Gunpowder, treason, and plot

The conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1705. Unlike his fellows, Guy Fawkes has passed into legend and now stands as a potent symbol of rebellion and revolution

Four hundred and four years ago today, a band of provincial English Catholics attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and, with them, King James I and the aristocracy. Of course, the attempt failed, the conspirators were arrested, tortured, and executed, and the Gunpowder Plot passed into infamy; Remember, remember the fifth of November, … Continue reading

In support of direct action

The unknown rebel: one of the most iconic images of direct action in the 20th century

In the popular imagination, the term “direct action” conjures up images of violence and chaos. Masked thugs rampaging the streets, battling with the police, spraying graffiti on walls, throwing eggs, bricks. Smashed windows, social disorder, and impotent alarms caterwauling into the night. But, as with all that offers a challenge to the ruling class and … Continue reading

Are you an anarchist?

With the the G20 summit and the massive protests in response to it, which I’ve covered in-depth in Truth, Reason & Liberty, we find the media for once using the term “anarchists” to describe people who actually hold to anarchic ideals. Typically, the media definition of “anarchy” and “anarchists” are far detatched from their true … Continue reading