The Institute for Anarchist Studies turns 25 next year! The IAS is dedicated to furthering anarchist ideas and making them accessible to a broad audience. To celebrate a quarter century supporting radical thought, we are excited to announce the renewal of our grants program for 2021. … Read more
All photos and words by Maranie Rae [she/her] New Year’s Eve 2021 in Portland, Oregon was a night that saw Federal officers respond to protesters with teargas and less-lethal weapons and one that led Mayor Ted Wheeler to promise to “push the limits of law … Read more
Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement, by Don Hamerquist & J. Sakai, Anti-Racist Action Chicago and Mark Salotte, (AK Press, 2017) and Alerta! Alerta! Snapshots of Europe’s Antifascist Struggle, by Patrick O. Strickland, (AK Press, 2019) (translated from Portuguese) In the opening essay … Read more
Right now, shit is really bad. In October 2018, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report revealed that the world was on track for catastrophic global warming in the near term, which led to a rallying cry of “12 years to save the planet.” … Read more
“And then Richard Spencer got punched in the face, right? Which was an amazing moment in comedic history…because, I don’t know if you know, Richard Spencer was being interviewed and in the interview he was asked about his Pepe the Frog badge. So he was … Read more
Some days I feel like I know what needs to happen. I imagine we can dream a way past capitalism, a way to unify efforts to eradicate oppression, a way to develop power-sharing processes and create balance without enormous loss of life or slipping into … Read more
Grant Applications Open! Kicking Off 25 Years The Institute for Anarchist Studies is turning 25 and opening grants! The IAS is dedicated to furthering anarchist ideas and making them accessible to a broader audience. To celebrate a quarter century of supporting radical thought, we are … Read more
Graeber’s ideas took concrete form in the Occupy Wall Street movement he helped get off the ground. Graeber also equipped us with the intellectual fuel needed to think beyond what prevails at present. He outlined frameworks for informing and catalyzing emergent exercises in opening up the horizon of possibility to actualize the collective potential of our imagination. The onus is upon us to use his gift going forward.
Of the numerous realities the pandemic has uncovered, few are as stark as how front-line, essential, service industry workers are not just seen as replaceable but as expendable. And many are out of work. When a member of the working-class is without wages and the paltry handouts from the government vanish, reproduction of one’s biological functions and faculties are still required. Working in front-line, essential, service industries is work as is seeking to obtain work in such sectors.
When a society is confronted with an unexpected catastrophe, be it warlike conflict, a sudden scarcity of resources, or a natural phenomenon, human empathy, mutual aid, and solidarity tend to come to the fore. Despite the ideological dominance of capitalism, humans still possess an almost reflexive tendency to come together and develop spontaneous forms of support and collective organization even during times of deep agony. Humans are fundamentally social animals. Coming together is also a means for us to deal with stress, uncertainty, and insecurity in a changing environment.