Anarchy First! Unity Under the Black Flag Reply

By Nicky Reid
The Revolution Without Specificity; A Critique of Anarchism ...
Smack ‘Anarcho-‘ on the front of anything and watch it become more revolutionary. When any system becomes completely voluntary, it becomes free to reach its full potential without fucking with other people’s right to do the same.
-Anarcho-Communism= People choosing to forgo money/class.
-Anarcho-Capitalism- People choosing to live like wild west bankers and madams.
-Anarcho-Feudalism= A Renaissance fare that never ends.
-Anarcho-Primitivism= A bunch of people living like savages with other consenting savages.
-Anarcho-Fascism= BDSM with more marching and flags
-Anarcho-Maoism= BDSM with more farming and graffiti
-Anarcho-Syndicalism= Direct democracy everywhere/all the time.
-Anarcho-Futurism= People consenting to a techno-guinea pig lifestyle.
-Anarcho-Islamism= People living like nomadic tribesmen.
-Anarcho-Monarchism= Self-government with fancy hero worship on the side.
-Anarcho-Feminism= Gender equality for those who want it.
-Anarcho-Patriarchy= Gender protectionism for those who want it.
-Anarcho-Secularism- People choosing to live without religion.
-Anarcho-Puritanism- People who observe no authority higher than god.
-Panarchism= All of this and more.
Almost everything can become groovy if we just agree to let people chose their own freaky adventure and fuck off.

Voting: The God That Failed 1

By Stratton J. Davis

The Cotton Report

Maine has become the first and only state to use ranked-choice​ voting in this upcoming presidential election. This allows voters to vote for not just one presidential candidate but for multiple candidates, in the order they prefer them. This is very beneficial for third parties in America. ​“This is a tremendous opportunity to find out how many voters have secretly wanted to vote Libertarian, but have fallen for the ‘don’t waste your vote’ argument and voted for a Democrat or Republican instead,” said Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen.

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Facebook announce crackdown against anarchists Reply

I feel honored to have already been banned from Facebook. I was ahead of my time, apparently.

By Eko

Red/Black Notes

Social media giant Facebook today banned dozens of anarchist, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist pages after announcing a new crackdown against “anarchist groups that support violent acts”.

This crackdown against anarchists comes in the context of the largest uprising against police violence in the United States in a generation. United States President Donald Trump has blamed the African-American mass movement against police violence on “anarchists”, and has made repeated calls for anti-fascist activism to be designated a “terrorist organisation”. The US President, conservative politicians and right-wing media have been howling about the level of opposition to their politics expressed on popular social media platforms.

Facebook is responding to this political pressure.

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Here’s Why I’m NOT a Libertarian Reply

This fellow’s argument amounts to a rejection of natural rights, free will, and the view that individuals can really be “self-made” (all of which I agree with) and an embrace of Hobbesian social contract theory plus Rawls’ veil of ignorance theory, which amounts to an endorsement of social democracy. The problem I have with his arguments is that he does not discuss the actual critiques of the state that anarchist and libertarian thinkers have advanced beyond mere “taxation is theft” simplicity.

Metal Band Arsames Escape Iran After Being Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison Reply

We must oppose all states everywhere. What we need is something like the Non-Aligned Movement, only oriented toward individuals, groups, voluntary communities, and subcultures rather than nation-states. National-Anarchist Movement is a prototype for such. But in order to develop such a project, we first need to achieve a Gramscian intellectual hegemony that rejects the legitimacy of all states.

Loudwire

Iranian band Arsames, whose members were recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for playing metal, have successfully fled their home country to avoid being locked up.

Iran has a long history of suppressing creative freedom, famously sentencing Confess to over 14 years in prison and 74 lashes. Metal is viewed as a Satanic form of music in Iran, which violates the country’s strict blasphemy laws and could result in execution.

In a statement to Loudwire, Arsames wrote that they’re not a Satanic band. “Our music is about our past culture, history… that they think when we growl and play fast music we are into Satanism! The skulls on our t-shirts means the same for them as satanic musicians.”

Arsames continue, “We [were] arrested in 2017 when we were in our studio during rehearsal. They moved us to jail that day and [did] not [tell] our family about where we [were] for a week. Finally after nearly a month later we paid bail to come out of prison and they told us you should not work, release [or sell] your merch until your final court … and do not talk with media! Our Instagram page, official website … banned and they shot down all for a year, but we built a new Instagram again and [started] to be active until few weeks ago [when] the court called us again and they gave us 15 years [in] prison. So we had to escape from Iran.”

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What Trump Doesn’t Understand About Anarchists Reply

By Sophie Hayssen

Refinery 29

At the peak intensity of nationwide protests against police violence, social media was flooded with videos of officers beating and driving cars into protesters. News outlets questioned whether “outside agitators” had infiltrated the demonstrations and circulated images of defaced and looted storefronts, sparking debate about what was deemed “acceptable” protest behavior. In the midst of all of this, there seemed to be one word on many pundits’ and politicians’ lips: anarchy.
President Donald Trump and his administration, in particular, have been preoccupied with labeling protesters as “anarchists.” “These are anarchists. These are not protesters,” Trump said in July amid the ongoing protests in Portland. During a June 29 press conference, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany proclaimed, “Law and order are the building blocks to the American Dream, but if anarchy prevails, this dream comes crumbling down,” before proudly announcing that the administration had arrested “over 100 anarchists for rioting and destruction of federal property.”

Founding Startup Societies Reply

The punk rock anarchist ethos of “do it yourself” very much applies the exercise of “class struggle” in the present world economy.  The objective should be to agitate for more and more zones of economic and political autonomy.

By Mark Frazier

Progress.Org

The rapid technological and economic changes of modernity have inspired a growing number of movements to explore new forms of governance in small places. We call these experimental areas “Startup Societies.” (Founders of the Startup Societies Foundation coined this term because no existing term covered all governance experiments). Some of the most vibrant areas in the global economy began as Startup Societies. Cities such as Singapore, Dubai, and Shenzhen are examples of the economic dynamism that concentrated political reform can bring. Similar policies have rejuvenated rural and urban neighborhoods around the world.

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The Rise and Decline of the State Reply

This book explains how traditional nation-states that have their roots in the Treaty of Westphalia and came into full fruition in the 19th era of classical liberal are largely being absorbed into a transnational framework in which other institutions assume a hegemonic position. The “populist-nationalist” movements that have developed in response to globalization demonstrate many weaknesses but the main weakness is their orientation toward traditional nation-state nationalism (“civic nationalism” as its commonly called). Civic nationalism is merely the social democracy of the Right. Nearly all opponents fo the global technocratic managerial capitalist empire regrettably tend to rely on outmoded forms of 19th and 20th-century forms of social organization (nation-states, welfare states, labor unions, classical bourgeois capitalism, organized religion, “constitutionalism”) as some kind of antidote to the empire. Nope.

The Rise and Decline of the State: Creveld, Martin Van ...

The thesis is that the nation-state as we’ve known it is a modern invention and a thorough failure, ever more costly and intrusive and unworkable. It is in the process of being supplanted by other institutions less formal and hence more functional to serve the member’s goals.

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Left vs Right is dead: Politics is about anarchists vs centrists, new CAGE study shows Reply

This study is quite interesting, although the term “anarchist” is being used metaphorically to describe generically “anti-establishment” views. The “real enemy,” at least in developed countries, is the neoliberal center, which is why friends of neoliberal centrism keep fanning the flames of hysteria about the supposed rise of “fascism” from the Right or “communism” from the Left, or Russians, Chinese, Iranians, or someone. “It’s anyone’s fault but our own,” says the ruling class.

University of Warwick

Politics should no longer be divided between “left-wing” and “right-wing” because the vital dividing line between groups of voters is now between “anarchists” and “centrists,” claims a new study from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) based at the University of Warwick.

Voters who support populist politicians on both the left and right have more in common with each other than with “centrists” in their own parties, according to the research carried out by Dr. Mirko Draca, Director of CAGE, and published today by the Social Market Foundation.

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Stuart Christie, 1946-2020 Reply

The English anarchist who tried to assassinate Francisco Franco. There were actually factions on both sides of the Spanish Civil War for which I have some degree admiration, such as the anarchists on the Left and the Carlists on the Right. Although the anarchists could often be a little to Bolshie (like today’s left-anarchists) and the “right-anarchists” could often be a little too fascistic (like their contemporary counterparts). Franco himself was more a traditional Catholic monarchist than a fascist.

From Kate Sharpley Library

By John Patten

Stuart Christie 1946-2020 Anarchist activist, writer and publisher

Stuart Christie, founder of the Anarchist Black Cross and Cienfuegos Press and co-author of The floodgates of anarchy has died peacefully after a battle with lung cancer.

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The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think 2

This is a comment from an Antifa-oriented social media page:

I have a comrade who was monitoring the Boogaloo pages before they got taken down and said they were very pro-gay, pro-black, etc, just very accelerationist and anti cop. I cant wrap my head around it. They had a very incel vibe IMHO.”

This is exactly what we need. Hardline anti-System extremism that fully rejects any last vestiges of “law and order” conservative statism while completing shedding any affinity for culture war/race war/tribal war/civil war politics. We need a Boogaloo right of the kind described above and a Bolo’bolo left of the kind described in the adjacent post, and for these tendencies to eventually bend toward each other. Build the Boogaloo-Bolo’bolo Axis!

The “Booglaoo” movement would at this point seem, at least in some ways, to be the most advanced of any “extremist” sector in US fringe politics in terms of their overall thinking. In order to build an authentically revolutionary movement in North America, two things have to happen. First, the revolutionaries must shed any last remaining attachments to the system. That rules out the archaic American patriotism of many on the far-right and the “anarcho-Democratic Partyism” of many on the far-left. Perhaps some of these folks will move toward an actual revolutionary perspective at some point in the future, but for now, they are still too much under the residual influence of “Systemism.” Second, the revolutionaries must shed any attachment to the idea of a racial, cultural, tribal, ideological civil war. There cannot be even a hint of this among the actual revolutionaries. Unfortunately, most supposed “extremists” have not abandoned this idea at all, and often enthusiastically endorse as much, thereby making themselves into nothing more than parodies and caricatures of the Red and Blue tribes.

More so than other far-right tendencies, and most far-left tendencies, the Boogaloos seem to understand this if their recent public pronouncements and actions are any indication.

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How Pan is your Pan-Secessionism? Reply

This post from Anarchist News (and the discussion thread that follows) from a few months back is worth checking out. It is illustrative of something that I have been thinking would eventually happen in the “left” anarchist milieu. While many left-anarchists are clearly oriented toward the Maoist-influenced Antifa, and others toward reformist tendencies like DSA, it appears that still others are gradually moving toward “pan-secession” or, roughly, the kinds of ideas discussed at ATS. The “Bolo’bolo” left-anarchist utopian book from the 1980s is very popular among left-anarchists, particularly Green types, and seems to have heavily influenced the thinking of some anarchists, a small number of whom have now embraced the “pan-secession” framework. Increasingly, I am coming across conflicts in the left-anarchist milieu between those who are primarily motivated by mere anti-rightism and those who are motivated by anti-systemism on a general level.

AnarchistNews.Org

A while ago I/we made a topic of the week discussing differences among anarchists. This topic is about how you engage with not-anarchist people and ideas, stemming from the recent debate about Bellamy’s new project Liberty and Logos in which he’s engaging with someone who’s a self-identified reactionary (and someone who apparently has some unpleasant yet unsurprising interests according to some recently deleted tweets).

The concept of anarchy that Bellamy is working with here is one where there’s no big happy ending where everyone agrees with us (never mind us agreeing with each other) – an idea that most readers on this site can probably get behind. Most people, even people we love and care for, don’t agree with us, and relationships with people who aren’t anarchists are inevitable in this world. The more complicated question is where do we go from there?

Agree with his approach or not, this is what Bellamy is attempting. My question for you is, what is your next step from that premise? What does it mean to look for allies in a world that’s generally hostile to us? How wide do you draw your circle, where and how do you draw the line, and what does that engagement mean?

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The real roots of early city states may rip up the textbooks Reply

By Ben Collyer

New Scientist

THE emergence of state authority was a logical consequence of the move to settled agriculture, or so we thought. Until recently, we also assumed that ancient peoples welcomed the advantages of this way of life as well as the growth of state leadership, since it was key to the development of culture, crafts and civil order.

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“Men Against the State” by James J. Martin Reply

Another great classic in anarchist history. Available here.

Men Against the State: The Expositors of Individualist Anarchism ...

An acclaimed survey of 19th-century American anarchist and individualist thinkers, including Josiah Warren, Ezra Heywood, Lysander Spooner and Benjamin R. Tucker. This classic study by an outstanding libertarian-revisionist historian is valuable for an understanding of the intellectual pioneers of American libertarianism. Includes the foreword by Harry Elmer Barnes to the original (1953) edition

Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It Reply

This article provides a decent overview of what left-anarchism is along with its history. I certainly consider the array of traditions that are described in this article to be legitimate forms of anarchism, although I would argue that there is no one singular anarchist tradition. Instead, there is a multiplicity of anarchisms, which include many leftist variations, along with centrist, rightist, religious, and “neither fish nor fowl” versions of anarchism, many historical proto-anarchism, many sister or cousin ideologies to anarchism, and many “anonymous anarchists” or “people of the anarchist book” who are anarchist in everything but name.

Of course, it’s 90% of the mainstream anarchist movement are merely anarcho-liberals, anarcho-progressives, anarcho-social democrats, anarcho-Democrats, and anarcho-Maoists who have no viable plan for the overthrow of neo-feudalism, the new clerisy, or the global capitalist empire, and certainly, none that would not result in the erection of a new tyranny, a civil war, or mere mass death through disease and starvation.  Viable prototypes do exist, of course, on a world-historical level, even if most anarchists have no interest in them. This only points to the limitations and failures of anarchists, not anarchism.

However, what is troubling is that an article like this would appear in a publication like Teen Vogue. It may be true that “there ain’t no such thing as bad publicity.” But this is obviously a case of “woke” professional class journalists seizing control of an otherwise apolitical mainstream magazine and turning it into an anarchist publication by default. Ordinarily, I would be inclined to say “good job.” But is this really an advancement for the anarchist position or merely the co-optation of anarchism by woke capitalism and the reinvention of anarchism as just another faddish youth culture?

By Kim Kelly

Teen Vogue

In a pop-cultural sense, at least, the idea of anarchy has been characterized by either a middle-fingers-up, no-parents-no-rules punk attitude, or a panicky, more conservative outlook used by national and state sources to represent violent chaos and disorder. Today, we can see an extremely serious, radical leftist political philosophy on T-shirts at Hot Topic.

So what is anarchism? What do those people raising black flags and circling A’s really want? Here’s what you need to know:

What is anarchism?

Anarchism is a radical, revolutionary leftist political philosophy that advocates for the abolition of government, hierarchy, and all other unequal systems of power. It seeks to replace what its proponents view as inherently oppressive institutions — like a capitalist society or the prison industrial complex — with nonhierarchical, horizontal structures powered by voluntary associations between people. Anarchists organize around a key set of principles, including horizontalism, mutual aid, autonomy, solidarity, direct action, and direct democracy, a form of democracy in which the people make decisions themselves via consensus (as opposed to representative democracy, of which the United States government is an example).

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The Ideology of the 21st Century: Anarchist Conservatism Reply

This is an interesting scholarly work, although I disagree with it in certain places. It certainly should ruffle a few feathers. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Although it is mostly accepted that the ideologies of conservatism and anarchism are at the very opposite sides of the political thought spectrum, this paper is based on its own speculation that conservatism and anarchism are based on the same grounds. In fact, apart from sharing same philosophical roots, these two ideologies are establishing a neutral alliance spontaneously on the basis of anarcho-capitalism. As a matter of fact, one step further than alliance, conservatism and anarchism are becoming two sides of the same coin and this new ideology can be labelled as anarchist conservatism. This essay aims to reveal and highlight the characteristics of this new ideology in a critical manner.

The list of overlapping ideas between anarchism and traditional European conservative that the article presents is interesting. I’ve often been asked how anarchist like myself became associated with tendencies like the European New Right or the American paleoconservatives (a friend once called me a “synthesist-anarchist paleoconservative”). Here is the answer:

The Similarities of Anarchism and Conservatism:

Attack on Modernism
Resistance to human progress
Attack on Enlightenment
Attack on Nation States
Anti-Republicanism
Attack on modern state

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Anarchism by Paul Eltzbacher Reply

This is a classic work that was originally published in 1900. The author is a German judge, a non-anarchist who engaged in the scholarly exploration of the ideas of the “Big Seven” thinkers of classical anarchism: William Godwin, Max Stirner, Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Benjamin Tucker, and Leo Tolstoy. Kropotkin himself endorsed this book as an honest and fair discussion of anarchism. Ideologically, I would consider myself to be a “Big Seven” anarchist, which is really a collection of ideologies situated within a wider historical trajectory, with the addition of some 20th-century ideas, subsequent innovations in anarchist thinking, and borrowings from other philosophies in order to flesh out the gaps.

Available here.

Anarchism (Classic Reprint): Eltzbacher, Paul: 9780331785463 ...

Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism (known as “:anarchists”) advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations.