Jobs, Bullshit, and the Bureaucratization of the World

  • Posted on: 31 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

From The Brooklyn Rail

You probably first heard of him when reading, on or in the pages of The New Yorker, about his role as one of the “founders” of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some of you might have stumbled across him even earlier, when The New York Times published a short article on the openly anarchist anthropology professor whose politics, he lamented, thwarted his plans for tenure at Yale.

'The Invention of the Tribe' (English version from Return Fire vol.5)

  • Posted on: 6 July 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Translated for Return Fire vol.5 ( from the French-language anti-civilisation journal La Mauvaise Herbe, Volume 12 no.1. Appears on pages 119-123 (118-122 in PDF viewer with a companion piece, 'The Colonial Census'.

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A Handful of Objections

  • Posted on: 4 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

A Response to a Proposal for Desertion

This is a jotted-down reflection of some thoughts triggered by the reading of An Invitation to Desertion by Bellamy Fitzpatrick; the first article in the first issue of Backwoods (A journal of anarchy and wortcunning, Spring 2018). In order to develop my own objections and rejections of the theory (named as such by the author), I will break it down in circumscribed parts. This partly corresponds with the sequence from the original text, partly it is my own imposition on it since the author wanders off from time to time. Deconstructing the theory to digestible bits, is something I do at my own risk (of missing the point, and consequently being off mark with my critique) and it is neglecting the text as a creative work (since all the literary qualities are thus dispensed of). But it is also a necessity to make way for my own trail of thoughts to develop.

Positively Quila Street

  • Posted on: 27 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate

Lima anarchist scene survives official clean up
by Bill Weinberg
Fifth Estate # 400, Spring, 2018

When Lutxo Rodríguez recalls the local punks and social outcasts of the downtown Lima, Peru district he habituates “dressing in black in the ’80s,” I smile wryly, remembering the Lower East Side of my own youth. But the urban decay that allowed for the florescence of bohemia and an anarcho-punk scene in this small enclave of a South American capital came “in the context of political violence,” he says.

The Devil in the Plow, Clock & Book

  • Posted on: 5 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Counter Punch by Martin Billheimer

The plow marked the moment when History first entered into geological time and humankind, once a single creation out of many, began to transform the forces of general life. This is civilization – the old curse of Cain, first to till and kill, primal architect of cities, the father of that pathology known as ‘Progress’. If Anarchist John Zerzan has one wish in his new book, it is that we might wake from this nightmare of myth and History. Wise children often ask their social science teachers: Why do I have to learn this junk that doesn’t matter? The teacher seldom has a good answer because the question is rarely understood: Why must I learn theirjunk, theirHistory; that is, the ghostly lessons of theirwreckage.

Review: Private Government

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Writers by Anarcho (Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:50)

This is both an important book which raises a key issue and one which simply states the obvious. It is both a well-researched work and one which ignores a school of thinkers who were pioneers on the subject. It is one which both challenges assumptions and takes them for granted. In short, it is both perceptive and frustrating.

Buffalo Red & Black/Roja y Negra Releases 2017 Anthology

  • Posted on: 3 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

Buffalo Red & Black/Roja y Negra has released an anthology of articles recalling our experiences in 2017. BRB/BRN is not so much an organization as an anarcho-communist network – one that attempts to incubate affinity groups, diversify and intensify our social ties, and make our projects for change realizable.