Black Rose Anarchist Federation

The Counter-revolution of 1776, the Genocide of 1779 and the “Village Destroyer” Washington

  • Posted on: 4 July 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation by Brendan Maslauskas Dunn

This world is engulfed in a whirlwind of myths. But myths give meaning. Every fourth of July I reflect on the power that myths hold over people and how those people above, those that hold all the power, wield those myths and forge them into cudgels, and weapons to be used to keep all of us subservient. To create feelings of doubt when you veer off the path they created. Those myths, especially those creation myths of how the US became a nation started at a young age.

Means and Ends: The Anarchist Critique of Seizing State Power

  • Posted on: 22 May 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation by Anarchopac

The anarchist critique of seizing state power is often caricatured as being based on an abstract moral opposition to the state that ignores the harsh realities we are currently facing. Upon carefully reading historical anarchist authors, however, one discovers that the real reason why they argued that revolutionaries should not seize existing state power was because it was impractical for achieving their goals.

Anarchism and Marxism in Dialogue with Anarchopac

  • Posted on: 14 May 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

We are excited to present an excellent overview of anarchist ideas in the form of a discussion between Zoe, the YouTube and Twitter personality known as Anarchopac, and Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio as part of an ongoing series of dialogues between anarchism and Marxism. Topics covered include anarchist theory, organizational tendencies within anarchism, Marxist and anarchist conceptions of the State, organizing strategies, and responding to some of the common claims from Marxists and anarchist about each political tendency.

A “Green New Deal”?: The Eco-Syndicalist Alternative, Part I & II

  • Posted on: 25 April 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation(and part II) By Tom Wetzel

As debates over the climate crisis and the proposed “Green New Deal” unfold, veteran activist and writer Tom Wetzel speaks to its short comings and proposes an eco-syndicalist alternative. Read the second part, “The Syndicalist Alternative for an Eco-socialist Future.” This first appeared in Ideas & Action.

Anarchism and Socialism in Puerto Rico

  • Posted on: 11 April 2019
  • By: thecollective

From From Below Podcast

Interview and discussion with historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo on the history of anarchism and socialism in Puerto Rico covering the early 20th century, the rise of urban and rural workers movement, feminism and figures such as Luisa Capetillo, the rise of the nationalist movement and discussion of contemporary activism since the impact of Hurricane Maria. Hosts Markie and Pedro relate the discussion to themes of historical memory, woman in the Sandinista revolution and more.

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo is a historian and assistant professor at Dartmouth College focusing on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the author of “Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico.” (PDF version)

Libertarian Socialism in Latin America: A Roundtable Interview, Part III, Brazil

  • Posted on: 9 February 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

In the United States, growing segments of the population are undergoing a period of profound politicization and polarization. Political elites are struggling to maintain control as increasing numbers of people seek out alternatives on the left and the right. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, political organizations on the left have grown significantly, most notably expressed in the explosive growth of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Meanwhile, the Trump administration has joined other far-right governments emerging around the globe, emboldening fascist forces in the streets. These developments have sparked widespread debate on the nature of socialism and its distinct flavors within and outside the US.