Archives for category: anarchism

Or maybe *we* didn’t have any in the first place.

I had a conversation with the everlovin’ Mlove of the forceful Gathering Forces, about political vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »


That may sound like a dis to some people. I don’t mean it that way. Read the rest of this entry »

note dump. Read the rest of this entry »

I recently gave a talk arguing that there’s a significant area of overlap between anarchist currents that are otherwise opposed. This is very much a work in progress and a line of thought I’m still trying to sort out. I have more notes for where else I’d like to do w/ this and I’d really like to write up something that deals in a lot of depth w/ insurrectionist writings in a direct way, drawing in part on my notes on PNAB#1 (I got the second issue recently and plan to read it soonish, I have a massive backlog of reading…) Eventually I hope to get this longer piece done, though I also have a few other pieces of writing I want to do. I didn’t have time for that before this talk, this was the best I could get together in the available time. Thanks to y’all for your support/encouragment and input on this, you know who you are. ❤ Read the rest of this entry »

It’s an essay by Christopher Day.

There are my notes. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a thing I just wrote for ideas and action —

It’s about the excellent new book Black Flame.

Reposted here for self-archiving purposes. Also, a book review I wrote a few years ago has been reposted here –

Anyhow, Black Flame…

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This is a very long comment I wrote on this article — — at the Ideas and Action web site. I’m posting my comment here for self-archiving purposes.

That article is a reply by Tom Wetzel to an article by ISO member Eric Kerl. Kerl criticized contemporary anarchism. Kerl’s article is online here –

Kerl’s article and Wetzel’s reply are both worth reading.

I thought Kerl misrepresented a Chicago-area anarchist collective from a few years back, so I wrote this up. I knew some members of that group and still know some of the ex-members, so I was sure they didn’t think what Kerl suggested they thought. I did some digging and that confirmed it, Kerl got their politics wrong. I think the stuff from this group is still worth looking at, links below. I would eventually like to interview people who were involved in this effort and write it up in terms of lessons to draw, both negatives ones and positives ones, so that other people can learn from that experience and also just as a matter of having a sense of our history. I’d been meaning to do this for a while but had forgotten. That’s the silver lining to Kerl’s article, reminding me of this project and getting me to read over that groups writings again. Read the rest of this entry »

Yadira kindly mailed me a stack of reading material to read on my long bus rides. Today I started the first issue of Politics is not a Banana, and want to put down some first impressions, especially since I’m stuck on the bus anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

A friend pointed this out — calling it, with questionable gender politics in my opinion, an “ultraleftist cat fight”; Monsieur Dupont’s critical response to some recent work by the Tiqqun people. I’ve been reading a bit of this stuff, trying to get my head around communization and other such impenetrabilities. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked very much of what Dupont had to say. I find none of the positive content appealing (and so no quotes from any of that) but the criticisms strike me as largely on point. Read the rest of this entry »

As I mentioned I want to get to know insurrectionalist currents. I’ve read a bit of stuff by the Tiqqun people now (notes to follow, for now let me just say, blech! the silver lining is that making myself slog through that muck will be good for my self-discipline) and have been doing some background reading, specifically about the overlap between that stuff and the ultraleft marxist milieu. I read this piece and I read this over at Bedtime Theory. Below are some notes and questions on the Bedtime Theory piece. Read the rest of this entry »