Will Standing Rock Give Anarchism a Soul?

November 30th, 2016

“The battle to stop the pipeline has many layers, from anti-capitalism to dirty energy, and thousands have come to join the fight. One aspect of the fight that many from the traditional radical milieu, even protest veterans, seem totally unprepared for is the deep spiritual thread running through the entire battle.”

no peaceful transition

November 21st, 2016

“On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies.”:


November 15th, 2016

an anarchist take on the election: http://anarchistnews.org/content/president-trump-countdown-apocalypse

“The problem is democracy itself: the form of government that brought Adolf Hitler into office. In response to the polls, we assert that no one should have the right to rule over anyone else. Neither Donald Trump, nor Barack Obama, nor Mother Theresa could ever use such power for good. We have to create horizontal structures and autonomous movements that can meet our needs directly, rather than continuing to feed resources into structures that will be used against us for the benefit of a few.”

Make Babylon Great Again!
11/15/2016 Comments
from jesusradicals.com

By: Dan Oudshoorn
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
He has become a dwelling place of 1%ers,
a haunt of every foul spirit,
with waters covered in Corexit,
and the land covered with black snakes.
For all the nations have drunk
of the wine of the wrath of his rapaciousness,
and the kings of the earth have all flown on Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727,
and the bankers of the earth have grown rich from the power of his luxury.”

​Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

“Come away from him, my people,
so that you do not take part in his sins,
and so that you do not share in his plagues;
for his sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered his iniquities.
Render to him as he himself has rendered,
and repay him double for his deeds;
mix a double draught for him in the cup he mixed.
As he glorified himself and lived luxuriously,
so give him a like measure of torment and grief.
Since in his heart he says,
‘I will build a great wall;
I will grab them by the pussy,
and I will never see grief,’
therefore his plagues will come in a single day–
pestilence and mourning and famine —
and he will be burned with fire (you’re fired);
for mighty is the Lord God who judges him.”
And the kings of the earth, the gang rapists who lived in luxury with him, will weep and wail over him when they see the smoke of his burning; they will stand far off, in fear of his torment, and say,

“Alas, alas, the great city,
Babylon, the mighty city!
For in one election your judgment has come.”

And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for him, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls, oil and bitumen, and natural gas fracking, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet, drones and handguns and armored personnel carriers, bronze, iron, and marble, cattle and sheep, automobiles and tanks, slaves—and black lives.

“You have said it doesn’t matter
what they media writes about you,
as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass
but this will be lost to you,
never to be found again!”

The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from him, will stand far off, in fear of his torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

“Alas, alas, the great city,
from Wall Street,
to the Pacific Exchange,
adorned with surveillance cameras,
with militarized police forces, and bear and bull markets!

For in one election all this wealth has been laid waste!”
And all stockbrokers and daytraders, bankers and all who trade on the market, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of his burning,

“What city was like the great city?”

And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out,

“Alas, alas, the great city,
where all who had invested in the free market
grew rich by his wealth!
For in one election he has been laid waste.”

Rejoice over him, O heaven, you Indigenous peoples and black lives and queer folk! For God has given judgment for you against him.

Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

“With such violence Babylon the great city
will be thrown down,
and will be found no more;
and the sound of drilling and hydraulic fracturing and of nuclear testing and arms-making
will be heard in you no more;
and factories of any trade
will be found in you no more;
and the sound of the power plants
will be heard in you no more;
and the light of streetlamps
will shine in you no more;
and the voice of Republicans and Democrats
will be heard in you no more;
for your bankers were the magnates of the earth,
and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
And in you was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.”

resistance news

October 20th, 2016


December 13th, 2015

Here’s another invite just to keep on reminding you. This was sent out to theillalogicalspoon email list. I have no idea how up to date that list is and who gets it that doesn’t want it and who doesn’t get it that does want it, but it’s a tradition to send out a winter gathering email and I like tradition.

“I love the summers in this land. But I also love the feel of winter winds against my cheek, when the snow squeals underfoot, and the ptarmigan, the white grouse, come whirling down from the mountain peaks once more… to talk along the valley by my house. I love the colors of the bleak wastelands where nobody goes, when the circling sun falls low, and the leaves hang and rattle in the wind, and cranberries turn to mahogany brown, and frosted blueberries taste of wine, then my cabin on the river will be snug and tight against the arctic gale. When wild grass has turned to hay and the wild geese wing their way once more over mountain and valley to the southern land below, the canoe is put away and the snowshoe will appear. But when the arctic turns to green again and the geese return with the sun I shall take my canoe from off the tall cache, and I shall travel on the river to see some new place.”

-Constance Helmericks from We Live In The Arctic

You are hereby joyfully encouraged to meet up in the great lakes bioregion, north woods of michigan, jordan river valley, town of east jordan at
martha wagbo farm and education center (http://www.wagbo.org/)

for the eleventh annual winter gathering!

january 18-24

Monday – Thursday will feature various ongoing skills shares (acorn processing, fire starting, fishing, brewing, etc…) nature hikes exploring multiple areas of the Jordan river valley, movie nights (a winter series of films on people, plants and other animals adapting and thriving in the cold northern lands) and lots of time to just hang out and do whatever we want to do together.

Friday – Sunday will have a full schedule including, but not limited to concerts both friday and saturday night. Organized discussions (on topics such as rewilding, ecological restoration, permaculture, spirituality, and technology). Potluck meals. Games. Head dunking in a cold river. Wildness!!!!!!!!!!

more info to come….

we are excited to be experimenting for the first time this year with officially expanding the event to a full week (it has often turned into that anyhow. soon we may have to call it a festival) and traveling beyond the Jackson area (making it a longer drive for most, but who’s counting, right?). we anticipate that many of you will share our enthusiasm and join the adventure!

see you all soon!

-with love and a longing for colder weather,

the editor in the cabin

winter gathering eleven

November 23rd, 2015

Fall is fading to winter. The Great Lakes bio region is covered in snow. A great time to practice tracking. This morning I thought perhaps a fox had walked in front of my cabin, but after studying a bit I realized it was just the neighboring house cat. Obviously I need a lot of practice. Tracking is just one of the many activities we may get to do together at this seasons 11th annual winter gathering. You are all invited. We are very excited to be taking a field trip away from southern Michigan to Up North where there is even more snow and it is even colder! January 22-24 we will celebrate land, community, winter, and the hope of a wilder future for us and our children as we share skills, stories, food, music and all good things. Join us at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Educational Center in East Jordan Michigan. More info to come…

update: there will actually be workshops and other events happening all week leading up to the official winter gathering weekend. so come early and stay late. a schedule will be published soon.

if you have questions or want to know how to help contact Jeremy at theillalogicalspoon@gmail.com

Ears To Hear

October 2nd, 2015

“Be quiet more. Listen to the earth instead of building things on it all the time.” -from Neither Wolf Nor Dog

“If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world you would most want to read if you had your heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself.” -from Seymour: An Introduction

Remember that before you were writing songs for a band you were a listener. What do you want to hear? Sing that.
Owls? Yes, we like to hear owls too. They don’t need our songs. Go quietly into the night. Learn to sing their song back to them and sometimes this will inspire one to come close (See: How To Spot An Owl by Patricia Talyor Sutton and Clay Sutton). That is your applause if you need. One night you may listen for owls and hear coyotes instead. Well done! The earth abounds with melody and rhythm even as the soundtrack of the landscape begins to quiet down with the changing of the season. Even as the song of the wild world is drowned out with civilized noise.

Two links shared in the spirit of listening:

1) A recent episode of John Zerzan’s radio show. Around 5 or so minutes into the program he reads from a new essay of his all about listening.

2)Joanna Newsom is releasing a new album called Divers on October 23. All of her music is worth attentive and repeated listening! Here is the first single from it:

“For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening… Any place is good for eavesdropping, if you know how to eavesdrop.” -Tom Waits

the “Is Part B done yet?” summer 2015 mini tour

July 29th, 2015

8/15 Chicago, IL The Wilson Abbey Theater
8/17 Elkhart, IN Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
8/20 Otisville, MI Covenant Hills Camp
8/21 Brooklyn, MI Holler Fest

hi friends. we hope to see you at one of our midwest shows this august!
and soon after that we hope to complete and finally release the second half our our last album “The Great Wound and The Wild Joy”
it has been 2 years since part A: Roar Again came out. part B was recorded during the same sessions as part A, but we’ve been very slow about finishing the final details and making those last additions and subtractions. now it is getting very close to complete and we believe it will have been worth the wait…

wgx roundup

February 2nd, 2015

And the survey says: this past wondrous winter gathering came after the globaly hottest year on record, and we had our own share of superlatives in little ol’ jackson on the night of the 17th! The entirety of the gathering was woven together with strands of ecstasy and trauma, as is all of life. There were so many of y’all bringing your fuel for the flames some were afraid the whole town might burn. Like a cloud of swallows over the trailer park pond our dance of socializing made it hard to get an exact number… Even though our dogs stayed home there were still a lot of animals, and we’re calling it the biggest winter gathering yet– we’re pretty sure we (just barely) reached the triple digits for attendance. Dare anyone claim overpopulation? Let’s find out. We’re asking you all for feedback on your winter gathering experience.

Were you serenaded by the singer/songwriters at cuppa while sipping your pour-overs? Did you scrape your knee (“it is only skin…”) during the outdoor games? Was your favorite part walking through the scenic bookstore to find the upstairs (“o, where is your inflammatory writ”)? Whose chili was best in the chili cookoff? Did you wish there was more time for open mic? Did drunken party-goers spoil all of your fun? Was a night spent in Prison City worthy of a new tatoo: “best time of my life! 1-17-15”? Did you sleep like a baby in the stacks (or in the room for babies)? Were the breakfast pancakes just too tasty? Did you leave running away with haste, or slowly sauntering with sadness while giving the Tipton wave?

Let us know your thoughts and feelings! We’re not “over it”, yet still we wonder if a winter gathering #11 would be worth our time, or if we should spend all next winter in hibernation instead. Serenade us or shout out a short or long reply ASAP at theillalogicalspoon@gmail.com.

Thanks for the fun, food, friendship, forgiveness, and feedback.

Trying not to let the remaining glowing coals go out,

another log for the fire

December 26th, 2014

we know (we don’t know), finally!! (already?)
we’ve patiently waited 4 whole seasons for the next Winter Gathering on the edge of our seats, and here it comes. we’re drowning in birthday cakes, but we are so excited to announce that wg#10 is gonna touch so many extremes at same time you won’t know which way is up!! we’ve missed you all so much, and we can’t wait to cozy up on the proverbial bear-skin rug. last year we went our separate ways just as a snowstorm that only a chickadee could brave came a-raging. come back, it is time! this year we’re going to have all of the 90’s Detroit Pistons ‘Bad Boys’ come to autograph your basketball! of course if that doesn’t work out, there’s always plan b: birds, boardgames, or bedlam, be there to believe it! we’re just bums banking on brighter burns and bigger battles…

YES, once again we are taking shelter in the arms of our gracious friends and holding our gathering at The Book Exchange in prison city (aka Jackson, MI!) we feel alive alive alive when we make new memories in a familiar place.

this winter gathering will feature thee abundance: enticing musicians, open mic time for sharing tales and stories (bring one!), scrumptious potluck fare (bring some!), childcare and kids activities, outdoor games, secret plans, perhaps a little mystery, and scream-cry therapy in the prairie with peace & harmony… and of course a midnight hike to dunk our heads in the cool waters of the Grand River (watch out for broken glass!)

in case you need a recap:

> who: you and your kindred’s, *minus dogs*
> what: Winter Gathering X
> where: The Book Exchange in Jackson, MI 130 East Washington Avenue
> when: beginning at 12:17pm on January 17, 2015 (opening ceremony at the town clock)
> why: oh, no reason…

bring bedding and stay for Sunday morning meditations followed by a Big Boy catered breakfast (jk, it will be homemade pancakes as usual). feel, feel, feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns. we’ll be sending more info as the date gets closer. don’t forget about us!

with passion and desperation while calculating the sensuous mathematics of the fire that warms us all,
the former editors of the Collapse House

p.s. this portion of the email brought to you by vegan powder-milk biscuits

p.p.s. more information will soon be displayed a
on our faceless facebook page.

p.p.p.s, p.s.p., o.p.p….

we are running out of things to say.