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Statement from Anarkismo on the AK Press accusations against Michael Schmidt

category international | anarchist movement | feature author Wednesday September 30, 2015 05:09author by Anarkismo Network Report this post to the editors

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The Anarkismo Network

The international Anarkismo Network, which brings together class struggle anarchist organisations from more than a dozen countries in both the global South and North, and has relations with far more from across the globe, has noted with great surprise and concern the recent accusations by AK Press that Michael Schmidt is a fascist working undercover to infiltrate the anarchist movement.

Before we can make any pronouncements on the matter, however, we need to carefully examine both the AK Press evidence, the article by Alexander Reid Ross, as well as Michael Schmidt’s response to the evidence and article. As a network Anarkismo has not taken sides, and will not accuse the accuser or the accused before there is more information and all the evidence has been presented.

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Statement from Anarkismo on the AK Press accusations against Michael Schmidt


The international Anarkismo Network, which brings together class struggle anarchist organisations from more than a dozen countries in both the global South and North, and has relations with far more from across the globe, has noted with great surprise and concern the recent accusations by AK Press that Michael Schmidt is a fascist working undercover to infiltrate the anarchist movement [1].

Michael Schmidt has been a regular and long-standing contributor to Anarkismo.net and, in the past, has sat on its editorial and delegates groups. If these accusations are proven to be true Anarkismo will take immediate and appropriate action to ban him from posting on the website, as well as to guard against any possible future infiltration.

Before we can make any pronouncements on the matter, however, we need to carefully examine both the AK Press evidence, the article by Alexander Reid Ross, as well as Michael Schmidt’s response to the evidence and article. As a network Anarkismo has not taken sides, and will not accuse the accuser or the accused before there is more information and all the evidence has been presented. Both sides will have to explain themselves thoroughly first and be available for answering any serious questions about the information.

However, we must be clear that we feel the way in which AK Press has dealt with the matter is irresponsible and prejudicial, judging and condemning Michael Schmidt without presenting any evidence, and without allowing him the right to defend himself, or to respond to the article before making the public announcement of 25 September 2015.

Both sides must be given a fair chance to have their say.

The Anarkismo Network therefore demands that the alleged “incontrovertible evidence” be released by AK Press with immediate effect, and not to refer us to the journalist: since AK Press itself has endorsed the position, it must take responsibility for the proof.

We furthermore demand that AK Press unconditionally and explicitly state, also with immediate effect, that its allegations refer to Michael Schmidt alone, and not to any publishers, co-authors, editors, left organisations or currents with which Michael Schmidt may have been associated.

We urge AK Press to publish Michael Schmidt’s official responses on its newswires and sites, as we believe that he has the right to defend himself [2].

The Anarkismo Network


1. http://www.anarchistnews.org/content/michael-schmidt-author-black-flame-white-nationalist-trying-infiltrate-anarchist-movement-ak

2. https://www.facebook.com/AKPress/posts/10156169461510249

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Statement from Anarkismo on the AK Press accusations against Michael Schmidt     Mikey Dredd    Wed Sep 30, 2015 19:29 
   Not in Anarkismo but....     Syndicalist    Thu Oct 01, 2015 08:47 
   The full story with all details     A    Sat Oct 17, 2015 23:36 
   Both sides ...     Anarkismo supporter    Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:18 
   No article 4 yet     Again with the delays    Tue Oct 20, 2015 21:41 
   Anarkismo published Schmiddt's racist articles     Platformismo    Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:40 
   cigarate     selim nashin    Thu Oct 22, 2015 20:37 
   Will there be a reply to the allegations?     Syndicalist (per cap only)    Thu Nov 05, 2015 02:02 
   from the statement     Reader    Fri Nov 06, 2015 21:34 
 10   "Reader"     Syndicalist (per cap only)    Sat Nov 07, 2015 06:24 
 11   Anarchist Affinity statement     Kieran    Mon Nov 09, 2015 15:42 
 12   Anarkismo is silent about Schmidt's racism?     hm    Sun Nov 15, 2015 13:07 
 13   Waiting     Reader    Mon Nov 16, 2015 04:36 
 14   not buying it     hm    Mon Nov 16, 2015 07:51 
 15   Michael Schmidt's refutation     Interlocutor    Sat Nov 28, 2015 03:55 
 16   Will we now hear from others?     Syndicalist    Thu Dec 03, 2015 09:13 
 17   and...?     waiting    Sun Dec 27, 2015 18:31 
 18   somethings I'd like to say     catsteven    Thu Dec 31, 2015 13:48 
 19   about the time we'll take to say something     Johnny - anarkismo editorial collective    Tue Jan 05, 2016 09:43 


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