violence

On the necessity of destruction

an ode to 2017

Joy and hatred are not necessarily elements on the opposite end of some spectrum—subjectivity’s scream lies helplessly at the very centre of social transformation itself.

Against the Logic of the Guillotine: Why the Paris Commune Burned the Guillotine—and We Should Too

Crimethinc examine the history behind the guillotine, its current popularity as a left symbol, and try to suggest a vision of liberation not based around revenge fantasies.

Knife crime - analysing a moral panic

Man holding sign saying he's been stop and searched 15 times

Knife violence is highly emotive and traumatic, whether it’s the images of youthful victims or bereaved parents conducting marches to end street violence. This week, a majority of Labourlist readers believe that the Labour Party should back stop and search and all Labour London MPs are lobbying government for more police to deal with knife crime. Everyone wants something to do be done but what must be done and how do we get it?

Keep it up, don't let violence divide us

A contribution to the "Reflections on J18" collection.

Picturehouse respond with violence to living wage protest

In response to a peaceful demonstration, security guards at a Picturehouse cinema assaulted protesters, called the police, and physically detained one individual for over half an hour.

Albert Woodfox Black Panther and Prison Organiser in his own words

Albert Woodfox a Black Panther member in Louisiana helped found the Angola Prison chapter of the party to help organise prisoners and resist violence and exploitation from the guards. In retaliation he was forced to spend over 44 years in solitary confinement. The longest solitary confinement term given out in the US prison system.

Feminists attacked by CGT union goons during Paris demonstration

A protester injured by the CGT Sevice d'Ordre

Communiqué following the violent attack on five women by the CGT Service d’Ordre at the demonstration on the 12th of September.

6 reasons why Chomsky is wrong about antifa

Noam Chomsky recently made some comments about antifa, and militant anti-fascism in general, which were as ill-timed as they were ill-informed. Here's what we think he's got wrong about the subject.

Violence in the women’s suffrage movement

Police survey Saunderton Railway Station after a suffragette arson attack, 1913

A brief account of some of the many violent incidents in the UK women’s fight for the right to vote in the early 20th century, by Steven Johns.