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ZAD resists Militarization and Evictions: State offers to Legalise ‘Approved Projects’

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If you don’t know what the ZAD of Notre des Landes is, check out the official site , in English and various languages, link click HERE

 21st day of Military Occupation, 29 April,

The police operation is supposed to be completed since Thursday, April 12, 2018, 22h, but the cops said they would not leave the area without having cleared all the destroyed houses, “released” the roads and they will prevent any reoccupation.Related image

The general-in-chief of operations announces that he and his villains will stay for months to “secure the area so that projects validated by the prefecture can see the light of day”. Edouard Phillipe, the first disaster, speaks of “to put an end to the illegal occupation”. The prefect meets his chiefs today. More info to come!

We stay in ALERT EXPULSIONS! We always call you to come support us on the spot, if you can, or to act from your home! Continue reading ZAD resists Militarization and Evictions: State offers to Legalise ‘Approved Projects’

Why growing up Anarchist made me a better Permaculture Designer

RTF ladyThe Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is back, better than ever,  on Saturday May 12th 2018 .

…..This post intends to share my love for both anarchism and permaculture and why the relationship between them keeps me up at night.

Anarchism and Permaculture

I joined the Anarchist Federation and the Anarchist Youth Network as a young teenager (circa 13-14 years old). While a lot of people have a jaunt at socialism or the Green Party and other escapades and find themselves radicalised by increasing dissolution with liberal ideas, I found I dove into the deep end.

And so began a lifelong love affair with ideas and action that questioned the legitimacy and role of a state, the capitalist economic system and all other forms of intersecting oppression, like racism, sexism and human supremacy.

I hungered for an understanding of all the fucked up things I’d seen or gone through.

”The site Empty Cages Design provides a portfolio of my work as an organiser, designer, agroecologist, educator and writer. It gives a platform to the courses, workshops, events and projects that I organise”.

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Kropotkin’s anarchist Christmas“Infiltrate the stores, Give away the Toys!”

An Anarchist Guide to Christmas

For the Yuletide this year, we decided to republish a recent classic commentary on Christmas an anarchism.  Enjoy!

By Ruth Kinna         It’s no surprise to discover that anarchist theorist Pyotr Kropotkin was interested in Christmas. In Russian culture, St. Nicholas (Николай Чудотворец) was revered as a defender of the oppressed, the weak and the disadvantaged. Kropotkin shared the sentiments.

But there was also a family link. As everyone knows, Kropotkin could trace his ancestry to the ancient Rurik dynasty that ruled Russia before the upstart Romanovs and which, from the first century CE, controlled the trade routes between Moscow and the Byzantine Empire. Nicholas’s branch of the family had been sent out to patrol the Black Sea. But Nicholas was a spiritual man and sought an escape from the piracy and brigandage for which his Russian Viking family was famed. So he settled under a new name in the southern lands of the Empire, now Greece, and decided to use the wealth that he had amassed from his life of crime to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.

Unpublished archival sources recently discovered in Moscow reveal that Kropotkin was fascinated by this family tie and the striking physical similarity between himself and the figure of Father Christmas, popularised by the publication of ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ (better known as ‘The Night Before Christmas’) in 1823. Continue reading Kropotkin’s anarchist Christmas“Infiltrate the stores, Give away the Toys!”

Growing Our Selves by De-Growing the System..- degrowth videos

Following on from the post ‘Economic ‘Growth’ will destroy everything’  on the insane policy of infinite growth on a finite planet in environmental collapse, we present two documentaries:

The first is a brilliant docu on revolutionary degrowth from 2012 in Spain and France with subtitles in 4 languages…Stop! Filming The Change-

The second is the trailer of the award winning documentary ‘Decrecimiento’ (Degrowth) which is being premiered free in Madrid cinemas next week.

 

Stop! Filming The Change (Stop! Rodando el Cambio)

– subtitles in English / français / italiano / castellano

Continue reading Growing Our Selves by De-Growing the System..- degrowth videos

Anarchists Fight For a Collective, Sustainable Society Not a Power Vacuum

extraneousthinker           Perhaps clearing up misconceptions is due to the G20 disruptions a la Black Bloc in Hamburg. Regardless, this misunderstanding is largely propagated from the flimsy coverage in the mainstream media.

Mr Robot, for example, showcase a collective of leftist hackers who erased the debt and crippled the financial system in their universe. Fight Club similarly, bombed the capitalist financial centers by infiltrating the security of buildings. V for Vendetta also bombed Great Britain’s political centers in a symbolic meaning of a new society. Even a kid’s show of Nickelodeon in Legend of Korra featured an evil airbender, Zaheer, who believed that the natural order is “disorder.” He eventually killed a queen and ensued a period of chaos and banditry.Resultado de imagen de positive anarchism

It’s no accident then that when anarchists show up on the news or elsewhere, the first thing people believe that anarchists fight for is a power vacuum – no power, no structure, nothing in it’s place.

The proof is in the pudding. Even with it’s problematic inception as an ideology in Europe, anarchism never was for vacuum. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon wanted to replace the system of private property with collective ones.Resultado de imagen de positive anarchism

He attempted this by encouraging a semi-reformist mutualist institutions. Yet others, like Emma Goldman and Errico Malatesta, believed that an organized society would have to fight in revolution to achieve anarchist aims. This tendency won out. Continue reading Anarchists Fight For a Collective, Sustainable Society Not a Power Vacuum

Can anarchism work?.. Mesopotamia and Tiwanaku ‘thrived for Centuries With No Ruling Elite’

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In the Mesopotamia rooms at the British Museum there are no depictions of warriors or warfare, chariots or combat, clubs or swords – for nearly four thousand years.

By Gregory Sams .. shared with thanks …   There is a remarkable discovery that has not yet emerged from our renewed interest in ancient civilization. Yet few remark upon this glaring omission from the relics and records we dig up and discover.

I first recognized its absence at a visit to the British Museum, and made a point of going back a few years later for another check. Their Mesopotamian rooms begin at 6500 BC, and as you wander through the exhibits and look at the artifacts and

As for kings and rulers, there was a single image thought to be a king because it looks like he’s wearing a crown. And what is this king doing? He is feeding flowers to sheep.

Thriving Ancient Cities with No Ruling Elite?

Around 2700 BC the first inter-city state dispute turned into what could be termed a war. Little is known, other than that the Sumerians made off with the weapons of the losing Elamites. Continue reading Can anarchism work?.. Mesopotamia and Tiwanaku ‘thrived for Centuries With No Ruling Elite’

‘Anarchy Works’.. read and download here .. by Peter Gelderloos


free to read and download     plain PDF   ,  EPUB (for mobile etc) https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-anarchy-works

EN ESPAÑOL AQUI https://es.theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-la-anarquia-funciona

This book takes examples from around the world, picking through history and anthropology, showing that people have, in different ways and at different times, demonstrated mutual aid, self-organization, autonomy, horizontal decision making, and so forth–the principles that anarchy is founded on–regardless of whether they called themselves anarchists or not.

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Too well documented to be strictly mythology, and too generalized to be strictly anthropology, this is an inspiring answer to the people who say that anarchists are utopian: a point-by-point introduction to how anarchy can and has actually worked.

Anarchy Works by Peter Gelderloos — Reviews, Discussion …