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Histories of Violence: Why We Should All Read Walter Benjamin Today

This is the 36th in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with James Martel, professor of political science at San Francisco State University. He is the author of seven books, the most recent of which are Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (Amherst College Press, 2018) and The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017). He has also written a trilogy of books on the life and works of Walter Benjamin.

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Announcing a Southeast Asian Anarchist Library

The Southeast Asian Anarchist Library is the newest offering from The Anarchist Library which features multilingual anarchist literature from Southeast Asia or in Southeast Asian languages.

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The Production of the Dominant Dialogy

The following is an excerpt from Grégoire Chamayou’s The Ungovernable Society. A Genealogy of Authoritarian Liberalism, appearing with Polity Press this spring. 

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The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising

Shemon Salam & Arturo Castillon published a new pamphlet on the meaning of the George Floyd Uprising. We added a discussion about their new pamphlet (audio).

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Salvador Puig Antich – Collected Writings on Repression and Resistance in Franco’s Spain

On March 2, 1974, Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich was strangled with a garrote by one of Franco’s executioners at the age of 25 for his participation in armed resistance actions. Even a plea for clemency from the Pope cannot change Franco’s (Catholic) mind. AK Press published a book about Salvador Puig Antich. The Book was edited by Ricard de Vargas Golarons and translated by Peter Gelderloos.

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For Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), anarchist, poet, publisher of the Beat poets, and founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, who died on February 22, 2021.

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Anarchist Book Fair Amsterdam 2021, spring edition

Amsterdam. Netherlands. We are happy to announce that there will be an Anarchist Book Fair Amsterdam in the spring of 2021. The location will be announced later. But it will be in Amsterdam and it definitely will be anarchist!

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A Strange Place – Review of George F.’s Good Times in Dystopia, Zero Books, 2019

A Review by Peter Gelderloos of George F.’s Good Times in Dystopia (Zero Books, 2019).

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Malmö Anarchist Bookfair (Sweden): Together through the pandemic, towards liberation! -A discussion on experiences, trauma and struggle

Malmö. Sweden. Together through the pandemic, towards liberation! A discussion on experiences, trauma and struggle. February 2, 2021, 19:00 (07:00pm, local time). Online.

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Book Review: ‘Fascists Among Us’ – Online hate and the Christchurch massacre

Whenever a terrorist incident occurs somewhere in the world, a tell-all book or movie-of-the-week is sure to follow. Mostly it’s an exploitative response that is shallow and adds nothing to anyone’s understanding of the phenomenon. Fascists Among Us by Jeff Sparrow is not such a book. It covers the Christchurch mosque attack but eschews such approaches as pseudo-first-person narrative or lurid descriptions of events by on-the-scene observers. Rather, it makes an honest attempt to get into the motivations behind the attack. The most commendable aspect of this being the rejection of superficial psychological explanations, in favour of acknowledging the political impetus behind events. For example, Sparrow argues Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto “…expresses-with stark clarity-a distinctive political program.” (p.10). He references the term ‘autogenic’ to describe massacres driven by psychopathology or personal problems but explicitly notes that the murderer says in his document on the killings that they were “…a politically motivated terrorist attack” but “…he used them to rewrite the massacre script, injecting political content into an apolitical form” (p. 73).

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