Practical Anarchy magazine is about people putting the ideas of
anarchism into practice every day. Anarchism is not just some utopian
idea or a set of books about the Spanish Civil War. Anarchism is a
practical philosophy whose ideas can be put into motion by ordinary
folks. Practical Anarchy magazine is also branching out to cover the
wider issues of politics, culture, statism, authoritarianism, racism,
and much more.
Important Update! Practical Anarchy has suspended publication
December 21, 2006
The Alternative Media Project / Infoshop collective decided last summer to suspend publication of Practical Anarchy magazine. Our plan is to publish a new quarterly magazine of news, opinion and analysis called Infoshop News & Views.
The first issue of the new magazine will be published in late January
or early February 2007. The new magazine will focus more on news and
analysis of current events than Practical Anarchy, although our new direction was evident in the last issue of Practical Anarchy. The new magazine will also include articles on culture, reviews, interviews, columns and lots of fun stuff. If you had a subscription to Practical Anarchy, or recently ordered a subscription, we will fulfill those subscriptions with issues of the new magazine.
Practical Anarchy has ceased publication for now, although
there has been some talk about it being revived as a newsletter or zine
with a more DIY focus. Think MAKE magazine combined with CrimethInc's Recipes for Disaster. We have no plans to continue Practical Anarchy, since our focus is on launching our new magazine, but we would be tickled if another group would continue Practical Anarchy in another format.
We'd like to thank all of our readers and supporters. It's been a
long journey since the zine started in 1991. We apologize for our scarce
publication schedule, but we have every intention of publishing a
kick-ass successor to Practical Anarchy.
From Practical Anarchy #14
Anarchism and Confederate Flag Culture -- by Prolecat
you are someone who displays a Confederate flag out of overt racism,
this text is not for you. In fact, we will fight you in the streets.
If, however, you are someone who insists that he is not racist, but
you have at some point in your life displayed a Confederate Flag out of a
general sense of rebellion against the government, the boss, parents,
pompous Yankee liberals, or just against modern society in general, then
this text is addressed to you. Especially, if you are a working class
southerner who flies the Cross of St. Andrew as an in-your-face act of
protest against the mass production of national “culture,” a
McDonaldized product that has the effect of smothering and burying
authentic local cultures that (some feel) are symbolized by the
Confederate flag… especially, then, this brief sketch of one man’s
odyssey from the glorification of southern heritage to an appreciation
of anarchist ideas and values, may have something to say to you.
POPULAR ARTICLES FROM THE ARCHIVE
for Thought -- Editorial by Joseph Heathcott
We live in a decisive moment in the history
of our species. We have to make profound choices about how we
will sustain ourselves into the next century. In most cases, the
choices require that we take a close, intense, and introspective
look at ourselves and our world. What kind of lives are we living?
What sort of world are we fashioning?
Capitalism and the State by Joseph Heathcott
My favorite beverage on this good earth is coffee. In fact, this essay
is largely powered by lengthy, energetic caffeine molecules, bundled
into drop after drop of the caustic liquid. And while I might take small
comfort in consuming organic beans purchased through Equal Exchange (a
fair-trade marketing co-operative),
that hardly effaces the fact that coffee is deeply embedded--like so
many foods--in the history of colonialism.
Internetworking and the Threat of
There's been a move among think tanks (particularly RAND) and policymakers
to come up with ways of dealing with the "problem" of the Internet.
It seems they are concerned about decentralized, popular, democratized
media, and want to get busy finding ways of bringing the Internet
under control, like the other mass media: newspapers, radio, film,
Food Not Bombs and Anarchism
This paper was originally written 11.29.95. as a result of discussions
that we were having in San Francisco Food Not Bombs about our politics
and how we represent our politics in literature. In a meeting on
11.09.95. we embarked on a rather in-depth and thought provoking
discussion about anarchism and FNB.
Practical Anarchy #14
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Building the new world...
For some reason anarchists have a reputation for lacking practical,
constructive ideas. This is nonsense of course. Anarchism is full of
ideas on how anarchists can apply its principles in the here and now. We
can point to actual developments which embody, to some degree, our
Parenting: The Future Generation Interview
by Jeff Bagato
As with other aspects of underground culture, “punk parenting” has
caught on as a hot topic, most prominently in Bust’s motherhood issues,
Ayun Holliday’s East Village Inky, and the print and web zine Hip Mama.
But back in 1990, these resources weren’t available to a young, single
welfare mom named China – if they had been, she never would have started
her own zine, The Future Generation (TFG), to create a network of
like-minded parents. She couldn’t have known back then that her need to
document her own experiences as a mother and to share parenting
resources would lead her on such a long run through the underground
press – an accomplishment that makes her a kind of grandmother to lots
of new punk mommies.