Connecticut bill would let minors 12 and up get vaccines without parental consent | 18 Jan 2023 | A new bill introduced to the Connecticut state legislature (Connecticut General Assembly) would allow children ages 12 and up to receive vaccines without parental consent. Democratic state Rep. Kevin Ryan introduced the measure, which would amend Connecticut's general statutes to give children 12 and older the right to access "vaccinations without the consent of a parent or guardian." Currently, children under the age of 18 in Connecticut need a parent or guardian to give written or verbal consent to receive medical care, including vaccination. State Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R) expressed concerns to WTNH about what could happen if a child had an adverse side effect [not to mention, suddenly dropping dead] to a vaccine and the guardian was not aware they had received the shot. The proposed bill was referred Tuesday to the state legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health, which will decide whether to move the legislation forward.
From Abolition media
Thessaloniki – Claim of Responsibility
Because we’re the ones who hang out at night, conspire in our meetings and constantly think of ways to act. When we are hit, we have an obligation to make our presence felt, to show a signal of resistance, to give a breath of life to what we call solidarity.
We are hit in many ways, at work where the need to survive is exploited, on the street where a person may think a person is vulnerable and become abusive or an immigrant is dangerous and let out their racist rant, at the demonstrations with the riot police attacking, but we have shown that we have aggressive characteristics too and we will be confronted, in our social and political spaces where the power behind the bullshitocracy thinks it will suppress us. But we will not let that happen.
We experience violence in various forms every day, we have learned to resist through our relationships, collectively and individually we are determined and we will win.
The road to anarchy is rough, if it is not done today, it will be done tomorrow, if you and I don’t see it, the next ones will see it, but we will not give up, that is the only certainty.
And when one is imprisoned, that is when one is confronted with power in all its glory, that is when the system thinks it has a victory to show its masters. But no. Because inside and outside the walls that separate us we continue to act. For each other, we are side by side, fighting to change what oppresses us, what we will no longer tolerate.
With all our strength, with thought and patience, we never lose the appetite to come back, to challenge what you have turned into a giant prison of fear and repression.
We have sharpened our blades to cut the chains you are wrapping around our bodies.
As a minimal sign of solidarity with imprisoned comrades on Thursday 29/12 at dawn, we placed an incendiary device in a bank on Martiou Street in Thessaloniki.
STRENGTH AND SWIFT RECOVERY TO THE ANARCHIST MILITANT THANOS HATZIANGELOS
SOLIDARITY TO THE ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKER ALFREDO COSPITO. VICTORY FOR HIS STRUGGLE
AnarchistsTags: attack!anarchist solidarityAlfredo CospitoThanos Hatziangelou
From Unoffensive Animal
ANARCHISTS ATTACK HERTZ FLEET WITH FIRE IN SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS AND FOLKS FIGHTING IN LÜTZERATH
12th January, Leipzig Germany.
Via: Abolition Media.
“With this earworm in mind and inspired by the prisoners in Hamburg, in Rome and in Athens, we attacked Hertz with fire on the night of January 12. Hertz cooperates with the enemies of our freedom and must pay for it.
In solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike, Alfredo, Ivan, Thanos, and with the 11 prisoners from Turkey. For all the anarchist prisoners imprisoned by the state and for all the others who continue to fight outside.
Greetings go to the people who militantly defend Lützerath
For an international solidarity full of hate and passion!
Until the next parking lot.
Come on, come on, put the mask on
It’s wednesday night and I won’t be long
Gotta do my hair, put my gloves on
It’s wednesday night and I won’t be long
‘Til I hit the target, hit the targetI got all I need
No, I ain’t got cash, I ain’t got cash
But I got you, baby
Baby, I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills)
Baby, I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills)
But I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the heat
I don’t need no money
As long as it keeps burning
(Cheap Thrills, Sia & Sean Paul)”
New Zealand Totalitarian Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces She Will Resign and Step Down on Sunday
New Zealand Totalitarian Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces She Will Resign and Step Down on Sunday | 18 Jan 2023 | After destroying all individual freedoms in her idyllic island country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday that she will resign and step down on Sunday... Ardern had proudly declared free speech a "weapon of war" at the United Nations. She told Kiwis not to talk to their neighbors... Ardern insisted her party trailing in the polls the the rival National Party ahead of the upcoming election had nothing to do with her decision to step down.
Supreme Court rejects New York gun retailers' bid to block new concealed carry laws | 18 Jan 2023 | The Supreme Court rejected a bid by New York gun retailers on Wednesday to block a slew of new gun control laws in the state, which they argued violate their Second Amendment rights and hurt their businesses. There were no noted dissents in the order or explanations from the justices for their decision. "We are disappointed that not one of the nine justices saw fit to grant the plaintiffs some stay of enforcement of the new laws against them," Paloma Capanna, the lead attorney for the New York gun retailers, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday... Wednesday's order comes one week after the high court rejected a separate bid by gun rights activists to block the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which was implemented last year by New York's Democrat-controlled legislature.
From The Elephant in the Room by narcissus
What “Anarqxista Goldman” can Teach Us About the Anarchist Movement, Sexual Freedom, and Sexual Violence
Table of Contents:
- The Bright Flame and the Ghost of Emma Goldman
- “Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (By Me)”
- Andrew Lloyd: Serial Sexual Predator
- Anarchy, Feminism, and Reaction
- Why Did Lloyd Kill Off the Anarqxista Persona?
- How did multiple reputable anarchist organizations fail to notice they were publishing a pedophilia manifesto?
- How was Andrew Lloyd able to pass himself off as an “anarcha-feminist” among anarchists, who ought to know what anarchist thought does and does not accord with?
- The Elephant in the Room, or: We Have a Fucking Problem
Part 1: The Bright Flame and the Ghost of Emma Goldman
Anarqxista Goldman — self-named after Emma Goldman — was (allegedly) an anarcha-feminist sex worker, writer, and activist who used the handle @Anarqxista on twitter.
On January 9, 2023, Anarqxista Goldman’s private twitter account posted the tragic news of her heroic and dramatic death, having intervened to defend a woman from her abusive boyfriend and been stabbed repeatedly.
“Words cannot express how distraught and heartbroken we are to have lost this bright flame who came to us at the Nude House just less than one year ago,” read the notice.
Individual users and anarchist organizations online immediately began posting heartfelt goodbyes eulogizing “Anarqxista” as well as circulating her obituary, published shortly after the death notice alongside her last writings, written by her ostensible comrades at The Nude House, a “free love commune” where she (allegedly) lived. Curiously, the obituary and final works became fixated on defending the right of adults to have sex with children partway through. (This is not typical of most obituaries I have read, although I suppose perhaps there is a grand tradition of praising the radical liberation of fucking teenagers in obituaries that I am unaware of.) The full document and “last writings” closed by quoting Hakim Bey at length.
And then, on January 11, 2023, anarchist Håkan Geijer, acting on behalf of a group of anarchist researchers, posted a thread on mastodon documenting the evidence that, in fact, Anarqxista Goldman had never existed, and had actually been a catfish persona adopted by a 54-year-old white cis heterosexual British pedophile and Bible Studies major.
The original thread can be read on Mastodon but it has been reproduced (with minor edits for formatting) below. All emphasis is mine.
Part 2: “Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (By Me)”
This is a thread about the persona Anarqxista Goldman, AKA Dionysia Exarchopoulos and other variations on those names.
She was not killed two days ago in a knife fight as claimed by her twitter account because she never existed in the first place. She is a fabrication by Andrew Lloyd, AKA Dr. eXistenZ.
In 2020, a supposed 25-year old sex worker living in a so-called “Nude House” commune of free love in Southern Europe appeared online and began writing books. Her career came to an end when she supposedly died defending a woman from a domestic violence attack on 10 January 2023.
The only problem is that Anarqxista Goldman never existed. Instead Andrew Lloyd or Dr. eXistenZ created her as a fantasy of his mind in 2020 after bemoaning how middle-aged cis white men are never respected or listened to. To decrease confusion, we’ll be sticking predominantly with the pronoun “they.”
This is the post that announced their “death.”: https://raddle.me/f/Anarchism/150617/anarqxista-has-died-a-great-soul-has-left-earth
On The Anarchist Library, you find the entry for The Nietzschean Anarchist, https://archive.is/Vfiej, which links to the Dionysia Exarchopouos archive[.]org page (https://archive.org/details/anarchy-and-anarchisms) and the full piece “Anarchy and Anarchisms” by Dionysia Exarchopoulos.note that many links from the original thread now re-direct to different content, or have become dead links, since a lot of content originally cited has been deleted or replaced since the revelations … Continue reading
Before 2020, Goldman predominately wrote under then name Dionysia Exarchopoulos, having returned from Germany to the UK and leaving the moniker Dr. Existenz behind. You can find their self uploaded work here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Dionysia+Exarchopoulosat time of writing, the link now leads to a scrubbed page. The documents have been backed up at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qI22gFH4yC2g-0Y4gWxrdSXeOWUmyMDZ
However, Dr. Existenz sadly forgot to scrub the reality of who they were as they fell further into the fantasy of concocting an attractive 25-year old sex worker with photos stolen from some actual worker.
In “Manifesto: Discussions About Human Beings” Dr. Existenz writes:
“Although I wish I didn’t have to address this before we begin, in a collection of articles that used to be about sex and gender (and in some places still is) it is probably incumbent upon me to say who the author here is. I am a white, middle-aged male from the UK who has lived both in the UK and Europe (specifically, Germany) in my lifetime.”: https://archive.is/p2KiN
They start to use the name Dionysia Anaroqxista in a “Change of Consciousness” and with their piece about Emma Goldman: https://archive.is/5P9BY
On The Anarchist Library, you find the entry for The Nietzschean Anarchist, https://archive.is/Vfiej, which links to the Dionysia Exarchopouos archive[.]org page (https://archive.org/details/anarchy-and-anarchismsat time of writing, the link now leads to a scrubbed page. The documents have been backed up in this Google Drive collection: Andrew Lloyd (anarqxista goldman etc) back up
by Dionysia Exarchopoulos.
For ideas on their actual age, which is again NOT 27, they leave clues throughout:
they mention beginning in biblical studies and having spent over 20 years engaged in research. They also mention in ‘Nothing to Stick To’ that they wrote the “Wisdom of Tao” which is authored by Dr. Existenz and was uploaded by Andrew Lloyd.“Wisdom of “Tao” by Dr. Existenz on archive today
In it they talk about a sexual encounter after meeting someone online in the “late 90s,” sometime after an earlier sexual experience in their “early twenties.”
In this book they list their birthday as in January 1969. If they share the same birthday as their creation, Goldman, January 13th. They will be turning 54 in two days.This essay is being drafted on January 13th, 2023. Happy birthday, Andrew. You’re fucked.
Anyway. Andrew Lloyd, I know you’re going to see this because I know you watch my profiles because I habitually shit talk on Anarqxista, so for your birthday on the ominous day of Friday the 13th, I hope you have a shit day and break your ankle stepping off a curb. Fuck you.
“Rest in Power” indeed.
So, in short: “anarcha-feminist” Anarqxista Goldman not only had not dramatically died defending a woman from her abuser, but had in fact never existed in the first place. The “obituary” was a 74-page manifesto using the language of anarchism in “an ethically warped, opportunistic way by pretending that adult-child sex is a natural freedom.”“Leaving Out the Ugly Part: Hakim Bey/Peter Lambourn Wilson,” by Anonymous.
At this point, we as an anarcha-feminist collective are compelled to ask a number of pressing questions:
1. what motivated Lloyd to “kill off” his character, which had over 4,500 followers on twitter, published multiple (extremely derivative, boring, pretentious) works of “anarchist theory,” and had many devoted fans?
2. How did multiple reputable anarchist organizations, publications, and archives fail to notice that the “obituary” they had published was actually a screed in defense of sex with children?
3. How the fuck did so many anarchists ever buy that this person — whose persona and body of work was overtly devoted to “anarcha-feminist” analysis of sexuality and consent yet was largely devoid of either anarchist or feminist ethics of consent, lacked meaningful or original engagement with questions of power, abuse, or coercion, (and sometimes actively avoided or grossly warped those questions, as with the question of fucking adolescents and children), frequently embraced the sexual politics of anti-feminist backlash, and made bizarrely misogynistic comments about their own namesake Emma Goldman — was an anarcha-feminist in the first place?
I will come back to these questions in time, and propose some answers. But first, it is necessary to document the continuing developments following the exposure of the “Anarqxista” account.
Part 3: Andrew Lloyd: Serial Sexual Predator
Within an hour of the publication of the thread, Andrew Lloyd’s self-uploaded works began being rapidly removed and archives of their existence were even removed from the Internet Archive, resulting in many of the links in the original thread breaking. (Luckily, the researchers who documented the evidence backed all of Lloyd’s writings up as PDFs in a Google Drive.)
But additional revelations continued to unfold.
On twitter, user @EmmaAintDead wrote:
“Given that the majority of Anarqxista’s presence was overtly sexual, and how many people had said previously they had shared sexually intimate details and photos with that account after building online friendships, I don’t think “we were fooled” is enough. That’s sexual violence.
If what the people who claimed to have been long distance partners of or in sexually open friendships with is to be believed, the man behind the account of Anarqxista Goldman knowingly deceived them into consenting to sexual acts with him.
I think the deletion of accounts was not out of embarrassment, but out of legitimate fear of this dynamic being discussed. We should absolutely discuss it.
My condolences and sympathy to those who, if this was your relationship with “her”, likely feel incredibly violated.”
He had done this before.
The previous investigation was launched because of rumors of a twitter user, @Anarchagrrl, soliciting women for sex via DMs. The account “asked for a finders fee to be introduced to sexual partners of which the woman could then charge whatever she liked to the client, We believe after heavy research that this was an attempt to use the false identity of the woman on the account @anarchagrrl for the below owner of the account to meet women on the premise of being a mutual client.““Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive, page 1
Andrew Peter Lloyd
It closely documents the different online handles Andrew used during his career as a serial sexual predator who targeted sex workers. We do want to draw attention to the disturbing ways Lloyd habitually talked about sex workers:
Lloyd used a bank of images stolen from actual sex workers on OnlyFans to engage sexually with many users on twitter, including using the likenesses of these real sex workers to coerce other people into providing him with sexual and intimate images. From there, he began a practice of trying to coerce women into sex work.
NOTE: we have blocked out the faces Andrew used in all screenshots because he stole the images of real sex workers. Below, the user blocked out in purple is Andrew.
“It is unclear how he would manipulate the situation so he could be both account and ‘client’, possibly by ‘Dionysia’ pulling out at the last minute, leaving Woman X in a position where Andrew is on the way to engage in the transactional sex work.”“Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive, page 15
This context certainly sheds new and sinister light on Andrew’s adoption of a sex worker persona as “Anarqxista Goldman,” and particularly on his body of work on “sexual liberation.” It is hard to believe that much insight into an anarchist feminist ethic of “sexual liberation” can be extracted from the obsessively pedophiliac writings of a man who habitually uses shallow, warped, and we must add extremely liberal “feminist” language of “choice” and “freedom” in his own practice of sexual coercion of not only women, (sex workers in particular,) but people of multiple genders, including other men, according to the documentation on his “anarchagrrl” persona. In fact, it is quite hard to believe this body of works exists for any reason other than to pursue that very goal of expanding his own power over others and cultivating opportunities to sexually exploit, oppress, and govern over the bodies of others through the use of various forms of coercion.
Finally, Lloyd harbored fantasies about punishing women by subjecting them to violence at the hands of a fictional attacker. This puts the story of Anarqxista’s death at the hands of a fictional attacker into an interesting new context, for one. But what is striking to us is that he affirms explicitly that for him, this is about asserting power. He imagines himself as the righteous agent of biblical Revelation, as the “powerless” dreaming of victory over the “things” (women) that take his sense of power away.
Now let us return to the three questions posed above.
Part 4: Anarchy, Feminism, and Reaction Why did Lloyd kill off the Anarqxista persona?
The obituary for “Anarqxista,” published after the fantasized tragic death includes her supposed “last writings” and devotes a significant chunk of its word count to defending “Anarqxista’s” — in reality, Andrew Lloyd’s — rape apologia defending adult-adolescent sex. The obituary accuses “people online” of misunderstanding this “great soul” and especially “…her views about youth sexuality, views she simply thought consistent both with an anarchy that believes in neither law nor government — so how can there be ages of consent?”
It was written by the “occupants of the Nude House,” the imaginary “free love commune” “anarqxista” allegedly lived on, and thus mostly likely authored by Andrew Lloyd himself, whose choice to close by quoting Peter Lambourn Wilson, also known as Hakim Bey, being egregiously wrong about the social context of pirates is hard to overlook. Though the passage borrowed from Hakim Bey is not itself directly about pedophilia,In general, we believe it is inadvisable to underestimate the degree to which “adult men’s freedom to sexually pursue children” is always built into everything Hakim Bey says about … Continue reading
Hakim Bey is the most infamous “anarchist” pederast and pro-CSA advocate who used the language of “anarchism” to promote CSA as an expression of true freedom. He also wrote contributions for NAMBLA.“Leaving Out the Ugly Part: Hakim Bey/Peter Lambourn Wilson,” by Anonymous.
Unlike “Anarqxista,” Hakim Bey was (unfortunately) all too fucking real, but (fortunately) he died recently. We cannot know exactly what put the idea of a dramatic death and final obituary for his persona into Andrew Lloyd’s head, but we have to wonder whether the glowing eulogies and memorials lavished on Hakim Bey after his death, praising his “lucidity and eloquence,” and engagement with “anarchist ethics,”For Peter Lamborn Wilson (1945-2022) by Julius Gavroche
in addition to the withering contempt directed at anarchists who insisted on dishonoring his memory, may have partly inspired Andrew “Dr. eXistenZ” Lloyd to fake “Anarqxista’s” death. Consider the comments on a postHakim Bey has died, Anonymous
about the news of Hakim Bey’s death, which mix eulogy and apologia to a strange effect:
“Such heady, information-rich work. I’m able to keep an open mind about the pedo stuff.”
“…he said we would no doubt see each other again. Regretfully, we never did. I feel sure he travels well into his next adventure wherever that may be.”
“…he doesn’t appear on any such watch lists, and never got convicted or accused of any sexual deviancy. He appears to get accused of having controversial opinions, i.e. advocating for lowering the age of consent. I don’t agree with that opinion, but can tolerate people having opinions I don’t agree with that don’t hurt anyone. […] Lamborn Wilson was a friend of a close friend of mine […] may he journey in peace.”One wonders why any anarchist would take “convictions by the state” as synonymous with truth. In any case, both the author of the article being “disproven” in this comment … Continue reading
Perhaps by transforming Anarqxista from a twitter personality who was continually in conflict with (real) anarcha-feminists into a martyr who died in an idealized fantasy of “fighting abuse,” Lloyd thought to canonize his own fantasies and resentments about cishet men not being listened to enough anymore, and especially his advocacy for adult-child sex, as “anarcha-feminist theory.” Now made untouchable by a heroic death, Lloyd’s personal vision of anarcha-feminist “sexual liberation” as bound to the sexual availability of marginalized bodies, especially the availability of adolescent bodies, to cishet men could be positioned as more authoritative than the voices of the actual anarcha-feminists who were a constant thorn in his side. This seems evident in the obituary, immediately submitted to the Anarchist Library, so much of which was devoted to a lengthy manifesto in defense of child sexual assault. He also already appropriated the name and legacy of Emma Goldman, a real dead anarcha-feminist, to lend his “Anarqxista” persona (Emma’s) credibility even well before the faked death. We note the responses to the newsAnarqxista Goldman, 1996-2023, by the Collective
of “Anarqxista’s” death:
“I’m gonna miss you, fighter and lover. There’s so much we could not talk about, our last communication ended so promptly.
I’m gonna miss you by the communication, by the inspirations, by your views on anarchy, by sharing inspiring, personal and hot pictures.
Thank you for everything, we will see us somewhere else… <3 <3″ (emphasis added)
The above was posted by user “Rest In Power My Love,” (who, in our opinion, cannot be ruled out as another Andrew Lloyd sock). The celebration of Anarqxista’s sharing of “hot pictures,” becomes quite disturbing in light of the knowledge that these were stolen images, that Lloyd was “sharing” someone else’s real body without their knowledge or consent.
“damn rip :( i was gonna start reading them after hearing the recent podcast discussion. hate when a name jumps higher on my reading list bc the author died
for those interested: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/author/anarqxista-goldman” (emphasis added)
“rest in piece, [sic] I’m shocked… might read one of a suggested piece by them within the next week. They sometimes were long but from what I read they were interesting. I was just lazing around too much to appreciate them. A good person left the earth.” (emphasis added)
Or responses on twitter, where anarchists attempted to bring up her history of rape apologia:
“Right in the aftermath of a well-respected anarchist being outed as a serial abuser,this is a reference to an anarchist personality known for participating in the Portland-area protest uprising in 2020. A survivor came forward disclosing his sexual assault of them shortly prior to … Continue reading
another who was ostracized from the community died today defending her friend from an abuser. Goes to show that most of you are terrible judges of character.” (emphasis added)
This comment suggests that anarchists and anarcha-feminists who “ostracized” Andrew Lloyd from our “community” should not have “judged” him so harshly because of his advocacy for adult-adolescent sex. As supporters said of Hakim, “ He appears to get accused of having controversial opinions, i.e. advocating for lowering the age of consent.” In the following, the second quote is directly replying to the first:
“For what it’s worth, I think the accusations against her were overblown, and that most of her internet detractors will never have the courage that she obviously had. I say, let her rest.”
“It was about a 15 year old having a relationship with Alexander Berkman. I would call it just very ignorant to call such thing ‘pedophilia’ when pedophilia is considered for children pre-puberty. Also do not forget the points she made, which isn’t just ‘hurr durr pedophilia'”
To be clear: the “accusations” against Andrew Lloyd as his “Anarqxista” persona were that he had defended sex between adults and adolescents: this is indisputably true and he repeatedly affirmed it, including in his self-authored obituary. This user does not express doubt as to the truth of this fact, but expresses the value judgment that it is an overreaction to consider advocacy for adult-adolescent sex to be a serious problem. The reply plays the “technically it’s ephebophilia,” card in defense of the “nuance” Andrew Lloyd, a sexual predator who targeted sex workers, brought to the topic. These are expressions of personal values, wrapped in defenses of a recently dead “courageous” heroine.
I do not wish to belabor the point any further. Whether Lloyd consciously sought to elicit this response — the active spread of his anti-feminist, anti-youth-liberationist rhetoric among anarchist circles under the cover provided by a heroic anarcha-feminist’s death — that is what seems to have happened.
Anarqxista Goldman’s death announcement and obituary, both self-authored by Lloyd, both signed off with “Rest in Power.”
“Rest in Power” is a phrase coined by Black Liberationists to commemorate their dead comrades who were murdered by the white supremacist state. That alone makes it pretty fucking galling that Andrew Lloyd chose to sign off his self-authored self-indulgent “death announcement” and obituary by telling his rape apologist puppet to “Rest in Power.” But it is especially galling when taken in the context that “power” is exactly what Lloyd lived in; power is what he asserted over a series of marginalized victims. And power — the continuing power of his own voice, the power to overrule and overwrite the voices and experiences of rape survivors, marginalized genders, sex workers, and youth, is what he set himself up to wield even as his “Anarqxista” persona “died.”
In talking about his dreams of revenge against women, Lloyd stated explicitly that taking “back” power from them was the telos of his fantasy. But we can see through his actions that the power women “took from him” in the first place, the power he took “back” was his victims’ own power to refuse consent, their agency, their power over their own bodies. This was the power he felt owed, he felt he had a right to seize through a display of biblical violence.How did multiple reputable anarchist organizations fail to notice they were publishing a pedophilia manifesto?
This question must be posed as more of an open question for the organizations in question. There were a number of organizations that circulated the manifesto or posted eulogies for Anarqxista. At time of writing, the pedophilia manifest/obituary for a fake person is still listed publicly by the Anarchist Federation, with no followup comments or clarification that we are aware of. Anarchist News’ post on twitter wishing Anarqxista to “Rest in Power” remains public, with a disclaimer about it “possibly” being a hoax. However, Anews has since posted the full text of the Daily Beast’s coverage of the fiascoSerial Catfisher Posed as Anarchist Sex Worker to Tweet About 15-Year-Olds, by Kelly Weil, Anews. Originally published on the Daily Beast
, which is in our view a reasonably good summationdespite linking the word “anarchist” to an article about “anarcho”-capitalist crypto enthusiasts
of events and also includes some quotes from Lloyd’s statements after the fact admitting to the hoax.
The Anarchist Library swiftly removed the obituary when the news of the hoax broke, and, in a move honestly unprecedented for the Library, later removed the rest of “Anarqxista Goldman’s” writingsThe Anarchist Library on Twitter: “A brief update from the English library project: We have unpublished all Anarqxista Goldman texts from the library.”
in a gesture we take in good faith as an effort to scrub not just writings published under false pretenses but also to remove the works of an author known to be ideologically motivated by a fundamentally anti-anarchist agenda of running cover for sexual abuse.
Yet, we must ask why many other reactionary texts remain on the Library’s catalogue for reasons we cannot guess. Take, for example, “The Poverty of Feminism” by Dominique Karamazov, which describes rape as the “consequence” of “irresponsible” women’s attention-seeking behavior, among other things.The Poverty of Feminism, by Dominique Karamazov
Or Bob Black’s “Feminism as Fascism,” which describes rape as something feminists “insist has been inflicted on them (or rather, as it usually turns out, on some other suppositious ‘sister’: the typical radical feminist has it pretty good)” — the implication being that feminists’ claims about rape are fabricated, the victims “suppositious.”Feminism as Fascism, Bob Black
a group heavily criticized by anarchists for claiming credit for the femicide of 22-year-old Lesvy Rivera, promoting rape and reveling in misogyny, and even attempting to bomb an anarchist squat.Of Indiscriminate Attacks & Wild Reactions, by the Edelweiss Pirates
Or “The Ideology of Victimization” by Feral Faun, a.k.a. Wolfi Landstreicher, an anti-feminist reaction produced after Landstreicher saw some graffiti reading “men rape.”The Ideology of Victimization, by Feral Faun, in Feral Revolution
Articles in praise of infanticide and praising neo-nazi Adam Lanza for his acts of top-down authoritarian, adult-supremacist violence against children and youths remain in the Library’s catalogue, and it is our personal experience that, (as usual when anarchists try to push back against this style of pseudo-radical top-down oppressive rhetoric, especially misogynistic, transphobic, and adult-supremacist rhetoric,) those who see it as a problem are sneeringly dismissed as moralists, hysterical prudes, and so on. In the case of Bob Black, at least the author — snitchBob Black’s letter to the Seattle Police
though he may also be — is known as an anarchist writer. So also Wolfi Landstreicher. In the case of the communiques of ITS, one can imagine these documents are part of anarchist history and thus important to preserve (though a disclaimer of some kind would be in order, in our opinion.) But we are entirely at a loss why a text like Dominique Karamazov’s “Poverty of Feminism” should ever have been published on an anarchist archive in the first place, let alone remained there long after it was removed from other publications like LibCom. There is almost no part of this text that is not in some way explicitly reactionary, from the rape apologia to the anti-abortion rhetoric in lines like “The problem of abortion is also the problem of the woman’s acceptance of her role as a mother“. “Dominique Karamazov” is a pseudonym used by French left-communist Dominique Blanc, the primary contributor to the ultra-left journal in which the text is originally published, La Guerre Sociale — a journal known for supporting historical negationism and Holocaust denialism.Gilles Dauvé – Jean Barrot [Philippe BOURRINET], Redacción y Colaboraciones, ser histórico
(Dominique Blanc is also published on the Anarchist Library under his real name.) It is not at all clear to us why this document ought to be granted the legitimacy as an “anarchist” text which its listing on the Anarchist Library seems to lend it.
We do not mean to single out the Anarchist Library. There were plenty of others who circulated the obituary, and we want to note again that they quickly removed it and shortly afterward removed all of Andrew Lloyd’s works. Nor do we seek to “scold” nor, as no doubt plenty of people have already yelled at their screens, to demand “purity.”
Concerning the distribution of NAMBLA materials in anarchist bookstores like Bound Together Books, Robert Helms writes, “I do not condemn the preservation of any literature, but I do observe that the anarchist scene provides venue and distribution for pedo-anarchist material and simultaneously refuses to examine the phenomenon.“Paedophilia and American Anarchism – the Other Side of Hakim Bey, Robert Helms, 2006
Likewise, we are not asking for a purge of “bad texts” — We are asking that anarchists be willing to examine the phenomenon at all.
We want only to ask only why rape apologia, pederasty apologia, and anti-feminism are not automatically regarded as anti-anarchist.
Anarchism, as most anarchists I have ever met define the term, is about the destruction of all hierarchies, setting ourselves in opposition to all domination and subordination. It does not follow that texts performing apologia for some forms of domination and hierarchy should be considered “anarchist.”
We wonder also if texts of this nature would be circulated in anarchist milieus, organizations, and archives if they attacked cishet men’s body autonomy in the same way? Valerie Solanas’ “S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto” is not hosted on the Anarchist Library or any other anarchist source we could find, and we agree that it does not belong in any anarchist circle. We certainly do not want it hosted by anarchist operations like the Library out of some warped sense of “both-sidesism” or “fairness.” But if the “S.C.U.M. Manifesto” is rightly excluded, why are texts attacking the body of autonomy of marginalized genders not considered equally unfitting for an anarchist archival project? The Library’s exclusion of the works of Michel Foucault is well-known, and, in our view, entirely justified.Oddly this is likely to be one of the more controversial statements in this essay. I do not have either the space or the wish to fully explore the strange role of figureheads like Michel Foucault in … Continue reading
It evidently is not the case that the Library maintains a standard of not excluding anything no matter how un- or anti-anarchist it may be. But why, then, are texts promoting the domination, subordination, and sexual exploitation of women, subaltern genders, and children not seen the same way?
What makes these texts different? What makes them exempt from anarchist denouncements of all ideologies that require the domination, subordination, and exploitation of some for the benefit of others?
We hope perhaps that exploring these questions may provide insight as to how Andrew Lloyd’s pederasty manifesto was successfully published on anarchist outlets as a suitable addition to the collective body of “anarchist theory” in the first place.How was Andrew Lloyd able to pass himself off as an “anarcha-feminist” among anarchists, who ought to know what anarchist thought does and does not accord with?
To address this question we first must make a distinction between those who were sincerely deceived and those who acted as enablers.
It is already known that Lloyd is a serial sexual exploiter and he coerced sexual acts and images from many online victims. These people cannot be held responsible for failing to “see through” the manipulations of a dedicated sexual abuser any more than any other victim of sexual exploitation can be. They deserve our solidarity and support.
Furthermore, simply put, not everyone sees or reads everything that someone else does or says online. Many people interacted with “Anarqxista” without learning about “her” advocacy of sex between adults and adolescents or children. Plenty of people were sincerely shocked after the news of the hoax was publicized, and expressed with horror that they had never known about the abuse apologia in the first place. Andrew Lloyd’s usual daily online activities did not always necessarily veer into obvious anti-anarchism and abuse apologia. Finally, he willfully manipulated the emotions of his many followers to maintain his hoax, and presented a highly curated and manipulative public face. It is not reasonable to hold everyone equally responsible for failing to see through a deliberately cultivated persona. Even the anarchists and anarcha-feminists who were sounding the alarm about the abuse apologia months ago did not predict the twist that the whole thing was a hoax.
But that brings us to those who did see the abuse apologia and continued to support Andrew Lloyd as an “anarcha-feminist,” and moreover a voice for sex workers. We’ve quoted some of their responses to the “death” announcement above and will not lay them all out again. The core failure of this group, as we see it, was a failure to see apologia for adult-adolescent sex (read: rape) as a “big deal,” a serious issue, or as fundamentally inconsistent with anarchist ethics.Something even the Daily Beast was able to get right.
This, in our view, is the same failure that leads many in anarchist circles to continue elevating figures like Hakim Bey.
It is a failure to take rape, rape culture, youth liberation, and gender liberation as serious political concerns.
Reflecting on the fiasco the following day, Håkan Geijer writes:
“Talking with some SWer friends, and one of the things in the Anarqxista saga that really irked us and seemed incongruous was how she talked about sex.
SWers tend to have two modes for talking about Johns. Being very graphic on their public-facing accounts. Or ripping them to shreds as being gross or tedious on their private accounts.
Anarqxista’s account was not an account for clients, but she talked about doing FSSW with John’s in the most vulgar way that felt like advertising but to the wrong audience. One that really stuck out was her talking about loving taking random men’s cocks into her ass. For a personal account that was talking about Johns and not like dark-room kink party sex, this was just… off.
Most (maybe all?) radical SWers I know are queer, and they are generally accepting of ace spectrum folx. But Anarqxista’s whole deal was “don’t like hearing about me fucking cocks? hmpf. prude much?” Which just didn’t mesh with what most mid 20s anarchist SWers would say.
(She had many other SWERFy and fucked up takes around SW too, but that’s another story)
She conflated this hyper-in-your-face vulgar sexuality with sexual liberation, and when you have the knowledge that it was some mid-50s terminally online socially isolated fucking pedo it makes complete sense that she was his fantasy and the kind of person he wanted to fuck.”Håkan Geijer on kolektiva.social, January 12, 2023
Mastodon user and sex worker @antifastripper replied: “I’m not at all familiar with that account in particular, but a non-client-facing SW account that delights in graphically oversexed commentary is 100% a hallmark of a client pretending to be a SWer. Real SWers are nearly universally jaded, disgusted, or bored. Dead giveaway.“Malice on kolektiva.social, January 12, 2023
Anarchist NoBonzo writes: “if you are or were a sex worker, you immediately recognize exactly the type of person Andrew is and know just how utterly creepy, annoying, and disturbing that type of dude is“NoBonzo on Twitter, January 12, 2023
We see it as significant that Lloyd was caught relatively quickly when he was operating primarily in sex worker spaces, as actual sex workers quickly recognized the behavior of a predatory john; yet he managed to establish a popular reputation and maintain it for two years when operating in anarchist spaces where the perspectives of sex workers are largely subsumed by liberal and patriarchal stereotypes. Lloyd was selling a fantasy of what “sexual liberation” and sex workers’ liberation means that a large number of anarchists wanted to buy, but which actual sex workers quickly saw through for the client-oriented fantasy it was — a fantasy of sex work as sex, but not work, as uniquely exempt from the exploitative and abusive conditions of capitalist labor relations, because it is sex, and sex is supposed to be liberating per se. His reputation as an anarchist voice for sex workers and authority on anarchist sexuality enabled him to abuse and exploit an anonymous sex worker’s likeness without their consent, even posting their appropriated nudes for display, and enabled him to sexually coerce an untold number of young radicals. In our view, the comments above highlight a second failure of the online anarchist milieu: a failure to listen to the perspectives of actual sex workers on the subject of sex work.
It is a failure to move beyond simplistic liberal empowerment narratives about sex work and sex workers’ struggle, narratives that fundamentally fail to understand the struggle for sex workers’ rights as a workers’ struggle at all.For an excellent work on the struggle for sex workers’ rights, and the intersections of labor, sexuality, gender, and feminist thought, please consult Juno Mac and Molly Smith, Revolting … Continue reading
Finally, we posit that in general these events evince a failure of anarchist circles to be minimally educated about anarcha-feminism at all. In my experience, most anarchists do not know the names of any anarcha-feminist besides Emma Goldman (the very same whose ghost Andrew Lloyd was able to quite easily co-opt for his own predatory purposes, despite making occasional misogynistic comments about Goldman herself). If you are lucky, they might know Voltairine de Cleyre, but it is unlikely they have actually read her works. Almost never have I encountered anarchists on or off-line who are familiar with any anarcha-feminist writing that has been produced after the term “anarcha-feminism” was actually coined in the 70s, or with queer feminist thought, or transfeminist thought. Emma Goldman is fine — although her endorsement of eugenicist ideals in her writings about birth control suggests she is not a very holistic or intersectional source on anarchist feminist thought — but we are begging you move beyond the works of long-dead famous figureheads.
No one who is familiar with rudimentary contemporary anarcha-feminist thought could see advocacy for adult-adolescent or adult-child sex as “sexual liberation,” or as anything but the shallowest demands of patriarchal masculinities, and reactionary retrenchment that accords better with the worldviews of Republicans who persistently support child marriage than it does with anything feminist. While Andrew Lloyd may have been able to pass himself off as an anarchist due to the already existing body of misogynistic and Manarchist writings, there is no very good reason he should have been able to pass himself off as anarcha–feminist to an audience minimally familiar with what that term even means.
Part 5: The Elephant in the Room, or: We Have a Fucking Problem
Finally, it is increasingly impossible to avoid addressing the problem directly:
The anarchist movement has a rape apologia problem.The Scope of the Problem
This is not unique to the anarchist movement at all, and is in fact something it shares in common with almost every other political tendency, from liberalism to Stalinism to right-libertarianism and fascism. It is so deeply entrenched in the transphobic pseudoscience of sexologists like James Cantor and Ray Blanchard that it would require a separate essay.Anarchasteminist, James Cantor, paedophilia, and the “Gender Critical” movement
But We are not addressing ourselves to Stalinists defending the rape and impregnation of Lidia Pereprygin, a thirteen-year-old girl, nor to right-libertarians complaining about the combination of age-of-consent laws and child-labor laws preventing them from legally hiring the sexual services of children, nor to fascists waxing poetic about the sexual dominance of Ancient Greek and Roman rapists and pederasts. We are addressing ourselves to anarchists.
on the history and prevalence of “pedophilia” apologia in anarchist discourse, which I have reproduced here (lightly edited for formatting):
“In May-July 1989, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed published a ‘Special issue on children’s sexuality’ beginning with ‘Pedophilia: Views from the other side.’ This sparked years of articles and letters defending sex with children (read: rape) from editors and regular contributors.
This reflects a wing of the anarchist movement that has long defended the ‘freedom’ of people (usually men) to assault children using anarchist language.
I’ve been thinking about this since Hakim Bey/Peter Lamborn Wilson died a few months ago. As an expose of him put it years ago, Bey “uses anarchism in an ethically warped, opportunistic way by pretending that adult-child sex is a natural freedom.” https://libcom.org/book/export/html/1455
When Bey died, I was doing research at the University of Michigan’s Labadie Collection. I read through numerous issues of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed from the 1980s-90s and was shocked to see how central and prevalent the defense of sex with children (rape) was. One anarchist who lived in NYC in the 90s told me that it was an open secret that Hakim Bey preyed on young boys, and that parents warned each other to watch out for him. This is usually left out of his history, and of the history of anarchism in general.
Needless to say, this is a shameful aspect of the anarchist movement which should be ruthlessly exposed, criticized, and rejected. It calls into question the entire political and ethical approach of this wing of the anarchist movement. I refuse to defend or associate with it.” (emphasis added)
What Beswick demonstrates is that Hakim Bey is not an isolated case: defenses, usually by men, of sex with children, were a “central and prevalent” theme in the collected issues of Anarchy: a Journal of Desire Armed (a fact which certainly lends a grim new interpretation to the concept of “Desire Armed.”)
Let us attempt to answer, in part, the call to ruthlessly expose, criticize, and reject this anti-liberatory wing of the anarchist movement, but with the preface that the following examples are an attempt to broadly survey the terrain, not a comprehensive list of all materials that exist or even that we already know of and have catalogued — these are only the most readily available (and in some cases still widely read and cited) sources.
Wolfi Landstreicher/Feral Faun, the man so incensed by the sight of graffiti reading “men rape” that he wrote an anti-feminist screed in response, included an essay titled “Child Molestation vs. Child Love,” in “Rants: Essays and Polemics of Feral Faun.” Below is an excerpt:
“All of these years of repression and forced acquiescence to authority make the child into a grown-up (more accurately, a groan-up), which, in this society, means a conforming, obedient, and usually anxiety-ridden slave. It is the nature of this education process which makes society define the child-lover as a devil. For to the child-lover, a child is not a lump of clay to be molded to the will of authority. S/he is a god, the manifestation of Eros. The child-lover encourages the free expression of the child’s sensuality and so undermines the entire education process.”Wolfi Landstreicher: Child Molestation Apologist, by heresydistro
Compare this to Andrew Lloyd’s remarks about the meaning of the word “pedophile”:
“A conceivable type of sex, we must all admit however much we don’t like it, is sex with children. ‘Paedophilia’, as Julie Peakman points out, comes from two Greek words which mean ‘child’ [so not ‘youth’ or ‘adolescent’] and ‘love’ or ‘friendship’. ‘Paedophilia’ is, linguistically, ‘love of children’. It will be noted there, perhaps with astonishment considering the general moral panic the word ‘paedophilia’ brings up in most people today, that the word does not mean ‘abuse of children’ — although, of course, in modern English usage it very much does mean that today. Today being called a paedophile is about the worst thing anyone can accuse you of — which is peculiar for a word that started out aiming to be about love.It bears noting that this passage evinces an extraordinarily poor grasp of linguistics in general and etymology in particular, either as a discipline or concerning the etymology of this specific … Continue reading
[…] this type of sexual attraction has been totally demonised even as an abstract idea of children [as non-sexual, pure or untainted, virginal beings] is completely idealised at the same time. One wonders, in fact, what would happen if a child itself genuinely pronounced itself desirous of a paedophilic relation with an adult…” (emphasis added)
During the 2005 San Franscisco bookfair, anarchist collective Bound Together Books was criticized for insisting on carrying NAMBLA publications. When pressed, one member of the collective was quoted saying that, “to force the issue would destroy the bookstore.”Paedophilia and American Anarchism – the Other Side of Hakim Bey, Robert Helms, 2006
A member of the collective, writing on behalf of Bound Together Books, replied to criticism online by dismissing it as an issue of agreeing to disagree:
“books and periodicals about terrorism, pacifism, animal rights, conspiracy, crime, and a variety of other subjects that some people find repugnant. Not a single collective member agrees with everything in the store. We get along. You can, too. […] The bookfair is not for everybody. If it’s not for you, don’t come. If you do come, be polite and respectful to everyone else there, table holders included, whether you like them or not. If you cause trouble, for any reason whatsoever, you will be physically ejected.”NAMBLA, Indybay Open Publishing Newswire
Semiotext(e), an independent journal heavily influenced by French poststructuralist theory, especially the works of Deleuze, Guattari, and Foucault, is popular among anarchists, especially poststructuralist anarchists, and in particular for its publication of The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee… and it has also been a significant actor in promoting and distributing rape apologia in anarchist and autonomist milieus. We will highlight two issues published in the early 80s, but it must be stressed that these two issues are not the whole picture — rather, pederasty and pedophilia are recurring themes in the journal’s history.
In 1980, the journal published a special issue titled “Loving Boys/Loving Children” which featured interviews between French philosopher Guy Hocquenghem and David Thorstad, the founder of NAMBLA, a “selection of laws on the books in different U.S. states on pederasty,” an interview between Semiotext(e) editor-in-chief Sylvère Lotringr and 15-year-old Mark Moffett about the teenager’s “sexual relationships with men,” as well as the first English translation of an interview with Michel Foucault, Guy Hocquenghem, and Jean Denet under the title “The Danger of Child Sexuality.”SpecificObject: Semiotexte (e) / Semiotext(e) Special, Large Type Series: Loving Boys / Intervention Series 2 : Loving Children (Summer 1980); Semiotext(e), “Loving Boys” Special … Continue reading
At time of writing, the only online copy of the full text of Foucault’s “The Danger of Child Sexuality” as originally published in Semiotext(e), is hosted by the website of a group called IPCE, formerly “International Pedophile and Child Emancipation,” a “pedophilia” advocacy organization.
(It hardly needs to be remarked that the French poststructuralist scene has its own somewhat infamous history with pederasty apologia — most famously the petition to abolish the age of consent, which is the subject of the interview in question.)
which had a section on “Child Sex,” featuring contributions from Hakim Bey, Tony Duvert (a French philosopher famous for his works defending and celebrating “pedophilia” and adult-child sex), William S. Burroughs (who was friends with Hakim Bey, and quite infamous for his practice of sex tourism, preying on adolescents in colonized and Global South nations like Mexico and MoroccoJoseph A. Boone, Vacation Cruises; Or, the Homoerotics of Orientalism, 2022
), and Roger Moody, a self-described “pedophile activist” associated with the British organization “Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE).”Islington Survivors Network, Report #10 Pro-Paedophile Activism in 1970s and 1980s Islington: PIE Central and Peter Righton
(On one occasion, writing for a campaign group called Paedophile Awareness and Liberation (PAL), Roger Moody, himself a youth worker, once stated: “If all paedophiles in community schools or private schools were to strike, how many would be forced to close, or at least alter their regimes?”Report #10 Pro-Paedophile Activism in 1970s and 1980s Islington: PIE Central and Peter Righton, Islington Survivors Network; Ian Pace, Anton Grey and the Sexual Reform Society 2
Excerpt from Semiotext(e) No. #10, “Polysexuality” Table of Contents
Table of Contents for a publication Roger Moody contributed to. Image source: https://ianpace.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/contents-1.jpg
We emphasize again that although we have focused on two specific issues, that is far from the end of it. Many of Semiotext(e)’s regular contributors, writers, and even editors are or were active proponents of adult-child sex, and even pederasts themselves, like Hakim Bey and William S. Burroughs. Tony Duvert’s “Good Sex Illustrated” and “Diary of an Innocent” were published by Semiotext(e) as recently as 2007 and 2010, respectively, for example.MIT Press, books by author, “Tony Duvert”
We could go on — there are endless examples. Decades of “edgy, subversive” spins on the same boring, played-out patriarchal retrenchment. It is a persistent, pervasive problem. We have hardly scratched the surface. But we do not just want to catalogue the problem, but to describe its nature, its source, the source of its staying power.The Nature of the Problem
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I am so sorry that this happened to you. I love you.
Roger Moody’s contribution to No. #10 of Semiotext(e) is strikingly illustrative, and deserves to be compared to the rhetoric of apologia we have seen so far.
Although most other contributions are works of short fiction, Moody’s appears to be an excerpt from his 1979 autobiography, Indecent Assault, about his acquittal for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy named Lee. He uses his control of the narrative to cast doubt on the child’s account of events, claiming Lee is “confused” about the allegation he has made against Moody. Moody says he is comforted in the courtroom by his “love” for Lee, the child who struggles to even look at him, struggles to speak, struggles to recount what happened. Moody says”The Committal,” Roger Moody, in Semiotext(e) 10, “Polysexuality.” 1981. Page 125.
he wishes Lee’s mother could have been there to see how “confused” Lee was:
will be immediately, painfully recognizable to anyone who has been a child on the stand trying to tell about what happened to them, or who has had to support a child standing before the interrogation of a state apparatus determined to acquit their abuser, or anyone who has ever witnessed a rape trial of any kind. (All emphasis is added.)
Pros[ecution]: what about Roger?
Lee: he tried to come over to my mattress.
Pros: did he succeed at all?
Lee: I cant remember.
Pros: can you remember anything else happening at all?
There is a long silence
Lee: he tried to put his arms a round me.
Pros: anything else?
There is another long silence
Magistrate: do you know why you’re here to give evidence today?
Defence barrister (in an aside): the police officers told him to come.
Pros: did anything else happen you can tell us about?
There is yet another long silence
Lee: he tried to put his penis up my backside.
Pros: did you see his penis?
Pros: did he get it in?
Pros: when he did so, what did you do?
Lee: I moved further away.
Pros: did anything else happen on another night?
Lee: he kissed me and that.
Pros: what does “and that” mean?
Pros: I’d like you to look at two photos. Who took these photos?
Lee: when he came to the midlands sometime before I came to London.
Pros: did you read any books when staying with roger?
Pros: what sort of books?
Lee: sex books.
Pros: was there any question of photos being taken?
Lee: he wanted to. Yes.
Pros : did you agree to those two photos being taken?
Defence: Lee, you know you said Roger tried to put his penis up your backside? He never touched it did he?
Lee: I don’t know.
Def: you tell us.
Lee: I thought he did.
Def: you’re not sure about it are you?
Def: you couldn’t see him could you?
Def: you can’t really be sure can you? Isn’t that right?
Lee: that’s right. I can’t be sure.
Def: it could have been a hand against you couldn’t it?
Def: it could just as easily have been a hand as a penis couldn’t it?
Def: when you say “on other occasions” he tried to kiss you he was doing that rather like a father wasn’t he?
Def: not in any other way?
Def: and when he cuddled you he did so like a father?
Def: not in any other way?
Def: Roger used to treat you very much like a son didn’t he?
Def: your mum and dad don’t live together do they?
Def: they haven’t done so since you were a baby is that right?
Lee: no, they haven’t.
Def: do you see your dad very much?
Def: Roger was really like a father to all of you?
Def: so when you came to stay in London with roger it was natural for you to sleep in the same room and not in a room-a bare room-on your own?
Def: and when Roger was touching you, he was being affectionate like a father wasn’t he? He wasn’t doing anything wrong?
Lee: I don’t know whether he was touching me like a father.
In his commentary on the interrogation to which Lee is being subjected by his lawyer, Moody goes on to say, “I’ve little doubt that what Lee feels I did wrong was to kiss him. […] That Lee wanted me to kiss him, I know. Perhaps he also fantasised my penis coming in contact with his bottom.””The Committal,” Roger Moody, in Semiotext(e) 10, “Polysexuality.” 1981. Page 132.
The interrogation goes on at some length and with the same themes repeating again and again. Lee is asked what happened, and then bullied out of his answers by Moody’s lawyer.
For Moody, the child’s “no” is always just “confused” until it gives way, under pressure, to a “yes,” (with guidance and correction from a wise adult); the mother is a hysterical woman whose interference between him and his “love” ruins everything; and the father in this OedipalWe have not forgotten that Freud’s Oedipal theory was itself proposed to explain away childhood sexual violence as the victim’s own fantasies.
unit is Moody himself. The affectionate, understanding father who knows what is best and that is why he knows the victim must have wanted it.
This exchange is worth laying out in full, to us, because of what it reveals about the nature of the rape apologia problem the anarchist movement has.
For all the morally self-righteous claims about adult-child sex as an expression of the child’s own “sensuality,” as an expression of their own agency and a liberation from the oppression of the nuclear family, it is still ultimately the very figure and authority of the father that protects the adult cis male Desiring-Subject from the danger of letting the victim’s self-knowledge be legitimized. The authority to touch how he wants and to command the subaltern subject to interpret what he does to their body in the way he says to interpret it, the authority to speak over the subaltern subject and overwrite their narrative, to assert “consent” and “desire” on the part of the subject who physically moves away from him, the authority to insist that the victim “fantasized” an assault.
Keep this story in your head when you consider poetic lines like Wolfi Landstreicher’s “the child-lover encourages the free expression of the child’s sensuality.” Hold it against this image of the abuser sitting in a courtroom, watching the legal mechanisms of the state press his victim to death and silence on his behalf, and pontificating to his audience of pederasts and apologists that the violence was all the victim’s own desire and fantasy, which he merely “encouraged.”
Even in their own sympathetic stories — the stories they tell each other to affirm their cause as emancipatory struggle against the persecution of the state — it is still always a story about cis men taking what they want without asking, without caring what the object of their desire thinks or feels about it, and then exonerating themselves by appealing to the social cult of the father. Still men exercising the technologies of violence proffered to them as men by the patriarchy — physical coercion, social ambush, and judicial advantageSayak Valencia and Olga Arnaiz Zhuravleva, Necropolitics, Postmortem/Transmortem Politics, and Transfeminisms in the Sexual Economies of Death
— to erase the rest of us from the world, to transform us into bodies available for their consumption, under the fatherly auspices of the very state they claim is persecuting them.
This story ends in acquittal, as most such stories do. The state has never “persecuted” rapists or pederasts, although the state will readily imprison a 16-year-old for killing their father-rapist.for more discussion on this topic, please see Thirty-One Theses: a Manifesto
The state has always been on the side of the powerful, on the side of the patriarch and his appetites. The wing of the anarchist movement that is enmeshed in the rhetoric of rape apologia is itself merely toadying for the patriarchal state while imagining itself, as Lloyd did, as the oppressed, taking back the power (read: the sexual authority of patriarchy) that has been taken from them by women and children.
We have not even begun to address the broader problem with anti-feminist backlash politics among anarchists and the rape apologia that this backlash produced; let the above brief outline of anti-feminist works by Wolfi Landstreicher, Bob Black, and Dominique Karamazov (whose anti-feminist rape apologia is cited positively in multiple anarchist texts I am familiar with) serve for the time being. Nor have we even begun to address the sexual entitlement and sense of ownership over feminine bodies Lloyd’s use of stolen sex workers’ photographs suggests, and what this reveals about the ways patriarchy figures feminine bodies as the rightful property of cis men, and sex workers’ bodies in particular as free for the taking, possessing no right to boundaries or consent at all. There is so much about these events that reveal the way violence and desire are constructed under patriarchy, and the painful reality that, contrary to popular patriarchal storytelling, the direction of sexual violence and desire toward children is at the very heart of patriarchy.The Crux of the Problem, or: Why Andrew Lloyd? Why Now?
The crux is this: can we really say that Andrew Lloyd’s arguments are necessarily out of step with all of anarchist writing? Not really. Not with anarchist writing by cis men at any rate. Is it out of step with consistent anarchist ethics, anarchist values? Firmly yes. Is it out of step with anarcha-feminist writing? Again, firmly yes. But that is part of the problem. That mainstream anarchist thought has held anarcha-feminist correctives in contempt, ignorance, or plain incuriosity. The anarchist movement has a longRay Filar, Notes Toward a Theory of the Manarchist
and storiedSpencer Beswick, The “Obnoxious Wimmin’s Network”: Anarcha-Feminism at the 1989 San Francisco Gathering
and anti-feminist gender politics, some of which has been outlined here. And there is a tightly bound relationship between anti-feminism and the kind of rape apologia that has thrived in a certain wing of the anarchist movement; these cannot be separated from each other. (Not least because a significant portion of pro-CSA apologetics rely on figuring feminist anti-rape politics as a moralist hysteria fueled by emotionally overreacting busybody women who interfere with the desires of noble-minded men.There is such a complex body of research and primary sources to be examined on this topic that it will require a separate piece of its own.
) Real-world anarchist movements and communities more broadly have spectacularly failed to address rampant rape, sexual assault, and abuse in their own circles.Betrayal: A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures
This persistent refusal to address the problem is a significant part of what allows folks like Andrew Lloyd to thrive in our communities and prey on vulnerable young anarchists.
Andrew Lloyd is not an outlier but only the latest of a long tradition, and only managed to get generally rejected from anarchist circles because he turned out to have been running an elaborate catfish, not because of his persistent rape apologia. Under his false persona, it was the anarchists and anarcha-feminists who tried to call him out and draw attention to his oppressive rhetoric who were likely to be labeled as hysterical moralists, prudes, or even fascists, and subsequently stigmatized by other anarchists. The painful truth is that our anarchist rape apologists have never failed to “rest in power.” Even in death, they have never lost their grip on the power they accumulated in life. Their words and voices continue to carry that power into the present day. Their power hangs cold and clammy over the whole history of feminist and youth liberationist anarchism.
There are still plenty of people, within anarchist communities and outside them, who would agree that, no, Andrew Lloyd’s arguments are not necessarily out of step with all anarchist writing, but who simply do not think it matters, or who approve of it. Who do not care whether the NYC youths who caught Hakim Bey’s eye in the 90s are “journeying in peace” today. Who, if confronted with unforgiving proof that they are not in peace at all, would readily concoct post-hoc consent to impose over the victims’ every word as Roger Moody does. Who do not care that Anarchy: a Journal of Desire Armed has devoted a significant amount of its publication history to rape apologia. Who simply do not see rape, especially the sexual assault of children, as a significant political issue (unless it can be utilized as a rhetorical weapon.) And maybe that is the real crux of the problem. Apathy. Apathy about the oppression of those — trans people, women, children — who aren’t worthy of consideration as real subjects of liberatory history, only as objects, whose bodies are supposed to available to fuck. Apathy about what happens to us unless we offer ourselves up willingly to be fucked. Or, excuse me, “willing to embrace,” as Andrew Lloyd put it himself.
The history of rape apologia in anarchist movements is not in the past. It is in the present. It is being used as a cudgel against survivors, youth liberationists, and anarcha-feminists even today.
In the grand tradition of anarcho-rape-apologists, they are unable to comprehend anyone having any reason to object to their own right of domination over and de facto sexual access to young bodies other than some abstract “morality,” — “morality” is the only thing they ever considered as a possible barrier, after all — so they call us moralists or moralizers and demand that we debate them in the imaginary free and open marketplace of ideas (where they know that patriarchy is king and they hold all the advantages of hegemonic rape culture.) At the same time, they fabricate their own homegrown moral panic about an epidemic of “pedo-jacketers,” (which is another way of saying “false allegations,” a rape-apologist classic,) and overreacting hysterics “jumping to conclusions.” They create and rigidly police a discourse of entrapment in which to crush and silence the voices of all who speak on behalf of liberation of the oppressed from the oppressive ruthless self-absorbed desires of patriarchy’s ruling pederast class.
And when they claim for themselves the default position of “intellectual high ground” and order the raped women and raped youths telling them they are speaking for the oppressors to “go do some reading,” whose words do you think they are commanding us, (authoritatively, as they imagine themselves to be the authorities, in multiple senses of the word, on raped women’s and raped youths’ “agency”) to read?
The words of cis men, telling us authoritatively that it is and was actually a gift and privilege to be raped by benevolent “child-lovers.” Telling us authoritatively that we are raped because of our “irresponsible female behaviors” that “seek the attention of men and then act surprised at the consequences we arouse.” Telling us authoritatively that when we are or have been raped as teenagers by grown men, it was actually an expression of our own agency, that to be “real anarchists,” we must absolve the men who rape us of their responsibility by whatever means necessary. They are telling us to defer to the real authorities.
From their position defending the throne of the patriarch, they can call our resistance “moralism,” they can discredit our ability to even name the ones who oppress us by dismissing us as “pedo-jacketers” and hysterics, while they call their own sexual entitlement “our agency” and “our liberation” from the “repression” of not being sexually available to them. It is once again a manifestation of Andrew Lloyd’s vision of “anarcha-feminism” as defined primarily by oppressed bodies being willingly sexually available to service cis men’s sexual entitlement on demand, defined by oppressed subjects (insofar as they recognize our subject-hood at all) making cis men’s sexual desires the center of our political projects above all else. To a frightening number of our “comrades,” that is what sexual freedom means: free sexual access to subordinated and subaltern bodies. Not freedom, for us, from them.
that privilege restoring rapists’ social position within the community over the safety or community participation of survivors.Various Authors, Dangerous Spaces: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender
“Freedom” can never be allowed to mean our total liberation from rape and abuse. It shares a kinship with the tradition of closely policing subaltern genders’ words when they try to talk about or analyze the ways they are oppressed by patriarchy (“what about bell hooks!” “are you saying you hate men?” “misandry is just as bad as misogyny!”) while allowing cis men (and the select few marginalized genders who are willing to run cover for patriarchal sexual oppression) like Landstreicher, Karamazov, Hakim Bey, and Andrew Peter Lloyd to dominate the pages of anarchist theory and history with endless thousands and thousands of words waxing poetic about the “liberatory” virtue in every configuration of rape imaginable.
But since children and youth are perhaps the most marginalized of all oppressed classes in contemporary society (and most historical societies)Feral Children: Settler Colonialism, Progress, and the Figure of the Child, by Toby Rollo
it is virtually inevitable that this violence, like all oppressive violence, flows downhill and lands on their shoulders.
Like it always fucking has.
↑1 note that many links from the original thread now re-direct to different content, or have become dead links, since a lot of content originally cited has been deleted or replaced since the revelations Håkan made. The original documents were backed up as PDFs before being deleted and can be found here: [https://twitter.com/rechelon/status/1613353755440984065?s=20 and directly here https://t.co/1VLakkZsZZ] but we will also link directly to the PDFs in the body of the text.
↑2 at time of writing, the link now leads to a scrubbed page. The documents have been backed up at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qI22gFH4yC2g-0Y4gWxrdSXeOWUmyMDZ
↑3 at time of writing, the account has been deleted.
↑4 at time of writing, the link now leads to a scrubbed page. The documents have been backed up in this Google Drive collection: Andrew Lloyd (anarqxista goldman etc) back up
↑5 Since the page has been scrubbed, you can find a back-up of this “Anarchy and Anarchisms” by Dionysia Exarchopoulos on Google Drive: shorturl.at/bckmY
↑6 “There is Nothing to Stick To” back up on Google Drive
↑7 “Wisdom of “Tao” by Dr. Existenz on archive today
↑8 “Autobiography” by Andrew Lloyd/Dr. Existenz on archive today
↑9 “Sound and Fury” by Andrew Lloyd/Dr. Existenz on archive today
↑10 This essay is being drafted on January 13th, 2023. Happy birthday, Andrew. You’re fucked.
↑11 “Leaving Out the Ugly Part: Hakim Bey/Peter Lambourn Wilson,” by Anonymous.
↑12 “Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive”
↑13 “Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive, page 1
↑14 “Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive
↑15 “Dionysia/Anarchagrrl” on Google Drive, page 15
↑16 In general, we believe it is inadvisable to underestimate the degree to which “adult men’s freedom to sexually pursue children” is always built into everything Hakim Bey says about “freedom” however.
↑17 “Leaving Out the Ugly Part: Hakim Bey/Peter Lambourn Wilson,” by Anonymous.
↑18 For Peter Lamborn Wilson (1945-2022) by Julius Gavroche
↑19 Hakim Bey has died, Anonymous
↑20 One wonders why any anarchist would take “convictions by the state” as synonymous with truth. In any case, both the author of the article being “disproven” in this comment — Robert Helms — and anarchist historian Spencer Beswick report that the late 90s NYC anarchist scene considered it an open secret that Hakim Bey sexually pursued young boys. We wonder if those children are “journeying in peace.”
↑21 Anarqxista Goldman, 1996-2023, by the Collective
↑22 this is a reference to an anarchist personality known for participating in the Portland-area protest uprising in 2020. A survivor came forward disclosing his sexual assault of them shortly prior to the events discussed in this essay, followed a few days later by a second survivor.
↑23 Serial Catfisher Posed as Anarchist Sex Worker to Tweet About 15-Year-Olds, by Kelly Weil, Anews. Originally published on the Daily Beast
↑24 despite linking the word “anarchist” to an article about “anarcho”-capitalist crypto enthusiasts
↑25 The Anarchist Library on Twitter: “A brief update from the English library project: We have unpublished all Anarqxista Goldman texts from the library.”
↑26 The Poverty of Feminism, by Dominique Karamazov
↑27 Feminism as Fascism, Bob Black
↑28 Communiques of ITS, Individualists Tending to the Wild
↑29 Of Indiscriminate Attacks & Wild Reactions, by the Edelweiss Pirates
↑30 The Ideology of Victimization, by Feral Faun, in Feral Revolution
↑31 Bob Black’s letter to the Seattle Police
↑32 Gilles Dauvé – Jean Barrot [Philippe BOURRINET], Redacción y Colaboraciones, ser histórico
↑33, ↑44 Paedophilia and American Anarchism – the Other Side of Hakim Bey, Robert Helms, 2006
↑34 Oddly this is likely to be one of the more controversial statements in this essay. I do not have either the space or the wish to fully explore the strange role of figureheads like Michel Foucault in (especially online) debates about anarchist theory, but I will note that I generally agree with various anarchist critiques of Foucault’s theory of power and domination.
↑35 Something even the Daily Beast was able to get right.
↑36 Håkan Geijer on kolektiva.social, January 12, 2023
↑37 Malice on kolektiva.social, January 12, 2023
↑38 NoBonzo on Twitter, January 12, 2023
↑39 For an excellent work on the struggle for sex workers’ rights, and the intersections of labor, sexuality, gender, and feminist thought, please consult Juno Mac and Molly Smith, Revolting Prostitutes
↑40 Anarchasteminist, James Cantor, paedophilia, and the “Gender Critical” movement
↑41 Spencer Beswick on Twitter, August 10, 2023
↑42 Wolfi Landstreicher: Child Molestation Apologist, by heresydistro
↑43 It bears noting that this passage evinces an extraordinarily poor grasp of linguistics in general and etymology in particular, either as a discipline or concerning the etymology of this specific word. This is simply not how semantic histories are traced, and this claim amounts to full-throated disinformation.
↑45 NAMBLA, Indybay Open Publishing Newswire
↑46 SpecificObject: Semiotexte (e) / Semiotext(e) Special, Large Type Series: Loving Boys / Intervention Series 2 : Loving Children (Summer 1980); Semiotext(e), “Loving Boys” Special Intervention Series 2 (Summer 1980)
↑47 Semiotexte 10, Polysexuality (1981)
↑48 Joseph A. Boone, Vacation Cruises; Or, the Homoerotics of Orientalism, 2022
↑49 Islington Survivors Network, Report #10 Pro-Paedophile Activism in 1970s and 1980s Islington: PIE Central and Peter Righton
↑50 Report #10 Pro-Paedophile Activism in 1970s and 1980s Islington: PIE Central and Peter Righton, Islington Survivors Network; Ian Pace, Anton Grey and the Sexual Reform Society 2
↑51 MIT Press, books by author, “Tony Duvert”
↑52 ”The Committal,” Roger Moody, in Semiotext(e) 10, “Polysexuality.” 1981. Page 125.
↑53 ”The Committal,” Roger Moody, in Semiotext(e) 10, “Polysexuality.” 1981. Pages 126-134.
↑54 ”The Committal,” Roger Moody, in Semiotext(e) 10, “Polysexuality.” 1981. Page 132.
↑55 We have not forgotten that Freud’s Oedipal theory was itself proposed to explain away childhood sexual violence as the victim’s own fantasies.
↑56 Sayak Valencia and Olga Arnaiz Zhuravleva, Necropolitics, Postmortem/Transmortem Politics, and Transfeminisms in the Sexual Economies of Death
↑57 for more discussion on this topic, please see Thirty-One Theses: a Manifesto
↑58 Ray Filar, Notes Toward a Theory of the Manarchist
↑59 Spencer Beswick, The “Obnoxious Wimmin’s Network”: Anarcha-Feminism at the 1989 San Francisco Gathering
↑60 Courtney Desiree Morris, Why Misogynists Make Great Informants
↑61 Kristen Anderberg, a Man’s Heaven is a Woman’s Hell
↑62 There is such a complex body of research and primary sources to be examined on this topic that it will require a separate piece of its own.
↑63 Betrayal: A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures
↑64 Lee Shevek, Against a Liberal Abolitionism and Intimate Athoritarianism: The Ideology of Abuse
↑65 Various Authors, Dangerous Spaces: Violent Resistance, Self-Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender
↑66 Feral Children: Settler Colonialism, Progress, and the Figure of the Child, by Toby Rollo
Statement from the Atlanta Community Press Collective on the police murder of a forest defender in the Weelaunee forest in so-called Atlanta, Georgia. For ongoing updates, check Defend the Atlanta Forest.
Today the police shot and killed a protester in Weelaunee Forest.
Dozens of heavily armed DeKalb Police, Atlanta Police and Georgia State police shut down Weelaunee People’s Park and nearby streets before entering the tree line with guns drawn and heavy machinery poised to continue forest destruction.
🔥Urgent call to Action. There is currently a violent police raid happening at the forest.
Don't believe the narrative of the news or the cops. Both lie!
— Atlanta Justice Alliance (@AtlantaJustice) January 18, 2023
Police have repeatedly raided this public park, flattened community gardens and art installations, attacked protestors with chemical weapons and rubber bullets, and threatened lethal force. During past raids, police have consistently escalated violent tactics on peaceful people who were sitting in trees or walking through the public park. Since June 6, 2022, activists and community members fighting to Defend the Atlanta Forest and Stop Cop City have been demanding that officers stop bringing weapons into the forest after APD pointed their weapons at peaceful protestors.
On MLK day, CMB and several additional organizations held a rally in response to the arrest of activists struggling against the construction of Cop City who have been unjustly charged with "domestic terrorism" for their activism. #stopcopcity pic.twitter.com/NtswPi9bFk
— Community Movement Builders (@CommunityMvt) January 18, 2023
The police and local news are working together to control the flow of information, leaving us with vague news reports that suggest the officer fired at the civilian in self-defense. We know they will say and do anything to prevent an Atlanta officer from being viewed as another Derek Chauvin, including witholding, distorting, or deleting evidence. Supporters of the movement are calling on legal observers and journalists to document the violent police tactics being used against protestors.
Since the fatal shooting, this morning’s operation has continued with Brasfield and Gorrie’s heavy machinery entering the forest and cops shooting pepper balls at people who remain in the park–as if nothing has happened. The loss of our lives remains meaningless to the police. Police killed a forest defender for loving this earth, for taking a stand against the ongoing destruction of the planet and its people. Indiscriminate police murder, unfettered police violence is exactly why people have, for two years, called for the Cop City project to be cancelled immediately. As politicians invest in cops, militarization and police budgets are only increasing. Meanwhile, police murders peaked in 2022: U.S. cops killed 100 people every month.
In Atlanta, Stop Cop City protester killed by police pic.twitter.com/U8AgV8N7Se
— Kamau Franklin (@kamaufranklin) January 18, 2023
What is taking place is a classic example of tyrannical government overreach. The public has a right to defend its interests. We are advocates of a free and peaceful society built on cooperation and mutual understanding. The government is escalating this situation pointlessly.
Allow peace to return to our community.
Cancel the Cop City project. Return Intrenchment Creek Park to the public.
Drop the charges against protesters.
No one can bring our friend back to us. An innocent life has been taken and the machines continue.
If you are in Atlanta, come to the candlelight vigil tonight, January 18th, at 6pm at the intersection of Moreland and Euclid.
Wherever you are, we invite you to come to Atlanta Friday, January 20 for a second candlelight vigil at 6pm to remember and grieve our lost friend. We will not go quietly into this dark night. RIP, with love and solidarity.
FAA Quietly Indicates U.S. Pilots' Hearts Are Damaged After Taking Vaccines | 17 Jan 2023 | A report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) admits that the EKG's of pilots are no longer normal. This report has been hidden by the FAA. Steve Kirsch released a report Tuesday where he shares some very disturbing information about the health of Americans and pilots flying us all around the world. According to Kirsch: "After the vaccine rolled out, the FAA secretly widened the EKG parameter range for pilots so they wouldn’t be grounded. It looks like the vax gave at least 50M Americans heart damage." Kirsch also noted: "In the October 2022 version of the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners, the FAA quietly widened the EKG parameters beyond the normal range (from a PR max of .2 to unlimited). And they didn't widen the range by a little. They widened it by a lot. It was done after the vaccine rollout."
Pentagon Not Pursuing Back Pay for Those Dismissed Due to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate | 17 Jan 2023 | The Department of Defense indicated on Tuesday it is not going to consider back pay for troops discharged due to having refused to take a COVID-19 vaccine amid mandates that were recently lifted. At a press briefing, Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder was asked by a reporter whether the Pentagon was still "actively exploring" providing back pay or reinstatement to the separated service members. "In terms of back pay, you're talking specifically on COVID vaccination? What I would tell you is right now, we are not currently pursuing back pay to service members who were dismissed for refusing to take the COVID vaccination," Ryder responded. He did not provide any comment on reinstatement. More than 8,000 service members have been discharged for refusing the vaccine.
Ukraine may get another Patriot battery --Dutch PM promised to "join" the US and Germany on the "Patriot project" | 18 Jan 2023 | Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has announced that the Netherlands agreed to send Kiev one of its missile defense systems, even as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte remained extremely vague and avoided making any specific commitments. "We have the intention to join what you are doing with Germany on the Patriot project," Rutte told Joe Biden ahead of their meeting at the White House on Tuesday, offering no details besides that he already discussed the issue with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Rutte previously told public broadcaster NOS that the "idea is not only training but also equipment," though the country's military has yet to review "what exactly we have, how can we ensure that it works well with the American and German systems."
From Dark Nights
We extend the call for an international campaign in solidarity with comrade Alfredo Cospito during the week of January 22-28. More than 80 days after the beginning of his hunger strike against the 41 bis regime, it is urgent for us to deepen and multiply the gestures of internationalist solidarity and to deploy all our forces against all expressions of domination. We hope that this initiative can be translated and disseminated to all anti-authoritarian comrades throughout the world. We also hope that this campaign will go beyond the walls that isolate comrade Alfredo and that he will feel all our solidarity and complicity in war. LET’S NOT LEAVE ALFREDO ALONE!
END TO THE REGIME 41 BIS!
FREEDOM TO ALFREDO COSPITO!
LONG LIVE THE BLACK INTERNATIONAL!
DEATH TO THE STATE & LONG LIVE ANARCHY!
Tags: call to actionAlfredo Cospitohunger strikeanarchist prisoners
Margaret talks with Mia Wong about Black Mask and Up Against the Wall, the artists who took on the system and looked good doing it.Tags: up against the wall motherfuckerblack maskpodcastaudiomargaret killjoyCool People Who Did Cool Stuffartanarchist history
[Berlin] You are the crisis - fleet of vehicles of climate killer and crisis profiteer AMAZON set on fire - Solidarity with Lützerath and the prisoners on hunger strike.
In the early morning hours of January 16, 2023, we gained access to a well-secured site on Germaniastrasse in Berlin-Tempelhof and used incendiary devices to remove 25 Amazon Prime vehicles from circulation. A fire of solidarity with the squatters in Lützerath and the prisoners on hunger strike.
The consumerist mania of Black Friday and the lucrative Christmas business are over. The pretense of charity and the little bit of contemplation give way to the usual routine of everyday life. Once again, the rat race begins. Inflation and the rising cost of living seemingly defying the commodity rush and the associated plundering of the planet and its resources continues unabated in the new year and fills the coffers of the e-commerce crisis profiteers. Amazon's monopoly position and far-reaching business model have long shown it to be a factor of on which many depend. But the company stands for much more than just flushing products onto the market at rock-bottom prices.
Your thoughts and feelings are worth their weight in gold
The IT giant's technological developments point to a bleak future of a dystopian surveillance and control society. Amazon, as a driving force in the establishment of digital capitalism, is not only permanently changing the economy, but also everyday life, social behavior and even our ways of thinking. Artificial intelligences and algorithms are able to control and manipulate needs. Calculations that can be derived from this are already shaping today what will be made into money tomorrow. With a wide range of products and technological infrastructure (servers), the company is pushing into more and more areas of life to satisfy its insatiable hunger for data. Be it through the surveillance software Amazon Ring, which acts as an all-seeing eye guarding the properties of the rich and - now also installed in vehicles - subjects the environment to permanent monitoring. Through the voice assistant Alexa, which lurks as the AI's ears in living rooms and bedrooms and witnesses even the most intimate moments. By means of facial recognition programs and sensors that are supposed to interpret emotions and direct customers through the self-service stores of Amazon-Go. Or with a variety of developments in the fields of health and biotechnology to capture everything physical and break it down into numbers. Amazon knows that anyone who has large amounts of information and data at their disposal and can translate the present into mathematical dimensions also has the power to influence the future to their own advantage.
From the worldwideweb to the Berlin site
Responsibility for maintaining the social order of society is much more diffusely distributed, but the corporation, along with a few other tech giants, has a unique role to play in reordering the world through Smartification. In many places, its grip on our lives is already far greater than we think we know. This is not limited to those who have already willingly exchanged their friends for Alexa, who serve a highly networked on-demand economy by buying Prime products, or who buy themselves silly on the online retailer's platforms at the expense of workers in precarious employment. On the Internet, there is now hardly any way around Amazon. To ensure that this will soon be the case in physical space as well, Jeff Bezos is planting an imposing tower in the middle of the city. With a height of 140 meters, it is an unmistakable symbol of the white-patriarchal claim to power of an egomaniacal asshole. Moreover, the construction of the tower will have drastic consequences for the neighboring neighborhoods. The influx of thousands of IT employees from Amazon will further increase the price spiral on the housing market and continue and accelerate displacement processes. As always, those who suffer most are the excluded, who already feel the financial pressure most strongly due to rising costs. So it is only a tiny consolation that the tower is so outrageously high that the burning down of the Amazon fleet at the other end of the city could easily have been marveled at from the upper floors.
Amazon walks over corpses
The fact that the Amazon EDGE Tower is being built with supposedly sustainable materials may sound good for marketing, but it doesn't make the whole thing any better. Rather, it greenwashes the environmental consequences of manufacturing and operating thousands and thousands of servers, and how disastrous the business of online retailing and clinging to the idea of mass consumption is in the face of the ecological crisis. When a corporation like Amazon advertises sustainability, it is certainly not because of insight into the consequences of its own actions, but out of hard-nosed business calculations. The label of climate protection is now a good way to make a profit. It remains to be said that the techno-industrial complex only became big through countless crimes against human beings and the rest of nature, from which today's crises emerge. Only its complete destruction, by means of the necessary liberating violence, will be able to put an end to it.
Last but not least, smartification, control, and surveillance also affect the beleaguered workforces of the Amazon distribution centers, who, unlike their well-trained colleagues in information technology, are expected to constantly perform at their peak under miserable working conditions in exchange for meager pay. Not even when someone drops dead does this filthy corporation have the decency to give its employees a breather, to pause for a moment, as recently happened in Leipzig. This fire is for you, too!
For the anarchist Alfredo Cospito, who has been on hunger strike for 89 days in solitary confinement in Italy in the fight against the 41bis regime.
For Thanos Chatziangelou, who is fighting for his dignity in the dungeons of Greece.
For Ivan who is on hunger strike in France and the 11 prisoners from Turkey who are on hunger strike in the Greek jails.
In solidarity with the squatters in Lützerath.
Against the ongoing plundering of the planet - Attack the techno-industrial complex.
Freedom for all prisoners!
Some anarchistsTags: attack!solidarityLützerathAlfredo CospitoIván AloccoThanos Chatziangelou
Secret Service doesn't record visitors at Biden's 'weekend White House' where classified docs were found
Secret Service doesn't record visitors at Biden's 'weekend White House' where classified docs were found | 16 Jan 2023 | The Secret Service said Monday it does not track who comes and goes from Joe Biden's Delaware residence where classified documents were improperly stored -- despite Biden using the home as a weekend White House. Since taking office in January 2021, Biden has made 52 trips to the Wilmington house, spending all or part of 167 days there, according to a tally by The Post. Despite the frequency of the president's [sic] trips home, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told FoxNews.com "we don't independently maintain our own visitor logs because it's a private residence." Guglielmi's statement goes beyond two previous claims made by the Secret Service last year to The Post in response to records requests for visitor information at Biden's Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach homes.
Mission Statement: To put into practice the liberators ideals that I exposure so that I gain not just my liberation but become a catalyst for others to achieve their own.
Vision Statement: I envision a future where there is liberation and decolonization for all, because so long as one of us is colonized or caged, none of us are free-- and this includes the borders and cages we cannot see, the ones that confine our minds... including the ones we construct ourselves
Anarcology Episode Four: Education
In this episode, I discuss different aspects of the education system.
published Jan 16, 2023
Anarcology Episode Three: Shit your Pants
In this episode, we discuss the choices that are forced upon us due to societal norms, as opposed to choices that we make for our happiness.
published Jan 9, 2023
Anarcology Episode Two: Identity
In this show, we discuss the different aspect of identity and the role this play in how we navigate the world.
published Jan 7, 2023
Anarcology: Episode One
published Dec 26, 2022
From Enough is Enough
We are post, we are autonomous, we are anarchists, we are communists, we provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine, we chase the uprisings, we are brutal feminists and we look after each other, searching for truth and yet disoriented, we fight in our neighborhoods and look for every opportunity to throw a stone. We come from the solidarity movement with Latin America, from the housing struggles of the 80s, from the fading Antifa of the 2000s, from the anti-globalization movement, and finally from today, which does not yet have a name. We want everything and nothing.
It took us a long time to find each other. The reasons for this were certainly the two years of the pandemic separation, but ultimately and above all because we did not know each other, because we located ourselves politically and ideologically in other places of the left tessellation. Only with the breaking of this tessellation into splinters during the pandemic we got the necessary freedom to recompose ourselves. So we met for the first time these days coming from different cities (Wuppertal, Münster, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Bielefeld, Frankfurt) and discussed for a long day.
In this respect, we are only at the beginning. This text is a confirmation of this beginning, as it initially ‘only’ shows the criticism and dissatisfaction from which we came together and only cautiously hints where the journey could lead to.
We are addressing you. To you who also feel dissatisfaction, who realize that something is going wrong in the world and in what some still call leftism. We address those who are still willing to think, who are looking for orientation and do not find it in the old familiar. We address you because we feel the same.
We have come together as confused and isolated souls, outcasted and caved from our former political homes. We cannot offer you an analysis of the world, let alone a strategic proposal of what to do. What we can do, however, is share a random yet coherent list of views with you that mark, as we are convinced, the necessary break with this world.
- The world is decaying. The Greens, in their compulsive good face game, try to stop or heal this decay with aloe vera. The fascists try to breathe new life into the decaying world with their necromancy of family, fatherland and Christianity. The old capitalists just continue as before. And the left, in its unsurpassed wisdom of the both-as-also dialectic, also tries its hand at the necromancy of concepts from the 19th and 20th centuries, also adding a pinch of aloe vera to the alleged magic potion that gives them the feeling of moving forward. Even the disciples of Andreas Malm pay homage to a despondent Leninism that trivializes the seizure of power in questions of militancy and pressure to act. Gramsci and Lenin would turn in their graves.
- We stand stunned before what nowadays calls itself revolutionary politics, and yet is only a pile of rubble of left-wing social-democratic politics, which pounces resentfully on the FDP, still has not gotten over the betrayal of the SPD of 1914, and does not realize that the Greens have taken these “Punch and Judy” parties to their side as welcome idiots, in order to comfortably consolidate their project of Green Capitalism without causing a stir: Not a greenwashing project, in which only the old is whitewashed with new paint, but a project of capitalist renewal, which can be called, provisionally, “Green Fascism” in view of our own inadequacy to understand the new world in its totality, and whose potential is to stabilize capitalism in its crisis-riddenness for a too-long time: State of emergency propagandistically called climate emergency, social control through repression and destruction of the social in the name of prevention. Green colonialism in the lithium fields of Latin America, solar parks of the vast expanses of the African desert, the hydrogen power plants on the coasts and the holes of rare earth metals on every corner of this planet. Truman’s noisy village Show and Mad Max. Every wind turbine, every e-car, every organic supermarket, every greening of our prisons that others call cities, is an expression of this noisy village. Each of its design elements, means death in another place of the world, carefully hidden to us with walls and barbed wire, with Netflix and smart watches, with expansion of public transportation, greening of sidewalks and rainwater catchment stations.
- We vomit because of the morality, the paternalism, the pietism, which drums on us in Dolby Surround and Richard Wagner pathos and demands renunciation and preservation of possession, discipline and furiousness, modesty and wastefulness from us. Who tells us that you have to make your hands dirty to achieve something, who promises us salvation in evil, as long as it is done with a headache. Here, too, in a completely different and yet identical way, the radical and leftist movement resembles the left-green-liberal milieu from Baerbock to Kipping, from Ramelow to Habeck, from Campact to the interventionist left. We don’t want to achieve anything, we don’t want reforms, we want fundamental change.
- We can no longer stand this lukewarm, well-tempered state of this world and the left. Everywhere opinions and attitudes, nowhere consciousness and rebellion. Information everywhere, reality nowhere. Where leftists see chances and possibilities, ways to a transformation, where they say “after all and at least”, we see only opt-out schemes for those very leftists, tranquilizers and feel-good oases of secret despair regarding the state of affairs in the world.
- We are now disgusted by the concepts of solidarity and responsibility. After all, they are the badge of shame of the German left, which joined the ruling Corona policy in goose step in 2020. Just as they now serve to legitimize a war. We keep the concept of solidarity in our hearts with pain, in the hope that it is not yet dead.
- Really everything has been said about the fault lines during the two pandemic years and yet it is an important part of our history and therefore needs to be mentioned. Besides the obvious intellectual failure of the (radical) left, which had hardly any idea of asking the very own question of the left, namely “What does a good life for all look like”, but focused on pure survival, i.e. replaced politics by nihilism, one can also observe the disposal of leftist critique of science and internationalism, which took place at the speed of light. The left thus settled at home in sterility, loneliness and moral superiority or appeals. The state, as if the Marxist debates since the 1970s had not existed, became the Neogramscian guarantor of survival against evil, indeed one might almost say reaping capital. Thus, the left (to differentiate hardly makes sense here) watched in outrage as homeless people were evicted outside, people had to continue working, young people were beaten up or chased to death, and the vaccines and their patents, did not arrive in Africa and the patents were not suspended, respectively, despite the hashtags. “Once upon a time, the left and all liberation movements followed a different logic. It was a logic that consisted in risking and putting life on the line in order to win life, precisely for those who could not put their lives on the line. The separation of the demand for bread on the one hand and roses on the other hand was just not a here and there demand. Bread and roses were international maxims!” (1)
- Whether Covid pandemic or Ukraine war. Whether transsexual law/self-determination law or the repeal of §219a: Feminism seems to be running rampant. Responsibility, values, equality and decriminalization. No emancipation, no revolution, but still progress, one hears from leftist circles. What a derision for us as accomplices and affected people, who see how global patriarchy defends and wants to secure its own position in capitalism with tooth and nail: feminicide, systematic murder of and attacks on queer people and sexual dissidents are the most extreme results. Instead of state appeals and more security, we want to get out of the victim role. As we said: we are brutal feminists and we take care of each other.
- For us, neither Baerbock, Ricarda Lang, nor Luisa Neubauer or Katrin Henneberger are feminists. They are men who feminize patriarchal capitalism. Making it more cruel with their smiles. Where patriarchal capitalism previously used to leave the dull ache of the fist, today it leaves a masochistic feeling of satisfaction. They diligently collaborate in “Green Fascism,” whether willfully or unwittingly. They are representatives of their class. What was once commonly referred to as progressive civil society to be addressed is now the carrier of the capitalist future.
- Wars are nothing new. What is new is that almost everyone has developed a taste for the military logic of victory and defeat. But after the great excitement of spring, cynicism has returned. Hardly anyone is interested in ending the war in Ukraine: From the rulers in Russia to Germany to the United States. This should be clear to anyone who can still spare a few brain twists. But even in the left there seem to be hardly those who still have the desire to think: The DKP (German Communist Party) has no interest, because otherwise it would have to wake up from its beautiful dream that the Soviet Union or the bloc confrontation of the pre-1990s, no longer exists. Parts of the radical left and the anarchist milieu need the war in Ukraine either to prepare their return to the bosom of the nation by demanding the delivery of weapons, or to dive once again into the rose-colored Corona world of absorbent cotton, in which it was clear what had to be done, who was bad and who was good, and in which one did not have to do anything, or was even called upon to do nothing. Instead, we think that supporting the companions and comrades in Ukraine, whether they have a weapon, food, or a medical kit in their hands, does not mean joining the imperial reordering of the world.
- Due to the current situation, we have to express our solidarity with our fighting friends in Rojava, who have been fighting for a more just world since the beginning of time, abandoned by the whole world, and who once again have to go their way against Turkish imperialism and ISIS alone, despite all steadfastness. It may sound almost cynical, but your existence, your struggle, means a lot to us and inspires us. We will support you to the best of our ability; knowing that the best of our ability is not enough. This inspiration also explains why many young people around the world are joining you. With respect, we see these decisions as an expression of the power that lies in your ideas. At the same time, it is a painful reminder of the state of the radical left in Germany when young people who are eager to do something see more meaning and perspective in joining the armed struggle in another country instead of fighting in this country.
- All the oh-so-strategic debates, in which the one is queen* or king who sees particularly many ambivalences, problems, challenges and pitfalls, who wins the bullshit bingo with “both …and”, in our opinion only testify to a perfected self-distraction from the actual problem: Everything is on the table, it comes down to accepting reality in its radicality and to take action.
- This evil system must go. It is no longer about progress (whether bourgeois or communist), no longer about setting the course for a just future. It’s about stopping progress, about blowing up the tracks: To no longer participate in this system. Neither in revolutionary realpolitik, nor in being a rural commune hippie, nor in the majority grind. Because we live in times in which we fall asleep in the evening and the next morning somewhere in the world a government could be overthrown again. The fact that these uprisings have not yet become revolutions does not mean that they cannot still become revolutions, but it also means that they may never become revolutions. The point is to become aware of the global situation in our latitudes, to relate to the uprisings, not as riot porn, but as our instantaneous own, our own because of the global potential, theoretically and practically. The future is still unwritten.
- Revolution is more necessary than ever before, that is why it is possible. And where it seems all the more distant, it is more necessary than ever before not to let go of it.
- We no longer want choice, freedom, when it comes to the choices and freedom that this society offers us. The choices and the freedoms that are offered to us rot from the inside and imprison us.
- We want to live communism and spread anarchy. A necessary but not yet sufficient condition to know where the journey will take us.
It is about organizing, about risking a new beginning. We are not so much concerned with the next organization, which strives for structure, responsiveness, mediation and other buzzwords from management, but rather with organizing the irreconcilability with the existing conditions in theory and practice, beyond old certainties. Because even if it is cold in the country, the fires of Amon Dîn blaze all over the world. We know that other people also think and act in this direction. That is why we are sure that sooner or later our paths will cross. We are a faction, maybe just a splinter, without a program and a flag, we are an imagination trying to materialize. Against all odds, even our own.
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This Week in Fascism #133: Communities Continue to Mobilize Against Anti-LGBTQ Attacks as New Fascist Formations Emerge
Welcome fellow antifascists!
Since our last column, much has happened. After Elon Musk took over Twitter and quickly moved to align with the far-Right by removing anarchist and antifascist accounts, we wanted to bring back this column and use it as a vehicle to promote antifascist theory, action, and research.
Today there’s much to celebrate – a new wave of antifascist action and community self-defense is kicking off all around us. Antifascists, two years after the coming to power of Biden, have continued to build coalitions and relationships within our communities while working to increase our collective capacity to take on growing far-Right forces – which have only become more emboldened following the attempted coup in Washington DC.
Patriot Front has recently been active in the Atlanta metro area: here's a sticker removal photo from Stone Mountain village. Thanks to the local community for all the tips we get on their activity. Keep vigilant and try to get them on camera. pic.twitter.com/iYNa9w9ebV
— ATL Antifascists (kolektiva.social/@AtlantaAntifa) (@afainatl) January 16, 2023
This week’s column will include a look at some of the newest neo-fascist, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi formations that have emerged out of the changing terrain that is the post J6 landscape. We also present a roundup of recent antifascist action across the so-called US, and a look at the neo-Nazi network ‘White Lives Matter,’ which has called for another round of pathetic monthly events.
We hope this column continues to be a space for sharing information, news, action, and theory – so with that in mind, let’s dive right in!New Fascist and White Supremacist Formations Emerge Amid Ongoing Far-Right Wave of Attacks on the LGBTQ+ Community
The wave of threats, deadly attacks, and harassment that began last year against the LGBTQ+ community, Pride celebrations, and drag events has only continued into the new year. With it, we are seeing new far-Right, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist, and white supremacist groups emerge.
Some of these groups seem to be splits from Patriot Front, a neo-Nazi formation that attempted to re-brand itself after one of its associates murdered an antifascist counter-protester at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Recently, Patriot Front has been hit with a series of lawsuits, doxxes, and communication leaks, weakening the organization.
Other formations seem to have formed simply within the absence of existing groups, or amidst the breakdown and disunity currently found in associations like the Proud Boys. Others seem to be forming because they see an opportunity to take part in ongoing far-Right rallies and demonstrations.
It’s important that antifascists understand these newly forming groups and mobilize quickly to take action, map their social networks, and act to defend their communities.
- Rose City Nationalists: Based in the Pacific Northwest, as Rose City Antifa wrote, this neo-Nazi group was founded by “Gaston, Oregon resident Casey Knuteson,” a former Proud Boy and member of Patriot Front. Like Patriot Front, the group has a dress code of khaki pants and black hiking wear and has taken part in White Lives Matter “days of action” and far-Right protests against drag events. In Eugene, Oregon in October, members of the group threw up Nazi salutes at an anti-drag rally, only to later run to their cars from a much larger antifascist crowd.
- American Virtue/American Populist Union: The Groyper alternative for when Nick Fuentes becomes just too cringe. According to Salon, the group “closely mimics Fuentes’ movement and counts many groypers among its ranks. [John] Doyle has headlined multiple APU events and served as [the] figurehead for the movement.” In the spring of 2022, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar denied that he would be speaking at an APU event, after being listed on its website. Soon after, the group re-branded as “American Virtue,” and has had Florida State Representative Anthony Sabatini speak at its conference. As Political Research Associates wrote, while its leaders have “close ties to alt-right figures such as Richard Spencer, Identity Evropa, and the 2017 Unite the Right rally, as well as to Fuentes and the groypers,” they have also attempted to clean up their image and firmly position themselves as part of the mainstream GOP.
- Active Club Network: Out of the ashes from groups like the Rise Above Movement (RAM), the Active Club Network is an attempt to merge neo-Nazi politics with MMA style training and Patriot Front styled ‘activism.’ The network is active on Telegram with groups across dozens of states. They have strong cross over with White Lives Matter chapters and established groups like Patriot Front.
- Protect Texas Kids: Led by self-described “Christian fascist” Kelly Neidert, Protect Texas Kids is a pan-far-Right formation and non-profit that has ties to both established GOP circles, Christian Nationalist groups, and neo-fascist/white supremacist organizations. While in college in Texas, Kelly and her twin brother Jake, formed alliances with groups like the Proud Boys and also reportedly worked with the group’s former white nationalist lawyer, Jason Van Dyke, famous for attempting to join the neo-Nazi terrorist group, the Base. Featured on Fox News and other conservative outlets, Neidert gained wide spread media attention for calling for people who attend Pride events to be “rounded up” and has been documented repeatedly working alongside anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, and neo-fascist groups.
These are the people in Neidert’s coalition. pic.twitter.com/wVx2u6tctN
— Candice Bernd (@CandiceBernd) December 18, 2022
- Aryan Freedom Network: An outgrowth of a neo-Nazi version of Christianity called Christian Identity and various KKK formations, the Aryan Freedom Network is a Texas based neo-Nazi group that openly embraces flying swastika flags and throwing up Hitler salutes at public demonstrations. They’ve become a regular at rallies organized by Kelly Neidert and Protect Texas Kids, rallying alongside a variety of other neo-fascist and white supremacist groups. The group is led by Dalton Henry Stout and his father, George Bois Stout, who live in De Kalb, Texas, north of Dallas. The Aryan Freedom Network has also recently been in the news, after it attempted to sue veteran and antifascist researcher Kristofer Goldsmith, who exposed the meeting place for the group’s recent conference – which was also attended by Jason Van Dyke.
- American Nationalist Initiative (ANI): In what appears to be another re-branding of Patriot Front, with colors, rhetoric and aesthetics that come across as a more edgy Identity Evropa, this group continues use of PF’s fasces symbol while also attempting to recuperate autonomous, anarchist, and left-wing mutual aid projects. Like the Proud Boys, the group claims to be open to men of all races, yet also praises neo-Nazi leaders like Oswald Mosley and clearly promotes a neo-fascist vision of the US. This group has shown up in Texas at various anti-drag events along with other neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, but claims to have chapters in dozens of US cities.
- The New Columbia Movement: Think Identity Evropa energy mixed with fascist-Catholic rhetoric. While promoting an authoritarian set of politics, like the ANI, they claim to not bar non-white “fellow soldiers for Christ.” As Steve Monacelli wrote, the group embraces a form of
“Carlism, a semi-fascist Catholic pro-monarchist ideology, [that] emerged in 1800s Spain and played a part in Franco’s brutal regime.” The group has appeared at numerous anti-LGBTQ+ rallies in Texas alongside Kelly Neidert and a variety of neo-fascist and white supremacist groups.
A drag friendly drag show in Lakeland, Florida was surrounded by nazis calling for the death of the "pedophiles" inside. Cops surrounded the place and sat in there cars and did nothing. NatSoc Florida was responsible for this. https://t.co/dyaPsQS5wA pic.twitter.com/09MkosPAHG
— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) December 4, 2022
- NatSoc Florida: A neo-Nazi group that grabbed headlines when they rallied in support of DeSantis at a Turning Point USA event in Orlando and against a drag event in Lakeland, Florida. According to Miami Against Fascism, “Josh Nunes of Jacksonville, FL leads one of these cells known as NatSoc Florida.” The group works closely with members of the Goyim Defense League (GDL).
- Goyim Defense League (GDL): Led by Jon Minadeo Jr., who recently moved from the bay area to Florida after his house was vandalized, the GDL is known for its neo-Nazi ideology and harassment of Jewish communities across the US with banner drops and flyering campaigns. Known for heavily documenting their actions on social media, the group also works closely with a wide variety of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.
Hi Robert Bowen Wheldon aka R-Dub – Admin of WLM California- from San Diego, CA!
— Karma🏴 is a Mirror™️ (@KarmaOneSixOne) April 23, 2022
- White Lives Matter: A loose network of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Proud Boys that carries out monthly “days of action” which includes banner drops, flyering and sticker campaigns, and at times, flash (unannounced) rallies in various cities. While generally never drawing more than a dozen or more, WLM has attempted to bring together older, more experienced neo-Nazis from a variety of groups and organizations, with many newer activists from online spaces. While they have faced ongoing community opposition and push back from antifascists, the group has continued to carry out unannounced actions in a variety of cities, monthly.
NSC-131 leader Chris Hood pic.twitter.com/sj0CUcFEQL
— New England Nazi Watch (@nenaziwatch) December 18, 2022
- Nationalist Social Club-131 (NSC-131): Based in the New England and Massachusetts area, NSC-131 includes ex-members of Patriot Front and in many ways, blends PF’s organizational blueprint with more confrontational street politics. The group is known for openly flying swastika flags and throwing up Hitler salutes in public, but will also hand out flyers, put up graffiti, and hold demonstrations and flash rallies. The group is also known for attempting to hold protests against anarchist and left-wing events and spaces. It is led by long-time white supremacist organizer Chris Hood and is capable of mobilizing upwards of several dozen members. In the spring of 2022 the group grabbed headlines after the lead singer of the punk band the Dropkick Murphy’s called the group out on social media for using the band’s song in a promotional video. The racists never materialized for the potential brawl. Ironically, despite attempting to label all LBGTQ+ people as “groomers,” the group includes a former member that is doing jail time for child pornography and solicitation.
Taking a step back and looking at these new formations, we see trends developing. While some of these groups claim they do not bar members based on race, they are still more than willing to work directly with open white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and as fascists, see themselves as all working towards common goals. Far-Right currents such as opposition to drag and Pride events provide a common ground for potential unity, as Trump supporters stand side-by-side Hitler saluting national-socialists. Organizers like Kelly Neidert are fine with rallying with neo-Nazis, as long as they bring out bodies and potential muscle. Just last month, it was even made public that Kelly’s brother Jake, is now working as the legislative director for Republican state Representative Tony Tinderholt of Texas.
Representative Tony Tinderholt's decision to hire Jake Neidert comes amid a wave of threats against the LGBTQ+ community in Texas and across the country. https://t.co/H4KaKjlzN1
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 17, 2022
Antifascists must work to continue to expose the high-degree of cross over between these groups and the Republican party; shining light on how GOP-linked organizers are creating safe spaces for fascist and far-Right nationalist coalitions to grow.
We also must keep in mind that many of these groups are attempting to build organizations that aren’t defined explicitly by racial politics – and instead are using language based around everything from religion to American nationalism and economic populism. Some groups like the ANI are even recuperating anarchist strategies like mutual aid organizing.
The good news is that antifascist groups and coalitions are putting in the hard work of building relationships and fighting to mobilize big numbers against these groups. But between protests and demonstrations, we also have to be doing the work of educating our communities and explaining to the broader public the danger that these groups pose and the fascist politics they are promoting, as new organizations attempt to rebrand.
One of the best chants we’ve ever heard
“Follow your Leader, Bang Bang Bang” pic.twitter.com/oXh6h4cQ9P
— Elm Fork JBGC (@elmforkJBGC) January 15, 2023
Just as the Alt-Right faded into the background by the middle of the Trump presidency, so to are we seeing the post-J6 formations come apart and form new groups and networks while experimenting with different strategies and tactics.
The challenge ahead remains to build a broad antifascist movement that can push back against these fascist forces, splitting them off from their bases of support and exposing their links with established power structures, while also building a counter-movement that speaks to the struggles of poor and working people’s lived realities; promoting autonomy, self-defense, mutual aid, direct action, and class conflict in the face of whites supremacy, authoritarianism, conspiracy theories, and fascist violence.Roundup of Antifascist Resistance
Vancouver, BC: Over 500 people mobilized to oppose a few dozen bigots protesting a drag-story event at a library in Vancouver.
Coquitlam. A drag performer is reading a story to children inside the library. The man with the megaphone is protesting the reading – he’s confronted by supporters. pic.twitter.com/4nCxxcemF1
— St John Alexander (@ctv_stjohn) January 14, 2023
Dallas, TX: Around 50 antifascists and community members mobilized to protect a drag event against a collection of far-Right and white supremacist counter-protesters, including members of the American Nationalist Initiative and New Columbia Movement.
Pictures from the Dallas, TX defense activities today. Stolen from fash and made shareable here.
— pridewasariot.sac (@pridewasariot_) January 15, 2023
Fall River, MA: Antifascist crews, socialist groups, John Brown Gun Club chapters, and community organizations mobilized several hundred people in support of drag-story hour that in the past had been targeted by neo-Nazis. While the white supremacists were no shows (choosing instead to mobilize in Taunton, several minutes away), a handful of far-Right protesters did materialize.
Baltimore, MD: Supporters rallied outside of a library during a drag-story hour, facing off with umbrellas and flags against protesters.
Some favorite from today’s protest/counter-protest of Saturday’s Drag Story Hour at the library in Canton. pic.twitter.com/fYAqWtKnoi
— Nathan Aaron (@punkinxspice) January 15, 2023
Redlands, CA: Local antifascists and community members held it down at a drag story hour event, despite attempts by the Proud Boys to harass the event.
I’m spite of all the chud activity here in Redlands. SRS went to drag story hour in Riverside and it was so cute and fun. pic.twitter.com/D5iqY4QRt9
— Saferedlandsschools (@SafeRedlandsk12) January 15, 2023
New York City, NY: Hundreds of people turned out to defend a drag story event from Proud Boys and neo-Nazis. Clinic defenders have also continued to mobilize in defense of the local Planned Parenthood, facing down police and far-Right protesters.
NEW YORK CITY LOVES DRAG STORY HOUR!!
Today, hundreds of New Yorkers showed up at the Jackson Heights Library in Queens for a joyous community defense to protect Drag Story Hour from the far right.
— United Against Racism and Fascism NYC (@UARFNYC) December 30, 2022
San Diego, CA: Church hosting far-Right grifter Sean Feucht was covered in antifascist and pro-LGBTQ+ graffiti.
City View Church in #SanDiego, where far-right musicans & evangelist Sean Feucht plans to hold a #NewYearsEve event was vandalized last night with pro-LGBTQIA & anti-racist messages. Feucht, the real bigot, has repteaedly tagreted the #LGBTQIA community w/ marches and rallies. pic.twitter.com/sFLJH4rJDc
— Shawn Schwaller (@madprofes) December 31, 2022White Lives Matter
White Lives Matter (WLM), a loose network of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Proud Boys, has again called for monthly demonstrations in 2023. This activity generally takes the form of banner drops, flash demonstrations, and flyering actions. This month, WLM actions popped up in a small smattering of cities, including in Idaho, Toronto, and in Boca Raton, FL, where neo-Nazis in the Goyim Defense League reportedly flyered. The group has been particularly active in this region and the group’s leader, Jon Minadeo Jr., also recently announced that he was moving from the North Bay Area of California to Florida, after he was doxxed and his house was vandalized.
Thank you to all the Conejos and Conejas who were out in the rain today, doing the work, watching over our community. This community rejects fascism. We keep us safe. pic.twitter.com/ZqpJctpvxZ
— Conejo Valley Antifascists (@CAntifascists) January 15, 2023
White Lives Matter participants were also confronted – both as large crowds mobilized to defend Drag Story Hour events and also in the streets. In Missoula, MT, neo-Nazis were pelted with eggs and in the Conejo Valley of Southern California, people again patrolled areas known for past neo-Nazi activity.
Missoula comes out for community defense! https://t.co/vmrcoRxTYt
— try anywhere else (@AntifaWhisperer) January 15, 2023
Until next time, see you in the streets!
photo: Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club
Top U.S. general inspects Ukrainian troops --Mark Milley visited a German camp to oversee the Pentagon's newly expanded training program | 17 Jan 2023 | U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, the highest-ranking officer in the American armed forces, met with Ukrainian soldiers undergoing Pentagon training at a base in Germany, where Washington recently stepped up efforts to prepare foreign troops for combat. The general visited the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr Training Area in the German state of Bavaria for just shy of two hours on Monday, overseeing training operations with Ukrainian soldiers and their American instructors. The trip coincided with an expansion of the U.S. training program for Ukrainian troops at the Grafenwoehr base just one day prior, with Milley saying the Pentagon now hopes to turn out 500 combat-ready soldiers in five to eight weeks.
Dr. Harriet Hall, Staunch Critic of Anti-vaxxers and Alternative Medicine, Dies in Her Sleep | 16 Jan 2023 | Dr. Harriet "The SkepDoc" Hall, an author of a science medicine blog slamming the anti-vaxxers and critic of alternative medicine, died suddenly in her sleep last week. Dr. Hall was a retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices... She was a proponent of the vaccination mandate and against all-natural remedies. "Are you contemplating getting a second booster for COVID-19? Check out my SkepDoc's Corner at Skept Inquirer to find out why I say your decision should be a resounding YES!" she wrote in a post.
Biden Signs on to 'Declaration of North America' (DNA) With Canada and Mexico - Is the Planned North America Union Making a Comeback?
Biden Signs on to 'Declaration of North America' (DNA) With Canada and Mexico - Is the Planned North America Union Making a Comeback? By Leo Hohmann | 16 Jan 2023 | Joe Biden met last week in Mexico City with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the 10th North American Leaders' Summit. The three leaders signed onto a document that looks like a prelude to a North American Union, which the globalists talked a lot about during the George W. Bush [illegitimate] presidency. It looks like the push toward a merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico may be back on the front burner if this document is any indication. The document attracted very little media attention since it was released on January 10, as the mainstream corporate press focused instead on classified documents found in Biden's office and home... The stated goal of the document is to fortify the continent's "security, prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness." The North American leaders, dubbed the "Three Amigos," committed their countries to six "pillars," all of which were taken straight from United Nations documents Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030.