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September 2011 publications from Zabalaza Books
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All publications from Zabalaza Books for the month of September
The World Crisis and an Anarchist Response
Author: Wayne Price
PDF file size: 263 KB
Facing an economic crisis of world historical proportions, the worst since the Great Depression, the United States has already responded with striking political changes, particularly the election of the first African-American president. What is likely to happen in the future and what should be the response of revolutionary class-struggle anarchists?… Economically, what has begun is either a deep, lengthy, world-wide, recession — or a collapse into a second Great Depression, possibly worse than the first. Either way, large numbers of workers and their families are suffering and will face more suffering, from unemployment, under-employment, losses of their homes, the loss of the equity they had in their homes, and an inability to afford healthcare (a life and death matter)….
Posted in Anarchism
Anarcho-Syndicalism, Technology and Ecology
Author: Graham Purchase
PDF file size: 219 KB
In an anarchist society, the absence of centralised state authority will permit a radically new integration of nature, labour and culture. As the social and ecological revolution progresses, national boundaries will become cartographical curiosities, and divisions based upon differences in geography, climate and species distribution will re-emerge. This essay addresses the question of what role unionism will play in these changes.
Posted in Ecology and Animals, Labour
Technology, Capitalism and Anarchism
PDF file size: 246 KB
Technology has an obvious effect on individual freedom, in some ways increasing it, in others restricting it. However, since capitalism is a social system based on inequalities of power, it is a truism that technology will reflect those inequalities, as it does not develop in a social vacuum. No technology evolves and spreads unless there are people who benefit from it and have sufficient means to disseminate it. In a capitalist society, technologies useful to the rich and powerful are generally the ones that spread. This can be seen from capitalist industry, where technology has been implemented specifically to deskill the worker, so replacing the skilled, valued craftsperson with the easily trained (and eliminated!) “mass worker.”
Posted in Anarchism, Ecology and Animals
Bakunin vs. the Primitivists
Author: Brian Oliver Sheppard
PDF file size: 276 KB
The pamphlet is a critique of so-called “primitivism,” an anti-technological current mainly based in Western countries. It has a degree of influence amongst a sector of anarchists, but the author is incorrect to use the term “anarcho-primitivist,” as this suggests “primitivism” is a form of anarchism. It is not. As the author himself notes, Bakunin’s ideas are the key reference point for anarchism, and radically at odds with “primitivism”
Posted in Analysis and Critiques
“Separate and Equal”?: Mujeres Libres and Anarchist Strategy for Women’s Emancipation
Author: Martha A. Ackelsberg
PDF file size: 665 KB
In May 1936, a group of anarchist women founded Mujeres Libres, the first autonomous, proletarian feminist organisation in Spain… Its goal was to end the “triple enslavement of women, to ignorance, to capital, and to men.” While some of the founders were professional or semi-professional women, the vast majority of its members (who numbered approximately 20,000 in July 1937) were working-class women. The women of Mujeres Libres aimed both to overcome the barriers of ignorance and inexperience which prevented women from participating as equals in the struggle for a better society, and to confront the dominance of men within the anarchist movement itself….
Posted in Revolutionary History, Women’s Liberation
[Leaflet] What is Direct Action?
Author: Organise! (Ireland)
PDF file size: 122 KB
From the black bloc ‘having a go’ to going on marches, from smashing up a McDonalds’ to attending a picket, from throwing bricks to going to fundraising concerts for single issue campaigns – all of these activities have had the term ‘direct action’ applied to them.
Posted in Leaflets, Organisation
Give Up Activism: A Critique of the Activist Mentality in the direct action Movement
Author: Andrew X
PDF file size: 343 KB
In 1999, in the aftermath of the June 18th global day of action, a pamphlet called Reflections on June 18th was produced by some people in London, as an open-access collection of “contributions on the politics behind the events that occurred in the City of London on June 18, 1999”. Contained in this collection was the article ‘Give up Activism’ which has generated quite a lot of discussion and debate both in the UK where it first appeared and internationally, being translated into several languages and reproduced in several different publications.
Here we republish the article together with a new postscript by the author addressing some comments and criticisms received since the original publication.
Give Up Activism is an important critique of the activist mentality in the direct action movement.
Posted in Analysis and Critiques, Organisation
[Leaflet] The Need of Our Own Project: On the Importance of a Program in the Libertarian Political Organisation
Author: Organisación Socialista Libertaria (Argentina)
PDF file size: 87.3 KB
We that believe in the construction of a libertarian political organisation, of an anarchism that as a revolutionary project has real impact in the class struggle, see the need of adopting a clear program of action that is the fruit of collective discussion and express our principles and revolutionary objectives and that determine the tasks to be realized in each step taken. The importance of anarchists having such a program is expressed by Bakunin when he stated that “one should never renounce the clear established revolutionary program, not in what concerns to its form, not in what concerns its substance”….
Posted in Leaflets, Organisation
[Leaflet] Less Talk, More Regroupment: A Piece on Revolutionary Strategy and getting organised
Author: Jasper Conner
PDF file size: 85 KB
Platformists and especifists have made their point, it’s been written a million different ways. Its time to move beyond advocating for the anarchist organisation, and get to it. The task of this tendency is not to convince others with words, the task is to actually build the organisation and develop its politics… most people in this debate have given little time to what would actually be the strategic orientation of such an organisation, other than it’d be an especifist/platformist organisation…. Its time we got our shit together and actually started discussing the ins and outs of an anarchist organisation that has real strategic and tactical unity.
Posted in Leaflets, Organisation
[Leaflet] Moving to Action: Workplace Organising beyond Recipes
Author: Scott Nappalos
PDF file size: 89.5 KB
When a revolutionary begins organising in a shop, the first step is typically to agitate one’s co-workers. In our minds we see a step-by-step process wherein our agitation leads to other opportunities, recruitment, committee building, until we have power and an organisation. The problem is that for most workplaces, this way of thinking gives the wrong impression. In some workplaces, particularly in production, there’s a state of constant agitation and actions burst out before committees ever get built. In other workplaces agitation just never seems to take hold. What do we do in these situations? What do we do when agitation takes years without much visible result, or in places where workers are clearly in the retreat or a passive state?….
Posted in Leaflets, Organisation
[Leaflet] End Poverty and Unemployment
Author: Soundz of the South
PDF file size: 71.2 KB
The reason why millions and millions of people, especially young people, are unemployed and live in poverty around the world is because of the capitalist and state systems. Capitalism and the state lead to all sorts of problems including unemployment, inequality and the oppression of workers, women and people of colour….
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Facebook page of 'Black Flame' reorganised and rebooted 20:16 Tue 13 Dec 0 comments
The Facebook page of 'Black Flame' has been reorganised and rebooted, now carrying regular updates related to the book by Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt...
Back issues of Black Flag go online 03:01 Tue 05 May 0 comments
As Black Flag brings out it's May 2009 issue, we proudly present all three of the pre-2009 issues produced by the current collective, for free download from the libcom.org website.
Announcing the Institute for Anarchist Studies Web Site! 04:34 Sat 02 May 0 comments
Dear Friends and Comrades,
The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) has newly relaunched its Web site, now available at http://www.anarchist-studies.org/.
"Hands off the MST Brazil!" say South African social movements 23:07 Thu 07 Aug 0 comments
Landless Peoples' Movement (LPM), Shack-Dwellers' Movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) & Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF), South Africa - Joint Statement on Workers Party (PT), Brazil, Campaign to Criminalise the Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST), Brazil [Italiano]
The Europe they want to impose on us 15:40 Fri 19 Oct 0 comments
Leaflet distributed by members of the FACP today, 18th October, during the demonstration in Lisbon against the EU Treaty.
Beacons of Dissent against the G8 19:17 Mon 25 Apr 1 comments
For years, when a community has seen danger approach, they have used fire
to call for the aid of their peers as they prepare to resist the enemy.
When a beacon was lit on a hilltop, the message travelled far and fast
and aid would soon follow. Now, as the G8 leaders approach Gleneagles, the
people of Scotland are preparing to light Beacons of Dissent.
On Mayday, for 100 years the peoples' day, we will call out for aid in our
resistance to those who claim power over us. Those who claim to be solving
the problem of climate change while driving new motorways through our communities.
Who say they can solve Africa's problems by opening it up to multinational
corporations. Who meet the challenges of our world with empty words and betrayal.
New from NAF 17:14 Wed 23 Feb 0 comments
The first issue of Unfinished Business has been printed and is available
Imagining the grassroots community - the basic unit of the world commune Aug 03 0 comments
It is clear that the multi-level direct democracy of the world commune will be based on the grassroots communities, in whose members' assemblies the decisions will be arrived at and from where the delegates to the higher levels of organizations will be nominated. However, the details that the whole is combined from have been gone into mainly in fiction literature only.
Europe & the Bankers Nov 16 1 comments
All that was needed was a profound economic crisis and a little discontent among the people for Europe's democracies to abandon their liberal facade and show themselves for what they really are: the dictatorship of large Capital. It doesn't matter what the citizens think, the coup d'état in Greece, the nomination of technocrats to the government in Italy and the government in Ireland radio-controlled from Brussels, these are the best proof of the fact that not even in Europe will they hesitate to put aside their democratic formalism is the interests of the 1% are in danger. While the general discontent and popular mobilization grows, what will happen next? [Italiano] [Castellano]
Wikileaks, Karl Marx and You Jan 11 2 comments
Despite blanket media coverage of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, there has been little discussion of the fact that Assange is merely one leader within a large and complicated social movement. The better analyses have found it interesting that the Swedish Pirate Party are aiding Wikileaks; some note links to the German Chaos Computer Club. But only “geeks” and “hackers” (technology workers) are aware that all of these organisations are members of the same movement.
Mobilizations and Mass Movements Dec 12 1 comments
This is a discussion of two approaches employed in organizing at the mass level: mobilizations and mass movements. Mobilizations typically entail calling on people to participate in rallies, protests and other actions. A mass movement pushes dialogue and strategizing from the revolutionary or intermediate levels to the mass level, building organization and consciousness through continuity of practice.
Updated blog: Lucien van der Walt: writings on political economy, policy, unions and class struggles Aug 19 0 comments
This page collects some of my writings on political economy, policy, unions and class struggles. These are are written from a red-and-black anarchist/ syndicalist perspective, and go back to the late 1990s.