March 24th for the city of Afrin, which at the time was surrounded by the Turkish State.

5 Points Against Waiting For the Next Big Demo

  • Posted on: 18 December 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Without individuals dreaming, scheming, and turning their thoughts into action, nothing happens. Protest organizers are not special; they imagine a situation they want to bring to life and invite others to help them make it happen. The same is true for any anarchist endeavor involving more than one person. Gardens, attacks, fundraisers, occupations, bands, they’re all the result of people deciding to make their own realities. The constant process of thinking and acting without being told what to do is what makes anarchy possible. Some people call this autonomy, and without it anarchy is impossible.

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New Book 'Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self Defense'

  • Posted on: 1 December 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

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.

TFSRadio special: Assata on autonomous Hurricane Relief on the Gulf Coast

  • Posted on: 8 September 2017
  • By: Bursts

Download This Episode

This is a The Final Straw Radio mini-episode and we just had a quick conversation with Assata, an activist and member of The Yellow Hammer Alternative, an Alabama-based far left autonomous mutual aid group. We talked about relief work done by Assata’s group around Hurricane Harvey, in Mobile with Food Not Bombs and in the run-up to Hurricanes Irma and Jose. More about Assata’s group can be found at theyellowhammeralternative.com and you can make donations to their and others efforts in the gulf at https://www.youcaring.com/theyellowhammeralternative

TFSRadio: Haymaker Gym in Chicago (Podcast special)

  • Posted on: 4 June 2017
  • By: Bursts

Download This Episode Welcome to a podcast special release of The Final Straw's interview of two members of The Haymaker, a gym project under way in Chicago, IL. The Haymaker's principles of unity are as follows:

Hueyapan unanimously decides to settle as an Indigenous Municipality; "We are closer to autonomy"

  • Posted on: 30 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

By: Demián Revart ; Ruptura Colectiva (RC)

HUEYAPAN TOWARDS AUTONOMY; A COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY DECIDES UNANIMOUSLY TO FORM AN INDIGENOUS MUNICIPALITY

For a University Against Itself

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Filler Collective

Our material environment arranges life into a procession of neat little rituals. All that is possible or desirable is administered according to the routines built into Campus Life.

No one is quite sure why the lobby of Litchfield Towers is first and foremost a place to glide through in passing, to dodge the solicitations of student clubs, or to purchase coffee. Nor is there much reason to question such fixtures of everyday life; these structures are simply taken for granted as part of our unspoken consensus on reality.

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