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Immediatism: Against the Corpse Machine

Defining a Post-Leftist Anarchist Critique of Violence

This is an analysis of both the constant presence of violence and its inevitable presence in projected future anarchist communities. The essay starts by describing the problem of the construction of non-violence, then describes the violence in our anarchist history. It analyzes a number of myths and perceptions, such as that "the People" are alienated by violence. The author, who here goes by Ashen Ruins, takes the case of Mumia as an example of how anarchists commonly, at least conversationally, fetishize and misrepresent situations that should not be described in terms of innocence or justice as these ways of seeing such situations are not anarchistic. Pointing out white supremacy throughout the essay, the author challenges anarchists to recognize the anarchistic acts of violence happening all around us, perpetrated by non-anarchist actors, everyday, and to have an anarchist analysis of whatever we encounter.

The Dark Mountain Manifesto on Immediatism Podcast

"It is, it seems, our civilisation's turn to experience the inrush of the savage and the unseen; our turn to be brought up short by contact with untamed reality. There is a fall coming. We live in an age in which familiar restraints are being kicked away, and foundations snatched from under us. After a quarter century of complacency, in which we were invited to believe in bubbles that would never burst, prices that would never fall, the end of history, the crude repackaging of the triumphalism of Conrad's Victorian twilight -- Hubris has been introduced to Nemesis.

The Anarchist Tension by Bonanno, on Immediatism Podcast

"Anarchists keep asking themselves the same question: What is anarchism? What does it mean to be an anarchist? Why? Because it is not a definition that can be made once and for all, put in a safe and considered a patrimony to be tapped little by little. Being an anarchist does not mean one has reached a certainty or said once and for all, 'There, from now on I hold the truth and as such, at least from the point of view of the idea, I am a privileged person.' Anyone who thinks like this is an anarchist in word alone.

Cracks In a Grey Sky, on Immediatism Podcast

This is an anthology of Do or Die: Voices from the Ecological Resistance, which ran in UK. It includes nearly 3 dozen texts on direct action, biodiversity, tribalism, sabotage, and EF!, and runs to 400+ pages in length. Immediatism episodes recorded so far include the introductory essay, A Letter From Scotland, Biodiversity & the British Isles, The New Luddite War, and The Four Tasks, which is the longer and perhaps most relevant part these days of the iconic text Down With the Empire, Up With the Spring!

Abolish Work on Immediatism Podcast

"To be clear, the case against work is not one for a shorter workday, for better jobs, working conditions, or benefits, but rather for the enthusiastic retrieval of a kind of autonomy and energy that remains unthinkable as long as work endures. Violently and imperiously, work steals our opportunities for self-creation; it forecloses any possibility of Emile Armand's beautiful idea -- 'personal life as a work of art,' whereby life is lived in favor of oneself, not as an funereal exercise in abstention." ~from the Foreword

Stirner's Critics on Immediatism Podcast

In these four new episodes of Immediatism are contained the unabridged Stirner's Critics, in which Stirner responds to three prominent critics of his day. He clarifies a broad range of topics such as the nature of the unique and what egoism is, that what is interesting can only be interesting through your interest and that the rest is valueless, and then closes with a discussion of his concept of the association/union of egoists.

Attentat on Immediatism Podcast

Attentat is a journal of nihilist and anarchist ideas, including "Insurrectionary Anarchism as Activism" and "Nihilism as Strategy," two of its essays. "Art of Nothing" is a nihilist piece patterned after Tsunzi's the Art of War. "A Critique of Critique" is "the gap between what we need and what we can get" and "a lament about the role of recuperation and our role in perfecting it." "A Howl Against Marx" looks at Marx in each of his roles as sociologist, economist, and political philosopher, then concludes that "[o]ur hatred for the system does not accompany a capacity to do much about it. We would not even recommend building this capacity. This building of capacity is one of the surest ways to be noticed by the agents of authority.... Therefore we are left with little but our howl." Five additional essays have been left unrecorded for you to enjoy in print. Attentat is published by Pistols Drawn and is available from LittleBlackCart.com.

Corrosive Consciousness on Immediatism Podcast

Enjoy the full text of Bellamy Fitzpatrick's book, Corrosive Consciousness, from Enemy Combatant Publications, now in podcast format. Primarily a critique of the more prominent voices and ideas in anarcho-primitivism, Bellamy's book also provides a model by which we can examine our own ideas and those of others. Bellamy's unique take on egoism and invitation to be cynical in our anarchism are welcome additions to the genre. Each thirty minute episode begins with a five minute intro to support your listening experience. Corrosive Consciousness is available from LittleBlackCart.com.

Toward an Army of Ghosts on Immediatism Podcast

Tom Nomad would like to see anarchists operate in increasingly illegible ways, whilst conducting real-time analysis about police operations, as explained in this companion volume to The Master's Tools. To challenge the state, anarchists must operate within the gaps in police coverage, with the intention of disrupting policing itself, which is what enacts the state in material reality. Thinking theory itself is action, and has value to the extent that the theorizing we are doing interrupts policing and so disrupts the state.

Permanent Subsistence Zones on Immediatism Podcast

"I am not aiming for relationships that always exclude any degree of sedentariness any more than I am aiming for an obligatory sedentariness.... The village isn't a stage on a downhill momentum toward urban life. The net and song and mask aren't first steps on a path toward rank and privilege, environmental degradation or ever increasing degrees of mediated lives. They are merely the outcome of sensual wisdom, of embeddedness, of organic life ways. In this sense my destination is primarily toward small villages and seasonal camps." ~Seaweed in Permanent Subsistence Zones

Jason McQuinn's egoist essays on Immediatism Podcast

The outstanding essay, "Clarifying the Unique and Its Self-Creation: An Introduction to Stirner's Critics and The Philosophical Reactionaries," is now available in podcast form. Jason McQuinn is an egoist and post-left anarchist critical theorist, known for his writings on critical self-theory, which have been spotlighted previously in Immediatism episodes 17 and 95. For even more Jason McQuinn essays, see The Anarchist Library.

3 approaches to Kaczynski, on Immediatism podcast

These three essays offer three ways to approach the actions and writings of Ted Kaczynski. John Jacobi's "Ted Kaczynski and Why He Matters" offers a broad and intriguing overview, including the response to Kaczynski, an answer to the question Was he insane?, and a close look at his ideology and actions, including the deaths. Theresa Kintz's sympathetic "Interview with Ted Kaczynski" describes his life leading up to and during the Unabomber events, discussing his passion for wilderness living. Finally, John Moore's "Beyond the Fragments: A Response to Industrial Society and its Future" offers a critique of the manifesto, reacting directly to Kaczynski's EF persona during the Unabomber events. (The John Moore essay can be found in Anarchist Speculations, from LittleBlackCart.com, published by Ardent Press.). As a bonus, in the episode show notes at Immediatism.com, is a link to a(n unaffiliated) podcast which is readings of some of Kaczynski's lesser known writings.

Civil or Subversive, now on Immediatism Podcast

From Immediatism.com

To coincide with the London Anarchist Bookfair 2020, Immediatism podcast offers two selections from Civil or Subversive: a Dark Matter Collection, Individualist Writings from the UK. Originally published as Anarchism: Civil or Subversive, this book is available from Ardent Press and LittleBlackCart.com.

A Primer on Police Crowd-Control Tactics

These 8 episodes of Immediatism podcast cover an array of topics to help you see crowds and terrain through a policing lens, in order to predict what police behaviors will be. Includes policing analysis of crowds, tactics, formations, and communications, gleaned mainly from a military operations manual, along with other mainstream sources of policing methods. The conclusion includes anarchist applications of this knowledge. The text as a whole provides a line of argument for not operating as a crowd, although one might use a crowd as cover, diversion, etc. From the Tom Nomad book, The Master's Tools: Warfare & Insurgent Possibility, put out by Repartee and available from LittleBlackCart.com.

Novatore episodes on Immediatism

via Immediatism

Enjoy three new episodes of Immediatism podcast, featuring the writings of Renzo Novatore. These singularly beautiful insurrectionary writings, poetic prose exemplifying individualist thought, should occupy a place on the shelves of those who value insurrectionary and even egoist writing.Toward the Creative Nothing is about an hour long and the favorite piece of the three. I Am Also a Nihilist will give you a quick taste. My Iconoclastic Individualism claims that "All societies tremble when the scornful aristocracy of Vagabonds, Unique ones, Unapproachable ones, rulers over the ideal, and Conquerors of Nothing advance without inhibitions."

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