In the latest episode of Beer & Rage, we continue the trend of talking about so-called "socialist" states, and delve into the term "tankie". We explain what a tankie is, how to spot them, and...as always...drink some beer.
In this episode of Beer & Rage, we discuss how "socialist" states have, and continue to, enable fascist states. From the USSR supporting fascist Germany and Italy, to the China congratulating and doubling down on its ties with Bolsonaro, the so-called "socialist" state has consistently fueled the fires of fascism.
Why for anarchy and not for anarchism? This may seem like a small point to split hairs over but it is a point which is important to us. It is important because we are interested in a vital anarchist (anti-state communist) milieu. For us anarchism points to the notion that there could be a special set of practices (forms) which can be found out to be complentary for a free life for all. We feel this is foolish and assumes human life could ever take on a singular form. Life should take on the form necessary for its free reproduction, unlike its current state which only serves those who rule/control us.
From ediciones inéditos by Gilles Dauvé
What follows is a long essay by the French communization theorist, Gilles Dauvé. It is a long read, a read which varies in content and tone but a text which masterfully summarizes the communist critique of work. The original can be found here at Troploin. He also dutifully notes that without the abolition of work there can be no communist revolution or communism. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed translating it. ¡A la chingada con el trabajo!
by NEZUMI, from HAPAX blog
When it comes down to it, there are two revolutions. The revolution which answers and the revolution which does not, or the revolution which answers and the revolution which questions. The revolution which is made to conceal even a millimeter of teleology, evolutionary theory, or program is the enemy. Caught between right wing and liberal, the old left, New Left, and even officially recognized anarchism (including mutations like anarcho-fascism) form a gradation. All of this amounts to nothing more than a struggle over governance. All that matters is severing ourselves from it.
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT:
Our civilization is in collapse.
This collapse is well-documented: philosophers, scientists, politicians, military strategists, economists, and even NASA have begun sounding the alarm for ecological catastrophe, the technological singularity, and the general collapse of life as we know it. The news anchors appear no less panicked than the environmental and survivalist fringe of the past: the Arctic is melting, Japanese teenagers refuse to have sex, a private company wants to build a colony on Mars, Europe is being looted by hooded protestors, and humans may be extinct by the end of the century.
What follows is a fourth and final exercise in the sharing of ideas, of visions (for the first, click here, the second, here, and the third, here). The most recent essay by the invisible committee, Now, continues a reflection-intervention that began with The Coming Insurrection and To Our Friends, and offers a powerful critique of contemporary politics, along with a defense of “autonomy”. What is proposed here then is again a partial translation, summary and critical commentary on their reading of communism.
In the latest episode of P3, our host Zhachev goes over current events of the last week, as well as taking a critical look at activist demonstrations held in recent weeks. Topics discussed include Trump, other current events, minimum wage increase activism, demonstrations and protests, and disability advocacy.
During the latest episode of P3, our host Zhachev talks about what’s fresh on his mind following May Day 2017. Topics discussed include the “Resist” campaign being pushed by the American Left, criticisms of activism and some ideas about the old SI concept of recuperation.