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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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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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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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Amador Fernández Savater: To rethink war

To rethink war, what does it mean? To learn to look at the world strategically. The news, rights, the laws, the speeches, the images… To take them as operations, as forces (of occupation or resistance): not only what they say, but also what they do (with us).

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Chiara Bottici: Anarchafeminism

For March 8, we share a rich reflection on “anarchafeminism” by Chiara Bottici, followed by a recorded performance of the same, as well as an earlier lecture on anarchism.

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Freedom for Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Nikos Mataragkas [Greece]

Athens. Greece. Back from the Tribunal, we have just met at the K*Vox with members of the group and the support committee.

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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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