Author Archives: aragorn

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”

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in personal | Comments closed

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”

Posted in personal | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in bob black, drama, publishing | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in comrade, friendship, lbc, politics | Comments closed

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” […]

Posted in personal | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in ak press, decolonization, personal, science fiction | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in christian, naasn, Nihilism, personal, presentation | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in aging, asheville, lbc, north carolina, society, travels | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in black seed, lbc, reportback, scott crow, Tour | Comments closed

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 […]

Posted in General | Comments closed

Another story about how we are doomed – this time with computers!

By and large I tend to keep my vocation (what I do to make money) entirely separate from the things that I write about. Even when that writing is the impoverished form of the blog entry, I try to keep it distinct from my life as a technologist. However I am making some career shifts […]

Posted in General | Comments closed

Hipster is just another word for getting older

On the eve of what I’m sure will be the passing fart of a cultural torch being passed from the Gen Y: kids of failed academic careers and sensible sweaters, to the tragically tragic I want to salute the anarchist hipster-cum-hipster anarchist for demonstrating… well not much of anything at all except that time is […]

Posted in personal | Comments closed

On a second year of frequent publishing

Have you ever made a mind map? What is the difference between a project (in the project management sense of the word) and a project (in the anarchist sense of the word)? What is marketing? Is Dragon Naturally Speaking software a good investment? These questions, and many more, fill my days. Not exactly what one […]

Posted in Ardent, imprints, iterative publishing, prdm, publishing | Comments closed

How A Fire at the Mountain demonstrated the failure…

This is not a complete writeup of the A Fire at the Mountain (AFM) event. I’m probably going to write one at length for a to-be-announced project I’m working on. Additionally, I recorded a lot of the event (mostly the presentations during day two) and plan on discussing the event in detail (with audio) during […]

Posted in lbc, native, personal, reportback | Comments closed

This tour is over

Final reports and self-criticism At the end of week three I was still glowing from my first day in New Orleans. The glow has faded now that I am a couple thousand miles away. The trip is over but it’s not completely gone for me. I look forward to seeing New Orleans again and seeing […]

Posted in ideology, lbc, personal, travel | Comments closed

The LBC Tour – week one

The events Suffice it to say I am very thankful to all my hosts. I hope I was entertaining and seemed as appreciative as I was… Los Angeles – Public School LA is a strange town. I wouldn’t be surprised if one could have a half dozen events here (with the right contacts) with entirely […]

Posted in lbc | Comments closed

Conflict Infrastructure

LBC Presents – a conversation about Conflict Infrastructure A speaking tour with a cart full of books! In the 1990s the internecine conflict between (North American) anarchists was not red vs green or insurrectionary vs platformist, but those who believed that anarchists should develop infrastructure vs those who believed that anarchists should build a (national) […]

Posted in lbc | Comments closed

Against friendship – Part I

Herein we will begin to argue against the revolutionary importance of friendship. Will not argue that friendship isn’t a fine and wonderful thing for daily life, for the eating of brunch, or the consumption of beverages. This is all well and good, do what one will, live your life. What we will argue against is […]

Posted in cool kids, friendship, General, society | Comments closed

Being better

I’m going to try to use a web posting to have a developed conversation about why I keep doing what I’m doing. Why anarchy? Sure, but also why projects, (anti)politics, or anything that doesn’t look like a quiet, satisfied life. One that doesn’t look like some satisfied combination of eating good food, consuming interesting media, […]

Posted in Attentat, hopelessness, lbc, personal, projects | Comments closed