Anarchist Aesthetics: A Few Notes Towards a Libertarian View of the Arts

August 4, 2015 / 0 comments

By Kingsley Widmer, AJODA #35, 1993 There can’t be, of course, an “anarchist aesthetic” in the sense of a doctrine of authoritative rules, a hierarchy of manners and forms and genres, or any orthodoxy of elitist proprieties and subjects or demanded styles and responses. Those impositions unto repression belong with the usual pieties, not with…

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Against Amnesia

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By (d)anger, AJODA #35, 1993 There are moments when life seems entirely impossible. All the crazy dreams of rebellion disappear. The desire to revolt against the society of the civilized is lost to futility, the open but empty hand. All of the late-night laughter filled conversations, the meanderings and wanderings of those intoxicated with thoughts…

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Postcards from Prison

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By Nick DiSpoldo, 1992, AJODA #34 Pages from a jailhouse journal The Southern Desert Correctional Center (SDCC) is located in open, arid desert, forty miles north of Las Vegas and just twenty-eight miles south of the U.S. nuclear test site at Mercury, Nev. Inmates joke that it will require but one significant mathematical mistake and…

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Howls from the Hole

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By Ann Howe, 1992, AJODA #34 Sensory Deprivation is the reduction of sensory stimulation to a minimum. It is depriving human beings of all normal contact with their environment through sight, hearing and movement. Folsom prison, in California, confines inmates to special cells with only necessary facilities and enough food to keep them alive. They…

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From Gulf War to Class War: We All Hate the Cops

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By Max Anger, 1992, AJODA #34 “There’s a difference between frustration with the law and direct assaults upon our legal system.” – George Bush, May 3, 1992 Sing, Goddess, the Anger… Rumor has it that the first rocks started to fly as the four cops who beat Rodney King and the jury who acquitted them…

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David & Goliath and Crime in America

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By Ben Satterfield, 1992, AJODA #34 For years Hollywood has presented a version of the David and Goliath myth — decking it out anew every season, but it is changing like Dr. Jekyll, and right before our eyes. In the thirties, Frank Capra’s simplistic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington fit the nation’s bill perfectly with…

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You Can’t Blow up a Social Relationship… But you can have fun trying!

July 7, 2015 / 0 comments

By Bob Black, 1992, AJODA #33 In 1979, four Australian anarchist and “libertarian socialist” organizations published a tract called You Can’t Blow Up a Social Relationship, presumptuously subtitled “The Anarchist Case Against Terrorism” — as if theirs was the only case against it and there was no case for it. The pamphlet has been reprinted…

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Transform and Rebel: The Calico Indians and the Anti-rent War

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By Thom Metzger, 1992, AJODA #33   Dear Reader, Think of this article as a preview of coming attractions excerpted from the upcoming Autonomedia anthology, “Gone to Croatan”; an excursion deep beyond the liminal vagaboundaries which mark the seriocomic unfolding of that theatre of survival/resistance/disappearance known as North American history. At a bookstore near you…

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The Sad Truth: Femme aux Bananes (Woman with Bananas)

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By Michael William, 1992, AJODA #33 A furor has erupted in the art and feminist milieus and in the Quebec and Canadian media after two paintings depicting women carrying fruit on their heads were censored in an exhibition sponsored by the Concordia University Women’s Centre. Originally the exhibition had been announced as “non-juried,” in other…

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“Outwitting the State” takes a different kind of power

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By Neil Keating, 1992, AJODA #33 Outwitting the State by Peter Shalnik, vol.7 of Political Anthropology series Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 08903, 1989 172pp. $24.95 hardcover. [review] One of the most tenacious of contexts within which thinking about society takes place is the context of social revolution; the context that conceives of…

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