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

Treacherous Women: Kaneko Fumiko by Helene Bowen Raddeker

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Pak Yeol (left) and Fumiko (right) being lewd in the courtroom

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I don’t know where to start describing my relationship Kaneko Fumiko.

Fumiko was a nihilist during in early 1920’s Japan. She grew up unwanted and abused – her parents never registered her when she was born, meaning she didn’t legally exist for the first half of her life. Her dad abandoned her; her mom tried to sell her into prostitution; she ended up in Korea as a child servant working for her colonizer grandparents. She dropped out of school to hang out with some anarchists, publish some radical magazines and found the Futeisha (translated as “The Malcontent’s Society,” which was basically just her and her nihilist friends hanging out). Then she was arrested for  trying to blow up the emperor, and killed herself in prison at the ripe old age of 23 in a joyous affirmation of her power over her own life. 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

Bloodchild by Octavia butler

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Octavia Butler describes herself as “a forty-seven-year-old writer who
can remember being a ten-year-old  writer and who expects someday to
be an eighty-year-old writer… a hermit, a pessimist if I’m not
careful, a  feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water
combination of  ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive”.
She started writing science fiction at 12 because she thought men were
doing a terrible job, and she could do better. In her work, it’s
apparent she believed humanity was inherently flawed and doomed to
destroy itself. I get sad about her early death and miss her a lot. 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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