So, it’s been a while since I wrote anything substantial on here. I still don’t feel up to writing that much, but I wanted to quickly highlight a few things I’ve read recently that I thought were interesting. On the topic of solidarity networks, there’s a long piece about the Seattle Solidarity Network that’s worth reading, and R. Spourgitis has written a reflection on some of the difficulties encountered when trying to apply the solidarity network model in Iowa City. Looking at political organisation more broadly, a number of articles recently have tried to assess the experience of the last ten years or so of anarchist political organisation in the US. On the subject of broader social movements, Crimethinc have recently published a piece on what happens in the aftermath of a big revolt, compiling accounts from participants in Oakland, Barcelona and Montreal. I’d recommend reading it along with this response from some other participants in Occupy Oakland. Certainly, Crimethinc aren’t to everyone’s taste, but the task of compiling reports and analyses from revolts around the world is an important one; I’d certainly like to see other people sharing other perspectives from these movements, but until that happens, the Crimethinc article remains a worthwhile starting point.
Alice B. Reckless has started a series on activist burnout, which also feels very relevant to the topic of movements in decline. And finally, a quick reminder that Jerry Koch is still in prison for refusing to inform on other anarchists, and it’s really easy to email his support committee to send him a message of support.
Hopefully my next post will have a bit more original content, but until then that should give you a bit of stuff to think about.