The 2nd issue of the new Anarchist Journal Modern Slavery - A Liberatory Critique of Civilization is coming out soon.
http://modernslavery.calpress.or... Issue 2 includes: An Introduction to Modern Slavery (Part 2) by Jason McQuinn Curtains of Blood: A Peek behind the Phenomena of the Grand Guignol by Paul Z. Simons p.11 Raoul Vaneigem: The Other Situationist by Jason McQuinn p.25 A Surreal Interview with an Anarchist: Ron Sakolsky Oppositional Currents: Anarchy in the UK: Chapter 2 of The Old World is Behind You by Karen Goaman The Greatness of my Hostility: Chapter 2 of Strangers in an Alien World by Wolfi Landstreicher Slavery & Slack: Part 1 – Slavery by J.T. Winogrond p.104 AND MUCH MORE
So far the IWW has called for a “General Strike” in Denver, the website denver general strike has actions posted, but not even the Denver IWW, which launched the idea, has any of its own public plans for marches, rallies, parties, etc. on the site yet. I hope that they come up with some, preferably coordinated with the migrant community. I have no illusion that the general strike will succeed in a significant portion of the population joining, or doing much to shut down the city. Currently the one and only event listed is the Occupy march at 12:30, and a possible address from political prisoner Siddique Abdullah Hasan at the same march and rally. However, many anarchists do not feel safe at Occupy events and see it as a place of heavy surveillance, political co-optation, and social repression. Furthermore, after Denver ABC’s official withdrawal of legal support, supporting Occupy feels to many of us autonomous anarchists as a form of betrayal to part of the anarchist community. Finally, the Occupy movement does not represent, although it may have certain affinities with, the vision and values of many anarchists. Supporting the Occupy movement can leave a dirty feeling for many of us.
Reporting Back from the Big Ol’ Elf Revolt
This past Saturday, D17, a gaggle (or herd? maybe a swarm?) of radical elves took to the streets of Denver, united in their desires for liberation from the cruel, exploitative hand of the “free” market. The system of capitalism in which these elves have been laboring has concentrated mass amounts of profit and power (both material and ideological power) into the big fat lap of Santa. Santa, in all of his greed to amass more and more capital, has done so on the back of poor working elves all over the globe, from the North to the South Poles. All elves are targeted and affected in some way by the social and economic system, which mandates their need to sell their labor, while not benefiting elves in any way from the perverse machinations of capitalism. Yet all elves are not targeted or affected in the same way. We must acknowledge the differential impact upon elves of color, indigenous elves, elves in the global South Pole, women elves, trans elves, and queer elves. We elves also know that our reindeer comrades and our homelands (our pristine forests and mountains and rivers) are contaminated, subjugated, and decimated every day by the never-ending hunger of capitalism.
We have an enemy in our midst. We, who have been so willing to exhaust our time, energy, and resources, have been undermined by militant pacifists. We compromised, and continue to compromise, our homes and our jobs and our bodies for the sake of revolutionary possibilities, only to find those who belong to the cult of “nonviolence” ironically leading us to the guillotine. We have come to find out that the revolution will be televised, will be spun, will be manipulated, and will be spoon-fed to the very powers that we purport to be against. The treasonous and faceless laptop activists from Occupy Denver, also known as the PR/Media team, have taken it upon themselves to identify “violent” protestors from the events that transpired on October 29th of this year.
This day began with absolute beauty. We protested through the streets together, we danced together and we sang together. We saw old friends, met new friends, and together we momentarily shifted the power back to the people through our words and our love and our sick ass dance moves. Upon our return to Civic Center Park, we attempted to expand this “public space” by pitching tents together, when the violent arm of the state reared its ghastly head at all of us. Cops in riot gear stormed in with no notice, tearing our tents down. We reacted. We resisted. And for a very brief period, our words and our voices overpowered the 10 or so cops that we had engulfed in a circle of bodies.
Amelia Nicol and why it is Time for Another Revolution By Phillip Reynes
It is time for a revolution, a revolt, an uprising. Government does not work for regular people. It appears to work quite well for big corporations, banks, insurance companies, military contractors, lobbyists, and for the rich and powerful. It does not work for people, regular people.
The 1776 Declaration of Independence stated that, “when a long train of abuses by those in power evidence a design to reduce the rights of people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is the peoples right, in fact their duty to engage in a revolution.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., said forty three years ago next month that it was time for a radical revolution of values in the United States. He preached “a true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.” It is clearer than ever that now is the time for radical change. Amelia is an example and so are the times we live in more generally.
Let us start by looking at what our current system has brought us, in a general sense, and ask if it is time for a revolution?
Over 2.8 million people lost their homes in 2009 to foreclosure or bank repossessions – nearly 8000 each day – higher numbers than the last two years when millions of others also lost their homes. We know well that the housing bubble was no accident. The economy has been stagnant for a long time and the former Bush Administration promoted the housing bubble and the home equity line of credit as a why to keep consumer spending up and mask other economic weaknesses (see the article by this same author here on the Pages of COIMC at http://colorado.indymedia.org/no... ).
20 Reasons the US Economy is Dead
Anarchist need to be ready and take heart that the time may be fast coming in the USA where we will have the opportunity to make our case. Social unrest is going to come and it will be a time that will give Anarchist more then just a fair hearing if we can be ready. What follows is the case for why I say this and what you should know.
Even though the U.S. financial system nearly experienced a total meltdown in late 2008, the truth is that most Americans simply have no idea what is happening to the U.S. economy. Most people seem to think that the nasty little recession that we have just been through is almost over and that we will be experiencing another time of economic growth and prosperity very shortly. But this time around that is not the case. The reality is that we are being sucked into an economic black hole from which the U.S. economy will never fully recover.
The problem is debt. Collectively, the U.S. government, the state governments, corporate America and American consumers have accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world. Our massive debt binge has financed our tremendous growth and prosperity over the last couple of decades, but now the day of reckoning is here.
And it is going to be painful.
The following are 20 reasons why the U.S. economy is dying and is simply not going to recover....
The recession was long underway when the stock market crashed last September—it had been going on for nine months already as all who follow such things know. Yes September the month when the government nationalized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac followed shortly by the investment house Merrill Lynch was forcibly merged into Bank America; the next day Lehman Brothers crashed and people like me cheered. This was quickly followed by the nationalization of AIG—the worlds largest insurance company—which unlike Lehman Brothers was considered “to big to fail.” Credit froze and orders for goods as well as investments halted, trade slowed dramatically, and unemployment started to soared. Yes the recession was here and fast looking like it might rival the great depression of the 1930's.
So far in this recession the US economy has lost more then 6.7 million jobs. Do the math and you'll see that comes to 11,600 jobs a day for nineteen months. As an anarchist my heart sang with joy for I know well that if it all comes down we will have a chance at building something better. I read with no small glee, as the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) stated that the whole made in the labor market was actually even bigger. They pointed out that to keep up with population growth the US economy needs to add about 127,000 jabs a month just to stay even. So over the nineteen months of this economic catastrophe that comes to an astounding 2.4 million more jobs. Now add that to the 6.7 million lost and you find we have 9.1 million fewer jobs then before this mess started. The EPI predicts that by the end of next year more then one in three workers (thats more then 50 million people) will have experienced either a spell of unemployment or underemployment!
Coloado Springs, Colorado
Friday, September 11th, 2009
The sun was warm and a strong wind blew on 9/11/09, as a group of about seven “9/11truthers” held home-made signs and passed-out dvds at the corner of E. Bijou and Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs. Similar actions took place around the country today, including at the intersection of 16th and Wynkoop in Denver. These were part of an organized campaign, this one in particular run by a fairly decentralized group called “We Are Change,” based out of New York. It was an unusual site to see in a city known for its extreme conservatism. However, as some of you might well-suspect, “We Are Change” is an ironic misnomer. Further inquiry revealed that the group responsible for the event is neither radical nor reformist; but represents a new and growing form of reactionary right-libertarianism.
Unconventional Denver, one of two anarchist/anti-authoritarian groups that organized against the Democratic National Convention this summer is once again revving up their organizing efforts in our community. The Unconventional Action Network was formed to help organize against last summer's political conventions and like the successes they saw then, there is a possibility of more.
Athens: A Greek Tragedy or Perhaps Not and the Killing by Police of a Young Oakland Father By: Phillip ReynesSubmitted by phil on March 17, 2009 - 2:37am
We have seen the pictures. The fire and the rain of Molotov cocktails in the night (see the pictures at the end of the article). Police and protesters battle each other on the streets of Athens while the Greek national Christmas tree burns like a beckon of discontent at the peoples anger at capitalism and the state.