Topic of the Week: International vs Domestic

  • Posted on: 2 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

This week in particular is a good example of people attempting to take lessons from around the world (especially Europe) about how anarchists should behave, and, by extension, what makes a good anarchist.
Does that work? How do you and your friends negotiate the differences of culture, police capacity, city structure, etc, that create different visions and expectations and abilities for anarchists in various places?
For the more philosophical among you, what do you think of the implicit (tacit) internationalism of blanket comparisons between scenes in different places?

Between the Tours: Reflections on ‘To Change Everything’ and ‘The Spaces Between’

  • Posted on: 6 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

In the past year, the CrimethInc. Collective launched the ‘To Change Everything’ tour following the release of a text by the same name which was translated into multiple languages and published and distributed from Brazil to Korea. Hitting the road with a group of international anarchists who discussed a variety of struggles happening in their home countries, the tour hit large cities and smaller regions. The tour was in many ways a testament to the staying power and popularity of CrimethInc., as events were organized in many smaller areas without established radical groups and spaces. The tour also showed that even in places where you might not expect it, there is a growing interest in revolutionary anarchist ideas. However, the tour also made clear that in many places, there is little for those that are interested in these ideas to plug into. In a report following the tour, CrimethInc. wrote:

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For May 2016 Is Now Available

  • Posted on: 5 May 2016
  • By: prisonbooks
Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For May 2016

May Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for May.(11"x17" PDF, 502KB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night.

New Fifth Estate is being printed!

  • Posted on: 4 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate

New Fifth Estate is being printed!

We just uploaded the new issue of the Fifth Estate to the printer. Its theme is No Borders! which extends beyond just those of the nation state. Our cover says, "No Walls Between People; No Walls in Our Heads."

Feature articles include Challenging the Nation State in Syria by Leila Al Shami, Linear Perspective, Fences & Nature’s Glory by Chellis Glendinning, A Transwoman at TSA Security by Jane Clark, Tearing Down the Prisons, Border Lines & Border Regions by Dennis Fox, Waiting for the Barbarians by Jesus Sepulveda, A Visit to Cuba by Peter Werbe, several others.

Stop The Circle Jerk Of The Anarchist Echo Chamber

  • Posted on: 4 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

From The Bloody Palimpsest

You can pretty well predict how most statists are going to debate and converse on the topic of abandoning the state. They’ll avoid, misinterpret, twist and outright attack you and your statements. You can throw an entire encyclopedia of facts and knowledge at them but their magical government and its magical laws seem to somehow make their minds and hearts impervious to reality.

Fuck Everything About May Day in Seattle

  • Posted on: 3 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

by Ansel Herz

Fuck El Comite.

Fuck another tame immigrants rights march parade, organized by local group El Comite and welcomed by police, while the federal government maintains a for-profit gulag holding immigrants just forty minutes away. Fuck doing the same thing over and over—protesting because you want to end deportations that rip apart families and send fathers, mothers, and children to impoverished, unsafe countries—instead of upping the pressure or focusing attention on the active monument to the injustice of the system in our neighboring city.

Is “Riot Privilege” ruining Seattle May Day marches?

  • Posted on: 3 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

ver since I moved to Seattle, I’ve avoided May Day affairs wholesale.

Why? Most news coverage of May Day focuses on wanton violence by anarchists who want smash stuff and fight the police. More thoughtful coverage critiques the black bloc for coopting May Day and overshadowing the efforts of peaceful, well-organized immigration and Black Lives Matter protestors.

So not wanting to tempt fate and potentially face agitated cops, I’ve stayed home, despite my own personal interest in the immigrant rights element.

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Anarchism's Mid-Century Turn

  • Posted on: 3 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

Review & Response: Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century, By Andrew Cornell, University of California Press, 2016, 300 pages.

Part One

Transitions

No matter how one feels about it, the current state of anarchism has represented something of a mystery: What was once a mass movement based mainly in working class immigrant communities is now an archipelago of subcultural scenes inhabited largely by disaffected young people from the white middle class.

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