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BLACK ANARCHISM by Ashanti Alston

Summary: This talk explores the history and possible future of black anarchism. It covers anarchistic elements in African traditions, anti-authoritarian moments in America�s black liberation movement, and the possible contours of a black anarchism movement.
BLACK ANARCHISM by Ashanti Alston


Summary: This talk explores the history and possible future of black anarchism. It covers anarchistic elements in African traditions, anti-authoritarian moments in America�s black liberation movement, and the possible contours of a black anarchism movement.

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Notes: Ashanti Alston is a former member of the Black Panther Party and former prisoner-of-war (Black Liberation Army). He is presently a member of Estación Libre/People of Color Zapatista Support Group, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and the Northeast U.S. Coordinator for Critical Resistance.

The Institute for Anarchist Studies is a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism. We are primarily a grant-giving organization for radical writers: we have funded over thirty projects by authors from countries such as Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, and the United States.

The Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM) is a multi-racial student and youth organization dedicated to defending public education and resisting the still-growing culture of incarceration.


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palitude is not a social movemet 28.May.2006 18:31

Ytzhak montfu65@hotmail.com

peace,

this was dropped by bruh cosa. i thank him.

however, the thing about ashanti is that he never says anything in this speech and in doing that he does say a lot:

nobody move
nobody get hurt


b.u.t. we should


M.O.V.E.


what seems to be offered is an impotent anarchism -- as most people who profess anarchism tend to be -- these days.

it has become a playground for the middle class.

it one that is not willing to join the world struggle b.u.t. to coopt it's battle cries and hold a lot closed 8samething meetings* -- angry young man and kitchen sink agro.

it's surrendering our struggle for a label that sounds cool b.u.t hasn't been affective since the early days of industrial era and the poor and the working class still had a hand in the movement.

"Barbarians, savages, illiterate, ignorant Anarchists., men who cannot comprehend the spirit of our free American institutions," of these I am one" -- August Vincent Theodore Spies -- Autobiography of August Spies\

"Revolution is Bloody"
 http://ender.indymedia.org/?q=node/91

now it is has become a bourjois trend.

a real anrachist never admits to being an anarchist because it concerns taking down the state -- we're told that's terrorism.

however the people in prison, being tortured and killed, harassed, black listed are not admitttedly part of this elitist political theory -- a theory taught in university and they have "anarachist" professors, now. now isn't that a bit ironic/contradictory.how legitimate/effective could this popculture movement be?


i find anrachists, these days, a big filibuster to the real social movement.

ashanti deffers most black struggle and movements to the eurocentric one which he fails to see is just as old, if not older, than what he claims is old ideologies of black struggle.

also, he plays off the racisl stereotype that black/nonwhite/noneuropcentric social struggle and movements are sexist and nonegalitarin. only this, elitist, eurocentric philosophy has any legitimacy.


b.u.t. it's a cool title. however, far more played/played out/over used than any theory that huey p newton ever had.


palitude is not a social movemet nor is it a revolutionary attack nor is it resistence.

resistence is struggle

resistence is what will get you killed.

anarchism will get you a credit at college or university and invited to cool parties with a token rasta in the kitchen faking a jamaican accent.



there are 6 million ways to rebel

choose one?



kh


see also:


... Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Unsavory and vicious tactics have been employed -- including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, disrupt meetings, ostracize persons from their professions, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths. ... -- junious ricardo stanton -- "Repressive Police State Tactics Are Nothing New"


Great talk 28.May.2006 21:37

goober

Very long, but if you've got the time, the incites given are well worth it.

Huh? 29.May.2006 19:04

derf sed werd

Ytzhak that was one of the most nonsensical posts I've ever read. You were the original poster, but then you post a comment condemning your own post? I'll respond to the comment anyway. First of all most of the left in the US is middle class, so anarchists have not cornered the market on flakey middle class activists. "elitist anarchist professors", interesting since I've never met of one, radical professors are overwhelmingly Marxist. Concerning elitism, Marxism explicitely advocates elitism, i.e. an elite vanguard party will lead the stupid masses to revolution. Anarchism proposes a radical increase in participatory democratic institutions, perhaps you should redefine your definition of elitism. If you had listened to the speach you would have heard him give explicit examples of anarchistic social relations in societies in Africa and indigenous communities in North and South America, so Ashanti's supposed "Euro-centrism" is non sequitur.

careful 31.May.2006 15:57

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try to avoid saying ''non sensical'' when dealing with africans. we are always told we are ''non sensical'' for ANYTHING we say. just a thought....