The Challenge of Autonomy: Prospects for Freedom Going Into 2021

The Challenge of Autonomy: Prospects for Freedom Going Into 2021

  1. Intro: Do For Self Politics vs. Hypothetical Radicalism

“And i prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight…”

– Harriet Tubman

“Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself.

– Malcolm X

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Young people getting active in the streets today are entering a desert of political options and conversations. A degenerate political left represents the only well-known alternative to openly fascist Democrats and neo-nazi-courting Republicans, a left that has grown so petty bourgeois (middle class) in its class character that it has very little relationship to the physically existing world, as outlined in section 1. For those of us who actually want to make this thing materially viable, we need to focus on building the actual material infrastructure for self-determination, independent of police and State assistance…

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We put this together in three parts: 1. an introduction 2. an analysis of the events of 2020 and how they show us the limits and “prospects for freedom” available in the foreseeable future, and then 3. a list of concrete, tried and tested baby steps that serious comrades can start from scratch with. We speak from generations of experience and successful communal structure – not from our own personal opinions, left-wing jargon, dreams, theories or books alone…

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No one is going to get us ready for what’s coming except ourselves. No one is going to get us free except each other…

Let’s each and every one of us, wherever we are right now, whatever we’re working with no matter how few or how poor, analyze our situation, form a plan, and start right now. And let’s see it through!

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[Video] Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement- Frank Wilderson III

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.01.07 PMVideo From UCD Islamic Third World Coalition

[Thank you to #UCDAVIS Black Student Union (BSU), Critical Anti-Colonial Studies, Faces of African Muslims (FAM), and UCD Islamic Third World Coalition for bringing key Afro-Pessimist thinker and anti-Apartheid fighter Frank B. Wilderson III to University of California at Davis]

In this talk, Frank Wilderson will use ideas/themes from a paper he wrote titled “The Black Liberation Army and the Paradox of Political Engagement”. See the abstract of that paper below- Continue reading

‘Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement’ – A Talk by Frank Wilderson, III

‘Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement’ – A Talk by Frank Wilderson, III

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.01.07 PMBlack Student Union (BSU), Critical Anti-Colonial Studies, Faces of African Muslims (FAM), and Islamic Third World Coalition have organized to bring key Afro-Pessimist thinker and anti-Apartheid fighter Dr. Frank Wilderson, III to University of California at Davis.

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 5 pm
Location: Andrews Conference Room, UCDavis

In this talk, Frank Wilderson will use ideas/themes from a paper he wrote titled “The Black Liberation Army and the Paradox of Political Engagement”. See the abstract of that paper below-

Abstract:
“Assata Shakur’s 1973 prison communiqué is exemplary of the paradox immanent in any recourse to the analogical terrain of the Symbolic for the articulation of a Black political position. The violence constitutive of the Black-qua-Slave voids access to “transindividual objects” of prior spatial (e.g. “land”) or temporal (e.g. “heritage”) plenitude—real or imaginable—that both triangulate intra-Human (non-Black) conflict and fortify their relationality or common subjectivity. Since the narrative structure of political discourse cannot translate gratuitous violence (Real) from “violated” flesh (Imaginary) to its authorized touchstones (Symbolic), it, like the Marxists and postcolonialists who deploy its grammar, are inherently anti-Black.”

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