violence

Pipe Bombs from the Right--Antifa Mans the Wall

  • Posted on: 25 October 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

An Op-Ed By David Van Deusen, District Vice President of The Vermont AFL-CIO

In this political climate, the only thing that prevented street level neo-Nazis (and extremist anti-Labor Trump supporters) from effectively occupying sections of the cities they have marched upon, has been effective counter attacks organized by Antifa/Black Bloc contingents. It has been Antifa, not politicians and not pacifists, who have given neo-Nazis something to fear and a reason to pause. And more often than not, when neo-Nazis and Antifa have met in the streets, it has been Antifa who has come out on top.

Violence as a Way of Life

  • Posted on: 22 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Truthout
Violence as a Way of Life: An Anarchist Analysis of Gun Control and State Power in the US

According to an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force memo, author and activist scott crow is "... considered armed and dangerous. He is proactive in civil disobedience skills and goes to events to instigate trouble." Having been involved in myriad organizations and direct actions ranging from anti-racist to environmental to disaster relief, crow was under surveillance and investigation by the FBI for at least three years for political activity relating to anarchism, animal rights and environmental activism.

I Won’t Lie to Anyone I Wouldn’t Punch

  • Posted on: 22 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Violence is, at its core, about controlling other people. It’s perhaps the rawest expression of control. Pacifists have done an enormous amount of work detailing all the ways that violence wrecks havoc upon our society, and they only thing they’re wrong about is claiming that violence is, therefore, never justified.

Only Some Power Comes from the Barrel of a Gun

  • Posted on: 26 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

The students who are organizing against gun violence? I am excited to see them learn the power they can wield — because not all power comes from the barrel of the gun and the best forms of power never do. I hope they realize that they can push for changes that don’t just address gun ownership but also the ways in which those laws might be enforced; I hope they push for changes that don’t empower the police, but instead look to disempower nationalists and misogynists. I hope they see the problem of violence in our society is more than a single issue and that the gun issue itself as more than just black and white.

Determining a Threat When You’re the Target: A Response to Several Authors

  • Posted on: 15 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

As antifascists, it should be clear that our brand is empathy and liberty. We stand not only on the side of love, but also on the side of joy. We fight nazis because we want a world where speech can be free. The contradiction of a shallow first glance fails to capture us. Sometimes the best way to maximize freedom and liberate love, is to resist that which would destroy or silo them into inbred cesspools of homogeneity. When we punch nazis, or spend years researching, infiltrating, and exposing them, we do it for love, not out of a vulgar brutalism. Don’t ever let someone steal that truth from us.

Working to death

  • Posted on: 15 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via Wandering Cannibals

I was reading on Contrainfo concerning an anarchist blood drive for a comrade injured in a foiled attempt to set a bus on fire. According to the communique:

During the night of October 26, 2017, at about 9:30 p.m. a group decides to go out into the street and face the imposed normality near the faculty Juan Gomez Milla of the University of Chile.

It is right in the street intersecting Captain Ignacio Carrera Pinto with Passage Challacollo where they decide to intercept a micro-bus of the route 325, managing to stop it and bring down the 12 passengers who were traveling. At the same time benzene is sprayed into the machinery and they struggle with the driver to make him descend.

“Why do they publish so many communiques if they don’t want to convince anyone?” and other dumb questions

  • Posted on: 31 July 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Atassa

There has been too much back and forth about eco-extremism in the last few weeks that it seems that the fatwas against ITS and others have only intensified and perhaps are coming from the “highest rungs” of insurrectionary anarchism (LOL yeah we think that’s funny too). Honestly, we don’t have to point out where you can find all of these polemics: the cyber-world that keeps up with this stuff is small and incestuous enough that to link to them would be pandering to the obvious. Here are some selected points that have been raised:

Rethinking Violence: Against Instrumentalism

  • Posted on: 30 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Miko-Ew by Sokaksin

I was having a conversation the other day and the topic of bombings came up, much to my excitement I will admit. The conversation eventually wound its way into a discussion on the motivations of bombings and beyond this into a discussion of extremist violence in general. As the conversation unfolded and afterward as the thoughts continued to ferment in my mind I started to see that there is a deeply rooted instrumentalism in our modern attitudes toward violence. How many times have we seen people crying “Why? What was the point of this?” after some shooting, some bombing, etc.? Lamenting the apparent mindlessness of the violence, for it served no conceivable ends. And it seemed to me as I continued to dwell on this point that our deeply rooted instrumentalist perspective is one of the causes of discomfort with regard to the manner in which much of the violence related to eco-extremist action unfolds.

The Four Tenets of Anarcho-Homicidalism

  • Posted on: 12 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From VJM Publishing

Anarcho-homicidalism is a radical new philosophy that is rapidly challenging people’s conceptions of what is possible within political space. Despite the tooth-and-claw simplicity of the doctrine, it is not always obvious how one transitions into it from a lifetime of statism. This essay examines four basic precepts.

The Anarchists Podcast #8: Fyre Fest, May Day, and Violence!

  • Posted on: 14 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

Watch here

The majority of this podcast is devoted to discussing violence in various forms, in particular the practicalities and morality behind it. We have a varied set of viewpoints here, but by no means do we encompass the entire spectrum of anarchist thought on violence within this podcast, rather we attempt to cover most of it.

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