Rolling Thunder #12
The centerpiece of this issue is a 64-page feature on the uprising against police and white supremacy that spread from Ferguson, Missouri across the United States. We urge everyone to read the debrief discussion in which Missouri anarchists reflect on their role in predominantly black struggles and the ramifications of joining confrontations that include arson and gunfire. This is filled out with raw and inspiring accounts from the streets of Ferguson, Oakland, and beyond—critiques of political cooptation and the politics of demands—narratives about destroying surveillance cameras—a discussion about the function of biopower in jails and cancer wards—anarchist analyses of sex work—interviews with Turkish anarchists who participated in the resistance to ISIS in Kobanê—poetry of the Egyptian revolution—comics about the celebrated riot dog Loukanikos—the life of Biófilo Panclasta—history vs. mythology—tactics vs. strategy—peace vs. justice—and much, much more. All this, plus our regular features, gorgeous artwork and photographs, and 16 pages in full color. Fully 154 pages! Download T.O.C. PDF [224 kb].
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Rolling Thunder #11
This one goes to eleven! The second series of Rolling Thunder opens with an issue full of adventure and analysis. Whether you’re a committed revolutionary looking for the latest strategic reflections from the front lines, or you simply enjoy the gripping tales of suspense and subversion, you can’t get this stuff anywhere else. An epic account of prisoner resistance from Sean Swain—an exploration of the waning phase of social movements, including case studies of Occupy Oakland and the 2012 student strike in Québec—a narrative from the epicenter of the uprising that rocked Turkey in June 2013—devastating critiques of ally politics and the ideology coded into digital technology—a tell-all history of anarchism in Israel—a new look at gentrification, through the frame of one neighborhood’s struggle against development—a review of the forgotten insurrectionist text that taught Nietzsche, Borges, and Walter Benjamin about infinity. All this, plus our regular features, gorgeous artwork, 16 pages in full color, and a completely new and improved format! At 128 pages, this is our thickest issue yet. Download T.O.C. PDF [267 kb].
Rolling Thunder #10
Rolling Thunder #10 begins with a reappraisal of the anarchist project in today’s context of crisis and technological transformation. From there, we chart the global trajectory of momentum from 2010 to 2012: the student movements in the US and UK—the insurrections in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond—the occupation movements in Spain, Greece, and finally the USA, from its awkward beginnings in Wisconsin to its aftereffects in Oakland. For case studies, we focus in on the anti-police struggles that catalyzed the rise of confrontational anarchism in Seattle, and scrutinize how US immigration policy is applied on the ground at the border to explain how its actual objectives differ from its ostensible purpose. The issue concludes with a historical review of Canadian anarchism, following it from its origins through the 2010 Olympics and G20 riots and up to the present day. All this, plus a graphic history from Argentine anarchism, 24 pages in full color, and all the other bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from us times two. Download T.O.C. PDF [140 k]. (114 pages)
Rolling Thunder #9
How important is legitimacy—in our own eyes, in the eyes of potential allies, in the eyes of the public? How can anarchists cultivate it? What pitfalls does it hold? Rolling Thunder #9 explores these questions while reporting on the past six months of upheavals around the US. Following up on our coverage of the 2008 convention protests, this issue assesses anarchist action at the 2009 G20 summit, mapping conflict throughout the city and analyzing the strategies of the police and protesters. The accompanying Pittsburgh scene report examines the decade of local organizing that prepared the ground for this and other confrontations. Elsewhere herein, we scrutinize protest and resistance on campus—from the recent occupation movement to efforts to shut down fascist student organizations—and overseas in the Smash EDO campaign. All this, plus obscure Russian history, a reappraisal of the concept of “free speech,” and the usual stunning prose. No advertisements; 16 full-color pages. Check out the online supplement to this issue. Download Table of Contents PDF [303 k]. (106 pages)
Rolling Thunder #8
Balancing out the previous issue’s focus on breaking news, Rolling Thunder #8 steps back to reflect on the priorities and relationships that can make resistance effective and infectious. The centerpiece of this issue is a critical examination of the strengths and shortcomings of contemporary insurrectionist theory and practice, spanning 24 pages and a wide range of lines of inquiry. Elsewhere herein, one can find a guide to crafting constructive accountability processes, a survey of the past four decades of anarchist activity in Chile, and a report from San Francisco exploring the broader context of anarchist organizing leading up to and following the Oakland riots covered in Rolling Thunder #7. We’ve also turned up a retrospective by a member of the legendary clandestine anti-prison group Os Cangaceiros, distilling the lessons of years of underground struggle. All this is rounded out by inspiring accounts, entertaining anecdotes, magical realist fiction, and much more. No advertisements; 16 full-color pages. Download Table of Contents PDF [822 k]. (106 pages)
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What is Rolling Thunder?
Rolling Thunder is a biannual journal covering passionate living and creative resistance in all the forms they take: from consensus process to streetfighting, from workplace struggles to graffiti art, from gender mutiny to subversive humor. Each issue runs the gamut from on-the-spot reporting, strategic analysis, and instructional guides to poetry, comics, and games.
Rolling Thunder provides the substance and depth the internet cannot. Each issue is finely-printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based ink, runs over one hundred pages, is free of advertisements and features clean and elegant design showcasing high-quality original artwork and photographs.
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