In the second episode of The Enragés, host Joel Williamson discusses with Eric Fleischmann their recent piece for C4SS “The End Is the Beginning: Abolition as Communicative Creation” (Renamed “The End is the Beginning: Anarchist Abolitionism as Communicative Creation”). The conversation spans from the juxtaposition of violence and communication to the influence of violent institutions upon people to the importance of the dialectical method to the existing and potential alternatives to statism and capitalism and more.
Eric Fleischmann (he/they), is a left-libertarian anarchist pursuing an undergrad double major in anthropology & philosophy and is currently working around cooperative food systems. He is a close affiliate of the Center for a Stateless Society, the self-described “logistics gremlin” for The Enragés, and a co-organizer of & contributor to upcoming books such as Defiant Insistence: David Graeber, Anarchist, Anthropologist, Fellow Worker (1961-2020) & TOTAL ABOLITION: Police, Prisons, Borders, Empire. In addition, he is a founding member of the leftist student activism group at his college, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, and a member of the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers. He has also played in and currently plays in several punk, hardcore, and alternative bands/projects such as Consumerist, Soy., Manbitesdog, and NOPE.
1. I meant to say “positive theories of power” not “positive theories of value” during my discussion of political nihilism and my recommendation of Michel Foucault’s works.
2. I accidentally used the loaded term “diversity of tactics,” which generally means the periodic strategic use of violence, when, in this context, I simply meant a wide variety of strategies.
3. I mistakenly claimed that Keith Preston used to write for C4SS. Previously, C4SS was, at times, loosely associated with Preston and Attack the System. This is no longer the case.