Here at BWM, we think it is important to recognize and let you know about folks who we think are worth doing so. Joel Olson was definitely the kind of person we wish we were able to work or organize with or even meet. Joel had a lot of wonderful things to say and we hope you read about Joel and his writings and pass them on to friends and family.
It has come to my attention that the esteemed activist, writer, and academic Joel Olson passed away while on sabbatical in Europe.
Joel was Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he specialized in political theory. A noted expert on racial politics and extremist ideologies, he was the author of _The Abolition of White Democracy_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) as well as numerous articles and reviews. Joel was working on a second book, entitled _American Zealot: Fanaticism and Democracy in the United States_, at the time of his death.
During the 1990s Joel was involved with Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation and later went on to form Bring the Ruckus! He was a well-known figure in the anti-racist and pro-immigrant movement in Arizona.
Details surrounding Joel’s sudden and very untimely death remain unclear, but it goes without saying that his comrades in the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and throughout the North American and international anarchist community, will very much miss him, and we give our love, sympathy, and solidarity to his family, friends, and loved ones during this most difficult time.”
Nathan J. Jun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Midwestern State University