Announcing the First Issue of The BASTARD Chronicles: Social War

From LBC Books

The BASTARD (Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development) conference first happened in 2000, and has happened every year since then. It was born from the Long Haul anarchist study group, which has been meeting for longer than that every week from 8-10pm on Tuesday evenings. The study group was born from a free school anarchist history course, (the teacher of the class was part of the group for more than a decade). BASTARD is the name of the conference, not the name of the study group.

The semi-joking hostility of the name does describe more-or-less accurately one of the main attitudes of the study group (which could also be described as an unwillingness to suffer fools), one that regular attendees either bring with them or learn to appreciate the group for. The study group has been a influence in Bay Area anarchist projects and continues to inform conversations like this years conference: Social War.

"It can be anything anarchists want it to be."

"Social war is a concept taken from Foucault that sounds cool and definitely lends itself to grandiose rhetoric, but has little to do with what we are actually trying to accomplish."

"Social war is this process of doing something. It is our concerted effort to rupture the ever-present deadliness of the social peace."

"Social War may be one of the few forms of refusal that all anarchists can agree upon and pursue. And that pursuit, of the concrete activities of the Social War, will ideally be done in an aggressive and principled manner."

These readings are mostly writings from the presenters, from Jason McQuinn to Tom Nomad, William Gillis to Aragorn! The significant exception is the piece on the presentation with CrimethInc and Institute for Experimental Freedom, for which there is a conversation based on the presentation.

Given the conflicting, at times mutually exclusive, ideas about what social war is, this conference allowed people to explore those contradictions and alliances.

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I LOVE SOCIAL WAR!

THE PICTURE FOR THIS IS FROM A FACEBOOK PAGE CALLED HE-MAN IS HATE, GO LIKE THAT SHIT

WITH "SOCIAL" WAR BECAME ACCEPTABLE; WAR ALONE WAS IMMORAL

DAMMIT THIS SOUNDS MISLEADING

WAR ALONE AS IN USING THE WORD "WAR" ALONE, WITHOUT "SOCIAL"

Does any of the aforementioned "social war" take place in the larger society around us? Or does it only exist inside the zippers of repeat attendees of the BASTARD conference?

Clear, specific examples will be greatly apprciated.

keating

It is funny when people can tell fairly quickly when Kevin Keating is trying to pull a "Keating" on everyone.

ah i fucking knew it! I knew these faggots hosted the conference because they actually just hated the concept of social war and wanted to expose it and rip it apart! fuuuuuuuuuuck!!! I was wondering why all the write up for the events sounded like they were written by thiry year olds outside the social war conceptual space whatever using dry ass terminology. gaaaaaah! how fucking tricky! dusty ass motherfuckers ahahahah.

and i got fucking tricked because i think aragorn is super gay so when i saw them promoting the conference i started shit talking social war as an idea and i ended up actually siding with them holy shit ahahaha

then even talked shit on my boy the the social war tumblr specifrically took time to shit talk it that's some dirty ass manipulative shit right there ahhhhhhhh

You should probably be told multiple times that you're so stupid it's almost enough to make me care/get angry.

Once again, you cooked your brains or maybe got dropped as a child?

Don't you think it's kind of, I don't know, ah what's that word you precocious little boys like, "unethical", to hold a conference concerning an idea with the sole intent of demolishing it, aligning people against it, causing a shift so it becomes unpopular, or altering it beyond recognition with out making this clear out front?

I mean Aragorn and wolfi's final piece was a total and complete critique of the idea and term, you wouldn't deny that would you?

"Why Social War is a Bad Way to Practice Anarchy"

Now tell me if I'm right: Aragorn and associates many years ago was enamored to a certain extent with the idea of social war. That is why they put out IFEF shit, tiqquin, and especially bash back stuff, which had a tour and everything. Now, in their growing age and wisdom they have become uncomfortable with the idea, but find parts of nihilism attractive, and thus the newer books, like attentat and baedlin (sic) represent an attempt to keep such things while shifting over to an orientation less focused on social war and the violence and the demeanor that it entails; in short, what we are seeing is the "monsiuer dupont" ification of nihilism. Trying to have their cake and eat it too; keep the nihilism but the lose some of the parts it used to have for them or could have had for them... So keep it's heaviness and grandeur but lose I don't know, perhaps the mania and hysteria that they risked experiencing or propagating in others, some sort of "oh what have i unleashed feeling??

What Dupont is essentially right about is when violence and negation are structured they always feed back into homogenous ordered algorythms. The obvious example is riots and their roots in homogenous crops. Violence and negation should only be intimate affairs.

My issue with him is he structurally loads things onto productive relations. His notion of impossible authentic human relations is also based on his inability to really get beyond messianic after effects.

He is right about not going to war however.

it's called growing and learning, kid.

I'm the poster you replied to and I don't know anything about this stupid conference or care.
I would make some sport of anyone dropping all that homophobic shit so casually.
Are you the same fucking idiot?

"then even talked shit on my boy the the social war tumblr specifrically took time to shit talk it that's some dirty ass manipulative shit right there ahhhhhhhh"

*then = they

Sorry bro, but that didn't make your rant any more coherent.

*specifrically

Whenever I hear the term social war, I laugh.

Whenever I hear the term laugh, I social war.

no you dont

Well, it'd be cooler if they did.

I suppose that the antithesis of "social war" is "inner peace"?

The antithesis could also be war that intimate, individuated and non structured.

English "inner" is used with "outer."

"Anti-social peace?" nah, there's no "antitheses" like that

Take that words! You dumb words get it wrong because you mean things that you don't actually mean. Abstraction, blah blah blah, stupid social war, neither social nor war. Dumby dumb dumb.

What does saying social war not do. It doesn't do social war. What does complaining about words do. Same fucking shit. Reification of my critical thinking. Blah blah blah. I didn't elect you to criticize dumb shit for me. Burn books, fuck school.

improperly! Complaining about wording is precisely what wording properly is. For wording keeps from social warring and makes good on identity politicking and self-victimizing.....damn signifiers meant to mean things but only through cultural assimilation.

AND WHAT DOES SAYING "SOCIAL WAR" DO IT MADE HEARING OF "WAR" PALATABLE TO SOME FUCKING LIBERALS

NOW THESE LIBERALS ARE ALL DESPERATE TO CRITICIZE IT BUT THEY ALREADY LOST MY CRITIQUE CRITICIZES THEM AND THEIR FUCKING CRITIQUES BEFORE THEY EVEN FORMULATE THEM THEY ARE POWERLESS BEFORE MY SUPERIOR CRITIQUE

We're friends now.

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