Happy May Day everyone. Here’s a #tbt from the Bay Area. We had the most amazing poster ever, even if the event got rained out… Here’s to the Haymarket Martyrs and to today’s struggles. #deathtoluxuriousidleness #anarchism
One hundred years ago, Marie Ganz showed up at the offices of John D. Rockefeller, Jr…with a loaded pistol and these words: “Tell Rockefeller that I come on behalf of the working people, and that if he doesn’t stop the murders in Colorado, I’ll wake this town up. I’ll shoot him down like a dog.”
For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, some talented folks made a trailer for our book Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence. Please watch it. And if you’d like to add a video “letter” of your own, please follow the link to the video’s main page and read the suggestions that the book’s editor, Lisa Factora-Borchers, wrote. #dearsister
“The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics, edited by anarchist scholars Deric Shannon, Anthony J. Nocella, II, and John Asimakopoulos, treats a controversial realm of radical thought, one that has led to divisions and mutual dubiety within the anarchist tradition. In their opening essay Anarchist Economics: A Holistic View, the editors acknowledge that, for many contemporary anarchists, captive to “the assumption that ‘economics’ is capitalism,” the notion of anarchist economics itself is an oxymoron, at variance with anarchism’s commitment to opposing capitalism and therefore destined to prove abortive from the start.”
Or is it?
Ashanti Alston at the AK Press warehouse in Oakland. 2006.
Q: Why did you decide to edit this book, and how do you hope that it will contribute to the understanding of Kropotkin, his work, and our understanding of anarchist history?
Iain McKay: When I was working on volume 2 of An Anarchist FAQ, I took the time to read Kropotkin’s Memoirs and thought that the more political discussions within it should be better know. In addition, Caroline Cahm’s Peter Kropotkin and the Rise of Revolutionary Anarchism, 1872-1886 showed that there were important works by Kropotkin on the labour movement in the early 1880s which should be available to the English-speaking world – particularly given the all-too-common myth (so beloved by Marxists!) that Kropotkin rejected the class struggle in favour of some kind of inter-class co-operation.
Amazing Clifford Harper image from Cienfuegos Anarchist Review #4. It’s the opener to “Expropriation” by Peter Kropotkin. #expropriation #anarchism
Why did you decide to edit this book, and how do you hope that it will contribute to the conversation around LGBTQ struggles?
Ryan Conrad: I began archiving radical queer critiques of mainstream gay and lesbian politics in 2009 as a founding member of the Against Equality collective (AE). The books produced by AE, especially this last one, are really important to me because it is the culmination of many years of collective work that challenges the celebratory discourse around gay marriage, gays in the military, and LGBTQ inclusive hate crime legislation within broader queer and trans communities. I think AE’s work has played a critical role in opening up space to question the logic of equality and inclusion that has recently become more common in the mainstream press, academic publishing, and activist rhetoric. It is through this questioning of legal equality that I believe new ways of thinking up and being in the world is possible.