We dont talk to police !!!
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On Friday July 18th, we attacked the Rainier Beach Station of the Seattle Link Lightrail, by smashing the screens of the automated ticket machines and gluing the card slots. The lightrail is one of the newest permutation of the cities displacement strategies and the site of a recent police killing.
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Strikes – named for the original sailor’s practice of “striking” the sails of ships until their demands were met – are designed to disrupt, to harry and pressure bosses through directly threatening their profits and authority. They have little value as protests, and less when they are directed from above, taking away their prime revolutionary function of normalising worker autonomy and self-activity.
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A strike when the bosses have a month to prepare featuring 100 ways to rule it out of order, where almost no-one shows up to the picket line and half the staff breeze past saying “oh I support what you’re doing” is merely a protest where workers lose a bit of money – counterproductive rather than transformative. These sorts of strikes not only fail to threaten the elite in any palpable way, they are symptomatic of the successful demobilisation of workplace resistance and reinforce the idea that we can’t win collectively.
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But there is debate within the anarchist movement over the use of the strike, which is merely one of many possibilities for fighting the elite. Workers and communities can and do try other methods, from go-slows, occupations, boss-nappings, concerted sick days, public shaming and indeed boycotts and sabotage, all the way up to riots and insurrections.
Striking is a tactic, not something to be fetishised, and key in any understanding of a tactic is to know how it does and doesn’t work.
Today in anarchist history, July 23rd 1892
Alexander Berkman shoots Henry C Frick twice in the neck, stabs him four times. the bastard survives, Alex goes to jail for 14 years, comes out a better, smarter anarchist.
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Even if factories were run democratically, they would still be factories. Workers would remain workers. No amount of reformation or reorganization can change this, and it is not clear if many Leftists even want to.
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The left wing is a wing of capital, and cannot remove itself from capital. Rather than abolish work and production, leftist wish to merely reorganize them. To them, producing for “the people” is much preferable to producing for capitalists. Leftists believe that by restructuring and renaming certain aspects of work, it can be made tolerable, or even enjoyable!
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Anonymous said: What 3 books have influenced your beliefs the most?
i would say in chronological order of when i read them:
crimthinc’s “Evasion” it’s not actually the best book, and being a travel kid isn’t the best or only way to anarchy (also oogles), but i literally didn’t know about anarchy, punk, or struggle in an explicitly politicized sense until i read that book, also it helped me save a ton of money.
Gelderloos’ “How Nonviolence Protects the State” this is cliche but yolo, it true, this book was useful to me in that it made room in my analysis for attack outside the context of protection and self/community defense. which paved the way toward insurrectionary theory which subsequently made more sense…
texts that came from the Bash Back! tendency. i was never part of Bash Back! but somehow ended up reading a lot of their communiques and analysis and whatnot online and talking to few people around me who were in the midwest while it was still a thing that went by that name. also i got the book queer ultraviolence when that came out. these texts embraced criminality, moved toward anti-identity/self-abolition ideas, and didn’t have a positive agenda outside of conflict against domination. these texts made room for a later interest in nihilism, post-left stuff, communization ideas, and ideas of gender and race abolition.
i heard that if you want to give a talk or facillitate an event or mediate a bouncey castle at this thing you can literally just do it because it’s fuck*ng *n*rchy
but if you want to “meet” “organizers” and make “decisions” you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they can point you in the right direction. they’re also doing freer tabling, where there’s no fee to reserve a table but at the end they skim 10% off the top.
i also heard that if you are one of the first 100 ppl to email, they’ll provide you with a free backpatch that reads “I intended to discuss organizing the philly @ bookfair” with a picture of Norman Chomsky looking down his nose at you
oh my goodness! neato! I see posts about these in other cities all the time. I’m stoked there’s gonna be one that I can go to.
Tbh though the whole anarchist scene in Philly is a hot mess, just totally immobilized with hypocrites, anti-trans mysoginists and creeps. They talk a big game but yeah no one who’s truly rad or radical need bother. Feminist zine fest is on June 28th!
ps James generic is a rapist.
And consigned. James Generic is a fucking rapist and The Wooden Shoe is not a safe space so long as he is involved.
Also cosigned. The radical/anarchist scene in Philly is just an excuse for disgusting cis white men to get drunk and try to fuck younger/impressionable women and shit all over them when they don’t fall in line. Shit is TEEMING with misogynists, transphobes, and racists in places of power and importance.
James has also stalked people in the community, let’s not forget that…
i’m not interested in defending the philly anarchist milieu, or being an apologist for a stalker and rapist. i currently find myself in the position of organizing this anarchist bookfair with james generic (among others), and have just now found out that he is an abuser. i’m willing to toss this project aside and put it on blast as a rape apologist project if necessary.
i’m interested in conversations (in person, here on tumblr, via email, telephone, however) with anyone that feels comfortable sharing any information about james’ history of abuse and/or wishes, requests or demands of survivors. i don’t know much about it beside what’s been said above (which isn’t to say the above isn’t valid on it’s own btw) and i’d like to use any relevant information to discuss with other bookfair organizers what to do about the bookfair and james’ involvement in the organizing. i want to move toward creating a safer space if i participate in moving forward with the bookfair at all.
i don’t want to downplay or skirt around the trauma that likely exists as a result of abuse, and do not want to pressure anyone to revisit moments of the past they don’t want to for the sake of calling someone out or organizing an event. i will bring this up (both with james and the bookfair organizers) regardless of whether people come to me with additional information, so no pressure. i’m not about being a white knight, supporting survivors is important, but i have no intention of speaking for or over survivors. of course anything that should be kept private or secret regarding survivors will be.
taken from the anarchist bookfair website:
"In response to posters being put out, accusations were leveled at the Philadelphia anarchist scene as well as former book fair organizer James “Generic” Robinson. James was accused of being a stalker and a rapist via social media. Such accusations are not something we take lightly. For that reason James was confronted and has since left the organizing group. In conflicts revolving around gendered violence we want to prioritize supporting survivors. The perpetrators, on the other hand, are not owed a minimum level of dignity, respect, or protection, barring a survivor’s potential desire for an accountability process. Either way, we will respect and prioritize the survivor’s wishes.
The anarchist scene in Philiadelphia is nothing more than a microcosm of the larger society—that is to say it incurs a lot of the same problems. Because the anarchist scene exists within and is part of rape culture we want to continuously scrutinize and be critical of our scene, while avoiding the narratives of liberal justice. In doing so we encourage feedback and want to create space for dialogue.
This is all part of a larger response to the accusations against James. In regards to this we have a safer space policy in place that bars James, and any other oppressive presences or behaviors, including any alleged perpetrators that have not satisfactorily proved themselves accountable to the survivors, from all book fair events.
The Book Fair Team
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He brings the scale of abstraction back down to the level most comfortable for White people: the individual and uncontextualized realm of fair play. It’s the White person’s safety zone. I’m a good person, I’m a fair person, I treat everyone equally, the rules apply to everyone.
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