[New publication] Days of War, Knights of Tempeh: Anarchism, Animal Liberation & A History of Social War


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I am excited to announce the completed first draft of a book chapter to be included in “No Bosses, No Masters: Anarchist Perspectives on Animal Liberation” edited by Erika Cudworth, Anthony Nocella and Richard White.

The chapter traces the intersection between contemporary insurrectionary anarchism (e.g. Informal Anarchist Federation, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire…) and direct action animal liberation movements (e.g. Animal Liberation Front).

I had a great time writing this as my ‘data sources’ that constitute the material under analysis are 100% anonymously-authored communiqués!  I have been obsessed with reading (and occasionally writing 🙂 communiqués for about ten years.  For anyone else interested in reading them, I say: ‘the internet is a vast dark place of great writers, go explore.’

For a few starting places try these favorites of mine…in no particular order:

http://www.directaction.info/ [Animal Liberation Front and its allies]

http://325.nostate.net/ [global insurrectionary anarchists]

http://www.urbanguerilla.org/ [leftist guerrillas from days gone by]

http://jihadology.net/ [jihadi primary source materials including communiques]

http://shahamat-english.com/index.php/paighamoona [Taliban]

http://www.qassam.ps/statements.html [al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas]

Anyway…back to the chapter.  Below is the chapter abstract and a link to read the draft version.

ABSTRACT:

The anarchist project, as it has been developed over the centuries, has been to expand human freedom and reduce misery, toil and coercion throughout society.  As political thought has developed since the 18th century, anarchism has sought to expand this sphere of the included subject to advocate for women, people of color, the working class, and nearly from its inception, non-human animals.  In the modern arena, anarchism and anarchist direct action movements have struck back at capital and the State with the aim of reducing animal exploitation, financially paralyzing abusers, and raising radical awareness.  This chapter seeks to explore the myriad of ways in which the anarchist revival of direct action, which followed the 1999 anti-WTO demonstrations in Seattle, have engaged with this fight.  Through an examination of contemporary anarchist tendencies including the Greek insurrectionists, the international militants of the Informal Anarchist Federation, the Mexican eco-anarchist bomb tossers, the US Queer network Bash Back! and others, we will examine the inseparable link between those that oppose State power and those that seek to strike back against speciesism, ecocide and domestication.  Drawing primarily from movement communiqués, the chapter explores a discourse on the inherent linkages between the anarchist struggle, and that of animal liberation as told through the words of a clandestine, globally-dispersed network of attackers.

COMPLETE ARTICLE:

[2014] Days of War, Knights of Tempeh: Anarchism, Animal Liberation & A History of Social War

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