This equality consists not only of rights but also of freedoms. In fact, many of the rights most cherished by citizens of democracies aren’t even provided for in law except by implication. They exist in that open-ended empty space created through the restriction of government power. For example, Americans only have a “right” to free speech because the government is forbidden from making any law restricting that freedom, and a “right” to a free press because the government is forbidden from making any law to abridge it. They only have a “right” to worship freely because the government is forbidden from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, and a “right” to peaceably assemble and protest because the government is forbidden from making any law that says they can’t.\#privacy #snowden #book #quote #permanent-record #surveillance #cia #nsa #liberty #freedom #rights
In contemporary life, we have a single concept that encompasses all this negative or potential space that’s off-limits to the government. That concept is “privacy.” It is an empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state, a void into which the law is only permitted to venture with a warrant—and not a warrant “for everybody,” such as the one the US government has arrogated to itself in pursuit of mass surveillance, but a warrant for a specific person or purpose supported by a specific probable cause.
The word “privacy” itself is somewhat empty, because it is essentially indefinable, or over-definable. Each of us has our own idea of what it is. “Privacy” means something to everyone. There is no one to whom it means nothing.\
It’s because of this lack of common definition that citizens of pluralistic, technologically sophisticated democracies feel that they have to justify their desire for privacy and frame it as a right. But citizens of democracies don’t have to justify that desire—the state, instead, must justify its violation. To refuse to claim your privacy is actually to cede it, either to a state trespassing its constitutional restraints or to a “private” business.\
There is, simply, no way to ignore privacy. Because a citizenry’s freedoms are interdependent, to surrender your own privacy is really to surrender everyone’s. You might choose to give it up out of convenience, or under the popular pretext that privacy is only required by those who have something to hide. But saying that you don’t need or want privacy because you have nothing to hide is to assume that no one should have, or could have, to hide anything—including their immigration status, unemployment history, financial history, and health records. You’re assuming that no one, including yourself, might object to revealing to anyone information about their religious beliefs, political affiliations, and sexual activities, as casually as some choose to reveal their movie and music tastes and reading preferences.\
Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. Or that you don’t care about freedom of the press because you don’t like to read. Or that you don’t care about freedom of religion because you don’t believe in God. Or that you don’t care about the freedom to peaceably assemble because you’re a lazy, antisocial agoraphobe. Just because this or that freedom might not have meaning to you today doesn’t mean that it doesn’t or won’t have meaning tomorrow, to you, or to your neighbor—or to the crowds of principled dissidents I was following on my phone who were protesting halfway across the planet, hoping to gain just a fraction of the freedoms that my country was busily dismantling.
The NYC Anarchist Book Fair aims to offer a space for people to connect with one another as well as to provide broader access to the rich and varied spectrum of anarchist ideas and practices. Now is the perfect time to explore these ideas and practices and to bring them into play in our communities and the world.The Book Fair includes:
books, zines, pamphlets, music, audio-visual media, art, t-shirts and more
workshops (panels, skill-shares and presentations)
an Art Festival
a Film Festival
a Music Night
My own list of sites for free ebooks and EPUB: https://pastebin.com/VXvQ14Sq These sites are divided mainly into: 1) sites where you don't need a login 2) sites where you might need a login.
Anyone have any sites to add to this?
“Iain McKay’s introduction is a model of scholarship and succeeds not only in contextualising and explaining Kropotkin’s ideas, but also in addressing a number of misunderstandings and misrepresentations along the way. He also makes a convincing case for the book’s continuing relevance for present-day radicals.” —David Berry, author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917 to 1945#Science #Anarchy #book #read #reading
“This is a welcome new translation of a long neglected text by Peter Kropotkin.... This book will not only be of keen interest to specialists in science studies, political epistemology, and the history of political ideas, but also to contemporary libertarian activists who will still find plenty of relevant, clearly explained material to engage with.” —Benjamin Franks, author of Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms
The institutional left continues to fail us at all levels, rewarding our votes with austerity, reactionary border politics, patriarchal structures, and a dying planet. Now more than ever, we need to develop methods in order to survive and to build a world that the people who come after us can live in.people of color is the umbrella term for all who face oppression based in racism
The Stockholm Anarchist Bookfair will host discussions and workshops about how we as groups and individuals can fight oppression, and create and maintain horizontal structures and autonomous spaces. There will also be information tables from various publishers, organizations, and radical initiatives. We’re looking to build the skills that we need to fight for a better world.
The Stockholm Bookfair is an inclusive space. The total liberation of non-men, people of color*, queers and crips** is essential to anarchism and the success of class struggle. This liberation requires a fully intersectional feminism based in mutual aid and solidarity. We aim to build counter power for people whose existences are suppressed. White supremacy, patriarchy and ableism must be resisted at every level – especially when we encounter it within our autonomous and leftist movements.
Saturday June 1 is our main day, full of events at our venue Midsommargården. There will also be activities spread across town on Friday evening and during the day on Sunday!
There is still time to get involved so please contact us via email if you would like to contribute to the program or the bookfair in any way. Though we welcome proposals from everyone, we’d especially like to hear from people who speak from a non-man, POC, queer or crip perspective.
See you in June!