Propter Nos, Volume 3 (2019)

ANTI- / NON-

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The intertwined domains of political action and critical thought have undergone a renewed interest in the “anti-” and the “non-” as generative frameworks and approaches. This issue of Propter Nos is interested in the relationship between these two prefixes, generally thought to index a negative orientation toward any given concept or practice. The critical fervor surrounding “the negative” often fails to pro- vide a safe home for such thinking and practice. More often than not, this posture is ostracized, considered “unproductive,” heretical, and criminal—all designations which fall heavily on those positioned as the ‘negativity’ civil society aims to liquidate: the Black, the Prison Slave, the Native. From this perspective, the negative blemishes the neatness of “rational” and liberal-progressivist thinking; it stubbornly and myopically forecloses possibility and plentitude in favor of despair and fatalism. Due to this general aversion to the negative, the finer points of detail between various articulations of negativity are often collapsed, and any sense of nuance is evacuated from this discussion.

Thinking with/in the negative, not merely as a psych0-affective register but as an amorphous system of philosophical sensibilities and theoretical dispositions that tarry with negation as the locus of structural critique, this issue considers the following questions: Are “anti-” and “non-” collapsible terms? Are the “anti-” and/or “non-” only thinkable in opposition to an affirmative posture; or, is there a mode of accounting for the space between, and outside of, these terms? What do “anti-” and/or “non-” offer as approaches to aesthetic practice, political action, or theoretical inquiry, rather than mere descriptors? What is the generative potential of the (perceived) passivity or resignation of orientations toward the “anti-” and/or “non- ”? And need there be the promise of generativity in order to ground a politics?

 

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January Study Packet (2018)

The below list of materials is abolitionist food-for-thought. Each collective-author pushes the limits of what a mass struggle to abolish white supremacist domestic warfare and the U.S. prison industrial complex could look like. These can be shared electronically, printed out, mailed to friends/comrades, memorized, or otherwise circulated freely.

All items reproduced for educational purposes and are not the creation of True Leap Press

 

Reading List for January 2018:

Angela Davis –  Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Davis –   Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex

Angela Davis & Cassandra Shaylor –  Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex

Liz Appel –   White Supremacy in the Movement Against the Prison-Industrial-Complex

Frank Wilderson – The Prison Slave As Hegemony’s (Silent) Scandal

> Courtesy of Ill Will Editions

Julia C. Oparah –   Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-Oppressed Activists in the Anti-Prison Movement

> Found in Smith & Stanley’s Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland & Edinburgh: AK Press, 2011.

Mariame Kaba –  On Self-Defense

> To learn about Mariame’s work, see: US Prison Culture (blog) or follow her on twitter: @prisonculture

Butch Lee –  The Re-Biography of Harriett Tubman

> This book is originally published by Kersplebedeb, and can be purchased at https://www.leftwingbooks.net

Critical Resistance –  The Abolitionist Toolkit

> Learn more about Critical Resistance and follow them on twitter: @C_Resistance

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Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation (BRRN) –   Below & Beyond Trump: Power & Counter-Power in 2017

Federación Anarquista Black Rose / Rosa Negra (BRRN) –  Bajo Trump y más allá: Poder y contrapoder en 2017

J. Sakai –  On Fascism

>This book is originally published by Kersplebedeb, and can be purchased at https://www.leftwingbooks.net

Dylan Rodríguez –  On the Fascism Problematic

Dylan Rodríguez –  Genocide and/as American Social Formation

Sub.Media –  What is Race?

Andrea Smith –  Three Pillars of White Supremacy

Denise Ferreira Da Silva –  Toward a Global Idea of Race

Seminario Permanente de Teoría y Crítica –   Book Review: Toward a Global Idea of Race

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image courtesy of: Black Autonomy Federation

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