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Bone idol: the Shard provocateur is my kind of anarchist

  • Posted on: 8 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/07/ian-bone-idol-shar...

This week the Qatari royal family is taking a pensioner who walks with a stick to court to stop him protesting outside the Shard. The Shard is owned by this family via funds held in Jersey. They also own Harrods, the Olympic village and half of One Hyde Park. They reportedly own more property in London than our own royal family.

The modern-day Filipino anarchists working for the common good

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From CNN (translated via Pramen Sept. 28th, 2017)

Manila.

A blue, mini gas tank with a cooking dock sits on the corner of Taks Barbin’s living room. He turns the knob, put a water-filled kettle on top of the dock, and opens foldable plastic chairs, forming a circle. This living room is a modest extension of his bedroom; a space that makes up a part of the interconnected shanties that snake around one of UP Diliman’s side streets.

What happens when anarchists run a country? History has an answer.

  • Posted on: 4 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From bigthink.com

When most people hear the word "anarchy", they think of chaos. It brings to mind images of gangs fighting in the streets, looting and rioting, without a police force to help end the madness. It can be hard to grasp why anybody would ever declare themselves to be an "anarchist." After all, most of the news about anarchists in the United States focuses on their violent demonstrations.

Sole: This Moment Calls for Nuance and Poetry

  • Posted on: 2 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

When I learned that the anarchist rapper Sole was having a kid, I reached out and asked if he wanted my child’s old crib. I confess: It was a ploy. I wanted to learn more of what Tim Holland was thinking these days.

He came over to the house to pick up the crib, and we spent two hours in my garden talking about music, politics, Roque Dalton’s revolutionary poetry and urban farming.

‘Anarchist’ is often hurled as a slur. But can anarchists teach us something about democracy?

  • Posted on: 2 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

These divergent views of anarchists illustrate the problem with the label: It is imprecise and malleable, and it means whatever (usually bad) things different people want it to mean. Supposedly the one principle that unites anarchists is their opposition to government, but that statement tells us little about their actual views.

Still, is it possible that self-identified anarchists from the past can tell us something about our politics in the present? Specifically, in the quest for a just and equitable society, are political labels of all kinds not just irrelevant, but counterproductive and even divisive?

Ursula Le Guin Made Me an Anarchist

  • Posted on: 25 January 2018
  • By: thecollective

For me, however, Le Guin represented something quite apart from great, memorable literature. She represented something that was meant even more than her unapologetic and outspoken feminism. During my sophomore year of university, picking up The Dispossessed on the recommendation of a favorite professor, Ursula Le Guin’s work was the genesis of my political awakening.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

  • Posted on: 23 January 2018
  • By: thecollective

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.

Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months.

Jacqueline Jones Talks Lucy Parsons, the Black Woman Anarchist That History Forgot

  • Posted on: 3 January 2018
  • By: thecollective

by Stassa Edwards, via Jezebel

History has nearly forgotten Lucy Parsons (c. 1853-1942), the radical anarchist and orator who enthused working-class audiences for decades with her rhetoric of resistance and violence. She struck fear into the hearts of the Chicago police and businessmen, agitating for workers to seize their rights by whatever means necessary, including violence. By 1887, one newspaper warned that authorities in Chicago “feared this one woman more than all of the chief Anarchists combined.” Another described her as “one of the most notorious women.”

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