Theory is the set of lenses through which inter-dependent systems of principles and methods explain observations and guide actions.
The culture and infrastructure of our rigid, cancerous, and sedentary civilization is rotten to the core, but 'technology' is not one monolithic thing. Collapse is neither inevitable nor desirable, and the root causes responsible for technological development--our creativity and inquiry--are both inextricably tied to liberation.
Lucy Parsons And The Revolutionary Anarchist Movement in Chicago
This pamphlet briefly looks at why things are the way they are, why people put up with it, why the left has failed, and what we can do about it -- principles, practices, and projects that could lead to a future worth living.
These are overviews and gateways to critiques of uncritically embraced arguments within the anti-civ milieu.
Whiteness has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with social position. It is nothing but a reflection of privilege, and exists for no reason other than to defend it.
In the nineteenth century, the motor replaced the clockwork as the universal model of knowledge. In a similar vein, new media technologies are currently replacing the motor as the dominant ‘conceptual technology’ of contemporary social thought. This development, Otto von Busch and Karl Palmås argue, has yielded new ways of construing politics, activism and innovation.
We Don’t Want a Mass Organisation. Why not? Because we’re not a mass, and we don’t want anyone to organise us.
The desire to change the world remains merely an abstract ideal or a political program unless it becomes the will to transform one’s own life. If joy and wonder, and a beautiful, indomitable existence are what we want, we need to try to achieve this here and now in rebellious defiance against all domination, eradicating the logic of submission from our lives, and our relationships and our revolutionary struggle - for the destruction of politics and the creation of life without measure.
An influential essay on the historical context, relevance, and practice of Anarchism
Writings on Architecture from an Anarchist Perspective
An essay on the nature and forms of government as opposed to the condition and future of mankind
Notes on anarchism, scale, and the human factors in-between.
An underground strategy without a revolution- ary form of organisation can only emerge as a new class society. To destroy the system of oppression is not enough. We must create the organisation of a free society. When the underground emerges, the collective will be that society.
An essay on the history of Errico Malatesta, 'The Life and Times of Malatesta' (Andrew Blackmore), as well as five essays by Malatesta himself: 'Anarchism and Organization', 'Ends and Means', 'Reformism', 'Defense of the Revolution', and 'An Anarchist Programme'.
Do it yourself. Don’t break up the global aspect of play by reducing it to roles. Defend your right to enjoy life. Obstruct capital’s death project. The latter can only enter the world of creativity and play by transforming who is playing into a ‘player’ the living creator into a dead person who cheats themselves into believing they are alive.
A revolution capable of destroying all domination and eploitation will have to be based on the self-organized struggle of those who suffer domination and exploitation. We are among these exploited an dispossessed individuals, but as anarchists we come to the struggle with more than the need for an immediate improcement of conditions. We also have specific ideas about how the present world functions and desires an reams of a fundamentally different worl. Thus our participation is an intervention aimed towards the revolutionary destruction of this social order and the creation of a new world based precisely on principles of self-organization.
Tracts in Individualist Anarchism: the Best Of 1986-1999.
The aim of this pamphlet is to do nothing more than present an outline of what the author thinks are the key features of Mikhail Bakunin's anarchist ideas. Bakunin was extremely influential in the 19th century socialist move- ment, yet his ideas for decades have been reviled, distorted or ignored. On reading this pamphlet, it will become apparent that Bakunin has a lot to offer and that his ideas are not at all confused (as some writers would have us think) but make up a full coherent and well argued body of thought.
A dialogue on Anarchy between two Italian peasants.
Underneath all reason lies delirium, drift.
A critical examination of David Graeber’s book 'Debt: The First 5000 Years'
Towards an understaning of a concept
An Interview with John Zerzan
Essentialism is the idea that there exists some detectible and objective core quality of particular groups of people that is inherent, eternal, and unalterable; groupings can be categorized according to these qualities of essence, which are based on such problematic criteria as gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, and class. Racism, sexism, classism, and most other forms of historical oppression are ideologies and policies maintained and justiÀed by essentialism.
Chapter 4 of 'The Conquest of Bread'
To its credit, the women’s movements have raised the issue of women’s revolt in terms other than class-struggle ones, class struggle the only historical driving force seen by the Marxists, who have clarified the economic exploitation of women not paid for housework and child-rearing but have not challenged the reproduction of the power male workers wield compared to women workers. Capitalism has an ideological need of this form of social organisation.
Essays and Polemics of Feral Faun
An essay on consensus processes and how they might be improved.
Everywhere, anarchism is on the upswing as a political philosophy--everywhere, that is, except the academy. Anarchists repeatedly appeal to anthropologists for ideas about how society might be reorganized on a more egalitarian, less alienating basis. Anthropologists, terrified of being accused of romanticism, by and large respond with silence... But what if they didn't? In this classic piece, David Graeber explores the implications of linking anthropology to anarchism, and sketches the beginnings of a new field.
An introduction to Anarchism
The struggle of the left does not grow out of the desires, needs, and dreams of the living individuals exploited, oppressed, dominated, and dispossessed by this society.
Capitalism in the Industrial and Information Age: A Family History
The articles in this pamphlet are all translations of articles originally written in German by the communist group Wildcat and deal with various aspects of the “War on Terror”. Despite the sometimes mediocre translations they are well worth making the effort to read because they are some of the best articles about capitalism’s current war spree available. The essence of the argument that runs through all these articles is that the capitalist world order is in crisis and in desperation the response is war, first against Afghanistan and then Iraq. The “War on Terror” is thus an expression of capitalist weakness not strength.
Examining the role of the state in four constructions of present and future societies: classical liberal, libertarian socialist, state socialist, and state capitalist.
FBI Harassment and Your Rights: A compilation of essays to help activists deal with government repression.
In lucid and accessible prose, Gelderloos invites activists to consider diverse tactics, systematically debunking the notion that non-violent activism is the only acceptable or effective method of struggle.
This essay on the foundations of the authority of the state marks a stage in the development of concern with problems of political authority and moral autonomy.
A spark of anarchist rebellion
srepresented among Communist Anarchists. This classic pamphlet combines a primer on the individualist tradition and an extensive bibliography.
It is the accumulation of 'petty' acts of defiance and refusal that make critical upsurges possible. They are not a substitute for revolution but a necessary condition for it. That is why the insurrectionary moment invariably escalates so rapidly - 'as if from nowhere' - and is why revolutionary elites (the clownish ringmasters of the vanguard) always find themselves hopelessly overtaken.
The apocalypse began with the advent of our current form of life based on industrial production. It is easy to assume that there is no alternative to this form of life, that the way we live in this present moment is simply a reflection of the way things are.
In times of crisis, a space of freedom returns, and the possibility of a rupture with the present opens. History, long banished to dreary scholastic books, returns to us fresh and alive. To push away that which is closest to us, our very form of life, and see it objectively – this might seem impossible. Yet it is not: the first step is to give our form of life a name, to identify it as something finite in time and space, so capable of ending. This perpetual present that has its only favor being the certainty of its own destruction has a name: capitalism
Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege
There comes a time when an individual must look eep within the heart to find moral and ethical answers to life. If one refuses to challenge their own morals during the course of a lifetime, learning in its truest sense ceases to exist. The few who do question an live in a relationship with their ethics find what it actually means to be alive.
We believe that only when actions are anonymous can they really be appropriated by everyone. We believe that putting a stamp on an attack is moving the attack from the social to the political field, to the field of representation, delegation, actors and spectators. And, as has often been said before in this kind of debate, it’s not enough to proclaim the refusal of politics: its refusal implicates coherence between means and aims, and the claim is a political instrument just like the membership card, the program, the declaration of principles.
A Defense of the City. In 'Liberate Not Exterminate', the Curious George Brigade argue that contrary to some anti-civilization assertions, cities can be both environmentally sustainable and free from both the state and capital. Further, the hive of culture and thought that cities uniquely facilitate is very much in line with anarchism.
A critique of the prison system
The SI [Situationist International] must be counted as a basic reference point for any future revolutionary movement. The SIʼs powerful critique of the revolutionary herself may have degenerated in the period of counter-revolution into a dead-end addiction to navel-gazing; but this cannot obscure the continued necessity of engaging with their arguments. Despite the attention the SI receives, and the attempts over the years by various toss-pots to claim them for modern art or cultural studies, the SI remains in some sense irrecuperable.
An introduction to Market Anarchism, a theory of exchange based on individual agency and interaction rather than socio-economic privilege.
Anarcho-Syndicalist Tactics. The following text was written to help people discover, remind themselves, or popularize the various syndicalist methods of struggle.
Anarchists in Grand Rapids
Why We Not Just Want It But Need It. The freedom to modify one's body is essential not just to transhumanism, but also to any liberatory society. Without understanding and a say in our own bodies, we are prisoners in them. Consistent radicals reject arbitrary lines between 'enhancement' and 'treatment': there is no objectively ideal body or single direction of progress, rather what matters most is choice and possibilities.
The Seattle WTO Protests, a memoir and analysis, with an eye to the future
Anarchist opposition to war is not a pacifist refusal of violence. Rather it is a refusal of militarism-of that system of social relationships founded on hierarchy, obedience, the dismantling of the individual, the quantified perception of the other that allows for indiscriminate killing and the description of those killed as a body count.
When Guy Debord of the Situationist International graffitied the slogan 'Never Work!' onto the walls of a Parisian street in 1953, he struck a blow in solidarity with the radical current of left communism which locates the wage-labour relation as the central pillar of capitalist relations and therefore the prime lo- cus of attack. It is, of course, a banality that we need to work in order to produce for our basic needs. But what is at question here is the naure of that work, for whom, andto what end? Useful work? Or useless toil?
Cruelty or the Inclusion of the Distributive Sphere
Hierarchy is a value system in which your worth measured by the number of people and things you control, and how well you obey those above you. Hierarchy undermines freedom.
Rethinking the Global Context
We occupy everything because everything is ours. We demand nothing because they have nothing to give us.
An examination of our movement and a direction for the future.
'What’s it all about, comrade?' outlines the general diference between the activist/voluntarist models of social revolution and historical materialist models. Here’s to making theory a threat again.
An analysis of the current social struggle
An analysis of power as capacity, power as control, and the boundaries between the two
Consiered in its economic, political, psychological, sexual, an especially intellectual aspects with a modest proposal for doing away with it
Organisation, which is, after all, only the practice of co-operation and sol- idarity, is a natural and necessary condition of social life; it is an inescapable fact which forces itself on everybody, as much on human society in general as on any group of people who are working towards a common objective.
Everyone carries within themselves the germs of this lust for power, and every germ, as we know, because of a basic law of life, necessarily must develop and grow, if only it finds in its environment favourable conditions. These con- ditions in human society are the stupidity, igno- rance, apathy, indifference, and servile habits of the masses - so one may say justly that it is the masses themselves that produce those exploiters, oppressors, despots and executioners of humanity, of whom they are the victims.
Proudhon's libertarian thought and the anarchist movement
From protest to popluar power
Struggle on! And never forget to think and build, as you act, so that you do not struggle in vain! And to those throughout North America, who are smothered under the weight of the left and identity politics, do not let pretensions of theoretical sophistication civilize or pacify your rebel spirit nor strangle your abilities to find accomplices in the fight for liberation!
Solidarity lies in action. Action that sinks its roots in one’s own project that is carried on coherently and proudly too, especially in times when it might be dangerous even to express one’s ideas publicly. A project that expresses solidarity with joy in the game of life that above all makes us free ourselves, destroys alienation, exploitation, mental poverty, opening up infinite spaces devoted to experimentation and the continual activity of one’s mind in a project aimed at realising itself in insurrection.
Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
The impossibility of realization: power as sum of seductions
Included this issue are: On the Use of Free Time, Instructions for Insurrections, and User’s Guide to Détournement
anarchism, history, periodicals, theory
Authors: Gil J Wolman, Guy DeBord, Raoul Vaneigem
Editors: Lake County Anarchists
Sources: http://www.realityrecoverycollective.tk, http://www.redalertcollective.cjb.net
Included this issue are: War and the Spectacle, and The Geopolitics of Hybernation
anarchism, history, periodicals, theory
Authors: Bureau of Public Secrets, Raoul Vaneigem
Editors: Lake County Anarchists
Sources: http://www.realityrecoverycollective.tk, http://www.redalertcollective.cjb.net
Included this issue are: The Situationists and Automation, Anfascism and the Cybernetic Welfare, and State The Changing of the Guard
The fact that arms were brought out so quickly in response to the Stalinist provocation says a lot for the Catalonian massesʼ immense capacities for autonomy; but the fact that the order to surrender issued by the anarchist ministers was so quickly obeyed demonstrates how much autonomy for victory they still lacked. Tomorrow again it will be the workersʼ degree of autonomy that will decide our fate.
Socialism and its Various Tendencies. Influence of Democratic and Liberal Ideas on the Socialist Movement. Babouvism and Jacobinism. Caesaristic and Theocratic Ideas in Socialism. Proudhon and Federalism. The International Workingmens' Association. Bakunin Opposed to the Central State Power. The Paris Commune and its influence on the Socialist Movement. Parliamentary Activity and the International. The Franco-Prussian War and the Political Change in Europe. The Modern Labour Parties and the Struggle for Power. Socialism and National Politics. Authoritarian and Libertarian Socialism. Government or Administration.
'Framing Left Libertarianism: A First Pass', 'The Left in Left Libertarian', 'Socialism' for Left Liberty', 'Socialism Revisited','State Socialism and Anarchism: How Far They Agree and Wherein They Differ Regarding Health-Care Reform'
Self-emancipation in our time is emancipation from the material bases of an inverted truth. This 'historic mission to establish truth in the world' can be carried out neither by the isolated individual nor by atomized and manipulated masses, but — only and always — by that class which is able to effect the dissolution of all classes, subjecting all power to the disalienating form of a realized democracy — to councils in which practical theory exercises control over itself and surveys its own action. It cannot be carried out, in other words, until individuals are 'directly bound to universal history'; until dialogue has taken up arms to impose its own conditions upon the world.
Analyses for discussion and debate
With 'Primitive Affluence: A Postscript to Sahlins'' and 'Technophilia, An Infantile Disorder'
Globalization, monopoly, and the commodification of culture
Common-sense reasons for worker self-management
The youth are waiting, day after day. They wait for their time; as do the workers, even the old. They all ways, those who are discontented and who reflect. They are waiting for a force to arise, something they will be part of; a kind of new international that will not make the same mistakes as the previous ones. They wait for a chance to get rid of the past once and for all--for something new to begin. We have begun.
A handbook of practical skills and invaluable knowledge for thieves, togues, scallywags, and other disreputable persons
The goal of any insurrection is to become irreversible. It becomes irreversible when you’ve defeated both authority and the need for authority, property and the taste for appropriation, hegemony and the desire for hegemony. That is why the insurrectionary process carries within itself the form of its victory, or that of its defeat. Destruction has never been enough to make things irreversible.
A free market perspective
The anarchist collectives in the countryside during the Spanish Civil War
God is a tool for social control.
None can judge with certainty who is right and who is wrong, who is nearest the truth, or which is the best way to achieve the greatest good for each and everyone. Freedom coupled with experience, is the only way of discovering the truth and what is best; and there can be no freedom if there is a denial of the freedom to err.
What is violence? Who gets to define it? Does it have a place in the pursuit of liberation? These age-old questions have returned to the fore during the Occupy movement. But this discussion never takes place on a level playing field; while some delegitimize violence, the language of legitimacy itself paves the way for the authorities to employ it.
Anarcho-Syndicalism Versus Political Socialism. Political Parties and Labour Unions. Federalism Versus Centralism. Germany and Spain. The Organisation of Anarcho-Syndicalism. the Impotence of Political Parties for Social Reconstruction. The CNT in Spain: its Aims and Methods. Constructive Work of the Labour Syndicates and Peasant Collectives in Spain. Anarcho- Syndicalism and National Politics. Problems of Our Times.
An essay that fueled the removal of Stalinist rule in Czechoslovakia and had a profound impact on the rest of Eastern Europe as well
In this classic, thoroughly documented pamphlet, the late Sam Dolgoff, lifelong anarchist activist, convincing- ly demonstrates the relevance of the classical anarchist tradition if the face of bourgeois neo-Anarchism, distor- tions by historians, and social complexity, administrative problems, and technological advance. It doubles as a discussion of Anarchist principles, revolutionary pre- conditions, and the problems of post-revolutionary reconstruction and re-organisation.
Building upon the federalist and libertarian socialist ideas of his friend Pierre- Joseph Proudhon as well as those in the European labour movement, Bakunin shaped anarchism into its modern form. His revolutionary, class struggle based anarchism soon became the dominant form of anarchism in the First International. He combated the state socialism of Marx and Engels and laid the foundations for both communist-anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism. His predictions about Marxism have been confirmed and his critique of capitalism, the state and religion are just as valid as when they were first expounded. Both the Russian and Spanish revolutions have confirmed the power of his ideas on revolution.
The nature and strategy of Bolshevism
The biggest problem facing direct action movements is that we don't know how to handle victory.
This brief and vivid statement of the role of revolution- ary periods in human progress is as fresh as when it first appeared as an article in Le Révolté in Geneva in 1880, - later revised slightly and printed as a pamphlet in French. The part referring specifically to the French Revolution has been omitted.
An anarchist critique of democracy
anarchism, democracy, theory
Authors: Adonide, Dominique Misein, M. Sartin, Wolfi Landstreicher
Publisher: Venomous Butterfly Productions, Elephant Editions, Quiver Distro
Ideas towards an alternative design practice
In the essays that make up this book, Murray Bookchin places the Spanish anarchist and anarchosyndicalist movements of the 1930s in the context of revolutionary worker's movements of the preWorld War II era.
This pamphlet grew out of an article for Vanguard, the Anarchist monthly published in New York City. It appeared in the July issue, 1938, but as the space of the magazine is limited, only part of the manuscript could be used.
Selected Anarchist Responses to Prisons an Crime, Vol. 1, 1886-1929
anarchism, police, prisons, theory
Authors: Albert Parsons, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Errico Malatesta, Louise Michel, Mollie Steimer, Peter Kropotkin, Ricardo Flores Magon, Rudolf Rocker
Editors: The Dawn Collective
Publisher: The Kate Sharpley Library
The question is not: who has the guns? but rather: what do the people with the guns do? 10,000 or 100,000 proletarians armed to the teeth are nothing if they place their trust in anything beside their own power to change the world. Otherwise, the next day, the next month or the next year, the power whose authority they recognize will take away the guns which they failed to use against it.
Notes on Summits and Counter-Summits
Anarchist analysis and theory: Selections from colume 2, numbers 1-6
'After Marx, Autonomy', 'Workers Autonomy: Surpassing Trade Unionism', 'Workers Councils, Self-Management, and Developments in Proletarian Autonomy', and 'Autonomous Movement of the Turin'
In this pamphlet, Chaz Bufe looks closely at the common belief that the United States is a 'free country,' comparing rhetoric with reality. He considers common conceptions of freedom, why so few 'freedom loving Americans' actually have any understanding of freeom, and why so few have any respect for it. Bufe traces this lack of understanding and lack of respect to the various American institutions of the public. He concludes by examining the nature of freedom, especially aspects of it which are never mentioned in 'the miseducation system' or the corporate media.