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TOTW: Serendipity and the Flame

  • Posted on: 18 June 2018
  • By: SUDS

The dream is dead. There is no big-tent; no mass. The siren song of community organizing is silent.

A coin falls to the floor--one side, Populist Struggle; the other, a Struggle to identify.

There are no hyphens; no anarchism with adjectives. The rock of ideology is no match for the river.

Many have come to idolize infrastructure; infatuated with their captors. Permanence is a myth and those who peddle it are spiritual thieves. Everything is falling apart.

Topic of the Week: Your Favorite Anarchist Action(s)

  • Posted on: 22 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

We thecollective invite you to discuss your favorite anarchist actions from the distant and/or recent past, or in an imaginary future. Of course, definitions of "anarchist action" will be questioned as well and we expect to see many different ideas about the designation of an action as anarchist. However, this thecollective contributor suspects that even those that would dismiss the idea of an "anarchist action" completely still have a special place in their hearts for some kinds of behavior. What might those be?

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TOTW: A Revolution Is Upon Us

  • Posted on: 10 June 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Given that we have an idiot in the Whitehouse. Given that we have driven the alt-right back to the shadows where they belong. Given that a blue wave is coming. Given that a whole generation of tyrants are about to pass (can I hear a Kissinger!). Given that the fascist creep is on the run. Given that we are running down the walls. Given that 2018 is the year of Mo. Given that we are finally ready to take environmental problems seriously.

TOTW: Religion and Spirituality

  • Posted on: 4 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

I had a good discussion with friends in Montreal this past weekend about the growth in people approaching anarchy through the lens of spirituality, and vice versa. From the burgeoning movement of Christian mystics and radicals through things like the Friendly Fire Collective (which often looks like the religion of struggle) to people engaging with gods and spirits older and younger, the rise in spiritual modes of anarchy is refreshing to me as a phenomenon which offers a challenge to those who “love to indulge in the spurious disagreeable and pointless exercise of ex-communicating the differently-faithed amongst their comrades”.

TOTW: deciphering criticism

  • Posted on: 28 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

One of my arguments for anonymous commenting is the tendency of people to avoid giving honest negative feedback unless they can do it without negative social consequences to themselves. (Okay, that's my guess about why people don't want to say negative things to their friends. Maybe there are other things going on instead or in addition. Moving on...) As someone who really appreciates feedback about what I could be doing differently and/or better, I want to provide people with ways to get me that information.

TOTW: The Mechanics of Conversation

  • Posted on: 21 May 2018
  • By: SUDS
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How can we have good conversations? Discourse can be challenging, even while talking with an agreeable audience who share an intellectual lineage. But, what makes a good conversation turn bad, or worse, boring?

There is a centuries old history of conversation, but while there is much written about anarchist manners--prescribed principles and actions and those to avoid--there is little content regarding the mechanics of conversation from an anarchist perspective.

TOTW: Clear Thinking

  • Posted on: 14 May 2018
  • By: notnull

"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

TOTW: What are you listening to?

  • Posted on: 7 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

We find inspiration in many places. For many people creating, listening, and talking about music is an inspiration that keeps the tumultuous happenings of everyday life somewhat at bay and is how we creatively express ourselves. Previously, an older TOTW focused on anarchist media of all sorts – whereas with this new topic, we would like to specifically focus on audio projects and music.

TOTW: May Day (and days and days and days)

  • Posted on: 29 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

This year for May Day, we want to talk about not just how to honor our history of struggle and resistance, but also how to continue to grow and adapt to changing circumstances. It is no secret that our enemies evolve to meet what have become our tried and true, and perhaps tired tactics.

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