How in the world can I pick which indomitable defenders of liberty to honor this year?
Perhaps I can spend my day in quiet contemplation of those valiant heroes who unselfishly risk the agony of carpal tunnel syndrome as they courageously push the buttons and computer keys to launch cruise missiles and predator drones at brown-skinned Third Worlders with unpronounceable names.
In an attempt to build upon PunkJohnnyCash’s previous articles surrounding the anarchist alienation of the working class, its important to analyze the state of the working class today.
In short, the condition of the working class is not preferable. Much of the working class has fallen into the trappings of neoliberalism and right-wing authoritarianism. In the United States, where the working class was guided by openly socialist trade unions, we now have an disorganized, cannibalistic, and reactionary labor aristocracy that only alienates the working class which is becoming evermore and object of Capital.
In a speech last month about proposed gun control legislation, President Obama decried opponents’ attempts to encourage “suspicion about government.” “The government’s us,” he responded. “These officials are elected by you. They are constrained as I am constrained, by a system that our founders put in place.” But if government were “us,” why would we have ever needed a Bill of Rights or defense attorneys?
Political parties will continue to out preform anarchist and red organizations if they continue to be organized so loosely and inefficiently. Many in our ranks hate the Church but, to look at what churches accomplish all the time and how they are able to organize such thriving communities. They are able to provide capital to function.
On Saturday, the Huffington Post posted an article by Steven Kurlander titled 'A Lesson of the Boston Bombings: Stop Classifying Criminal Anarchist Violence as Acts of War.' It's a ridiculous title, but one that sums up the article's argument perfectly. The article, unfortunately, is the sloppiest piece of opinion journalism I have read on the Boston bombings outside of the New York Post.
I personally never expected anything of Obama, and wrote about it before the 2008 primaries. I thought it was smoke and mirrors. The one thing that did surprise me is his attack on civil liberties. They go well beyond anything I would have anticipated, and they don't seem easy to explain. In many ways the worst is what you mention, Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project.
We’re excited that anarchists in Atlanta are writing on a more regular basis, and that there are now several outlets for such writing. One of these outlets is the blog section on the SWARM website. The first SWARM blog entry is a piece entitled, “Breaking with Delusion: Musings for Life Beyond the Left”, and we’d like to continue the conversation started in that piece here. We want to echo the expressed desire for constructive and critical debate and analysis, and appreciate any effort towards this purpose that was put into “Breaking with Delusion…”.
Originality, accuracy, and clarity can be hard things to measure in terms of the written word. Originality is always bound to some degree with the familiar. Accuracy, while sometimes easier to assess, is rarely complete and can still lead us to faulty conclusions. Clarity is largely dependent upon the ability of any readers to comprehend, relate to, and think reasonably about whatever is being presented to them. These three aspects comprise but a general shortlist of problems a writer may face when trying to compose something of worth and interest to the broader reading public.
In 2011, Simon Critchley, Chiara Bottici, and Jacob Blumenfeld organized a conference entitled “The Anarchist Turn” at the New School for Social Research. Naturally, the conference was exciting news for anarchist scholars. I was originally attracted to the conference because it seemed to toy with post-anarchist ideas in a way that had mass appeal. In other words, it seemed to grant further legitimacy to the specific forms of inquiry that have been generating incredible innovations in anarchist thinking over the last two decades.
This is going to be a very difficult piece to write and, in all honesty, I do not know if I am going to do a very good job. The region where I live has, in the past few months, witnessed two very heinous acts of violence that were prominently covered in the mainstream media. On December 14 of last year, twenty children and six teachers were gunned down in a school shooting in Newton, CT. Yesterday, three people were killed and 126 wounded when two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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