Episode #32: White Supremacy & Capitalism

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#32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, from 1492 to Ferguson – Rebellion has erupted around the country in the aftermath of grand jury decisions to allow the murderers of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York to go free without legal charges. Why did this happen, when authorities knew that this would spark furious protests and international condemnation? In Episode 32 of the Ex-Worker, Clara and Alanis try to understand the persistence of racist police violence by delving into the historical roots of capitalism and white supremacy in European conquest and colonization of the Americas and the transatlantic slave trade. Along with a survey of resistance and backlash since the grand jury announcements, we share excerpts from the recent feature “The Thin Blue Line is a Burning Fuse,” tracing the role of anti-police anger in catalyzing nearly all recent major social upheavals around the globe. Agency, a new anarchist media project, shares an excerpt from an article analyzing the Ebola outbreak and anarchist perspectives on public health. We run through a wide range of news, discuss listener comments on transcripts and international coverage, and even offer a radical holiday song!

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#31: Live at the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair!

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#31: Live from the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair! – We’re always looking for ways to up the ante at The Ex-Worker, our twice-monthly podcast of anarchist ideas and action. So we decided to record our 31st episode in front of a live audience at the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair! Clara and Alanis started off with our usual Hot Wire news, and then interviewed a wide range of participants from the book fair about workshops or presentations they did or projects they represented. Interviewees spoke about a writing project on southern insurrectionary history, the Can Vies eviction and riots in Barcelona, Spain, and rethinking prisoner support based on experiences with anti-authoritarian queer and transgender prisoners. A supporter read a moving letter by Luke O’Donovan sent from prison specifically to be shared at the book fair, while another shared an update about an anarchist injured and arrested at a Philadelphia solidarity demonstration. Participants from the New York City Anarchist Black Cross, the Durham Inside/Outside Alliance, and the UNControllables, an anarchist student group, each discussed their projects, followed by event announcements and prisoner birthdays to round out a lively evening of anarchy in the southeast.

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The Ex-Worker #30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II

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#30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II – The Ex-worker keeps our eyes to the south as we continue our in-depth exploration of anarchism in Chile. While our last episode sought to provide context and history, this episode delves into two recent cases of repression by the Chilean State against anarchists and discusses the importance of prisoner support in the anarchist movement. We interview Victor Montoya, an anarchist who was framed up and spent 16 months in pretrial detention, as well as Luciano “Tortuga” Pitronello, a comrade who faced terrorism charges after a bomb he was carrying prematurely detonated. While Tortuga’s body was damaged in the course of this ordeal, his spirit remains resilient, and he shares inspiring stories and sage advice over vegan sandwiches at the autonomous library Sante Geronimo Caserio in Santiago. We’ll offer a review of the Chicago Conspiracy, a documentary film which illustrates some of Chile’s radical history and present through music, celebration, memory and riot, tackle some thoughtful listener feedback about democracy and anarchy, and top it all off with news from struggles around the globe.

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The Ex-Worker #28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II

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#28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II: Early Critiques and Visions – Back in Episode 26, the Ex-Worker shared a panorama of dramatic stories from the lives and struggles of 19th and early 20th century anarchist women… but we didn’t focus much on their ideas. In the second episode of our three-part series on anarcha-feminism, we return our focus to the first generations of rebels who brought together anarchist and feminist currents, this time to explore their distinctive revolutionary visions. We survey the context of early revolutionary and feminist ideas, and the distinct perspectives of early anarcha-feminists on marriage, sexuality, economic and bodily autonomy, suffrage, revolutionary sexism, and strategies for women’s emancipation. The Chopping Block discusses Free Women of Spain, Martha Ackelsberg’s classic study of the Spanish anarchist women’s group Mujeres Libres. Listeners weigh in on sports, a special guest contributor offers a correction about indigenous resistance to fracking, and we begin a fascinating conversation on solidarity actions and anonymity amidst the news, event announcements, statements from political prisoners, and more.

Trigger warning: This episode includes a few passing references to sexual or domestic violence: nothing too graphic, but we wanted to give all of you a heads up. The references appear at 11:40, 35:50, 41:25, 1:04:50, and 1:33:44.

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Ex-Worker #27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson

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#27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson – Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share first-hand accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an analysis which unpacks the designation of “outside agitators.” Two texts discussing other recent anti-police uprisings appear on the Chopping Block: “Unfinished Acts” a discussion of the Oscar Grant riots in Oakland, and “Unforgiving and Inconsolable”, a collection of texts about the response to the death of Chuy Huerta in Durham, North Carolina. Supporters of Luke O’Donovan update us on his trial and how to show solidarity. Clara and Alanis share a slew of listener feedback, exploring the origins of the term feminism, correcting some mistakes about the IWW, and getting into a testy debate over the politics of sports. News, prisoner birthdays, Contradictionary terms, and upcoming events round out another packed episode.

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The Ex-Worker #26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I

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#26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory – What is anarcha-feminism, and what contribution has it made to both feminism and anarchism? The Ex-Worker is back with our longest episode to date as we kick off a series exploring anarcha-feminism in the past and present. After framing the issue and dealing with some thorny questions around definitions of feminism and gender, we take a whirlwind tour through the history—or herstory, if you like—of anarchist women from the barricades of the Paris Commune to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. In addition to Louise Michel, Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and a few other big names, we’ll share lesser-known stories of Russian nihilists, Puerto Rican tobacco workers, Japanese journalists, Mexican guerrillas, and many other unsung heroines of late 19th and early 20th century anarchist struggles. The anthology Quiet Rumors: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader appears on the Chopping Block, and while a member of the Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group from Dublin, Ireland joins us for an interview. Clara and Alanis even take issue with a term from the Contradictionary, on top of a packed calendar of upcoming events, news, and more.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. You can also call us 24 hours a day at 202–59-NOWRK, that is, 202–596–6975.

Ex-Worker #25: The Brazil World Cup Protests

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#25: The Brazil World Cup Protests – The recent World Cup prompted widespread protests across Brazil. In our 25th episode, we discuss why these protests took place, who participated, and how they connected to the uprisings of the last year. We share an audio collage of protest voices, an interview with Brazilian anarchists, and a Situationist-inspired critique of mass sports spectacles. The new green anarchist journal Black Seed appears on the Chopping Block, while a Ukrainian anarchist offers perspective on why things may not be so bleak there for anarchists as we thought. And there’s hooliganism, a June 11th rundown, prisoner updates, reflections on the “global village,” and more.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. You can also call us 24 hours a day at 202–59-NOWRK, that is, 202–596–6975.

Work in German Translation

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Work has just been published in German, thanks to our comrades Black Mosquito. Our poster depicting the pyramid of capitalism is available alongside it in German translation, as well. A German-language speaking tour to present the book is ongoing, following last spring’s Engish-language tour on the same subject.

Black Mosquito recently suffered a police raid in which the authorities used a pretext to steal their computers and merchandise. Our comrades remain unstoppable, but should the authorities continue to harass them, we will call for solidarity actions. We would also like to express our appreciation to everyone who has been involved in the occupation of the Hauptmann School in Berlin, taking direct action against police attacks on refugees.

We reproduce here in English our introduction to the German version of Work, which briefly reviews the goals of the project, the context in which it appeared, and the preliminary results.

Read the introduction.

Police Poster Translated for the World Cup

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In response to the massive display of violence necessary to make the World Cup a safe zone for capitalist profiteering, our comrades in Brazil have produced a Portuguese version of our classic poster about the police. We present it here in hopes of equipping others throughout the Portuguese-speaking world to respond to the encroachments of authority. Without the servile brutality of the police, none of the social and economic inequalities of our society would be possible, nor the oppression and ecological devastation they entail. Let us delegitimize policing and stand up to police everywhere they operate.


 
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This poster is also available in French and in two different German versions (one, two). We’ll publish a Spanish version here shortly.

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Ex-Worker #23: Paris ’68 & the Situationists

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#23: May ’68 and the Situationist International – The Ex-Worker is back! In our 23rd episode, after we catch up on how radicals around the world celebrated May Day in the streets this year, we’ll turn back the clock a few decades to a particularly notorious May: Paris in 1968. This episode focuses on the strikes and riots that nearly toppled the French state – as well as the Situationist International, those Marxist-influenced art radicals whose theories influenced the uprising. One of the key texts coming from the Situationist tradition, Raoul Vaneigem’s The Revolution of Everyday Life, appears on the Chopping Block. Listeners weigh in future episodes, “Uncle Ted,” and the Ukraine episode and anarchist strategy. And as usual, there are plenty of news, events, prisoner birthdays, and more.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email to podcast@crimethinc.com. You can also call us 24 hours a day at 202–59-NOWRK, that is, 202–596–6975.