A Short Introduction to the Politics of Cruelty

Hostis is a negation. It emerges devoid of ethics, lacking any sense of democracy, and without a care for pre-figuring anything. Fed up with the search for a social solution to the present crisis, it aspires to be attacked wildly and painted as utterly black without a single virtue. In thought, Hostis is the construction of incommensurability that figures politics in formal asymmetry to the powers that be. In action, Hostis is an exercise in partisanship – speaking in a tongue made only for those that it wants to listen. This partisanship is neither the work of fascists, who look […]

Nice Shit for Everyone

by Julio C We hereby reject any form of self-imposed austerity. We posit that we want nice shit for everybody and that is not only feasible but desirable. We will not put forth graphs announcing how much work (or not) will require such a project but will state that such a project is part of our desire for communism. We hereby reject all forms of feigned punk slobbiness, neo-hippie shabby chic, or pajamas in the outdoors. We see the stores of the bourgeois parts of town (& the newly-gentrified ones too) and say that we want that shit and even […]

An Enduring Passion for Criminality

by Tom Nomad and Gallus Stanig Mag “Revolutionaries always pay their parking tickets” -William Haver Introductions Anarchist discussions of illegalism become confused when it is defined in relief; “if the law is a criminal imposition by the ruling class, criminals are truly revolutionary regardless of their actions” they say. Such a definition leads to idiotic floundering to find a place in the revolutionary milieu for notorious criminals. Yet even the most dedicatedly nihilist anarchist would balk at seeing the perpetrator of the Montreal Massacre, a misogynist with an utterly incompatible vision of the future, as a comrade or as being […]

¿Ulrike?

By Daniel Gutiérrez “Laçan defines madness as being spoken by language rather than by speaking it. The destruction of language as communication renders the initial solidarity… to deafness… the word of authority swamps that of the individual, dislodging his most personal interests.” -Stephen Boldy “Hace ya tiempo que nos acabaron las ganas de hablar.” – Juan Rulfo Dado el caso que uno se suicide en la prisión, visto que las condiciones dentro de ésta son inhumanas y fueron creadas para causar ansia, aislamiento, y soledad, ¿Dónde recae la culpa? ¿En el prisionero, agotado y sin ninguna salida, incapaz de imaginar, […]

There is a Third Thing

Taken from O Globo Translated by Pepe Rojo Brazilian capo speaks like a prophet; everything he said is both actual and unsettling. Marcos Camacho, better known by his nickname Marcola, is the leader of a criminal organization in São Paulo, Brazil, called Primer Comando de la Capital (PCC, Capital’s First Commando). Marcola’s answers allow us to get a glimpse at what could be the future of common delinquency in Latin America. O Globo: Are you part of PRIMER COMANDO DE LA CAPITAL (PCC)? Marcola: Even more than that, I am a sign of these times. I was poor and invisible. […]

Interlude III

by Cassandra Troyan   why can’t we shake these skin leashes dragging they cling behind. Keep traipsing around until they rip free or tangle indefinitely. Release only by proverbial crack and a beak sliver shrieks through. Look how we are born crucified resurrected all the same. This is our flesh now we made it so cum to blood sweat ash. WE INITIATE THE DEATHLIGHT When draft of a shadow arrives, make no motion as it snuffs itself out. Dissipates to vanish into ourselves relies on eventually there must be drought: pools will drink themselves lapping up the dredges slurps of […]

Against the State of Emergency

This text was translated from the French by Robert Hurley and merits a statement regarding the context from which it emerged. The original article,‘contre létat d’urgence, l’urgence de prendre la rue,’ was written upon request by the French newspaper Le Monde. The newspaper had asked for a commentary from some of the Tarnac defendants ( “des mis en examen” ) regarding the 13 November 2015 attacks on Paris and the events that followed. However, despite the papers initial request the piece was accepted but never published. In the end, Le Monde provided no rationale for this and so we leave […]

Call for Submissions, Hostis Issue 3: Fuck The Police

The Police = The Enemy We are persuaded by the Situationist belief that all good critiques can be boiled down to a slogan. Those for our issue? “All Cops Are Bastards.” “Fuck The Police.” “Off the Pigs.” “Fire to the Prisons.” The job of the police is to put everything and everyone in its proper place. On its face, such a description sounds rather clinical, reminiscent of the boring work of an accountant preparing tax filings. But is this not how policing describes itself? Judges, lawmakers, and good citizens say it the same way – good policing happens with a […]

Hostis Issue 2, “Beyond Recognition,” Now Available

Hostis, Issue 2, “Beyond Recognition,” is now available from our distributor, Little Black Cart. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction Recognition and its Discontents 2. Five Theses on the Politics of Cruelty 3. A Letter to the Editors – Mary Nardini Gang 4. A Cautious Reply 5. THE REAL WAR [La guerre véritable] – Anonymous 6. AGAINST THE STATE OF EMERGENCY [Contre l’état d’urgence, l’urgence de prendre la rue] – Anonymous 7. Notes on People Who Have Been Surveilled by the Police or the State Asked to Take A Picture That Reveals Nothing About Them – Gabriel Saloman 8. The Tyranny […]

Hostis Issue 1 Online

We are happy to announce that Hostis issue 1 is now available in PDF. Issue 1: Cruelty Few emotions burn like cruelty. Those motivated by cruelty are neither fair nor impartial. Their actions speak with an intensity that does not desire permission, let alone seek it. While social anarchism sings lullabies of altruism, there are those who play with the hot flames of cruelty. We are drawn to the strength of Frantz Fanon’s wretched of the earth, who find their voice only through the force of their actions, the sting of women of color’s feminist rage, which establishes its own […]