Review: Superintelligence — Paths, Dangers, Strategies

  • Posted on: 8 December 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by William Gillis

Nick Bostrom is one of my favorite academic philosophers; beyond pairing rigor with audacity, he’s one of the few to grasp and explore the philosophical avenues opened up by modern scientific understanding. But in the last decade Bostrom has shot to some prominence not for his explorations of multiverse theory and the anthropic principle but for his far more practical work on existential risks to our species. The moment it was published Superintelligence became the seminal text for those seriously concerned with the threat of artificial intelligence.

Paul Avrich’s An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre | A Review

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

From San Diego Free Press By Mel Freilicher

The self-professed group of anarchists who comprise AK Press, a worker-run collective which publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, has done a great service by reissuing Paul Avrich’s fascinating study of an American original. As Robert Helms suggests in his instructive Foreword outlining Avrich’s own background and achievements as the premier scholar of American anarchism until his death in 2006, this author “succeeded in rescuing this brilliant and compelling person from near non-existence.”

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in October

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Sprout Distro

The following zines and pamphlets were published within the broad anarchist space over the previous month. As always, they come from a variety of different perspectives and contexts. We encourage folks to engage with the texts or to help spread them as they see fit.

Sorry to Bother You, Comrade: a primal anarchist at the theaters

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Agency by Kevin Tucker

Warning: this entire review is a spoiler. See the movie first. Please and thank you.

By this point, you’ve probably heard a lot about Boots Riley’s excellent film, Sorry to Bother You. Heed my spoiler warning, because we’re jumping right in.

Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets – August 2018

  • Posted on: 31 August 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Sprout Distro

Here’s our monthly round-up of anarchist zines and pamphlets published over the past month. If you have suggestions for titles to include next month, please get in touch. Previous months of these posts are available here. All previously featured zines are available on As usual, we encourage folks to print these out, share them with friends or random people on the street, and have face-to-face conversations.

10 Years Later, A Reflection And A Response

  • Posted on: 26 August 2018
  • By: librarian

From The Anarchist Library Bookshelf

On An English Language Anarchist Library Project

The Anarchist Library project in English is alive and well. We have a new IRC channel for the English language project hosted over at the anarchist server channel #library and can still be reached by emailing The “about us” has always said that The Anarchist Library “is (despite its URL) an archive focusing on anarchism, anarchist texts, and texts of interest for anarchists.”

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'.

To read the articles referenced throughout this text in [square brackets], PDFs of Return Fire and related publications can be read, downloaded and printed by searching for "Return Fire", or emailing

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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.