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Climate, Capitalism & Class War with Noam Chomsky

The Commoner

In December, Søren Hough from Science for the People sat down with the famous linguist and activist Noam Chomsky. Chomsky has written a plethora of books on political subjects, with his collection of interviews, named On Anarchism, reaching stores worldwide. His most recent book, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, co-authored with economist Dr. Robert Pollins, lays out an international plan for addressing climate change.

Moscow court sentences grad student Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison

Moscow court sentences grad student Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison

From meduza.io

Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court sentenced graduate student and anarchist activist Azat Miftakhov to six years in prison on Monday, January 18, after finding him guilty of attacking a United Russia office in 2018.

Miftakhov, who studied in the mathematics faculty at Moscow State University, pleaded not guilty to the hooliganism charges.

Two other suspects who earlier pleaded guilty in the case were given suspended sentences: Elana Gorban was sentenced to four years probation and Andrey Eykin to two years.

These were the exact sentences that state prosecutors requested for the three defendants in the case.

Miftakhov’s lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina said that they plan to challenge the verdict.

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.

David Graeber: The Anarchist Anthropologist-Provocateur 1961-2020

occupy everything!

From Politico By TIMOTHY NOAH 12/26/2020

The economics profession can tell you everything there is to know about money except what money is. If you want to stump an economist, or a Wall Street banker, or a Washington economic policymaker, just ask, “What is money?” You might as well ask a fish to define water.

David Graeber, who died in September at age 59, from necrotic pancreatitis, was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. It’s the job of an anthropologist to explain to a fish what water is, and in that spirit Graeber defined money as an overly precise tool to measure the debt around which all societies are organized.

The 'Scots Scarlet Pimpernel' Ethel MacDonald was one of the Glasgow anarchists

The 'Scots Scarlet Pimpernel' Ethel MacDonald was one of the Glasgow anarchists

From Glasgow Evening Times by By Ann Fotheringham

1 OUTSPOKEN, brave and revolutionary, Ethel MacDonald caused a bit of a stir when she arrived at Glasgow Queen Street in November 1937. Three hundred people had turned up to welcome her home. This was the woman, after all, whose radio broadcasts from Spain at the height of the civil war had reached audiences all over Europe. Born in Bellshill, she lived most of her life in Glasgow.

Dorothy Day, Cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Was a Radical Activist

Dorothy Day, Cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Was a Radical Activist

From Teen Vogue, By Lexi McMenamin, November 27, 2020

OG History is a Teen Vogue series where we unearth history not told through a white cisheteropatriarchal lens.

Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, lifelong radical and anarchist, and prolific journalist, died on November 29, 1980, at age 83 — 40 years ago this week. Until her final days, Day was a committed advocate for social justice and pacifism.

TOTW: Anarchy & Morality

In the upswing of revolt we've seen this year, we're seeing everyday people set cop cars and precincts ablaze with great approval from onlookers. Meanwhile anarchists make the best of the spotlight to explain to the public the truth about today's anarchists. Responding to people's perception of anarchism as dangerous, distancing themselves from anarchists of the deed in an effort to make people stop blaming everything bad on anarchists. To the degree that anarchy is rehabilitated for the general public, more people will ask themselves: "What's so bad about anarchy, anyway?"

Governor Kidnapping Plot Suspect Allegedly Anarchist

from The Federalist

‘White Supremacist’ Suspect In Michigan Kidnapping Plot Is Actually A Trump-Hating Anarchist

“You know Trump is not your friend, dude,” said Brandon Caserta, with a large anarchist flag hanging on his wall behind him. “And it amazes me that people actually, like, believe that. When he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant. Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude.”

The Truth About Today’s Anarchists

Jeremy Lee Quinn has spent the past four months marching and documenting “black bloc” anarchists in half a dozen cities across the country.

via The New York Times

That’s the thing about “insurrectionary anarchists.” They make fickle allies. If they help you get into power, they will try to oust you the following day, since power is what they are against. Many of them don’t even vote. They are experts at unraveling an old order but considerably less skilled at building a new one. That’s why, even after more than 100 days of protest in Portland, activists do not agree on a set of common policy goals.

What’s So Bad About Anarchy, Anyway?

A march through the Capitol Hill Organized Protest in Seattle on June 24.

via Slate

With Trump attacking “anarchist jurisdictions,” a scholar of anarchism discusses the use and misuse of the A-word.

By Joshua Keating

Anarchism is having a moment—or at least the word is. President Donald Trump spent much of the summer blaming violence at protests around the country on “radical-left anarchists.” His election rival, Joe Biden, has made clear that while he supports peaceful protests, he strongly opposes “anarchists” as well. Some of Trump’s critics have suggested that with his disregard for the norms and institutions of American politics, he’s the real anarchist.

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