media and culture

Understanding the circuit of Fora do Eixo

This is an article that analyzes critically the Fora do Eixo network as a capitalist endeavor that uses anarchist, horizontal and solidary rhetoric in order to mobilize social movements and activists-employees to be exploited in order to increase their rate of profit and power. The Fora do Eixo circuit was born in Brazil and is now present in more than 30 countries, thus turning this matter increasingly relevant as they are clearly in the vanguard of relativa surplus value exploitation.

Against prison studies without capitalism: "The strange career of The New Jim Crow" - Joseph D. Osel

In this analysis Osel provides a devastating and radical analysis of The New Jim Crow discourse. He asks social justice advocates to take a stand against prison studies that do not include an analysis of capitalism and reflects on the significance of the "counterrevolutionary protest" in social justice work, describing how social justice advocates "sustain societal problems even while challenging them." His essay challenges anti-prison activists and others to observe and analyze "their own complicity with and legitimization of the structures that they seek to dismantle."

Black Flag vol 04 #08

A Scanned PDF of the-then newspaper of the Anarchist Black Cross, from May 1976

Black Flag vol 04 #09

A Scanned PDF of the-then newspaper of the Anarchist Black Cross, from July 1976

Black Flag vol 04 #07 (Mar 1976)

A Scanned PDF of the-then newspaper of the Anarchist Black Cross, from March 1976

Spectacular Times 03: The media

Situationist pocketbook Spectacular Times issue number three on the media.

“No Messy Politics Please, We’re Anarchists!”

A response to Darisuh Sokolov's article in issue 9 of Shift Magazine. Originally published in January 2011.

Review: Mother

A book review highlighting the utopian overtones of Maxim Gorky's 1906 novel Mother

Anarchist audio streams

I've been off blogging recently for various reasons, but having put together a few audio files recently it struck me that there's not really anywhere that such things are being collated (or the specific files at least). This might be something for a dedicated section on libcom one day, I don't know but in the meantime, I thought I might list a few bits and pieces over the next little while...

Art doesn't pay - Janet Steen

Janet Steer on the reality of a career in the arts not being as glamorous as it's made out to be.