mutual aid

Mutual aid: Kropotkin’s theory of human capacity

If humans are so naturally cooperative, how come "The CONQUEST of Bread" became a more popular book than "Mutual Aid" (affectionately known as "not the bread book")? Checkmate, Kropotkin!

from Roar Mag

Kropotkin’s theory of mutual aid remains cogent as ever, demonstrating the capacity for revolutionary change even in the harshest, most repressive environments.

This is an abridged version of Ruth Kinna’s foreword to Kropotkin’s “Mutual Aid: An Illuminated Factor of Evolution” (PM Press, 2021).

U.K. Anarchist Collective Explains Anti-New Normal Position

Via: The South Essex Heckler

https://thehecklersewca.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/an-explainer-on-our-cha...

We’ve come in for a bit of criticism over the last couple of days for our views on the government response to the COVID-19 crisis. Firstly, we’d like to start off by saying that our position on the response to the crisis has changed since it started to emerge at the end of February. At that point, it felt like a massive unknown and that starting to develop our own response in terms of physical distancing and withdrawing from events we were due to participate in seemed to be the sensible thing to do.

Prioritizing in the face of the social avalanche

via A las barricadas, English translation by Anarchist News

ALB Noticias.- Today the FAGC has briefly reappeared on twitter to summarize its activity during these months of pandemic. We reproduce the tweets that you can see with their interactions here. We are happy to hear from this group which is so combative and indispensable.

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.

The Final Straw Radio on the current political situation in the USA

A-Radio - On its new website, the Anarchist Radio Berlin presents you an interview with The Final Straw Radio about the situation in the US after the 2020 elections.

As Anarchist Radio Berlin we had the opportunity to talk to Bursts and William from the Final Straw Radio, co-members of the Channel Zero Podcast Network.

Interview w/ 815 Mutual Aid Network

from The Commoner

Decolonial, Abolitionist Mutual Aid - An Interview with 815 Mutual Aid Network

We’re not an explicitly anarchist project although we have anarchist members. We try to have some anarchistic values such as horizontal organizing, decentralization and anti-oppressive politics. Our politics are located in decolonial and black liberation frameworks which is different from much of the anarchist movement which comes from European anarchism.

Collection of essential items for refugees

via Athens Indymedia

Anarchist Collectivity Masovka – Announcement for the collection of the essentials for the insurgent refugees of Lesbos. Sharing goods in Victoria square.

Another announcement of our collectivity was completed with success.We want to thank all the comrades that corresponded to our invitation, bringing essentials –in our pre-arranged appointment- from their lag for the trapped and insurgent refugees of Mytilene. It is impossible to express our gratitude with just a thankful text but at this point, this is the only way.In the intervening period between our invitation and the collection of the essentials, the events unfolded as far as the refugees were concerned, were rapid. The state under the guise of Covid-19 took care to isolate completely the refugees from the society and not even one from our comrades in Mytilene (the essential would be delivered to our comrades from the conquest of Mpinio), as they themselves informed us, has any kind of access or communication with the refugees.

Jeremy Hammond is free!

FREE!!!

from Jeremy Hammond Support Committee

I am absolutely overjoyed to announce that Jeremy has been released from FCI Memphis. He is safely at a halfway house in Chicago & even got to spend a little time with his support crew. We thank you so much for your support throughout the years. Until all are free! #FreedJeremy

How the State Enables Ecocide

from Center for a Stateless Society

In the first year of constant quarantine, rocked by worldwide social unrest, extreme tropical weather, and widespread government ineptitude, the complete inability and unwillingness of the ruling classes to make any substantive changes is clear. There will not be any relief and there is no reckoning. Commoditizing living animals has created the perfect conditions for zoonotic diseases to mutate and spread, but harm reduction measures to deal with the pandemic have obfuscated this risk, instead touting the animal agriculture industry as a “vital industry” necessary to the economic interests of the capitalist class. Forget sacrificing your ethics, the time has come to put yourself on the altar and pray you make the perfect gift to the market — or at least that shell of a market reflected in financial exchanges.

William C. Anderson on Anarchism

from It's Going Down

“Expose the Contradiction”: William C Anderson on Anarchism, Mutual Aid, and What Comes Next

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with William C Anderson, who alongside Zoé Samudzi, is the co-author of As Black As Resistance, published by AK Press. We discuss the major themes of the book, its reception, and its growing impact in a post-rebellion world.

Bringing the Black Flag to the Philippines

from The Commoner via Bandilang Itim

Bringing the Black Flag to the Philippines — An Interview with Bandilang Itim

Proudly flying the black flag in the archipelago known as the Philippines are our next interviewees: Bandilang Itim. Aiming to be the banner that rallies together anarchists and libertarians in the region, this revolutionary anarchist publishing platform commits itself to producing original, well-informed content on local issues and events, and disseminating the writing and ideas of other anarchists and libertarians from the area and its diaspora.

People Don’t Need Permission to Feed Each Other

from Inhabit: Territories

“The People Don’t Need Permission to Feed Each Other”

Santiago de Chile’s community kitchens amid the pandemic and uprising

Written by Benito Brava

As a result of the October 2019 uprising, millions of Chileans have reconceptualized what it means to live and to fight. A new generation of frontliners has emerged as protesters learn to carve out territories for unauthorized public activities and defend them against the police.

Finding the Thread that Binds Us

From Crimethinc

Three Mutual Aid Networks in New York City.

This is the first installment in a series exploring mutual aid projects across the globe.
With politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for the people to engage in mutual aid in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis, those not previously familiar with the term might never guess it was coined by an anarchist scientist who advocated against central government.

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