38:22 – Life Without Law: An Introduction to Anarchist Politics – By Strangers In a Tangled Wilderness – MP3 – Read – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.”
40:30 – We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It.
With an Afterword by Crimethinc – By Institute for Precarious Consciousness – MP3 – PDF – Text – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“What could actually counter anxiety? Do we have to beat security guards, insurance policies, religious communities, and antidepressants at their own game, somehow making people feel safe in a hostile and hazardous world? Trying to allay anxiety as a separate project from abolishing the conditions that create it is surely doomed. Should we accept the worst-case scenario as a foregone conclusion and hurry forth to meet it, transforming our anxiety into a weapon? If anxiety is the omnipresent guardian of the prevailing order, it presents the perfect point of departure for resistance—but this does not answer how those already immobilized by it could perform such alchemy. Perhaps, in the course of taking on the ruling order, we could create something together that inspires confidence, grounding ourselves in a shared sense of reality that no market or military could take from us.”
1:38:37 – Armed Joy – By Alfredo M. Bonanno – MP3 – Read – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“‘Do it yourself.’ Don’t break up the global aspect of play by reducing it to roles. Defend your right to enjoy life. Obstruct capital’s death project. The latter can only enter the world of creativity and play by transforming who is playing into a “player’ the living creator into a dead person who cheats themselves into believing they are alive.”
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1:23:44 – n’Drea: One Woman’s Fight to Die Her Own Way – By Andrea Dorea – MP3 – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“Andrea (N’Drea) was involved with Os Cangaceiros, a group of social rebels who refused the slavery of work and mercilessly attacked the prison system of France in the 1980’s and 90’s. In 1985, she learned that she had cancer.
She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Then in 1990, she walked out of the medical world for good to grasp her life and her death as her own.
This work explains that decision with intelligence, anger and joy. It is at
the same time a powerful condemnation of the medical industry, a passionate theoretical analysis of the society of the commodity and its destruction of the human individual on all levels—emotional, intellectual, social and physical—and the personal expression of one woman’s decision to live her life fully and to die on her own terms among those she loved in defiance of a society that steals both our lives and deaths away.”
1:03:24 – From Riot to Insurrection: Analysis for an Anarchist Perspective Against Post-Industrial Capitalism – By Alfredo M. Bonanno – MP3 –PDF – Text – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“What should our task be? To continue arguing with the methods of the past? Or to try moving these spontaneous riot situations in an effective insurrectional direction capable of attacking not just the included, who remain within their Teutonic castle, but also the actual mechanism that is cutting out language. In future we shall have to work towards instruments in a revolutionary and insurrectional vein that can be read by the excluded.”
2:26:48 – Incognito: Experiences That Defy Identification – By Anonymous – MP3 – PDF – Read – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be underground? Here is a series of real-life tales of what it is like, how people made the decision, what is hardest about it, and, perhaps surprisingly, how it is awesome.
A lesser-known title from Elephant Editions.
“How much luck will you have in the race against time.
How many moves do you have left to play.
You ask yourself this and
the answer reveals that the various paths
are all but exhausted.
The next step,
and your road shows itself
with all the evidence and certainty
that allows you to go ahead.”
1:50:40 – No We Can’t All Just Get Along: hip hop, gang unity and the LA rebellion – By Jeff Chang – MP3 – Article – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
Excerpts focusing on the lead-up and aftermath of the LA riots from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. This Zine offers valuable insight into how armed proletarian street organizations, united against the police, and did so in the context of a modern urban insurrection. In a post-Ferguson america, these lessons are as relevant as ever.
“…Jeff has captured the spirit of actual people living in LA that signed peace treaties and fought the police better than any other observer. The reason this section is so good is because Chang is less of an outsider than most who have looked at the riots, he grew up within the west coast hip hop community and he is a Korean American; both of which play a pivotal role in his analysis of the historic events of April 1992.”
– From The Introduction by the Institute for Experimental Freedom
1:01:05 – At Daggers Drawn: With The Existent, It’s Defenders and It’s False Critics – By Anonymous – MP3 – Read – Print – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
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“We can choose not to live. That is the most beautiful reason for opening oneself up to life with joy. ‘There is always time to put an end to things; one might as well rebel and play’ — is how the materialism of joy talks.
We can choose not to act, and that is the most beautiful reason for acting. We bear within ourselves the potency of all the acts we are capable of, and no boss will ever be able to deprive us of the possibility of saying no. What we are and what we want begins with a no. From it is born the only reason for getting up in the morning. From it is born the only reason for going armed to the assault of an order that is suffocating us.
On the one hand there is the existent, with its habits and certainties. And of certainty, that social poison, one can die. On the other hand there is insurrection, the unknown bursting into the life of all. The possible beginning of an exaggerated practice of freedom.”
Another reading of At Daggers Drawn from Friendship as a Form of Life is available Here
2:07:20 – Introduction To The Apocalypse – by Anonymous – MP3 – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
“The apocalypse is not happening in the future, it is happening now. It is not the result of our personal sins and it is not the “collective responsibility of humanity”. Climate change (or God, or whatever) will not bring about the apocalypse. The apocalypse began with the advent of our current form of life based on industrial production.”
“Climate change is just symptomatic of capitalism reaching the limits of its expansion in the world of natural resources that evolved before capitalism. It is then fitting that a totalising crisis like climate change accompanies a totalising system of production like capitalism. Carbon emissions are the by-product of capitalism just as defecation is the by-product of humans eating…”
There is a short film, “In the Middle of the Desert,” by Bulgarian anarchist filmmaker Hristina Vardeva, composed as a companion piece to “Introduction to the Apocalypse.”
27:02 – An Anarchist Response to The Nihilists: Two essays – By Anonymous – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Two Essays from Barcelona Spain. 1) Communiqué for Anarchist Actions in Barcelona and Response to the Nihilist Comrades 2) The Nihilist Recuperation
“For us, the attacks against the system are essential to our struggle. But we’ve fooled ourselves. A struggle does not consist only in attacks. The attacks are not more important than the need to care for ourselves, to preserve and spread our collective history, to create relations based in the gift, solidarity, and reciprocity, to imagine new worlds and new struggles…”
7:50 – “Oh Mama, What is it, The Left Wing of The State?” A Conversation Between a Mother Cat and Her Kitten Regarding The Nature of Leftism and The State” – by Monsieur Duponte – MP3 – Text – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Complete with cat noises!!!!
1:01:40 – We Demand Nothing – By Johann Kaspar – MP3 – Text – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Originally published in ‘Fire to the Prisons’ (Issue 7), Autumn 2009.
“The refusal to demand allows for the abstraction of capital to reveal itself, no longer covered up in the mysticism of word-games, i.e., we are fighting for right x because of need y based on condition z. That structure will never challenge the basis of the needs and conditions themselves. The undemanding struggle is not for anything, it is a position, a stance, a risk to become a subject of one’s own activity; until then, we are nothing but objects of capital, things moved around to work, vote, and reproduce. Capital is personified in our actions (work, consume, repeat), and the state is personified in our words (rights, justice, freedom). To refuse both personifications means to destroy the form of Man which capital and state need for their reality, that form is the proletariat and the citizen, the worker and the activist, the entrepreneur and the poet.”
2:32:46 – Adiós Prison: Tales of Spectacular Escapes – By Juan José Garfia – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
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True stories told by spanish prisoners themselves of five different successful escapes. Compiled inside the FIES prison regime by Juan Jose Garfia and translated and published in english by elephant editions.
Excerpt from the English introduction:
“This book talks about freedom, the urgent need for freedom and the impossibility of living without it. It says that freedom must be taken back at all costs and that is exactly what the protagonists of Adios Prison, Spanish prisoners under the infamous FIES regime, did: they took back their freedom using all means necessary, challenging the impossible, ready to kill for it if necessary.”
33:28 – Passion for Freedom : An Interview with Jean Weir – MP3 – Read – Imposed – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
Originally published in issue 8 of the magazine 325. , this interview with Jean Weir (of Insurrection magazine and Elephant Editions) features a critical and humble reflection on prison, insurrection, and anarchist publishing.
“We must never forget that — beyond the anecdotes and reminiscences, prison consists of so many reinforced boxes that millions of people all over the world are locked up in day and night. The latter are hostages of the State and live at the mercy of a hierarchy of vile cowards 24 hours a day.”
58:05 – The Prison Letters of Luciano “Tortuga” – By Luciano “Tortuga” Pitronello – MP3 – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
On the morning of June 1st, 2011, two individuals pulled up on a motorcycle in front of a bank in Santiago, Chile. One got off carrying a homemade explosive device, which detonated accidentally in his hands, blinding him, setting him on fire, and injuring his hands severely. In the hospital, where he was placed under armed guard, he was identified as Luciano Pitronello Schuffeneger, better known by his nickname “Tortuga,” Spanish for turtle. Demonized by the sensational mass media, condemned as a terrorist by his own sister, and abandoned by some former comrades fearful of repression, he faced the certainty of prison while saddled with horrifying injuries. Yet against all conceivable odds, he turned around his unbearable situation, persisting in his physical therapy to recover beyond expectation, overcoming suicidal depression, and defeating legal efforts to prosecute him under an anti-terrorist law. He was sentenced to six years of house arrest, and remains unrepentant and committed to anarchist struggle.
“and in the greatest darkness there appeared small gestures that pushed me to not give up. How could I betray those who risk their lives to give me encouragement? And I learned to conquer life anew; I know that you will never know how important you have been.”
For more context and information check out these Ex-Worker Podcast episodes: – Interview With Tortuga – Review of his prison letters – Anarchism In Chile – There are several compilations of Tortuga’s prison letters including actions done in solidarity with him we only recorded his first three letters but you should check out War On Society for more info on Tortuga and news from around the world
29:32 – A Day Mournful and Overcast – by an Uncontrollable of the Iron Column – MP3 – Read – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Written by a member of the Iron Column, an Anarchist militia unit made up entirely of liberated ex-prisoners, which fought with great distinction in defence of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-1939. More than a discussion of the politics of militarisation and control, it’s a hymn to freedom and a tribute to those who fight for it.
“I am an escaped convict from San Miguel de los Reyes, that sinister prison, which the monarchy set up in order to bury alive those who, because they weren’t cowards, would never submit to the infamous laws dictated by the powerful against the oppressed.”
1:21:25 – Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety by Jackie Wang – MP3 – PDF – Torrent – Archive – YouTube
First published 2012 in LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism Vol. 1
“Ultimately, our appeals to innocence demarcate who is killable and rapable, even if we are trying to strategically use such appeals to protest violence committed against one of our comrades. […] When we rely on appeals to innocence, we foreclose a form of resistance that is outside the limits of law, and instead ally ourselves with the State.”
1:02:11 – How Do We Fight Gentrification? – From Rolling Thunder #11 – MP3 –Text – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
“There are fights it is impossible to win and impossible to avoid. Gentrification is one of these. It is a ceaseless earthquake, breaking up communities, shaking us from one neighborhood to another or into outright homelessness. The ones who take our place face the same fate in our wake.
We have to reimagine these defensive struggles as offensive initiatives–that’s the only way they could turn out to our advantage. What could we gain in fighting, even as the ground is snatched from beneath our feet? How could these losing battles position us to take on the structures that produce gentrification?”
19:25 – The Witch’s Child – From Unsettling America – MP3 – PDF – Article – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
You’re probably thinking “A MayDay hype piece now?!” but we say… “Why Wait?!”
“This is how they destroyed our roots. And this is why, on May Day, we tell stories. Stories of our lives, of our struggles, of the future we want, of a past we invent because we no longer remember it.”
5:09:51 – To Our Friends – By The Invisible Committee – MP3 –Read – Print – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
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From The Invisible Committee:
“In 2007 we published The Coming Insurrection in France. It must be acknowledged that a number of assertions by the Invisible Committee have since been confirmed, starting with the first and most essential: the sensational return of the insurrectionary phenomenon. Who would have bet a kopeck, seven years ago, on the overthrow of Ben Ali or Mubarak through street action, on the revolt of young people in Quebec, on the political awakening of Brazil, on the fires set French-style in the English or Swedish banlieues, on the creation of an insurrectionary commune in the very heart of Istanbul, on a movement of plaza occupations in the United States, or on the rebellion that spread throughout Greece in December of 2008?
During the seven years that separate The Coming Insurrection from To Our Friends, the agents of the Invisible Committee have continued to fight, to organize, to transport themselves to the four corners of the world, to wherever the fires were lit, and to debate with comrades of every tendency and every country. Thus To Our Friends is written at the experiential level, in connection with that general movement. Its words issue from the turmoil and are addressed to those who still believe sufficiently in life to fight as a consequence.
To Our Friends is a report on the state of the world and of the movement, a piece of writing that’s essentially strategic and openly partisan. Its political ambition is immodest: to produce a shared understanding of the epoch, in spite of the extreme confusion of the present.”
Review by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain
Zines for the first five chapters are available here: 1 2 3 4 5 from Ruine des Kapitals
Full text available at The Anarchist Library
*08/08/15 Sound Quality Improved
36:04 – Fire At Midnight, Destruction at Dawn: Sabotage and Social War – By Kasimere Bran – MP3 – Text – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Originally published in the first issue of A Murder of Crows, this pamphlet is a good explanation about how individual acts can fit into collective revolt and not become isolated in specialized armed struggle
“Sabotage can be used in all situations, in all terrains, and by anyone who wishes to use it. It requires no specialization or skill, just initiative. While news of sabotage is difficult to find, obscured and negated as it is by those in power, there are some notable examples of its use that we would like to examine. This list is by no means comprehensive but rather a sampling of relevant examples.”
23:21 – 10 Points On The Black Bloc – By Harsha Walia – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – Text – YouTube
A talk by No One is Illegal’s Harsha Walia speaking about the diversity of tactics strategy and the black bloc tactic (10 Quick Points!) and experiences of the tactic in the context of 2010 Olympics resistance, Heart Attack March.
(This is not our own recording unlike the rest of the audio on our site. We ripped this off of YouTube and cleaned up the audio a bit to make it available in audio as it is already available as video and text.)
27:46 – Industrial Domestication – By Leopold Roc – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
With the sub-title “Industry as the Origins of Modern Domination,” this zine analyzes the industrial revolution happening roughly between 1750 and 1850 in the West. In it, the author argues that industrialization was part of domestication process that was built on discipline, control, and surveillance. The essay originally appeared in the anarchist magazine Fifth Estate.
10:40 – “ETERNAL WAR ON THE HITLER YOUTH” (THE EDELWEISS PIRATES, 1938-1945) – From Outlaw History and Theory – MP3 – Text – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
What drew me to this article was not any sort of knee-jerk liberal antifascism, that gets all warm inside at any talk of resistance to fascism no matter what the source, but rather the description of resistance by youth largely from the exploited classes attacking the domination under which they lived with audacity even when it took the form of a genocidal totalitarian police state of the most extreme form. The actions these youth took were direct action, and in the case of the Edelweiss Pirates, seem to have been largely autonomous. The Meuten were apparently connected with communist groups, and I wish the article had gone into differences between the practice of the Pirates and the Meuten, since this could have been a fruitful area for practical analysis, but of course an article like this is just a beginning.
18:08 – Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space – By Sam Kriss – MP3 – Read – Print –Text – Archive– Torrent – YouTube (Performed in front of a live audience)
We have been lied to, subjected to a cruel and chilly lie, one so vast and total it’s no longer fully perceivable but has turned into the unseen substrate of everyday life. It’s a political lie. They told us that outer space is beautiful.
1:12:36 – The Continuing Appeal Of Nationalism – Fredy Perlman – MP3 – Text – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
Why do the ideas of nation and race still have such an influence even after the lessons of fascism have been so widely drawn? An excellent analysis by the late Fredy Perlman that answers this question and reveals the enduring appeal of nationalism to statist rulers of both left and right.
29:31 – 3 Positions Against Prison – August O’Clairre – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
This zine offers an excellent critique of prisons, arguing that prison is not just a physical site but also a condition that exists within society. Specifically, it offers a solid analysis of prison abolition, arguing that in seeking to “shrink” the prison industrial complex, abolitionists often end up replacing prison with other less brutal institutions. Consequently, prison doesn’t disappear but rather its mechanisms – surveillance, militarization of the police, etc – spread throughout society.
1:45:15 – Revolutionary Solidarity: A Critical Reader for Accomplices – Various – MP3 – PDF – Archive – Torrent – YouTube
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Check out this new reader that compiles some of the best texts that critique “ally” politics as well as the closely linked, ‘non-profit industrial complex.’ As the text, ‘Accomplices not Allies” writes: “The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the “issues” they work to address…Ally has also become an identity, disembodied from any real mutual understanding of support. The term ally has been rendered ineffective and meaningless…But we need to know who has our backs, or more appropriately: who is with us, at our sides?” As the riots and moments of youthful rebellion often give way to more reformist efforts, this collection of texts will hopefully be a tool to begin and continue conversations with everyone who rejects the Left’s managers of revolt.