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We've thrown around the term insurrectionary anarchism in recent discussions, so in our ninth episode we seize the moment and dive headlong into this tendency, exploring where it came from and what it looks like today. We also review the classic Italian insurrectionary text Armed Joy; look back over a summer's worth of animal liberation actions; interview a supporter of the California Prison Hunger Strike, as it enters its 55th day; share some more listener feedback on nihilism, and plenty more. Tune in--the time to act is now!
Notes and Links
Here are a few helpful primers and core texts to check out if you want further reading on this week’s theme of insurrectionary anarchism: Some notes on Insurrectionary Anarchism, Insurrectionary Anarchy from Do-or-Die Journal, and At Daggers Drawn: With the Existent, its Defenders and its False Critics.
Rolling Thunder published Say you want an insurrection in issue #8. It includes a little more background on insurrectionary anarchism as well as a critique of how it’s used by anarchists in the United States today.
Many strains of insurrectionary anarchism are informed by illegalism and individualist anarchism. Wolfi Landstreicher’s Against the Logic of Submission and Renzo Novatore’s Toward the Creative Nothing are good starting places.
And, of course, if you want to go straight to the source, read everything you can get your hands on by Alfredo Bonanno including the text we reviewed in this show’s Chopping Block, Armed Joy. Mad props to Jean Weir at Elephant Editions for all the work she’s done translating his writings over the years—and for generally being a total badass.
Thanks to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office for providing much of our news this episode. Extra-special thanks to our office jobs, who unknowingly paid us to read these articles. Extra-extra-special thanks to those combatants out there still risking life and limb for our non-human animal friends’ freedom.
Information on the California Prison Hunger Strike
Address for NATO 5 prisoner Mark “Migs” Neiweem, who has been targeted by prison officials for his anarchist convictions:
Mark Neiweem #M36200
Pontiac Correctional Center
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764
Upcoming Prisoner Birthdays:
Marissa Alexander J46944
11120 NW Gainesville Rd
Ocala, FL 34482
Leonard Peltier #89637–132
USP Coleman I
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521
Sekou Cinque T.M. Kambui (William James Turk) #113058
Bibb Correctional Facility
565 Bibb Lane
Brent, Alabama 35034
Address envelope to William James Turk, address card to Sekou
Steve Murphy #39013–177
FCI Three Rivers
Post Office Box 4200
Three Rivers, Texas 78071
Brian Vaillancourt #2013–0209249
Cook County Department of Corrections
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608