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Why We Fight, by Shane Burley A review by Maia Ramnath

Why do we fight? Because fascism. Because resistance. Because surviving the apocalypse. In linking together these three themes, Shane Burley writes at a turning point in his new book,Why We Fight Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse. He presents it as a moment of possibility…

Why Boris Johnson still isn’t a libertarian

The British Prime Minister has dubbed the 19th of July as ‘Freedom Day’, with most Covid-19 restrictions in England being removed. But, in this article, Jon Bigger reminds us that Johnson is not a real libertarian, and that having risk foisted upon us by those in power is not ‘freedom’: ‘T…

2021 IAS Grant Awards Are Out

The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) rebooted our grants’ program in 2021 to include multimedia. This year’s call for grant proposals prioritized short audio and video projects that would serve as foundations, definitions, or further education on: Black and Indigenous Anarchism(s); Police A…

Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice, Michael Beyea Reagan. New from the IAS & AK Press!

This innovative study explores the relevance of class as a theoretical category in our world, arguing that leading traditions of class analysis have missed major elements of what class is and how it operates. It combines instersectional theory and materialism to show that culture, economics, ideolog…

IAS Awards $3,000 in Grants, Publishes 2 new books & a new issue of Perspectives in Our 25th Year! 2021 Summer Newsletter!

June, 2021 2021 Marks the 25th Year of the Institute for Anarchist Studies! The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) is excited to celebrate our 25th year – a remarkable anniversary. The IAS is proud to be here, continuing our work to advance contemporary anarchist thought. We’re moving into th…

Hot Off the Press! Representing Radicals: A Guide for Lawyers and Movements

By the Tilted Scales Collective, with a Foreword by Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Representing Radicals helps lawyers understand ways to work with radical defendants, with an explicit focus on how to help them achieve ends that go beyond traditional legal goals. For example, m…

Salvaging the Future: A Review of The Ministry for the Future Javier Sethness Castro

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future (New York: Orbit, 2020) After the basics of food and shelter that we need just as animals, first thing after that: dignity. Everyone needs and deserves this, just as part of being human. And yet this is a very undignified world. And so we struggle. Y…

The Impossible Dream: A Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future George Katsiaficas

Science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson has been hailed as “one of the world’s finest working novelists” (The Guardian) and “one of the most important political writers working in America today” (The New Yorker). And for good reason. His prolific career includes his latest novel, The M…

When You Fear Yourself! ‘Freedom’ in Bangladeshi Academia

Manosh Chowdhury’s critical insights reveal that the oft-celebrated ‘autonomy’ of Bangladeshi universities is very limited in practice. Manosh highlights the structural issues underpinning ‘self-censorship’ by academics, and details how this situation is exacerbated by increased surveillan…

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory Power issue now available!

In the new Power issue the Perspectives collective collaborates with Kai Lumumba Barrow who provides cover art and images from Gallery of the Streets. Gallery of the Streets is a network of autonomous artists, activists, and scholars committed to abolitionist movement building. Led by queer Black fe…

Anarchist Cybernetics by Thomas Swann

What can anarchist engagements with the cybernetic science of self-organization, buried in an obscure anarchist journal from the 1960s and written by an elusive computer scientist, reveal about the effective functioning of anarchist organization? Anarchy, freedom, and self-organization In comparison…

Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice, a new IAS/AK Press Book!

“Intersectional Class Struggle is an immensely useful text for our times. It accessibly guides readers new to anti-capitalist struggle and intersectionality through the key debates, and also offers seasoned activists and scholars a concise, thoughtful analysis of pivotal questions about resistance…

On Saving Marxism From Itself (A Response to Mustapha Mond)

In response to Mustapha Mond’s ‘A Brief Question of Syndicalism’ (4th February 2021), Iain McKay highlights that Marx and Engels, far from being advocates of syndicalism, lacked a commitment to workers’ management. Rather than trying to use syndicalism to save Marxism from itself, McKay argu…

Death Futures by Catherine Marr

The highway that connects Los Angeles to Phoenix is called many things, but the strip between these two cities is known as the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental highway. A sardonic name given the elimination of First Nations and Native peoples in the southwest United States. While you’re drivi…

A Simple Idea

While we may not be able to gather as usual this International Workers’ Day, we are marking May Day by bringing you this excerpt from An Anarchist’s Manifesto by Glenn Wallis. Here, he defines anarchism as a set of ideas, as a value system, and as a praxis, considering its resonance at the micro…

Mutual Aid in the COVID-19 Crisis – a Short-Lived Exception?

Based on a paper given at the Anarchist Studies Network panel at the 2021 PSA conference, Cristopher Morales argues that the spontaneous emergence of mutual aid organising in response to the COVID-19 crisis had proven to be a temporary exception to the statist/capitalist norm, and that as ‘normal…

Representing Radicals, a new IAS/AK Press Anarchist Interventions’ Book!

Representing Radicals: A Guide for Lawyers and Movements helps lawyers understand ways to work with radical defendants, with an explicit focus on how to help them achieve ends that go beyond traditional legal goals. For example, many radical defendants want to use their trials to discuss political…

Anarchism, Cybernetics and Mutual Aid – A Reflection One Year On

In this article, Thomas Swann applies the lens of Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model (VSM) to assess the threats posed to effective mutual aid self-organisation, including issues around top-down control, complex communication infrastructures, and preconditions such as community identity and organ…

Everyday Anarchism – Temporal Impermanence and Liberation in Everyday Action

Taking a reflexive anthropological view of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis, Laney Lenox considers the transformative potential of slowing down in everyday life. Everyday Anarchism – Temporal Impermanence and Liberation in Everyday Action [Part of a series of articles reflecting on ana…

Time Under Tension: Lessons in Organizing from a Kettlebell Gym by Lara Messersmith-Glavin

Strength is a Skill Your spine is straight. You have shifted your weight back so that your knees are above your ankles—this is such an uncomfortable position until you learn to trust the muscles that hold you there—and you check to make sure the bell is between your heels, not out in front of yo…

Pandemic and Reaction – Developments in France and Greece

This article considers the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, and attendant power grabs by the police, on street mobilisations. Neil Middleton focuses on France and Greece to trace the dynamics of previous crises into this new phase of crisis. He highlights the state’s changing strategies and…

Experiences of Mutual Aid Organising in Glasgow and Brighton

On the anniversary of the announcement of the first Coronavirus lockdown in the UK, two activists involved with local mutual aid initiatives look back at the trajectory of autonomous self-help through the Covid-19 pandemic’s shifting dynamics. They provide grounded perspective on its successes and…

Kronstadt Conference 20th-21st March [online]

Kronstadt as Revolutionary Utopia, 1921-2021 and Beyond A transnational convergence to remember history's repressed revolutionary hopes and explore the "living past" struggle of capitalist authoritarianism vs. humanist internationalism Register here: []

A Response to “Spontaneous Combustion” from George Katsiaficas

Jason Del Gandio and AK Thompson, eds. Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (Albany: SUNY Press, 2017) Hillary Lazar and Paul Messersmith-Glavin provide an introductory framing for this discussion here. The publication of Spontaneous Combustion is a significant indication t…

Love & Rage: The Eros Effect and Spontaneous Combustionby Paul Messersmith-Glavin and Hillary Lazar

“Today the fight for life, the fight for Eros, is the political fight.” (Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization, 1966) “Eros is historically shaped but eternally emergent. Love binds us together, gives us the courage to make history, to stare down our fears . . . and gives us the nerve to be r…


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