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Christian Anarchism & Direct Action

Christian Anarchism & Direct Action

  Tim Forster interviews Keith Hebden: From humble beginnings the Christian faith and its collective expression, the Church, spread rapidly through the Roman World and after experiencing several periods of persecution was co-opted by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century CE as the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Since then the Church has had a chequered history globally often working to maintain the status quo and usually siding with the ruling class. Historically the Church … Read entire article »

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GW Sok Interview: The Ex, Anarchy & Music

GW Sok Interview: The Ex, Anarchy & Music

By Tim Forster: Last October I caught a track by ‘King Champion Sounds’ on Radio 6 and was excited by something that sounded somewhere between ‘The Beat’ and ‘The Psychedelic Furs’-although that may be contested! Later that month I was lucky to see them at a small venue just outside Highbury and Islington Tube-brilliant! At the gig I got a copy of their album read the lyrics and realised they were pretty left leaning in their … Read entire article »

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Anarchy’s Time is About Now!

Anarchy’s Time is About Now!

By Tim Forster: Despite attempts by government to individualise mental health problems — presenting them as the illness of the individual — it is obvious that we live in an ill society that generates ill people. Studies show that individuals are happier within societies that are more equal — wide disparities of income and wealth create societies that are less happy and more ill at ease. The UK has high rates of inequality, one of the … Read entire article »

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Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 1

Tim Forster: Alec Empire – Atari Teenage Riot Interview Pt. 1

By Tim Forster: You’ve probably noticed that in late capitalism mainstream culture, including music, is often the tarted up result of market forces and the commodification of all things, it cannot help but be bereft of meaning and over arching purpose, it has nothing much to say and no idea where it is going; it operates as a social anaesthetic. In contrast Atari Teenage Riot are a band with purpose, vitality and a strong anarchist position. … Read entire article »

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Tim Forster: Levellers – Still Speaking Out!

Tim Forster: Levellers – Still Speaking Out!

By Tim Forster: The Levellers seemed to have occupied a prophetic position in British society for over 20 years, challenging the individual to think, critiquing the capitalist/ state amalgam, speaking up for the poor. Included in this has been a continual encouragement towards fraternity and mutual support in songs like ‘Carry me’ and ‘Accidental Anarchist’. WithBritainsuffering under a Tory led coalition blatantly serving the interests of the rich it seemed a good time to talk to … Read entire article »

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Rubén Martínez: Occupy’s deep L.A. roots

Rubén Martínez: Occupy’s deep L.A. roots

By Rubén Martínez It wasn’t easy being a radical in Los Angeles during the early 20th century. Shortly before Occupy L.A. was evicted from the City Hall grounds, I noticed a sign at the corner of Spring and Temple. It was a large white cloth with big block letters stenciled in black that read: “TIERRA Y LIBERTAD,” or “Land and Liberty.” The slogan had traveled a long way through time to arrive at what the Occupiers called Solidarity Park. … Read entire article »

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Guy Dixon: Documentary a clear-eyed look at the nonconformist’s nonconformist

Guy Dixon: Documentary a clear-eyed look at the nonconformist’s nonconformist

By Guy Dixon Writer Paul Goodman was forever being labelled: pacifist and anarchist, bisexualist and “poverty cultist.” The latter was according to conservative William F. Buckley Jr. on an old, black-and-white episode of the TV talk show Firing Line. Appearing on the program, Goodman denied “poverty cultist.” Paul Goodman Changed My Life Yet, as the documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life shows, Goodman never completely matched any of the tags pinned to him. A leading intellectual of the U.S. anti-conformism, anti-military protest … Read entire article »

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Melanie Asmar: Ricardo Flores Magon Academy – Why was embattled school named for anarchist writer?

Melanie Asmar: Ricardo Flores Magon Academy – Why was embattled school named for anarchist writer?

By Melanie Asmar ​This week’s cover story, “A Hard Line,” takes a look at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, a charter school in Westminster with both high test scores and a high number of former teachers, one of whom recently filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school. Among complaints voiced by some former teachers is that the students there are called “Magonistas” in a nod to the followers of the school’s namesake, Ricardo Flores Magon. So who … Read entire article »

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Thai Jones: Occupy Protests Show Radical Potential – Through Decades, Confrontation and Consensus Can Coexist

Thai Jones: Occupy Protests Show Radical Potential – Through Decades, Confrontation and Consensus Can Coexist

By Thai Jones At the end of a long day of peaceful demonstrations in Oakland this past November, a few hundred protesters — many wearing masks or covering their faces with bandanas — massed for a night of rage, smashing windows, chucking rocks and sparking bonfires. In the aftermath, the city’s police chief described the perpetrators as “generally anarchists and provocateurs.” Across the continent, in New York City, I joined more than 1,000 protesters in a march … Read entire article »

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Guy Rocha: ‘Most dangerous’ woman lectured in Reno in 1910

Guy Rocha: ‘Most dangerous’ woman lectured in Reno in 1910

By Guy Rocha Director Clint Eastwood’s recently released movie, “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as longtime FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, features anarchist Emma Goldman early in the film. Labeled by Hoover in 1919 as “one of the most dangerous women in American,” Goldman had lectured in Reno in 1910. She arrived with her manager and companion, Dr. Ben Reitman, by train from Salt Lake City on April 15. Reitman, characterized by his biographer as Chicago’s “celebrated social … Read entire article »

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Noam Chomsky: The Cold War

Noam Chomsky: The Cold War

By Noam Chomsky Was the Cold War a battle between capitalism and socialism? … Read entire article »

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Black Flags and Radical Relief Efforts in New Orleans: An Interview with Scott Crow

Black Flags and Radical Relief Efforts in New Orleans: An Interview with Scott Crow

“Solidarity not Charity” is a way of feeding people while addressing the underlying problems that cause hunger. The way this manifested itself in Common Ground was to immediately deliver and render aid where the state had failed, and then to leave structures in place so communities can continue to rebuild themselves as they see fit.” Interview by Stevie Peace & Kevin Van Meter  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina both federal and local authorities failed the population … Read entire article »

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David Graeber: Occupy and Anarchism’s Gift of Democracy

David Graeber: Occupy and Anarchism’s Gift of Democracy

By David Graeber: As the history of past movements all make clear, nothing terrifies those running America more than the danger of true democracy breaking out. As we see in Chicago, Portland, Oakland, and right now in New York City, the immediate response to even a modest spark of democratically organised civil disobedience is a panicked combination of concessions and brutality. Our rulers, anyway, seem to labor under a lingering fear that if any significant number of … Read entire article »

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I Do Not Have A Name: David Lloyd On The V For Vendetta Mask

I Do Not Have A Name: David Lloyd On The V For Vendetta Mask

Colin Ricketts talks to V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd about how the Guy Fawkes mask has become an internationally understood symbol of protest, resistance and anarchy. With photographs provided by Quietus readers and friends. V masks modelled by occult Scottish noise rock group Black Sun It happened again the other day. This time the unmistakeable mask flying across the internet and newspaper front pages was associated with the Occupy movement and, for some at least, November … Read entire article »

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Michael Albert: Querying Young Chomsky

Michael Albert: Querying Young Chomsky

By Michael Albert In 1976, looking a bit like Buddy Holly, Noam Chomsky gave Peter Jay what I think may be his most extensive interview regarding what a desirable society might look like. I believe the views he offered are still dear to him as well as to many other anarchists. They are dear to me, as well, and have influenced my own commitments, albeit with some changes. Chomsky offers his observations as part of the heritage of “libertarian … Read entire article »

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Deric Shannon: What Do We Mean By “Works”? Anarchist Economics and the Occupy X Movement

Deric Shannon: What Do We Mean By “Works”? Anarchist Economics and the Occupy X Movement

By Deric Shannon: “If you have a lot of money, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems, being rich ain’t one.” —A dynamic FB duo There’s a lot of folks taking to the streets (and a Park) in the capitol of capital right now—Wall Street—and all over the world in response. The general sentiment seems to be that folks are fed up with a tiny elite controlling the lives of the rest of us—now on an … Read entire article »

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David V. Johnson: What Would Emma Do? – An Interview with Vivian Gornick

David V. Johnson: What Would Emma Do? – An Interview with Vivian Gornick

By David V. Johnson In her latest book, Emma Goldman: Revolution As a Way of Life, Vivian Gornick examines the life and mind of the great American anarchist and dissident. BR Web Editor David Johnson spoke to her last week about her new book, the psychology of radicals, and the Occupy Wall Street protests. Emma Goldman, c. 1911 / Library of Congress David Johnson: Before you pursued the book were you an admirer of Emma Goldman? Did you know a lot … Read entire article »

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