Issue 8 of Anarchist Black Dragon. This issue was mainly edited by the outside solidarity committee based in Montreal as the inside members of the ABD collective were all underground, in restrictive segregation or had been exiled to other prisons as a result of their active involvement in the struggle. Features news of charges being dropped against Carl Harp, a strike movement at Walla Walla, a letter from an ex-SLA member, a trial following from the Pontiac uprising in Illinois, the Marion Federal Control Unit, Leonard Peltier, a controversial article called "Dungeons & Dragons" criticizing Black separatism, a review of Discipline & Punish, and more.
Anarchist Black Dragon: Volume 1, Issue 8, February 1981
Anti State, Anti Capital, Anti Psychiatry
Anti-psychiatry is the belief that the psychiatric system is a system of social control masquerading behind made-up science. The Marxist anti-psychiatry movement failed because of it's overly intellectual focus and the inability of its key thinkers to put theory into practice. However, with mental health very much on the political agenda, there are lessons that can be learned from the work of R D Laing and David…
Postscript on the Societies of Control - Gilles Deleuze
In this short essay Deleuze looks to move beyond Michel Foucault’s historical understanding of ‘disciplinary societies’, where power is exercised within discrete institutions, towards the concept of 'societies of control'. In many ways it parallels the ideas of the Italian radical left around the concept of the ‘social factory’, providing an intersection between post-structuralist philosophy and autonomist Marxism.