Audible Anarchism
Advice to Comrades by Elisee Reclus

Advice to Comrades by Elisee Reclus

August 17, 2019

Full text here:https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/elisee-reclus-advice-to-my-anarchist-comrades

“In a word, commercial competition, under the paternal aegis of the law, allows the great majority of merchants-— and this fact is attested to in countless medical inquests-— adulterate provisions and drink, sell pernicious substances as wholesome food, and kill by slow poisoning… Let people say what they will, slavery, which abolitionists strove so gallantly to extirpate in America, prevails in another form in every civilized country; for entire populations, placed between the alternatives of death by starvation and toils which they detest, are constrained to choose the latter. And if we would deal frankly with the barbarous society to which we belong, we must acknowledge that murder, albeit disguised under a thousand insidious and scientific forms, still, as in the times of primitive savagery, terminates the majority of lives.”
― Élisée Reclus

Army of Altruists by David Graeber

Army of Altruists by David Graeber

August 10, 2019

Full text https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/david-graeber-army-of-altruists

David Graeber (1961- ) is an anarchist, anthropologist, and activist who currently holds a professorship in anthropology at the London School of Economics. Graeber has written extensively on theories of value, social theory, direct action, and ethnographic theory. He participated in the Occupy movement and is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

In this essay, Graeber links the psychological impulses of bullying--both of bullies and of passive observers of bullying--to structures of power inherent within hierarchical authority. He contends that from a young age, we are socialized to side with bullies and against victims, and we are socialized to see victims as either deserving their punishment or of having the same moral worth as the bullies themselves.

Syndicalism the Modern Menace to Capitalism by Emma Goldman
Solidarity in Liberty: The Workers’ Path to Freedom by Mikhail Bakunin

Solidarity in Liberty: The Workers’ Path to Freedom by Mikhail Bakunin

July 27, 2019

Read the full text: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/writings/ch04.htm

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876) was a revolutionary anarchist who became one of history's most influential anarchist thinkers. He founded the collectivist anarchist tradition and helped bring social anarchism to prominence in Europe. He also participated directly in numerous struggles and revolutions during his lifetime.

Power Corrupts the Best - Mikhail Bakunin

Power Corrupts the Best - Mikhail Bakunin

July 20, 2019

Full text available here: http://libcom.org/library/power-corrupts-the-best-mikhail-bakunin

Reading Courtesy of fellow youtuber Reddebrek:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyhoKI98zPwE5RkfPq8vh1A 

"From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots." - Mikhail Bakunin

Neither Lord nor Subject by Bao Jingyan

Neither Lord nor Subject by Bao Jingyan

July 13, 2019

Full text: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/neither-lord-nor-subject

Pao Ching-yen (zh:鮑敬言) (also transliterated as Bao Jingyan) was a Chinese Taoist libertarian philosopher who lived 405-466 AD.

A successor of Laozi and Zhuang Zhou in the politically-ethically libertarian strain of Taoism, Pao Ching-yen was, according to Etienne Balazs “China’s first political anarchist.” He extended the arguments in the Zhuangzi to deeply critique State authority and power.

Anarchist Taoist emblem courtesy of kronik29, you can find more of their work here: https://www.deviantart.com/kronik29/art/Anarcho-taoist-Emblem-140709637

Taoism and Anarchism

Taoism and Anarchism

July 6, 2019

Full Text http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/josh-anarchism-and-taoism

Anarchism is usually considered a recent, Western phenomenon, but its roots reach deep in the ancient civilizations of the East. The first clear expression of an anarchist sensibility may be traced back to the Taoists in ancient China from about the sixth century BC. Indeed, the principal Taoist work, the Tao te Ching, may be considered one of the greatest anarchist classics.

Anarchy and Communism by Carlo Cafiero

Anarchy and Communism by Carlo Cafiero

June 29, 2019

Full text here https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/carlo-cafiero-anarchy-and-communism

"My friends, let us hurry on the Revolution as quickly as we can, since, as you see, our enemies are letting us die like this - in prison or in exile, or crazed with sorrow" - Spoken by Cafiero at Giuseppe Fanelli's funeral.

"The common wealth being scattered right across the planet, while belonging to the whole of humanity, those who happen to be within reach of that wealth and in a position to make use of it will utilise it in common. . . . As part of humanity, they will exercise here, in fact and directly, their rights over a portion of mankind's wealth. But should an inhabitant of Peking visit this country, he would enjoy the same rights as the rest, in common with the others, he would enjoy all the wealth of the country, just as he would have in Peking." [From Anarchy and Communism, a report given by Cafiero to the Congress of the Jura Federation of the IWMA in 1880. In Daniel Guérin, No Gods, No Masters, Book 1, p. 250]

"Carlo was first of all great for his inner nature, for the affect treasure, for the ingenuousness of his faith. These memories must not be lost, even today that there is the need to elevate the moral level of anarchists, who must react against the egoism and brutality that invade us, to return to unselfishness, to the sacrificial spirit, to the sentiment of love, of which Carlo was such a splendid example". - Errico Malatesta, in a letter to Serafino Mazzotti.

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

June 22, 2019

Read the full text https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/david-graeber-on-the-phenomenon-of-bullshit-jobs-a-work-rant

David Graeber (1961- ) is an anarchist, anthropologist, and activist who currently holds a professorship in anthropology at the London School of Economics. Graeber has written extensively on theories of value, social theory, direct action, and ethnographic theory. He participated in the Occupy movement and is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. In this essay, Graeber links the psychological impulses of bullying--both of bullies and of passive observers of bullying--to structures of power inherent within hierarchical authority. He contends that from a young age, we are socialized to side with bullies and against victims, and we are socialized to see victims as either deserving their punishment or of having the same moral worth as the bullies themselves.

Against institutional cis-heterosexism by Sonia Muñoz Llort

Against institutional cis-heterosexism by Sonia Muñoz Llort

June 15, 2019

Full text here https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/sonia-munoz-llort-anarcha-feminism-against-institutionalized-misogyny-homophobia-and-transphobi

"White middle-class privileges are a reality we white feminists must acknowledge in order to change all the oppressive systems that surrounds us. Historically speaking, we like to see ourselves as pioneers in fighting for women’s rights giving this an intrinsically ethnocentric role in women’s struggle, being that the reason behind concepts such a mainstream or majority feminism. However, we are neither majority nor pioneers. This rhetoric is part of our privileges, which has been sold by the tendency of empowerment among Western feminists. Empowerment does not challenge the structures at all, and even less destroys them in order of building new structures based on equality."