Essays

Help Us Develop “Even Lower Rings Of Hell”

  • Posted on: 14 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by William Gillis

This week we celebrated the 12th anniversary since the founding of the Center for a Stateless Society. It’s been a wild ride, with many ups and downs. But somehow we’ve managed to build one of the most successful sites of anarchist discourse since the journal Liberty shuttered in 1908. We have become, as weird as it is, something of an institution.

Sorry to Bother You, Comrade: a primal anarchist at the theaters

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Agency by Kevin Tucker

Warning: this entire review is a spoiler. See the movie first. Please and thank you.

By this point, you’ve probably heard a lot about Boots Riley’s excellent film, Sorry to Bother You. Heed my spoiler warning, because we’re jumping right in.

Settler Anarchists Should Tread Lightly Around Indigenous Nationalism

  • Posted on: 2 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From C4SS by Emmi Bevensee

To be an anarchist is to be anti-nationalist. It is no coincidence that national-anarchists have so often turned out to be white supremacists — the movement itself is crypto-fascist. However, our critique of nationalism and related critiques of things like tribalism must deeply understand the different strategies behind different forms of nationalism if we are to not alienate our allies and relegate our dynamic movement to the ethical pit of genocide apologism.

Hambacher Forest – peaceful resistance?

  • Posted on: 1 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

The Hambacher Forest is in the focus of the media, since Thursday 13.09. is a major police operation inclusive SEK (Special Deployment Commando) evicting the tree houses. There are different ways of resistance, but especially the left press and NGO’s like to report about non violent protest, to claim it for themselves. In our report we want to focus on militance, but we don’t see it as the only important part of the protest. Here follows a chronic of militance, resistance and repression in Hambacher Forst. Of course this chronic is not complete, because many actions are done by small groups and we only know about the actions, that where told to us.

Anarchism and the need for a new art

  • Posted on: 30 September 2018
  • By: rocinante

A translation from Acracia [1] via stalking the earth (September 30th, 2018)

August 2018, by Quijano Araucano

This text is directed towards young anarchists (among them me) who are as lost as usual, more lazy than ever and each time (discovered with terror and fatigue) more scare. As Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) has mentioned, in numerous texts and interviews, literature, now more than any other historical moment, suffers a state of stagnation and decomposition never seen before, even more so in this strip of land in the south of the world, where thanks to 18 years of tyranny and barbarism the situation turned out to be (and still is) of an even greater severity.

To Our Compas in Buenos Aires

  • Posted on: 29 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.

A Full Retrospective on the 2017 G20 Protests in Hamburg

Comrades in Germany, France, and elsewhere have prepared the following overview of the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg and the resistance it provoked. As a gesture of solidarity with others who fought the G20 and with those who will face it in Buenos Aires this November, we present their text here. You can also download it as a bilingual PDF in German, French, English, and Spanish.

The call of anarchism: An identity made in practice

  • Posted on: 29 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Autonomies

Ruymán Rodríguez, anarchist associated with the Federación de anarquistas Gran Canaria (FAGC), has for over a number of years defended an anarchism in the streets, against mere ideological posturing and/or academic self-stimulation. From his rich experience with the FAGC, created in the wake of the 15th of May movement (15M) in spain, he has consistently sought to think through the theory and practice of anarchism.

Earthquakes and Revolution

  • Posted on: 25 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

Keita Watano, while taking up Yasushi Kurihara in his commentary on current events in “Avid Reader” asks, “is an earthquake a revolution?”. As someone who has assessed Kurihara on this blog, I’ll respond. For anarchy, revolution is the release of governance, a condition in which nature’s superiority over civilization is exposed, and within those terms we can say that the conditions brought about by disasters such as earthquakes are close to a revolution.

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