#33: The Ex-Worker’s 2014 Year in Review

2014 year in review & 2015 predictions; Czech squatters; Oakland rebellions

Listen to the Episode — 120 min

Summary

From the Ukrainian revolution and war with Russia to the Bosnian uprisings, ISIS/Rojava/Kobane conflicts, the Brazilian World Cup protests, anti-police riots in Ferguson and beyond … 2014 was one hell of a depressing, inspiring, roller coaster of a year! For our year in review, we wrote to anarchists around the world to ask them what they thought were the most significant events of the last year and what they anticipate in 2015. Responses came in from correspondents as far off as Brazil, Russia, Columbia, Slovenia, Finland, and Germany, as well as across North America, with reports about 2014 and analysis of the possibilities for resistance in the upcoming year. We also stop to take stock of the last year of the Ex-Worker, and reveal some schemes and dreams for our next year of anarchist podcasting. And as if that wasn't enough, we share an exclusive report on squatting, eviction, and resistance in Prague, an analysis of recent anti-police rioting in Oakland, and discussions on listener feedback about Agency's Ebola article and the police in relation to the state, along with plenty of news, prisoner birthdays, and more. {January 20th, 2015}

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • The Hot Wire [1:44]
    • Report: Squatting, Eviction and Resistance in Prague [14:44]
    • Report: Anti-Police Rebellions in Oakland [22:33]
    • Listener Feedback: Ebola Article and Engagement with News [34:05]
    • Listener Feedback: Police in Relation to the State [45:19]
    • Feature: The Ex-Worker’s Year in Review [56:12]
    • Anarchists Around the World Reflect on the Past Year and the Year to Come [1:00:23]
    • Another Year of the Ex-Worker
    • Prisoner Birthday Announcements and Closing
  • The Hot Wire [1:44]
  • Report: Squatting, Eviction and Resistance in Prague [14:44]
  • Report: Anti-Police Rebellions in Oakland [22:33]
  • Listener Feedback: Ebola Article and Engagement with News [34:05]
  • Listener Feedback: Police in Relation to the State [45:19]
  • Feature: The Ex-Worker’s Year in Review [56:12]
  • Anarchists Around the World Reflect on the Past Year and the Year to Come [1:00:23]
  • Another Year of the Ex-Worker
  • Prisoner Birthday Announcements and Closing
  • Update / correction: We reported on a Vice News article discussing the potential implications of newly thawed US/Cuba relations on Assata Shakur and other political refugees from the US living in Cuba. Turns out that we missed this article from the Guardian that indicates that the Cuban government explicitly does not plan to consider extraditing Shakur or other American refugees.

  • You can read the full report from the Oakland/Bay Area uprisings here on the CrimethInc. blog.

  • Check out the website for Klinika, the twice-evicted squat in Prague; it’s in the Czech language only, but you can see photos of the space there.

  • Check out “A Decade of Subversion”, a tenth-anniversary retrospective of some of the greatest hits from the Stimulator over at Submedia.tv.

  • The Stimulator also suggested that anarchists who want to support indigenous resistance check out the essay “Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex”.

  • In our reflections on the last year of the Ex-Worker podcast, we mentioned that folks have made zine versions of some episodes, including the ones on police and on prisons. Others have excerpted parts of episodes and posted them to YouTube, including our features on insurrectionary anarchism, libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism (watch out for the comment threads!), and the World Cup protests in Brazil. If you turn up other examples of folks using our material in other platforms - which we totally support, with or without our permission! - drop us a line and we’ll post them.

  • Our correspondents in Mexico mentioned the struggle of indigenous autonomists from the municipality of Alvaro Obregon in Oaxaca as one to watch out for in 2015.

  • A couple of times in this episode, we referred to our criticisms of the “anti-imperialist” framework; you can hear some elaboration on this in Episode 24, specifically in response to North Korea, Russia, Ukraine, and rejecting the “enemy of my enemy is my friend deserving of my solidarity” logic.

  • We shared reflections on 2014/2015 from anarcho-primitivist author John Zerzan, host of Anarchy Radio.

  • In our listener feedback section, we responded to this comment from a discussion about Episode 32, responding to our treatment of the article on Ebola put out by Anarchist Agency.

  • Our Finnish correspondent alludes to the 1997 uprisings in Albania; to read an anarchist perspective on it, check out “Albania: Laboratory of Subversion” by Elephant Editions.

  • Upcoming Prisoner Birthdays:

    Oscar Lopez Rivera #87651–024
    FCI Terre Haute
    Post Office Box 33
    Terre Haute, Indiana 47808
    {January 6th}

    Jeremy Hammond #18729–424
    FCI Manchester
    Post Office Box 4000
    Manchester, Kentucky 40962
    {January 8th}

    Abdul Aziz (Warren Ballantine) #1415430
    Golden Grove Prison
    RR 1 Box 9955
    Kings Hill, Saint Croix
    Virgin Islands 00850
    Address envelope to Warren Ballantine, card to Abdul (Aziz).
    {January 9th}

    Herman Bell #79-C–0262
    Great Meadow Correctional Facility
    11739 State Route 22
    Post Office Box 51
    Comstock, New York 12821–0051
    {January 14th}

    Sundiata Acoli (Clark Squire) #39794–066
    FCI Cumberland
    Post Office Box 1000
    Cumberland, Maryland 21501 4
    Address envelope to Clark Squire, address card to Sundiata Acoli
    {January 14th}