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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday July 21, 2018 05:45 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
A call for socialist Left unity is heard widely today in South Africa, but is usually taken as a call for unity of praxis (unity in theoretical programme and action). This is sometimes framed as transcending old divides (these seen as outdated, divisive or dismissed as dogmatic), and sometimes as unity in order to have action (rhetorically set up as the opposite of “arm chair” theory).

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international / history / opinion / analysis Friday April 28, 2017 18:23 by Muttaqa Yushau Abdulra’uf, Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor and L   image 1 image
Let us learn from our past struggles, in the USA and in Malaysia. May Day should be an occasion to reflect not jubilate, to engage not agonize, to demand not relent, and to organise, not complain. We need systemic change that can guarantee equality, fraternity, self-management and socialisation of the commonwealth, guided by a bottom–up approach to decision making. We need a labour movement that is multicultural and international, feminist, active in urban and rural struggles, and that prizes reason over superstition, justice over hierarchy, self-management over state power, international solidarity over nationalism. We need to fight for a universal human community, not parochialism and separatism. The organisational power and strategic location of the Malaysian union movement provides an excellent point of departure for building this counter-movement. This is our appeal and message as we celebrate this May Day, on the eve of dark days in which the storm clouds gather over humanity – but in which the light of hope of a better future can break through, if we arm ourselves with the correct ideas and approaches. May Day began as an example of globalisation-from-below. Let us rally to it. Let us take back its original vision: liberty, equality, unity.
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday May 14, 2016 07:50 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
A constant fixation on the machinations of elite power manoeuvring, and persistent, recurring calls for either new leadership, or new political parties, are evidence of a very conservative and authoritarian political culture. These stories may well be important. Indeed, this is the nature of current socio-economic organisation (capitalism and the state). These human-created forms of control always operate to centralise power up the hierarchy, thus investing tremendous power in the hands of very few. This few – race, gender, rhetoric regardless – the ruling class, are those who control the means of production, administration and coercion. Our pre-occupations are drawn to such elite individuals and groups as many of us have chosen to hand over our political power and future to these. Now this political culture usually results in the general and often vain belief and hope that through hierarchical, fundamentally undemocratic organisation, leaders invested with this incredible power are somehow to create the foundations for a more equal society and world. Also important to consider is that all political parties, no matter the colour of its beret, whether in control of the state or seeking to attain this control, centralise the power of decision-making upwards, and are thus fundamentally authoritarian and anti-democratic.
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southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Monday April 18, 2016 07:12 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
A Presentation at the St. Imier International Anarchist Conference by Warren McGregor (ZACF), August 2012. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday January 29, 2016 17:12 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
Many in the working class hope the 2016 local government elections will prove a turning point. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won the 2014 elections easily, but its grip is weakening. The ANC-allied Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) has split, the radical metal union NUMSA expelled. The ANC could even lose control of at least one of giant "metro" municipality in 2016, possibly greater Johannesburg or Nelson Mandela Bay - probably to the moderate Democratic Alliance (DA), not the ANC breakaway, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 05, 2015 17:54 by Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor, Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
May Day – a call to build an international movement of working class and poor people across lines of race, nation and religion for workers’ control and democracy from below, social justice and freedom from political and economic oppression – remains critical. In a country racked by anti-immigrant violence, racial and ethnic tensions, the fragmentation of the labour federation Cosatu, corporate scandals and political corruption, it is time to remember May Day’s roots and aspirations.
**A version of this appeared in the South African weekly, "Mail & Guardian" (30 Apr 2015).

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southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 09, 2014 15:41 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
Today the terms “populism” and “workerism” are widely thrown about in South African political circles. Often, these terms and others (“syndicalism,” “ultra-left,” “counter-revolutionary,” “anti-majoritarian” …) have no meaning: they are just labels used to silence critics. SA Communist Party (SACP) leaders do this often. But in the 1980s, “populism” and “workerism” referred to two rival positions battling for the soul of the militant unions.

These debates, thirty years on, remain very relevant: let us revisit them, and learn. Today’s radical National Union of Metalworkers of SA (NUMSA) was part of the “workerist” camp, while its key rival, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was identified with “populism.” The early battles over the direction of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) still echo today, although there is no longer a clear “workerist” camp. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / education / policy statement Monday May 05, 2014 21:36 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
In the build up to the 2014 (May 7) elections, politicians – whether from the DA, ANC, EFF, or PAC – have been calling on us to vote. As part of this, they have promised to meet people’s needs, end poverty and serve communities when they are elected. The promises of all these politicians are lies. read full story / add a comment
west africa / history / opinion / analysis Thursday May 01, 2014 21:46 by Warren McGregor
The origin of May Day, International Workers Day, lies in the historic fight for decent working hours that culminated in the execution of four trade unionists in Chicago, the United States, in November 1887. This was a decisive moment in the struggle for a just society through militant trade unionism. In Nigeria, May Day was first declared in 1980 by the People’s Redemption Party (PRP)-led government of the late Abubakar Rimi in Kano State. read full story / add a comment
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international / economy / opinion / analysis Monday September 05, 2011 17:52 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
Comrades, this presentation covers the themes of global redistribution, economic growth of a new type, and renumeration and what these may mean in an economy based on anarchist principles. I was mandated to examine how these themes related to the two required readings for this week:

(i) Read’s Kropotkin: Selections from his Works, and
(ii) Albert’s Parecon
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Διεθνή / Αναρχική Ιστορία / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Saturday April 30, 2011 20:49 by Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor, Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Όταν γιορτάζουμε την Πρωτομαγιά σπάνιες φορές γνωρίζουμε ή καταλαβαίνουμε γιατί η μέρα αυτή είναι αργία στη Νότια Αφρική και σε πολλά μέρη του κόσμου. Οι Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor και Lucien van der Walt διηγούνται την ιστορία των δυναμικών αγώνων που βρίσκονται πίσω από την Πρωτομαγιά και των οργανώσεων που δημιούργησαν αλλά διατήρησαν τη σημασία της ζωντανή. read full story / add a comment
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international / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Monday April 25, 2011 18:04 by Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor and Lucien van der Walt   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 27, 2011 05:35)   image 1 image
When we celebrate May Day we seldom know or reflect on why it is a holiday in South Africa and in many parts of the world. Sian Byrne, Warren McGregor and Lucien van der Walt tell the story of powerful struggles that lie behind its existence and of the organisations that both created it and kept its meaning alive. First published in the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) Vol 35 Number 1 Mar/Apr 2011 read full story / add a comment
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Δυτική Αφρική / Καταστολή / Φυλακές / Ανακοίνωση Τύπου Wednesday February 23, 2011 18:13 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
Ανακοίνωση αλλλεγγύης του ZACF για τους συλληφθέντες αγωνιστές στη Ζιμπάμπουε read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / press release Tuesday February 22, 2011 17:54 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
Activists gathered in Harare on the 19th February in a closed meeting to discuss the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, were arrested after a planned police raid. Currently they are being held without charge and reports indicate that key members of the gathering are being subjected to physical assault by their captors. [Italiano] [Ελληνικά] read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / história do anarquismo / anarchist communist event Thursday October 28, 2010 23:00 by Warren McGregor
São Paulo
Quando: 3ª feira (feriado), dia 2/11 às 16h30.
Onde: Ay Carmela: Rua das Carmelitas, 140, Metrô Sé (paralela à Rua do Carmo, travessa da Rua Tabatinguera) Telefone: 3104-4330. read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / history of anarchism / anarchist communist event Friday October 22, 2010 23:07 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
"Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism" comes to Brazil.

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Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism
southern africa / anarchist movement / link to pdf Monday October 11, 2010 06:36 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
We, at the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) are pleased to announce that issue number 11 of our organ Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism is now available online. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history of anarchism / anarchist communist event Wednesday August 04, 2010 17:32 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
BLACK FLAME: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism by Lucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt, examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of revolutionary popular struggle on five continents.

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