Anarchist Spirituality Presentation From the 2015 East Bay Anarchist Bookfair

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At some point, many Anarchists in North America will eventually cobble together enough experiences to gain an actual sense of self. At that point their lives will cease to be a desperate scramble to create and defend an insecure social identity, and the deeper question of how to relate to a complex universe will emerge. Their place in a reactionary teenage subculture will be revoked or refused, but sadly, most will turn to some mixture of politics, religious or secular monotheism, and humanism to seek answers. What would it mean to cultivate an amoral, anti-humanist spiritual practice that places one in direct relationship with a living world and offers the possibility of an actual Anarchist adulthood? read more

Episode 90: On The East Bay Anarchist Bookfair, Mass Shootings & Insubordinate Care

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Hosted by Rydra, Squee, and Kelpsea.  We discuss our day at the East Bay Anarchist Bookfair in Oakland, CA.  We discuss tabling and presentations on mass shootings, self care for the damned, post-modernity, rojava, spiritual anarchy, and more.  What the fuck is nihilism?  Are we nihilists?  Can you be a nihilist?  Is self care destruction?  Is destruction art?  Is art inherently irrational?  Rydra and Squee finally get into a disagreement, it is over Rydra making claims to being ahistorical and Squee says context matters! read more

Silent In Gehenna by Harlan Ellison

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Anarchists throughout history have not only attacked society, authority, and civilization, they have been voices screaming into the void; they are lights occasionally blinking in the bleak darkness that has overtaken what is now called humanity.  Harlan Ellison captures the voice of a lone revolutionary, a lone terrorist, who lies into the bullhorn that he is part of a movement and one of many, when in reality he is alone, destroying the entire University of Southern California by himself. read more

Episode 89: On the Irrational, Wild Reaction, Social War & Social Anarchy

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Rydra & Squee host Free Radical Radio with some fucking high quality sound and discuss the rational vs the irrational.  They break down RS(wild reaction) recent interview and talk about “wild nature” and leftism and resistance/violence.  They also discuss Hannah Arrendt on the public and private and spend a good deal of time on society and the social. read more

Paul Z Simons: Stories From Rojava On Revolution, Daily Life, and Hope

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Paul Z. Simons, also known as El Errante, is interviewed by rydra on his recent trip to Rojava.  Paul tells stories of his trip, relays discussions he had with people in Rojava in the YPG, YPJ, taxi drivers, translators, and more.  Paul describes the situation in Rojava as a “post-leftist revolution in a pre-leftist society.”  Paul also tells us how he got into the country, how others can, and why he feels that what is going there is important to anarchists all around the world. read more

Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany

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Driftglass is a tender monster story.  The monster is an amphiman gnarled by a deep sea accident.  In it Delany explores loss, aging, youth, pain, and memory, all experienced by those who live in a world in which they have little control.  It is a world of humans turned merpeople, working for the government and large corporations, who work deep under the sea.  The beauty and subtlety of this story wash over the reader, first as soft shorebreak, then as occasional tidal waves of grief and pain.

With his apolitical bent, Delany takes us on a journey into the sea, into ourselves, musing
on the questions of connection and loss, of how we relate to each other
and why.  He asks what it means to both be young and to age, and tells
the story of a monster grown old.  I am constantly struck by the tender
beauty of this tale, and I hope you are too. read more

Armed Joy by Alfredo M. Bonanno

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This book was written in 1977 in the momentum of the
revolutionary struggles taking place in Italy at the time, and that
should be borne in mind when reading it today. … This book has become
topical again, but in a different way. Not as a critique of a heavy
monopolising structure that no longer exists, but because it can point
out the potent capabilities of the individual on his or her road, with
joy, to the destruction of all that which oppresses and regulates them.
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Episode 87: On Anarchist Scenes and Subculture

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FRR returns with Rydra and Squee as they give an update on FRR’s return and new projects(audiobooks & presentations) that we are getting into.  Rydra gives a report back from the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair, further discussion of Bob Black and social relationships, and they have a long discussion on anarchist scenes/milieus and the value or lack thereof in subcultures read more

Against Identity Politics: Spectres, Joylessness, & the Contours of Ressentiment

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Lupus Dragonowl’s “Against Identity Politics: Spectres, Joylessness, & the Contours of Ressentiment,” originally publishd in AJODA, is read aloud by Arabella Story Tella.

This essay discusses and critiques identity politics and identity politicians and offers a different way of seeing and viewing the identities forced upon us by society and its structures. Using a Stirnerian critique, Dragonowl breaks down the thoughts, actions, and ideas of identity politics, defining them as another iteration of leftism. Full of anecdotes from the anarchist and radical milleu, this essay attempts to shed light on the workings of identity politicians.
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