It’s a new year and a new episode of the Ex-Worker! In the sixteenth installment of our twice-monthly podcast, we backtrack a little to cover our biggest topic ever: what is anarchism? What pathways led today’s rebels to embrace anarchy, and what does it mean to them? We’ll hear from historical and contemporary anarchists in a collage weaving together first person experiences and definitions. Also, listeners write in to elaborate on the situation in Ukraine we reported on in our last episode, and to share a provocative perspective on the relationship between religion and anarchism. We’ve also got our usual news, upcoming events, and prisoner birthdays. Tune in to hear the poignant stories of an anarchist generation.
Our first episode of the new year will deal with stepping back and defining what anarchism means, and we’re looking for listener contributions, so send in your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a voicemail at 202-59-NOWRK.
Anarchist resistance to fascism has a long and colorful history. In the 12th episode of the Ex-Worker, we build on last episode’s exploration of anti-fascism with a brief glimpse into the anarchist militias and guerrillas who fought against Franco in the Spanish Revolution and beyond. The Occupied London Collective joins us for an in-depth interview about fascism and resistance in Greece, discussing how the rise of the Golden Dawn fits into the global advance of neoliberal capitalism and how Greek anarchists have responded. We also share a revised Free Speech FAQ, a tool for anti-fascists to use in challenging civil libertarian defenses of fascist organizing. A special guest contributor chips in with a set of lively anti-fascist movie reviews. Listeners offer more antifa updates and crucial ways to get involved, alongside news of riots, blockades, and so much more.
In activist circles and elsewhere, it has become commonplace to speak of self-care, taking for granted that the meaning of this expression is self-evident. But “self” and “care” are not static or monolithic; nor is “health.” How has this discourse been colonized by capitalist values? How could we expand our notion of care to encompass a transformative practice?
Following up our feature “For All We Care” analyzing the contradictory currents within the category of care, we present “Self as Other: Reconsidering Self-Care.” This zine combines that text with three more essays in which individuals recount their personal struggles with the concept and practice of care. Please print and photocopy these to share with anyone who is confronting the same issues!
What’s all this talk about insurrection? We’ve been throwing around the term “insurrectionary anarchism” in recent discussions on The Ex-Worker, so in our ninth episode we seize the moment and dive headlong into this trajectory that has influenced so many contemporary anarchists. We explore its roots among Spanish guerrillas, Situationists, and Italian criminals, lay out its core ideas, and reflect on how anarchists are making use of them in struggles today. We also review Italian anarchist Alfredo Bonanno’s classic insurrectionary text Armed Joy; look back over a summer’s worth of animal liberation actions; interview a supporter of the California Prison Hunger Strike, as it enters its 55th day; share some more listener feedback on nihilism; and offer our usual array of resistance news, events, prisoner birthdays, Contradictionary terms, and more. Tune in—the time to act is now!
You can download this and all of our previous episodes on our podcast page. 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 email@example.com. A new episode is released on the first and third Sunday of every month.
Though a week late (sorry!), the eighth episode of the Ex-Worker is our longest yet, and wraps up our series on prisons and police, as we look at ways to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to address harm directly without the state. We interview members of Critical Resistance and Support New York to learn about how prison abolition and community accountability processes play out in practice. You’ll also hear also a review of a new collection of writings from political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats, responses to listener feedback and anarchist perspectives on gun control, plus a letter from revolutionary Tom Manning about his transfer from solitary confinement. And of course we’ve got news from struggles worldwide, event announcements, Contradictionary entries, and plenty more.
You can download this and all of our previous episodes on our podcast page. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A new episode is supposed to be released on the first and third Sunday of every month.
A note for our open-source enthusiast listeners out there: we’ve added an OGG download alongside the MP3 for this episode as well as for all previous ones, and will make it standard practice for future releases.
Who monitors the monitors? Who looks through your Windows™? You read books, but e-books read you. To paraphrase Nietzsche, when you look into the screen, the screen looks back into you.
The recent PRISM scandal has threatened the otherwise spotless reputation of the National Security Agency. In response, we have partnered with our dear friends in the NSA to produce a Customer Appreciation Page for everyone’s favorite online profiling organization.
Our first outreach project to promote awareness about the PRISM program and the NSA in general is a state-of-the-art sticker suitable for mobile phones, computers, and a wide range of other electronic devices. Sport one of these on your laptop to let everyone know where you stand; take a roll of these to the computer lab to educate your fellow students or employees!
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 email@example.com. A new episode comes out on the first and third Sunday of every month.