Anews Podcast 221 – 7.30.21

From: The Anews Podcast

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Sound editing by Greg.

What’s New written by chisel, read by chisel and a friend.

No “new in the library” reading this week. No one wanted to read Tolstoy, poor thing.

Thanks to Octox and Max Powers for TotW week conversation: Life after Death.

TOTW: Banning! Revisited

Long ago when Anews and related projects were in their infancy the topic of Banning was explored to discuss and develop ideas for physical spaces and to also consider how anarchists might employ these ideas to the online space as well. All these years later many anarchists are still grappling with the idea of banning so it seemed a good time to recompose and revisit the original topic...

Insurgent Strategy on Immediatism podcast

Insurgent Strategy on Immediatism podcast

These five episodes are readings of three essays on insurgent strategy, from Insurgencies: A Journal on Insurgent Strategy, by The Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare. The first, What is Insurgency (episode 584) sets up our understanding of insurgent situations and practices. The second, A Life of Lies (episodes 585 and 586) discusses the construction of the self out of phenomenological experience, that we can not access others and so we construct our knowledge of them, goes on to discuss how law and law enforcement pose constant threats to the individual, and then identifies and discusses five methods of threat management for the individual. In the final essay, Some Thoughts on the Limits of Surveillance (episodes 587 and 588) the popular mental construction of the panopticon is explained and lamented as deterring people from acting in ways that are possible; the collection, analysis, weaponization, and operationalization of data are explained as processes that should empower us to identify the constant gaps in surveillance and to act in insurgent ways in those gaps.

Notes for a Preface


from Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur

Constructing Anarchisms: Notes for a Preface

If asked, I generally say that I have been an anarchist for close to thirty years. And because of all the other things that I have been for much longer—a big nerd, basically—that has translated into nearly three decades of sometimes obsessive research into anarchist history and theory, art and literature, etc. At this point, it’s hard to imagine thinking of myself as anything other than an anarchist.

Deschooling: Unlearning to Learn

from CrimethInc.

From Education to Liberation

As students prepare to return to an increasingly dystopian learning environment, it’s a good time to revisit our assumptions about education itself. What is the purpose of our educational institutions? How deeply do the premises of those institutions shape the ways that we approach learning, even in our “free time”? How else might we go about developing and exploring our capacities?

Iran: The Uprising of the Thirsty

Iran: The Uprising of the Thirsty


On July 15th 2021, people took to the streets in the Iranian province of Khouzestan to protest against the lack of water due to government mismanagement. Since then, despite the Iranian state’s brutal repression, the uprising has spread all over the country.

This was a collaboration with The Federation of Anarchism Era & Antimidia.

For more information on struggles in Iran:

Susa Valley: Statement Against All Borders

No borders! Squat the planet!


Susa Valley: former customs squatted in Claviere, statement against all borders

Today 31 july 2021, we have occupied Claviere’s ex customs, the Dagona Occupata. The building place that represented both border’s control and repression, and free circulation of products and tourists, now becomes a self-organized refuge, a space for political organization and direct solidarity, free and open to everyone.

We are proud of those who fought back against the police

We are proud of those who fought back against the police!

from Bristol Anarchist Black Cross

A statement by Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and Bristol Defendant Solidarity

We are writing this statement to make clear that we support those who have been sentenced today, and that we are proud of them for fighting back. We need to be ready to defend ourselves against the police, and stand with those facing repression and criminalisation.

Solidarity Action with Irish Anarchist Prisoner John Paul Wootton

Solidarity Action with Irish Anarchist Prisoner John Paul Wootton

From Freedom News UK

Following recent protest action at Maghaberry Prison, the family of John Paul Wootton are now calling upon the current Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Ronnie Armour, to intervene to help end the ongoing acts of discrimination against their son, brother, uncle and miscarriage of justice victim, John Paul Wootton.

On behalf of John Paul, the family have launched a letter and email campaign which directly highlights the issues behind the ongoing acts of discrimination he faces on a daily basis, while being held within Maghaberry.

Announcing: Rulerless Issue 1

e-begging is cheugy

From Rulerless, Rulerless, Issue 1, Summer 2021

A Letter from the Editor

Considering I’m a writer, I always seem to have an astounding lack of ability to come up with what to say in response to amazing events happening to or around me. What I can say is that when I was given the idea for an anarchist poetry magazine in early 2021 (which of course soon expanded into the idea for an anarchist poetry, short fiction, and visual art magazine), I had no idea that just a few months later I would be putting together 25 incredible literary and artistic works into an issue to be released at the start of August that same year.

Fifth Estate by request on Immediatism podcast

Fifth Estate by request on Immediatism podcast

Here are five episodes of articles from Fifth Estate, by listener request. Immediatism intends to feature still-relevant articles from back-issues of both AJODA and Fifth Estate as regular programming from now on, right along with the books from Little Black Cart and other publishers/distros, and -- of course!-- listener requests.

Asheville’s Policing Crisis w/ Ursula Wren

A glass bottle with a sticker of a cop in riot gear holding a pack of leaking water bottles?

from The Final Straw Radio

This week, we spoke with local journalist, activist, abolitionist and anarchist, Ursula Wren of the AvlFree.Press about Asheville’s “crisis in policing”, a brief blooper roll of Asheville police foibles over the last decade, homeless camp evictions, prior and current efforts to restructure public safety, the reactionary business effort to bolster the police with blue ribbons of support, housing issues and other fare.


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