New collection of essays now published!

I’ve got another new book out – Antibodies, Anarchangels and Other Essays.

This is a prequel rather than a sequel to The Anarchist Revelation and draws together various bits of writing I’ve done over the last few years.

There are some newer pieces, including the introduction. The article on state terrorism will be new to most readers, as well.

Here’s what the publishers, Winter Oak Press, have put up on their site…

A new collection of writing by Paul Cudenec has been published by Winter Oak Press.
Antibodies, Anarchangels and Other Essays brings together a selection of work by the author of The Anarchist Revelation, published earlier this summer.
Cudenec calls for a new deeper level of resistance to global capitalism – one which is rooted in the collective soul not just of humankind but of the living planet.
He leads us along the intertwining environmental and philosophical strands of Antibodies, through the passion of Anarchangels and The Task and on to a cutting analysis of Gladio, a state-terrorist branch of what he calls the “plutofascist” system.
Also included, alongside short pieces on Taoism and Jungian psychology, is an interview with the author, in which he explains key aspects of his approach.
Peter Marshall, author of Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism and Nature’s Web: An Exploration of Ecological Thinking, has described Antibodies as “very readable and profoundly thoughtful… Many new insights on the destructive relationship between the greater part of humanity and the planet which tries to sustain them”.
Antibodies, Anarchangels and Other Essays is 154 pages long and is available at £7.99 in the UK, $11.99 in the USA and  Euros 9.62.
The Kindle version can be had for a special price of just 77p in the UK, $1.18 in the USA and 0.89 Euros.

The resonance of revolution

The Egyptian Revolution, though not quite over yet, is remarkable and inspiring in more ways than one.

Much has been made of the fact that it was largely peaceful – the violence was all on the part of the state’s thugs – and sheer mass people power won the day.

But this commendable fact hides an even more interesting aspect.

In media interviews with protesters, the same phrase kept cropping up time and time again: “If we want freedom we have to be ready to sacrifice our lives.”

The revolutionaries made it clear that they had passed through the fear barrier that keeps us in thrall to the lower instinct of individual self-preservation – and into a higher state of being where the individual finds real meaning through connection to the whole.

We need to see, or rather to understand deep inside, that the narrow road to personal happiness and self-indulgence is, literally, a dead end, as Tolstoy often pointed out.

And we have to be aware not only that we are parts of a greater whole, but that this greater whole will not be healthy without those parts fulfilling the biological roles for which they have evolved.

A human collective cannot be free unless it contains fearless individuals who are not afraid to risk their lives to ensure that freedom.

Note that this is not the same as deliberately dying for a cause in the manner of a suicide-bombing death cult.

The Egyptian protesters were “ready to sacrifice” their lives – but obviously would have preferred not to be called upon to do so.

The courage of the Egyptian revolutionaries must surely be beyond the understanding of most people in countries like Britain.

Many of us are deterred from standing up for justice and freedom by the fear of losing our jobs, getting arrested or being whacked by a police baton.

Under the Mubarak regime, it was a question of torture and death, not just for the individual but also for their family.

How did they find the strength to shake off their fear and thus inspire their fellow citizens to do the same?

It could be argued that, while the revolution was not islamist in nature, the religious faith of many of the insurgents (Muslim or Coptic Christian) eased the natural fear of death.

A sense of self-sacrifice on behalf of the whole Egyptian people could also be highlighted.

This is uneasy territory, of course. In this country, as in France, Germany or the USA, identification with the nation is taken as meaning identification with the state and thus with the very system which oppresses us.

But in countries that are victims of imperialism the concept of national identity takes on a more liberatory aspect, despite all its inherent dangers.

There is also the factor that the extreme poverty of many in Egypt, and the sheer nastiness of the regime, gave people a sense of having nothing to lose that we, in our pampered consumer existences, can barely imagine.

I do feel, however, that something more powerful has manifested itself on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and across Egypt, as well in the cities and towns of Tunisia during their revolution.

We are seeing the crackling of a revolutionary energy, an electric field of courageous defiance rising up from a new generation of human beings whose spirit has not yet been dulled and crushed by decades of miserable subservience.

This was the ‘Wahn’ described by the great German anarchist Gustav Landauer, who explained: “Wahn is not only every goal, every ideal, every belief in a sense of purpose of life and the world: Wahn is every banner followed by mankind; every drumbeat leading mankind into danger; every alliance that unites mankind and creates from a sum of individuals a new structure, an organism.”

There is no reason to think that the effects of this Wahn will be confined to the Arab world, even though the more immediate ramifications are likely to be felt in that region.

While the positive energy created by the Tunisian uprising was enough to inspire thre rest of North Africa, the resonance from the February 11 revolution is so powerful it will be felt all across the world.

We already have signs – in the vibrant student protests in Britain, Italy, Greece and elsewhere – that something very powerful is emerging from today’s youth.

All like-minded people I have spoken to (of all ages) have been enormously inspired by the events in Egypt, even though it is geographically and culturally remote from us here.

Every subsequent uprising will simply charge up the atmosphere still further and encourage us all to believe that anything really is possible.

I am filled with hope that the human race is at last producing the antibodies needed to destroy the disease of global industrial capitalism which risks choking the planet to death.

These human antibodies are always there, in every generation, but again and again are blocked from performing their role by the cancer, or system, in all the various ways I mention in the booklet.

Perhaps now the human race is throwing up tougher, more resistant forms of antibodies that cannot so easily be defeated by the disease.

The way that any living organism regenerates itself is through the replacement of its physical parts with fresh growth. In the case of humanity, this means the emergence of new generations (it’s even the same root word).

The most important thing now is that this generation is allowed to fulfill its regenerative potential and is not blocked from doing its job.

We can all help with the process, by amplifying the resonance from the revolutions, by casting aside cautious self-interest and opening ourselves up to the collective surge of transformative energy that humanity is releasing to rid us of the malignant growth of capitalism.

And most of all we must, like the heroes and heroines of the Nile, cast aside our fear of what lies ahead.

Antibodies talk at Anarchist Bookfair

I will be talking about Antibodies – and discussing the issues it raises – at the London Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday October 23.

The meeting is in room EB4a (below the Octagon room stalls) from 12 noon to 1pm and there will also be a stall selling the booklet somewhere at the event.

The bookfair is free and is staged at Queen Mary’s, University of London on the Mile End Road (nearest tube Mile End).

Antibodies talk on July 29 – press release

Eco-anarchist philosophy will be the topic of a talk staged in Worthing, West Sussex, this month.

Local writer Paul Cudenec will be explaining the ideas behind his new booklet, ‘Antibodies – Life, Death and Resistance in the Psyche of the Superorganism’.

Presenting a unique fusion of ideas, the 40-page illustrated pamphlet has been described as “very readable and profoundly thoughtful” by Peter Marshall, well-known author of Riding the Wind and Demanding the Impossible – A History of Anarchism.

The talk is being hosted by Worthing Alliance at The Jolly Brewers pub in Clifton Road, Worthing, on Thursday July 29, from 8pm and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Says Paul: “I know so many people who feel fundamentally lost in life. We distract ourselves constantly to avoid facing up to unpleasant facts – that each of us will inevitably die, for instance, and that in the meantime we never seem to live as deeply and fully as we would like.

“Many of us are also aware that human civilization has gone so badly wrong that it is destroying the planet, but this is such a painful truth to recognise that we turn our heads away and pretend somebody else will sort it all out for us, or fool ourselves that we are ‘doing our bit’ by recycling bottles.

“The booklet is an attempt to wrestle with all this, face up to it and propose a way of thinking and living that takes it all into account.

“It is very much one argument, consisting of a number of disparate threads that come together. It’s difficult to summarise as it dips into various fields of thought that are normally considered separately.

“Some of it, for instance, is looking at the biological side of the Gaia theory, whereas other sections focus on religious concepts of wholeness, the idea of individuality, and the connections between ethics, responsibility and political resistance.

“I have quoted extensively from a wide range of authors to show how these threads already exist in our culture – it’s just a question of bringing them together to make sense of the whole.

“I also hope that people will want to read some of these writers’ works for themselves and make their own contributions to this vital process of re-evaluation.”

Copies of the booklet will be available on the night and are also currently on sale at The Cowley Club at 12 London Road, Brighton. For details of mail order and more info go to paulcudenec.blogspot.com

Peter Marshall on Antibodies

Some positive feedback from one of the writers I quote in AntibodiesPeter Marshall, author of Riding the Wind and Demanding the Impossible – A History of Anarchism, among many others.

He writes: “Many thanks for sending me a copy of your very readable and profoundly thoughtful booklet.

“Your libertarian and metaphysical beliefs find close parallels with my own and I know few writers who share an interest in anarchism, alchemy (I like your illustrations!), Taoism, existentialism and ecology.

“At the same time, I appreciate your many new insights on the destructive relationship between the greater part of humanity and the planet which tries to sustain them.”

Antibodies – now available!

Here are the details of a new booklet I’ve just brought out.

Antibodies: Life, death and resistance in the psyche of the superorganism

Now available at The Cowley Club Bookshop at 12 London Road, Brighton, or by post from The Porkbolter (see below).

From termites to quantum theory, from the spiritual medieval philosophy of Meister Eckhart to the angry voice of 21st century insurrectionists, via the likes of Gustav Landauer, Carl Jung, Peter Kropotkin and Albert Camus, Cudenec’s polemic takes us on an epic journey taking in centuries of ideas, but always with a clear destination in mind. If Gaia exists, then individuals do not, he argues. If we do not really live, we cannot really die. If we are part of a bigger entity then we must have a specific role within it – a role that it is our deepest biological responsibility to understand and act out, casting aside our personal fears and at the same time finding an essential sense of individual purpose through our commitment to the whole.

This new beautifully illustrated 40-page A4 booklet is currently on sale at £3.50 (including p&p) from The Porkbolter at PO Box 4144, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7NZ (cheques payable to The Porkbolter).

Contact paulcudenec(at)yahoo.co.uk