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Twenty-five years into democracy the black working class majority in South Africa has not experienced any meaningful improvements in its conditions. The apartheid legacy of unequal education, healthcare and housing and the super-exploitation of black workers continues under the ANC and is perpetuated by the neoliberal policies it has imposed. The only force capable of changing this situation is the working class locally and internationally. Yet to do so, struggles need to come together, new forms of organisation appropriate to the context are needed; and they need both to be infused with a revolutionary progressive politics and to learn from the mistakes of the past. Outside the ANC alliance, there have indeed been many efforts to unite struggles – but these have largely failed to resonate with the working class in struggle and form the basis of a new movement. Nowhere is this more evident than with the newly-formed Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) – which got less than 25 000 votes in the national elections, despite the fact that the union that conceived it, Numsa, claims nearly 400 000 members. ... read full story / add a comment
«Πρέπει να είμαστε κομμουνιστές, επειδή είμαστε αναρχικοί, γιατί η αναρχία και ο κομμουνισμός είναι οι δύο όροι που είναι απαραίτητοι για την επανάσταση.» https://rabidproletarians.espivblogs.net/archives/806 ... read full story / add a comment
Como fruto del debate que el Grupo Libertario Vía Libre ha desarrollado en los últimos dos años sobre las violencias y prácticas machistas y gracias a la positiva influencia que nos ha dejado el gran despertar del movimiento de mujeres en América Latina y el mundo, además, de las enseñanzas que hemos incorporado gracias a la militancia feminista de algunas compañeras que hacen parte de nuestra organización, hemos decidido sistematizar nuestras reflexiones y experiencias alrededor de una política común e integral de género que resumimos en 5 líneas generales de acción y 12 propuestas específicas. ... read full story / add a comment
As rents become unaffordable and property ownership becomes a luxury, tiny houses are being advocated as a way of addressing the housing crisis both here in Aotearoa and elsewhere. ... read full story / add a comment
Eimhéar Ní Fhearóir responds to the election analysis offered by Sinn Fein's Natalie Treacy. Eimhéar Ní Fhearóir is an anarchist who was previously involved with republican activism. ... read full story / add a comment
To have a discussion about anarchism's relevance to (black) working class strategy in the face of ongoing capitalist restructuring, we need to dispel myths about anarchism and syndicalism, to reclaim the revolutionary core of the anarchist tradition.
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france / belgium / luxemburg / community struggles Wednesday June 05, 2019 - 12:26 by Morgan 1 image
The following article is a personal impression and analysis of the Yellow Vests movement in France, written by a French Anarchist now living in Aotearoa/New Zealand. ... read full story / add a comment
argentina/uruguay/paraguay / miscellaneous Thursday May 30, 2019 - 01:13 by Federación Anarquista Uruguaya 1 image
Carta Opinión de la Federación Anarquista Uruguaya. 20 de Mayo 2019 ... read full story / add a comment
argentina/uruguay/paraguay / miscellaneous Wednesday May 29, 2019 - 00:40 by Federación Anarquista de Rosario 1 image
Podríamos gastar tinta y utilizar varios párrafos en describir lo que representa la figura de Alberto Fernández, tanto por sus orígenes (Menem, Cavallo, Duhalde) como por sus vinculaciones (Papel Prensa, Clarín, Repsol, Embajada Norteamericana). Sin embargo, nuestra línea de análisis intenta ir por otro carril que no es el de la denuncia o el vuelo intelectual. Para ello debemos recaer en los abrumadores números vertidos en el último número de nuestra prensa: 260 mil despidos el último año, índices records de desocupación y pobreza, y una pérdida de más 15 puntos del salario con respecto a la inflación. Luego de 3 años y medio de ajuste brutal, el inicio de un año difícil para los y las de abajo generó hasta aquí presión en las calles, a través de sucesivas medidas sectoriales y unitarias, cuyo desenlace expuso a la cúpula de la CGT, que no tuvo más salida que convocar a un Paro General el 29 de mayo. ... read full story / add a comment
Don't abandon the unions, or take sides in inter-union rivalries. Build a serious, organised, non-sectarian project of democratic reform and political discussion that spans the unions, including a rank-and-file movement that fosters debate, and opens the treasure-chest of union and left history and theory. Recover the politics of disconnecting from the state as raised by, for example, Occupy and the Rojava Revolution. Replace reliance on the state and parties with struggle, and destructive inter-union rivalry with a serious project of working class counter-power.
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indonesia / philippines / australia / community struggles Monday May 27, 2019 - 11:45 by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group 1 image
What is required is a movement that knows the police are the attack dogs of the enemy and they are to be resisted with all the strength and intelligence we can muster. We need a movement that wants to #StopAdani directly, a movement that will create facts on the ground that the Government cannot ignore. And this movement, in challenging the State, will inevitably look beyond it, to a new society with no State and no cops, and where capitalism is no more. ... read full story / add a comment
This article is analysing the current situation of PKK after seeing Abdulla Ocalan By his lawyers on 02/05. Should PKK transform itself from an army struggle movement to a mass movement or staying the same? In responding to this question i will try to point out some facts.
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north america / mexico / anti-fascism Tuesday May 07, 2019 - 11:53 by Wayne Price 2 comments (last - wednesday may 08, 2019 - 20:55) 1 image
There has been an increase in anti-Jewish actions in the U.S. Why is this? Why have Jews been focused on by fascists and haters? There are traditional reasons for anti-semitism. The establishment of the state of Israel has created an interaction between anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Where anti-semitism is irrational and reactionary, anti-Zionism is a just response to the oppression of Palestinian Arabs and Israel's alliance with U.S. imperialism. ... read full story / add a comment
The aim of this article to show some evidence and examples in real life that we cannot rely on working class alone to be a dynamic power to arrive us to a socialist society. . At present workers are even not reformist let alone revolutionary. There is alternative.
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Celebramos un nuevo 1ero de Mayo, día de las trabajadoras del mundo. Lo hacemos movilizándonos desde el sur de la ciudad, en conjunto con las organizaciones que forman el Encuentro por la Autonomía y la Vida Digna. En esta efeméride de las de abajo, reflexionamos sobre la situación y las luchas actuales, y proponemos nuevos cursos de acción para el futuro de la organización popular. ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / history of anarchism Wednesday May 01, 2019 - 21:38 by Albert Parsons 2 images
As a tribute to one of the most remarkable agitators in labour history, we publish on May Day the autobiography of Albert Parsons. He was one of the five Chicago Anarchists who were tried in 1886-1887 and executed in November 1887 for their role as 8-hour working-day agitators and as anarchist militants. This mock-trial in 'the land of liberty' is one of the most shameful events in the history of labour in the whole world, and gave rise to May Day commemorations all over the world -the day was picked, because the repression which ended up in the 'legal lynching' of the Chicago Martyrs started after the general strike for the 8 hours working-day in May 1st 1886. This day is commemorated all over the world in memory of the Chicago Martyrs -unsurprisingly, one of the few countries which does not commemorate May Day is the land where this barbaric crime took place -the United States. They invented their own 'Labour Day' in September, with the purpose of severing the working class in the US from its radical tradition, and to devoid of meaning the conquest of the 8 hour working-day, a product of struggle and enormous sacrifice, not a gift from the capitalists. The life of Albert Parsons is instructive of the trajectory of many working class agitators in the US in the 19th century, a period of remarkable radicalism which was crushed with unspeakable ruthlessness and repression. His life story goes from fighting in the Confederate States Army during the US Civil War as a 13 year old, to republican and civil rights' agitator, advocate of the emancipation of the slaves, then trade unionist, socialist and anarchist. He was married to Lucy Parsons, a mixed race woman herself born a slave, who would become a prominent socialist and anarchist, and who was a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World, IWW, in 1905. A remarkable organiser and orator, he was the soul of the most progressive and active workers' movement in the USA at the time: in Chicago. Parsons was the only US citizen of 'pure stock' among the Chicago Martyrs (his ancestry going back all the way to one of the pilgrims in the Mayflower in 1632) -all his comrades being German. The immigrant nature of these anarchists was the cause for a racist and xenophobic uproar that no doubt was crucial to justify their barbaric execution -these racist, xenophobic tendencies are still alive and healthy in the USA, as we can see from the current state of affairs in the country. This is why, being not only a remarkable speaker, but also a well-self-educated man (at a time when the workers' movement still placed much emphasis on the self-education of the workers), he chose to strike a chord with public opinion and counter arguments that socialism and anarchism were 'foreign' and 'alien' ideas, by appealing to texts such as the US Declaration of Independence and opinions of Thomas Jefferson, while also appealing to the conservative and religious frame of mind prevalent, ended up by quoting the Bible. Of course, nothing would save him from the fury of the capitalists' class hatred, but this autobiography is a masterpiece of engaging with the prevalent environment at the time from a radical perspective, of showing in a sober manner his process of radicalisation and the logic behind it, and also, a staunch defence of the anarchist principles by which he lived and which he did not betrayed when confronted to the gallows. Our best tribute to this titanic figure is to resist the current onslaught of the global capitalists against hard-won workers' rights, while to keep faithful to the cause of a free and just world. José Antonio Gutiérrez D.
1st May, 2019 ... read full story / add a comment
Οι Αναρχικοί ηγέτες του οκταώρου κινήματος κρεμάστηκαν την Παρασκευή 11 Νοεμβρίου. Εκείνη τη μέρα οι πλούσιοι του Σικάγου είχαν ρίγη και πυρετό. Το σχοινί τεντώνεται προς όλες τις κατευθύνσεις από τη φυλακή. Αστυνομικοί άνδρες σταθμεύουν κατά μήκος των σχοινιών οπλισμένοι με τουφέκια. Ειδικές περιπολίες παρακολουθούσαν όλες τις προσεγγίσεις στη φυλακή. Οι στέγες γύρω από το βαρύ πέτρινο κτίριο ήταν γεμάτε με αστυνομικούς. Οι εφημερίδες έγειραν τη δημόσια φαντασία με ιστορίες εξεγέρσεων στις φυλακές. ... read full story / add a comment
The purpose of this pamphlet is giving a coherent, comparative analysis on how anarchists and Marxists view the concept of “class,” and the political implications of each approach. Class is the nucleus of both Marxism and anarchism; however the conceptualisation of class is different for both. In pointing out these differences, it is my hope that I will convincingly show how and why the anarchist conceptualisation of class is more comprehensive and more useful, providing a more holistic analysis of many related aspects of class, and a more practical political guide. In particular, the anarchist approach – which stresses ownership and control of administration and coercion, not only means of production, as with Marxism – allows us to develop an effective analysis of why the state simply cannot be used to emancipate the popular classes i.e. the working class, the poor and the peasantry. ... read full story / add a comment
The term “Lone Wolf” is used to obfuscate the level of organisation within the far-right scene and the fact that it is used as a deliberate tactic. ... read full story / add a comment
Παρ' όλα αυτά οι μικρο-αντιστάσεις σε αυτό το καθεστώς δεν λείπουν και πρέπει να ενδυναμώνονται κατά την άποψη μου. Το βιβλίο τελειώνει με την παρουσίαση μιας τέτοιας περίπτωσης μικρο-αντίστασης. Οι συγγραφείς του αφιερώνουν το βιβλίο σε αυτόν που αντιστάθηκε και όλους σαν αυτόν. Με τον ίδιο τρόπο θα κλείσω το κείμενο αυτό. Διότι αν υπάρχει ένα «φυσικό» δικαίωμα, είναι το δικαίωμα στην αντίσταση, αυτό που μας κάνει ελεύθερους. ... read full story / add a comment