Issue one of Voices of Resistance from Occupied London out now

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Issue one of Voices of Resistance from Occupied London out now

Voices of Resistance from Occupied London is the city's newest anarchist journal. It is free (as in freedom!) and available in both paper and electronic form.

Issue one of our journal is finally out. It contains interviews with Mike Davis, Bill Brown (from the NYC Surveillance Camera Players), articles by another eight contributors, comic strips and call-outs for the forthcoming anti-G8 mobilisations in Germany. Everything is available on-line here

occupiedlondon.org

If you are in London you can get your free paper copy from Freedom (Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX) or Housmans (5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX).

In Athens, Vavel (Solonos & Zoodochou Pigis Str) and Eleftheros Typos (Valtetsiou Str, Eksarheia) have a good stash of copies.

Members of the editorial collective will be presenting the journal together with the overall state of the anarchist movement in the UK at these venues:

April 12th: Polytechnic School, Thessaloniki, GR
April 13th: Nosotros Social Centre, Athens GR
April 14th: Polytechnic School (Auditorium Gini), Athens GR

London dates are yet to be confirmed; a Berlin event is not entirely out of the question!

Please contact us with whatever feedback, questions, offers for contributions/distribution help and some sharp critiques. Happy reading!

All of the issue's illustrations were kindly donated by NYC-based comics artist Mac Mc Gill

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Mar 28 2007 11:21

I just had a look at this following guydebord posting it up in another thread.

Read a few articles so far, meh. Got to this one, and am I the only one who doesn't have a clue what the guy's on about?
http://www.occupiedlondon.org/paniccity

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The urban territory is increasingly traversed by streams of diasporic, heterogeneous and de-territorialised imaginary. Panic tends to become the urban psychic dimension. It is a reaction of a sensitive organism submitted to a stimulation too strong and too rapid. A reaction of an organism urged by too frequent and intense impulses to be emotively and conversationally elaborated.
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Technological transformations have displaced the focus from the sphere of the production of material goods towards the sphere of semiotic goods. With this, Semio-Kapital becomes the dominant form of the economy. The accelerated creation of surplus value depends on the acceleration of the Info-sphere. The digitalisation of the Info-sphere opens the road to this kind of acceleration.

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Mar 28 2007 11:24

They're autocritiquing. It's popular in that milieu.

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Mar 28 2007 11:30

nice touch on the website though that it ticks off read articles

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Mar 28 2007 11:40
Joseph K. wrote:
nice touch on the website though that it ticks off read articles

Where??

God that "flying yuppies" article... It slags off people who basically don't know London very well:

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Commuting space evaporates in the mind of the yuppie, it becomes non-space, dead space - a hurdle in the effort to get from A to B. When in motion s/he is as much in interaction with the immediate surroundings as when in an aircraft. The airportization of intra-urban mobility comes as a natural evolution of segregation: When there are no dividing lines left to draw, too many no-go zones, the whole city except for the commuting route to be followed becomes a no-go zone. In the mind of the yuppie the map of the meta-segregated city is deducted to a spider web; dots joined together by increasingly 'strategic' transport links. In 2007, the ultimate symbol of London must be its Underground map.

And at the end tells people to "Throw away your oyster card and hop off that tube train."

London is geographically just about the biggest city in the world; you can't get around it on foot. Certainly a large number of the UK's 9-odd million disabled people. And buses cost double without Oyster.

Anyone know who this publication is aimed at? And what's its print run? Is this the one raw said would talk to "tens of thousands of working class londoners"?

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Mar 28 2007 11:50
John. wrote:
Where??

on the home page, articles you've read have a tick by them. good cookies.

but yeah i'm not so impressed with the content so far (just reading the airportisation one now, and that bifo piece was like a grenade going off inside deleuze's head)

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Mar 28 2007 11:56
Joseph K. wrote:
John. wrote:
Where??

on the home page, articles you've read have a tick by them. good cookies.

Not for me in firefox...

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but yeah i'm not so impressed with the content so far (just reading the airportisation one now, and that bifo piece was like a grenade going off inside deleuze's head

Hmmm the reclaim the roads one is pretty poor too. Claiming that the state doesn't like bikes and that cycling is inherently radical:

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You cannot move in the city from roof to roof, or from backyard to backyard, or on a horse, neither to walk in the middle of the London Ring road, if you walk you do it on the pavement, if you drive you do it on the presupposed lane, you stop here and there and you have to obey to traffic police…and if you cycle you probably die...

…Because cycling is for the time-wasters. If you cycle means that probably you do not work -hence you do not produce- and you do not have strict timetables or a lot of deadlines, you do not need to be fast and effective. Secondly: it is almost for free you pay no petrol or oils, no ticket, no tolls, no congestion fees, no engineering service and vehicle property taxes, no insurance. Thirdly and most significantly, you do not register and you have no number plate in order to be written on the records you are moving uncontrolled. In other words the entity -state- which dictates the roads does not like you if you are a deviate, if you do not think in terms of engines.

I mean this is just obviously flawed, there are a bunch of government schemes trying to get people cycling.

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Mar 28 2007 11:58

C'mon, John.. Cycling is obviously sticking it to the man.

grin

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Mar 28 2007 12:13
John. wrote:
Not for me in firefox...

so when you click this link there aren't little ticks to the right of the articles you've read? have you got cookies disabled?

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Mar 28 2007 12:15

Hmm does that mean I should be cycling to london on a sunday? Cos i'm pretty sure that would impact how fast and effective I'm being on behalf of the anarchist movement...

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Mar 28 2007 12:19

He's using FF portable, so might not have cookies set up.

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Mar 28 2007 12:20
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just reading the airportisation one now, and that bifo piece was like a grenade going off inside deleuze's head

Haha you sound like revol tongue

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Mar 28 2007 12:21
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He's using FF portable, so might not have cookies set up.

ahh, his loss. like i say a nice touch.

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just reading the airportisation one now, and that bifo piece was like a grenade going off inside deleuze's head

Haha you sound like revol tongue

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Mar 28 2007 12:36

The editorial group obviously needed to be a lot harder on authors but it does take some time to get the confidence to do this and even longer to do so without actually being mean and pissing off contributors.

From what I've read some of this needs a "Look this is all very clever but the obscure terminology means that only 5% of our readers will have a clue what your on about, your not writing for some academic journal of people who share your specialist terminology but for people who consider themselves anarchists. Go translate 99% of this into terms most people will understand, you can keep the most essential 1% but provide a glossary."

While others need "Look there is a really obvious counter argument to the claim your making here - you either need to expand it to deal with that argument or drop that section all together"

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Mar 28 2007 12:42

Maybe it is meant to be an academic audience?

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Mar 28 2007 12:49
VoRfOL editorial wrote:
One of the journal's main aspirations is to use itself as a medium to facilitate the exchange of such experiences and ideas, galvanising links between us here and our friends and comrades 'abroad'.

sounds like it's aimed at anarchists/activists as opposed to academics

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Mar 28 2007 12:59
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The editorial group obviously needed to be a lot harder on authors but it does take some time to get the confidence to do this and even longer to do so without actually being mean and pissing off contributors.

I'm pretty sure some (most?) of them will be same people. The kind of text in the articles seems to be the intention. It would certainly tie in with earlier efforts...

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Mar 28 2007 16:49

Its the first issue - print run 500 - distributed for free. It will develop - thats the idea.

And no its not the publication I was talking about (something which I haven't been involved due to other commitments).
Thats called RUMBLE and will (hopefully) be a 10,000 16 page bimonthly street based newspaper. Out next month

There will also be a third publication - 500 copies, 50pages coming out next month which I'm more involved in.

So this is our side of the movement - what about yours?

Ales

critiques on my article for occupied london are welcomed :-0)

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Mar 28 2007 16:54

What's the rationale behind the three different publications all at the same time? i.e. do they have difference audiences - who are they?

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Mar 28 2007 17:09
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The urban territory is increasingly traversed by streams of diasporic, heterogeneous and de-territorialised imaginary. Panic tends to become the urban psychic dimension. It is a reaction of a sensitive organism submitted to a stimulation too strong and too rapid. A reaction of an organism urged by too frequent and intense impulses to be emotively and conversationally elaborated.
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Technological transformations have displaced the focus from the sphere of the production of material goods towards the sphere of semiotic goods. With this, Semio-Kapital becomes the dominant form of the economy. The accelerated creation of surplus value depends on the acceleration of the Info-sphere. The digitalisation of the Info-sphere opens the road to this kind of acceleration.

The good news is I still know it's pompous, inane shite.

looks like warmed up deleuze vomit.

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Mar 28 2007 17:11
raw wrote:
Thats called RUMBLE and will (hopefully) be a 10,000 16 page bimonthly street based newspaper. Out next month

Is this different to The Underground? An unfortunate coincidence if it is.

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Mar 28 2007 17:41
Mike Harman wrote:
raw wrote:
Thats called RUMBLE and will (hopefully) be a 10,000 16 page bimonthly street based newspaper. Out next month

Is this different to The Underground? An unfortunate coincidence if it is.

Never heard of The Underground before

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Mar 28 2007 18:00

Looks like you got some competition on your hands then...
http://libcom.org/forums/south-east-and-london/underground-newspaper

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raw wrote:
Thats called RUMBLE and will (hopefully) be a 10,000 16 page bimonthly street based newspaper. Out next month

There will also be a third publication - 500 copies, 50pages coming out next month which I'm more involved in.

Is this the one with gangster?

Look forward to seeing them anyway, hope they're a bit more interesting than this one. At least one article remotely connected to everyday life would be nice, there's the distinct reek of corpse breath about these Voices...

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So this is our side of the movement - what about yours?

You're on it. I won't start cock waving about article numbers and readership stats...

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Mar 28 2007 23:09
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If you are in London you can get your free paper copy from Freedom (Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX) or Housmans (5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX).

They'd never heard of it in Housmans.

Is it the season for mythical anarcho-publications or what? confused

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Mar 28 2007 23:12
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raw wrote:
Thats called RUMBLE and will (hopefully) be a 10,000 16 page bimonthly street based newspaper. Out next month

There will also be a third publication - 500 copies, 50pages coming out next month which I'm more involved in.

Is this the one with gangster?

umm a little birdy told you huh? For someone so removed from the anarchist movement you do find out alot..maybe come the glorious anarcho-leftist revolution you'll be the head of the secret police.

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Look forward to seeing them anyway, hope they're a bit more interesting than this one. At least one article remotely connected to everyday life would be nice, there's the distinct reek of corpse breath about these Voices...

Fair enough, though we write for people interested. There is nothing wrong with occupied london. its merely words on paper, a chance for people involved in anarchist struggles to discuss FREELY what they think. Its not for general consumption, if it was it would - no doubt - be written differently.. anyway it beats re-edited articles from the BBC.

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So this is our side of the movement - what about yours?

You're on it. I won't start cock waving about article numbers and readership stats...

Please do start cock waving, as Mr Debord has said. Cobbled together ripoff's from the BBC website and LabourStart (ooh how relevant a wildcat strike in vietnam?!!) won't match original material. As if Libertarian Communism was as easy as helping women with their prams.

[start cock waving]

Wombles.org.uk gets 4,000 individual hits a day - thats 120,000 a month (if you want graphs I'll send them to you) - not bad for a group which dissolved two years ago.

[end cock waving]

Anyway this news mag is called MAYDAY - for Autonomous Class War - excellent material, excellent design.

nuff said

Ales

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antonymous wrote:
If you are in London you can get your free paper copy from Freedom (Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX) or Housmans (5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX).

They'd never heard of it in Housmans.

Is it the season for mythical anarcho-publications or what? confused

They will have it by the end of the week and yes they do know about it - depends who you ask. :-0)

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Mar 29 2007 02:34

I had decided not to reply to any of the "insightful" and "well-intended" comments in this forum but I then came across this quote on another website and just couldn't help it... So - to all you armchair revolutionaries, comrades in name only, here goes:

You can grow your beard as long as you like, but it's not going to change the fact that you often struggle with 19th-century Russian literature.

With love,

An Occupied London Resident

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antonymous wrote:
armchair revolutionaries

not boycotting off-the-shelf insults then? wink [note irony, afaik you're not into boycott politics] do you actually know what the posters on this thread do outside of libcom? nevermind ...

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Its the first issue - print run 500 - distributed for free. It will develop - thats the idea.

raw wrote:
There is nothing wrong with occupied london.

confused perfection will develop?

raw wrote:
critiques on my article for occupied london are welcomed

i like the fact you're stressing social centres are a developing project as opposed to the solution, stressing the importance of learning from mistakes etc, i.e. you seem keen to go beyond the lifestylist/subculture criticisms:

Alessio's article wrote:
Almost gone are the days of the pissed up punk drinking special brew whilst his/her stereotyped dreadlocked brethren roles another joint. In come mother and baby groups, packed out cinemas, good quality food, well organised concerts and political mobilisations. This consistency becomes easier as more people become involved, not looking for a subculture to indulge in, but a place of social interaction that presents and communicates ideas.

especially if your audience is anarchists/activists etc who have generally been the target of this critique, that seems an important thing to say 'from within.' however, a couple of bits are a bit worrying ...

Alessio's article wrote:
To many, social centres become a first “port of call” - their first interaction with ordinary people

could just be factual i suppose, in which case the implicit criticism of ghettoisation is welcome and phrased without reading as an attack by the anarcho-debutants, but ...

Alessio's article wrote:
Interaction with anarchists becomes normalised and barriers fall.

... does seem to suggest a separation between full time anarchists and 'ordinary people,' where all the SI's criticisms of 'the militant' etc apply. i mean it's not that i don't think anarchist politics are somewhat peculiar and minoritarian, but that there seems to be an implicit view that change results from 'ordinary people' encountering 'anarchists' and becoming converted somehow, that 'they' need to become more like 'us.' i mean obviously i don't oppose anarchist propaganda, but i think this implies a somewhat idealist notion that a change of ideology the motor of social change. apologies if i'm reading that into it.

on the rest of it, it sounds like you've been reading your Virno wink and the general tone is quite inward-looking and self-referential (though if that's the intended audience that's no more a criticism than saying the FT seems written for stockbrokers). "ideology is dead" - have you met the ICC, or is that a dig at class struggle? tongue

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Mar 29 2007 08:19

What is it with people and sweeping generalisations this week and opeople saying they're the 'only ones' doing this that and the other? Ffs for a bunch of people supposedly more comradely than the libcom crew you aren't half acting like a bunch of squabbling kids.

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