What is the State? (2021)


An animated video presented by Agency & AK Press. This video serves as an introduction to what the State is, how it functions, and how to move society beyond it. The State is like a vast operating system for ordering and controlling relations among human society, the economy, and the natural world, analogous to a digital operating system like Windows or MacOS. Like a state, an operating system "governs" the programs and applications under it and networked with it, as well as, to some extent, the individuals who avail themselves of these tools and resources. Anyone concerned with entrenched power, income inequality, lack of digital privacy, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, or military-style policing should seek to understand how states operate and build more power for themselves—at our expense. To learn more, read the book The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State by Eric Laursen (https://www.akpress.org/operating-system.html)
Voiceover & Text Based on The Operating System by Eric Laursen, published by AK Press
Narrated by Eric Laursen
Images drawn by Seth Tobocman
Images inked by Tamara Tornado
Editing & Animation by Steve Jeter
Produced by Agency
Learn more about Agency, an anarchist PR project at: http://www.anarchistagency.com
Learn more about AK Press at: http://www.akpress.org

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