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Apr 19 2020 16:27

Latest vid from Lucky Black Cat. Again it’s kind of generic lefty stuff but the explicitly anarchist content will start being released once the channel has grown somewhat. Very good well researched video though.

https://youtu.be/3GOZIsvLYpQ

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Apr 19 2020 17:13

The Museum of Modern Art put this video out a couple of days ago.
Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqDJZizz7Jo

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Apr 21 2020 16:25

The 24th and final episode of Trouble, "Organize: For Autonomy & Mutual Aid" is up now, and imo it's a good one. Mostly filmed pre-pandemic with a bit of extra topical padding added.

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Apr 23 2020 20:57

So I finally watched Cuck Philosophy's "Marx was not a 'statist'" video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRXvQuE9xO4

I'm not able to say if Reddebrek is right in their criticism that this video cherry-picks Marx's views, since I've only read a little bit of Marx's huge body of work.

But even if the accusation is true, I'm really glad I took the time to watch because it taught me new and valuable information. I especially liked the clear explanation of how Marx defined these modes of production and political power:

Capitalism --> "dictatorship of the proletariat" (an unfortunate term IMO) --> Lower phase communism --> Higher phase communism

I thought that Marx believed the "dictatorship of the proletariat" coincided with the lower phase of communism. I didn't realize he viewed these as separate phases.

On the negative side, I thought Cuck Philosophy was too soft on Lenin and the Bolshevik leaders during Lenin's rule. Yes, the historical circumstances were a nightmare. But Lenin and the party leaders certainly did their part to help crush working class power.

Also, and this is a much more minor quibble, as far as I'm aware, most anarchists have a somewhat different definition of the state than Weber. In addition to a monopoly on violence over a given territory, there's an emphasis on the power to rule being concentrated within the hands of a tiny minority and organized hierarchically.

I hope that anyone who might have been disappointed in this video will still check out Cuck Philosophy's other videos. Here's one very interesting and disturbing one about K-Pop stars and the totalitarian working conditions they're subjected to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8LxORztUWY

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Its the usual argument that refuses to look at how Marx viewed political action and the type of workers movement he advocated throughout his life both before and after writing the Civil war in France, and just looks at a selective bibliography of his pamphlets.

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Yeah a detailed reading of a handful of Marx's writings, it completely ignores Marx's views on political action and the workers movement he advocated and tried to build. Its just another "Marxist" reading of Marx that pretend he was an isolated intellectual who had nothing to say about political matters. It spends some time talking about the Gotha criticism but doesn't bother to discuss Marx's history with the social democratic party beyond that letter to take just one obvious example.

Hey Reddebrek, can you explain what you mean by "Marx's views on political action and the workers movement he advocated and tried to build" ... "both before and after writing the Civil war in France"? And what Marx had "to say about political matters"?

This isn't something I'm educated on so I'm unaware what you're referring to.

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Apr 23 2020 21:17

Cuck Philosophy's video also raises this question: If Marx was not a statist, why was there such a bitter split between Marx (and those who agreed with him) vs. anarchists in the 1st International?

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Apr 24 2020 07:51
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Cuck Philosophy's video also raises this question: If Marx was not a statist, why was there such a bitter split between Marx (and those who agreed with him) vs. anarchists in the 1st International?

Marx thought that the proletariat would have to seize state power in order to be able to make the transformation from capitalism to the stateless society of communism. The Bakunists did not. But does this make Marx a "Statist"?

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On the negative side, I thought Cuck Philosophy was too soft on Lenin and the Bolshevik leaders during Lenin's rule. Yes, the historical circumstances were a nightmare. But Lenin and the party leaders certainly did their part to help crush working class power.

To be fair, the video was more about how what Lenin meant by "socialism" rather than what he did. It would have been good to mention the difference between the dictatorship of the party *over* the proletariat, and the dictatorship of the proletariat.

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Apr 25 2020 16:09

Beyond the conquest of political power I think it is also a question of strategy and tactics. Marx and Engels, unlike people Bakunin and Proudhon, put a larger emphases on political struggle for reform and democratic rights as preparation for the conquest of political power.

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Apr 27 2020 20:15

Might as well go here as anywhere else: is the new Run the Jewels the first hip-hop video to attempt to visualise what the abolition of the commodity form could look like?

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Apr 28 2020 14:47

Anyone seen noncompete's channel? I had a look through this thread but couldn't see him mentioned. He has some of the most viewed anarchist vlog-type content but his opinions seem a bit out there. I think he thinks Vietnam is socialist. Have people in the anarchist youtube world called him out on it?

He has a video here on platformism which is kinda strange to watch as he's interpreting the Makhno/Arshinov platform in a way I don't think I've ever seen anyone interpret it before.

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Apr 28 2020 14:57

I think he is viewing it as a "united front" but from understanding platformism was put forward as an organizational principle to build a revolutionary organisation and not these "one-issue" campaigns that he mentions as examples.

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May 2 2020 20:49

Thanks to everyone for the replies.

darren p wrote:
Marx thought that the proletariat would have to seize state power in order to be able to make the transformation from capitalism to the stateless society of communism. The Bakunists did not. But does this make Marx a "Statist"?

What did Marx say about how workers should organize their power during the DOTP? Did he advocate a federation of workers councils with mandated re-callable delegates, alongside the general arming of the proletariat? (Cuck Philosophy's video seemed to be saying that he did.)

Whether this type of organization constitutes a "state" is debatable.

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May 2 2020 20:58

Making it rain and then making it burn. grin

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May 10 2020 09:13

Verso have some quite interesting stuff up, like this discussion between Mark Bray, Natasha Lennard, Kim Kelly and Shane Burley about antifascism in the current moment. Also a book launch for Mike Davies' new book about LA in the 60s here.

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May 19 2020 21:45

Don’t think I ever posted this here. Ya’ll should definitely watch it though!

https://youtu.be/6k3DkEY0YHU

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Jun 4 2020 20:01

MARX IS TOO SEXY
https://youtube.com/watch?v=Pc-3EbSCm80

(Just a short bit of fun to brighten up your day.)

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Jun 13 2020 21:43

New vid from Lucky Black Cat. A little different to the usual vids. A good one to share with coworkers if you’re trying to inspire them to take action - this one is about ORGANISING!

https://youtu.be/tKmIlAMIznQ

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Jun 14 2020 14:25

Thanks, will have to get around to watching that - by the way, does anyone else find that youtube recommends Jordan Peterson on "Identity Politics and the Marxist lie of white privilege" as the next related suggestion after that video?

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Jun 15 2020 13:19

Its been well documented that youtube's algoritihim heavily favours right wing and reactionary channels and videos. Even videos by left wing creators often gives you recs on the same subject by far right vloggers.

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Jun 25 2020 08:36

I don't think I've ever posted the anarchist youtube channels I watch, so here ya go. There are other youtubers I like/watch but these are the anarchists. I'm going off the top of my head, so I may be forgetting some.

In alphabetical order...

Alki
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnfHdFGB7IdhfTd07jsdoJA/videos
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I'm Alki. A black anarchist historian and full-time alcoholic who covers proletarian history on Youtube.

anarchopac
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3FD64RRsrCLpiZNkq7ZkSg/videos
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I'm a disabled trans woman (she/her) who talks about anarchism, feminism and marxism.
For recommended reading see my blog - https://anarchopac.wordpress.com/

Anark
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1CjJYTUeor8EUFsbgwu5TQ/videos
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Anark is a channel which aims to explore the philosophical foundations of leftist ideas, especially those of the anarchist and libertarian-socialist variety.

Another Slice
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJzZZa-M6H52uDym0Rqzlnw/videos
Their channel description doesn't really describe what their channel is about. I don't think they're anarchist but honorable mention cuz they make a lot of practical videos, like "How to Unionize Your Workplace" (which is great), "How to Have a Meeting", "Activist Skills".

L'école du chat noir
A feast for the eyes.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJ4PgXsd2KFY2K2Vldc-MQ/videos
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Hi Comrade!
Welcome you to the black cat school. This school is not like the others, because it is that of revolt and freedom.

Do you want to know more about anarchism? We recommend two texts to get you started:
Sebastien Faure "The Anarchists what they are, what they are not"
http://kropot.free.fr/Faure-anarchistes.htm
Malatesta "Anarchy"
https://cras31.info/IMG/pdf/malatesta_-_l-anarchie.pdf

Libertarian Socialist Rants
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVY0aIaw-V9GbWmlab4Z_dw/videos
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Hello! I'm Cameron. I'm a hetero, white, cisgender man with Asperger's, and I'm an anarchist. To find out what that means, check out my playlist 'Anarchism in Four Parts'.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw7ewOoq0Z4vnCOsKoOIPdLQyKRVsdVgY
The transcript for those videos can be found here:
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/libertarian-socialist-rants-anar...

Anyone who wants to translate my videos into other languages is free to do so.

A lot of people ask me what books I can recommend about anarchism. I suggest checking out the following:
The Anarchist FAQ (Online resource)
Peter Kropotkin - The Conquest of Bread
Iain McKay - Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology
Frank Mintz - Anarchism and Workers' Self-management in Revolutionary Spain
Peter Gelderloos - Anarchy Works
Noam Chomsky - On Anarchism

NonCompete
I should note I have some significant political disagreements with him, but he's still a comrade, I like his channel and am highly impressed with his videos series "How Anarchism Works."
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkZFKKK-0YB0FvwoS8P7nHg
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Non-Compete is a leftist blog and video series dedicates to the principles of intersectionalist liberation, anarchism, communism, and puppet shows.

Red Plateaus
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsln1E-ttrNPsMivrnf9V7w/videos
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We are a channel dedicated to explaining Marxist and anarchist theory at a high but accessible level.

Thought Slime
https://www.youtube.com/c/ThoughtSlime/videos
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I'm a smug anarchist poseur vomiting out video essays for you. I love you.

Valium Sadfemme McGirlBoss
This channel is definitely the funniest on the list.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8zQaVEtRzVEprm4ESDDlg/videos
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I'm an anarchist on the edge babey !

WHAT IS POLITICS?
Video description doesn't mention it, but this channel also sometimes does current events stuff, like their recent video (which is really good) on why cops get away with murder.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYvqQ-UuvvFsHNNfwjYEBw/video
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We define ourselves with terms like "left," "right" and "center" and we believe in things like "democracy," "capitalism" and "socialism" even though we don’t exactly on what these words really mean.

Journalists use them incorrectly, schools teach them incorrectly, and PhD academics write entire books about these subjects without even defining them.

All of this makes us easier to manipulate, more apathetic, and robs us of our ability to communicate with each other, and to make the important decisions that affect out lives.

This series, aimed at political junkies and novices alike, seeks to make sense out of the political muddle that we've inherited from media, academia, and from decades of cold war propaganda, so that we can figure what it is that we want when it comes to politics, and how we can achieve it.

Working Class History
No new videos in a while but maybe one day.
This channel likely needs no introduction here, but...
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS07I8wcmxtvUCMd-oMkbFw/videos
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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us

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Aug 7 2020 18:23

Recently discovered a Peertube instance called Kolektiva which is aiming to be a platform for all anarchist and autonomist video content that seems promising.

https://kolektiva.media/videos/watch/bcb4bbfa-c39d-4fd2-96cf-bc4747d2d9d...

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Aug 12 2020 13:22

A cute little video about prison letter-writing from the Dresden and Umea ABC groups ahead of the upcoming week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u4E6Hs5_BE

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Aug 26 2020 21:12

Not actually youtube, but certainly worth a watch: Touch The Sky: Stories, Subversions, & Complexities of Ferguson
As an aside, I would be interested if anyone can tell who the "It's not stealing" song used a bit over an hour in is by, I don't recognise the artist and couldn't turn anything up by searching. Sounds a bit like Parquet Courts but I don't think it's them?

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Oct 3 2020 06:42

Some vintage anarchy in the UK for y'all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsX7xMJ9uOA

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Martin Wright, renowned anarchist and anti-fascist, speaking here at the Class War Conference 1985. Martin is featured as a main character in Ian Bones autobiography "Bash The Rich" which is currently being adapted into a feature film by Writer/Director Greg Hall. Check out: http://bashtherichfilm.wordpress.com/

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Oct 5 2020 10:06

Wow that's a lot of old faces you don't see much of anymore. Shame the film appears to be dead since the page links to a blog template

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Oct 8 2020 04:48

Martin Wright also has his own YouTube channel. 35 years later he seems like the same guy, just talks slower. https://www.youtube.com/user/RedAndBlackTelly/videos

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Oct 18 2020 19:13

Oh yeah I've seen the odd vid from him before, didn't realise he was the same Wright. He's alright, but he can be a bit "old man yelling at clouds" at times.

I don't remember if I shared this in the thread but if I did its worth looking at again.

The Simpsons Explain Statism and Anarchy by Mikhail Bakunin

A really well made video that mixes a reading from Bakunin with relevant simpsons clips.

https://kolektiva.media/videos/watch/2796e029-a6e3-49aa-aa2b-1c3a7d5b924...

Its pretty clever and effective, I reached out to the creator only to discover that I'd met them before and they were now a Stalin did nothing wrong type. They soon took the vid down. Fortunately I just found a copy I downloaded on a old flash drive while having to isolate thanks to a local outbreak of the virus.

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Oct 20 2020 18:27

That's class Reddebrek, nice one!

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Oct 24 2020 23:27

Good save! Damn, that really sucks they became a Stalinist, tho. Will you upload the video on your YouTube channel?

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Oct 25 2020 07:03

To be honest I don't know, I like to credit sources for the stuff I find if I know them, but the channel appears to still be active and they were very, very abrasive in their interactions with me and everyone else who talked to them back when the vid was fresh, and we were singing his praises. I'd stumbled upon his rebranded twitter recently funnily enough because he appears to have pivoted again, now he's just a bitter Marxist (tm) zealot type who spends his time mocking other Marxists for not thinking the communist league manifesto was a perfect document, and alternating that with denouncing tenant organisers as infantile liberal moralists for focussing on eviction resistance because we're all too stupid to realise that everything is commodified.

A very unpleasant person and I don't which to interact with them ever again. I'll probably stick to sharing archive and kolektiva links, at least that way viewers can download copies if he does ever find it and decide to take action again.