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Topic of the Week: Security Culture

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

From the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's e-mail debacle to the blah blah of Bitcoin enthusiasts, from Anonymous to Michael Schmidt catfishing fascists (or not), debates about Privacy, the Surveillance State, cryptography, whistle-blowers, and other security culture topics can be found everywhere today. As anarchists, this has been a longtime area of interest, being no strangers to the State (and others) targeting us for surveillance and infiltration.

Topic of the Week: Anarchist Coping Mechanisms

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

What do you do to stay anarchist? How is that different from what you do to stay... functional/sane/coherent (for lack of better terms)? How are those different things (if they are)?
Some people step outside the anarchist scene, pop culture, games, fiction, tv, etc, and then apply anarchist criteria (however they define that), in a sort of two-step process, as a way to get the benefit of a release of pressure without negating or ignoring the real paucity of our options.

Topic of the Week: Green Anarchism

  • Posted on: 21 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

How do green or ecological factors affect your thoughts or actions as anarchists, if at all?

What is the importance of indigenous resistance or solidarity as green anarchists, now and moving into the future? What are the implications of the notion that civilization has encroached over every space on the planet, and is there any hope for escape? Would such an escape look like something completely different than anything we’ve known in the past, or would it resemble historical modes of living such as hunter/gatherers? Are tools and technology separated from or a part of nature, i.e. is there a distinction between what is natural and what is artificial? If so, what importance does such a distinction play in the everyday life of people (or yourself) today? Can terms such as wildness or domestication be useful or elaborated on or are they merely jargon or loaded concepts?

Topic of the Week: Racism

  • Posted on: 14 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

We have focused a lot of energy, as anarchists and as human beings, in the past year and a half on the history of oppression that we call racism in this country. Those conversations have looked like reflections on the impact that slavery, segregation, and jim crow laws have had on today. What we haven't done, and should, is plan for the future. What would we like to see the future of race relations look like?

Topic of the Week: Anarchists and Education

  • Posted on: 29 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

There are two ways to talk about education, one is using the word in good faith (as the variety of ways we learn and what we learn) and the other is to acknowledge the society around us and use the word to refer to how we're supposed to learn: through schools and experts, in pursuit of degrees that position us in reference to other people, etc.

Topic of the Week: Can We Live Real Lives as Anarchists?

  • Posted on: 15 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

As anarchists living in an consumer-driven industrial world where so much of our lives is dominated or facilitated by the State or what we may call Capitalism, what can we consider to be real in our lives, if anything? Are we truly in a Society of the Spectacle, or perhaps lost in the depths of post-modernity or some similar state of extreme alienation that makes the real impossible? Are we truly separated from nature, or are these all simply labels and empty theories that can only attempt to frame the chaotic and complicated world around us?

Topic of the Week: Anarchist Projects in Relationship

  • Posted on: 1 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

It's easy (and simplistic) for new sites (and other media forms) to compete with each other. This is understandable since new projects are frequently started out of some kind of frustration with existing options, as well as out of some positive desire (for self expression, a particular kind of conversation, etc). This site was partially motivated out of frustration with Infoshop's liberal inclusions (among other things), and itsgoingdown was apparently motivated in part by irritation with the trolls here (among other things).

Topic of the Week: Housing

  • Posted on: 25 January 2016
  • By: thecollective

One of the biggest problems that most of us deal with is the problem of finding a place to live. In other words, the problem of housing. Housing is an issue that comes up over and over again. It can take the form of the sub-prime mortgage debacle that preceded the 2008 financial crisis, the rent strikes that preceded insurrection in Glasgow and Spain, squatting, land projects. It can also be seen as one of (if not the) primary compulsions driving our acceptance of waged labor.

Topic of the week: There are no tech solutions to social problems

  • Posted on: 4 January 2016
  • By: thecollective

We have covered this topic a few times before but it bears repeating. The solutions that technology gives to social problems rarely solve them and usually come with unforseen consequences. Let's look at the current brouhaha around PB as a case in point. For starters PB has never had an account on @news (which is done here). Additionally Drupal gives @news the option to "write in" a username which PB and many other users take advantage of as a way to have conversations over time.

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