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Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 02:59 AM CDT

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Fighting the Hopelessness Machine

Anarchist Opinion

A culture of security is one which enhances an organization's capacity to determine its interests and act on them in spite of another organization's opposed interests. Corporate workforces and law enforcement agencies both cultivate cultures of security, as do management teams, investment rings, smugglers, unions, militia men, and academic researchers. All of these cultures are supposed to control flows of information (trade secrets, exclusive suppliers, price indexes, strategic plans, etc.) and restrict communication in furtherance of an organization's interests.

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Black vs. Yellow: Class Antagonism and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Itinerant shoppers pose for selfies as the skyline of the finance district across the bay bursts into a kaleidoscope of green and yellow lights. Below them, the waters of Victoria Harbor stir quietly, foreboding a typhoon. Despite the churning water, the nearby cruise ship hardly seems to move. It is docked to the pier at Tsim Sha Tsui, its gangplank descending into one of the most luxurious shopping malls in East Asia, a convenience allowing wealthy visitors from all across the world the ability to disembark from one climate-controlled environment to another without ever leaving the safety of AC and well-trained security. Once off the ship, they can spend money tax-free at the city’s most fashionable restaurants and retail outlets, eating Japanese BBQ and then gliding over polished floors to browse retro British outfits at a boutique marketing 20s-style colonial chic.

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The Anarchist Library October 2014 update

Announcements

The Anarchist Library has been updated! As the library unfolds and develops into its current iteration, we would like to share with you some of new and exciting things happening and remind you of some old ones.

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Police Departments Retaliate Against Organized "Cop Watch" Groups Across the US

Police State

When communities attempt to police the police, they often get, well... policed. In several states, organized groups that use police scanners and knowledge of checkpoints to collectively monitor police activities by legally and peacefully filming cops on duty have said they've experienced retaliation, including unjustified detainment and arrests as well as police intimidation.

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Noam Chomsky: Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course

Middle East

On August 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

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Railroad Worker Jen Wallis: "The Fence is Capitalism...It's Time to Take it Down!"

Hi my name is Jen Wallis, and I’m a founding member of Railroad Workers United. We are a rank-and-file caucus of the various national and international railroad unions. A few of us started this organization to respond to the decades of infighting created by the carriers to keep us divided.

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Tenants bite back: Portland Solidarity Network announces victory on the Outer Eastside

Miranda and the Portland Solidarity Network announce victory in their most recent tenant campaign, and look to the future of organizing in the working class neighborhoods of the city.

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The Anarchist as Lover

Anarchist Opinion

What would it be like if everyone loved everyone else? 10 out of 10 people agree, it’d be pretty fucking great. Unfortunately we are all, at this point, human. Our capacities to embrace each and every individual as a truly beautiful and unique creature are far beyond us. We also exist within social structures which embrace the potent power of hate, separation and collectivism. In these shackles, individuals are not particular or meaningful entities. We exist only for the ends of some institution, some vague and old superstition about the horrible others. While we might never have good reason to love everyone, society ensures we will hate The Other, whoever it decrees qualifies.

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Mexico: 4 anarchist comrades begin hunger strike

North America

Driven by a sense of rebellion and a declared rejection and true repudiation of all control mechanisms, including the prison system, we, individual anarchists, in our condition as prisoners abducted by the Mexican government, have decided to exercise one of the few tools of struggle which we can assert from inside prison: the hunger strike. From today, October 1st, a year after the arrests on October 2, 2013, 10 months of the kidnapping of Fernando Barcenas and 9 months after the detention of Amelie, Carlos and Fallon.

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Carrboro Really Really Free Market Ten-Year Anniversary

Events

This coming Saturday, October 4, we will celebrate ten years of Really Really Free Markets in Carrboro, NC! Here follows the schedule of events and programming.

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What's New From Little Black Cart (LBC) - Fall 2014

Anarchist Movement

Summer has come to a close. This summer was delayed for us as our Spring books took a little longer than we would have liked to be completed (here is looking at you Dictionary of Unhappiness) but otherwise was surprisingly busy. Usually summers are very slow for LBC but not this year. Is this a sign of interesting times ahead?

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Palestine-Israel: Update From Anarchists Against the Wall

Middle EastArkib (1948 Bedouins), Bil'in, Dahams (Ramla 1948 village), East Jerusalem (occupied 1967 mainly Sheikh Jarah, Shuafat, and the Bedouins of the region) Ma'asarah, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills - the main locations of the joint struggles the anarchists against the wall are involved in. As the Israeli pretending of striving for any kind of peace was exposed, the transfer efforts are intensified. It seems the hazards taking and gambling of Israel on the continuation of the occupation is increasing. The Israeli government count on the pro Israeli lobby of the US right and the strategic value of Israel in the present troubled time and recklessly disregard the mounting international pressure... though the Israeli officials and the public keep worrying in public about the economic and political pressures.
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Fighting Power in Kobanî

Middle East

On Tuesday 23 September, the United States expanded its campaign of air strikes into Syrian territory, but there are widespread concerns about who can provide “boots on the ground” in the war against IS (the so-called Islamic State).

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Epidemics Are Not Natural

Science

Warnings of human overpopulation have a storied history, but much of it can be traced back to Thomas Malthus. In his Essay on the Principle of Population, he claimed that human population would eventually be checked by famine and disease, leading to a so-called Malthusian catastrophe. His ideas were revived in the 20th century, leading to the rise of the Neo-Malthusians, a group that included William Vogt (author of Road to Survival), John B. Calhoun (famous for his mouse experiments and the term "behavioral sink"), and William and Paul Paddock (authors of Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive).

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

Neoliberalism

Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. The story it tells is that the market can resolve almost all social, economic and political problems. The less the state regulates and taxes us, the better off we will be. Public services should be privatised, public spending should be cut, and business should be freed from social control. In countries such as the UK and the US, this story has shaped our norms and values for around 35 years: since Thatcher and Reagan came to power. It is rapidly colonising the rest of the world.

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Chinese Abolone Farmers, Angry Over Pollution, Shut Down Shipyard and Smash Equipment

Earth First

(Reuters) – A shipyard in China‘s southeast has suspended operations after at least 500 farmers, who blame water pollution from the yard for killing their abalone harvest, stormed the yard and smashed its offices, an official at the shipyard said on Tuesday.

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Brooklyn's The Base Holding Open House

Announcements

The Base, Brooklyn’s prime anarchist social center, has been programmed from top to bottom for over a year. So far it’s been a center for radical study, a conduit to connect people and projects around the globe, and a center for workshops and skillshares. On a given night people can meet Brazilian Anarchists, learn how to make a successful squat, or join a conversation about Durruti’s exploits.

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