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01
Mar

Feminism: A Male Anarchist's Perspective

by Pendleton Vandiver

"I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat" --Rebecca West, The Clarion, 1913

Sat
28
Feb

"Are you Stuck on "Manarchy"?" Poor Communication Can't Smash Patriarchy

by sally darity, sallydarity@yahoo.com

The following is a response from an anarcha-feminist to the documents about "manarchy" that have been circulating in the past year or two, particularly the "Are You a Manarchist? Questionnaire".

Disclaimer: As a trans ally with genderfuck politics, I am aware that the use of the words "men" and "women" and other gendered words are limiting and exclusionary, as when most people use those words they are referring to biological gender. I use the words in my writing as inclusively as is applicable. The issue of male privilege is a sticky issue when it comes to trans-ness, but still needs to be addressed.

Sat
28
Feb

Socialism, Anarchism and Feminism

Carol Ehrlich

You are a woman in a capitalist society. You get pissed off: about the job, about the bills, about your husband (or ex), about the kids' school, the housework, being pretty, not being pretty, being looked at, not being looked at (and either way, not listened to), etc. If you think about all these things and how they fit together and what has to be changed, and then you look around for some words to hold all these thoughts together in abbreviated form, you almost have to come up with 'socialist feminism.' 1

Sat
28
Feb

Anarchist Black Cross Conference

By Jim Campbell

In August, members of various Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) groups came together in New York to try to bring new life to the organization which dates back to the Russian revolution. Bulldozer, although not an official ABC group, participated as did other anti-authoritarian activists who are active in the anti-prison movement (APM). While it couldn't be considered an unqualified success, it was a step forward in trying to give more shape and direction to those of us committed to the anti-prison struggle from the outside.

Sat
28
Feb

Nietzschean Anarchy & the Post-Mortem Condition

by Max Cafard

In a friend one should have one’s best enemy" says Zarathustra [Z168] [1], and Nietzsche certainly proves himself to be the best friend and the best enemy of anarchism. [*]

Even a cursory survey of Nietzsche’s works reveals that the term "anarchist" is for him invariably a term of abuse. He sees anarchism as one of the most baneful expressions of that psychic malaise called ressentiment, and a symptom of modern society’s grave and perhaps terminal illness—destructive nihilism. What better friend could anarchists possibly wish for than this brilliant and uncompromising enemy?

Yet there is beyond, and indeed beneath, Nietzsche’s anarchophobia a Nietzschean Anarchy that is infinitely more anarchistic than the anarchism he assails.

Sat
28
Feb

As We See It: Common Perspectives on Ourselves, Our World, and Social Change

by Columbia Anarchist League

Preface

by ajoda

The following is the AS WE SEE IT! statement by Columbia Anarchist League, the now-defunct group, who originally published ANARCHY: A Journal of Desire Armed.

It was conceived in the Spring of 1985 and appeared in print later that Winter.

Introduction

This statement is a provisional draft of Columbia Anarchist League positions adopted largely in the spring of 1985. It is not meant to be a finished or unalterable statement, but it is a good reflection of our minimal common perspectives at this time. Critical comments are welcome and will be taken under consideration for future versions of this statement.

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Sat
28
Feb

Ten Ways to Kill a Citizen Movement

by Byron Kennard

ARRS Administrator Note: Some humor-impaired readers have misinterpreted this article as a game plan for destroying a movement. In fact, it is obviously a tongue-in-cheek description of what not to do if you want a movement to be successful. We all know of instances of the behavior below that has led, unfortunately, to our efforts in AR being less successful than we might hope. By being aware of these "killers", we can avoid them in our own movements.

As a veteran community organizer, I know a lot about how to start citizen movements, but only recently did it occur to me that I probably know just as much about how to bump them off. All I have to do is count my battle-scars and recall how I got most of them. If my experience is any guide, far more people are driven out of citizen movements by their own dear brothers and sisters in the cause than by all the shenanigans of the enemy put together.

Fri
27
Feb

Building a Cohesive Vision for Infoshops

''or "What the fuck are we doing anyway?"''

We recently had a(nother) collective meeting in Chicago to discuss the "focus" of our infoshop. After some discussion, I felt frustrated because our direction was still ambiguous. Our present day paths were not being defined in the context of our future goals. This was because as a group we had not yet had a discussion of what our long term aspirations were, how to get there, and what that meant we should be doing now.

Fri
27
Feb

Against Age Discrimination

by Brian Crabtree

Evil is not genetically inherited. Given that there is significant fitness disadvantage to the adaptation of hostility, if hostility were a genetic trait then it would have been selected out early in the course of human evolution. Those with a natural propensity for violence rather than cooperation stand little chance for survival on their own.

Because hostility is not inherited, it must be an acquired characteristic. The way we interact with each other is based entirely on our past experiences in dealing with others.

As America's violence problem escalates to crisis level, politicians are continuously spouting nonsense about "cracking down on crime" after the fact. The tragedy of this is that these efforts are misdirected, and often the crimes the government ends up "cracking down on" are nonviolent, unhostile crimes.

Fri
27
Feb

Anarchism and the national liberation struggle

Alfredo M. BONANNO, Anarchism and the national liberation struggle, Londres, Elephant editions, 1990 (2ème édition anglaise – traduction de Jean Weir -, 5ème réimpression). 1ère édition en italien, Catania, Underground s.r.l.

The anarchist project concerning the national liberation struggle is very clear : it must not go towards constituting an « intermediate stage » towards the social revolution through the formation of new national States. Anarchists refuse to participate in national liberation fronts, they participate in class fronts which may or may not be involved in national liberation struggles. The struggle must spread to establish economic, political and social structures in the liberated territories, based on federalist and libertarian forms of organisation.

Introduction

Anarchists have tended to shy away from the problem of the national liberation struggle or rejected it entirely because of their internationalist principles.

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