identity

The call of anarchism: An identity made in practice

  • Posted on: 29 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

Ruymán Rodríguez, anarchist associated with the Federación de anarquistas Gran Canaria (FAGC), has for over a number of years defended an anarchism in the streets, against mere ideological posturing and/or academic self-stimulation. From his rich experience with the FAGC, created in the wake of the 15th of May movement (15M) in spain, he has consistently sought to think through the theory and practice of anarchism.

'The Invention of the Tribe' (English version from Return Fire vol.5)

  • Posted on: 6 July 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Translated for Return Fire vol.5 (https://anarchistnews.org/content/online-release-return-fire-vol5) from the French-language anti-civilisation journal La Mauvaise Herbe, Volume 12 no.1. Appears on pages 119-123 (118-122 in PDF viewer https://anarchistnews.org/zines/atubes/return-fire-vol5-contents.compres...) with a companion piece, 'The Colonial Census'.

To read the articles referenced throughout this text in [square brackets], PDFs of Return Fire and related publications can be read, downloaded and printed by searching actforfree.nostate.net for "Return Fire", or emailing returnfire@riseup.net

Imposed and ebook versions of this article: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/the-invention-of-the-tribe

TOTW: Legibility

  • Posted on: 19 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

One of the major problems that anarchists wrestle with is what James C. Scott terms “legibility” - that is, “the state's attempt..to arrange the population in ways that simplif[y] the classic state functions of taxation, conscription, and prevention of rebellion”. For Scott, this attempt at simplification includes large-scale centrally planned projects like relocating peasants and developing the streets of Paris to prevent rioting as well as standardized measurements and the encouragement of crop systems that lend themselves more easily to being taxed.

UK transgender rights row intensifies as book fair is cancelled

  • Posted on: 27 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via The Guardian

An annual book fair that has served for more than three decades as the most important meeting point for the British anarchist movement has become the latest casualty of widening splits over the issue of transgender rights.

Organisers say that they no longer have “the appetite or the energy” to stage next year’s London Anarchist Bookfair, following fraught scenes at the event last month. A group of feminists were confronted by other activists who accused them of distributing “transphobic” leaflets that promoted prejudice against transgender people

FRR: Gender Nihilism and Plagiarism

  • Posted on: 21 May 2017
  • By: Dirtroll
gender nihilism

Free Radical Radio continues the tradition of weekly producing new content for your anarchist ears, and also brings some new content for your anarchist eyes.

First, a recording of Alyson Escalante’s Gender Nihilism: An Anti-Manifesto. Recorded and edited by Dirtroll.

Second, the first Free Radical Radio original writing, an essay on intellectual property.

FRR Audibooks: ITS Communiques 3+4 and Buffo the Clown!

  • Posted on: 14 May 2017
  • By: Dirtroll

Free Radical Radio is on a fucking roll and we won't stop until our rock hits the bottom, at which point we will push it back up this mountain, or maybe another one!

We continue the Individualists Tending Toward The Wild recording series with communiques 3 and 4, and we also bring you Buffo the Clown by Angela Carter!

To be an anarchist: Ruymán Rodríguez

  • Posted on: 20 April 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

We share once again an essay, in translation, by Ruymán Rodríguez of the FAGC – Federación de Anarquistas Gran Canaria (alasbarricadas.org 26/03/2017). What follows is a critical reflection on what it means to be an anarchist, born of Rodríguez’s experience with the FAGC. To simply characterise his position as “anti-intellectual” would be, I believe, a mistake. It is rather a call to all who would assume the name “anarchist” to seriously think or re-think what that term means; indeed, it is to ask the question of whether the anarchist “identity” is of any relevance, and if so, in what way, with what meaning.

Towards an Alt-left: The Anarchist Response to Liberal and Neofascist Narratives

  • Posted on: 12 April 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The election of Donald Trump has for many been an awakening to the growing historical potency and momentum of what we may accurately refer to as neofascism. Trump is not the first of this breed to gain state power, only the most flamboyantly obnoxious. Neofascists are driving the Russian chariot, successfully convinced the British public to approve Brexit, and have growing parliamentary strength throughout Europe. By paying lip service to the electoral process they are more subtle than their traditional forebears, while having all the same key characteristics: authoritarian nationalism, populist demagoguery, imperialist militarism, an appeal to xenophobia, and a cult of personality built around bombastic figureheads. There has been a groundswell of resistance inspired by Trump, but this has been more an instinctual reaction against smug neofascist hypocrisy than an expression of any coherent counternarrative. Ideologically the opposition is diverse, a smorgasbord popular front with liberal, centrist, and radical elements. Of these I would argue that the anarchists offer the most viable alt-left antifa narrative, because only they correctly diagnose government as the essential problem rather than looking to it for solutions.

Revolutionary Echoes From Syria

  • Posted on: 17 February 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
A woman holding a molotov with text reading   "Have no Kalashnikov, Choose Molotov."

Conversations With Two Anarchists From Aleppo
Recorded by Resonance Published by Hourriya
MP3 - YouTube

The discussion below reflects an overview of the conditions experienced by individuals who are trying to liberate themselves from the system of social hypocrisy and the mentality of subordination. Our experience is still fragile, a newborn.

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