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Anarchism in Practice Is Often Radically Boring Democracy

2021: When the right gets to keep "insurrection", anarchists get to keep "tedium", and the left gets to keep "anarchy".

While an exciting idea, anarchism in practice is, well, boring. Far from what window-smashing insurrectionists are doing, it mostly takes the form of an extremely slow-moving and highly rule-bound process of collective deliberation. Anarchy, paradoxically, means more rules, not fewer, and more collective responsibility, not less.

The Worker-Owned Wine Bar Serving Up Natural Wine With a Side of Anarchism

Soylent Red & Black: It's Capitalism!

For some, the word anarchy can conjure up images of fear and chaos, however for Fortnight, which has operated as a worker-owned cooperative since its founding in 2016, anarchism provides a non-hierarchical business model with an emphasis on decision-making that is instead built on tenets of communication, trust, and mutual respect.

Mutual Aid Does Nothing Alone

from The Commoner

Mutual Aid Does Nothing Alone: A Rebuttal to Joanna Wuest

In her article ‘Mutual Aid Can’t Do It Alone,’ The Nation author Joanna Wuest alleges that mutual aid is insufficient to support people in (and out of) crisis. She contends that while mutual aid is a useful tool, its efficacy pales in comparison to state programmes. Yet Wuest fails to engage the arguments of mutual aid’s progenitors and proponents. What results is a confused and potentially harmful perspective on a core anarchist principle that has sustained people for generations.

Climate, Capitalism, and Class War with Noam Chomsky

The Commoner

In December, Søren Hough from Science for the People sat down with the famous linguist and activist Noam Chomsky. Chomsky has written a plethora of books on political subjects, with his collection of interviews, named On Anarchism, reaching stores worldwide. His most recent book, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, co-authored with economist Dr. Robert Pollins, lays out an international plan for addressing climate change.

Moscow court sentences grad student Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison

Moscow court sentences grad student Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison

From meduza.io

Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court sentenced graduate student and anarchist activist Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison on Monday, January 18, after finding him guilty of attacking a United Russia office in 2018.

Miftakhov, who studied in the mathematics faculty at Moscow State University, pleaded not guilty to the hooliganism charges.

Two other suspects who earlier pleaded guilty in the case were given suspended sentences: Elana Gorban was sentenced to four years probation and Andrey Eykin to two years.

These were the exact sentences that state prosecutors requested for the three defendants in the case.

Miftakhov’s lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina said that they plan to challenge the verdict.

Homes of McConnell and Pelosi Vandalized With Messages on Stimulus Checks

Vandals struck the homes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the first days of the year. In both cases, the apparent vandals spray-painted messages related to stimulus checks.

David Graeber: The Anarchist Anthropologist-Provocateur 1961-2020

occupy everything!

From Politico By TIMOTHY NOAH 12/26/2020

The economics profession can tell you everything there is to know about money except what money is. If you want to stump an economist, or a Wall Street banker, or a Washington economic policymaker, just ask, “What is money?” You might as well ask a fish to define water.

David Graeber, who died in September at age 59, from necrotic pancreatitis, was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. It’s the job of an anthropologist to explain to a fish what water is, and in that spirit Graeber defined money as an overly precise tool to measure the debt around which all societies are organized.

The 'Scots Scarlet Pimpernel' Ethel MacDonald was one of the Glasgow anarchists

The 'Scots Scarlet Pimpernel' Ethel MacDonald was one of the Glasgow anarchists

From Glasgow Evening Times by By Ann Fotheringham

1 OUTSPOKEN, brave and revolutionary, Ethel MacDonald caused a bit of a stir when she arrived at Glasgow Queen Street in November 1937. Three hundred people had turned up to welcome her home. This was the woman, after all, whose radio broadcasts from Spain at the height of the civil war had reached audiences all over Europe. Born in Bellshill, she lived most of her life in Glasgow.

Dorothy Day, Cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Was a Radical Activist

Dorothy Day, Cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Was a Radical Activist

From Teen Vogue, By Lexi McMenamin, November 27, 2020

OG History is a Teen Vogue series where we unearth history not told through a white cisheteropatriarchal lens.

Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, lifelong radical and anarchist, and prolific journalist, died on November 29, 1980, at age 83 — 40 years ago this week. Until her final days, Day was a committed advocate for social justice and pacifism.

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