#OtD in 1936, Buenaventura Durruti died on the Madrid front of the Spanish Civil War. He had been a lifelong anarchist expropriator, assassin, union organizer, and at the end, militia leader, advancing a revolutionary, working class methodology for fighting fascism. Image
For propaganda reasons, it was said he was felled by a fascist bullet, though this is contradicted by eyewitness reports and the forensic examination. The actual cause was either a hit organized by Stalinists or the accidental discharge of a comrade's firearm.
Whatever the case,
Stalinists wasted no time in taking advantage of his death to force the "regularization" of the militias, meaning the disarmament of the working class, the ascendance of a standard, aristocratic, hierarchical military, and the end of the revolution.
"We are not afraid of ruins. We know that is all we will inherit, because the bourgeoisie will try to ruin the world in the last phase of their history. But we are not afraid of ruins because we carry a new world in our hearts. And that world is growing right now." Image

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The Invention of Whiteness: the Spanish Laboratory
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To mourn the first day of the Invasion, I'm sharing thoughts from a future book.
Much has been written on British colonization of Ireland as a laboratory for creating whiteness in the anglo world. Much less has been...
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In fact, Spain itself was invented as an integral part of this process of colonization and the creation of whiteness.
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Liberals like Peter Coffin and pop philosophers like Ken Wilbur think they've come up with an answer to anarchism when they conflate expertise and hierarchy. Would you let your neighbor perform brain surgery on you? Hierarchy must be good.
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Taking a page from ISIS, fascists, citizens, and cops have increasingly been using their vehicles as weapons to run people over in crowds.

Introducing, rebar caltrops.
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rebar (free in most construction sites)
bench vise
angle grinder (with a disc for cutting metal, important)
arc welder
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Bullsh*t that happens when you criticize scientists.
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When anarchists talk about abolishing hierarchy.
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Hierarchy is one of those words whose meaning has slipped significantly over the years.
Its original meaning is "rule by priests".
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