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Yes, there is strong current of anarchism that is highly critical of the authoritarian measures taken in the guise

From the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a strong current of skepticism within the U.K. anarchist milieu.

By and large, anarcho-skeptics assert that presence of a health emergency does not justify the expansion of the police state, and they also refuse that logic that us plebs should obligingly submit to the authority to experts in times of crisis.

Furthermore, anarcho-skeptics understand that state and corporate interests will always seek to turn crises to their advantage. For that reason, we believe that it is important to understand who is profiting from the changes that are being forced upon us.

Architects for Social Housing 

Highly skeptical about COVID skepticism? We suggest starting with the writings of the impeccably logical Architects for Social Housing. Simon Elmer, the author, has done the world a great service by critically analyzing the whole COVID situation, using the best available data to reach to arrive at very reasonable conclusions. U.K.-specific but very much still reading if you are not from the U.K.

Anarchist Library 

The Anarchist Library allows its massive repository of texts to be searched by keywords. If you search the tag “COVID-19”, you will come upon a large number of texts, which I would say reflect the diversity of anarchist thought on COVID. Some classics are to be found here, such as “Our Dignity in Quarantine”, which deserves to go down in history as a perfect expression of the zeitgeist of early 2020.

Fight Social Distancing – For a Solidarity-Based and Militant Approach to the Virus (Switzerland)

Social Contagion (China)

Ecstasy in the Time of Cholera (Italy)

(This succinct Italian text analyzes COVID through the lens of Foucault’s biopolitics. Anyone wishing to understand the current moment would do well to study the paradigm of biosecurity.

Architects for Social Housing

From the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a strong current of skepticism within the U.K. anarchist milieu. The writing of Architects for Social Housing stands out for its sober, clear-minded analysis. If you are highly skeptical regarding COVID skepticism, I would suggest that you start here. The author, Simon Elmer, has done the world a great service by critically analyzing government statistics, revealing some of the fallacies committed by mainstream reporting.

Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021 

Cui Bono? The COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy’

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Manufacturing the Crisis

Our Default State: Compulsory Vaccination for COVID-19 and Human Rights Law

The Nuremberg Defence

Bowling for Pfizer: Who’s Behind the BioNTech Vaccine?

Five Stories Under Lockdown

Bread and Circuses: Who’s Behind the Oxford Vaccine for COVID-19?

The Betrayal of the Clerks: UK Intellectuals in the Service of the Biosecurity State

Bonfire of the Freedoms: The Unlawful Exercise of Powers conferred by the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

When the House Burns: Giorgio Agamben on the Coronavirus Crisis

The Infection of Science by Politics: A Nobel Laureate and Biophysicist on the Coronavirus Crisis

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

COVID-19: Implementing the UK Biosecurity State

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 1. Programmes and Regulations)

The Science and Law of Refusing to Wear Masks: Texts and Arguments in Support of Civil Disobedience

Lockdown: Collateral Damage in the War on COVID-19

The State of Emergency as Paradigm of Government: Coronavirus Legislation, Implementation and Enforcement

Manufacturing Consensus: The Registering of COVID-19 Deaths in the UK

Giorgio Agamben and the Biopolitics of COVID-1

Good Morning, Coronazombies! Diary of a Bio-Political Crisis Event

Coronavirus, Government Lockdown and its effects on UK Housing

Coronazombies! Infection and Denial in the United Kingdom

Language is a Virus: SARs-CoV-2 and the Science of Political Control

Sociology of a Disease: Age, Class and Mortality in the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 and Capitalism

Everything they put out is well worth reading! Anyone who likes logic will approve.

South Essex Heckler

South Essex Heckler 

This now-defunct blog was probably the most outspoken anarchist voice criticizing lockdowns in the early days of the pandemic. Much like ASH, the author is sober, clear-minded, and thoughtful. I would suggest beginning with this piece:

An Explainer on Our Changing Position on the COVID-19 Crisis 

Estuary Stirrings

Estuary Stirrings (U.K.)

This anarchist blog picks up where the South Essex Heckler leaves off. See:

Getting the Message out While Staying Under the Radar

Tried to Tell You…

Is it over? Is it time to throw in the towel? Is further resistance pointless? – March 3, 2021

Lockdown situation report – February 6, 2021

Think of the kids then think of the future of education – January 5, 2021

2020, a lot has happened – 2021, a lot more will happen – December 9, 2020

It’s too late to go back, we have to move forwards – November 24, 2020

Resisting the ‘reset’ – a call to arms – November 11, 2020

Will the ‘rule of six’ be a licence to snitch? – September 14, 2020

How the f**k did we sleepwalk to this point? – September 9, 2020

Told you so… – September 4, 2020

Lobbing a spanner into the workings of the new (ab)normal – August 23, 2020

Are we sleepwalking towards a 21st century form of totalitarianism? – August 12, 2020

The World Economic Forum widening the digital divide – July 31, 2020

Gaslighting – July 29, 2020

Welcome to your ‘new normal’ – July 5, 2020

Trying to move ‘forward’ from this point – June 23, 2020

As predicted… – June 14, 2020

Language is important… – June 6, 2020

The emerging political divide – May 29, 2020

Welcome to your future of controlled misery – May 9, 2020

A sort of a warning… – April 27, 2020

Some thoughts on the COVID-19 future we’re facing – April 17, 2020

The consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for freedom and solidarity – April 13, 2020

Isolation and social control – March 17, 2020

Winter Oak Press / The Acorn

The best anarchist writing that I have been able to find on the subject of COVID-19 is on the site on the anarchist publisher Winter Oak Press, which publishes an excellent bulletin called The Acorn. Highly recommended!

For nature and freedom! May 11, 2021

The Acorn – 65 May 5, 2021

Divide, rule and profit: the intersectional impact racket April 22, 2021

Ways to Counter the Total Enslavement of the World – guest post by Roger Copple April 4, 2021

What are they trying to do to us? March 29, 2021

The Acorn – 64 March 27, 2021

IMPACTOR ALERT! March 16, 2021

Anarchism not State Socialism February 27, 2021

The Acorn – 63 February 16, 2021

Controlling the left: the impact edgenda February 10, 2021

Ronald Cohen, impact capitalism and the Great Reset January 27, 2021

Shapers of slavery: the awakening January 13, 2021

Shapers of slavery: the virus January 12, 2021

Shapers of slavery: the empire January 11, 2021

Shapers of slavery: the leadership January 10, 2021

Shapers of slavery: the plan January 9, 2021

Enemies of the modern world: a triptych of novellas January 7, 2021

Cory Morningstar: challenging the global business dictatorship — organic radicals December 22, 2020

Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat December 18, 2020

The Acorn – 62 December 17, 2020

Dismantling tyranny December 14, 2020

Rob Hopkins: transition to what? December 4, 2020

A vile corporate conspiracy: exposing the Great Reset November 30, 2020

Corporate-branded activism November 26, 2020

Guerrillas of the Great Reset November 20, 2020

The Great Reset November 13, 2020

Elite transnational fascism November 12, 2020

A system built on lies October 29, 2020

The Acorn – 61 October 28, 2020

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset October 5, 2020

We are the 99%! September 27, 2020

The Acorn – 60 September 17, 2020

Resisting in the real world September 3, 2020

The uprising has begun! August 30, 2020

The Acorn – 59 August 21, 2020

Fascism, newnormalism and the left July 26, 2020

The Acorn – 58 July 21, 2020

Occidental Despotism June 4, 2020

We will be victorious! May 31, 2020

Uniting against the dictatorship! May 30, 2020

Money, lies and power May 21, 2020

The Acorn: resistance update May 19, 2020

The Acorn – 57 April 30, 2020

Anarchists against freedom! April 26, 2020

Threads of inspiration — organic radicals April 22, 2020

Resist the Fourth Industrial Repression! April 17, 2020

Lots of reading… April 7, 2020

Anarchists and the coronavirus April 3, 2020

The Acorn – 56 March 29, 2020

Coronavirus thoughtcrime March 27, 2020

Montreal Counter Info

This website has not been shy in publishing anarchist critiques of public health measures. This website deserves special attention because it is very much a reflection of the beating heart of the Montreal anarchist scene. The pieces that it publishes are not by armchair revolutionaries, but by active participants engaged in revolutionary struggle. This means that what is published here influences what happens on the ground For instance, in early 2021, Montreal Counter Info began publishing critiques of lock-down. Soon thereafter, there were hundreds of people in the streets protesting Quebec’s draconian curfew.

On the Anarchist Response to the Global Pandemic  

In Defence of Religious Freedom 

No Police-Based Solution to the Health Crisis 

Against the Curfew 

How can we defend the freedom of assembly in 2021? 

Thou Shalt Not Question Public Health! – Censorship in the age of COVID-19 

Protesting is now illegal in Toronto 

North Shore Counter Info

Similarly to Montreal Counter-Info, this website is maintained by active movement makers, the Hamilton anarchists. Judging by the amount of the repression that they have been targeted, these are the anarchists that the Canadian state considers most dangerous. The North Shore Counter Info collective was the first to offer a critique of COVID-era technocracy in the early days of the pandemic, and that seems to have been become a classic, as it can be found reposted on anarchist websites from around the world. They have also published more recent COVID-skeptical pieces such as this, this, and this.

It’s Going Down 

IGD, the biggest American anarchist news site, has mostly focused on anti-fascism, street mobilizations during the George Floyd uprising, and prisoner support of late and has not been highly critical of the media narrative around COVID. That said, it has published COVID-skeptical analysis, as well as thoughtful critiques of Universal Basic Income.

Check out:

Extending Their Claws: An Anarchist Analysis of the Pandemic as an Opportunity for State & Capital 

The Growing Anti-Curfew Movement in Quebec 

Network 23

Network 23 

Decentralized anarchist blogging platform. Lots of stuff on here. I would recommend:

Unleashing a Whirlwind of Revolt 

Fascism, Newnormalism and the Left 

Anarchists Against Freedom 

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough 

This European Blog has a bunch of good content but it’s hard to search! Well worth checking out though.

Plague and Fire

Plague and Fire 

This insurrectionist blog contains writing in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek. It posts communiques from anarchists claiming attacks on property, among other things. This is where I learned that insurrectionary anarchists in the U.K., Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy, and the U.S.A. have been sabotaging cell phone / internet infrastructure as part of a campaign protesting the growth of the surveillance state.

Zines/Bulletins/Ready-to-Print Literature!


This Spanish anarchist journal has made urgent anti-lockdown writing a major focus over the past year. I would suggest checking out “Pandemic is Domestication” and “Against the Pandemic of Capital, Social Revolution!

Oveja Negra (Argentina)

This Argentinian anarchist journal, which is entitled “Black Sheep”, is well worth checking out. I am inclined to believe that this piece was translated into English to serve as a contribution to the international discussion around COVID-19. From what I have seen of anarchist media from South America, they seem far more critical of the state’s expansion of powers during the pandemic than North Americans have been. Case in point, the excellent Brazilian short firm COVID-1984.


This U.K. anarchist zine dedicated an issue to the theme of COVID-1984.

To Reach Out and Touch One Another (U.S.)

A zine from a group called Salish Sea Black Autonomists. From the intro: “From discourses willing to sacrifice more vulnerable people for “our” collective health (that of the nation and the economy), to neighborhood snitches calling the police on those violating the imposed rules of ‘social distancing’. How long before those neighborhood snitches become neighborhood shooters enforcing a hardened border of social distance? Everyone knows behind the walls of our healthy neighborhood are the hoards of sick others… The good (white) citizens are snitches and law followers, the rest of us are disease ridden threats because we are irresponsible and must go to work, must go out to buy groceries, because we long to feel the sun on our skin or the embrace of our friends and loved ones.”

Rumoer (Netherlands)

This Dutch anarchist zine that shows the spirit of anarchy is alive in the Netherlands. From the intro: “About this pandemic we could say many things… but all the people pretending to be able to make the right analysis and have the truth on their side can go fuck their selves. All these little stories and media-hypes just exist to take away the attention from the real problems around the world: the power-hungry, war making, money obsessed, and nature destroying humanity. It’s only because of ourselves it could get this far… The rhetoric of the state about the pandemic is about the war against a virus, but the real war is the one against nature and the earth, against freedom and the not-knowing. We mean consuming everything till exhaustion, everything one can put their hands on, and then throw away what already wasn’t necessary. We mean the pollution of the air, the water, the soil. We mean the limitless flying around the globe, like fools looking for something- not realizing that their actually running away from boredom and numbing from the world we live in… But, as said, around the world it has shown that the measurements of control didn’t stop people from taking the streets or doing naughty things at night to the representatives of power and the ones that profit from it. In many prisons around the world revolts broke out, starting in Italy in more than thirty prisons. Let us find the courage to have joy in sabotage, to find the power in a coincidental meeting on the street in which you can protect each other from controllers. A lockdown also provides opportunities: fewer people or cops on the street, more free time…Throughout this issue you will find pictures of the graffiti-game, that is something to be enjoyed.”

(to be continued…)