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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Weekly Update: 21 August

Consider yourself a polytheist but becoming increasingly alienated from the authoritarian push of some self-appointed leaders? There’s a new series of writing from folks who will inspire you.  “My Polytheism” began a few weeks ago, and there’s been quite a lot of diverse writing already which the site is compiling.   From the intro page:

This is the common ground our communities need to be built around. Not same-ness. Not dogma. Not gate-keeping. Hospitality.

Gods&Radicals co-founder Alley Valkyrie and treasurer Syren Nagakyrie have also contributed (Note–Gods&Radicals isn’t affiliated with this, but thinks it’s awesome!!!).

And speaking of Polytheism, here are the notes for Ryan Smith’s presentation at Many Gods West on the ‘Future of Polytheism.’

Look later this week for an editorial from Rhyd Wildermuth on these subjects.

We mentioned the struggle to stop the pipeline on First Nations land last week. As of this posting, it’s been paused, but the State of North Dakota has issued a State of Emergency to get more police to stop the protests. And the Standing Rock Sioux are appealing to the United Nations.

The police in Rio are still killing poor people on behalf of the Olympic games.

The failed coup in Turkey last month is now being partially blamed on the leftist Kurdish rebels by Turkey’s president. Many of the Kurdish rebel factions are anarchist, feminist, and also support the revival of traditional religions in the region.

This week

We’ll have a reprint of Feminist & Marxist theorist Silvia Federici’s essay for A Beautiful Resistance: Everything We Already Are, as well as essays from Sable Aradia, a guest essay from Ruth Morang, an editorial from Rhyd Wildermuth, and another poem from Hunter Hall!

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