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Here is an old essay

Reproduced from the 2014 BASTARD conference on Social war. Obviously short and sweet. Why Social War is a bad way to practice anarchy If I were to be generous I would say that social war is a nice term in search of meaning. At best I have experienced it as a way to dress up … Continue reading “Here is an old essay”

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Fascism

This text finds itself more relevant to my life this week than it has in years. From Foucault’s introduction to Anti-Oedipus. Whence the three adversaries confronted by Anti-Oedipus. Three adversaries who do not have the same strength, who represent varying degrees of danger, and whom the book combats in different ways: The political ascetics, the … Continue reading “Fascism”

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What I hate about the Internet and what it means for the future of Anarchism

In another life I work with technology for a living. This means I keep up to date on Internet technologies and the theories that inform them. I just scanned a solid article from new TOR board member and security researcher Bruce Schneier and the power struggle between the feudal internet and those of us who … Continue reading “What I hate about the Internet and what it means for the future of Anarchism”

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Entry 6 – End of Trip. Lessons

Montreal should get its own entry but now that I’ve been home for two weeks the time to review the end of May seems to have passed. Suffice it to say that Montreal, Chicago (!!!), and Phoenix were all fantastic stops and had great turn outs for what I and LBC have to share. I’m … Continue reading “Entry 6 – End of Trip. Lessons”

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Entry 5 – Ontario & the East Coast

Detroit Did you know there are still active projects in MI? Indeed, Fifth Estate is a currently active project that still puts out three issues of an anarchistish content periodical every year. While I was in Detroit this project loomed large as I was staying with its managing editor. We went to visit its memorialization. … Continue reading “Entry 5 – Ontario & the East Coast”

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Entry 4 – From BC to MI

On the essay denouncement The author of one of the three recent denouncements of nihilism that I am at least partially culpable in lives in the city of Vancouver (or so they say in the essay). My presentation there was pregnant with the possibility of a public face-to-face with this critic. Sadly, though not surprisingly, … Continue reading “Entry 4 – From BC to MI”

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Entry 3 – British Columbia

I haven’t been away from my home keyboard setup for this long in a few years. The reason I know is because I haven’t read hundreds of @news comments. I have stopped caring about all of the updates of my “friends.” And I’m ambivalent about catching all of you up with my trip. That’s not … Continue reading “Entry 3 – British Columbia”

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Entry 2. To mile 1000.

Portland One expects the worst from Portland. From “we will not be silenced,” to Portlandia, to the fact that Portland doesn’t even seem to be trying any more I had low expectations. The fact that the only person I knew from the Annares collective wasn’t there and my fear started to rise. I was totally … Continue reading “Entry 2. To mile 1000.”

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Entry 1 – #lbcasual tour

About 450 miles from Berkeley, CA to Southern Oregon First stops I’m going to journal my trip a little bit, not so personal but perhaps over personal along the lines of what a long motorcycle trip looks like for a middle aged person. What travails and pleasantries I encounter and how I somehow relate all … Continue reading “Entry 1 – #lbcasual tour”

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The Casual LBC Tour

I am about to head out to the 49th parallel for a two month motorcycle tour. That could be fun. April 17th – Portland OR: Anarres Infoshop April 18th – Seattle WA: Left Bank Books April 24th – Victoria BC: Camas books April 25th – Vancouver BC: 38 Blood Alley May 2-3rd – Minneapolis MN … Continue reading “The Casual LBC Tour”

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Motorcycles >= Anarchy

I haven’t been writing much lately. I was working too much over the last year (with less to show for it than I planned) and that, along with drama, made it so I really haven’t felt like I didn’t have much to say. My experiences have stored up and I hope over the next few […]

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Motorcycles >= Anarchy

I haven’t been writing much lately. I was working too much over the last year (with less to show for it than I planned) and that, along with drama, made it so I really haven’t felt like I have had much to say. My experiences have stored up and I hope over the next few … Continue reading “Motorcycles >= Anarchy”

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In Defense of Bob Black

For those of you that haven’t heard I threw an event with Bob Black at our local infoshop on August 7th 2015. At this event local activist “Morgan Le Fay” came to protest Bob for the 1995 Hogshire affair and ended up punching him a few times (3) in the face. A month later Bob […]

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As much as I hate you, work is worse

It has been a rough year so far. For the past few years I’ve been able to afford to work very part time and devote my energy to projects that I love and share with my closest friends. I’ve lost a few of those friends, some recently, and some in years past but if radical […]

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Have you checked out? Are you considering it?

Anarchism cannot be reconciled to life in this world, to a world of day jobs and bills, of having children and mortgages, and of relationships that find politics to be exhausting and not a language of liberation. But, of course, this isn’t the anarchism-of-the-heart it’s the anarchism of “the scene” or anarchism “of the streets” […]

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Regarding “Decolonizing the Imagination”

Dear friend, Thanks for asking about the oblique statement I made on Facebook to quote… I am terrified by the politics behind the phrase “decolonize the imagination” in regards to this link. To begin with let me state unequivocally that I loved Octavia Butler as an author and respect that fact that a generation of […]

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NAASN 2015

I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been feeling pretty low and unexcited about the anarchist space but didn’t want to devote much energy to complaining about it. I feel a bit better now. I participated in the 2015 NAASN gathering. I was motivated by Tom Nomad and his idea to discuss three perspectives on […]

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Reportback on a trip to the South East

Ideally I would be updating this thing at least once a month. At least that often I have some poignant thing that I’m working through that I’d love to share in this context as at least a bookmark for further thinking but I find I’m rarely getting around to it. Why? Because between websites I […]

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A Reportback from the Black Seed tour

This reportback will include some thoughts about the different locations I visited in my trip around the US, highlights from my presentation, and some thoughts about where current conversations are at regarding Green & anarchist ideas. The broad project of Black Seed is to grow the audience and definition of green anarchism beyond the constrains […]

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Political Naïveté

or what are we to do about Maoism One of the reasons that anarchism has become a popular political perspective is because in many contexts (for instance mass mobilizations or broad direct action campaigns) we seem open, friendly, and nonsectarian. This is in great contrast to visible (and visibly) Marxist or Leftist organizations, which either […]

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