FRR Books Podcast #1: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera


This is the first episode of FRR’s new books podcast.  Our goal is to discuss books(mostly fiction), especially where they intersect with our lives, nihilism, and anarchism.  I(rydra) will be the most consistent host with a rotation of friends and others I find interesting broadcasting when we desire to.  In this episode we discuss Milan Kundera’s final novel, “The Festival of Insignificance.”  I began reading Kundera as a teenager and my fondness for him has only grown as I have slowly felt the effects of his writing, ideas, and brilliance sink into me over the years. read more

Episode 91: All The Things! On Billions of People and Anarchist Projects

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Squee and Rydra host episode 91 of Free Radical Radio and mostly discuss population size and anarchist’s relation to the real, and anarchist news and the benefits and problems of different anarchist projects.  We open the show with some personal stuff, is the personal political? Then we get into an extended conversation on anarchist news.  Highlights:  Squee proclaims that he wants to help people! Rydra is in the elf mines over Christmas as the feudal lords leave their manors to the lowly serfs.  Spreading of anarchy and a discussion of occupy and anarchist interventionism. 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

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

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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Update on the show

Hi people who sometimes or frequently or infrequently listen to our podcast/radio show. We have been inactive for a bit now because we are going through some transition. Bellamy is continuing his leave from the show which can now be described as indefinite. The show will resume soon with a new co-host and I will be putting up a couple of new recordings in the next week, a recording of a talk at the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair, and an audio recording of Against Identity Politics. Thanks for the emails and messages and I look forward to continuing to engage with interesting and dangerous ideas and people. read more

Episode 86: On Avoiding Work, Post-left Anarchy, and How Discourse and Action Interact

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Rydra and Squee host episode 86 of Free Radical Radio with the help of Rev. Doc and discuss Rydra and Bellamy’s upcoming visit to Seattle for the Anarchist Bookfair, Wild Reaction’s latest actions, post-left anarchy and why so many have so much trouble grasping what it means, work and how we attempt to avoid it, and more. read more