The following history was publish in installments from Dec. 2011 - October 2012
The Earth Liberation Front is a group of multiple cells acting throughout the world with these three objectives:
1.To inflict maximum economic damage on those profiting from the destruction and exploitation of the natural environment
2.To reveal and educate the public about the atrocities committed against the earth and all species that populate it.
3.To take all necessary precautions against harming any animal - human and nonhuman.
Music blared as we took the streets downtown, holding together in tight formation. Pairs and threes sporadically broke away from the group to hand out fliers, wheatpaste posters, put up stickers, confront journalists, or set off small fireworks. We made a quick stop to yell at the jail, and then made our way south, taking all three lanes of College Ave. At this point, undercover cops who had been zigzagging around town on foot tailing the march grabbed two comrades, one of whom was in the process of spray painting “BURN THE PRISONS” on a wall. The two were quickly de-arrested and made getaways, much to the chagrin of the burly undercovers. Unable to put any humans behind bars, they settled for snatching and destroying our sound cart.
Every four years in American society, critical theorists are offered a veritable human circus of entertainment, as we bear witness to the farce of electioneering.
Every four years, for a month or so, the hum drum apolitical citizen becomes inundated with rhetoric of Country, platforms for change, criticisms of their opponent, and a host of carefully crafted messages designed to invigorate the populace for a short while—just long enough to vote, and then to once again disengage. During these times, not only is the system tasked with self-regulating the choice of candidates presented to the voters, but there is also the issue of the larger system’s maintenance. In this manner, the system must preserve its veil, because as Max Weber (1997, 325) notes, “all systems of authority…attempt to establish and to cultivate the belief in [their] legitimacy.” If the population disengages and begins to call into question the legitimacy of the system, this presents a far greater challenge than any rogue candidate could ever offer.
Remember, Remember the Fifth of November! Anarchists and Activists take the Army to Court of Appeals! Support is Needed!
When: November 5th, 8:45am (Court starts at 9:00am)
Where: Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave in Seattle, 7th Floor
You need ID to enter the building.
On November 5th, a lawsuit filed in 2009 by antiwar activists against Army spy John Towery will go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, WA. Towery was outed as an informant after public records requests revealed he had infiltrated antiwar groups and spied on activists and anarchists. Panagacos v Towery is a landmark civil liberties case that comes at a time of increased political repression of Pacific Northwest anarchists. The lawsuit is against the Army, Navy, Air Force and countless law enforcement agencies.
Revolutionary upheaval comes in waves. Right now, in Montréal, we are long after the zenith of the strike—which was probably in late April and early May—but we are almost certainly no longer at the absolute nadir of struggle either. Compared to other places nearby, the wavelengths here are pretty short, and that’s a good thing. Although many militants have returned to class and normal work-a-day life, and although many have yet to come to terms with the reality of the strike’s end and their legitimate frustration at that fact, many people are still throwing themselves whole-heartedly into various struggles and doing what they can to destroy the newly restored illusion of social peace, interrupt the functioning of the capitalist economy, and create conditions amenable for revolution.
The first signs of winter are in the air and morale seems low. This is a perfect time to sit by a fire and read a good book or two. A time to conspire, prepare for future activities, and stay out of the cold. We have some morale boosters and some rich offerings for future conflicts.
This fall/winter promises to be filled with opportunities to meet, celebrate, and talk about the ideas and projects that inspire us. We will be present at both the Boston & Carrboro bookfairs. In addition we are participating in the first annual East Bay Anarchist Bookfair in the distant city of Oakland, CA (we are based in Berkeley, CA).
Are we cooperative or competitive?
Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species sparked major battles. The most famous may have been between science and religion, but there were disputes within science as well. One of the most heated was whether natural selection favored cooperative or competitive behaviors, a battle that still rages today. For almost 100 years, no single person did more to promote the study of the evolution of cooperation than Peter Kropotkin.
Kropotkin traveled the world talking about the evolution of cooperation, which he called “mutual aid,” in both animals and humans. Sometime the travel was voluntary, but often it wasn’t: He was jailed, banned, or expelled from many of the most respectable countries of his day. For he was not only the face of the science of cooperation, he was also the face of the anarchist movement. He came to believe that his politics and science were united by the law of mutual aid: that cooperation was the predominant evolutionary force driving all social life, from microbes to humans.
Some Inspiratiton: Solidarity with Grand Jury Resisters and Gender Anarky from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain
Your tax dollars were used, first, to find the quickest and most effective way to take apart the human mind, and second, to implement that system broadly and nationally in order to deter and then destroy every Matt and Kteeo who refuses to subordinate their own wills and consciences to the almighty State.
Among the noteworthy musicians active in New Orleans in the early 1900s, Antonio Maggio remains a dim historical figure, remembered only for a single pioneering composition, “I Got the Blues,” published in 1908. David Lee Joyner identifies Maggio’s work as an “early example of twelve-bar blues in ragtime” that foreshadows W. C. Handy’s famous “St. Louis Blues.”1 Peter Muir calls it a “milestone in blues history,” as it is the “first known instance in print of the [twelve-bar blues] sequence being associated with the notion of having the blues.”2 Muir also points to “suggestive parallels” between Maggio’s “I Got the Blues” and Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.”3 However, any evidence of a direct borrowing is tenuous at best; as Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff observe, more probably “Handy and Maggio were coincidentally attracted to similarly irrepressible ‘snatches’—Handy’s favorite term—of floating folk melody.”4 In any event, Maggio’s composition had a significant impact on local performing musicians and their audiences, receiving attention as a locally composed “Italian rag.”5 Other than this achievement, however, Maggio seems not to have played a prominent role in the burgeoning jazz scene of New Orleans, though he has been noted in an article that emphasizes the complex ethnic mixture of the city’s population—especially among its musicians—at the turn of the century.6
Leah delayed the grand jury long enough that day that she could not have a contempt hearing before the courthouse closed. She was re-subpoenaed. At her next court date, she declined to answer any questions and was taken into custody. Less than a week after she was incarcerated, Leah requested a way out of prison from her lawyer. Her lawyer returned with a subpoena for October 17, 2012. She entered that grand jury, spoke, and was released from prison that day.
The Committee Against Political Repression will be suspending support for Leah-Lynn Plante.
Leah was released from prison on October 17 after appearing before the grand jury investigating anarchists. We do not know what was said at that hearing. In the time since her release, Leah has not offered details regarding the subjects of the hearing, her response, or about her release. CAPR is withdrawing support for Leah until we get information regarding her grand jury hearing.
Meanwhile, Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik remain in prison, steadfast in their refusal to aid the government in its persecution of anarchists. CAPR will continue to do everything we can to support them, and we urge everyone who wants a more free, equal, humane society to do the same.
Maddy Pfeiffer was served a subpoena in Olympia, WA last week. They will be resisting the grand jury and will not be testifying. Please come out and support them on Wednesday November 7th at 830AM! Their hearing is at 9AM. Please be there BEFORE 9AM so you can be there to support them BEFORE they go into the courthouse.
REMEMBER: It is likely they'll be taken into "custody" after their hearing.
Please bring anything you can to contribute: food, coffee, umbrellas, BANNERS, FLIERS, SIGNS, megaphones, etc.
SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THOSE WHO RESIST THE GRAND JURY.
a project of the MARS (Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space) collective
The way we, the MARS Collective, have chosen to help create the world we want to see is outside electoral politics; we value self-determination, mutual aid, direct action, and autonomous community control. Voting for the specific ways in which our dignity will be taken away—whether by referenda or by politicians whose lives are utterly different than our own—is not a political system we see as legitimate.
Nonetheless, we view the proposed constitutional amendment of Voter ID/Voter Restriction here in MN as crucial to our struggles. Voter suppression, of which photo ID is just the latest tool, is a strategy devised by right-wing groups, especially the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to strip away the dignity of marginalized communities (particularly people of color, immigrants, the poor, students, and the elderly) and to demoralize us and prevent us from organizing. It’s not that we see the electoral system as working and that this shift would break it, but rather we see this system as already a mechanism of exclusion and domination—such as with the disenfranchisement of undocumented immigrants and of felons in most states—and this amendment would be an expansion of such forms of oppression.
Paul Avrich, a leading historian of anarchism, collected stories about Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman for decades. When he died in 2006, he left his unfinished manuscript on the pair in the hands of his daughter, Karen Avrich. Below, she describes Berkman and Goldman, and the story she and her father tell in Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman.
Q: Your father, Paul Avrich, wrote extensively on the history of the anarchist movement in both Russia and the U.S. How and when did he first become fascinated with the story of Sasha Berkman and Emma Goldman?
TRIGGER WARNING: If you think your opinion is the only possible legitimate opinion on the subject of Privilege, you probably should stop reading this post now.
I grew up in a family that had a color line. One of my brother’s is relatively darker than the rest of us, and another of my brother’s is somewhat lighter than the average. Being typical children who can always find ways to taunt and humiliate our peers, we often called my fairer brother “honkie” — although, when my parents were in earshot, we called him “hink” — he still has that nickname today.
On the other hand, my grandmother, who was as fair as Hilary Clinton, and looked a lot like her, once called my brother and sister and myself “you little niggers”, when we pissed her off. I have a family member who has been challenged or otherwise assumed to be white in social situations that were awkward to say the least — for instance, in a room full of black women, who were discussing issues of relevance to black women, and once, when picking out a black doll for her daughter, when she was redirected to a white version of the same doll by a “well meaning” (read, “racist”) white woman.
Privilege theory is a crock
HOW WILL THIS COME ABOUT?
Last remaining lair of unparalleled wildness. Too big to fail?
The whole world is being objectified, but Melville reminds us of all that remains. “There you stand, lost in the infinite series of the sea.”i What could be more tangible, more of a contrast with being lost in the digital world, where we feel we can never properly come to grips with anything.
Oceans are about time more than space, “as if there were a correlation between going deep and going back.”ii The Deep is solemn; linking, in some way, all that has come before. Last things and first things. “Heaven,” by comparison, is thin and faintly unserious.
For many years I have held a rather heretical (in the usual lefty point of view) opinion. I personally believe that we are living in a post capitalist society that is better described as "managerial" rather than "capitalist". This is, of course, a moot point, and I recognize that no society is purely dependent on only one mode of production and exchange. The inclusion of exchange is important to differentiate my point of view from merely another 'historical materialist' point of view, one that is solely focused on prouction and neglects to one degree or another the world of consumption.
I'll leave the justification of this opinion for another time.What is important here is just like an idealized "capitalist" society has its periodic crises somehow connected to "overproduction" so does managerial society has its own cycles.of crisis. The business cycle, of course, never followed the rule book laid out by Marx in Capital . When Marx wrote his magnum opus in the most free trade society in the world at the time of its maximum free trade existence ie its closest approach to an ideal "capitalism" it was at least seeminly possible that history would follow the schemata that Marx laid out.