The following essay (originally posted on delinquentdialectics.com and reposted to anarchistnews.org) is an example of making a serious criticism, it also raises three topics that are in need of more discussion amongst anarchists: a) the role of academics, b) soft policing, what it means and what it looks like, and c) letting friends slide, despite evidence of serious complicity with the state.
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The extremes of French Anarchism in the 20th century
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Alejandro de Acosta's work in the past six years can be summarized in this book of essays and as the best work done in anarchist thinking and theoretical exposition in decades, if not a century. His writing has been seen in publications like Upping the Anti, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, and The Anvil Review but also in person at the RAT (Reclaiming the Anarchist Tradition) Conference, the Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development (BASTARD) Conference, and in self-discovery.
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The pernicious mixture of hatred and dependency at the basis of the work relationship atrophies the individual, reducing life to a question of accountancy. Free time, a mere negative quantity ranging from a few hours between days at work, to months or even years between jobs, can be survived by performing a number of rituals.
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We are wildly excited to be able to offer this book again (it's been out of print for far too long)!
bolo'bolo was originally printed in Germany in 1983, half as a joke. Fittingly for some of us, it is still the best anarchist utopian vision we have ever read, since it gives full reign to both people's individual autonomy and to our need to be part of a group.
If you find the word "imagination" or "creativity" coming up in your conversations (or, conversely, if you find yourself thinking a lot about being bored or stifled), if you like science fiction, if you don't think Parecon would work because of something other than the economics of it, this is a book to check out.
This 30th anniversary edition is a joint publication with Ardent and Autonomedia.
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A dream that ends in shouting
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Slimmed down, new introduction, half the price of the original, prisoner friendly.
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