1. "Thus in this anarchistic organization…we have first the Council of the Commune, then the executive committees, which, to be able to do anything at all, must be vested with some power and supported by a public force; this is to be followed by nothing short of a federal parliament, whose principal object will be to organize this public force. Like the Commune Council, this parliament will have to assign executive power to one or more committees which by this act alone will be given an authoritarian character that the demands of the struggle will increasingly accentuate. We are thus confronted with a perfect reconstruction of all the elements of the “authoritarian State”; and the fact that we call this machine “a revolutionary commune organized from bottom to top” makes little difference. The name changes nothing of the substance."
    — Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
     

  2. "I want the Left to offer an actual alternative for daily life when the enthusiasm is over. I want the Left to be able to change things at the most everyday, common-life level. You cannot have all the time this enthusiastic, participatory-democracy mobilization. Let’s be frank: I don’t want to be mobilized politically all the time. I want an anonymous power which, in a relatively-efficient, non-corrupted way, does its job so that I can do my crazy philosophy… Don’t fall in love with this enthusiastic moment of “oh, it’s immediate democracy.” Yes, it is: for two months."
    — Slavoj Žižek
     
  3. Slavoj Žižek on the limits of self-organization, etc.

    "I wish you all the well with your Crete commune, and it will be maybe a nice tourist attraction"

    There are times when Žižek drives me nuts, but then there are these moments of near perfection. Žižek smashes on “anti-state” radicals at the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, May 15th, 2013. This is the full video of the dialogue with Alexis Tsipras but it will jump ahead to the section I’m trying to highlight, which is about 6 minutes long.

     
     

  4. Press Release: Free Music and Politics Festival To Take Place in Seattle August 11-12

    chisparoja:

    We received this from the Everything for Everyone Festival Coordinating Committee.  They ask that others repost and spread this press release.

    Contact: Natalio Perez (347) 541-7305 e4e.fest@gmail.com  www.everythingforeveryone.org @e4efestival

    Seattle, WA - Seattle organizers announce a free, two-day, political and cultural festival called Everything for Everyone meant to connect people from around the country interested in taking the spirit of Occupy to a new level, aimed at changing everything.

    Everything for Everyone will be fertile ground for developing a new political and cultural ecosystem where radical ideas, analysis and strategy are shared, debated, challenged, and advanced.

    It begins outdoors on Saturday August 11th in Jefferson Park’s Northwest corner on Beacon Hill with a program running from 11am to 7pm, featuring guests from around the country. People will be participating in debates, workshops, panels, live music, and the arts.

    On Sunday, August 12th, a plenary discussion will take place at the First Baptist Church on Capitol Hill from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  At 9:00 pm, the Festival comes to a close with a live concert and dance party at the nearby Highline Bar.

    Organizer Carol Isaac says, ”Occupy’s explosion in the streets exposed the smoldering discontent of millions here and all around the globe.  From shutting down banks and the West Coast Ports to directly meeting the daily needs of the suffering, a new force has awakened to challenge the fundamentals of this system.  We aim to provide a national meeting toward that end.”

    Endorsers of #e4e include the General Assemblies of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Seattle and Occupy Portland, as well as local and national organizations such as the Black Orchid Collective, the Red Spark Collective, Advance the Struggle and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  A few of the performers over the two days will be: The Super 8, Suntonio Bandanaz, DJ Eazeman, JulieC and River Grimm.

    A variety of panels, workshops and debates will focus on issues ranging from student and worker organizing, foreclosure defense, revolutionary strategy, and capitalism’s threats to our environment.  Other activities will include a film screening, a self-defense class and arts and theatre workshops.

    A full schedule of events and more information can be found at www.everythingforeveryone.org.

     
  5. aflameoffreedom:

    How Nonviolence Protects the State, Peter Gelderloos interview

     
     

  6. "Time and again, people struggling not for some token reform but for complete liberation — the reclamation of control over our own lives and the power to negotiate our own relationships with the people and the world around us — will find that nonviolence does not work, that we face a self-perpetuating power structure that is immune to appeals to conscience and strong enough to plow over the disobedient and uncooperative."

    (via ghostdaddotcx-deactivated201212)

     
  7. butterflyrevolt:

    Spanish language radical media collective based in Chile.

    (Source: new-here-again)

     

  8. butterflyrevolt:

    I’m a radical Chican@, and like many radical Chican@s, I’ve been wondering why so many of our gente still want the DREAM Act.

    Here’s why: I think that the DREAM Act is another attempt to assimilate our gente into the oppressive and racist U.S. machine. It divides us from pride in our…

    I was going to write up something about why I oppose the DREAM Act but now I don’t have to, because this basically conveys my position on the matter.

    (Source: new-here-again)

     
  9. From Mujeres Creando, a women’s anarchist collective in Bolivia.

    "You want me as a virgin,
    you want me as a saint,
    you want me colonized,
    and that’s why I’m fed up.”

    (via altahoradelanoche)