Fencerow anarchism as a response to Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) died a frustrated man.  The son of Russian immigrants and lifelong social anarchist activist watched his vision of social anarchism rapidly fading and increasingly surpassed by what he called lifestyle anarchism.  In his 1995 critique of contemporary Anarchism in the West, Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm, Bookchin wrote that […]

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Emma Goldman and the futility of voting

Emma Goldman (1869-1940), arguably, the best-known anarchist in the United States in the early twentieth-century, famously proclaimed, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Goldman emigrated from Tsarist Russia in 1885 and soon acquired a strong distaste for American democracy. In her essay, “Minorities versus Majorities,” Goldman observed that voting changes nothing. Elections come […]

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A schizo dream beyond the Apparatus

Perhaps this notion of surviving physically and psychologically on the margins of the Apparatus is schizophrenic – here in the middle of the buzzing, lively fencerow, where warblers, redbirds, snakes, groundhogs and wasps fiercely but playfully interact.   It is not safe here, nor is it comfortable, but only here am I alive.  I am […]

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Why people are so complacent in the face of tyranny: Gustav Landauer

Have you read Gustav Landauer’s essay Revolution? Please do.[i] It is lengthy and filled with names, dates and events that may likely be of little interest to some of you, but within its pages are stirring words about freedom, spirit and a path to liberating the world from its centuries-old bondage to tyranny. Particularly stirring […]

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How Christianity lost its way: Proudhon

Civilization appropriates.  The managers of the apparatus take that which is not theirs and claim it for their own.  The State appropriates through taxes, eminent domain and military conscription the wealth and labor of its subjects.  Capitalists, through economic colonization, appropriate the wealth of people, land, water and minerals using force of law, gun and […]

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Book Review: Elements of Resistance: Violence, Nonviolence, and the State

Elements of Resistance: Violence, Nonviolence and the State. Jeriah Bowser. Hampton Institute Press, 2015. 156 pages. For years Feral Jesus had been searching for a concise, instructive yet non-pedantic summary of the basic elements of resistance to the State, civilized religion and toil. Feral Jesus conventicles were popping up all around the land – in […]

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The person who refuses mass culture

Theodor Adorno observed that mass culture binds consumers and producers to the complex capitalistic society.  The consumer and the producer have no sovereignty.   They can no longer be critically aware.  To acquire awareness and sovereignty they must become neither consumers nor producers. They must become a new kind of person. What shall we call […]

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