by Julian Langer
Who is John Zerzan?
John Zerzan is an anarchist. John Zerzan is a primitivist. John Zerzan is an anthropology nerd. John Zerzan is a philosopher(?).
Before I go on, I want to say that I have loved John Zerzan’s writings for years. I consider him a profound personal influence, and someone who has articulated many brilliant essays and books. I am very much a fan of Zerzan.
Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 64 for May 18, 2018. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.
Editorial by Chisel: Science is a relationship
TOTW: Clear Thinking
"The process of sound philosophizing, to my mind, consists mainly in passing from those obvious, vague, ambiguous things, that we feel quite sure of, to something precise, clear, definite, which by reflection and analysis we find is involved in the vague thing that we started from, and is, so to speak, the real truth of which that vague thing is a sort of shadow." --Bertrand Russell
Since the beginning of the Kobane siege by Daesh (ISIS) the Kurdish left, and specifically the Rojava model of social organisation has been studied and followed by several organisations, activists, networks and committed scholars. I decided to collaborate with KurdishQuestion.com to produce a series of short articles to expose (and prove) the similarities between the western (and not western too) anarchist tradition and democratic confederalism. While one of my concentrated areas of study is political theory (and radical political theory), I decided to help in drawing the parallels between both paths and familiarising them to one another. I hope this will help and all criticisms are welcome.