RIP Aragorn! anarchistnews.org

Submitted by lastfutures in Anarchism (edited )

"At 10:26pm on Thursday February 13 Aragorn! walked on. After a debilitating stroke he baffled his doctors by dying and self resuscitating twice, then finally passed peacefully in his sleep.

A memorial will be held at a date to be determined. Watch here for more information. If you have photos we would like them. You can send them to info@littleblackcart.com

Aragorn! requests memes be made about his death."

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ziq wrote (edited )

Great guy, published my essays when no one else I contacted even bothered to reply. Big loss for USAmericans especially, because he was almost single handedly keeping the US anarchy scene from being overwhelmed by settleritis.

“The reason that I sit here and drink is because I am waiting for the white man to finish his business. And when he is done we will return.”

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bloodrose wrote

I was waiting for the next book fair to buy your book. I was hoping to see him there, too. 😟

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ziq wrote

lbc's website is down now so who knows what's gonna happen with all his projects.

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nbdy wrote

Someone in the comments said this.

c'mon people give us a chance to catch up. chances are very high that both the brilliant and lbc will be back up. if you think it's easy to deal with him dying, mourning, figuring out everything he was doing, and then how to keep it running, then... well, just don't think that. also, lbc might take a break since the hospital will be getting all the money for a while. signed, one of the remaining LBC people

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black_fox wrote

argh i placed an order with them a couple weeks back. could’ve been shipped by now but one of the books i can’t get elsewhere. will just wait and see

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Without LBC, anarchist news, and the anarchist library, I would not have gotten the start in anarchism that got me where I am today.

I met Aragorn! in person once several years ago and I appreciate the insight it gave me into the kind of person he was. A person and not just a figure in our world. Some of his own writing affected me quite significantly and helped me to reframe my entire perspective.

I’m one of a few anarchists who know both the green anarchist Aragorns. We would make the joke from Highlander, that there could only be one. It’s sad to put that joke away now.

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lastfutures OP wrote (edited )

Very sad news. Whatever you think of him, this is going to leave a giant hole in American anarchism. Depressing that he won't get to go thru with his retirement plans that he's been referencing for a while.

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lastfutures OP wrote (edited )

Lots of very nice comments on anews (for the first time ever). Worth reading.

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rot wrote

great writer, he will be missed

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ploopt wrote

This is a huge loss for anarchists. I'm a bit surprised at how shocked and saddened I am, given that I've only had brief superficial interactions with him. I think it's because of how much of himself he put into his projects.

Aragorn managed to consistently surprise me in his writing and on his podcasts. If I thought I knew what his response to a given provocation would be, I'd invariably be wrong. He took everyone seriously, which can sometimes look like being difficult, but I read as respecting people enough to be unsatisfied with stock answers. He seemed to believe that everyone had something interesting or insightful to say, and he was good at pulling those things out.

I'll miss being surprised by him.

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nbdy wrote

A!'s projects have been so important to me. They gave me a feeling of community when I had none, and have been immensely influential in my anarchy. The time I met him at a bookfair he was kind and curious, and in subsequent interactions I always appreciated his way of teasing out ideas and not relying on jargon and obscure contexts.
I have spent the past couple days collecting both Anarchybang and The Brilliant which you can find at https://archive.org/details/TheBrilliant and https://archive.org/details/anarchybang. I'm still uploading some episodes and I need to edit the metadata but the collections are mostly complete. Rest in peace Aragorn! you will be missed.

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anarch0 wrote

oh that was you! incredible work nbdy. when the anews podcasts are back up it might be worth doing those too - a! had some lovely chats about the TOTW at the end of most episodes.

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ziq wrote

Thanks, this is gonna be useful for my commute.

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insurrectobot wrote

small tribute thing I did for Aragorn! on my personal FB profile:

Very sad news..."At 10:26pm on Thursday February 13 Aragorn! walked on. After a debilitating stroke he baffled his doctors by dying and self resuscitating twice, then finally passed peacefully in his sleep. A memorial will be held at a date to be determined. Watch here for more information. If you have photos we would like them. You can send them to info@littleblackcart.com He requests that memes be made about his death."

...like a lot of great anarchists Aragorn! could be a very divisive figure, a lot of his ideas and 'hot takes' over the last couple of years have infuriated / angered me, but they always made me think. His podcast, 'The Brilliant' was the most thought-provoking anarchist podcast I've ever heard, a show that was never afraid to give controversial and unpopular anarchist ideas a hearing, Anarchist News - still the website that everybody loves to hate and he played a major role in keeping The Anarchist Library online - easily the most important non-sectarian online anarchist resource in the world.

A lot of people will probably never forgive him or his publishing company, Little Black Cart. for publishing the notorious / infamous journal, 'Atassa: Readings in Eco-Extremism' volumes 1 & 2, and yeah this was one of my major gripes with him too. However, LBC also released a lot of important books including my personal favorite, 'Blessed is the Flame - An introduction to concentration camp resistance and anarcho-nihilism'.

His own writing was great too- 'Locating An Indigenous Anarchism' and 'Nihilism, Anarchy, and the 21st century' are two of his essays that immediately spring to mind.

The fact that I am writing such a long obituary for somebody I never met and barely interacted with should give you some idea of what an important contributor to the anarchist milieu he was, the Anarchist Universe definitely seems a lot smaller now that he has gone. RIP.

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cronal wrote (edited )

It's fucked up how apparently so-called "anarchist" outlets like IGD, Submedia, and even CrimethInc are completely stonewalling this...

If say, Frank Lopez or Ash would suddenly die do you think it wouldn't be on Anews?

What a disappointment they are... even more than before they look like a bunch of Soviet robots. Have they lost all of their humanity to herd gimmicks?

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ziq wrote

It's staggering how effective reds have gotten at shutting down anarchy with their smear campaigns. They don't even have to work too hard, just spam "ableist" or "rape-apologist" a few times with no evidence or context and the anarcho-maoist swarm enthusiastically echoes it far and wide, drowning out anyone that would ask for explanation.

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cronal wrote (edited )

I think... tho I may be wrong... that some anarchos have intentionally kept silent over this stuff for a while, without actively contributing to these bullshit call-out politics. As in some situations it may be better to let assholes display their despotism so they can be identified for it, later. Instead of an instant opposition which may get easily twisted into another counter-productive rooster fight, or at worst the scapegoating of the opponents.

We may be coming close to the right time for shutting them off in response. Or maybe it's already the right time.

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lastfutures OP wrote (edited )

I listened to the anarchy radio from yesterday and it seemed like even Zerzan was going to ignore it, until someone called in and brought it up. Even then, literally all Zerzan did was grumble about how anonymous mourning comments on anews is hyper-alienation or whatever the fuck.

I can understand when people had legit personal issues with him, but the ideological gatekeeping of these outlets is so cowardly. How do you not mention when an influential person in a milieu as tiny as anarchy dies? Whatever, nothing new from them I guess.

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cronal wrote

Not new... but really just confirming the worse.

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amykee wrote

IGD, Submedia, and even CrimethInc

CrimethInc did a good writeup today

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black_fox wrote

It's fucked up how apparently so-called "anarchist" outlets like IGD, Submedia, and even CrimethInc are completely stonewalling this...

a fair point but why must everyone say something?

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Aurora wrote

The contemporary United States anarchist subculture is a loyal expression of some of the most repellant aspects of US society; It is a loyal expression of a tendency to infantilism in U.S. culture. It appeals to children who haven't become adults yet, to children who are hell-bent on never becoming adults, and to pathologically self-involved feebs and dweebs, most of whom would have be to carried by everybody else in an actual anarchist or communist society. I was in and around the US anarchist subculture for more than a third of a century. US of A-style anarchism is a grease trap of incapacity and terminal disengagement, it is a completely counter-subversive phenomenon, a wholly owned subsidiary of the all-entertainment, all-of-the-time ethos of mainstream US consumer capitalism. I had many, many encounters with Aragorn exclamation point; Aragorn exclamation point epitomized everything that stinks about this subculture; he was a High Pontiff of an irredeemably adolescent narcissist and politically worthless U.S. anarchist feeb-scene. Everything was all about play dates for subculture turds with this guy. People who help this algal bloom of a scene to spread in its full effulgence are a blight on the social landscape. I've never encountered a credible or even minimally persuasive argument against anarchism from capitalist society and its apologists; the United States anarchism subculture is a long-running one. I'm not exactly happy that Aragorn exclamation point died -- what kind of nominal adult goes through life named after the mighty warrior hero in a Tolkien novel! This stuff is beyond lampooning in caustic fiction! -- but his demise certainly doesn't harm the prospects for a real world opposition to capitalism among those of us who must sell our labor power for wages and have nothing to lose but our pains in the fast-declining, ever more promising in real world proletarian subversive terms, main problem country of the world.

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anook1 wrote

what kind of nominal adult goes through life named after the mighty warrior hero in a Tolkien novel

someone whose parents named him after the character from the novel?

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Aurora wrote

Yeah, being unable to rebel against dumb hippie parents who gave him a 'Boy Named Sue' handle like this doesn't bode well for his pretensions to rebellion-hood...

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lori wrote (edited )

shitting on people for their name is literally the worst possible criticism

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Aurora wrote

Especially among anarchist subculture dweebs, refugees fro The Addams Family as so many of them are.

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insurrectobot wrote

his birth name was actually Aaron.

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amykee wrote

I believe Aaron was one of his housemates who Black accidentally doxed after his and Aragorn's falling out. Most people who knew him in person seem to agree that Aragorn really was his name. 'Aragon' is the name of several US towns and a river in Spain, as well as, of course, with a variant spelling, a character from a famous trilogy of books, so I don't see why it's so unbelievable that his parents really called him that. I doubt he's the only one in the US.

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black_fox wrote

weird ageism aside this is really good. people complain that USA anarchism gets treated like a subculture but when it acts so much like one what else should one treat it as?

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strugglis wrote

TL;DR: Aragorn! discouraged The People from struggling for the Global Dictatorship of the Proletariat. The Revolution would definitely have happened by now if it wasn't for people like him!

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Splinglebot wrote

what a dishonest reading of what they said

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blackana wrote

TL;DR: I'd be the manager of a workers council by now if only these silly anarkids would toe the party line!

The Trotskyist in the above comment has posted that same wall of text half a dozen times on the anews comments. Each time it gets deleted they come back with an extra embellishment. If we're talking about honesty, it's funny that the comrade never mentioned knowing A! in person until the fourth or fifth revision, isn't it? It's also funny that someone who met him IRL didn't know that Aragorn was his real name, even though that's something he joked about every time he introduced himself. You're really clutching at straws here, cloudsbot.

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Splinglebot wrote

the fuck are you getting this shit about worker's councils from?

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auntiem wrote

The person above is a well known anews troll. They're a Trotskyist.

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Aurora wrote

You're a typical politically politically illiterate anarcho-subculture--moron, auntiem. Please don't let not knowing what the fuck you're talking about keep you from sharing your ill-informed opinion.

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auntieke wrote

Is it Castroism you're into now? Maoism with American tendencies? Hard to keep up with which sect of Leninist doctrine you're adhering to these days Comrade Ke.

P.S. /u/Splinglebot are you going to report this person for ableism? Didn't think so.

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Bob_Avakian wrote

Maoism with American tendencies

This is the only way to Refuse Fascism™️!!!!!!!

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Aurora wrote

It's not Trotskyism, dear understandably politically illiterate slob.

And if you weren't a typical anarchist subculture dolt, you'd see that the main point of this short piece is not so much Aragorn Exclamation Point as it is your wholly puerile and bogus subculture.

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Aurora wrote

It's also a testament to the ceaseless cowardice and deceitfulness of your puerile subadult subculture that you only allow fawning tributes to Beloved Leader, and nothing caustic or critical, like what could be expected of any real world oppositional phenomenon with guts and nerve.

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auntiem wrote

real world oppositional phenomenon with guts and nerve.

The revolution is not a dinner party, comrades! Brave revolutionaries like K here are ready to unleash a red wave of terror in the name of the proletariat! Today we troll anonymous internet forums (with 'guts and nerve'), tomorrow we kill!

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lastfutures OP wrote

Thank you for writing the first critical reflection I've seen that isn't boring trite bullshit.

If you're going to speak ill of the dead, at least make it interesting!

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Splinglebot wrote (edited )

If you're going to speak ill of the dead

why should we bury anything bad someone has ever done just because they've died? They don't need to be cleansed of their sins. This is the same logic libs use to whitewash any genocidal imperialist that dies.

if I died and anyone who dared say anything bad about me was told by others "not to speak ill of the dead" I'd come back as a ghost and mock the shit out of them

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lastfutures OP wrote

You are so fucking basic. Your shitposts could be written by a bot.

Take notes from the person I responded to, maybe one day you too can say something that isn't tedious dogmatic drivel.

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Splinglebot wrote

sorry do I need to write a fucking essay to be allowed to say anything?

tedious dogmatic drivel

do words even mean anything at all anymore? point to one thing I've said that's "dogmatic drivel"

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Splinglebot wrote (edited )

i bet this is clouds' fault

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ziq wrote

way to make everything about your boss

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Bezotcovschina wrote (edited )

Aragorn! requests memes be made about his death.

I find "clouds got him" meme very funny, for my tastes. I smiled, when I read this.

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Splinglebot wrote

yes she has me trapped in her basement posting comments on raddle all day send help

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Splinglebot wrote

think about it though: clouds was pretty vocal about not liking aragorn. Do you think it's just a coincidence that this happened shortly after she's gone from here? as we all know that's more than enough evidence to condemn her

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lori wrote

Body's barely cold and you really gotta fucking make everything about her? Go fuck yourself.

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anarch0 wrote

gone

no doubt she's gone to start a publishing house that will challenge the entire landscape of NA anarchism

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Splinglebot wrote

you're right, I'm sorry, writers are our Gods and we should bow down to them. After all, what have I, a humble peasant, ever done for the cause™?

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anook1 wrote

You'd get a lot more done (for yourself, not for 'the cause') if you spent less time crying on the internet. Seriously, look at what you're doing here. It's kinda sad.

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Splinglebot wrote

not as sad as worshiping a thought leader just because they found the resources aka capital to start a publishing house

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anook1 wrote

A! was rich? That'll come as a surprise to all the people's couches he slept on. Give it up.

Also, how does publishing OTHER PEOPLE's books for LBC and archiving OTHER PEOPLE's texts for theanarchistlibrary.org and interviewing OTHER PEOPLE for The Brilliant make you a thought leader? You haven't thought this through.

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Splinglebot wrote

are you intentionally trying to miss the point? I didn't he was rich, I said he had enough resources to start a publishing house. That's capital, and it's something many people will never have the opportunity to do.

Also, how does publishing OTHER PEOPLE's books for LBC and archiving OTHER PEOPLE's texts for theanarchistlibrary.org and interviewing OTHER PEOPLE for The Brilliant make you a thought leader? You haven't thought this through.

...he also wrote shit himself. But you're right of course, I can't possibly imagine how a trusted radical media source might have any power whatsoever.

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