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Weekly Update: 4 September

Updates!

This week, we’ve poetry, audio, and essays coming from Lorna Smithers, Crafted Recordings, William Hawes, Rhyd Wildermuth, and more!

Also, the call for submissions for the next issue of A Beautiful Resistance has been announced! More information here.

Also, you can now read Christopher Scott Thompson’s essay, “What is Pagan Anarchy?” translated into Spanish.

Notes On Land Resistance

“The witch has been created by the land to speak and act for it.”

Peter Grey, Rewilding Witchcraft

The Smithsonian Magazine has a fascinating article on slave resistance in the Great Dismal Swamps in the United States:

“These people performed a critique of a brutal capitalistic enslavement system, and they rejected it completely. They risked everything to live in a more just and equitable way, and they were successful for ten generations. One of them, a man named Charlie, was interviewed later in Canada. He said that all labor was communal here. That’s how it would have been in an African village.”

Capitalism was born from the separation of people from the land and its first task was to make work independent of the seasons and to lengthen the workday beyond the limits of our endurance.

Silvia Federici, In Praise of the Dancing Body

Over the last few weeks, we’ve mentioned the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States. There are several places to get updates on the struggle, including Warrior Publications, Democracy Now!, and Indian Country Today.  Also, check out the Pagan Solidarity with Standing Rock statement!

The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men:

“Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!”

–Jean Jacques Rousseau

Here’s a call for international solidarity from Nantes, where the French government is trying to destroy radical commons. We REALLY like their resistance poster (the French says, “Our Lady of Struggles”)

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1 Comment »

  1. Interesting that you should mention the Great Dismal Swamp, as I’ve read about it recently in Nancy Isenberg’s “White Trash.” Before there were African slaves to escape into it, there were others who fled there seeking to escape the English and their agents. Native Americans, of course, and also many of the Indentured Servants fled there. They sought to escape the crushing life of “temporary” bondage. Their descendants were called refuse, or trash, and, to the British the even more horrible term, “lazy,” because they didn’t want to force the land to be productive and didn’t want to work for someone else’s enrichment.

    I also know some people who chose to spend their Labor Day weekend protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL. Did you know that it’s route is almost as long as the Keystone XL Pipeline’s route?

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