Tony Robert Cochran (b. 1987) is a prison abolitionist, philosopher and social critic.
Working as a social critic since 2013, and a radical psychoanalyst from 2014, Cochran developed a speculative, synthesized (versus systematized) and eclectic philosophical modality, Negative Nihilist Ontology (The Crimson Picaro). From 2007 to 2010 he worked in the US labor movement: first with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), then with UNITE HERE, the hotel workers’ union, as the LGBTQ-Labor coordinator, and lastly with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 2011 he traveled to Occupy Wall Street and became the Communications Director for Occupy 477 Sugar Hill-Harlem.
Now living in Warsaw, Poland he is currently writing Queer Dispatches from Warsaw, chronicling his experiences as a US expat in a dynamic, changing city under a far-right regime, the first in the series was published by Vice Poland. He is also writing Prison as Power a critique of State powers to police, prosecute and imprison which work alongside economic exploitation, sexism, queerphobia and racism to produce mass incarceration. Exploring society in the ‘post-‘ world is his new series Post-Subjectivity.
Always looking to engage, he invites you send him your thoughts. Finding interesting narratives is a mission of his.
Ex-prisoners, prison abolitionists and former or current residents of Poland are especially encouraged to write.