(Belated) May Day Feature: A Memo from the Office

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Running Wild

A MEMO FROM THE OFFICE (Contributed by another comrade in So-Called Australia)

Jobs Destroy Our Dreams

When I’m not at work I study the world. I read news articles and books, I listen to podcasts and I write my own articles and reflections. I practice music and I share music. I exercise and I go outside. I volunteer and try to help build a different world with other people. I dream of new possibilities for everybody and for myself.

Building new solidarities between movements: insurrectionary politics of food autonomy in the city of Athens

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

The question of rebellion/revolution is often posed in terms of the question, “what is to be done?” However, by so articulating any reflection-practice on radical political change, we are lead to consider revolution in terms of struggles between and for power. For what the question forces us to consider is what is to be done against those who hold power unjustly and what is to be done after power is conquered by the revolution. To so frame the matter though is to condemn all anti-capitalist politics to the logic of the very power that it seeks to destroy (with everything that this brings: presuppositions and demands of ideological consistency and purity, the need or desire for institutional, normative and legal compromise, the organisation of social life on the basis of law and obligation, and so on). This is the reef upon which all revolutions have been broken, trapped by the siren calls of sovereignty and the conviction that freedom depends upon sovereign control.

The Spiders of Mutual Aid, Solidarity, and Direct Action

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
A Report and How-To Guide from May Day in Portland, Oregon

On May Day 2017, anarchists participated in lively demonstrations all around the United States, from the heartland to the coasts. In the Northwest, Seattle witnessed a successful block party at the site of a juvenile corrections center, while in Olympia anarchists barricaded train tracks to oppose fracking and clashed with police. Support arrestees here. Yet Portland, Oregon may take the cake for the most creative and combative May Day. Demonstrators not only defended themselves from unprovoked attacks from police who declared the march a riot—they also introduced exciting new innovations into the aesthetic of the black bloc street presence. Here, comrades from Portland explain their goals with the giant spiders they created for May Day, and offer a helpful guide for those who wish to make spiders of their own.

When the Riot Cops Attack: Repression and Solidarity in Portland’s May Day

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Events like May Day are a temperature check for the collective hive mind of the left reflecting on the year behind them. Because it is a tradition that skates back more than a hundred years, it rarely stands out as the most pressing of days, mainly because it is part of a regular organizing cycle. Good years or bad losses, May Day comes on the same day.

The Religion of Green Anarchy

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

This was originally sent to Green and Black Review. They never responded.

Disclaimer—in North America, which is my context, land defense struggles are often from indigenous perspectives, and they are struggles based on reclaiming or defending land from the state. I can only speak from a settler perspective, and my critique is specifically of land defense through a futurist lens and the deification of nature as it is practiced by settlers in North America.

On the French Election: No bosses, no nations! No Le Pen, no Macron!

  • Posted on: 3 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Two texts from issue 9 of the anarchist broadsheet Paris Sous Tension, published this week, responding to the ongoing French electoral circus.

Everyone knows the results of the first round of the presidential elections. For us, this isn't what matters. That millions of people still bother to go vote shows that we are still living in a society largely made up of obedient citizens and not, alas, of free individuals. But how could this surprise us when we know of the whole range of institutions – starting with school – that continue, year after year, to reproduce such creatures. That a majority of them gave their support to an ex-banker (a veritable messiah of the coming capitalism) and to a disgrace (a populist demagogue who plays on the hatred and resentment that drives so many of our contemporaries) reminds us that we truly have no hope of sharing anything with such people. And sadly, it shows where resignation, everyone-for-themselves, identification with the national community, the abandonment of all hope of revolution, and the erasure of historical memory can lead. Nothing surprising. But let's leave the pessimism for later.

Anarchy Radio 05-02-2017

  • Posted on: 2 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

LISTEN HERE: http://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio05022017

May Day action! ITS #28 and Wandering Cannibals proclaim hate and death for all humans - except themselves. Humans in So. Cal. 130,000 years ago. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Online)," "Pope Tells Tech Leaders to Nurture Ties With Others." More extinctions, power outages, shootings, anxiety "disorders." Head of AMA: tech HARMS patients. Resistance news, three calls.

Anarchism Against Time

  • Posted on: 2 May 2017
  • By: rocinante

From stalking the earth via Reflexiones desde Anarres, a translation, May 2nd, 2k17

Anarchism Against Time[Anarquismos a contratiempo][1] is the new book by Tomás Ibáñez, recently edited by Virus in their Essay Collection, a work that invites us, from a libertarian and emancipatory spirit, radical and innovative, to reflect on the present, that is not to be confused with the march to despair.

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