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Strength in Smallness

An Anarchist response to “A Heritage of Smallness” by Nick Joaquin by Carolus Plebejus. You can read the original article here.


The Filipino identity has been discussed by one of its National Artists for Literature, Nick Joaquin through his essay; “A Heritage of Smallness”. He began his essay with this small paragraph: “Society for the Filipino is a small rowboat: the barangay. Geography for the Filipino is a small locality: the barrio. History for the Filipino is a small vague saying: matanda pa kay mahoma; noong peacetime. Enterprise for the Filipino is a small stall: the sari-sari. Industry and production for the Filipino are the small immediate searchings of each day: isang kahig, isang tuka. And commerce for the Filipino is the smallest degree of retail: the tingi.” The rest of the essay is a critique of everything small the Filipino has, saying that such smallness is what inhibits the Filipino from ever progressing over perceived aversion of scale. But is there anything wrong with such smallness?

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Celebrating Independence Day Anew as Anarchists and Libertarians

Written by Malaginoo.


On the 12th of June, the Philippine Republic will celebrate Independence Day, on the day Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista declared the existence of a free and independent “Republic Filipina” against the colonial government of the Spanish East Indies in the town of Kawit, Cavite in 1898. Myth and legend has surrounded those events, such as the idea that Aguinaldo read the actual declaration on the balcony of his own house, both patently untrue.

However, these stories still circulate, largely because of the prestige and power June 12 holds in the history and consciousness of the people of the Philippines.

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Sa Bisperas ng Mayo Uno

Sinulat ni Malaginoo.


Mahirap intindihin ang takbo ng oras kapag quarantine. Ramdam natin na ang kaganapang matagal na ang nakalipas ay para bang kahapon lang nangyari, kahapon lang o noong isang araw. Pero sariwa pa rin sa kalooban ang huling Mayo Uno, na para bang isang beses lang lumubog ang araw noong kalaunan. Kita naman natin kung bakit. Pareho ang mga problemang ating hinaharap. Pareho pa rin ang panunupil na pinupwersa sa atin. Ang mismong kawalan ng katarungan na ating sinasakdal sa mga may-kapangyarihan ay patuloy na lumalakas, na sinamahan pa ng isang krisis sa ating kalusugan.

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On May Day Eve

Written by Malaginoo.


It’s hard to track how time flows in the quarantine. Events that happened long ago felt like they just happened yesterday, or the day before that. Meanwhile, the cries and calls of the last May Day still feel as fresh and ripe, as if the sun has set only once this past year. We can see why that is the case anyway. We still face the same issues. We still reject the repression forced onto us. We still reject the same impunity that continues to be strengthened by those in power, all while we are facing a crisis and threat to our own health.

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Presumption of Trust

Written by Carolus Plebejus.


The year 2016 was the year in which an elected administration whose goal is to capitalize on growing mass distrust of the people against each other as its brand of fascistic populism has been seated. Ever since then, the Duterte administration has been gaslighting its own people for its own failures, rendering them as troublemakers, contrarians, and suspected narcotic abusers through its online armies of trolls, fanatics, and grandstanding spokespeople, apart from the president’s own dirty mouth.

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Paano Magsimula ng Bodegong Bayan/How to Start a Community Pantry

Isinulat ng mga abolisyonistang anonymous. 

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Tagalog: Paano Magsimula ng Bodegong Bayan

Dumarami na ang mga community pantry o bodegang bayan na nagpapatunay na handa tayong magtulungan dahil tayo-tayo na lang ang maaasahan natin. Ngayong araw, pag-uusapan natin kung paano simulan ito para sa inyo komunidad, na paraan para makahanap ng marami pang taong gustong baguhin at palaguin ang ating mundo.

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Ενάντια σε μια καραντινα με χαρακτηριστικά στρατιωτικού νόμου

Written by Simoun Magsalin with input from the Bandilang Itim Collective and translated into Greek by alerta.gr


Ο οπορτουνισμός του στρατιωτικού νόμου

Τον Μάρτιο του 2020, οι άνθρωποι του αρχιπελάγους γνωστού ως Φιλιππίνες ειδοποιούνται για το ποσοστό τοπικής μετάδοσης της ασθένειας γνωστής ως COVID-19. Στις 12 Μαρτίου, κινητοποιήθηκαν αστυνομικές και στρατιωτικές δυνάμεις για την επιβολή κοινοτικής καραντίνας για το σύνολο της πόλης της Μανίλα που προβλεπόταν να ξεκινήσει τα μεσάνυχτα της 15ης Μαρτίου. Αυτή η καραντίνα αργότερα γενικεύτηκε για ολόκληρη τη νήσο Luzon, με πληθυσμό περίπου 53 εκατομμυρίων ψυχών. Η κινητοποίηση του μηχανισμού βίας του κράτους ήταν πιο αισθητή από ότι η κινητοποίηση ιατρικών και κοινωνικών πόρων αναδεικνύοντας τις προτεραιότητες της κυβέρνησης.

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Asia Art Tours Interviews Bandilang Itim: Philippines & Anarchism

Asia Art Tours interviews Bandilang Itim.
Taken from: Part 1, Part 2.

To better understand the history of Anarchism in the Philippines and the state terror unleashed by Rodrigo Duterte, we were thrilled to speak with the Bandilang Itim collective. 


Asia Art Tours: From this summer of global uprisings, one of the main lessons I took away was the importance of translation. When it comes to Bandilang Itim (a Tagalog translation of ‘Black Flag’) could you let us know (and take as much time as you’d like), historically what are some of the most important abolitionist/anarchist/communist terms that define the leftism of the Philippines?

Butingtaon: With the recent laws passed to supposedly mitigate the effects of the pandemic, I think one term we should be keeping an eye on is “Solidarity,” which we at Bandilang Itim translate as “Bayanihan.” As opposed to the “Patriotism” and “Nationalism” that is constantly being invoked by those in power and those with harmful motives (very often, the same people) to maintain unity with those who continue to exploit the inhabitants of this archipelago we’ve come to call the Philippines; We offer in its place Solidarity, caring for and supporting your fellow human being, recognizing that overcoming your shared weaknesses is how we build our shared strength.

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Zorn über Stolz

Geschrieben von Adrienne Onday und im Englischen veröffentlicht auf friendship anarchy. Read in English.


 

Ich möchte über Genderfragen in „progressiven/radikalen/revolutionären Räumen“ sprechen, bevor der Pride Month endet, weil es so wichtig ist. Ich muss cis (het) Männer [1]Für diejenigen, die es vielleicht nicht wissen: cis ist die Abkürzung für „cisgendered“, was bedeutet, dass dein Geschlecht deinem bei der Geburt zugewiesenen Geschlecht entspricht, während … Continue reading in radikalen/progressiven Räumen ansprechen – besonders die anarchistischen, marxistischen oder allgemein progressiven Männer, die ich sehe oder kenne.

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1 Für diejenigen, die es vielleicht nicht wissen: cis ist die Abkürzung für „cisgendered“, was bedeutet, dass dein Geschlecht deinem bei der Geburt zugewiesenen Geschlecht entspricht, während het die Abkürzung für „heterosexuell“ ist. Ich setze het in Klammern, weil die Verhaltensweisen, die ich anspreche, nicht nur bei cisgendered heterosexuellen Männern vorkommen, sondern manchmal auch bei cisgendered homosexuellen oder bisexuellen Männern; allerdings sind die Verhaltensweisen oft bei cis het Männern zu beobachten. Diese Spezifizierung ist wichtig, weil cis Männer in einer Gesellschaft aufgewachsen sind, die ihre Erfahrungen und Realitäten privilegiert und alle anderen Erfahrungen und Realitäten als falsch, abweichend oder untermenschlich behandelt.
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Defend our Free Spaces! Defend UP!

Written by Hubren Estor.


The Duterte regime’s attacks on our civil liberties continue, this time aimed towards the youth. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the DND would unilaterally terminate the UP–DND Accord, effective January 15. This targeted attack by the state is nothing new or unprecedented from Duterte’s henchmen.