Submitted by Bursts on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 11:00
This week, The Final Straw didn't have space to include Sean's commentary. But, considering the timeliness of it as tomorrow is July 14th, we wanted to make the audio available. A little history, a little humor, a little instigation. Enjoy!
Submitted by Rocinante on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 08:25
From Wired by Andy Greenberg
Amir Taaki and Cody Wilson are cruising north through Texas on Interstate 35 in the 4:30 am predawn darkness. One of the headlights on the aging BMW Wilson’s driving is burned out, and he’s wearing sunglasses. “They’re prescription,” he says drily.
It’s May Day, every anarchist’s favorite holiday, and the two 26-year-olds have marked the occasion by releasing a piece of software that represents their best attempt so far to undermine every government in the world. A call from a lawyer friend has reminded them that creative US prosecutors might hit them with conspiracy or other charges. So they’ve decided to skip town.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 11:55
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Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:16
Toward an OCCUPY LAND movement
How does one describe the freedom that anarchists are yearning for? Is it freedom from-as in from oppression, exploitation, domination, mediation, domestication, colonization? Is it freedom to- as in to explore, imagine, experiment, dream? It is both and therefore I wonder how these two might intersect, and how our means to this intertwining might contain its ends.
Submitted by Rocinante on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:35
From An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to Marxism and Anarchism” by Alan Woods (2011) by Wayne Price
Review of “An Introduction to Marxism and Anarchism” by Alan Woods (2011)
The leader of the International Marxist Tendency has written an attack on anarchism from his Trotskyist perspective. He makes some correct criticisms of some versions of anarchism, in relation to those who reject revolution or political organization. But he attempts to defend the idea of a "workers' state" by limited quotes from Lenin and by mistating the history of the Russian Revolution.
Why should anarchists read about a Trotskyist attack on anarchism? For that matter, why should anyone learn about a point of view with which they know they disagree? There are at least two reasons. First, we anarchists will have to work with Trotskyists, discuss with them, debate with them. They are all over movements of opposition! We should know what they think. We may have to argue with them in front of other people who are deciding between Trotskyism and anarchism. We may discuss with Trotskyists who might be open to changing their minds...
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:34
Marsden discovered that the "guild doctrine" of ragamuffin ism a p pears in the struggle for women's equality. The early advocates for suffragism and feminism argue that "women should create a guild monopoly of their sex, and utilize it to force a partnership between themselves and men. Guilds for men. Marriage for women."
Submitted by worker on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 21:59
In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:32
In the month of July, Sean Swain (the alleged leader of the allegedly anarchist alleged prison gang the Army of the 12 Monkeys) goes up for a security level review. This gives him the opportunity to drop from level 4B to 4A and get out of solitary confinement. These are some guidelines for anyone who feels moved to call, write, or e-mail his Case Manager Scott Nowak to encourage his lowered status:
Case Manager, D-Block
Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitville-Hubbard Rd