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Destituent power as living communism

“To destitute is not primarily to attack the institution, but to attack the need we have of it.” This statement, from the Invisible Committee’s text Now (2016), is at the heart of an essay by Spencer Beswick that we share below.

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Of war and revolution: Ukraine

Why is our century worse than any other?

Is it that in the stupor of fear and grief

It has plunged its fingers in the blackest ulcer,

Yet cannot bring relief?

Anna Akhmatova, from Plantain (1919)
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But why are you running? [Montreal]

Montreal. Quebec. The anti-capitalist MayDay 2022 blatantly showed the limits of our offensive demonstrations. It’s a good thing that comrades were able to hit certain symbolic targets, but it’s a real problem that these attacks signaled the end of the demonstration instead of rekindling its momentum. We must therefore reflect on our means, our tactical choices, and our collective capacities.

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The position of a group of belarusian anarchists in Warsaw on the war in Ukraine

After February 24, among ourselves and with comrades from different countries, we often discuss the situation Europe found itself in. Why did the war start? How has it changed the political prospects of the region and, in particular, Belarus? How do we feel about NATO? Is it possible, while remaining anarchists, to serve in the state armed forces? Finally, what should we do in the context of the war, being part of the diaspora in Poland? We have come up with a collective position on these and other issues, which are outlined in the following text.

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Jesse Cohn: Demodernizing Anarchism

Decolonising anarchism, according to Jesse Cohn, amounts to freeing it from its modernist assumptions: that culture is opposed to nature, that human culture progresses by an expanding autonomy from the heteronomy of nature, a progress grounded in the technological dominion over the natural world (and the human worlds closest to nature, e.g., those of the “indigenous” of the americas) and the freedom of human thought and life from the illusion of its dependency on transcendent sources (e.g., religion). To the extent that anarchism is imbued with or assumes such ideas, it is modernist and colonialist, susceptible to all of the hierarchies and forms of oppression that it has claimed to contest in its brief modern history.

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False front – To oppose Putinism what is needed is a new emancipatory universalism

The invasion of Ukraine is part of a large-scale offensive by an authoritarian regime driven by the sinister conviction that it must remake the entire world order in its own image. This offensive is directed not just against one country, but against everything that, in Putin’s eyes and in those of his followers, embodies the „degenerate West“. This includes, in particular, „sexual decadence,“ i.e. homosexuality, and so-called gender ideology, as well as the purported disintegration of „traditional cultural values.” Underpinning this is an openly fascist ideology, as the Moscow sociologist Greg Yudin, for one, correctly pointed out.

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Misconceptions about imperialism, and anarchist collective traumas [Ukraine] – By Antti Rautiainen

An interesting piece by Antti Rautiainen. We don’t share everything in this article, but we think it is an important contribution to the discussion about the war in Ukraine (and beyond) and the position of parts of the left and some anarchists* on this war, especially in Western countries. Enough 14.

Image above: Mariupol after shelling and bombing by Russian troops. Mitropolitskaya street, 108 on March 16, 2022. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Image by Wanderer 777.

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William C. Anderson: State reform isn’t enough. Our times demand black anarchism

An essay by William C. Anderson, who continues to pursue his important work in black anarchism.

Image above: A Black Panthers march on 42nd Street, New York

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For Russell Maroon Shoatz: The tradition of Maroon “anarchism”

Russell Maroon Shoatz, activist and writer, was a founding member of the revolutionary group Black Unity Council in 1969, as well as a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. In 1972, he would be convicted for a 1970 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. He would spend 49 years in prison (22 of which in solitary confinement), being released in October of 2021 on grounds of compassion, only to die in December of the same year. (“Former Black Panther Russell “Maroon” Shoatz Freed From Prison After 49 Years”, Truthout 26/10/2021)

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Post Covid Riot Prime Manifest – Next Level [Part IV]

Twenty more notes (Part IV) on the current conflictualities and perspectives. (36-40). The first 20 notes of the Post Covid Riot Prime Manifest can be found here (Web and PDF version]. Post Covid Prime Riot Manifest – Next Level Part I  (21-25) can be found here. Post Covid Prime Riot Manifest – Next Level Part II  (26-30) can be found here. Post Covid Prime Riot Manifest – Next Level Part III  (31-35) can be found here.

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