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 […]

The Real War (La guerre véritable)**

What we have undertaken must not be confused with anything else and cannot be limited to the expression of certain ideas or even less to what is rightly considered art. It is necessary to produce and to eat: many things are necessary that are still nothing, and so it is with political agitation. Who imagines, before fighting to the end, leaving one’s place to men one cannot look at without feeling the urge to destroy them? But if nothing could be found beyond political activity, human avidity would only encounter the void. WE ARE FIERCELY RELIGIOUS and, inasmuch as our […]

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 […]

ZINE: “It’s Not a Debate, It’s War!”

Debate is a cover-story: never having to be honest about your true intentions while pretending to be open-minded. Debate dissociates argument from passion; phony talking-points from real life. There are multiple things we do not agree about – and we also disagree with the way in which you want us to say it. The narrowness of the debate-form allows those with power to dictate the boundaries of ‘reasonable’ discussion and ignore (or police) everything that happens outside it. But really, from Oxbridge to courts to government, we can easily see it’s not a debate, it’s a war. PDF Download

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 […]

ANTI-SELFIE: Call for Contributions

[[[[+++++++++===========================——————–——- Have you ever been surveilled by the police or the state? I am looking to collaborate with people who, like myself, have had the experience of being surveilled. I wish to find a way to both resist the interpolative act of surveillance, and acknowledge the psychological and emotional impact of this experience through an artistic process. When mainstream media discusses defending “privacy” it is almost always framed in terms of preventing a potential crime or defending political dissent. What’s lost is the actual affect that surveillance has on people as individuals whose personal autonomy is being violated. Surveillance is […]