Archive for ‘Economy’

May 17, 2014




An economist, a philosopher, and an ontologist walk into an anarchist café…find out what happens next!

Drawing upon interviews with economists and moral philosophers, an experienced loser in the debate about capitalism explains why we all lose and what we can do about it. “Stand-up economist” Yoram Bauman and poet-philosopher David Shapiro join a live debate using the new framework.

How to Lose a Debate About Capitalism

Black Coffee Co-op

Thursday, May 22

7:30 pm

501 East Pine Street, Seattle

Part of The Commoners’ Club Roving Lecture Series.

Here’s a PDF of the event flyer.


May 14, 2014

“Stop Raw Long Exports!” Cascadia Forest Defenders Banner-Drop


From Cascadia Forest Defenders

In the early hours of the morning on May 14, 2014, members of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a billboard on I5, to drop a banner protesting raw log export in Oregon. The billboard, formerly carrying a message promoting the Best Western hotel chain, now reads: “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.”

April 30, 2014

Why Riot?


By Phillip Neel – Originally posted at ULTRA:

Two years ago in Seattle, on May 1st, 2012, roughly four to five hundred people engaged in the largest riot the city had seen in more than a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of property were destroyed[i], a minor state of emergency was declared, and the next day’s headlines were filled with horror stories of crazy, “out-of-town” anarchists run amok.

April 8, 2014

On the Seattle Metropolitan Project and its Consequences


From Tides of Flame

Yesterday, I spent 20 minutes watching a crew tear down a brick wall, and I thought of the workers, long since dead, who first built that wall. As much as I love the new, I remain haunted by the old. Just like you. Just like this neighborhood.

 -Sherman Alexie, South Lake Union, 2012

February 23, 2014

METROPOLIS Screening and Online


Black Coffee Co-op is hosting a screening of Metropolis (2012) on Sunday March 2nd, at 7 pm, as part of the irregular Cascadia Film Night.

January 14, 2014

On the Anarchist Memes Drama – Or: Why Do Capitalists Want to Be Anarchists?


Recently, following a series of reported and flagged posts, the popular Facebook page Anarchist Memes was unpublished by Facebook (you can visit their new page here).

The posts which led to the page’s censorship revolved around feminist, trans, and anti-fascist themes, leading a gaggle of so-called “men’s rights activists” and capitalists to report the page for “sexist” and “violent” content.

January 11, 2014

Looking for “Intel” On Occupy Protesters? Bank of America Boasts To the Washington State Patrol It Will Find It First

Earns Bank of America

By  of The Stranger:

Former Washington State Patrol (WSP) officer Kim Triplett-Kolerich now works for Bank of America as the company’s “West Region” Senior Crime and US Intelligence Analyst. She’s based in downtown Seattle.

December 27, 2013

#HipHop #Gentrification #KillAHipster

gentrifyBy Cody Lestelle

[NOTE: this article is an adaptation of an email I originally sent to the CHID program at the University of Washington, Seattle of which I am (sorta) an alumni. I am sharing it now in hopes of provoking wider discussion and appropriate actions on these themes]

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November 15, 2013

The Rise and Co-optation of Microcosm Publishing

Microcosm Publishing books at Urban Outfitters. "Grow" and native appropriation shirts.

By Jim Fromm


Portland, Ore.-based Microcosm Publishing, a self-described “radical publishing house,” is distributing books through sweatshop apparel dealer Urban Outfitters, a corporation with a lengthy record of bigoted and exploitative policies. Last year, the dissolution of the Microcosm Collective left Microcosm Publishing under the sole ownership and management of founder Joe Biel, whom has an alarming history of exploitative and patriarchal behavior.

November 5, 2013

Can Fast Food Organizing Breathe New Life Into a Dying Labor Movement?


A piece on the recent Fast Food campaigns launched by SEIU – their origins, means, and prospects for revitalizing the labor movement in the U.S.

By John Jacobsen


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