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venezuela / colombia / movimiento anarquista / opinión / análisis Thursday April 10, 2014 22:53 byVArgarquista   image 1 image
Anarquía no significa un mundo de anarquistas, sino un mundo en donde todas las personas independientemente de su ideología puedan participar equitativamente, y su autonomía solo sea equiparable con la solidaridad que le rodea. El anarquismo como ideología no solo es vigente como ideología, sino como práctica de transformación hacia una sociedad más diversa y justa. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / debate Friday March 07, 2014 05:44 byLucien VAn der Walt   image 1 image
Lightly edited transcript from Lucien van der Walt’s discussion at 1st National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Political School, September 2013. From his debate with Solly Mapaila, 2nd deputy GS of the South African Communist Party (SACP) on anarcho-syndicalist versus Leninist views of the revolutionary potential of unions. A version was printed in ASR #61 2014, pp. 11-20

Captures van der Walt’s main points: the debate on the anarcho-syndicalist view that revolutionary trade unions, allied to other movements, creating a self-managed worker-controlled socialism through mass education, counter-power and workplace occupations; anarcho-syndicalism as a working class tradition; the anarcho-syndicalist view that unions can potentially be more revolutionary than political parties including Communist Parties, & be revolutionary without leadership by parties; the view that electioneering can be replaced with direct action campaigns; that the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939) shows unions taking power and making a bottom-up worker-controlled revolution; and how NUMSA’s current actions refute Marxist-Leninist theory; other problems with that theory’s traditional approach to unions; and the implications of all of this for current debates over the form of a new socialist movement in South Africa and elsewhere; and the nature of the South African ruling class and the primary social contradictions.

Lucien van der Walt is co-author of “Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism” (w.Michael Schmidt, 2009, AK Press) and co-editor of “Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940” (w. Steve Hirsch and Benedict Anderson, 2010, Brill). He has a long history of involvement in the working class movements. read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / workplace struggles / opinião / análise Sunday February 16, 2014 08:55 byFranz Ícaro de Sá SilVA   image 1 image
De início, uma advertência aos incautos: O subtítulo é uma sátira a uma afirmação do atual presidente do Sindicato dos Servidores Municipais de Teresina (SINDSERM), onde o mesmo, durante uma conversa, declarou que o sindicato "é uma instituição burguesa como outra qualquer". read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday February 04, 2014 17:08 byLucien VAn Der Walt   image 1 image
Στο παρόν κείμενο παρουσιάζεται μια ανάλυση του μαζικού αναρχισμού και συνδικαλισμού από θεωρητική και πρακτική πλευρά, ως απάντηση στις απόψεις του Daryl Glaser, που θέλουν τα εργατικά συμβούλια να μην πληρούν τις βασικές δημοκρατικές αρχές και να χρησιμοποιούνται μόνο ως ένα απλό εργαλείο κατά την διάρκεια των πρώιμων σταδίων μιας επανάστασης, τα οποία είναι πολύ πιθανό είτε να καταρρεύσουν είτε να οδηγήσουν σε ένα σταλινικού τύπου καθεστώς- ενώ αντιπροτείνει μια μορφή κοινοβουλευτισμού μέσω συμμετοχικών δομών. read full story / add a comment
mashrek / arabia / irak / imperialismo / guerra / opinione / analisi Sunday January 26, 2014 16:26 byTřídní Válka
Da quando tre anni fa ci fu il sollevamento in Siria (quale locale materializzazione delle insurrezioni che hanno scosso intere regioni del Maghreb e del Mashrek) la maggior parte delle reazioni, dei commenti e delle critiche da parte di strutture militanti che si dichiarano rivoluzionarie, internazionaliste, comuniste, anarchiche... non hanno fatto che andare nella stessa direzione: esprimere dubbi su cosa sta accadendo, dubbi sulle determinazioni materiali di fondo che hanno dato inizio ai movimenti che sono sotto i nostri occhi, dubbi sulla natura di classe di tali eventi, dubbi sul potenziale sovversivo delle lotte della nostra classe quando non avvengono sotto le "giuste" bandiere, e così dicendo. [English] read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialismo / guerra / opinião / análise Sunday January 26, 2014 03:25 byTřídní Válka
Hoje em dia, depois de passados longos três anos que o levante se incíou na Síria (desde as manifestões locais que arrasaram as regiões do Maghreb e do Machrek), a maior parte das reações, comentários e críticas provém de organizações militantes que se intitulam revolucionárias ,internacionalistas, comunistas e anarquistas... Assim nós vem o sentimento da dúvida em relação ao que se passa, da dúvida por relação as determinações materiais essenciais que dão vida aos movimentos que se desenvolvem diante de nossos olhos, da dúvida por relação a natureza de classe desses eventos, da dúvida em relação ao conteúdo potencialmente subversivo das lutas de nossa classe enquanto ela não possuir “boas” bandeiras, etc. [English] read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Monday January 20, 2014 19:46 byÁlVAro Forero Tascón
La guerra contra las Farc nunca fue una guerra contra el terrorismo, siempre ha sido una guerra contra el comunismo. read full story / add a comment
machrek / arabie / irak / impérialisme / guerre / opinion / analyse Sunday January 19, 2014 19:11 byTŘÍDNÍ VÁLKA
Depuis maintenant bientôt trois années qu’un soulèvement a éclaté en Syrie (en tant que manifestation locale des boule-versements qui secouent les régions du Maghreb et du Machrek), la plupart des réactions, commentaires et critiques provenant de structures militantes qui se réclament de la révolution, de l’internationalisme, du communisme, de l’anarchie,… vont dans le même sens : le doute par rapport à ce qui se passe, le doute par rapport aux déterminations maté-rielles essentielles qui donnent vie aux mouvements qui se développent devant nos yeux, le doute par rapport à la nature de classe de ces événements, le doute par rapport au contenu potentiellement subversif des luttes de notre classe lorsque celle-ci ne porte pas les « bons » drapeaux, etc. read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Sunday January 19, 2014 19:04 byTŘÍDNÍ VÁLKA
Since nearly three years that an uprising broke out in Syria (as a local materialization of the upheavals shaking the whole regions of Maghreb and Mashreq) most of the reactions, comments and critics from militant structures which claim to be revolutionary, internationalist, communist, anarchist… go in the same direction: doubts about what happens, doubts about essential material determinations that give birth to the movements that develop in front of our eyes, doubts about the class nature of these events, doubts about the potentially subversive content of struggles of our class when it doesn’t wave the “good” flags, etc. [Português] [Français] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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Από τις αρχές του Ιούνη, στη χώρα της Σάμπα, του καρναβαλιού, του ποδοσφαίρου αλλά κυρίως της φτώχειας, έχει ξεσπάσει μια μεγαλειώδης εξέγερση από χιλιάδες Βραζιλιάνους, εναντίον του Μουντιάλ που φέτος το καλοκαίρι θα διοργανωθεί εκεί. Με κύρια συνθήματα “θέλουμε, φαγητό, στέγη, εκπαίδευση και υγεία αντί για γήπεδα και μπάλα”, οι αγωνιζόμενοι πληβείοι των φαβέλας, οι ανέστιοι και οι ιθαγενείς που ξεριζώνονται από τη γη τους - προκειμένου να χτιστούν φαραωνικά γήπεδα ποδοσφαίρου - έχουν εξεγερθεί και με καθημερινές σχεδόν συγκρούσεις με τη πιο διεφθαρμένη αστυνομία του πλανήτη, μάχονται για την αξιοπρέπειά τους και το δικαίωμα στη ζωή ενάντια στη συνεχιζόμενη εξαθλίωση τους. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism / feature Sunday December 15, 2013 23:39 byShawn Hattingh and Lucien VAn der Walt   image 1 image
Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections on national liberation and South Africa’s transition
Shawn Hattingh and Lucien van der Walt


The destruction of the apartheid state form, with its odious policies of coercion and racism, was a major triumph for the working class in South Africa and elsewhere, showing that ordinary people can challenge and defeat systems that seem quite unbreakable. Mandela did play a heroic role, but was also the first to admit that “It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants, the doctors, the clergy." And indeed, it was the black working class, above all, that through struggle tore down many features of apartheid by the late 1980s, such as the pass law system, the Group Areas Act and numerous other odious laws and policies.

The 1994 transition in South Africa was a political revolution, a break with the apartheid and colonial periods of state-sanctioned white supremacy, a “massive advance” in the conditions of the majority. It introduced a new state, based on non-racialism, in which South Africa was to be a multi-racial, multi-cultural but unified country, founded on human rights; welfare and social policy and legislation was transformed; capitalism was kept in place, but despite this, there were very massive and very real changes, political and material, that made qualitative differences in the daily lives of millions of black and working class people. And for millions, it is precisely the association of Mandela with that victory and with those changes that makes him so emotionally powerful.

Yet at the same time, Mandela’s policies and politics had important limitations that must be faced if the current quandary of South Africa, nearly 20 years later, is to be understood. Mandela never sold out: he was committed to a reformed capitalism, and a parliamentary democracy, and unified South Africa based on equal civil and political rights, a project in which black capitalists and black state elites would loom large. These goals have been achieved, but bring with them numerous problems that must be faced up if the final liberation – including national liberation – of South Africa’s working class is to be achieved.

The 1994 breakthrough was a major victory, but it was not the final one, for a final one requires a radical change in society, towards a libertarian and socialist order based on participatory democracy, human needs rather than profit and power, and social and economic justice, and attention to issues of culture and the psychological impact of apartheid.

As long as the basic legacy of apartheid remains, in education, incomes, housing and other spheres, and as long as the working class of all races is excluded from basic power and wealth by a black and white ruling class, so long will the national question – the deep racial / national divisions in South Africa, and the reality of ongoing racial/ national oppression for the black, Coloured and Indian working class – remain unresolved. And so long will it continue to generate antagonisms and conflicts, the breeding ground for rightwing populist demagogy, xenophobia and crime. By contrast, a powerful black elite, centred on the state and with a growing corporate presence, has achieved its national liberation.
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international / anarchist movement / debate Friday December 13, 2013 16:12 byLucien VAn der Walt   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 21, 2013 05:24)   image 1 image
Examining the theory and practice of ‘mass’ anarchism and syndicalism, this paper argues against Daryl Glaser’s views that workers’ council democracy fails basic democratic benchmarks and that, envisaged as a simple instrument of a revolution imagined in utopian ‘year zero’ terms, it will probably collapse or end in ‘Stalinist’ authoritarianism—Glaser also argues instead for parliaments, supplemented by participatory experiments. While agreeing with Glaser on the necessity of a ‘democratic minimum’ of pluralism, rights, and open-ended outcomes, I demonstrate, in contrast, that this ‘minimum’ is perfectly compatible with bottom-up council democracy and self- management, as envisaged in anarchist/syndicalist theory, and as implemented by anarchist revolutions in Manchuria, Spain and Ukraine. This approach seeks to maximise individual freedom through an egalitarian, democratic, participatory order, developed as both means and outcome of revolution; it consistently insists that attempts to ‘save’ revolutions by suspending freedoms, instead destroy both. Parliament, again in contrast to Glaser, from this perspective, meets no ‘democratic minimum’, being part of the state, a centralized, unaccountable institutional nexus essential to domination and exploitation by a ruling class of state managers and capitalists. Rather than participate in parliaments, ‘mass’ anarchism argues for popular class autonomy from, and struggle against, the existing order as a means of winning economic and political reforms while—avoiding ‘year zero’ thinking—also building the new society, within and against, the old, through a prefigurative project of revolutionary counter-power and counter-culture. Revolution here means the complete expansion of a bottom-up democracy, built through a class struggle for economic and social equality, and requiring the defeat of the ruling class, which is itself the outcome of widespread, free acceptance of anarchism, and of a pluralistic council democracy and self-management system. read full story / add a comment
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África austral / community struggles / opinião / análise Friday December 13, 2013 12:38 byLucien VAn der Walt   image 1 image
O nosso país está numa confusão. A fome, a pobreza, a exploração e a injustiça espreitam.

A classe trabalhadora e os pobres deparam, a cada passo, com os muros altos da injustiça, as cadeias do desemprego e as balas e os cassetetes da polícia.

Os conflitos agitam o país e as esperanças que brilhavam em 1994 estão a desaparecer, envelhecidas, enferrujando sob as águas da ganância, da opressão e da desigualdade; essas esperanças são como um sonho que desaparece quando se desperta para uma realidade sombria.

A questão nacional, as nossas profundas divisões de raça e nacionalidade, continuam sem solução: os políticos, pretos e brancos, pioram ainda a situação com o objectivo de obterem votos. read full story / add a comment
international / anarchist movement / debate Thursday December 12, 2013 19:18 byLucien VAn der Walt
Examining the theory and practice of ‘mass’ anarchism and syndicalism, this paper argues against Daryl Glaser’s views that workers’ council democracy fails basic democratic benchmarks and that, envisaged as a simple instrument of a revolution imagined in utopian ‘year zero’ terms, it will probably collapse or end in ‘Stalinist’ authoritarianism—Glaser also argues instead for parliaments, supplemented by participatory experiments. While agreeing with Glaser on the necessity of a ‘democratic minimum’ of pluralism, rights, and open-ended outcomes, I demonstrate, in contrast, that this ‘minimum’ is perfectly compatible with bottom-up council democracy and self-management, as envisaged in anarchist/syndicalist theory, and as implemented by anarchist revolutions in Manchuria, Spain and Ukraine. This approach seeks to maximise individual freedom through an egalitarian, democratic, participatory order, developed as both means and outcome of revolution; it consistently insists that attempts to ‘save’ revolutions by suspending freedoms, instead destroy both. Parliament, again in contrast to Glaser, from this perspective, meets no ‘democratic minimum’, being part of the state, a centralized, unaccountable institutional nexus essential to domination and exploitation by a ruling class of state managers and capitalists. Rather than participate in parliaments, ‘mass’ anarchism argues for popular class autonomy from, and struggle against, the existing order as a means of winning economic and political reforms while—avoiding ‘year zero’ thinking—also building the new society, within and against, the old, through a prefigurative project of revolutionary counter-power and counter-culture. Revolution here means the complete expansion of a bottom-up democracy, built through a class struggle for economic and social equality, and requiring the defeat of the ruling class, which is itself the outcome of widespread, free acceptance of anarchism, and of a pluralistic council democracy and self-management system. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 10, 2013 14:12 byLucien VAn der Walt   image 1 image
Our country is in a mess. Hunger, poverty, exploitation and injustice stalk the land.

The working class and poor face, at every step, the high walls of injustice, the chains of unemployment, and the bullets and batons of the police.

Conflicts shake the country, and hopes that shone in 1994 are fading, rusting under the waters of greed, oppression, and inequality; those hopes seem like a dream that fades when you awake to a grim reality. read full story / add a comment
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norte da África / história do anarquismo / link para pdf Monday December 02, 2013 21:59 byLucien VAn der Walt & Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
Esse texto dos autores sul-africanos apresenta elementos para uma compreensão da desconhecida história do anarquismo no norte da África. Trazem fatos e personagens de mais de um século de anarquismo em países como Egito, Argélia, Marrocos, Tunísia e Líbia. Continuam, dessa maneira, a mostrar que o anarquismo não se resumiu e nem se resume ao eixo do Atlântico Norte ressaltado nos estudos de referência.
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italia / svizzera / lotte sindacali / comunicato stampa Thursday November 21, 2013 21:57 byFdCA GenoVA   image 1 image
Sosteniamo incondizionatamente la lotta dei lavoratori AMT di Genova. Siamo stati e saremo sempre al loro fianco in piazza per la difesa dei loro salari, dei loro diritti e per la salvaguardia ed il rilancio della mobilità pubblica. read full story / add a comment
Melissa Sepúlveda, candidata del FeL a la FECH
bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / education / entrevista Monday November 11, 2013 19:52 byRichard SandoVAl   image 1 image
El anarquismo es parte esencial del movimiento estudiantil chileno. En 1906, con el apoyo del rector radical Valentín Letelier, los libertarios fundaron la Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Chile, la que dirigieron entre 1918 y 1922. Hoy, 93 años después, Melissa Sepúlveda, estudiante de cuarto año de medicina en la Casa de Bello, apuesta por convertirse en la primera presidenta rojinegra de la organización en casi un siglo. read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / história do anarquismo / opinião / análise Friday October 25, 2013 05:38 byFelipe Corrêa e Rafael Viana da SilVA   image 5 images
Texto que discute o anarquismo, desde uma perspectiva teórica e histórica. read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Wednesday October 23, 2013 23:42 byRicardo VArgas Meza
Reflexiones críticas sobre narcotráfico, cultivos de uso ilícito, conflicto armado, y las perspectivas de paz en Colombia a partir de las experiencias del Foro Nacional y el Foro Regional sobre la solución al problema de los cultivos ilícitos. Ambos eventos, realizados en el marco del proceso de paz, revelan las dificultades que encuentran los diferentes sectores para una construcción seria y coherente de propuestas alternativas a la prohibición en Colombia. read full story / add a comment
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