Anarchist Activities

Ill. Diane Bianca Bonfils
Illustration : Diane Bianca Bonfils

’CULTURE IS ANARCHISTIC IF IT IS ALIVE AT ALL’

Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004):

"The hacker ethic rests on openness, peer review, individual autonomy, and communal responsibility. Anarchism built the Internet. But the threat of anarchy has launched a decade-long effort to rule it and rein it in. The outcome of this battle is far from clear, but the battle itself has damaged the progressive potential of this powerful communicative network of networks."

"If books became streams of data rather than objects for sale, they could be metered, rendering libraries superfluous or relegating them to vendor status. There would be nothing ’public’ about them. ... A patron would enter a credit card or debit card to access databases of text, music, video, or facts. The computer would charge the card by the minute or the megabyte. ... The emerging pay-per-view regime could signal the death of the liberal Enlightenment project and thus the public library itself."

"Culture is anarchistic if it is alive at all. ... Anarchists believe that culture should flow with minimal impediments. Oligarchs, even if they are politically liberal, favor a top-down approach to culture with massive intervention from powerful institutions such as the state, corporations, universities, or museums. These institutions may be used to construct and preserve free flows of culture and information, but all too often they are harnessed to the oligarchic cause, making winners into bigger winners and thus rigging the cultural market."

Sections

Articles

SHANTZ, Jeff. Constructive Anarchism

Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010. 214 p. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0402-6 ISBN Short: 9781409404026. Hardback 2013. 214 pages. ISBN : 1409499936, (...)

ZERZAN, John. "Culture"

"cynicism will remain as long as we allow culture to remain in lieu of unmediated life."

Esperanto: Bibliography

CHAPELIER, E. & GASSY, Marin. Anarchists & The International Language Esperanto. London, 1908. M. N. [Max Nettlau?], "Esperanto from (...)

KEMP, Will. The Anarchist Computer Network - A Year Later

The Anarchist Computer Network - A Year Later -by Will Kemp A year ago, i wrote an article called "A Proposal To Set Up An Anarchist (...)

BARCLAY, Harold. People without Government: An Anthropology of Anarchy

Kahn and Averill, 1990. 160 p. ISBN: 1871082161 paperback. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1996. 162 p. ISBN: 1871082161 Canadian (...)

LUDLOW, Peter (ed.) Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

MIT Press, 2001. 451 p. ISBN 0-262-62151-7. 4 illus. "the emergence of governance structures within online communities and the visions of (...)

BARLOW, John Perry. "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace "

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, (...)

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