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January flier and Schedule for the winter anarchist discussion series

January – Italian Insurrectionary

Jan. 3rdAgainst Domestication

Jan. 10thArmed Struggle in Italy and Armed Joy

Jan. 17thMore, Much More

Jan. 24thThe Undesirables

Jan. 31st - The Insurrectional Project

What is now described as insurrectionary anarchism largely developed as a response to an intense period of autonomous class conflict and clandestine armed struggle against the state and capitalism in the 1960s and 70s, and their subsequent repression and failures.  This produced a questioning and rethinking of forms of organization, forms of struggle, etc, and also a theoretical and lived pratice of insurrectionary means.

Aux Libertaires (To Libertarians) zine
12/26/2009, 1:39 PM
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From the description:

“Originally written in French in August 1980 and signed by 25,000 people. Published in November 1980 by Editions Champ Libre, as part of the volume Appels de la prison de Segovie [Appeals from the prison in Segovia], which was attributed to the “Coordinated autonomous groups of Spain.”

Aux Libertaires was signed Les Amis Internationaux (“International Friends”) and is presently attributed to “that Debord guy.”

An English translation, To Libertarians, was first published in London, August 1981, by “the British Internationalists” (Michel Prigent and Lucy Forsyth). It wasn’t consulted during this translation of Aux Libertaires in 2004.

If you know where a copy of the August 1981 translation can be found, or for any other qualms, mistakes, et cetera, please contact us: frannyglass at riseup dot net.”


Not Bored #41 (Book about Guy Debord and “The Tarnac Nine”)

The Burnt Bookmobile now has copies of Not Bored issue #41 which unlike most other issues was printed as a book. They are $7 dollars per copy.

It contains:

“1. Never-before-translated texts by Debord.
2. News accounts of the selling of his archives.
3. Defenses of Debord against various “post-Modern” theorists.
4. Texts by or about the Invisible Committee, who are thought to be influenced by Debord.
5. Texts by or about the Tarnac Nine, who are thought to be the author(s) of “The Coming Insurrection.””

The Not Bored website functions as an archive of both old issues of Not Bored and many of previously untranslated situationist related texts.

Politics is Not a Banana | What are you doing after the orgy or insurrection or whatever? (as zine)

(Finally an official release after it’s been out for months.)

The Institute for Experimental Freedom (IEF) is proud to release the little book: Politics is not a Banana: The Journal of Vulgar Discourse, What are you Doing After the Orgy or Insurrection or Whatever?

From the introduction:

“The insurrection has not transformed our rotting teeth into pure indestructible diamond grills. The orgy only spreads our combined STDs, unless we cover our filthy used bodies in saran wrap—which is pretty cool. Whatever; we made more than $6.50 plus tips but then blew it all on wine, cigarettes, rope, and ceiling hooks. The insurrection gives us this opportunity though, to forget, to practice, and even to run up on some doctor and force his medicalizing ass to nurse our irrevocable rot; to re-imagine our relationships with our stupid dying bodies. It makes us become attentive to the force of our little deaths and the inexhaustible desire we can embody.”

So, if you have access to a Kinkos printer from behind the counter this is how it goes:
Print each page front/back, cut at the crop line. Should be 4.25×7 in. You’ll have to use the black tape as the binding. If you want to print it as an enormous zine, you’ll have to reimpose it using acrobat or one of those online shits. Good luck with your bootlegs. Make it look good; make us proud. Charge no more than $5, you’ll have better luck cut-throating us that way.

-Teh Institutez

The book is very nice and pretty and the burnt bookmobile will always have many copies (at least until the printing runs out), but for all who can’t afford it or just don’t want to pay for it, it’s available now as a zine as well.


The Necrosocial: Civic Life, Social Death & the University of California
12/17/2009, 12:54 PM
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“Being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: there are many people under you, but no one is listening.
-UC President Mark Yudof

Capital is dead labor which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor.
-Karl Marx

Politics is death that lives a human life.
-Achille Mbembe

Yes, very much a cemetery. Only here there are no dirges, no prayers, only the repeated testing of our threshold for anxiety, humiliation, and debt. The classroom just like the workplace just like the university just like the state just like the economy manages our social death, translating what we once knew from high school, from work, from our family life into academic parlance, into acceptable forms of social conflict.”


making barricades in copenhagen
12/16/2009, 12:27 PM
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What if They Threw a Black Bloc and the Police Arrested Everyone?

From Anarchist News:

“Around 1000 arrests in Copenhagen
Police said they rounded up 968 in a preventive action against a group of youth activists at the tail end of the demonstration.
“We saved the demonstration from being disturbed totally,” Per Larsen, chief coordinator for the Danish police, told the New York Times. “There were some hard-core protesters that we have neutralized.”

 The political: war. Two Parties: that of Order and that of Insurrection.

 The prophets say we will soon be fighting for clean water. There are already food riots. What better way to set this stage of history than to paint the picture of 1000 potential rioters, neutralized?
Anti-globalization activists are not the only ones to fully comprehend the symbolic value of global trade summits. At the first global summit to deal specifically with responses to climate change, the Party of Order demonstrated exactly what the epoch of uncertainty and crisis will mean: counter-insurgency to a T. The police openly stated their objective: “the biggest security operation since World War II,” and accomplished it—militarily—with speed, efficiency, and finesse.

 Order, securitization, and immunization. From the position of the Party of Order, the crises we currently inhabit are always the results of unknown variables. If these variables were mapped, understood and rationalized, they could be controlled and neutralized. This occurs either by means of inclusion into democratic order or by means of discipline and force. For example, the unconscious self-abolition of honey bees, because of their productive capacity in agribusiness as forced immigrant labor, must be viewed from the position of the Party of Order as a possible threat to the production of food. Even a hurricane must be calculated in terms of its destabilizing effect—as if it were an act of terrorism. At the human level, all labor which has become superfluous must be viewed in its capacity to produce and perform subjectivities. When human beings fail to perform their subjectivities, they are often decomposed or made an example of. This happens through the violence of job-removal, moral-sanctions and murder, but also at the level of biological disciplining of bodies—the deployment of beauty standards, gendering and racial coding—and at the level of preemptive biotechnological assaults through global social networks mapping, biometrics, and proliferation of surveillance. From the position of the Party of Order this is the only course possible because today in the general conditions of absolute social war, there is no way of distinguishing between a docile, hard-working citizen-subject and a potential terrorist.

 Between a docile, hard-working citizen-subject and a potential terrorist, there is life; between life and a potential terrorist, there is the police. The Party of Order’s spectacular goal: generate beautiful works of art in which the police are our glorious protagonists—ensuring order, rescuing kittens, and embodying the exceptional desire of civil society to brutalize its excesses every so often. The party of insurrection must make it its objective not only to reverse this, but to generate different, disturbing and self-alienating works of art. The image of static, noise—the pornographic image which deletes its author and model—must be generated in order to inflict a profound violence to the system of meaning which the Party of Order enforces.

 Even occupation can be rationalized. No tactic should fit in a tool box. The Party of Order is eager to bring an unruly situation to its logical conclusion (see: the second occupation of the New School). The party of insurrection’s appearances must mutate. Either from the application of collective intelligence or by means of simulacrum, each slight alteration in tactical continuity disrupts the predictions of the Party of Order. For example, a shift from all-black everything to black tops, denim bottoms provides slightly easier and hastier withdraw. Attacking where the enemy’s forces are not does not only mean diffused nocturnal sabotage or individuated strikes.

 The party of insurrection, if it will refine “the convergence” past its declared expiration date, must develop the intelligence, resources and material solidarities to appear as multiplied, yet vast. It is necessary to be numerous and cruel when engaging in terrain with police. In a city, a few ruined avenues occupied by life is enough to cause a crisis. If by means of destruction, mobility and appropriate technology is nice; if by means of territorialization, then what we must learn is what devices stick, hold on, and endure. The capacity to self-organize and deploy forces—300 rioters here, 300 rioters there and 300 rioters there—which are always reinforcing each other, must be developed. The intelligence which transforms any commodity we may come in contact with into a device of insurrection must be learned. Moreover, the capacity to inflict psychological or emotional harm to an enemy force must be experimented with beyond the practices of passive shaming. This can be advanced either by the development of our own “less than lethal” weapons which counteract the police’s rubber bullets, pepper spray and bean bags, and which perhaps make the molotov obsolete, and/or by means of a different strategy to combat, in which the heart is both the weapon and target.

The next convergence points: unstable cultural events, vulnerable gatherings of the rich, holiday events, reality TV show filmings, the next disaster, celebrity marriages, the deployment of our own doomsday gangs which collectively attack functional subjectivities, our own or otherwise.”


A Torchlit Evening with Birgeneau

From Anarchist News:

“Everybody throw your lighters up, tell me y’all finna fight or what?” -The Coup

“It is no secret that the kids are pissed. Since September, we’ve carried out over a dozen building takeovers of varying scale and intensity on California campuses, and during the Days of Action against Cuts and Hikes in November, students in Berkeley and LA actually fought police. In the past few days, evictions of occupied spaces at SFSU and Berkeley by the armed agents of the state and academy can only represent the future of this form of education. Last night, we marched to war and for once didn’t wait for the enemy to strike the first blow.

Everyone can follow the thread connecting these events. The police action towards students in the past few months could be accurately called “extraordinarily frightening and violent” as Birgeneau whined of the ruckus that woke him last night. As a leading beacon of the capitalist media recently observed, “Whether you’re an oppressive foreign dictatorship or an American state in the process of committing fiscal suicide, you know you’re losing the public relations battle when encounters between armor-clad riot police with truncheons and college students are broadcast on TV.”

Despite the liberal overtones, Newsweek exposes some important points. The dictatorship of capital is indeed performing an ensemble suicide, and as we are its captives, our will to live can only be expressed through revolt — refusal, negation, and the unleashing of unlimited human strikes. As students, we are supposed to be the embodiment of society producing its own future, but this society has no future; there will be no “return to normal” and we must find ways to inhabit this reality. From Berkeley to Greece and back around the other side, we are in civil war. This is the basis of modern life, and it is high time we illuminate this fact for any who remain confused.

It’s worth noting that last night, the activist-mediators and movement-bureaucrats who have behaved as volunteer deputies so many times in the past few months were nowhere to be seen. This was neither peaceful nor a protest; the time for dialogue is over. The path of reform and representation is our target as much as the sphere of academic production itself. Birgeneau was right, we are “criminals, not activists”: we are no longer kept obedient by the myth of peace as our normal condition. We must wonder as well about the people who cleared obstructions from the street in the wake of the march – streets used minutes later by police who attacked the mob and arrested 8 comrades on extreme and absurd charges. A reminder to everyone: solidarity means attack!

The rage that was loosed upon the chancellor’s disgusting palace was not only well-deserved, but a long time coming and should not by any means stop there. Not until every knowledge-factory grinds to a halt and every rich man’s house is either squatted or burned to the ground.”


For more about the situation:


Copenhagen climate summit: 1,000 anarchists arrested

According to the Telegraph:

“Nearly 1,000 people were arrested in Copenhagen yesterday as anarchists and left-wing activists fought running street battles with police in the Danish capital as negotiations continued at the climate summit.

Cobble stones were thrown through the windows of the former stock exchange building and foreign office buildings in the city, but police made a large number of pre-emptive arrests under a controversial anti-hooligan law.

Suspected troublemakers were herded into a closed-off street, made to sit down and then tied up with plastic cuffs. They were then bused to a detention centre set up for the climate conference.

Police said four cars were set on fire during the evening. One policeman was hurt by a stone and a Swedish man injured by a firework.

“You don’t have to use that kind of violence to be heard,” said Connie Hedegaard, the Danish minister presiding at the United Nations talks. She condemned rioters after welcoming the main march at a candlelit vigil outside the conference center.

One activist group accused the police of abuse complaining people had been forced sit on the road for hours in near-freezing temperatures.

The day’s main demonstration – a march involving 40,000 people – remained good natured but there remain fears that a hard-core of more violent demonstrators may still be waiting until later in the week, when President Barack Obama and other world leaders will arrive, to protest.”


gas station burned down in the south of sweden during the first days of COP15
12/12/2009, 10:27 PM
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From Anarchist News:

“Andra sidan är ni klara?! (The other side, are you ready?!)

This is an act directed against the political spectacle of COP15 – We are not going to let the charades of the political elite distract us from what we know needs doing. Last night a gas-station was burnt to the ground in the city of Lund in the south of Sweden, just across the bridge from Copenhagen.

Unlike the elite gathering in Copenhagen, we consider the destruction of life a serious matter. While they twist themselves around trying to seem concerned, they are fanning the flames of the fires that have been consuming all life it can for hundreds of years.

The fires we build – and ignite – are those intended to rid ourselves of our shackles and create the space to build the worlds we dream of.

We see no other solution to the situation that industrial capitalism has put us in, than burning down gas-stations and all other monuments holding up this system. We are living in a socio-ecological crisis, and it will remain untill we remove it’s cause.

Social war – not socio-ecological crisis”



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