What Does the Ism in Anarchism Mean?

  • Posted on: 29 March 2016
  • By: lincolnfinch

I should say that my views have changed and that the prior posts of this blog are no longer accurate of how I feel now. I should say how that is, a little, apropos the ism in general, anarchism, primitivism, nihilism, and radical ecology.
Firstly I’ve changed my attitude toward the act of identifying with or believing in something. Beliefs change and restructure with each other all the time. The mind or soul is something of an open space for these, something I like to garden or tend to like a garden, but I am not trying to keep any of the crops in it eternally alive or perfectly protected, and this includes any principle which an attitude of an ism can seize and protect and attempt to keep alive. Maybe some are like trees that will outlast me so to speak, but everything dies if it’s a thing. Another metaphor is that beliefs are like a set of sandcastles, which disappear in the waves, and the mind is where they are spontaneously being built anew, despite their inevitable disappearance. The point is the gardening or the sandcastle making activities themselves, the background conditions that allow them and must be worked with, more so than the crops or sandcastles themselves. Now, I realize this point can itself be suffixed with an ism, and in that case, I am an ist of whatever it is. But still I distance myself from the ism’d phenomenon. So what is it to ism?

From Democracy to Freedom

  • Posted on: 29 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.

This is part of a series expressing an anarchist critique of democracy.

Democracy is the most universal political ideal of our day. George Bush invoked it to justify invading Iraq; Obama congratulated the rebels of Tahrir Square for bringing it to Egypt; Occupy Wall Street claimed to have distilled its pure form. From the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea to the autonomous region of Rojava, practically every government and popular movement calls itself democratic.

The revolution will not be sober

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The revolution will not be sober: the problem with notions of “radical sobriety” & “intoxication culture”

From HIV HEPC Anarchist - By Zoë Dodd & Alexander McClelland

As radicals and writers working on issues of criminalization and drug liberation, we believe that altering the relationships we have with our minds and bodies through substance use is a form of resistance and emancipation. For us, drug liberation is the emancipation of drugs deemed illegal and the people who use them from the control of the state and social structures. In our experience, drug use can facilitate authentic, compassionate, and emotionally bonded social relationships that are not possible otherwise. Drug use can be therapeutic and provide autonomy outside of the pathologizing system of western medicine for coping with trauma and difficult life experiences.

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.

Calais: new squat in town, evicted same afternoon by riot cops

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

UPDATE: The squat was evicted this afternoon by 12 vans of riot police, a few hours after being announced in the morning. See report on the eviction here. 8 people have been arrested. The Calais authorities clearly intend to enforce their “zero tolerance” clampdown on migrant and other autonomous spaces in the town centre, and with hundreds of CRS now stationed in Calais they have the force to do so.

Italy – Days of agitation against war logistics: again the war in Libya let’s jam the war machine

  • Posted on: 28 March 2016
  • By: thecollective


War is no longer declared: it is simply there. Since 1991 the Italian State has been at war with its troops deployed in over 20 countries and its participation in all the most prominent ‘international missions’.
Renzi’s government is now getting ready to attack Libya with the purpose of lining up the army in defence of ENI oilfields and gas pipes.

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.

Lecce, Italy – A new sentence Against Anarchists for ‘operation ‘Nottetempo’

  • Posted on: 26 March 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Act For Freedom Now! (translated from informa-azione)

In December 2010 the 11 anarchists investigated in operation Nottetempo were declared guilty of subversive association (art. 270) and other specific ‘offences’ by the Appeal Court of Assizes in Lecce.

“But those are literal skinheads, right there!"

  • Posted on: 25 March 2016
  • By: thecollective


from It's Going Down

The Arizona rally against Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona, on the 19th of March, 2016, was met with great resistance and critique from both the Left and the Right largely using arguments about “freedom” and “violence.” As these are important and seemingly misunderstood themes, I’ve chosen to weave analyses of them through this report-back.