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[Madrid, España] Ciclo de charlas: “LA ANARQUÍA EN TIEMPOS DE PANDEMIA”

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

EN | Madrid – Series of lectures: “Anarchy in times of pandemic”

[Madrid] Ciclo de charlas: “LA ANARQUÍA EN TIEMPOS DE PANDEMIA”

Viernes 7 de agosto

19:00: Actualización informativa sobre represión al anarquismo en Madrid y a nivel internacional

Breve repaso informativo de los casos represivos contra el anarquismo en Madrid (caso bankia y Operción Arca), la represión en Italia en las diferentes operaciones, Grecia, Chile, Francia… Un breve repaso a la ofensiva del Estado contra el anarquismo.

20:00 “Covid-19: La anarquía en tiempos de pandemia”

La pandemia está acelerando diversos procesos de reajuste y transformación de las condiciones de dominación. Ante este secreto a voces, se potencia un ambiente de pánico global que ha venido incrementándose gracias al cotidiano achicamiento del mundo, de la mano de la velocidad y, la complejidad e intensidad de la interconexión planetaria. (more…)

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Out Now : 325 #12 – ‘Against the Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolutions’ (ACN)

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

PDF: 325 #12 – ‘Against the Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolutions’ (ACN)

Presenting 56 pages of anti-organisational, insurrectional, anti-civilisation anarchy of the 21st Century. A collection of critical texts and letters from anarchist points of view examining the new changes in production and social control brought about by new technologies which are ushering in a totalising prison-world and the advance of smarter-than-human machines. This issue of 325 builds on the considerations and content of the last issue which took as it’s focus the subject of the Technological Singularity. Six years later, the mechanisms, ideologies and impacts of this global dystopian project are nearer and clearer and the texts you will read in this new issue deal with the emerging realities of these technological revolutions.

For the first time, 325 is coming out in 3 languages: First in English, with Spanish and Italian to follow. Printed copies will be available soon, but we also encourage people to print out their own copies and distribute them in their area.

CONTENTS : 325#12
3. Editorial
4. Automation, Robotics & Labour in the 4th & 5th Industrial Revolutions
8. From Riot to Insurrection – Excerpt
9. A Small Criticism of Science and its World
10. Covid-19 World: Epidemics in the era of Capitalism
12. The Fractures of Dominion
13. Coordinated Incendiary Attacks Against Relay Antennas in Grenoble, France
14. The 4th and 5th Industrial Revolutions
17. The Artificial Reproduction of the Human: The Road of Transhumanism
23. Machine Psychology: A Disappearing Act
25. Oblique Look
28. Smartphones, Ringtones, Capital
29. Cashless Societies and Crypto-Currencies: End of the Traditional Era of Banking and Finance
32. Contribution to the 1st International Meeting Against Techno-Sciences by imprisoned anarchist Dino Giagtzoglou
38. Cybernetic Society and its World
48. Against Starlink
50. Space : Part 1
51. To Be Released
53. Direct Action Chronology

ANTI-COPYRIGHT NETWORK 2020

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‘The heuristic capacity of Anarchy’ – Gustavo Rodriguez

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Jack Halberstam, a renown queer theorist, committed to the “anti-social project” and active contrasexual militant, begins his book The Queer Art of Failure[1], with an irreverent and fun excerpt, taken from the 20th episode of the 1st season of SpongeBob, which invites us to reflect:

Mr. Krabs: And just when you think you found the island of milk and honey they grab you by the britches…and haul you way up high. Then higher, and higher, and higher until you’re hauled up to the surface flopping and gasping for air. And then they cook ya, and then they eat ya, or worse…
SpongeBob (terrified): What could be worse than that?
Mr. Krabs (in a low voice): Gift shops.[2] (more…)

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Solidarity T-Shirt for Anarchist Comrades in the Philippines

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Received from our comrades in the Philippines:

We are propagating against the existence of police authority and calling to build a much better community. In this pandemic era, we experienced the harsh condition, the neglect and the incapability of the government to handle health crisis. They’ve given much support on deploying police in uniform to fight the spread of Covid 19 virus and passed Anti-Terrorism Law which we see is inappropriate in this kind of situation.

We are calling to abolish police.
Build a just and better community without authority.

Please help us to share this and support our cause.

https://black-mosquito.org/de/community-not-authority-komunidad-hindi-awtoridad-soli-t-shirt.html

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PDF: ‘Covid-19: La Anarquia en Tiempos de Pandemia’ – Gustavo Rodriguez

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

PDF: Covid-19: La Anarquia en Tiempos de Pandemia

Ediciones Conspiración Internacional Anarquista
Junio 2020

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‘La capacidad heurística de la Anarquía’ – Gustavo Rodriguez

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Jack Halberstam, un conocido teórico queer, comprometido con el «proyecto antisocial» y, activo militante contrasexual, da inicio a su libro El arte queer del fracaso
i, con un exergo irreverente y divertido, tomado del capítulo 20 de la primera temporada de Bob Esponja, que invita a la reflexión:

Don Cangrejo: ¡Y justo cuando crees que has encontrado la tierra prometida, te cogen de los pantalones y te suben arriba, y más arriba, y más arriba, y MÁS ARRIBA, hasta que te suben a la superficie, dando coletazos y jadeando para respirar! Y entonces te cocinan, y te comen… ¡o algo peor!
Bob Esponja (aterrorizado): ¿Qué puede ser peor que eso?
Don Cangrejo (en voz baja): Una tienda de regalos.ii

Halberstam, conservando ciertos «aires de familia» con la perspectiva queer anarco/nihilista, establece una analogía entre los miedos que horrorizan a Bob Espoja y, nuestras amenazas cotidianas en esta muerte en vida que impone la dominación: «Bob Esponja quiere saber cuál es la alternativa a trabajar todo el día para Don Cangrejo, o a ser capturado en la red de los objetos del capitalismo cuando intenta escapar»iii. Su libro, como nos advierte desde el primer párrafo de su Introducción, «es una especie de “Guía Bob Esponja” de la vida» donde abandona el «idealismo de la esperanza». Apoyándose en la «baja teoría» que toma prestada y adapta de los estudios culturales de Stuart Hall, apuesta por la reivindicación del fracaso que «conserva algo de la maravillosa anarquía de la infancia y perturba el supuesto claro límite entre adultos/as y niños/as, entre vencedores/as y perdedores/as. Y aunque es cierto que el fracaso viene acompañado de un conjunto de afectos negativos, como la decepción, la desilusión y la desesperación, también nos da la oportunidad de utilizar esos afectos negativos para crear agujeros en la positividad tóxica de la vida contemporánea»iv (subrayado mío). (more…)

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‘Adesso Che Avete Paura’

Friday, June 19th, 2020

ADESSO CHE AVETE PAURA.

E’ sempre più chiaro ormai come il modello economico dominante, sacrifichi alla legge del profitto e della competizione esasperata qualsiasi espressione di libertà individuale, uguaglianza e solidarietà sociale.
Di fronte a tutto ciò, numerosi sono gli scenari di rivolta che esplodono e si ramificano in ogni parte del mondo.
Dal confederalismo democratico curdo, ai territori autonomi zapatisti, da Hong Kong al Chile.

In questi ultimi mesi, il modo in cui la pandemia da Covid è stata gestita ha ulteriormente amplificato e reso evidente la disuguaglianza tra chi il sistema lo subisce e chi pretende di controllarlo.
Questo ha reso più estrema la tensione sociale e il suo potenziale esplosivo.

La morte di George Floyd, di per sé un evento non eccezionale nel contesto della brutalità di un sistema che giornalmente uccide e devasta, vissuto nel momento del lock down globale a causa della pandemia, ha scatenato a livello internazionale un’esplosione di rabbia che si è manifestata in molteplici forme: dall’assedio dei distretti di polizia, ai saccheggi di quei beni a cui molt* non hanno più o non hanno mai avuto la possibilità di accedere, alle grandi manifestazioni di piazza. (more…)

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Madrid, España: ¿Maquinaria de la caridad o solidaridad revolucionaria?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

EN | Charity machinery or revolutionary solidarity?

PDF: ¿Maquinaria de la caridad o solidaridad revolucionaria?

“…establecer, fuera de toda política burguesa, la solidaridad de la acción revolucionaria…”

Las redes de apoyo mutuo, las redes vecinales, el voluntariado (o los asalariados), los bancos de alimentos, todo el inmenso aparato surgido en pocas semanas para contener las desastrosas consecuencias económicas y sociales que la pandemia ha provocado han acaparado la atención de muchas, bien sea por altruismo, bien sea por pura y simple necesidad. Y es normal, dado que como en cualquier crisis que atraviese el sistema capitalista, las consecuencias más graves las sufren en mayor medida aquellos que previamente a la crisis estaban ya jodidos, es decir, los y las pobres, en Madrid o en Sebastopol. Los capitalistas siguen una sencilla lógica: socializar las pérdidas, cuando las haya, y acaparar los beneficios, siempre. Es una de las lógicas que atraviesan una sociedad dividida entre explotados y explotadores, entre gobernados y gobernantes. (more…)

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‘¿Qué sigue después de la pandemia?’ by Gustavo Rodriguez

Friday, June 12th, 2020

—Al querido Gabriel Pombo Da Silva y a todas las compañeras y compañeros secuestrados por el Estado en estos días de la plaga.

El carácter multidimensional de la «crisis» actual nos recalca que la «emergencia sanitaria» originada por la Covid-19 es solo una de sus diversas facetas. Vivimos una «crisis sitémica» –como rezan los «expertos»– donde la pandemia es el rostro visible del experimento en curso en el que se enfrentan con ahinco dos modelos de capitalismo con sus rivalidades geopolíticas. A todas luces, lo que está en crisis en este mundo tripolar (Rusia/China/Estados Unidos) es la totalidad del paradigma de dominación existente, engendrado en las entrañas del progreso con el estallido de la Segunda Revolución Industrial. O, lo que es lo mismo, la hegemonía del consenso de Washington (hoy mal llamado neoliberalismo), entendido como la voz de mando del proceso de globalización económica, cultural y política, que ha impuesto como patrón universal de gestión política a la democracia representativa (partidocracia) y, al actual modelo de expansión y acumulación de capital, como ejemplo de gestión económica.

La dominación moderna ha alcanzado su límite objetivo, generando gran escepticismo en torno al sistema y sus instituciones. Esta evidencia ha provocado una metamorfosis que está dando paso al nuevo sistema de dominación. Maquillada con la soflama del «capitalismo consciente» la nueva dominación se impone, instaurando una administración política aún más autoritaria y un capitalismo con «impacto social» mucho más regulado y centralizado, infundido en los preceptos de la Cuarta Revolución Industrial (4IR, por sus siglas en inglés);1 o sea, en la reconfiguración de la gestión capitalista en el Siglo XXI a través de la implantación de nuevas tecnologías, consolidando su infraestructura en el Internet de las cosas. (more…)

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‘Occidental Despotism’ by Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

By Gianfranco Sanguinetti

We are sharing, with many thanks to the author, this English translation of an important article written in April 2020.

The conversion of the Western representative democracies to a completely new form of despotism has, on account of the virus, assumed the juridical features of a force majeure (in jurisprudence, as is well known, force majeure is a case of exonerated responsibility). And so the new virus is at the same time both a catalyst for the event and a distraction for the masses through fear. (1)

For all the hypotheses I have put forth, since my book On Terrorism and the State (1979), regarding the manner in which this conversion (ineluctable, in my eyes) from formal democracy to despotism would be made, I must confess that I never imagined it would happen on the pretense of a virus. But the ways of the Lord are truly infinite. As are those of Hegel’s cunning of reason.

The sole reference, it can truly be said, as prophetic as it is disturbing, is one I found in an article by Jacques Attali, former boss of EBRD [European Bank for Reconstruction and Development], written for L’Express during the epidemic of 2009: (2)

If the epidemic becomes a little more serious, which is possible, since it is transmittable by humans, it will have truly planetary consequences, both economic (the models suggest a loss of three trillion dollars, that is a 5% drop in global GDP) and political (due to risks of contagion). It would therefore be necessary to establish a global police force, a global stockpile, and therefore a global fiscal policy. We would then—much sooner than economic reasons alone would have allowed—come to establish the basis for an actual global government.
(more…)

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PDF: Mundo Covid-19 #3

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

PDF: Mundo Covid-19 #3

PDF: Mundo Post Covid-19

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(A-Radio) Channel Zero Network: Staying safe at street actions

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Dear all,

As A-Radio Berlin we are part of the anarchist Channel Zero Network (CZN), an alliance of podcasts and radio shows in English language from around the world.

In the context of the recent BlackLivesMatter uprising against police brutality and racism in the US, CZN published a short audio containing advice on how to more safely navigate street actions. Most things would also apply outside of the BLM or Covid-19 situation.

You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download) here:
https://www.aradio-berlin.org/extra-channel-zero-network-staying-safe-at-street-actions/

Length: 2 min

You can find other English audios as well as all issues of the monthly anarchist show “Bad News” here: https://www.aradio-berlin.org/en/audios-2/.

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‘Censorship & Blocking Access to Courts by Federal Bureau of Prisons’ By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington (USA)

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

‘Censorship & Blocking Access to Courts by Federal Bureau of Prisons’ By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)

Revolutionary greetings fellow workers! Today is June 2nd, 2020. The US Department of Justice has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to place their facilities on a nationwide lockdown.
The Inmate Bulletin issued to the prison population said that the nationwide lockdown was a precautionary measure in light of the recent rioting and civil unrest throughout AmeriKa.
My experience as a federal prisoner has taught me that the oppressors who run these prisons subscribe to and embrace a Reactionary Ideology. This Reactionary behavior has been on full display here at USP Pollock.
One reactionary policy which has gone unreported is the recent censorship of prisoner communications as well as the blocking of our access to courts.
Since March 13th, 2020, prisoners here at USP Pollock in Pollock, Louisiana have had no access to Law Library Materials which includes the Education Legal Law Library Computer.
It is virtually impossible for prisoners to litigate pending civil or criminal actions without access to the Law Library Computer. What is remarkable is that mostly all federal facilities within the BOP allow prisoners access to the Law Library database on our housing unit. (more…)

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Basel: International Call against Deportation Camps for Migrants (Switzerland)

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Basel, Switzerland / Violence against refugees is systematic: A call

Recently it became publicly known that systematic violence is perpetrated against refugees in the federal asylum camp in Basel (Switzerland). Obviously this violence is neither an isolated case nor is it limited to the asylum camps in Switzerland.

This violence is systematic and the system has names. Those responsible are internationally represented and operate in many different places. Let’s name them and show them that their actions bear consequences.

The spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the violence of the European migration regime – both at the EU external border as well as in local asylum camps and prisons.

This call wants to continue the intensified struggles against it.

What are federal asylum camps?

Since the spring of 2019, asylum seekers in Switzerland are being administered in so-called federal asylum centres. The accelerated asylum procedues related to the erection of these new structures do not result in fairer procedures for most of the persons affected, but in faster deportation. The federal asylum camps are often geographically isolated. The type of constuction, the location, as well as the rules imposed are reminding of prisons and other instituions that deprive people of their freedom. They are contributing to the racist constructs of the nation state and borders. (more…)

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Northern Ireland: ‘Prison life under Coronavirus Lock down’ by Vegan Anarchist John Paul Wootton

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Everyone, everywhere, will be feeling the pinch of lockdown. Nobody has been left untouched and it’s not just the direct effects making their mark.
We are seeing the indirect result too.

You will have noticed that many of the already existing problems in our society are being exacerbated. There have been plenty of reports of increased domestic abuse, mental health crises and financial instability to cite but a few examples.

But what has it all meant for the prisoners?

Well, in some senses it’s business as usual. Much of the freedom you have temporarily lost, never exists here in the first palace. And many of the freedoms you are relying on to cope, are completely beyond our reach. There are no Zoom parties, Netflix binges or streamed concerts here.

There has been an impact though.

All temporary release has stopped. This is generally used to help re-integrate people back to normal life prior to their full release. This is particularly important for those who have spent a long time in prison.
They now face being dumped at the front gate with no time to adjust and no real support.

All education and other activities have stopped. Some have been working towards qualifications (for many for the first time in their life) and are left wondering was it all for nothing. Potentially, people will be put off further self-development as a result.

All in all, probably the best way to describe prison during Covid in mindless agony made more mindless and agonizing. These days, often monotonous and lacking in purpose, are now intolerably so. As a result, there is a real danger of a spike in terms of mental illness and drug addiction. And the situation was already far from okay.

Unless, or until, we can access reliable data on things like suicide and self-harm, we won’t be able to assess the damage. But be under no illusion, there will be damage. Unfortunately, by the time the information becomes available, it may be too late.

Although you still have your modern luxuries to help you cope, some insight into our experiences is possible. Next time you use the internet, your smart phone or relax in your garden with your family, reflect that we don’t have that privilege. For just a second, put yourselves in our shoes.

John Paul Wootton

To write to the comrade:

John Paul Wootton
HM Prison Maghaberry
17 Old Road,
Lisburn BT28 2PT, UK

For more information on John Paul Wootton see
https://325.nostate.net/tag/craigavon-2/

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