Return Fire vol.6 chap.4 now out (with supplements), interview posted, updates to poster section & article archive

28th
Aug. × ’22

Greetings all,

A selection of small contributions, in the spirit of the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners 2022 – and most of all, in memory of Taylor. A minute of silence, a lifetime of struggle.

 

        

 

The next installment of Return Fire vol.6; chapter 4 is now up, as well as a separate version of the covers for those printing it themselves. Contents:

‘Plenty to Do and Little to Prove’

& An Invitation to Deflate the System

But Why Are You Running?

(street-sense amidst the tear-gas)

‘A New Relation with Social Conflicts’

& ‘Let’s Destroy Everything That is Called Tesla!’

About the Reactionary Drift of Some “Comrades”…

(clearing out the trash accumulating in the corners of green anarchism)

‘We Laugh Harder Than Them’

(glimpses through the canopy of the Weelaunee Forest defence)

‘The Principle of Reciprocity’

& ‘The Audience Surrenders’

How Did Belarusians Come to Rebellion Against the Dictatorship?

(…and what were its horizons?)

R.I.P Taylor

& HMP Bristol Staff We Are Watching You…

On Sexual Murder and Police Sadism

& let the fear change sides

Comments on ‘Polyamory?’

(libidinal economies or an assault on the Family?)

Rebels Behind Bars

(text by prisoners & repression news)

Memory as a Weapon

(no, you can’t dismiss trans as post-modernism)

Poems for Love, Loss and War

Eric Laursen Owes Me a Lamp

(review: Eric Laursen’s ‘The Operating System’)

Never Turn Off the Phone

& ‘From a Different Angle’

In Praise of the Dancing Body

(jail-breaks for the captured terrain of the flesh)

…and more!

The chapter comes with two separate supplement zines:

  1. Violence, Non-Violence, Diversity of Tactics: world-views & counter-insurgency in ecological movements as capitalism mobilises to preserve itself. This is a transcription of an interview with Peter Gelderloos which was conducted by Green Anti-Capitalist Media; similarly to the supplement from the previous chapter of vol.6, this is designed as an intervention especially for the newer comrades. (Imposed version here.)
  1. “A Web of Relations & Tensions”: an (unabridged) interview with Return Fire – conducted by the ‘zine No Path for their first issue (offline only), and here is appearing here for the first time in full. (Imposed version here.)

The latter is also hosted as a webpage version in a new interviews page of the section of this site now dedicated to the forthcoming Return Fire book, Instigations, that was the catalyst for the interview.

Additionally, yet more designs with which you can hit your local streets have been uploaded to the posters section, and the article archive from this and past chapters of Return Fire has been updated and will continue to be over coming weeks.

OK, until next time.

R.F., August 28th 2022

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corrections: Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 & supplement revised

28th
Dec. × ’21

 

Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 (pg151 – pg234)CORRECTED.pdf
Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 coversCORRECTED.pdf

Green Desperation Fuels Red Fascism (Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 supplement)CORRECTED.pdf
Green Desperation Fuels Red Fascism (Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 supplement) IMPOSEDcorrected.pdf

 

 

Breaking: Thanks to the comrade who alerted us to a necessary intervention into the supplement text we released a few days ago with Return Fire vol.6 chap.3: Ruby Katherine Montoya, the saboteur mentioned in passing in the text, has since the time of its writing been exposed as co-operating with the FBI against her co-defendant, and possibly more. It was already clear that, while responsible for important action, this was not what we would consider a comrade; but this information felt important to include. Hence, we’ve updated the text (also on theanarchistlibrary.org) and are now reposting the corrected file here, including the imposed version.

Additionally, we did not notice that an error during the PDF compression process wiped the graphics out of various pages of Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 itself. This has now be amended, both in the reading version and optional separated covers for re-printing, with corrections to a couple of other errors we spotted too late. Apologies for our sloppiness.

More in the pipeline.

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Return Fire vol.6 chap.3 out now (including supplement), new audio feature online, plus more posters, translations & texts archived

21st
Dec. × ’21

Here you’ll find the newest part of Return Fire vol.6; chapter 3. There’s also a separate version of the cover for reprinting here. Additionally, this release includes a supplement related to this volume’s theme: Green Desperation Fuels Red Fascism, submitted to us and now also hosted on the Danish-language site Konfront. (The latter much-needed intervention before the totalitarian urge which we imagine will only grow in the climate discourse is also hosted as an imposed PDF for ease of reproduction.) The contents of the main ‘zine are detailed below.

1 May 2021…

(renewing the appeal to insurrectional courage)

Why is Youth Liberation So Important in the Climate Movement?

& ‘They’ve Snatched Away Your Future’

How To: Fill Fire Extinguishers with Paint

Capitalism & Electrification

(technical reason, the ‘end of ideologies’ & the new authoritarian turn)

What is Insurgency?

(how it may seem we have surpassed activism but may in fact have not)

Ghosts

& ‘The In-Between Ones’

It Was Wartime”

(from comrades joining indigenous peoples in combat with the Mexican State, under the gun of police black ops)

Hong Kong: Its Relevance to the Rest of Us…

& Leaving the SPVM Behind to Attack a High-Tech Hub

When the Barbarians Invade the Periphery

& Several Nips Against the Domestication of Mountains

‘Project Cybersyn’

(review: Eden Medina’s ‘Cybernetic Revolutionaries’)

Poems for Love, Loss and War

Memory as a Weapon

(resurrecting struggles etched into the land)

Rebels Behind Bars

(text by prisoners & repression news)

‘The Decoupling Thesis’

& The Society of Masterless Men

and more!

Other updates:

1) Our website now includes an audio section, to access readings of texts that appeared in the pages of Return Fire.

2) We’ve added to the archive of texts you’ll find of material from the magazine in a simplified format for re-reading or printing via The Anarchist Library – the submitted material should be appearing from now onwards, so keep an eye open.

3) More designs have been hosted in our posters section.

4) Two new German translations are now with the others.

Spread, replicate, resist, exist.

R.F., Winter Solstice, 2021

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Return Fire vol.6 chap.2 out as PDF, chap.1 toner-friendly version, new website features & fixes

15th
Mar. × ’21

We present the second chapter of our sixth volume of Return Fire, here. Following on from our revised layout for this volume, this chapter should be (slightly) more toner-friendly for those doing the usual autonomous print-runs (and we’ve re-posted chap.1 with the same alterations as requested). The contents follow, then more updates below.

Return Fire vol.6 chap.2 contents:

 

‘The Difference Between “Just Coping” & “Not Coping At All”’

(social reproduction, COVID-19, cybernetics)

An Update from the No TAV Campaign & Thoughts on its Relevance for Stop HS2

(a comparative study for total resistance)

‘Everything is Sanitised, But We are Constantly Wringing Our Tired Hands’

& demolition, not abolition

How the Left is Handing Over Protest to Fascism

& ‘We Haven’t Been Staying at Home These Days’

A New Luddite Rebellion

(mythic predecessors, the gig economy & goading reaction to the ‘interface revolution’)

The Siege of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis

(tactical analysis of the crowd in motion)

The 5G Net

(the lynchpin of the new (“eco-”)industrial expansion)

The Garden Path

(re-enchanted forest & the post-agricultural mind)

Notes on “The Criminal Child”

(review: various Jean Genet)

Poems for Love, Loss and War

Rebels Behind Bars

(text by prisoners & repression news)

Memory as a Weapon

(where has the personal been in the program of the Left?)

‘All That Wildness Names’

(to ‘queer’ this most popular of anarchic notions)

and more!

returnfire@riseup.net for your questions and comments (PGP available)

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What’s more, we now host a multi-lingual section on our website returnfire.noblogs.org (auf Deutsch, en español, in italiano, en français, στα ελληνικά), featuring translations of texts that first appeared in Return Fire magazines or supplements. A massive thanks to the translators, and apologies if we have missed your own one: contact us if there are more versions we can host.

A page has been added for posters & flyers to facilitate anti-authoritarian DIY propaganda in your area: print and distribute as you will.

Material has been added from Return Fire volumes to that already at The Anarchist Library, for plain-text reading and printing options, which you can browse under this tag.

Our public PGP key for encrypted communications was previously displaying incorrectly: this should now be remedied.

Various broken links to PDF chapters of Return Fire have been fixed in the archive, to ease your selection and printing of whichever parts seem resonant with your social context.

The imposed A3 of Return Fire vol.6 chap.1 we released last year contained multiple graphic errors; until working out the problem, we’ve retired it and posted the covers as a separate file for those reprinting current chapters. Apologies to the comrade who notified us! Feel free to contact us if you are planning on printing and want files or trouble-shooting.

That’s it for now.

for solidarity & freedom,

R.F.

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Return Fire vol.6 chap.1 now out, & new PGP key

31st
Oct. × ’20

Samhain, 2020

Here you can find the first chapter of Return Fire vol.6, our new format for releasing the zine with what we hope to be improved layout and readability. (See here for the intention for the staged release plan.) And here is a separate file for the covers (A3 size) for the usual comrades doing autonomous print-runs, and those who want to do the same.

Global events around the spectre of COVID-19 have added to the longer period between this release and the previous one, although less so than the book we have been preparing and are now in a dynamic and enriching trans-continental discussion about before publishing. Also watch out for more chapters of the current volume of the zine, as well as book updates and new Return Fire website features to follow.

This chapter features anti-authoritarian propositions, social movement analysis, dispatches from frontlines of revolt and from its edges, conceptions of various indigenous anarchisms, odes to play and dis-alienation, the usual repression reports and action methodologies, love letters to the land and bodily practices for rejoining ourselves with it.

As we announced a full turning of the year past, this volume hopes to confront the relation of our anarchy to the amorphous outline of what is often called The Left: something that seems as topical now as ever, and about which we are excited by the outlines of submission proposals already received. Accordingly, most articles in this chapter (explicitly or not) bring a critical eye to historical legacies of leftism as they impact our worlds and our circles, though we have also made space for some anarchists who do see their project as more compatible with the base (and not the hierarchies) of leftist elements than we do, when we have found their contributions interesting and hope to press on these questions, to better identify friends and enemies beyond simple categorisations.

With the deck now cleared of some selections and translations we’d been sitting on (sorry translators!), various thoughts about the current regime of ‘pandemic capitalism’ and the current state of techno-industrial society will be further addressed in chapter 2.

Return Fire vol.6 chap.1 contents:

 

Anarchism in the North East and Beyond

(introducing the Beautiful Idea afresh)

23 Theses Concerning Revolt

(how can we stop defeating ourselves each time?)

‘Dispassion and Timelessness’

(identify the practices of dominator ecology)

The Fight in Catalunya

(what’s at stake in a messy and contradictory movement)

‘Wearing the Scars Inside’

(provocation from the margins)

‘It Depends on All of Us’

(rounding up the previous phase of struggle across the pond)

Rebellion Extinction

(don’t believe the hype…)

Green Capital and Environmental “Leaders” Won’t Save Us

(review: Jeff Gibbs’ Planet of the Humans)

Rebels Behind Bars

(text by prisoners & repression news)

Memory as a Weapon

(continuities from the meeting of worlds to this day)

Skills and Sabotage

(a return to the body through subverting public space)

Poems for Love, Loss and War

Ghosts of the Land

(a seasonal song for connection, mourning, and resolve)

and more!

returnfire@riseup.net – let’s talk

(PGP encryption optional, below is our new updated PGP public key, which should solve the problems some comrades have had with our previous one)

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The Future of ‘Return Fire’

17th
Nov. × ’19

Samhain, 2019

Welcome to our latest update of workings in the world of Return Fire, where we are still determined to bring you our thoughts and selections of theory, actions, reviews, poems, conversations, history, interviews, criticism, announcements and repression news – feeling our way towards anarchisms that indigenise. We will proceed in a fairly unorthodox (to anarchists) way, and one that despite the cynicism of our days we will try not to be embarrassed by, however trite it may seem (to those same anarchists).

1. Acknowledgments and Gratitude

We thank and acknowledge the various powers, processes and entities with which we find affinity, that house us in this world. At this turning of the wheel, we contemplate the boundaries stretching and flexing between the known and the unknown, the familiar and the strange, the imaginal and the dream. We thank everything we feed from (whatever toxicities it has been through to end up in the form it often reaches us in), and everything we will sooner-or-later go on to feed. From the seas to the cliffs, from the lichens to the wildflowers, from the heron to the bat, to our human families and collaborators, and the ancestors (also of our path and our place) for their various lessons, protections and warnings – we even acknowledge our enemies for the advice we find within the hostility provoked between us. We also acknowledge that we are here and writing from within a dense meshwork of energy exchanges, relations of care and support, and enablement that comes from people (of all species and forms) near and far to us in our everyday lives. Whether or not they share (all) our goals or tensions, this project is (also) in a state of becoming because of them.

2. The Project So Far

We completed the first volume of Return Fire in early 2013 (followed by its online version by the end of that year, which has continued to accompany each release it its own timeframe). Return Fire started as fanzine of comprehensive non-leftist (and non-rightist) anarchism as it stands in this decade; with heavy anti-civilisation leanings, but with an awareness of its origins beyond this.

While the initial hope was to publish offline reports from ongoing local and international struggles and to fill the gap left here in the U.K. by latter-day Do or Die journal for a long-form and eclectic eco-centric anarchist publication of theory and reflection, other obvious influences – especially in the action listings they would throw in – were the now-deceased U.S.-based Green Anarchy papers (though unfortunately the only thing Return Fire convincingly emulates thus far of their beautifully layed-out pages is their density!) and, initially, the unabashed conflictivity of 325 magazine (now seemingly discontinued too).

Now, we feel that the relationship between our later releases and the above currents (activism, anti-civilisation theory, insurrectionism and/or armed strugglism) has grown in nuance and qualifications, as we tried to engage (often through these pages) with colonialism, counter-insurgency, spirituality, converging technologies, hetero-patriarchy and environmentalism, and more, in both their legacies and continuities.

We’ve hosted new articles on ‘personality disorder’ diagnosis here in the U.K., anarchist practices of attack as they actually play out in our daily lives, smart city infrastructure and philosophy as it arrives in an English city, moments of conflict during previous generations on these isles, the industrial degradation of everything we know and love, poetry as a means to continue our visionary anarchic path, and more. We’ve brought out translations from territories in struggle as well as those languishing in capitalist normality, on the friends and enemies that comrades meet on our paths, and those reflecting on the macro-processes of state-building and state-avoidance as well as on the many mouldings and separations that we experience in the world today at the most intimate level. We have kept some writings that we considered classics (from anti-industrial manifestos, to situationism, to anarchist critiques of ecologists, to the Machete school of Italian insurrectionalism) in circulation in our editions, and sampled current theory and reportage (whole or in extracts) from forest gardens in Japan, barricades in Greece, bedrooms, prisons and workplaces from one side of the globe to another. As well as these texts we occasionally include the more interesting end of internet commentary exchanges on relevant topics… and, of course, a whole lot of action reports.

While a big part of our project is bringing material from the rest of the English-speaking world to our U.K. readership, also the reverse is true: hence we’ve hosted materials we picked from other U.K. print publications (from Affinity to Dark Nights), street-level intervention texts from Random Anarchists of London or by Wayne Spenser, and selections from U.K. web projects like Rabble, The Black Plume, The Acorn, or Fire on the Horizon.

We have tried to keep our beloved more-than-human cousins present in these pages, whether as subjects for medicinal or culinary interaction, exploration of the ways their often-unruly lives unfold, exposure of threats to them (and so to us too), mythical or imaginal significances they hold to us (and also some pitfalls of the above!), and so on.

When printing words by prisoners or news of their cases, we choose either situations with significant implications for the cycles of contestation they are connected to, or those we feel a particular affinity to: sometimes because their cases are still actively evolving and sometimes not. We do not try to do an information bulletin that is in any way to be relied upon as up-to-date, like those you can find online. But those cases we feature, we try to commit to continue updating on volume-to-volume.

We have also released (and will continue to release) works of selected non-anarchists when it has suited us, including polytheistic anti-capitalists, various ecologists, lootings from our raids into academic archives, indigenous folk who may or may not hold affinities with our project, and some poets of romanticism.

We are products of the (soon sadly to be bygone it seems) do-it-yourself underground ethic, and unapologetic about our style – we emphasise what we liked on any particular page regardless of the original, and we strip most referencing out of the few more academic (or academic-leaning) sources we take from, to let the arguments stand naked to be assessed by anyone regardless of whether they have access to privileged sources (i.e. paid-for journal access etc.). For similar reasons, in our referencing we don’t follow conventions that arise from academia, and when including material from those sources we try to balance it with addition of our own notes, explanations, and sidebars arising from street-level struggles and non-academic theorists, to keep referring it back to a fight within our own hands.

We don’t doubt have we been accused of conscripting work of those we’ve extracted texts from into our agenda (some of them *gasp* not even anarchists!) when surely disagreements exist between us. We are transparent on that topic, and are fine with that.

3. What’s New?

We are now hosting this website where you can download our publications. This now includes new, chapterised versions of the previously-released volumes 1–5 of Return Fire, allowing for printing and distribution as batches of smaller magazines and/or with specific themes in mind. This would be a good point to offer our sincere thanks to the counter-information projects that have previously hosted our publications for us; including (but not limited to) actforfree.nostate.net, anarchistnews.org, contrainfo.espiv.net, and 325.nostate.net.

We are honoured to have learned that a German-language book Die Smartifizierung der Macht (‘The Smartification of Power: contributions to an offensive against the technological network’) includes a new translation of our essay-supplement to volume 4, ‘Caught in the Net’, as well as the previously-translated ‘Smarter Prison?’ that we had put out.

In other news, more texts that have appeared in Return Fire (some for the first time) have been uploaded to The Anarchist Library web-archive, and can be browsed under the tag https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/topic/return-fire and easily printed for reading or distribution.

The long-promised web version of the long-form glossary entry essay written to accompany Return Fire vol.5 our reevaluation of ‘Individual Will’ – is delayed while we correspond with publishers about our hope to turn it into the book it really always should have been. We are currently slowed by the disastrous crash of a file system in winter 2017-2018 (back your documents up, comrades!) which we are reconstructing the manuscript from, but once we have worked out the plan, a web version will of course follow at some future point. Contact us (see below) for more details.

4. What’s Next?

We are considering the future of our lives and projects – one option is winding down Return Fire, but inviting participation to make last releases undertaken under this banner as vital as possible, designed to hopefully stay interesting for future collaborating distributors, and to influence what comes next after the better part of a decade of slinging out print and electronic copies into the world.

We have a backlog of material that we are excited to (re)present – so after the longer-than-usual break we left for people to digest the contents of Volume 5, we will continue to release the present volume (and subsequent ones) in a series of shorter chapterised forms – aiming to have PDF releases close to or concurrent with print runs – to be concluded with a compiled electronic version, then decide what directions the project will or will not take.

We will include a growing focus on including interview transcriptions (especially noteworthy ones captured from the ephemeral world of internet radio/podcasts – which only continues to grow – that we felt should be put down and kept in circulation by other means) to bring the tone of the discussion towards something more organic rather than essay material or report-backs alone, as well as printing texts along with responses that they elicited, or putting different articles into conversation with each other in these pages by including them alongside. Here we aim to link resonant themes, provide historical or contextual information along with extracts from suggested sources (and references to the topics in previous volumes) that could be read alongside. In other words, trying to counter the eternal alienated present that the internet inculcates us with as much as (or often more than) the mass media which in past generations we more successfully kept ourselves more insulated from in our own little subcultures, which today seem flimsy defences indeed.

Every chapter should contain new material such as fresh articles or translations/transcriptions not previously online, as well as our selections of existing articles, editorial commentary we’ve pitched in, chronologies we’ve compiled, etc.

We are also choosing themes that our next volumes will be loosely based around.

5. The Current Theme: Leftism

Since summer 2018, we have been preparing the collated material for this staged release, still on an irregular basis. The topic that we hope to tease out a little more in detail in Volume 6 of Return Fire is the political and cultural practices and ideas of the Left; including historical and ideologically (because even if the Newest-of-the-New Left disowns, ignores or re-writes it, context matters…), but also contemporary and anarchist-adjacent forms. The aim is to see what serves us or not, rather than name-calling and guilt-by-association as anti-/post-left critique has so often been practiced (sometimes by us!). For example, this overall volume tackles common leftist discourses such as (its own forms of) ecologism, street confrontation as political ritual, indigenism, activism (from ‘mass-based’ to ‘urban guerrilla’ versions), polyamoury, prison abolition, as well as the appearance of leftism (and, behind that, Christianity) in unexpected places – anarcho-primitivism, for example, and some of more common arguments against identity. Some of these critiques are far from new (though we feel the authors did a better job than the general standard during these fraught conversations), while others are born of this present moment and currents flowing through it.

What do we even define the Left as? Is it something we categorically must avoid the slightest whiff of so as not to repeat the worst mistakes of anarchism’s first 150 years, or is there some grey area inbetween (for example) institutions or organisations and actual individuals? Towards considering this question, roughly every chapter will include a piece by some species or another of leftist whose words we both agree and disagree with in interesting ways, with our own critical notes. These will include strands such as radical municipalism, ‘nihilist communism’, pagan Marxism, ‘communisation’ insurrectionaries, post-situationists, class-struggle historians, anti-industrial critics, anarcho-democrats/populists, and anti-fascist watchdogs.

When all the chapters of Volume 6 are released, we will accompany the combined PDF version with the release of our own essay on the theme, inkeeping with our ‘glossary’ series of pieces on fundamental concepts to the contemporary anarchist milieu.

Thanks to those who’ve helped us and submitted material for the next phase of our publishing.

(The provisional theme for the volume after that is the society of the spectacle; what is it, and how has it changed since Guy Debord’s 1967 book by the same name?)

6. Our Relationship with You

Now being more established, we hope to attract submissions as an avenue for diverse and critical anarchist publishing. As before, our emphasis will be on the value we find in any given piece rather than its timeliness, with the hope that our new or old volumes can find value in circulation at any time, and in deference to the fact that today it is very hard for a print publication on the international level to in any way compete with the internet as a means for keeping abreast moment-to-moment.

We already have most content lined-up ready or undergoing translation, but Return Fire vol.6 can potentially include submissions and/or suggestions (including but of course not limited to articles on the stated theme of leftism). Get them sent in to us for our editorial selection process as soon as possible so we can correspond, explore the ideas, etc.; don’t worry about them being too polished if that’s a barrier to you. Another option is letter-to-the-editors-type pieces on either our framing of the theme or specific pieces released in the previous chapters. When the glossary entry essay on leftism is released, we will either engage with this correspondence in the text, or reprint them as a supplement publication.

We can’t say we honestly have high hopes for this wish to generate discussion working out, but along with the suggestions we already proposed in Caught in the Net’ to counter the down-spiraling of an anarchist discourse we witness falling victim to technological enthrallment, we thought we can’t give up and accept that conversation is something that now only happens on social media. As a firmly internationalist project, there’s a possibility we could help get submitted texts translated into English from other languages: however, with this work often falling on already-overburdened shoulders, we’d prefer authors find someone their end for a first basic rendering, to which we can suggest amendments to from there.

We will continue to welcome the autonomous printing and distribution of our volumes and related publications. Those already doing print-runs or those interested in doing so can contact us (see below) to co-ordinate about their needs. We also encourage feedback as to what use our magazine format (as opposed to online PDFs only) has had in your area or networks.

Thanks to the various printing crews for their patience, and apologies again to them (and others awaiting responses) for our slowness in communication and low online presence.

7. Contact Us

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