Lines in Sand is a collection by Peter Gelderloos that looks critically at identity politics and anti-oppression politics. All of them are very thought provoking and well worth reading. These aren’t knee-jerk criticisms, but rather are thoughtful explorations of the problematic aspects of identity and anti-oppression politics and practice.
I once got into an argument at the anarchist study group in Berkeley, CA about where our anarchy came from. As I usually do, I loudly proclaimed that all anarchy means to me is “No!” and nothing else. To some at the group, this seemed an immature and childish sentiment, reminiscent of Crimethinc. and reeking of anti-intellectualism. Some shared their displeasure at this claim of mine, while some sat silently, as they usually do at the study group, being voyeurs, being takers, giving none of their energy or effort and absorbing(or not) the work others do in attempting to explain their thoughts and feelings.
This is the first episode of FRR's new books podcast. Our goal is to discuss books(mostly fiction), especially where they intersect with our lives, nihilism, and anarchism. I(rydra) will be the most consistent host with a rotation of friends and others I find interesting broadcasting when we desire to. In this episode we discuss Milan Kundera's final novel, "The Festival of Insignificance." I began reading Kundera as a teenager and my fondness for him has only grown as I have slowly felt the effects of his writing, ideas, and brilliance sink into me over the years.
Free Radical Radio is on a fucking roll and we won't stop until our rock hits the bottom, at which point we will push it back up this mountain, or maybe another one!
“It is happening again…”
We are happy to announce the return of the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair. This year the book fair will be on Saturday, August 26th, and this year we will be returning to our longtime home, the Vera Project at Seattle Center.
After a year of hiatus, Free Radical Radio is returning in a new iteration. We are a group of anarchists, nihilists, label-haters, readers, but above all we find joy and passion in the sharing and discussion of ideas. We intend to use this project as an outlet to share audio recordings we have created that challenged us, interested us, or made us laugh so hard that we cried. There is possibility that podcasts will happen again, but only if we are inspired and driven by our own desires to make them happen.
“The question is not: who has the guns? but rather: what do the people with the guns do? 10,000 or 100,000 proletarians armed to the teeth are nothing if they place their trust in anything beside their own power to change the world. Otherwise, the next day, the next month or the next year, the power whose authority they recognize will take away the guns which they failed to use against it.”
In this year, we have seen some of the strongest anarchist resistance to the current american government since the early 20th century. Wether we discuss the riots in DC, or the pothole fixers in Portland Oregon, anarchist have been gaining national traction as the force that will resist the new president at every step he makes, as well as his supporting base.
As anarchist, we have momentum, and why shouldn’t we go full steam ahead?!
This is a call to all anarchist in Portland and beyond, to converge at Shemanski Park (1010 SW Park Ave, PDX OR, 97205) at 1pm.
Zoe And Bios
Zoe and Bios are two terms that indicate Nature and Culture, respectfully; and these two terms animate the analytic of Agamben's Homo Sacer. (Henceforth, HS)