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The Government is Never Incompetent

from IGD by Simoun Magsalin

Power in the Pandemic under Duterte

From the beginning of the pandemic, anarchists were not surprised to see opportunistic power grabs by nation-states around the world. Governments have used the pandemic as an opportunity to deepen social control. The state showed its mortality, as well as highlighted the true misery of capitalism for many; global markets came to a halt and governments scrambled to appear as if they had a plan. At the same time, it is no surprise that many governments saw this as an opportunity to further consolidate power, as the unprecedented virus sparked fear across all of humanity.

Abolitionism & the Threat of Reformism

from It's Going Down

An Online Panel Hosted by Forest City Anarchists

Announcing an online forum on abolitionism and the threat of reformism. Hosted by Forest City Anarchists.

On Saturday October 23rd at 7PM EST, join us on Twitch for a live discussion about abolitionism, the threat of reformism, and how it all relates to the state. We have several guests lined up to cover these topics and then follow up by answering questions from the audience.

Fire From Below

from It's Going Down

Zoe Baker on Lessons from Anarchist History

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with anarchist historian and YouTuber, Zoe Baker, about lessons from anarchist history, what past struggles can teach us about the social movements of today, just what the hell an ‘anarcho-communist’ is, and how anarchists in the past have dealt with the question of organization, tactics, and strategy.

State of War

via It's Going Down

State of War, an Excerpt from “The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism & Abolition” by William C. Anderson

Saying “stop killing us” and asking an oppressor not to oppress is not going to work. Taking the life of the system we’re up against through abolition is much more complex than simply fighting people in the streets

This Is America #148

from It's Going Down

This Is America #148: Nabisco Strike Grows into Wider Struggle; Fight to Free Sean Swain Continues

We then feature an interview with Lauren Swain, partner of long-time anarchist prisoner Sean Swain. During our discussion, we talk about how Sean has currently been denied parole, even after serving 30 years in prison for an act of self-defense. We discuss what is needed now to help Sean get out and ways that people can show solidarity.

Alpacalypse Now

from It's Going Down

How a Trans Anarchist Homestead Defended Itself From Far-Right Attacks

In rural Colorado, the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch is building a trans-anarchist homestead and autonomous infrastructure while experimenting in permaculture and raising alpacas. On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we discuss the project with three people from the ranch, talk about the release of the upcoming documentary film, Tenacious, and how people living on the ranch mobilized over the past year against threats from the far-Right.

A Response to “Seven Theses on the Three-Way Fight”

not the fun kind of threeway

from It's Going Down

A united front of the “major leftist ideological currents – socialism, anarchism or communism ” is proposed, but there are no details. And the truth is that a united front of this sort would include Stalinists, DSA types, various Leninists/vanguardists and some anarchists and would be a mess. There would be no agreement on revolutionary horizon because the DSA types oppose revolution, the Stalinists/Leninists want an authoritarian state and anarchists want to destroy the state.

IGDcast: Cuban Anarchists

from It's Going Down

Cuban Anarchists On Context and Importance of the Recent Wave of Protests

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with an anarchist from Cuba and a Cuban-American anarchist living in Miami about the recent wave of protests which have swept the island over the last few weeks. While the demonstrations took everyone by surprise, our guests argue that they are historic in that they represent a ground swell of working-class anger that has manifested itself in demonstrations, clashes with the police, and looting; activity which has not taken place on the island for decades.

Eric Laursen Owes Me a Lamp

from It's Going Down

Eric Laursen Owes Me a Lamp: Some Reactions to ‘The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State’

In the meantime, I’d love it if he reimbursed me for the lamp he made me break, or better yet throw that amount of money (it was $14.99 plus tax) onto the commissary fund of one of the hundreds of real people who will get real time for doing some beautiful real shit that really did happen.

Eric Laursen on IGDcast

from It's Going Down

Eric Laursen on Why Everything We’ve Been Told About the Political State is Wrong

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Eric Laursen, author of The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State, who argues that everything we think we know about the creation and function of the political State is fundamentally wrong. During our conversation, Laursen lays out how the State did not arise out of a collective need, nor was it created organically; that instead, it was imposed from above as an instrument to amass wealth and expand economic and military control.

This Is America #142

Write an anarchist desert today!

from It's Going Down

This Is America #142: Resisting the Curfew in NYC; A Discussion on ‘Desert’

On today’s show, first we feature an interview with Black House News, about the ongoing resistance to curfews happening in New York and attempts by the State to hold onto control of the streets in a post-pandemic and post-rebellion world. We also discuss how the terrain in DC has changed following the attempted far-Right coup. We then play a recorded text from Perilous Chronicle, about surveillance of teenage activists in so-called Tucson by local police. We then switch to our discussion, where we cover the horrific realities of climate change and the implications raised in the book Desert for the anarchist movement in an epoch of global warming.

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