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Why hasn't there been more rebellion in the US lately? What are the indications that a popular movement may develop which leads to revolution? What is meant by revolution, anyway?Throughout the USA there is discontent. Under the apparently placid political surface there is bubbling dissatisfaction. Yet there has been only limited rebellion, all kept within the limits of Democratic-Republican politics as usual. Certainly, to most people, the possibility of a revolution — an uprising against capitalism and its state — seems distant, if not absurd. I want to argue that a revolution is quite possible (but not inevitable). And I want to clarify what revolution means.
Most political theorists ask why there are occasional rebellions and revolutions. I think it is more fruitful to ask why there are not more rebellions — popular struggles leading up to revolutions. Consider the unfairness of a tiny minority — the “one percent” — ruling over and getting rich from the big majority. Consider the dangers of ecological catastrophe, economic collapse, and nuclear war, not to mention many other issues of oppression and unfairness. Why do people put up with this? Why isn’t there at least a large movement to get rid of this system?
Democratic Party politicians have denounced right-wing Republicans as "anarchists." Why? Are they "anarchists"? What about rightwingers who call themselves "libertarians"? Are "anarcho-capitalists" really anarchists? Are they consistent with the tradition of "individualist anarchism"?Historically this is very unusual. Far-rightists have usually been called “conservatives.” (They are rarely called the more accurate term, “reactionaries” -- those who want to go backward.) Those in the center or the left may call them other names, such as “nuts” or “fascists.” (They are mostly not “fascists” in the sense of wanting to overthrow bourgeois democracy and replace it with a rightwing dictatorship — but they shade into such people.) But they were rarely, if ever, called “anarchists.” Why now?
north america / mexico / workplace struggles Thursday August 08, 2013 09:07 byPrairie Struggle Organisation
After putting much of our efforts in the cross Canada Speaking Tour on Combative Unionism, a debate on Combative unionism took place inside and outside of Prairie Struggle giving way to PSO's first position paper. In this position paper we hope to contribute to the relevant work and theoretical development that has been done or is already underway. We salute our comrades within the revolutionary left that are active in undermining bureaucratic control over working class power.As anarchists, we at the Prairie Struggle Organization have dedicated much time and effort to agitation within the working class and its labour organizations. Despite our various efforts, wins, losses and relationships created we still find ourselves questioning the most effective method to agitate on the shop floors, within schools and in our communities.
A short history of the rapprochement process between US anarchist groups the last few years:
"The first weekend of February 2013, delegates representing Common Struggle (Boston, Providence, Western Mass., Buffalo, and at large) Four Star Anarchist Organization (Chicago), Miami Autonomy and Solidarity, Rochester Red and Black, Wild Rose Collective (Iowa City), and Workers Solidarity Alliance (Bay Area, St. Louis, Northeast, at large) convened in Rochester, NY for our first delegate convention. Discussion centered around drafting points of unity and a constitution for our proposed new organization, as well as establishing a time line for our continuing regroupment towards this goal."
américa del norte / méxico / luchas indígenas Sunday December 23, 2012 19:27 byComisión de Solidaridad con Chiapas
En una acción masiva, disciplinada y simultánea, no vista desde los días del alzamiento insurgente de 1994, decenas de miles de zapatistas ocuparon pacíficamente y en estruendoso silencio cinco ciudades chiapanecas. Horas más tarde, dieron a conocer un breve comunicado.Decenas de miles de bases de apoyo del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) ocuparon en emblemático silencio las calles de cinco municipios chiapanecos, en la primera manifestación pública que los zapatistas hacen desde el 7 de mayo de 2011, cuando se unieron a la convocatoria del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad. Esta acción simultánea y masiva, la más grande de toda su historia, estuvo precedida por el anuncio de que la organización indígena daríasu palabra, que se conoció unas horas después de la movilización.
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The Emanci-funktion of the Working Class Nov 15 09:41 0 comments
In this essay, I'm trying to get the ball rolling on a longer-term discussion on the political nature of hip hop from a revolutionary anarchist perspective. I'm hoping for a broad range of responses from artists and militants, which will allow us to swap notes and build up our respective movements.
Could a Revolution Happen in the US? Nov 13 19:21 4 comments
Why hasn't there been more rebellion in the US lately? What are the indications that a popular movement may develop which leads to revolution? What is meant by revolution, anyway?
Parution du journal Cause Commune Express #26 - Spécial lutte contre l'austérité Nov 06 13:23 0 comments
Voici l'édition express du journal Cause Commune produite à l'occasion des manifestations contre l'austérité du 31 octobre 2014 au Québec (Canada). Plus d'une centaine de copies de cette édition ont aujourd'hui été diffusées à la manifestation de Jonquière. Plus de copies seront distribuées dans les prochains mois - n'hésitez pas à nous en demander des piles si vous souhaitez participer à la diffusion de nos idées. La voici en format virtuel - partagez largement!
Mexique : des pistoleros contre la protestation étudiante Oct 07 01:06 0 comments
Le Mexique est secoué par les révélations sur un massacre d’étudiant.e.s protestataires, le 26 septembre : 6 morts, 25 blessés et 38 disparus. On vient de retrouver les corps de 17 des disparus, exécutés vraisemblablement par des paramilitaires de mèche avec les pouvoirs publics.
Lessons of the "60s" for Anarchists in the New Radicalization Oct 06 08:16 0 comments
New York City, NY, USA
Crisis and Revolt Sep 28 13:51 0 comments
Liberals and progressive forces support the Democratic Party in elections, even though humanity is facing a number of interconnected threats and nightmarish catastrophes: economic, ecological/climate, and others. Democratic liberals, while perhaps the "lesser evil" to the Republican reactionaries, have no solutions to the objective dangers which threaten society with great suffering and destruction. The only real alternative is popular mass struggle or defeat--socialist-anarchism or catastrophes.
Depuis l’Europe : Solidarité avec les prisonnier-e-s anarchistes emprisonnés à Mexico Sep 09 02:19 0 comments
Audio: Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street Aug 22 17:46 0 comments
A 30 minute talk by Mark Bray, author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street followed by an hour of discussion. Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary.
Terror in Ferguson Aug 20 17:45 0 comments
Saturday August 9th, a racist Ferguson police officer profiled and fatally shot a black teenager, Michael Brown, as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend. He was 18 years old. Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down. “The officer shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said witness Dorian Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.” The family and the community are calling his death an execution.
Resistencia y movilizaciones en comunidades negras de EEUU aumentan después del asesinato ... Aug 17 15:10 0 comments
El 9 de agosto en Ferguson del estado de Missouri, Michael Brown, un joven negro de 18 años, fue asesinado por la policía a pesar de estar desarmado, y de levantar las manos cuando era detenido. Brown estaba en camino a visitar su abuela con un amigo, la policía los detuvo cuando estos caminaban por la calle. El encuentro intensificó cuando Brown se resistió a ser detenido, e ingresar dentro del auto policial. Como trataban escaparse, la policía disparó a los jóvenes en repetidas ocasiones hasta dar con Brown. Su amigo, Dorian Johnson, dice que la policía continuó disparando aún después de que se dieran vuelta con sus manos levantadas.
The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Aug 07 08:19 0 comments
Presented by Art Forces, the Estria Foundation and NorCal Friends of Sabeel, the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians as bombs continue to fall on Gaza.
Mortar: Volume 2 Jun 26 06:14 0 comments
The second volume of Mortar, Common Cause's theoretical journal, is now available online. Inside you will find an editorial introduction, along with articles covering anti-organizationalist sentiment within the North American anarchist movement, anarchism and the Welfare State, a contemporary redux of the Bourgeois Influences on Anarchism, anarchist approaches to contending with sexual assault and a critique of anti-oppression politics. We encourage feedback and responses, which can be sent to email@example.com.
Call for Radical Resistance at A.L.E.C. conference in Dallas Jun 24 16:24 0 comments
On July 30th in Dallas, Texas the American Legislative Exchange council will be meeting in Dallas, we'll be there to stand up and fight back!
Últimas palabras de Subcomandante Marcos antes de dejar de existir May 29 19:05 0 comments
La Realidad, Chiapas, 25 de mayo 2014.- Por medios libres, alternativos, autónomos o como se digan. Esta madrugada, como cierre del homenaje al compañero Galeano, más de tres mil bases de apoyo, milicianos e insurgentes zapatistas y alrededor de mil adherentes a La Sexta, escuchamos las “últimas palabras públicas” del Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional. En el templete estaban presentes 6 comandantes y comandantas del Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena, el Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés y el propio Subcomandante Marcos. Exponemos algunos fragmentos de las cinco partes de la carta.
Statement from NYC Local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation regarding Cecily McMillan May 11 11:09 0 comments
We stand in solidarity with Cecily McMillan and will in the future. Cecily has been punished in order to make an example out of the Occupy movement. At the same time we must look at the bigger picture. By the end of today, another life, activist or not, will have been snuffed out by state violence. These include attacks against active militants involved in the struggle for liberation of oppressed peoples like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Maroon Shoatz and Leonard Peltier, as well as everyday people of color and undocumented migrants struggling to survive against the racist class divisions perpetuated by capitalism. There have been 239 people killed by the NYPD since Amadou Diallo in 1999, and 107 since Sean Bell in 2010; nearly all of them have been people of color. While we see that Cecily is a political prisoner, we recognize that the black and brown men and women who are systematically beaten on the street and thrown into prisons are political by default. Having historically been the most exploited of the exploited class, their well-being, survival and resistance to the widening gap between classes poses a threat to the capitalist status quo that the state seeks to insure.
The 8th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair: May 17, 2014 May 10 07:15 0 comments
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Anarchism and the Philosophy of Pragmatism May 06 05:18 1 comments
Anarchism and the philosophy of pragmatism can add to each other. Pragmatism is explained as a philosophy of active experience and experimental naturalism. Pragmatism advocates radical, decentrlized democracy and industrial self-management, which is very close to anarchism. However pragmatists have often opposed reformist perspectives to revolution. The case for revolution is presented.
NYC May Day ---- Join the Red & Black Contingent Apr 25 04:36 0 comments
Our intention with this call is to create a welcoming space where we can engage in an exchange of ideas with the broader public. We call on groups and individuals from all social anarchist and anti-authoritarian tendencies to join us to help plan and build this contingent.
Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies Mar 16 20:08 0 comments
Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.
“Sharing the pains, indignities and anger” Mar 10 10:06 1 comments
This is an interesting interview with our comrade Miriam (M1 Detroit) on her history of “Industrialization” with her organization at the time the Revolutionary Socialist League. “Industrialization” was the term that the Left used to describe the strategy of getting mainly University and counter-culture youth activists to commit to point-of-production organizing in factories as part of the working-class. It was different than what is today known as “salting” – as “Industrialization” was not usually seen as a short-term stint around a specific campaign, but rather a long-term commitment to building a revolutionary presence in the class.
Bilan UCL-Saguenay et de son implication au sein de L'UCL (2008-2014) Mar 06 13:36 0 comments
Ce texte a comme premier objectif de dresser un bilan le plus honnête possible, afin que nous puissions collectivement tirer des apprentissages de cette expérience. Ce bilan est issu d’une réflexion collective des membres actifs du collectif Emma Goldman à l’hiver 2014. Il reflète donc, avant tout chose, la réalité telle que vécue par ceux-ci.
Ultime congrès de l’UCL Mar 02 20:59 0 comments
Une page est tournée mais l’histoire de l’anarchisme au Québec n’est évidemment pas terminée. Les organisations sont des moyens et non des fins. Les personnes qui ont fait l’UCL continuent de s’impliquer dans plusieurs projets libertaires, dont les éditions Ruptures et le Collectif Emma-Goldman qui poursuit sur sa lancée.
The Platypus Questions on Marxism & Anarchism Feb 24 03:06 1 comments
The Platypus Society is having a panel on "Marxism and Anarchism," 3/17, in Chicago. It prepared a list of questions on the topic. These are my responses to the questions, in preparation for the discussion.
Ζαπατισμός - λατι ... Feb 10 15:48 0 comments
Είκοσι χρόνια μετά την εξέγερση του 1994, το πρόταγμα αυτονομίας και οριζοντιότητας των Ζαπατίστας έχει φτάσει να καθορίζει έναν κύκλο αγώνων σε ολόκληρη την ήπειρο.
De la Autodefensa a la Insurrección Masiva: A preguntas esenciales, respuestas precisas Feb 09 21:34 4 comments
Lo cierto es que trata de una respuesta legitima al sufrimiento de años de violencia en manos del crimen organizado con el auspicio cínico del gobierno. Lo que pase lo decidirán los pueblos.
The state of the union is …unequal Jan 30 08:14 1 comments
Direct action and workplace organization rather than legislation will end inequality
Struggling to Win - Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile - NYC tour Jan 21 03:53 9 comments
Dates: Jan 21 - 25
Should Anarchists Raise a Program of Demands? Jan 21 03:19 1 comments
This essay is slightly expanded from one which was rejected by a US anarchist magazine for political reasons. It deals with a disagreement among activists: Should we propose that the movement raise a program of demands? I think that anarchists should, but with a more libertarian-democratic version than the liberals and state socialists. The essay is followed by a response to the political points raised by the editors of the anarchist journal.
"Struggling to Win: Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile" ( Limited US Tour) Dec 24 10:30 4 comments
Limited U.S. national tour, begining on 10 January and ending 6 March 2014. brings three individuals involved in workplace, student, community and feminist struggles to talk about the lessons learned and to create solidarity across hemispheres. From January to the end of February, the speakers will be traveling throughout parts of the country discussing the important work that is happening in Chile.
Sobre las mujeres en el sistema penitenciario en Estados Unidos Dec 04 22:57 0 comments
Victoria Law es una fotógrafa, escritora y activista y madre. Involucrada en la lucha anticarcelaria desde 1996 coadyuvando en el éxito de iniciativas como Books Through Bars-New York City (Libros a través de las rejas-NY) un grupo que manda gratuitamente libros a presxs a nivel nacional en los Estados Unidos.