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What is the State? A New Animated Video Primer From Anarchist Agency & AK Press

As we collectively face an increasing level of social and environmental crises around the world, many people are questioning how the State—a system that wreaks so much destruction—even came to exist and why it has such a stranglehold on us. As anarchists we feel that it is important to acknowledge that the State is the framework for ordering and controlling relations among human society, the economy, and the natural world, and that we have the power to create a better world.

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The Aroma of Fire: The Rage of Despair in a Tripolar World – Gustavo Rodríguez [I am Dynamite Editions]

“The sulphorous aroma of the combustion of petrol and is derivatives, causes an unmistakable olfactory sensation that incites a certain transitory state of euphoria and unconsciously sends us a succession of associated images that produce infinte pleasure: a burning precinct, a prison reduced to ashes, a conglomerate of charred atennas, a torched patrol car or a beautiful charred shopping centre. This becoming-fire -which lights up the night- causes a liberating commotion that no other means, no war machine, can bring about. A gesture is innovated that makes anarchy perceptible through the flames of devastation.”

Gustavo Rodríguez
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The reaction in Italy: Message in the barrel about operation Sibilla and much more by Anarchist Michele Fabiani

The passion for destruction is also a creative passion

M. Bakunin, The Reaction in Germany

The story goes that one day Alexander the Great went to the barrel in which Diogenes of Sinope lived. Diogenes was the only philosopher who had not gone to pay homage to the great king. So Alexander went to him. Alexander asked him: “Tell me what I can do for you”. And Diogenes answered: “Yes, move away, stand out of my light.”.

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The Real Covid Conspiracies

The latest anonymous contribution on Its Going Down is a blazing hot anarchist analysis of the mainstream worldwide “anti-vax” movement and the conspiracies that animate it — as well as a survey of some REAL conspiracies brought about during the pandemic.

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How Berlin’s health workers organized, went on strike, and won

Berlin. Germany. Health workers in Berlin’s biggest hospitals groups, Vivantes and Charité, organized a 4-week long strike to secure new employment and safe staffing levels. A member of the self-organised Berlin Hospital Movement analyses their actions.

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Troubles in Danni – Critical reflection on Dannenroder forest occupation [So-called Germany]

There is a new short book about Danni. It was written by a person who lived for a year in the occupation and it is his reflection of social structures and problems in the forest during the time of the occupation.

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Global Warming: IPPC Report AR6 – Writing a Death Warrant?

The United Nations International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) published its sixth Assessment Report (AR6) in August. This is a reworked and an updated version of their last report AR5 published in 2013. It is much more confident in its assessments and its summary for policy makers is clearly intended to shock countries into promising drastic reductions in their emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) at the international climate conference, the Conference of the Parties (COP 26), to be held in Glasgow in November. When one understands that such reductions are very unlikely to happen the report reads like a death sentence, a harbinger of a new mass extinction.

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Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and Popular Organisation [Booklet]

This booklet is a tool to introduce activists to what capitalism is, how it functions and in whose interests, how society is divided into different classes with differences in power and interests, what role the state plays, and how the state functions in the interests of capitalism and the ruling class.

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Where Movements Go to Die: An Analysis of Middle-Class Counterinsurgency in Lincoln, Nebraska [Part 2]

All that’s left is this strange, middling part of the population, the curious and powerless aggregate of those who take no sides: the petty bourgeoisie. They have always pretended to believe that the economy is a reality–because their neutrality is safe there. Small business owners, small bosses, minor bureaucrats, professors, journalists, middlemen of every sort make up this non-class…this social gelatin composed of the mass of all those who just want to live their little private lives at a distance from history and its tumults.

–The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection 
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Who are “we”, who rebel? – The Stolen Subject

What follows is a translation of an essay on subjectivity and rebellion in the context of capitalism by Martín Colonel, inspired by the work of León Rozitchner and published on the site Lobo Suelto, preceded by a brief introduction.

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