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Arm the Spirit Archive

For those of you unfamiliar with Arm the Spirit, it was one of the only publications devoted to reporting on the armed resistance movements in the 1990s. There were a very few magazines and newspapers with this purview at the time, and yet in the days before the internet they played an important role in allowing the broader left to understand the guerilla struggle, especially as since the mid-80s this struggle had primarily been occurring outside of the English-speaking world.

For a variety of reasons, Arm the Spirit would eventually cease to exist. Just recently, though, a former member has ...........READ MORE

I Will Not Crawl: excerpts from Robert F. Williams on Black struggle and armed self-defense in Monroe, NC

Looks like more and more good stuff are being produced and made available primarily as PDFs for printing – a predictable development, which i think probably makes a lot of sense.

The latest example of this to cross my screen is from the folks from NC Piece Corps, who have put together a collection of writings by Robert F. Williams, one of the most important and controversial leaders of the Black freedom movement in the 50s and 60s.

President of the NAACP in Monroe, North Carolina, Williams led the Black community in preventing Klan attacks and opposing the racism of ...........READ MORE

Crimethinc. Look Back at their Childhood

There’s an at-times-interesting and at-times-funny piece by Crimethinc, “Fighting in the New Terrain: What’s Changed Since the 20th Century”, which (if you have the time) is worth skimming, up at

Why amusing? Well, partly just because it’s funny to remember how oblivious these folks could be when they started out, and even more so that to the degree that they now acknowledge this, they still need to frame it as “what’s changed with the terrain”. I.e. the implication being that they were clueless because they didn’t see the changes coming, rather than maybe that they simply didn’t see ...........READ MORE

[The Anvil] A cartography of The Coming Insurrection, Tiqqun, and their Party

Even if you haven’t read The Coming Insurrection, if you are grappling with IA thought or know people who are, i’d recommend this review by Alex Gorrion and originally posted on The Anvil:

A cartography of The Coming Insurrection, Tiqqun, and their Party

“I didn’t come to praise Caesar, but to bury him.”

The Emperor is missing some clothes

I want to critique The Coming Insurrection and some of the writings of Tiqqun not because I dislike these texts but on the contrary because I like them, because I find them interesting, and because they have become so popular. ...........READ MORE

Antifa Activist Shot in Portland

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, March 27, a man was brutally attacked in the heart of downtown Portland. His attacker shot him and left him lying in the street. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in an area hospital, fighting to overcome extensive injuries.

It is no secret that this man, Luke Querner, is a long-time anti-fascist activist. He has devoted over a decade of his life to opposing the most vicious elements of our city’s white supremacist movement. Rose City Antifascists, the Portland chapter of the Anti-Racist Action Network, believe that the local neo-Nazis whom Luke has ...........READ MORE

Sexism, egos, and lies: Sometimes you wake up and it is not different

An important article detailing the history of FBI informant Brandon Darby in the Austin and New Orleans anarchist scenes, from The Rag Blog:

Brandon. Darby. Still from a video /

Sexism, egos, and lies:
Sometimes you wake up and it is not different

By Lisa Fithian / The Rag Blog / March 22, 2010
Community organizer and nonviolent activist/trainer Lisa Fithian will be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio, Tuesday, March 23, 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. For those outside the listening area, go here to stream the show.

[The Rag Blog has reported ...........READ MORE

Michael Novick Responds to Kali Akuno and Don Hamerquist

Just a quick heads up that Michael Novick has written a brief response to Don Hamerquist’s Thinking and Acting in Real Time in the Real World. It is up on the excellent Three Way Fight blog, at

Just to recap, Michael is the editor of Turning The Tide, publication of People Against Racist Terror. The pieces he is responding to were both recommended by yours truly last year:

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Report from Pittsburgh G20 Protests

Below, a report by an anarchist participant at the G20 protests in Pittsburgh (from Crimethinc):

This is on-the-spot reporting just in from the first day of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, which has seen a great deal of spirited resistance and confrontation—perhaps as much as has occurred at any anarchist mobilization in North America in half a decade. This gushy, hastily composed account presents the context, attempts to convey the spirit of the day, and raises a few preliminary questions.

The basic narrative of the day runs thus: The protesters attempt to reach the summit site, but are ...........READ MORE

[Voix de Faits] Mon Anarchisme

A heads-up i should have sent out a couple of weeks ago: Nicolas from the Quebec City UCL (the Quebec successor to NEFAC) has written a quick and useful look at his own political evolution, starting from when he was an anarcho-punk back in the 90s.

i wish i had time to translate it (i don’t), as i think some of the questions he touches on in passing – notably the question of “counter-power”, of turning revolts into “counter-institutions”, not only dismantling power but also replacing it with something else – underscore for me the rich ambiuities within contemporary ...........READ MORE