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.
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.
"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
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.
In my years of anarchist activism I have mostly found the work to be in two categories. Too beautiful to survive and too focused to quit. Our general question is, what kind of projects are worth doing, past the point where their survival is no longer in doubt, and at what point should a project end?
Watching the ongoing destruction of la ZAD in France, I’ve been thinking about how anarchists take up physical space. Examples include protest occupations such as la ZAD and Olympia Stand, insurrectionary infrastructure projects such as the Breakaway Social Center in Chicago, as well as longer-term land projects.
It's been 15 years since Jason McQuinn wrote Post-Left Anarchy: Leaving the Left behind.
In its opening paragraph he recalls the fall of the Berlin Wall 10 years earlier, and just three years after that receiving a manuscript, "Anarchy after Leftism," from Bob Black. Today, when we look back over Post-Left Anarchy, we are reviewing 25 years of critique and innovation.
Why has egoism recently emerged as an obsession in anarchist thought, and Stirner a mascot of anarchism?
Is it because the recent translation has revitalized the dusty rhetoric of The Ego and His Own into something more accessible and interesting to younger anarchists?
Is it due to the multiple colorful internet personalites that go to great lengths to popularize and fiercely defend Stirner's ideas across various social media platforms?