“…For the love of one’s country is a terrible thing…” (January 24, 2011)

Tonight’s show (Monday, 1/24/11 from 8-10pm EST, thanks to The Invisible Worm) will focus on the struggle for justice in Northern Ireland from Fenians through the United Men, the IRB, IRA, INLA and the Civil Rights Marches. Recognizing that this is guilty pleasure for some of us Americans of Irish Descent (myself included), allow me these two hours to play some of my favorite Irish Republican songs.

Please also understand that I do not condone the actions of the paramilitary movements (Unionist or Republican) or governments (Irish, Northern Irish or British). My understanding is that the Irish situation is a terribly complicated product of centuries of colonization, genocide and divide-and-conquer tactics of the lower classes (mostly along religious and ethnic lines) by the elite and powerful. A free Ireland, in my opinion, would be one: free of class division; free of the managing elite; free of religious persecution and the persecution of religions; free of sectarian conflict; free of racism, sexism and homophobia. A free Ireland would be autonomous from European oversight and debt and yet one in which Irish identity does not take the form of jingoistic nationalism.

For more information on some interesting Irish projects, check out the following pages:
Worker’s Solidarity Movement
Black and Red Revolution
RAG (Revolutionary Anarchafeminist Group

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“Yo se que un dia te estarias con nosotros como querias, como querias.”

This week’s show, during Dystopia, I presented my humble homage to the songs of the Spanish Civil War, and particularly to the Anarchist forces. These two hours feature many original recordings and beautiful readaptations, with little rants/snippets of history on the significance of songs.

I noted after the show ended that I left out the original of what is perhaps my favorite song ( “A Las Barricadas”, the CNT theme to the tune of Warszawianka 1905) from that period, available here for your enjoyment on youtube.

For some light reading on the subject, check out:
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/spaindx.html
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/scw/scw.htm

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Ben Saari on the Oscar Grant case & Police Accountability

An hourlong conversation with Ben Saari, member of Santa Rosa CopWatch and longtime police accountability activist from the Bay Area. We spoke about the case of Johannes Mehserle, BART cop who was video taped shooting Oscar Grant III in the back by numerous witnesses. The show was not edited for FCC consumption. The playlist features many songs concerning the shooting of Grant.

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NC Rising 2: Contemporary Anarchist Practice

Panel 2: Contemporary Anarchist Practice

Contemporary Anarchist Practice brought together panelists from Modesto Anarcho, The Institute for Anarchist Studies, Letters Journal, Oakland 100, and the Institute for Experimental Freedom to discuss what the contemporary Anarchist project is and its relation to political opponents and other revolutionary struggles. The discussion sought to understand how the anarchist project differs from other revolutionary projects, who or what is its protagonist, and by what means that protagonist realizes its goals. Each panelist brought their own methods and strategies to the table in order to clarify why they perceive this or that position to be most beneficial and where they perceive the vulnerabilities of a de-centered economy to be.

  • What is the anarchist project and how does it differ from the social democratic project, or other revolutionary projects?
  • In classical Marxist concepts of âClass Struggleâ the protagonist of history is a revolutionary-subject: the proletariat. Who is the protagonist of the anarchist project? Why?
  • Capitalism is de-centered. The forces of its order are irregularâwith and without uniform. There is global, amorphous and diffuse techniques of policing and management; there is no Winter Palace or Bastille of which to lay siege; within these conditions, where do anarchists position themselves for attack and for refrain in order to sustain a total war?

Panelists included:

  • Cindy, the Institute For Anarchist Studies;
  • Doug, Modesto Anarcho;
  • Don, Letters Journal;
  • Maximillion, the Institute For Experimental Freedom;
  • Finn, Oakland 100, a group that supports those arrested during the Oscar Grant rebellion.

This panel was moderated by Hugh, of Stop I-69, Black Dog Press.

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NC Rising 2: Repression & Counter-Repression

NC Rising 2 was a weekend of shows, workshops and panel discussions that brought folks from around the United States to Warren Wilson College, outside of Asheville, North Carolina.  Below is the second half of the first panel discussion, on a Friday in 2010.

Repression and Counter-Repression brought together people from all over who had recently been coping with repression to discuss its current framework. Panelists spoke from a variety of perspectives from within “ecological,” “animal liberation,” and “anti-capitalist” struggles. The contributions of each will help broaden our understandings of how repression acts against revolutionary projects and how a practice of revolutionary solidarity can reduce some of the effects of repression and help us to construct an environment of counter-repression.

* What is the framework of repression under which we are operating?

* What is “Revolutionary Solidarity”? What is its function? What are its means?

* How, in such a paralyzing condition of surveillance and political condition of weakness, can we move towards a practice of revolutionary solidarity?

panelists included:
Hugh, who just survived a long legal battle over I-69-related charges;
Katherine, of the Friends and Family Of Daniel McGowan;
Neil, a member of Internationalist Prison Books Collective and a supporter of the Asheville 11, defendants recently accused of 112 misdemeanors and 34 felonies;
Talia, a survivor of Minnehaha Free State repression, member of the Coldsnap Legal collective, worker for the NLG, and member of the Conspiracy Tour.

This panel was moderated by an editor of Rolling Thunder magazine.

The recording of Part one was unusable.

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