The date is December 31st of 2019: Governed subjects everywhere are the target of fear from state terror, channeled into obedience and acquiescence by the chilling effect of repression. Blackmailed into compliance by the economy, their subsistence on the line. Looming deadlines summon waves of dread which plummet like lead in your gut. Panic triggered by cyclic crisis flows through your nerves like strychnine.
Generalized anxiety has been called the dominant affect of our era. We all seek shelter in delusions of Safety and Security, in denial of the fact that we'll die anyways, so we should enjoy doing what we want. Everything that we want in life is on the other side of that fear, and the only path is through it.
A quick glance back and some wild eyes toward the future. As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the ongoing social upheavals worldwide, the inspiring international anarchist actions, some books that have kept you up till the early hours, and the music that has been the soundtrack to it all. How was your 2019?
I end projects--as does everyone. I might let one fade away, with nary an update, until it has long been forgotten, or they will kind of sputter on for a couple years, while I kind of wish someone else would pick (one of) them up, or that some thing would give it a gust of air and bring it back to life. The Anvil was like that. How do you keep a totally worthwhile project going when you are kind of tapped out on it?
This TOTW is about endings, how to do them right, examples of doing them wrong, and how does one tell the difference?
For this topic, I want to focus on the people who were responsible for raising you as well as the people who were being raised around you during your childhood and teenage years – that is to say, parents and siblings, or people you considered to be in those roles.
How much has your family influenced your politics? Did your relationships with them change after you became an anarchist?
Ever since the anarchy bang episode on music, in which the word anarchist was thrown around like a frisbee for a caffeinated border collie, I've been pondering (and harassing my friends with the question of) how one determines whether something is anarchist or not. In the podcast episode, it was a. if the artist called themself an anarchist, b. if the content was about anarchist topics (?), c. if the content reflected anarchist values, d. if the listener felt anarchisty (?!?!?) when listening to it, e. if the musician felt anarchisty while making it, and f. all creativity is anarchist.