Constructing an Anarchism: Tradition

from Libertarian Labyrinth

I’ve decided to skip “Notes” this week and devote the time to other projects. (So if, for example, you were interested in 175 installments of anarchist writing, fiction and memoir, on exile in New Caledonia, I’ve at least provided the bibliography.) The post on An-Anarchy has elicited some passionate responses, but they have mostly been of the “after the horse has bolted” gate-keeping variety. And while it is true that even those conflicts have their uses — C’est du choc des idées que jaillit la lumière and all that — some kinds of light are considerably less likely to provide much clarity for our particular purposes here.

Acts Against Goliaths

via Philly Anti-Capitalist

Carpet tacks spread in the police headquarters’ parking lot before a demonstration. More tacks dispersed at the local Amazon warehouse’s truck entrance. One valve stem cut on an Amazon truck’s tire. Two Amazon van tires slashed. Fiber optic cables cut where they hung low on three telephone poles in more affluent neighborhoods.

Statement from the Alfredo López Libertarian Workshop in Havana

from ABRA, English translation by Anarchist News

We do not accept masters over us or servants under us. We work for a society where all public affairs are resolved through the self-organization of those of us who live, work, create and love, in Cuba and on the planet. We give testimony, however, that the move to such a way of managing our lives in common can only be the product of the most profound social revolution. But being radical in our conception of socialism and human liberation does not make us strict or extremist people, nor does it oppose us to those who sincerely seek ways of dignity.

Homes of McConnell and Pelosi Vandalized With Messages on Stimulus Checks

Vandals struck the homes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the first days of the year. In both cases, the apparent vandals spray-painted messages related to stimulus checks.

We Embrace Again

via AMW

We Embrace Again: Communique from Family Members and Friends of Subversive and Anarchist Prisoners

During these last two weeks, all of our imprisoned subversive compañerxs in their different units (high-security prison, maximum security section and the “connotación publica” module in the San Miguel Prison) received a visit from one of their loved ones. We ruptured the protocols and we embraced each other with an intensity that only genuine affection and the anarchist spirit allows. In spite of this long period without seeing each other, the certainties of combat remain unshakable inside and outside of prison.

Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Beppe on Strike

from Malaconda via AMW

Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Beppe on Strike in Pavia, Italy

Prison of Pavia, December 3rd, 2020

Dear comrades,

I am writing to inform you that as of December 2nd, 2020, I have started a strike (the umpteenth after several hunger strikes during this year in this prison!) of the air and the common rooms (the only four hours available to get out of the cells in 20 hours). With this strike I ask for treatment for my illnesses which have been amply documented for about a year by my lawyer Fabio Sommovigo! The reports and complaints submitted by my lawyer have not been enough!

Explosive Attack Against Police Claimed

from Contra Info via AMW

Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Explosive Attack Against Police Station in Santiago, Chile

We claim the explosive attack carried out on December 24, 2020 at the facilities of the 21st Commissariat of Central Station with a load composed of more than ½ kilo of dynamite and ANFO, arranged inside a reinforced tube and a mechanical activation system.

Board Game Review: Bloc by Bloc

but can you 360 no scope get wrecked gg ez pz?

From C4SS by Evan Pierce

For better or worse, board games tend to be a popular form of entertainment in radical spaces, and yet there are precious few games that explicitly deal with anarchist ideas. For those exhausted by games glorifying nationalistic conquest, monopoly capitalism, and settler colonialism, Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game may offer a breath of refreshing (if tear-gas-scented) air. According to the introduction in the manual, Bloc by Bloc is “a semi-cooperative game simulating protest movements, riots and popular uprisings in urban areas of the world during the first decades of the 21st century.” The name refers to the black bloc, a tactic used to anonymize and thereby protect participants in these uprisings, and in the game refers to the literal wooden blocks that represent such participants.

The Final Solecast w/ The Final Straw

The Final Solecast w/ The Final Straw

From Solecast

Closing out a hellish year with the final episode of the “ solecast” before I change the name (and focus) to The Institute For Post-American Studies in 2021.  Couldn’t think of a better way to end it, then with two of my favorite co-travellers and co-conspirators in the world of anarchist podcasting: Final Straw Radio.   In this episode we reflect on 2020, our hopes and fears for the future and how this year surprised us in many ways.  We also talk about our projects and things we've learned along the way, going in depth on on issues of race and anarchy, internationalism, abolition, ecology and much more.  Bursts also shares his Kim chi recipe at the end.

New year statement from anarchist collective Pramen from Belarus

solidarity

From Pramen

Dear comrades,

behind us 2020 – one of the most intense years in the history of Belarussian society and the anarchist movement. Solidarity became the main weapon in the struggle not only against the dictatorship, but also against the coronavirus. It was by collective efforts that we were able to overcome the first wave of the epidemic.

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