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Meet the Anarchist Who Wants to Abolish Government... By Joining It

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:12

John Carico hopes to bring the Antifa movement to the mainstream with his independent campaign for U.S. Senate.

from theoutline.com

John Michael Carico, 32, is not a typical anarchist. Most anarchists would never launch a serious bid for public office because they oppose the existence of the state but, despite loathing the electoral process, Carico is running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee as an Independent. This is not an act of radical performance art, like when the activist Vermin Supreme runs for various offices wearing a boot on his head and promising everyone ponies if elected. Carico’s bid is real.

Carico, who is nonbinary and goes by Jae Em, wants to mainstream anarchism and push Democrats further left. White supremacists from David Duke to Tom Metzger have used political campaigns in this manner for decades, and now, according to the Anti-Defamation League, there are 10 far-right extremists running for national office, eight as Republicans. A couple have even won primaries. Self-identified members of Antifa have not yet copied this strategy — but Carico hopes to change that.

“It’s how political thought is offered to the masses,” Carico told me over the phone. “And it’s the only way the media will pay attention.”

Carico’s anti-capitalist and social progressive values might lead some to align them with the Democratic Socialists of America, even though they are not a fan of the Democratic Party. To that end, Carico’s campaign could be seen as an extreme extension of the rise of other left of center candidates, like Democratic Socialist Rashida Tlaib, who earlier this month won the Democratic primary to represent Michigan’s 13th district in Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th district.

However, for Carico to mainstream anarchy as a political philosophy, other Antifa members will have to follow. And that might not be likely.

Brian Levin, Director at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, said that Antifa members don’t have the organizational skills to burrow into mainstream politics like far-right extremists.

“People join Antifa to overthrow what they think is an indelibly tarnished system,” Levin said. “They do not join Antifa because they want to canvas neighborhoods to register progressives to vote.”

Not only is that what Carico is doing, but it’s also probably what they do best. A former community organizer, Carico is friendly, talkative, and extremely polite. Whenever they have the funds, Carico drives around Tennessee, registering people to vote. They explain their platform, which includes universal health care, prison reform, a living wage, a one-to-ten ratio for income within every company, and a counsel-based authority system similar to what is being practiced in Rojava, in northern Syria.

Carico is running against Democrat Phil Bredesen, Republican Marsha Blackburn, and five other Independent candidates. Earlier this summer, Carico held a Reddit AMA (in the r/latecapitalism channel) in which they said voting alone won’t bring the change the country needs. “We need armed struggle,” Carico wrote. “We need to stop the fascistic empire and build something new. We need that yesterday. This [campaign] is an attempt to get that idea out to as many people as possible.”

ANARCHISTS SHOULD MAKE AS MUCH EFFORT TO REACH THE PUBLIC AS THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE STATE. THE STAKES ARE A LITTLE HIGH FOR DOGMA.
— An Antifa Carico supporter

Carico’s first political rally will be on August 25 at the Big Blue Bash, hosted by Brad Hartley, a Democrat running for State Representative in Tennessee’s 23rd District, at the McMinn County Layman Expo Center outside Athens, Tennessee. At the rally, Carico will outline some of their core beliefs, like paying black people reparations for slavery, making access to the internet a basic human right, giving homes to the homeless, implementing infrastructure reform, and creating more green-energy jobs.

Carico’s campaign has a website, but no outside money, no commercials, no campaign chairperson — just volunteers dropping banners, passing out flyers, and posting to social media. Their online following is not immense (about 2,300 followers split between two Facebook pages), and Carico doesn’t even officially have the support of Antifa because it’s not an interconnected organization with leadership. Not that Antifa would endorse them if it could. A friend of Carico’s, who spoke to The Outline on the condition of anonymity, texted me that Carico’s campaign is a futile attempt at “bourgeois democracy” that is shifting revolutionary potential away from tangible methods of activism.

“Their message will be drowned out at best,” they said. “At worst, it will be co-opted by the Democratic Party and used to detract from the revolution. Direct action and grass roots organizing is what gets shit done, not bourgeois politics.”

Jessica Nocero, an Antifa activist known for doxing white supremacists who volunteers to help Carico, said that the anarchists who oppose Carico’s campaign are the same ones who refuse to give journalists interviews. “They consider themselves purists,” she said.

Another Antifa member who spoke on condition of anonymity wrote to me in an email that, while they understand the logic behind opposing Carico’s campaign, they think it’s time Antifa enters a new phase of activism.

“Anarchists should make as much effort to reach the public as those who support the state,” they wrote. “The stakes are a little high for dogma.”

Carico is running a campaign without money on purpose — “to show it can be done”— but because of that, a lack of exposure is one of their biggest challenges. Levin hadn’t heard of Carico, and Jessica Reaves, a communications specialist for the ADL, called the campaign a stunt.

“It’s very difficult to take an anarchist campaign seriously, given that they want nothing to do with government and are for the dismantling of systems,” Reaves said.

But Nocero maintains the campaign is serious. “People left of center like to say, ‘If people who have far-left politics want to participate in the mainstream, they should run for office,” she said. “So, Jae Em is kind of like our trial balloon.”

Carico grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee, a small city near the Georgia border. When Carico was 18, they enlisted in the Navy, but were discharged after a year. Military service may seem like an odd choice for Carico now, but they were raised fundamentalist Christian by an upper-middle class family. Carico, who had spent all but two years of their life in a private Christian school, felt it was their duty to join the Navy because of 9/11. Over the next decade, Carico dropped in and out of three colleges, lived on communes, and eventually went to New York to take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement. For the past several years, Carico has worked as a citizen journalist, writing for the Fifth Column, a left-leaning news site. It has given them an outlet for their ideas and has served as a precursor to running for office.

Carico attributed the roots of their radicalization to going on mission trips to Jamaica and Nicaragua as a teenager and seeing abject poverty in those countries. Carico, whose father worked as a chemical engineer and owned real estate, soon felt guilty about how privileged their family was compared to others in their church. And today, even though Carico has two daughters — ages 7 and 5 — they don’t have a full-time job, opting to juggle part-time gigs as a landscaper and caterer.

CARICO DOESN’T EVEN OFFICIALLY HAVE THE SUPPORT OF ANTIFA BECAUSE IT’S NOT AN INTERCONNECTED ORGANIZATION WITH LEADERSHIP.

“My kids’ mom’s family is pretty well off,” Carico said. “And my family is well off, so they have everything they need. So, if I can use what privilege and free time I have to engage with the things that other people may not be able to engage with, then I should do that because that’s the responsible thing to do in the long-term perspective.”

Carico said their children’s mother agrees with their ideology and supports their activism. Sam Carico, Carico’s father, assists his son financially — Carico and his partner, who goes by their roller-derby name Charlie Spleen, live in one of his properties rent free with Dogtor Phil, their boxer-labrador retriever mix. (Spleen, a non-binary 19-year-old from Ithaca, New York, said they developed a fan-crush on Carico after they beat up a white supremacist while protesting the 2017 American Renaissance conference in Tennessee. They began messaging Carico over Facebook earlier this year; Carico said the 13-year age difference made them hesitant at first. “I told them I don’t date anyone under 25, but it all went out the window when we met,” Carico said. “I didn’t feel there was a difference in our ability to communicate and rationalize.”)

The elder Carico is not happy with his child’s political leanings.

“I think what he’s doing is messing up the world,” Sam Carico said. “If they would leave the fascists alone, nobody would pay attention to these nasty guys. They’re not a threat, but [Antifa] is making them a threat.”

Despite disagreeing about politics, the two still debate them. Although Sam Carico doesn’t plan on voting for his child in November, he hopes they win.

“Sure would help me out a lot,” he said. “Wouldn’t have to worry about what he’s gonna do when me and his mother are gone. Right now, the path he’s heading down, he’s going to be shot.”

I joined Carico and others earlier this month, when they gathered with other protesters in Washington, D.C. to disrupt a rally organized by white supremacists to mark the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots.

Police had barricaded the rally’s organizer, white-supremacist leader Jason Kessler, and the roughly two dozen followers who showed up in Lafayette Square to hear him speak, so the antifascist protesters decided to march through the capital and protest in front of the Department of Justice. But they were trapped.

Carico wears a bulletproof vest to rallies, but on this day, they were dealing with tear gas, not gunfire. Motorcycle cops sitting along 13th Street NW revved their engines in unison, and then officers behind them shot tear gas into the crowd. Several black-clad protesters fell to the pavement and vomited. Others ran under the awning of nearby Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken to escape the gas.

Carico grabbed Spleen and they ran hand-in-hand into a dead-end alley next to a Wells Fargo Bank. Carico picked up a broken broomstick the length of a forearm and smacked it into their palm. They tucked their red bandana under their chin. “This’ll do,” they said.

Carico covered their face again and slid the broomstick up their black leather jacket sleeve. Protesters were running away from the tear gas toward 14th Street, where there seemed to be fewer cops blocking the road. Joining the crowd, Carico and Spleen sprinted toward a fenced-off construction site on the other side of Wells Fargo. Antifascists pushed against the fence until a section fell down.

Carico and Spleen followed a group of roughly 20 people through the construction site. Someone in front of Carico dropped a round, wooden shield onto a pile of bricks, and Carico scooped it up. Now trapped in another alley, protesters tried opening doors to buildings that face F Street NW. One antifascist jumped onto a fire escape and began climbing.

“Let’s take it to the roof!” he shouted.

As several people yelled for the protester to come down, someone found an open door, and the crowd, with Carico and Spleen near the front, rushed into the building.

Inside the building, there was an elevator, another doorway, and a hallway that led around a corner. There was a moment of confusion, as the antifascist protesters didn’t know where to go. After a moment of shouting, Carico and Spleen followed the others through the doorway and down a flight of stairs.

Now the protesters were in an industrial kitchen. Two line cooks wearing white aprons pointed and shouted for everyone to go left. One of the antifascists knocked over a tray of mugs as the group ran out of the kitchen and into the front of Maison Kayser, an artisanal bakery chain. The customers hurried out of the way, and the protesters exited onto the street.

After hours of continuous rain, the sky had finally cleared. Spleen was wearing red eyeshadow, and for a moment, Carico thought they were bleeding. Carico wiped the dripping makeup with their thumb, and then set the shield and broomstick on top of a garbage can. As they walked toward down the street holding hands, Carico wondered how their dog was doing — home alone with neighbors feeding him. “I hope Phil’s OK,” Carico said.

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Anarchy Radio 08-21-2018

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 03:57

LISTEN HERE: https://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio08212018

Shudu, world's first digital supermodel, Georgia pigs taser 87 year-old salad greens seeker. Things WERE better before modernity. JZ reads "Age of Grief," Adorno and redemption. More on bad effects of sitting, iPhone addiction possibly waning even as Pacific Crest Trail hiking experience devalued by phone use. Resistance briefs, two calls.

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Anews Episode 77 - August 17th, 2018

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 15:38

Welcome to the Anews podcast. This is episode 77 for August 17, 2018. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.

Editorial: Boredom #173, by Salamander
TOTW: Tents, Big and Otherwise

This podcast is the effort of many people. This episode was
* sound edited by Linn O'Mable
* “What’s New” was written by jackie, read by chisel and dim
* Thanks to Aragorn! and Ariel for topic of the week discussion
* The music is 1) Biosphere - Hyperborea
2) oOoOO - Mouchette
3) Noisia - Shitbox

* Contact us at podcast@anarchistnews.org

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Get Involved: London Anarchist Festival

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 14:45

via Freedom News

As some of you may know by now, Freedom and Housmans joined forces to organise Anarchist Festival in October. Other groups and venues are more than welcome to join. Here is a text with details from the Anarchist Festival crew. (zb)

In light of the absence of the London Anarchist Bookfair this year Freedom and Housmans have got together to organise a decentralised anarchist festival on the 20th – 21st of October, and we’d like you to get involved!

The idea is to have events running in radical venues across London organised by groups, all happening under the banner of Not the Anarchist Bookfair. If you already have something planned for the weekend and you think it would be suitable then email us here or at our riseup (anarchistfestival(at)riseup.net) and we’ll add you into our programme. If you want to organise something, book a venue and email us when everything is confirmed.

We want to take a broad approach to anarchism, as long as it’s anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist it’s in. We will not accept any events that are racist, sexist, ableist, transphobic etc and the policies of each venue must be followed as usual. We want to have an emphasis on getting new people involved in anarchist politics so introductory/ easily accessible events are especially wanted.

Examples of events we think would be cool:

-introductary talks
-reading groups
-book launches
-coffee mornings
-open days
-walking tours
-anything else you can think of!

Accessibility
Please be aware of any access restrictions for any venue that you organise an event at as we will include it in the programme.

Hope to hear more from you!

#nottheanarchistbookfair crew

Anarchist Festival
anarchistfestival(at)riseup.net

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The Discourse Is Not The Territory

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:23

From C4SS by William Gillis

When evaluations of reality become seen entirely in terms of their utility as rhetorical weapons it ruins a group’s capacity to get an accurate lay of the land and efficiently strategize. Everything becomes about winning debates, not about ultimately winning ground.

One of the main things the social media age has done is collapse divides between private and public conversations. This leaves everyone constantly on edge for how they posture and maneuver rhetorically contra the outgroup — to the point of overwhelming honest internal discussions. Most productive conversations require a limited or specific audience. This is necessary to discuss any specialized topic or claim that not everyone on the planet agrees with or has caught up to. Since the social networking tools we use are clunky and don’t provide us with fine-grained agency in who we include in a given conversation, people revert to policing audience through sharply uncivil rhetoric and aggressively tribalist social norms. This is often a very rational stopgap measure given our very primitive internet technologies.

To give a classic example, antifeminists showing up in the mentions of feminists going “yeah but have you ever considered that women get free drinks?” is very much akin to someone interrupting a graduate philosophy seminar to declare “have you ever thought that the color green I see isn’t the color green you see?” Discursive exclusion is often necessary for the exploration of advanced topics or theoretical projects that haven’t become universally accepted. There are far more cranks than actual theoretical physicists, and we generally consider it valorous if physicists sometimes work among each other to develop ideas further rather than spending literally all of their time teaching the ignorant. The same sort of specialization applies in political and cultural movements. Since we can’t kick cranks — or just outgroup members — out of some conversations online, folks get increasingly aggressive with them and signal their willingness to get aggressive.

One standard is to barrage any outgroup member with asymmetrical argumentative devices where the response must necessarily be longer or more complicated than the initial claim. Most internet debate exploits different scales of complexity in language and argument rather than substance. This can take the form of flak — throwing up so many rapid fire claims or citations that someone is incapable of addressing all of them. But it usually takes the form of policing discourse to make sure it constantly fits simple slogans or narratives, avoiding thorny nuance that might be exploited by the outgroup. If the outgroup can point to a tension or apparent contradiction that requires much energy to explain, then the game has been lost. Thus do various camps defensively collapse themselves down to simplistic narratives and well worn rhetorical devices. They correctly intuit that anyone introducing nuance or undermining a simple established narrative poses a risk to the entire community and could open the floodgates to sealioning trolls.

The unfortunate consequence of this however is that people become increasingly pickled in nonstop exclusionary posturing. Everything is done to constantly fend off the outgroup getting a word in sideways.

If a group depends on an underdog narrative then it becomes impossible for them to admit when they have an advantage they can press. If a group depends on an inevitable victor narrative then it becomes impossible for them to admit when they face a serious danger and adapt to it. Language becomes less about trying to accurately model the objective underlying world that we operate in and more of a weapon or landscape of contestation. But while it’s certainly true that discourse is an arena of conflict and inherent social positioning, we risk entirely abandoning the individual’s prior-to-society need to get at objective reality.

Maps influence the state of the world, yes, but maps also model underlying objective reality. One can talk about the dynamics of social influence in the construction of maps, but a general that has a more objectively accurate map of a physical battlefield will do better than a general that does not. At the end of the day, popular or even ingroup perception is not the universe, and the universe kicks back.

A significant danger we all face is getting locked in strategies designed to win rhetorical positioning, not recognizing that the ground can shift and still trying to keep tabs of it or prepare for different contexts.

David Graeber’s best essay, in my opinion, “The Shock Of Victory,” explored how unprepared anarchists in the counter-globalization movement were for a change of context. The moment we started winning certain struggles we felt lost at sea, unprepared for a change in tactics. Incapable even of recognizing or admitting that we had won anything.

What’s interesting about underdog or destined-for-victory narratives is that they attempt to build up or give credibility to a position or group based not on their defining attributes — like the core values being asserted — but on a particular lay of the land. This makes them incredibly brittle in the face of actual landscape changes or even small deviations from the narrative. Members can no longer afford to even look in a direction contrary to the narrative, and thus they can’t exploit advantages or harden themselves against vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately this is a pathology that can hit anarchists especially hard in comparison to authoritarian groups. Maoists or fascists with very tightly policed organizational cores have space to talk frankly among themselves, space to admit, as Richard Spencer did, things like “antifa is winning.” Similarly the maoist cadre controlling a liberal group will often have a second meeting where they openly admit everything they said before the liberals was a lie and where they explicitly plan further lies.

Anarchists are less capable of deception. Not only because we instinctively recoil at dissonance between our means and our ends. Our movement is massive, decentralized, and open. In the era prior to the internet, “the scene” was isolated enough to make possible maneuvers like crying to the liberal media about how we were poor, innocent, oppressed normies — while raising funds with one another on the premise of “you should support us precisely because we are not innocent.”

Today “the scene” has become increasingly fragmented and vestigial to a larger, online movement. Some of us remain embedded in it and its refreshingly explicit spaces. But most anarchists do not have that luxury. And so our narratives and movement norms have warped to respond to a discourse constantly under siege. We must work hard to avoid being blinded. We must remember that discourse is not merely chess moves against one another, but also a net that can be draped over and pressed up against objective reality, so as to better empower ourselves.

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We Don’t Forget

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:15

From CrimethInc.

Support Joseph Dibee, Environmentalist Accused of Sabotage

After 12 years of fruitless searching, federal agents have captured Joseph Dibee, accused participant in the Earth Liberation Front. Dibee is charged with arson and conspiracy. The following statement from our collective, It’s Going Down, and a network of anti-fascist groups explores why his case matters today.

In the 1990s, environmentalists and animal rights activists engaged in campaigns to put a stop to climate change, animal exploitation, and the destruction of biodiversity. They shut down board meetings, interrupted construction projects, organized demonstrations and sit-ins, held public outreach events at punk shows and vegan potlucks, liberated animals from captivity, and occasionally utilized vandalism, sabotage, and arson against corporations involved in particularly egregious behavior. Across the world, informally organized groups claimed anonymous actions in the names of the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts.

International networks grew out of these movements. Struggles emerged against superhighways, gold mines, luxury ski resorts, old-growth logging, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and animal testing facilities on several continents. For years, corporate profiteers had cause to fear that they would face consequences when they perpetrated ecological harm. At that time, it was still possible to imagine that humanity could avert the catastrophe that is unfolding today in the form of ever-rising temperatures, hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, and mass extinctions.

At the turn of the century, federal authorities counterattacked, launching a campaign of repression to crush the Earth Liberation Front and subdue environmental movements of all kinds. Their goal was to protect business interests at any expense—even if that meant making the world uninhabitable. At the same time, increasing attention on climate change from the likes of Al Gore served to professionalize environmental activism, imposing the logic of the non-profit industry and bribing activists to moderate their tactics and targets in return for salaries. This two-pronged assault set back environmental movements a full generation or more.

The cataclysm that is unfolding today can be laid at the doorstep of the law enforcement agencies that have paved the way for it by making it so difficult for ordinary people to defend themselves against ecological devastation. If we don’t stop them, they will frogmarch us directly into the apocalypse, profiting all the way—and when the last well is poisoned and the last forest burns up, they will be the last to die.


The remains of the Cavel West horse meat packing plant after it burned down in 1997, allegedly with the assistance of Joseph Dibee. The plant never reopened.


The Green Scare

At the end of 2005, the FBI escalated its assault on earth and animal liberation movements with a new wave of indictments. This offensive, dubbed Operation Backfire, was intended to obtain convictions for many of the unsolved Earth Liberation Front arsons of the preceding ten years.

Of those arrested in Operation Backfire, 12 of the accused became federal informants, collaborating with the authorities against their former comrades and the struggle against catastrophic climate change. The collaborators arrested include Stanislas Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs, Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, Suzanne Savoie, Kendall Tankersley, Jennifer Kolar, Lacey Phillabaum, Darren Thurston, and, much later, Briana Waters. Daniel McGowan, Jonathan Paul, Nathan Block, Joyanna Zacher, Justin Solondz, and Rebecca Rubin all refused to collaborate. William “Avalon” Rodgers passed away in an apparent suicide following his arrest.

This case took place alongside a variety of similar operations, including the proseuctions of Marius Mason, who is still serving a 22-year sentence for environmental sabotage of a GMO facility, Eric McDavid, who served 9 years of a two-decade sentence before a judge threw out his conviction because the prosecution had withheld thousands of pages of exonerating evidence, and other earth and animal liberation prisoners, including Rod Coronado, Jeff “Free” Luers, and Chrisopher McIntosh. The campaign “Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty” faced multiple waves of repression, including the infamous SHAC 7 case, in which all six of the accused served up to six years in prison for maintaining a website. Other people refused to testify before grand juries, a commonly used tool for repressing autonomous movements, and served time for resisting FBI fishing expeditions against environmental activists.

For many years, federal authorities ranked anarchist environmental activism over white supremacist mass shootings and abortion clinic bombings as the number one domestic threat—even though it involved no injuries to human beings whatsoever. Yet despite all the resources they invested in this witch hunt, it took the FBI decades to capture some of their targets. Operation Backfire target Joseph Dibee remained free until August 9, 2018. As of this writing, one of the accused remains at liberty. Our thoughts are with them, wherever they are.



Operation Backfire Defendant Joseph Dibee Arrested in Joint Cuban-US Operation

At 4:53 pm, on August 9, 2018, Joseph Dibee, 50, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center by federal agents. Detained by authorities at an airport in Cuba, he was brought to Oregon via a secretive international policing operation. The next day, Billy J. Williams, US Attorney for Oregon, announced his arrest. Williams received Donald Trump’s support in 2017 and advocates for even more aggressive repression of undocumented immigrants.

Joseph Dibee is accused of participating in environmental direct action in the 1990s with the Earth/Animal Liberation Front. Specifically, he is accused of participating in the sabotage of a horse slaughtering facility that resulted in the permanent closure of the company. His charges include arson, conspiracy to commit arson, and destruction of an energy facility.

He has been wanted by federal authorities for 12 years, during which he is alleged to have traveled in Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Lebanon, Syria, and Russia.

Defend Joseph Dibee—Defend Autonomous Movements

Why is the state still persecuting environmentalists nearly twenty years after actions that never injured anyone? Because as the consequences of resource accumulation and ecological collapse intensify, cracking down on resistance is becoming an ever more urgent priority for the authorities. In The Dawn, Friedrich Nietzsche suggests that you can measure the health of a society according to the number of parasites it can tolerate; today, the custodians of order know that they cannot tolerate any resistance whatsoever, on pain of insurrection.

As prisoners across the country prepare for a nationwide strike against forced labor and undignified conditions, the authorities are preemptively cracking down on organizers. Many rebellious black protesters are imprisoned for attempting to engage in proportionate response to racist extrajudicial police murders in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and elsewhere around the US. Indigenous and non-native water protectors faced unprecedented violence from state counterinsurgency forces and private security firms during the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Over 200 anarchists and other anti-fascists faced eight or more felony charges apiece in one of the largest conspiracy cases in US history on account of participating in protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump, during which anarchists smashed the windows of corporate storefronts, clashed with police, and burned a limousine. Those charges were finally dropped in July after a year and a half of punitive mass intimidation directed at the arrestees.

The state is pouring all its resources into repression at a time when self-organized revolt and mutual aid are needed more than ever. Fascists and neo-Nazis are targeting hurricane relief organizers while Facebook and Google censor radical content online. Tech giants like Amazon and Palantir are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to capture undocumented people while landlords and developers collaborate with IBM and finance capitalists to reimagine cities emptied of the working class, transforming vibrant and rebellious communities into enclaves for the wealthy.

Joseph Dibee was arrested with the collaboration of Cuban authorities in a coordination between rival authoritarian powers that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. As climate chaos, popular uprisings, and economic uncertainty continue to shake the globe, we are witnessing unprecedented collaboration between states in policing and extradition. It remains to be seen what this means for other rebels from previous eras—such as Assata Shakur, who has lived in Cuba for many decades despite being at the top of the FBI’s “most wanted” list. What is clear is that all who oppose the coordinated international suppression of resistance must organize now to defend those who are currently being targeted, lest the authorities be emboldened to expand their scope still further.

Imagining a New Horizon of Struggle

The resurgence of street-level fascism in the US on the coattails of the Trump campaign is merely the tip of the iceberg. Worldwide, we have seen a wave of reactionary populism that will continue to circumscribe the popular imagination for a number of years. As sea levels rise and natural disasters continue to displace poor and working class people in Latin America, the Middle East, Indochina, and Oceania, warlords, right-wing gangs, xenophobic governments, and broad sections of the wealthy and ruling classes will collaborate to produce fanatical nationalist and life-denying discourses. Refugees from across the world are already being denied safe passage into the gated communities of the global north.

It is no longer realistic to imagine that climate change and ecological chaos can be prevented. But this only makes it more paramount to defend what wildness remains, impose consequences for the most environmentally destructive activity, and defend those who take risks to make the world hospitable for both human and nonhuman life. If we do not want to spend the next century locked in ethno-nationalist, religious, and racial warfare, we have to foster new struggles against climate change and ecological destruction, we have to build mutual aid networks capable of surviving in disaster zones, and we have to resolutely defend everyone who fights for a world without cages. Free Joseph Dibee.



You can send letters of care and encouragement to Joseph. DO NOT write about his case or reference anything illegal. Write him here:

Joseph Dibee #812133
Multnomah County Detention Center
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, Oregon 97220

We don’t forget those who fight.

Further Reading

We borrowed the header image from Steve Cup, a radical artist based in New York City.

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The Final Straw Radio: William C. Anderson

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:06

From The Final Straw Radio

On Blackness and Anarchy William C. Anderson

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This week on The Final Straw, we are super pleased to present a talk given at the most recent Asheville Anarchist Bookfair by William C. Anderson, who co authored the book As Black As Resistance with Zoe Samudzi. The talk he is giving here is based heavily on the first chapter of the book called Black in Anarchy, and in addition to laying the groundwork of how he and Samudzi wrote the book, he speaks about the truly conditional nature of so called “citizenship” that many people living in the US face, the continuing evolution of race and the reliance of white supremacy to Black subjugation, and he places Blackness in proximity to Anarchy, and much more.

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From the back cover: “As Black As Resistance makes the case for a new program of self-defense and transformative politics for Black Americans, one rooted in an anarchistic framework that the authors liken to the Black experience itself. This is not a book of compromise, nor does it negotiate with intolerance. It is a manifesto for everyone who is ready to continue progressing towards liberation for all people.”

We hope you will enjoy this talk, and if you are curious about the book As Black As Resistance by Zoe Samudzi and William C. Anderson, you can head over to AK Press to learn more!

Announcements Phone Zap for Prisoners at McCormick CI

IWOC announces that prisoners at McCormick CI in South Carolina are being forced to march around the square in only their boxer shorts, including in front of female staff. Among these prisoners are the Muslim prisoners whose religion demands that they cover their bodies.

Check out the above link for a number and call script.

Charlottesville Solidarity

There has been a request for legal support for an anti-racist comrade who was arrested on August 12th, the year anniversary of the resistance to the United The Right rally on A12 in Cville in 2017. This trans comrade was arrested with the help of active doxxing efforts of a far-right troll this month, he was “genital checked” (read fondled and assaulted) by police without any non-police witnesses, and arrested and could use funds to help in court-support. You can donate to the legal support via a friend at https://paypal.me/lara757 , request that the police and city remove the comrades dead name and photo from their website and follow @SolidCville for future court support in September for this person.

There is also a call up to support Toby & Veronica, two anti-racist organizers from Cville in court on August 23rd at 9:45 AM at the Charlottesville General District Court at 606 E. Market St, Charlottesville, VA.

If you want to see analysis on antifascist events that have occurred thusfar, in DC and Cville, you can head to crimethinc.com and read interviews done with folks who were on the ground there, as well as listen to the most recent Hotwire episode which deals with these topics.

Maya Little Solidarity in Chapel Hill

On Monday, August 20th at 7pm at Peace & Justice Plaza at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, there will be a demonstration in support of Maya Little, an anti-racist activist who faces charges for allegedly throwing paint and her own blood on a confederate statue on UNC campus known as “Silent Sam.”

#August21

AAAnd DO NOT FORGET that in just a few days will kick off the 2018 Prison Strike, scheduled for August 21st thru September 9th. Coming just two years after the largest prison strike in US history, this one has the potential to be even bigger. If you would like more resources and ideas on how to get engaged with this strike and to learn about the striker’s demands, go to prisonstrike.com, and additionally you can listen to the Rustbelt Abolition Radio episode entitled Prelude to the 2018 Prisoner Strike done with two members of IWOC Oakland.

#August21 meetup in Asheville

On Tuesday, August 21st from 5pm to 7 or so at Firestorm Books & Coffee, join Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross for a series of updates and discussions concerning the Nationwide Prison Strike from August 21 – September 9th, 2018. BRABC will talk about the repressions that have already occurred as prisons around the country ramp up in fear of prisoners flexing their collective muscles by putting down their tools, educating each other, organizing and refusing meals. They’ll provide you with some tools and knowledge to help you amplify the voices of those on the inside. For a list of events around the country to support #August21, check out igd or PrisonStrike.Com.

Hunger Strike at Sterling Correctional in Colorado

Denver ABC passed on information about a hunger strike that’s started at Sterling CI in Colorado. The demands of the prisoners and updates can be found at the DABC website.

NAABC Conference Fundraiser in AVL

Also, on August 29th at The Odditorium in Asheville, BRABC will be hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for travel costs for formerly incarcerated folks and former Political Prisoners attending the North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado this fall. The show will feature performances by Too Bad (from Florida) and the local talents of Autarch, Good Grief & Harsh Mike.

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Playlist pending

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Anarchism in the North East and beyond

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:51

From North East Anarchist Group (UK)

The fight for freedom, autonomy, and life

I shall start this off with a great quote, and move forward from there:

“Anarchism is the revolutionary idea that no one is more qualified than you are to decide what your life will be.”

Put so simply, its easy to understand why we exist as a group. Anarchism is about self-determination and the autonomy that is so missed in modern society, and this group was born from that very autonomy.

In some moments, in this insane world, anarchy appears in fragments, whispering of hidden lives that beckon from within this one: those hours you spend with your best friends after work, the remains of a poster pasted on an alley wall, that instant during making love when you are neither male nor female, fat nor skinny, rich nor poor. In other moments, that insanity is the exception, the fragment, and anarchy is simply the world we live. One hundred thousand of us can found a new civilization, one hundred can transform a city, two can write the bedtime stories our children have been waiting to hear—and sow the seeds for millions to come. When one of us defies the protection racket of public opinion and “necessity” and drops everything to live as she has dreamed, the whole world receives the gift of that freedom. When we fill the streets to dance and blow fire, we can remember with our bodies that we deserve such dances and such space for them. When the ski resorts burn and department store windows shatter, for a moment “private property” is neither private nor property— and we create new relations between ourselves and a cosmos that is suddenly ours, and new, once more. If we risk our lives, it is because we know only by doing so can we make them our own. Anarchism isn’t about destroying all for the sake of that destruction, it is about destroying what destroys us, and creating a new way of life that both liberates us as individuals and as a collective, for both are the same. Why in the North East?

Here’s another great quote: “These days it can be difficult, even terrifying, to be an anarchist. You may well be one of those people who hides their anarchism, at least in certain situations, lest others (equally scared, and probably by the same things) accuse you of being too idealistic or “irresponsible”—as if politely burying the planet in garbage isn’t! You shouldn’t be so timid—you are not alone. There are millions of us waiting for you to make yourself known, ready to love you and laugh with you and fight at your side for a better world. Follow your heart to the places we will meet. Please don’t be too late.”

North East Anarchist Group aims to be one of those “Places”, and everyone within NEAG was once that person, trying to find other’s to work together with towards a similar goal, with that goal being “something better than this”. We created the group because we recognised that there was little organisation in our own areas, and just as Anarchists should do, we arose to the challenge. If you are interested in organising with us, then let us know. “Please don’t be too late“.

What does Anarchism mean to us?
  • It means figuring out how to work together to meet our individual needs, working with each other rather than “for” or against each other; and when this is impossible, it means preferring strife to submission and domination. It means not valuing any system or ideology above the people it purports to serve, not valuing anything theoretical above the real things in this world. It means being faithful to real human beings (and animals, and ecosystems), fighting for ourselves and beside each other, not out of “responsibility,” not for “causes” or other intangible concepts. It means denying that there is any universal standard of truth, aesthetics, or morality, and contesting wherever it appears the doctrine that life is essentially one-dimensional.
  • It means not forcing your desires and experiences into a hierarchical order, but acknowledging and embracing all of them, accepting yourself.
  • It means not trying to compel the self to abide by any external laws, not trying to restrict your emotions to the sensible or the practical or the “political,” not pushing your instincts and passions into boxes: for there is no cage large enough to accommodate the human soul in all its flights, all its heights and depths. It means seeking a way of life which gives free play to all your conflicting inclinations in the process of continuously challenging and transforming them.
  • It means not privileging any one moment of life over the others— not languishing in nostalgia for the good old days, or waiting for tomorrow (or, for that matter, for “the” Revolution!) for real life to begin, but seizing and creating it in every instant. Yes, of course it means treasuring memories and planning for the future—it also means remembering there is no time happiness, resistance, life ever happens but NOW, NOW, NOW!
  • It means refusing to put the responsibility for your life in anyone else’s hands, whether that be parents, lovers, employers, or society itself. It means taking the pursuit of meaning and joy in your life upon your own shoulders.
  • Above all, it means not accepting this or any manifesto or definition as it is, but making and remaking it for yourself.
This world will never change until we dare to live free, to share everything, to spread anarchy!

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Transantiago bus burned

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:28

via act for freedom now!

Friday August 10, 2018, the shadows slowly falling we separated from them, altering the healthy functioning of the city. In a wild and playful way we attacked the transantiago bus, line 325, in the area of the Juan Gómez Millas faculty of the University of Chile, taking violence into our hands to spread a call to insurrection with it. Taking into account how that night the media along with the police silenced our words (and always will do), we are claiming this action.

We are launching a call for agitation against every kind of cage in all the corners of the planet. The practices of torture, murder and imprisonment persist in every region thanks to the State.  And that is why we are claiming those taken and killed by capital and the State. We are not forgetting the present situation in the territory dominated by the Chilean State, where anyone who opposes resistance ends up murdered/imprisoned. Nor can we forget the situations that happen in other States all over the world, therefore we vindicate all those fallen into the hands of death or cages while resisting power, as in the case of Santiago Maldonado in the adjacent region.

A special Greeting to Joakin Garcia and to Kevin Garrido, who are living the last stages of the trial that is weighing on them with dignity, to Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Flores, Tamara Sol, Alejandro Centoncio, and to those of the May 21 case. Strength and resistance!

Prisoners of the social war present!

Freedom for all the prisoners of Wallmapu!

Down with prison! Down with the State!

Claudia López always in our heart, 20 years since her death!

via: anarhija.info

Translated by Act for freedom now!

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‘Till all are free – International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners’

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:38

via 325

In 2013 the groups comprising the Anarchist Black Cross initiated the Week for Anarchist Prisoners, which takes place in the last week of August. The first day, chosen on purpose, is the anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927. It’s important to emphasize the stories of our comrades, since many of them will not be acknowledged as political prisoners.

Various state services of surveillance requested to speak with comrades as part of ongoing investigations, using the suspects’ political orientation as the only criterion. This orientation is toward anarchism. Every investigation is based on the possibility of prosecuting comrades with the aid of an arsenal of laws aimed against a dangerous domestic enemy.

These prosecutions could involve anything, from texts until any sort of direct action, and this practice is nothing new since similar prosecutions in many
countries of the world have been witnessed in the past, especially those with a strong presence of anarchists who promote direct action and interventions. A tactic of the forces of repression is to prevent anarchist propaganda and the diffusion of our ideas and for that they won’t hesitate to puncture the veneer of “democracy” which supposedly allows the free dissemination of ideas and information. Thus, any illusions people might like to have about democracy come to an end. Things have now become clear, the anarchist action or discourse will either become illegal or mean nothing”! This new form of repression that appeared now, is enforced against many of our captives, even under the guise of international “terrorism” which actually aims to target the domestic enemy that anarchy is. On one hand our captives have been prosecuted based on their political identity and on the other by having taken the political responsibility of their actions and their organizations. The strategy of preventive repression, of persecutions leading to convictions with the maximum possible sentences, of fast-track trials and of an effort to muzzle dissent, is already being enforced against anarchist centres and self-organized efforts that support and disseminate anarchist values. Simultaneously, the latest trial hearings constitute a final rehearsal of a new doctrine the state wants to enforce.

The new type of repression is essentially an upgrade of previous laws (187A etc) which ensures the preventive repression of speech but also legitimates repentance statements on the part of our captives. Writing and disseminating guides of action or texts that promote the anarchist guerilla, are treated like terrorist actions which can lead to many years of imprisonment. In this way the power attempts to estimate reactions and silences and the more we remain in apathy the more these repressive tactics intensify. All these create a chain of repression and muzzling of the anarchist discourse. Within the last few years, more arrests have been made against anarchists than individuals taking part in other movements. Arrests, persecutions, imprisonment and guilty verdicts, have all collectively shaped, due to their high rate, a relatively common situation. It is an offensive strategy aiming to cause shock and create a reality that is compatible with a narrative composed by a bunch of sell-out media and the state.

A few years back, persecutions against imprisoned anarchists for texts they authored was unimaginable, but now the judicial and prosecutorial authorities would respond to that with the use of solitary confinement, disciplinary hearings and conditions that bury prisoners deeper in the cold cells. Some years ago we couldn’t imagine that friendship and family ties to anarchists could lead to long sentences, social and financial disaster and smear campaigns through the media and the internet, where all sorts of lackeys shamelessly target our comrades without having to face any consequences. Power attempts to silence our brothers and sisters and at the same time create a desert of reactions throughout the entire antagonistic movement.

Repression has upgraded its arsenal with laws and decrees, new penal codes, vindictive transfers, isolation and plans to re-create Type C prisons in order to annihilate political prisoners through the use of more torturous “special conditions of detention” and if necessary, until their last breath. Finally, cutting prison furloughs, enforcing disciplinary sentences for ridiculous reasons, etc. But we will have to insist on speaking up and acting. We are aware that our anarchist discourse does not concern many, but we also know that there are still people who refuse to conform. Besides, anarchist actions do not have a starting or expiration date, on the contrary they erupt continuously. It is those people we search for and invite, the ones willing to listen to the voices of our captives and amplify them as much as possible, while concurrently making the nights of a sick and rotten society more exciting with the fumes of gas, menace and rage. There are comrades who don’t forget; our memory is like a sharp razor which manifests in the current of revolt and the gate of action. The words of our captives escape from prison and try to transcend the paper walls they‘ve been confined in and turn into actions. It’s a form of communication for the support and promotion of their texts in order to show the state that they are not alone. In this judicial menace against them our words are a weapon and our practical solidarity toward anarchist prisoners is a bullet in the head of power.

The dissemination of anarchist discourse is one of the greatest fears of every kind of authority. We want to justify these fears. That is why we will not stop acting for as long as we breathe. Because anarchist discourse is the quintessence of a life we define through our actions. So we tell them again in order to erase any doubts-

UNTIL THE ABOLITION OF ALL CELLS AND CAGES WE WON’T STEP EVEN SLIGHTLY BACK
That is who we are, nothing more, nothing less.
FREEDOM TO OUR CAPTIVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS PRACTICAL SOLIDARITY TO OUR ANARCHIST HOSTAGES


The Idea collective and Mpalothia (Greece)

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On Education: An Interview with David Gilbert and Jalil Muntaqim

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:28

via Freedom News

Political struggle, anarchism, and education have a long, complex history. To help shed some critical light, and cut through layers of academic debris, I sought two political prisoners’, and long-term peer educators’, views on education and struggle.

How important is education in radical or revolutionary struggle?

Jalil: You did not define what you mean by education (?), therefore, the open ended question can only be answered that any form of education that serves to raise consciousness [sic] toward a revolutionary determination is important.

In your view, as a revolutionary, what are key aspects of radical or revolutionary education?

Jalil: The study of revolutions throughout the world, the writings of other revolutionaries is extremely important to hone ones analysis and understanding of the forces opposing liberation. Secondly, study of the system one is opposing is necessary to better field a strategy to combat systems of oppression, repression.

David: [answering 1 & 2 together] Education is absolutely essential! We are barraged with the dominant ideology and a totally one-sided presentation of the “facts.” To take just one of the infinite e.g.s, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was just welcomed as a friend of democracy while the media and politicians are decrying the “dictator” in Venezuela. And it’s not just that all the political terms and facts are wrong, but mass culture is designed to divert people and keep them misdirected or passive. Education is absolutely essential to help people see the world as it really is and to nurture critical thinking.

Given your experience as a peer educator in prison, what teaching or education methods did you find effective?

Jalil: The effective way of teaching in prison is providing study materials, group discussions on the materials and writing assignments.

David: It usually works best with something that matters to the students. We got a great response in using education to respond to the AIDS crisis. Our method was in some way Freirean, in that we opened up ways for people to be active in facing the needs and crises in their lives. But we also needed to be very rigorous about mastering a body of material.

Have you had many experiences communicating or collaborating with academics?

Jalil: My experience communicating with or collaborating with academics has been limited. Generally speaking, academic’s [sic] are not pragmatic, certainly not revolutionary, and express little desire for engaging in challenging the system.

If so, what are some of the shortfalls you see with academics interested in or working on topics related to radical social change?

Jalil: See above!

David: [answering 4 & 5 together] My limited interaction with academics have pretty much been with some gems who are activist orient—Becky Thompson, Joys James, Victor Wallis, Ward Churchill, Dan Berger and a few others. There are many more I haven’t worked with directly who do great work, like Angela Davis and Barbara Ransby. So that experience has been rewarding. Naturally there is a problem when people get too severed from actual struggles of the oppressed. An example might be the ways that “identity politics” got severed from its original sense of the many voices of the oppressed against the systems as a whole to, for some, more of a cultural safe space. I’m not sure. But I think the key is for academics to work closely with oppressed people and their movements.

What do you think academics, scholars, and researchers need to know when they are thinking about working with political prisoners?

Jalil: Working with political prisoners demand [sic] preparation to do work, be dedicated and willing to sacrifice to manifest specific tasks consistent with an agreed goal or objective to achieve.

David: That we represent a continuity of struggles from the 1960s to today. That we don’t need or want sympathy for our situation but rather serious and critical engagement with the ideas we put forward.

What research questions do you, as a political prisoner, think has been overlooked by academics or scholars?

Jalil: Academics has sorely failed to critique the capitalist system with an objective to forge a revolutionary determination. They have failed to give a class analysis of capitalism that exposes the reality that a capitalist system requires divisions, competition and a compliant work force to be exploited, using racism as a tool of racial division and exploitation. This is hypocritical on the part of scholars who find themselves feeding out of the trough of capitalist exploitation and oppression.

David: First of all, radical academics have been doing some invaluable work in recent years. There’s been a real flowering of analysis of racial capitalism—Robin D. G. Kelly, Gerald Horne and several others. There’s also been valuable analysis of patriarchy and capitalism, such as Maria Mies and Silvia Federici, and how it all fits together, such as Nancy Fraser. There’s been some excellent work on analyzing the mad dash toward environmental catastrophe. I’m only mentioning a tiny fraction of academics doing very worthwhile, helpful work.

To me the biggest gap now is internationalism. It’s so lamentable that we don’t have a strong anti-wars mvt. [underlining in original], at a time when imperial interventions are turning whole countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more—into humanitarian disasters. I’d love to see academics do a lot more to expose the lies on why the U.S. intervenes and the horrors of what it does, maybe at least something like the teach-ins we did early in the Vietnam War. Also, I’m sure there’s some, but I’d love to see more, analysis of how white supremacy at home and imperialism abroad are all one system, one system also along with patriarchy and class rule.

What is the best way that you think academics, scholars, and researchers can use their platform to support political prisoners and/or radical social change?

Jalil: Scholars and academics need to demand the U.S. government recognize the existence of U.S. political prisoners! They need to especially demand the amnesty and release of COINTELPRO convicted political prisoners, subject to the Senate Church report establishing the unconstitutional practices of the FBI’s COINTELPRO practices. If they were to collectively do this, it would be a paradigm shift of national political awaking [sic] challenging the governments [sic] practice of political suppression and repression.

David: Support for PPs should be part of a broader program to promote radical social change. The reality of PPs gives lie to the U.S. pretensions about human rights and at the same time, as mentioned above, underscores the continuity of the ongoing struggles for social justice. Encouraging students to write or visit PPs is one way to promote both goals. Also, support for PPs is intimately connected to opposing mass incarceration, the cutting edge of racism in the contemporary U.S. The rulers felt so threatened by Black lib. Struggle that they a. developed COINTELPRO to destroy rev. Black orgs. And b. promoted the “war on crime and drugs” to incapacitate the rebellious Black community. What’s most important is for academics to work in close solidarity with the movements for social justice.

Interview by Luther Blissett

Jalil Muntaqim is one of the longest held political prisoners in the world, having been incarcerated since 1971. He is a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. He is convicted for alleged killing of two police officers.

Jalil Muntaqim can be reached at:

Anthony J. Bottom 77-A-4283
Sullivan C.F.
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

David Gilbert is a long time anti-racist and anti-imperialist who is serving a life sentence for his involvement as a white comrade to the Black Liberation Army during an attempted expropriation, better known as the Brinks Robbery. He is a founding member of Weather Underground.

David Gilbert can be reached at:

David Gilbert 83-A-6158
P.O. Box 618
Auburn Correctional Facility
Auburn, NY 13024

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Words from anarchist comrade Juan in hiding

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:20

via act for freedom now!

I see that a poster has come out edited and discussed by various anarchists in solidarity with those accused in the“Scripta Manent” trial. I think it is important to reaffirm a collective stance of solidarity with the comrades under investigation and of complicity with the various practices that have always been a legacy of hostility against authority. As the poster mentions.

Individual differences are not limits to be unified, but they are the wealth of anarchists.

To support revolutionary practices, not delegate them, contrast the repression with which the State wants to isolate us and bury comrades in the country’s prisons.

I subscribe to the proposal of the poster “Furor Manent” and express my solidarity with the comrades under investigation and my complicity with the many practices of direct action.

A hug with crest held high!!

In struggle for anarchy

Juan

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TOTW: An Anarchist Survey

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 18:20

Over the years there have been more than a handful of attempts at an anarchist survey. Way back in 1926 some anarchists from Stuebenville, Ohio called "Los Iconoclastas" conducted an international survey of anarchists. In 1928, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman created a similar survey that was an influence on the Encyclopédie Anarchiste of the time. Since then, surveys in the digital world have become a bit more common with some from recent memory being conducted by Anarkismo, Libcom, a survey from some South African anarchists, over Reddit, and even some Google Forms here and there. Listed below are 13 questions taken from the new anarchist survey that was recently created and mentioned in passing as an article on ANEWS by Shawn P Wilbur.

We've taken all 13 questions from the new website and project, Encounters with Anarchism, exploring our beautiful ideal, which also has an entry form here; but is unrelated to the project of ANEWS; we're simply sharing questions because it's an intriguing idea.

There is a bit here and we tend to have less questions generally in the TOTW, while also moderating the really lengthy walls of text that just makes it difficult to participate and read a thread, so if you find yourself going down that path, perhaps share a link to your blog or a forum someplace instead (or not).

1. — How would you most succinctly define anarchism? Is there a shared “anarchist project” — and, if so, how would you characterize it?

2. — What is the relationship between anarchism and the concept of anarchy?

3. — What is the value of tradition within the anarchist milieus and what might be its uses?

4. — What, specifically, is the role to be played in the present by the anarchist literature — whether theoretical or artistic — of the past?

5. — What are the most significant challenges facing anarchists — and anarchism, as you understand it — in the present?

6. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist activity (outside the realm of theory and propaganda)?

7. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist theory and propaganda?

8. — What are the most urgent changes to be made in anarchist practice moving forward?

9. — What is the role of some kind of “anarchist unity” moving forward? What form could or should that unity take?

10. — What are the greatest needs with regard to new anarchist theory, propaganda, literature and art?

11. — Do you currently identify with any particular anarchist current or tendency — and, if so, how do you characterize your position?

12. — What additional questions would it be useful to pose to a broad anarchist audience?

13. — Would you be interested in participating in future surveys, perhaps addressing more specific elements of anarchist theory, practice and culture?

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Black and Green Podcast: Episode 11

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 09:04

From Black and Green Review

Click here to listen or download.

Black and Green Review 6 timeline. Anniversaries of Charlottesville and execution of Mike Brown in the unending tension of social media and civilization. Poem break: Joan Kovatch's 'Timing'. Of Gods and Country, update, overview and reading. Murder of native women and the legacies and institutions of colonization. Intergenerational trauma and domestication. Why hunter-gatherers matter.

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Indonesia: Update on the Anarchist Prisoners from Yogyakarta

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 03:23

*Link: https://palanghitam.noblogs.org/indonesia-update-on-the-anarchist-prison...
*Documentation of images from the O and M comrades' trials
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6 detainees will soon have finished their trial process, they are waiting to find out the results of the trial and how long their sentences will be. However there are 4 prisoners who still remain in Cebongan Prison (including Ucil) and 1 other prisoner who is still being held in Sleman Police Station, it is still unclear what is happening with their trial process.

On Tuesday, August 14th ,2018, the trial for comrades O and M began, while on Thursday, August 16th, 2018, the trials began for comrades MI, MEA, AMA, and ZW.

As for Brian Valentina (Ucil) , his trial will be held on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018.

Let’s express our solidarity by attending the trial every Tuesday and Thursday at 10AM in the Sleman District Court or by visiting the comrades in Cebongan Prisonand Sleman Police Station who do not have clear information yet about their trial process.

More information,

Instagram account: @palang__hitam

Website: palanghitam.noblogs.org

Email: civilrebellion@riseup.net

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For anarchy, not anarchism

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 19:51

via ediciones ineditos

Why for anarchy and not for anarchism? This may seem like a small point to split hairs over but it is a point which is important to us. It is important because we are interested in a vital anarchist (anti-state communist) milieu. For us anarchism points to the notion that there could be a special set of practices (forms) which can be found out to be complentary for a free life for all. We feel this is foolish and assumes human life could ever take on a singular form. Life should take on the form necessary for its free reproduction, unlike its current state which only serves those who rule/control us.

Classical anarchism (i.e. European anarchism) was in many ways a pursuit of the best practices for/of anarchy: whether the mutualism of Proudhon, the collectivism of Bakunin, the individualism of the Bonnot gang or the communism of Kropotkin. As we want to distance ourselves from Eurocentric anarchy, we feel that there should be some leeway when it comes to all this; though it should be a tempered leeway. For us the emphasis should be on content over form. Let us explain.

The communization current often writes about this. For them it is not a question of radical democracy, equitable distribution, popular power, council-decision making, local self-management…but whether the set of relations are communist or not. Communism becomes the basis for judgment. Why? Because communism constitutes set of relations which are free, without measure, (and consequently) without exchange and without needless hierarchy. And this is something which most anarchists also aspire to. We want to wander away from anarchism because we feel it is more about defining how we should live than allowing us to live as we see fit, from time to time.

For instance, if some of us were to enter into a life or death battle then a consensus-based decision makes sense. We are all entering a situation where I lives may likely end. We should be able to decide our participation over own life or death. Now, if we are deciding whose house will hold the seasonal party do we really need a consensus? Do we even really need to come to a vote? Do we need democracy among friends? Do we put to a vote who will make the enchiladas or who will serve their homebrew? Probably not because this is not how daily life is generally decided. We rely on other factors to decide and other links of kinship/comradeship/friendship. This demonstrates the limitation of the fetishization of democracy (or consensus).

Also many speak of anarchism as though there is only one.i Recently one of us attended a free school gathering where a Classical Left-Anarchist presented their anarchism as the anarchism. Fortunately the attendees generally revolted against this conception, this insidious authority. We despise authority as much as we despise work and having to pay the rent. Instead of propping up our anarchism we prefer to gauge our forms against what is communist and what is not. We are anarchists that agree with the communization current when they say that the revolution is communization: or rather

“communisation will be the moment when [revolutionary] struggle will make possible, as a means for its continuation, the immediate production of communism. By communism we mean a collective organisation that has got rid of all the mediations which, at present, serve society by linking individuals among them : money, the state, value, classes, etc….Communism will thus be the moment when individuals will link together directly, without their inter-individual relations being superimposed by categories to which everyone owes obedience.”ii

This is briefly to state that the institution of communism and anarchy is not a pre-revolutionary possibility but a possibility that arises out of revolutionary struggle. This is why we prefer to speak of communism instead of anarchism. Communism becomes a revolutionary verb, whereas anarchism becomes a pre-revolutionary dead weight (noun) that some try to impose on the present (or future). This is why we say we are for anarchy (a condition) and for communism (a verb).

iThough truly, anarchism has never been pro-capitalist. Anarcho-capitalism is but an online abberration.

iide Mattis, Léon. “What Is Communisation.” Libcom, 16 Nov. 2011, libcom.org/library/what-communisation.

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The Hotwire #32: August 15, 2018

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:09

From CrimethInc.

Summer in Review—Antifascists in Charlottesville & DC—2018 Prison Strike Listen to the Episode


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Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.

We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. We’re glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

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HELL YES I think We Should Dox Nazis! Is That A Serious Question?

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:04

From The Conjure House by Dr. Bones

“Maybe one day all the old guys will die off and things will change, ‘cuz it’s officially getting scary over here in America.”

—Hank Williams III

From the moment I started writing I decided that, as long as I had a voice, I would say exactly what I wanted to.

I’ve written about magic, which has pissed off secular radicals. I’ve written about Egoism, which pissed off the Leftists. The largest publisher of Egoist material in turn hates my guts because I don’t think Egoists should waste their time hanging out by themselves and, weirdly enough, should be involved with others in the struggle for liberation.

I’ve also written about violence, my most recent piece going into tactical detail about some of the methods the Taliban has used to confront and defeat the United States military. I‘ve made the case that violent, or at least armed upheaval, is the only thing that puts enough fear into the Powers That Be to effectively get them to back down. I’ve advocated forming bases, getting involved with the community, and above all destroying those that would seek to harm us.

Doxxing Nazis, and other fascists, is absolutely one of the methods available to harm those that harm us. I support this tactic not only because I support whatever avenues for self-defense the people can muster, but also from a purely tactical standpoint it works.

Just How Many Tears Are Shed

By Some Little Word of Anger?

Doxxing has been in vogue on the Right for a long time, and nobody was quite as good as 4chan. 4chan, filled with lonely masturbating men calling each other cucks, had nothing but time on its hands.

Well, that and their dicks.

Channers would often spend all day online, and in doing so we’re able to pull of some astounding feats of intelligence gathering.

Consider Shia Lebouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” Campaign, where 4channers wanted to remove a flag at an unknown location:

“…viewers used triangulation techniques based on planes seen in the stream to determine the general area. A local then began honking their horn repeatedly while driving in the area, which were picked up by the webcam’s microphone to further narrow the location. Finally, using star maps, 4chan users were able to identify the exact location of the flag on Google Maps…

On August 13th, 2017, the HeWillNotDivide.us stream was relaunched, featuring the flag placed against a white wall at an unknown location. That day, several threads about the livestream were created on 4chan’s /pol/ board, where many users began speculating that the flag was at the Serpentine Gallery in London, England based on an unverified direct message screenshot with Luke Turner.

That day, YouTuber H Drone uploaded a video titled ‘HWNDU Flag: London,’ chronicling how the flag was purportedly discovered at a different location in England by shining a blue light through a window and tracking reflections based on the movement of the sun throughout the day. The video has since been removed. Meanwhile, an image began circulating claiming that a blue light directed through the window of the house was visible on the wall during the livestream…”

This network is just one among many. One nazi in particular, going by the alias Jack “Pale Horse” Corbin, has been especially prolific in doxxing Anti-Racists and Anti-Fascists.

The leaking of this information is usually twofold in purpose: on one hand the hope is that some lone wolf will attack the person, or at least vandalize their property; to force the person’s political alignment into the public spotlight and, in result, create economic and safety issues for said person.

It’s not enough to be painted as Antifa. Most Far Right doxxers will aid false details, claiming the antifascists abuse children or are addicted to drugs. They may print out posters and put it around the person’s workplace in the hopes they get fired. They may call the police and hope the person gets investigated, or possibly even shot.

I know people, personally, who have had the last two happen. And there are plenty of others who have felt the anxiety and fear of having every digital footprint put out in the hopes it results in violence

Some alt-right fucker has been calling me and harassing me for the last few days,
they know some brief details about me, referred to me as a "gimp ass welfare succubus". It's someone affiliated with local Proud Boys or Identity Evropa. Here's the number: 509-389-9762

— Crizzle's Buttons Ⓐ☭ (@CrizzlesButtons) August 14, 2018

Also, fuck it, since this thing’s over: on a recent Stormfront show, a host appeared to threaten to kill me at UTR2, for reporting on them. I don’t really care, but if you’re worried about Incivility To Journalists, that seems more significant than antifa calling you a snitch.

— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) August 13, 2018

This sums up my entire experience covering the far right. I've had white nationalists put pictures of my home online with murder instructions. Not the same thing as antifascists asking to not have a camera shoved in their face. https://t.co/pUiW43VrEd

— Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) August 14, 2018

For now I’ve been lucky, though that’s not to say folks haven’t tried.

The admin of the meme page Everything Is Pretty Bad has gone as far as to try to come up with a fake name to pressure me into revealing my own. He’s also attempted to hound and blackmail people sharing my articles to give up my personal facebook profile.

Hell they’ve even made attempts to derail any bit of organizing or reporting I got into, simply because they don’t like me, regardless of how it might affect people. Here’s his former co-admin from “Misanthropic Egoism:”

Ah yes, who could forget the "dialogue and debate" fostered by the legendary Dr. Bones Haters Club.

Terrible that I've blocked them. Dr. Bones (@Ole_Bonsey) August 13, 2018

So I want to be clear: I know people who have been doxxed, there have been attempts to doxx me. This is a tactic that has harmed people I know and care for.

And I still think it’s an important tool for us to use.

Your Evil Heart Will Be Your Ruin

“‘I’m unplugged from politics,’ Parrott said. ‘I’m done. I’m out. I don’t want to be in The Washington Post anymore. I don’t care to have this humiliating and terrifying ordeal be more public than it already is. . . . There is no more Trad Worker.”

Former member of the Traditionalist Worker’s Party

There is absolutely no question that doxxing nazis, racists, and other foul human slime gets results that other organizing simply doesn’t. There is a reason the Klan wears hoods: vile deeds need darkness to be done. To be well-known is to destroy the ability to work in secret.

The Traditionalist Worker’s Party was one such far-right group absolutely devastated by the release of personal information and addresses. Since the first Unite The Right the entire Alt-Right has been hounded wherever they’re faces could be identified, effectively destroying their ability to organize.

A writer at the alt-right website Right Realist admitted as much in a piece called Why I was Wrong about the Alt-Right:

“Our enemies have seen the opportunity they needed to crush us without looking like the authoritarian monsters they are to the public at large. Nobody in the public is going to step up to defend ‘KKK, Nazi, white supremacists.'”

The Alt-Right depends on a public face and a private face. When those true feelings were exposed they lost all credibility and quickly found themselves the local pariah. Jack “Pale Horse” Corbin has been identified, down to his physical address. Prominent Neo-Nazis on twitter have dropped out of the movement when they merely been threatened with exposure.

Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin agrees things aren’t looking good. The same asshole who gleefully directed Daily Stormer readers to hang nooses and intimidate a female black student is running scared. He has gone into hiding, and just recently made it clear doxxing by antifascists will “ruin the lives” of anyone treading in the same loathsome, piss-filled ideological pool he himself inhabits:

That’s called results. That’s called victory. A year ago the Charlottesville rally drew hundreds of open neo-nazis, one who felt so emboldened he fucking killed someone. This year it drew twenty. They admit it’s because they don’t feel safe.

They aren’t afraid of being assaulted or thrown in jail. They are afraid of being exposed. By doxxing.

And isn’t that what we want?

Take These Chains From My Heart

and

Set Me Free

Gods and Radicals is a collective, and writers are free to write whatever they wish. We have many diverse opinions and lord knows I’ve given plenty of headaches to the more…pacifistic of my fellow authors. Some have called for me to be fired. Just recently I had a fellow writer call me on the phone, telling me my most recent piece published there made them so uncomfortable they were worried about me.

So it goes.

Folks have written plenty I don’t agree with on Gods and Radicals. We are far, far from some monolithic force.

So let me be crystal clear: anyone who thinks doxxing isn’t working, who thinks this is a tactic the Left should surrender, is living in some alternate world I don’t understand.

The Far-Right isn’t going to stop doxxing us because we put on the kid gloves. You don’t win battles by backing away when your enemy beings to falter and weaken. The cops don’t care who these people are. They hire them!

“In the 2006 bulletin, the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police in order to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists. The bulletin was released during a period of scandal for many law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including a neo-Nazi gang formed by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who harassed black and Latino communities. Similar investigations revealed officers and entire agencies with hate group ties in IllinoisOhio and Texas.”

So who exactly is going to bring fascists and their ilk to task if the police, and the courts that are ALWAYS friendly to them, refuse to act?

The goddamn Democrats?

“In a surprise appearance on SNL’s ‘Weekend Update: Summer Edition’ Thursday night, Fey urged Americans not to get into screaming matches with neo-Nazis. Instead, she said, ‘order a cake with the American flag on it … and just eat it.’”

It is often ONLY the tireless work of unnamed antifascists who expose and bring consequences to the monsters among us that brings tangible results.

Remember: the leaked conversations, the interviews, fascists are admitting that doxxing is destroying them. And it isn’t because we’re lying about them. The minute their actual beliefs are exposed, who they really are, the people usually find them repulsive.

Seriously, it’d be one thing if we’re having a conversation about Leftists attacking one another, or even people being misidentified. Fash-jacketing is a real thing, and the mob-mentality so often prevalent in the digital world can ruin people’s lives. We can even talk about the very problematic cheering of tech giants as they remove alt-righters—and then move on to leftist platforms like Telesur. Or how Facebook now requires leftists to register with extremely personal information to run ads in an effort to combat “fake news.”

Hell, I’ll even say we could talk about how some of the working people who voted for Trump are simply ignorant, and need to be reached out to.

Some.

But as for the out-and-out people talking about wiping out every face darker than a jar of mayonnaise?

Who gives a fuck?

Andrew Anglin could have his head removed with a chainsaw, moving from his groin towards his neck, finally culminating in total separation…and I wouldn’t care.

David Duke could be attacked by a pack of rabid dogs and spend the next four hours being slowly torn to pieces…and I wouldn’t shed a tear.

Jason Kessler could be on fire and I wouldn’t PISS on him to put him out. My laughter would mix with his shrill cries for water as his once solid frame melted into a pool of charred bone and liquid fat.

I’d sleep like a goddamn baby.

Let them suffer. Let them be afraid. These people want to kill us. If they had the chance, they would. They admit this and harass us at every opportunity with networks far outstripping our own. Why should we feel bad or even consider their feelings? Why is a tactic so clearly effective something we can’t use?

This isn’t some grand web of karma where the most advanced, peaceful people win by default. This is a rough, ruthless planet where baby animals get ripped open everyday, where innocent children get blown up and turned into smoldering goo.

Doxxing stops actual, real world violence before it starts because the enemy is afraid. Keep him afraid and he becomes paralyzed. Unable to act. Isn’t that what we want?

Are we combating fascism or are we in a conversation with it? If you find a moral issue with doxxing I’d love to hear what forms of combat you’d prefer instead.

And if you say voting I swear to god I will take off my pants and shit in your shoes.

Nobody else is going to stop these people. It is up to us. Doxxing works, doxxing will continue to work, and in an open war regarding personal information…we’d only be hurting ourselves by giving up our strongest weapon.

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About Dr. Bones

Dr. Bones is a conjurer, card-reader and egoist-communist who believes “true individuality can only flourish when the means of existence are shared by all.” A Florida native and Hoodoo practitioner, he summons pure vitriol, straight narrative, and sorcerous wisdom into a potent blend of poltergasmic politics and gonzo journalism. He lives with his loving wife, a herd of cats, and a house full of spirits.
He can be reached at Facebook.com/theconjurehouse and TheConjureHouse@protonmail.com

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Perspectives on the August 12 Anti-Fascist Mobilization

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:52

From CrimethInc.

Two Interviews with Organizers

On August 12, Charlottesville fascist Jason Kessler attempted to hold the sequel to last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, DC. It did not go well for him. In the end, 2000 police struggled to protect two dozen fascists from thousands of anti-fascists and other foes of tyranny. To get some perspective on these events, we spoke with David Thurston—arts director for No Justice No Pride, a member of the steering committee of the DMV’s Movement for Black Lives, and a core organizer with Resist This—and also with an anonymous anarchist involved in organizing the anti-fascist bloc, among other aspects of the mobilization. The interview follows our comments below.

The US government spent $2.6 million to force the fascist rally upon the people of Washington, DC. Let’s do the math: that’s over $100,000 per fascist for a rally that lasted at hour at most. Would the US spend anything like that to protect a rally organized by any other sector of the population? On the contrary, when anarchists and other advocates of liberation organize public events, the government usually invests millions of dollars in repressing us, even illegally. This shows what a farce the “free speech” defense of fascist recruiting drives is—this is not an abstract question of rights, but a concrete matter of the US government asymmetrically investing resources in promoting the spread of fascism.

To put a number on it, then, the kind of “free speech” that enabled Kessler and his like to recruit someone to murder Heather Heyer is worth $100,000 per hour per fascist to the US government. That’s your tax dollars at work.

We were especially inspired by the fierceness with which the black population of DC turned out to face down the police and fascists on August 12. We have some questions about whether it makes sense for anarchists to act separately in a distinct anti-fascist contingent when other sectors of the population are mobilizing so courageously and assertively. It might be more effective for some anarchists to seek to connect with other rebels on the street, in order to bring about an interchange of tactics and ideas. Hopefully, this is already taking place.

We’ve seen some alarmist commentary on the clashes—for example, from the person who posted the following video. Permit us to repeat that the US government is forcibly extorting money from its population to fund the violent imposition of fascist rallies on communities that only stand to suffer from the expansion of white supremacist activity. In this context, it should be no surprise that people defend themselves from police violence.

https://twitter.com/Journo_Christal/status/1028753625483538433

One more topic bears mention: a few reactionary media outlets have taken this opportunity to accuse anti-fascists of being “violent” towards journalists for discouraging them from filming. This is the same thing they did last year two weeks after the violence in Charlottesville, when the editors of various corporate media publications attempted to create a false equivalency between fascists recruiting to carry out murder and genocide and anti-fascists mobilizing in self-defense.

In a time when fascists go through video footage identifying anti-fascists in order to intimidate and terrorize them and far-right Republican Congressmen are attempting to aid and abet them via new legislation, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that anti-fascists discourage people from filming them without permission. If these journalists are really concerned about this issue, they should prioritize helping to create a world in which no one needs to fear being documented, identified, and attacked by fascists or police just for attempting to defend their communities. Instead, several journalists have prioritized assisting fascists like Kessler in getting his message out.

For one perspective on the history of anti-fascism in DC, read this. Read on for the interviews.

Two Organizers on the August 12 Mobilization

What were your goals going into August 12? What did you think a best case scenario would be for the day?

David Thurston: For the past month, I’ve been working as the arts organizer for the mobilization. My first job was to make sure the rally in Freedom Plaza and the three direct action contingents got the brilliant, vibrant, colorful, and radical banners that the 411 Collective crafted. I also co-emceed the rally with Aiyi’anah Ford of the Future Foundation—we met through the organizing around the National Equality March in 2009. I wanted to see the Nazis vastly outnumbered and I wanted to see DC and DMV activists organize around a synergy and diversity of tactics—allowing us to welcome people into the movement who may never have heard of anarchist theory, but who over time could be introduced to our praxis of non-hierarchical, anti-sectarian, and revolutionary politics.

Another anarchist organizer: I wanted to make Nazis too afraid to come to DC. I also wanted to block their march. The former did not happen due to some last minute infighting, but the latter did happen.

Overall, I would say the action was an overwhelming success. Anarchists provided a great deal of labor in every aspect of the mobilization.



What did the anti-fascist demonstrators do well? What could have gone better?

David Thurston: We succeeded in overwhelmingly outnumbering our opposition, marginalizing their toxic politics, and putting forward an organizing model that can be advanced upon in the future. There were a number of internal challenges and conflicts that took shape in the lead-up to A12, but for the most part, the various components of our effort worked from a space of deep-rooted solidarity.

Another anarchist organizer: We overwhelmed neo-Nazis numerically, but because of some tactical and intelligence failures, we did not get the chance to actually confront them. But when you have thousands of people mobilizing and holding space, do you really need to escalate when the fascists are already too afraid to come out? The fact that the black bloc did not escalate when there was no reason to do so enabled us to hold space, stay disciplined until the end, and demonstrate an ability to show restraint when necessary in order to accomplish our goals of the movement.

On January 20, hundreds of people were mass-arrested during Trump’s inauguration and indiscriminately charged with eight or more felonies apiece. How did the legacy of the J20 case influence planning ahead of August 12? How do you think it influenced those who did not participate in the planning, but came to participate?

David Thurston: The fact that there were absolutely no convictions for J20 defendants was probably a big factor explaining why our city’s multitude of police forces were relatively restrained. My inkling is that someone above or in the orbit of Chief Newsham realized that it was not in the city’s interests for local police to play the role of being the extreme right’s de-facto storm troopers. That said, the massive deployment of state power was obscene. My guess is that a few million dollars of city money probably went into massive police overtime.

There may have been some folks who were afraid to come out, but my opinion is that that was probably because of what the neo-Nazis represent, and not because of anything that went down with J20.

Another anarchist organizer: We thought long and hard about how to avoid isolating ourselves from other social movements and argued against others trying to marginalize radicals. Considering that our movement had set up the tech support, website, security, trainings, and other essential aspects of the mobilization, it was impossible to isolate us on the sidelines where we would be easy targets for police violence.



Did it make sense to call for a distinct anti-fascist bloc, when so many people turned out to oppose the fascist rally with their own ways of being militant? Why or why not?

David Thurston: I think it was great to have an anti-fascist bloc that could plan direct action based on the worst-case scenario of a sizable far right turn-out. It was also good to have a space where the lessons of prior direct actions, especially J20, could be debated in depth.

In practice, there was a lot of synergy between the direct action contingents and the two permitted rallies, even though the permitted rallies gave voice to ideas more in line with traditional left liberal thinking.

Another anarchist organizer: I think the strategy of the bloc that day was to be able to

  1. defend our communities
  2. show a specifically radical presence that day.

A year after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, what do the events in DC tell us about the current political situation in the US?

David Thurston: I think last weekend’s events make it clear that the far right is in political, ideological, organizational, and interpersonal disarray. After the debacle of Jason Kessler’s pitiful mobilization, he went on a twitter rant attacking the rest of the self-proclaimed alt-right, calling them cowards for not mobilizing, and describing them as would-be Nazis living in their parents’ basements. While trying to get a permit in Charlottesville, Kessler managed to dox his own followers by turning over encrypted Signal threads, emails, and more to the state.

But we can’t rest on our success last weekend. While joining a proto-fascist organization remains a marginal idea for the millions of white people who voted for Trump in 2016, specific neo-Nazi proposals and talking points—especially around immigration, border security, and global imperialist hubris—remain appealing to wide swaths of low-income, working-class, and lower-middle-class white folk in our nation.

The radical left has immense potential to grow if we can shed the baggage of years of being fairly marginal to political debate. Anarchists need to organize creatively, finding space to work in alliance with left-leaning liberals, but also with socialist groupings with whom we have significant differences.

Another anarchist organizer: I think the rally on August 12 shows that militant anti-fascism works. A year ago, there were 500 fascists marching in the streets of Charlottesville. This year, less than 25 showed up because they were afraid. At least on the East Coast, anti-fascism has made sure the far right is demobilized.

So we’ve pushed back on-the-ground white nationalists… but as a movement, how do we use that strategy to disrupt other forms of organized white supremacy? How do we scale that strategy up to take on local right-wing lobbyists, local Republicans, police union officials, the Chamber of Commerce, DHS, and ICE officials?

The fascistic turn of the United States has been a 30-year process, and there are local people with local power who are marching us there. We need to figure out how to demobilize them.

Trump did not come to power because of the “alt right”—the alt right was able to use Trump to enter mainstream politics. Now our social movements need to identify the social leaders who pushed our local communities to the right and destabilize their political power.

The chief takeaway from this weekend is that even if we did not push the limits of the struggle, we did push a mobilization that was specifically anti-fascist. Anarchists and anti-fascists wrote the original call to action for the mobilization, provided experience, and pushed a strategy that allowed for numerous communities to come out and confront fascism.

The most challenging dynamic we had to navigate was engaging with liberals who wanted the day to look like “Boston” [the massive anti-fascist mobilization that took place there in response to a fascist rally a week after “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville] but did not emotionally prepare for the real possibility that the fascists could have mobilized hundreds.



Do you have any particularly instructive anecdotes to share from August 12?

David Thurston: My favorite moment was when the permitted march from Freedom Plaza entered the periphery of the “Rise Up Fight Back” contingent anchored by Black Lives Matter DC. They organized a block party near Lafayette to celebrate black joy and resistance, making the point that no neo-Nazi mobilization was going to intimidate them or cast a pall on the vision of black liberation that this movement was articulating.

On a personal note, I encountered a brother named Amir who introduced himself to me at the rally. I didn’t recognize him, but Amir told me that he was one of three young black men who tried to mug me near my neighborhood in DC. Amir apologized for his actions. I was so moved and thanked him, letting him know that I wish him the best, and never wanted anyone to go to jail for something as petty as trying to take $10 from me. To see him in the struggle for a radically different future on A12 made an impact on my psyche that I have a hard time adequately explaining.

We are living through perilous times. If we organize creatively and synergistically, radicals can lay the foundation for movements that could, within a decade or so, lead to revolutionary transformation in our country and around the world. But if we fail, the threat of global political, economic, and ecological cataclysm is immense. I have friends working hard to elect left-liberal to social democratic candidates for public office, and friends whose focus is on direct action and community based organizing. We need to build a radical tent broad enough for all of the above if the revolutionary potential of this moment is to be realized.

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Curing the Disease of Control with Taoism and Crypto-Anarchy

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:45

From Bitcoin.com

Many people lust for control. They need to control objects, animals, and people. This need for domination leads some to use violence to sate their urges. Their blind obedience to control unlocks a pathology that destroys their thinking faculties. It turns them into animals, driven by a fetish for control. In some ways, this need to manage their surroundings can be seen as a disease.

Wisdom of Taoism and Failings of Confucianism

Curing the Disease of Control with Taoism and Crypto-Anarchy

This sickness has led to the rise of laws, monarchs, government, and the bloodied reign of the nation-state. These institutions leverage control as mass coercion and violence, and even enshrine control as a social necessity. Luckily, there is a counterbalance. There is a cure for the disease of control. It is the anarchist sentiment. Anarchists can heal humanity and transform society.

Anarchists disavow control. They yearn for an absence of domination via absence of government. They acknowledge control is an illusion. There is no way a person or group of people can control another human being. Attempting to control anything leads to suffering, strife, and chaos. Whenever people thirst for control, they become tyrants. The anarchist, however, realizes things are best left in peace. Anarchists adopted this philosophy from the ancient Taoists.

The Taoists believed attempting to control their surroundings only causes backlash. They believed in the principle of Wu Wei,  or “non-action.” This principle suggests trying to undermine the natural order does not achieve happiness. Taoists, then, focused on practicing peace of mind and compassion. They reveled in the purity and ecstasy of nature. The Taoists believed in staying in tune with nature.

Control, in their view, was not the way. It is antithetical to the ebb and flow of the universe. The sage creator of Taoism, Lao Tzu, hinted at this when he said: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

The Authority of Confucianism

However, Taoists believed resisting nature implies control. Taoism thus arose as a reaction to Confucianism. The Confucianists believed in control. They believed in the idea of authority. They adhered to the notion that the family’s father was the ruler. Therefore, the Confucianists ingrained familial piety into the heart of society. There was no room for equality in the family. The father was the divine leader. An online article clarified this position:

“The central focus by which Confucian standards of ethics are measured: family. Family was the foundation of moral society in Confucianism. Every member of a family had a proper relationship with the others, defined by age, sex and birth order. A minor owed the elders respect, but could also expect protection, and so, everyone was part of this system.”

Of course, this “respect for elders” often got translated as domination by elders. This hierarchical organization in the family was also mirrored in society. The Confucianists ported their authoritarianism over to the metaphysical realm and into the social ecosystem. In matters of religion, God was the father. In matters of government, king was father. Thus all power flowed from these hierarchies. And until now, the Confucianist effort triumphed over Taoism.

Curing the Disease of Control with Taoism and Crypto-Anarchy

Crypto-Taoism as the Cure for Control

For the most of history, iterations of Confucianism have dominated society-at-large. Sometimes it was called divine right of kings. Sometimes it was called democracy. Other times it was called fascism. Each of these systems have been brewed inside the cauldron of violence-backed hierarchy, where piety to a controlling ruler takes precedence. Only recently has the anarchic spirit of Taoism reemerged to overturn this age old hogwash.

Today, computer developers, techno-alchemists, and anarcho-entrepreneurs have been building tools that undermine control structures. These techno-Taoists are crypto-anarchists. They wield information technology to loosen control, and provide individuals with freedom from coercion. The Crypto-Taoists and anarchists have created three tools that have began to unfetter humanity and disrupt the Confucian control-class.

Internet

First is the internet. Ironically, the internet was partially crafted by coercive influences within the American government. This demonstrates the tendency for Taoist spontaneity to erupt within the context of control. The internet still represents a counterbalance. It is a techno-dialogical hymn to freedom. The internet is a packet-sharing protocol that gave birth to the digital realm, freeing the flow and transmission of information. Before the internet emerged, governments controlled social narratives and beamed media indoctrination down on the unwitting masses.

With the rise of packet sharing information, people were also freed to provide dissenting information from the comfort of their own home. This was a essentially a Taoist technology. It possessed all the hallmarks of naturalistic and spontaneous order. Now counter-cultural revolutionaries, Arab Spring demonstrators, and voluntaryist hippies have counteracted the machinations of government with their own voice, shot down the rabbit hole of society with the laser-guided precision of the internet.

Cryptocurrency

The second is Cryptocurrency. The first one was bitcoin, which was created by an anonymous figure named Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a peer-2-peer decentralized money technology, which uses proof-of-work mining to lessen the influence of central planners. It works by leveraging a network of nodes that make it resilient against sabotage. The network of currency does not possess a central point of failure.

Overall,  cryptocurrency is Taoist in nature. It seeks to be impervious to control measures. It operates on the wavelength of nature, defying most efforts to control it. That said, cryptocurrency may be imperfect on a technical level, but it still destabilizes controlling influences across the world. In this sense, cryptocurrency is the first manifestation of the Crypto-Taoist will. It is money without control or censorship if used wisely. It is money anyone can use, and it provides the impetus for a new kind of Taoist revolution that subverts control of value and decentralizes it once and for all.

Printable Guns

Finally, there are printable guns. This is one of the newest iterations of Taoist anti-control measures. It is Wu-Wei and Kung fu combined into one powerful invention. As a result of the information revolution and decentralized technology era, 3D printable guns have come bursting out of the anarchists closet, largely thanks to Cody Wilson. He is the CEO of the company Defense Distributed, and he has printed the first widely available, single-shot printable handgun without a serial number. He calls it “the Liberator.”

Anyone can find plans for The Liberator online and print it if they have all the materials and equipment. This greatly unnerves the Confucian control class, because it means anyone can print a gun regardless of regulations and controls. This idea is anathema to everything sacred to their coercive regimes. Furthermore, there are a myriad of plans for all kinds of guns, including assault rifles and military grade weaponry. The advent of printable guns may forever alter the balance of power, threatening to dethrone the Confucian elite from power.

Curing the Disease of Control with Taoism and Crypto-Anarchy

The Taoist Renaissance

All of these crypto-anarchist technologies represent a return to Taoism. They represent a paradigm shift away from the methods of Confucius to the ways of Lao Tzu. This means society will be humbled through loss of control. It implies becoming one with nature and recognizing the urge to control is a disease that requires a counterbalance.

Furthermore, attempting to control anything inevitably creates violent people and leads to the formation of totalitarian governments. This is why the flow of nature leads toward balance and harmony. This is why artificial barriers erode with time, and the principle of control gets overturned and turned to ash.

Let go of the lust for control. Embrace change; be enraptured by the ebb and flow of technological Taoism. It has returned, and the control mentality is being heavily disrupted. This trend will continue as more anarchic tools emerge to guarantee a freer future for humanity. Be here now! The Taoist renaissance is at hand.

Do you think the spirit of Taoism is returning? What does the future of freedom look like? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Sterlin Lujan Sterlin Lujan is a journalist, editor, speaker, anarchist, and essayist.
He has been involved with cryptocurrency and Bitcoin since 2012. Sterlin is especially interested in the intersection of psychology and cryptography. He has written on behavioral economics in regards to innovative technology, and was one of the first to write about the emerging field of cryptopsychology on bitcoin.com. Tags: Bitcoincrypto-anarchismcryptocurrenciescody wilsongunstaocategory: Essays
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