The name comes from a presentation on anti-Capitalism and Paganism that Alley Valkyrie and Rhyd Wildermuth gave at a conference in California. “Gods” was chosen because many of the people there, including Alley and Rhyd, were the sort who talk to gods. And “Radicals” was chosen because the word had become a slur against anyone who thought we should get rid of Capitalism.
Why “A Site of Beautiful Resistance?”
“A Beautiful Resistance” is the name of our print journal. It’s also a guiding principle for us. The idea of resisting Capitalism and exploitation and patriarchy and all that seems a bit dreary. And sometimes resistance is seen as violent. We think that resistance should be beautiful, because the idea isn’t to replace a violent world with more violence, or a dreary world with more drearyness, but to replace what has become destructive and cruel with something beautiful and life-affirming.
What are you?
A secret cabal of kittens plotting revenge against unhappiness and lack of string.
No, actually, we’re a registered non-profit Pagan Anti-Capitalist publisher. We have a board of four awesome people and a managing editor. Also, we have many different writers, and are always looking for more.
How is the site run? How are you funded?
We try to run things as non-hierarchical and as decentralized as possible. We have a full time managing editor and a board of directors who are his boss.
Writers post their own pieces on the site and make their own schedules. They are unfortunately unpaid, along on our Managing Editor, who is also unpaid. We’d like to change that at some point.
Our non-profit status allows us to collect tax-deductible donations, and much of our funding comes this way. The remainder comes from the sales of our publications.
What do you publish?
A Beautiful Resistance is our twice-yearly publication, collecting the writings and artwork of over 30 brilliant people internationally.
We also have published A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer, which is a great place to start if you have questions about Capitalism and Paganism.
And we will also be publishing books of an anti-capitalist and Pagan nature.
Are you a political party?
We like parties, yes, but the sort with music and fun conversation. We’re not a Political Party, though.
The political views of our writers, editors, board members, and artists are impossible to compress into a label. Some of us are socialists, or anarchists, or Marxists, or radical feminists, or communists. Some don’t have political affiliation at all. And we don’t have a political doctrine.
What unites us is our desire to build a world without Capitalism. And the fact that most of us are Pagan.
So, you’re all Pagans?
Mostly, yeah. Though some of us would call ourselves druids, or awenyddion, or witches, or polytheists, or animists, or materialists, Wiccans, or humanists, or heathens, or…you get the point. As with politics, we don’t try to fit ourselves or each other into labels or onto platforms.
But generally, we all have some degree of resonance with the term ‘Pagan,’ but we’d rather spend our time unraveling the dark magic of Capital than fighting over religious labels.
How Do I Write For You?
Send us an email! We’re always interested in new writers for the site, and we also do open-calls for submissions for A Beautiful Resistance.
We’re currently not looking for manuscripts at the moment, though.
How do I support you?
Really? Awesome! We’re always happy to accept donations. Also, telling others about us is really appreciated.
How do I complain to you?
I’d like to contact a writer
Neat! We are always happy to forward messages to our writers if you don’t have other ways of contacting them!