Clearly we are living in critical times. Even from abroad, it’s clear to see that the election of Trump, coming as it does in the epicenter of Imperial power, signifies that we are at a major historical turning point. One might even say that the post-modern era is ending. All the beliefs and practices that we once presumed normal are dissolving and giving way to a social outlook that may previously have been dismissed as irrelevant.
Time seems a self-evident measure of life, to the point of being assigned to the natural order of things. And with algorithms becoming more infused in daily life, its significance as a factor of being tends to increase. But time imposes itself on us as an uncompromising, external force, demonstrating an indifference to individual paths. The irrefutable fact of passing time belies hide outs or erratic behavior. Life measured by time needs to be productive, to show results.
Anarchists always appropriated means to spread anti-authoritarian ideas and struggles to feed the dialogue and subversive action. It is in this sense that this publication is also intended as a tool, more precisely that of providing a space to nourish the international debate between anarchists. That is why these particular pages create space for struggles that spring from anarchist activities; autonomous, direct and self-organized struggles; struggles that go towards the destruction of power in all its forms; struggles happening today, yesterday or that are announcing itself.
From Anarchy Mag AJODA #77 (followed by editorial)
An editorial, reviews, essays, a column, fiction, letters, and a survey
Editorial On Social Democracy and Elections follow along with listing of the issue's content.
From Avalanche: Anarchist Correspondence December 2015, issue #6, Editorial
Half the world at war, the other half awaits its turn to enter the cruel ball of massacres and bloodshed. While states trumpet the total mobilization, the Islamist gangrene devours uprisings, at the start galvanized by strong desires for freedom and rejection of the idea of conquest of power, like in Egypt or Syria. In the neighborhoods of excluded, increasingly abundant in the European cities, flourishes confusion, produced by decades of programs of stultification, of deprivation of analytical tools and of destruction of intellect and sensitivity by a world bloated with technology. A confusion that guarantees the continuity of capitalist and state domination, but at the same time favors the recruitment by a religion, an ideology, a nation. The massacre in the name of conquering power then lies just around the corner. And as for the few revolutionary tensions, they seem to have to expect an ulterior push towards the margins, close to oblivion and to disappearance from the stage of the social war.
From Anarchy Magazine Editorial, #76 (2015)
A police force, where there are no crimes to discover and delinquents to arrest, will provoke or invent crimes…
People involved in law enforcement are agents of the powerful against the weak, who readily mobilize and deploy arbitrary and unpredictable violence and destruction. The hateful and demented pro-police comments made in mass and social media in the wake of the cops’ fully exposed immunity from Ferguson to Staten Island (well, everywhere) show that better than any political treatise. The pro-police camp persists in perpetuating some of the most banal lies of authoritarian morality: The state exists to protect the weak from the whims of tyrants. The system of law and justice is impartial. Cops only arrest the guilty. The guilty deserve whatever the police do to them. Prisons are only for bad people…
Thanks for picking up the third volume of Mortar, Common Cause’s journal of revolutionary anarchist theory. In our two previous journals, the article topics that we chose to explore and expound upon were, more often than not, grounded in our own direct experiences, such as organizing in our neighbourhoods against gentrification, navigating the dynamics of Left/activist spaces, and confronting sexual violence.
In engagement with the black power movement and the current spotlight on race relations in America, we call on white radicals to take direct action in the fight against white supremacy and police violence. The actions that have taken place since the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson have shown a strong anti-authoritarian tendency nationwide, and reflect the larger sense of a rupture in the traditional acceptance of police and state power.
A note from person who posted this: I am not in the San Francisco Bay Area -- is this accurate? There is also a video link at the bottom of this statement that I was unable to cut and paste here...