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Rudolf Rocker: an anarchist ‘rabbi’ in London

From Red Pepper dot org UK

David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history

Originally from Germany, the anarchist thinker Rudolf Rocker spent much of his life in exile in some of the world’s major cities – Paris, London, New York – where he always gravitated towards immigrants involved in radical politics, most notably the Jewish anarchist community in London at the turn of the 20th century. Often referred to as a rabbi by members of this community as a sign of appreciation, the epithet of an ‘anarchist rabbi’ is the title of a book about Rocker’s life and thought, as well as a documentary about his time in London.

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Cindy Milstein On Mending The World As Jewish Anarchists

heal the world, make it a better place...

From The Final Straw Radio

This week, we air a conversation between Scott and anarchist, author and organizer Cindy Milstein. The conversation is framed around the most recent compilation that Milstein has edited and contributed to, “There Is Nothing So Whole As A Broken Heart: Mending The World As Jewish Anarchists” (AK Press, 2021). During the conversation, they speak about walking through the world as queer, non-binary Jewish anarchists, Palestine and Israel, Milstein finding increasing healing and ritual among diasporic Jewish anarchist and other communities, antisemitism from the right and the left, argumentation and Cindy’s relationship with Murray Bookchin and more. [00:10:28 – 01:44:47]

Politics As Religion, Ressentiment & Identitarianism

from Rune Soup

Politics As Religion, Ressentiment and Identitarianism: Finding the Ekumen with Rhyd Wildermuth

Finding The Ekumen gets its name from Ursula K. Le Guin's space utopia, effectively an anarchist version of Star Trek's far more militant United Federation of Planets. So if we are going to have a series of discussions beyond traditional politics, we should begin with a discussion of what politics is, what it isn't and where it might be that you come in. I can think of no one better than Rhyd for that chat, so here it is!

Religion: Devotional Anarchism

This Topic of the Week is "Devotional Anarchism" which inaugurates the Theme of Three Weeks of "Religion".

Anarchism, like religion, is a word that lumps together a great variety of disparate people, practices and traditions. How contentious is it to lump all these under the banner of religion, and then lump them in with anarchism as well? How to frame the discussion? With what care and respect, devotion or scorn?

Noise, Flags, and Fists

Noise, Flags, and Fists

Reflections on a Weekend in Downtown Montréal

Since May 6 of this year, apparently first with respect to the Sheikh Jarrah property dispute, there has been an intercommunal conflict between neighbours in ethnically mixed urban parts of occupied Palestine, from Jerusalem to Jaffa and beyond. Consequently, there has been an uneven exchange of bombs and rockets between the Israeli state and Hamas, the latter being the state authority in the small territory of Gaza. Where things will go in Palestine, I cannot say. I don't pretend to have more than a Wikipedia-level understanding of the situation. I do not speak the relevant languages and am not trying to follow the news too closely anyway.

Mending a Broken World

more like forest garden coffee with friends

From Coffee with Comrades

Milstein Chat on Coffee with Comrades Podcast

My friend and marvelous podcaster Pearson kindly invited me to join in “coffee” and conversation on the warm, wise, and ever-engaging @coffeewithcomrades, and the result is episode 132: Mending a Broken World. We recorded it just as #SaveJarrahSheikh and now #GazaUnderAttack were heating up, as the Israeli state and its allies sacrilegiously targeted the ancient holy place of Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, and went on to raise the destruction and murder toll over Nakba Day and now beyond.

Recording of “Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists” Book Event

Recording of “Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists” Book Event

From Cindy Milstein blog

Firestorm Books: Recording of “Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists” Book Event

To celebrate the release of a new collection of contemporary essays, art, and poetry by Jewish anarchists, Firestorm Books kindly hosted a conversation on April 15, 2021 (or 5781 if you’re counting in Jewish calendar years) between community members and contributors to my latest edited anthology, There Is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists. For those who missed it and still want to take a listen, here’s the recording, courtesy of Firestorm, followed by the description of the event:

The Totality is Incomplete, on Immediatism podcast

Science's inheritance from Christianity is the subject of this enjoyable series of three articles, which first appeared in The Anvil Review. "Golem in the Catacombs" describes us as cyborgs, walking around looking at devices. "For the Love of God" addresses three versions of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables whilst discussing apparatuses of control from Christianity through the present day of science as state religion. "Science" dives deeper, identifying the commonalities between Christianity and science, as partial ways of knowing. The collection of Alex Gorrion's columns for The Anvil Review is entitled The Totality is Incomplete and is from Ardent Press, and available through LittleBlackCart.com. The nineteen essays included share a delightful use of language and frequent surprising connections to popular culture.

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.

One year after the popular revolt, the anarchist fire is gaining strength

even churches in Chile?

From Act for Freedom!, Chile

“…when you look for alliances, you end up modifying your objectives in the name of the political justification of the struggle: a “better future”. Not realizing that faith in the future is essential for the perpetuation of domination. Always living in the future is precisely the traditional method for not living here and now, moving away from the permanent conflict implicit in the anarchist war for ever …

Basically, behind this positioning are concealed outdated instituting positions. True to the echo of the siren song, some have heard verses of praise to freedom – which resonate at the dawn of every revolution – without knowing that in reality they are just hymns to the new constituent Power.

Immediatism 83&84: An Anarcho-Satanic Reversal

The BASTARD Chronicles 2017

From Immediatism.com

As an Anarcho-Satanist, I envision a reversal of the polarity of biblical mythological symbolism -- seeing Satan as the "good," liberated rebel, and seeing God as an "evil," authoritarian fascistic dictator.

(A-Radio) Brazil 2020 (1): Em fevereiro tem carnaval - A conversation about Brazil and exile (Part 2)

As Anarchist Radio Berlin we present you the second part of a long conversation about Brazil and exile with two Brazilian activists living in Portugal.

In this Podcast we dive deep into the whole complex of the contemporary history and current situation in Brasil. We publish a long conversation with two Brazilian immigrants recorded in Lisbon in Dezember 2019.

Mortification of the flesh: fragments towards a mystical anarchy

Illustration to Tennyson's "St. Simeon Stylites" by W. E. F. Britten, depicting the Saint on top of a pillar

This work is unfinished. It is a composite of several essays that began, in some places, as condensations of longer and more academically-tinged works. In other places, they have their origin in my notes while trying to construct an imperative logic (hence, the stark change in tone between my discussions of mystical practice, and my discussions of logical truth.)

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