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north america / mexico / anti-fascism / non-anarchist press Friday September 25, 2020 12:18 by Clyde W. BarroW
In The Dangerous Class: The Concept of the Lumpenproletariat (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2020), I argue that US President Donald Trump should be understood as a “Prince of the Lumpenproletariat.” The question that will confront us on November 3rd and long afterward is whether Donald Trump will become “Emperor of the Lumpenproletariat.” These terms are taken from Karl Marx’s 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, where he applied them to Louis Bonaparte III. I argue that Trump has followed the script of the 18th Brumaire, which is the story of the exceptional rise to power of a lumpenproletariat organized and led by an authoritarian populist.

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Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Saturday August 29, 2020 07:50 by Tommy LaWson*   image 1 image
Ο πλήρης τίτλος είναι "Η λεπτή γραμμή ανάμεσα στον ατομικισμό, τον εξεγερτισμό και τον εξουσιασμό" - *Δημοσιεύτηκε στις 17 Ιούνη 2020 εδώ: http://www.redblacknotes.com/2020/06/17/the-thin-line-between-individualism-insurrection-and-authoritarianism/?fbclid=IwAR092aUF-PJhbAyb4r_C2xOesFcrG...m7xMw
Μετάφραση: Ούτε Θεός-Ούτε Αφέντης. read full story / add a comment
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aotearoa / pacific islands / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Saturday August 08, 2020 17:04 by AWSM   image 1 image
In September 2020 Aotearoa will experience a General Election. Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) has written this article to outline an Anarchist case against participating in such events. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / history / review Saturday August 01, 2020 02:46 by Wayne Price   text 2 comments (last - monday august 03, 2020 05:02)   image 1 image
Book on the personality of Donald Trump by his niece, who is also a psychologist. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday July 15, 2020 01:40 by ShaWn Hattingh   image 1 image
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it often seems as if we are stuck in a dystopian movie. In this movie death is stalking us, hospitals overflow with the sick and dying, and the grave diggers are at work. We know more victims will soon die as the folly of millions of workers being forced by circumstances to return into cramped mines, banks, factories and warehouses is so evident. Those that are no longer needed by the billionaires who own the companies are marshalled daily by the police and military dishing out violence and on occasion, humiliation, to underline their power and the power of their bosses. It all feels so unreal, a ghastly movie playing out before our eyes.

The trauma of it all has led many people to seek solace in fiction or conspiracy theories. It can be morbidly comforting to believe in fantasy in times of strife. We, however, fall into such fantasies at our own peril. When we try and deny reality and escape from it – even if we are traumatised – we are left powerless. We miss that all of this has to do with the workings and power relations that define our everyday lives – the very workings and power relations of capitalism and state systems. read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Περιβάλλον / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday July 14, 2020 21:31 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
Στον θόρυβο που έχει δημιουργηθεί στις μέρες μας σε σχέση με την κλιματική αλλαγή μπορούν και πρέπει να ειπωθούν πολλά. Το παρόν κείμενο του Price είναι ένα κείμενο σημερινό (δημοσιεύτηκε το Γενάρη 2019 – πριν γίνει ο μεγάλος ντόρος) το οποίο μας δίνει τη μεγάλη εικόνα από την άλλη μεριά του Ατλαντικού. Οι αναγνώστες ας έχουν κατά νου ότι αντίστοιχο με του αμερικανικού «Πράσινου New Deal» πάει να επιτευχθεί και σε επίπεδο Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (οι προτάσεις έχουν ήδη κατέβει στο ευρωκοινοβούλιο). Αυτά σαν μια προσπάθεια κατανόησης της πρεμούρας των αστών για το κλίμα σήμερα…
Το κείμενο είναι “σημερινό” ωστόσο τα ζητήματα αυτά οι Αναρχικοί, ανά τον κόσμο, τα έχουν στην ατζέντα τους εδώ και πολλά χρόνια. Σε θεωρητικό επίπεδο τίποτα δεν έχει αλλάξει· το ζήτημα της οικολογίας παραμένει στην επιφάνεια, μαζί με την αναγκαιότητα καταστροφής του συστήματος της ατομικής ιδιοκτησίας. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Monday July 06, 2020 06:01 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
Racial oppression is rooted in capitalism. White people are not oppressed as white people, but do suffer from capitalism in other ways. White anti-racism cannot only be based on moral values but must also be related to their own oppressions caused by capitalism. read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Monday June 29, 2020 22:48 by ShaWn Hattingh   image 1 image
The ongoing capitalist crisis, and the impacts of COVID19, have made it clear that the capitalist and state system we live under is neither efficient nor just. Inequality has hit record levels and a small elite has more wealth than ever, while the very basics – such as a decent healthcare, water, housing, sanitation, food and electricity – cannot be effectively financed, run nor delivered. Politicians in every state abuse their power too and corruption is rife, only its severity varies. We see this even when there is a pandemic – some local politicians have even sold food parcels meant to alleviate people’s hunger during the COVID 19 lockdown. Parliamentary democracy is largely hollow with a majority of people having no real political power. The oppression of women and people of colour continues unabated and imperialism deepens everyday. Due to the ever-expanding nature of capitalism the ecology is on the verge of collapse. It is clear a movement for change and an alternative to capitalism and the state system is needed. One alternative that is proving to be viable in large parts of the Kurdish majority areas of the Middle East is Democratic Confederalism. In South Africa there is much we can learn, adopt and adapt from Democratic Confederalism for local movement building. read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αριστερά / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday June 16, 2020 20:45 by MattheW Crossin   image 1 image
Αν και ο Μαρξ σκόπευε να αφιερώσει έναν τόμο του «Κεφαλαίου» στο ζήτημα του «Κράτους», πέθανε προτού ακόμη μπορέσει να ξεκινήσει αυτό το έργο. Έχουμε, λοιπόν, αφεθεί στην αναδιατύπωση της «μαρξιστικής θεωρίας του κράτους» από διάσπαρτες αναφορές που λανθάνουν σε διάφορα από τα συλλεχθέντα έργα του Μαρξ και του Ένγκελς. Η ανάλυσή μου διερευνά τις μετατοπίσεις και τις αντιφάσεις στη σκέψη τους, καθώς και τη χρησιμότητα αυτών των αντιφάσεων που εξυπηρετούν την εσφαλμένη παρουσίαση της αναρχικής εναλλαγής. read full story / add a comment
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nord america / messico / migrazione / razzismo / opinione / analisi Tuesday June 16, 2020 02:42 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
La ribellione per le vite delle persone afroamericane

Un punto di vista anarchico della ribellione statunitense contro le azioni poliziesche e il razzismo read full story / add a comment
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Μια αναρχική άποψη για την εξέγερση στις ΗΠΑ ενάντια στις αστυνομικές ενέργειες και τον ρατσισμό. - Αυτές οι διαμαρτυρίες αποτελούν μια εξέγερση. Είναι απόδειξη ότι ο πληθυσμός των ΗΠΑ δεν είναι για πάντα παθητικός και ηθικοποιημένος. Ότι υπάρχει μεγάλη οργή και δίψα για δικαιοσύνη και ελευθερία. Βέβαια όλο αυτό δεν θα οδηγήσει σε άμεση επα-νάσταση. Αλλά αυξάνει την πιθανότητα. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Thursday June 04, 2020 10:23 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
An anarchist view of the U.S. rebellion against police actions and racism. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-fascism / opinion / analysis Tuesday June 02, 2020 19:13 by ShaWn Hattingh   image 1 image
The rise of an authoritarian populist politics, which presents itself as against the “Establishment,”” for the “common” people and “anti-globalisation,” is happening worldwide — and there are dangerous signs in South Africa. The populist upsurge sees voters reject big, established parties that embraced neo-liberalism after the economic crisis of 2007, in the context of a retreating working class and left. The author argues that the solution is to build from below for a new society beyond the state, class rule and capitalism based on self-management and production for need. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anti-fascism / opinion / analysis Wednesday May 27, 2020 04:27 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
Donald Trump is the culmination of how the Republican Party has been developing for years. Together they threaten to establish an authoritarian state in the service of big capital. They endanger the lives, health, and living standards of the working class and the rest of the population. But supporting the Democratic Party is not the solution. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 19, 2020 05:12 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
The crisis of the statist politics that dominated working-class politics -- social democracy, Marxism-Leninism, and anti-imperialist nationalism -- and the rise of neoliberalism, has aided the rediscovery of society-centred, anti-capitalist forms of bottom-up change “at a distance” from the state. This article critically assess the three main modes of “at a distance” politics: “outside-but-with” the state, which combines using the state with popular movements;  “outside-and-despite” the state, aiming at disintegrating the system by building alternatives in its cracks; and “outside-and-against” the state, associated with anarchism/ syndicalism, rejects the state for building autonomous working class counter-power that can resist, then defeat, state and capital. While each mode has limits, the anarchist/ syndicalist approach is arguably the most convincing, and its implications are serious. And it directs militants to work within the mass movements of the popular classes read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / review Friday May 15, 2020 08:36 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
During the late 1930s, Leon Trotsky and John Dewey, a leading U.S. liberal, wrote essays on the relation of means and ends in politics, and on whether Leninism led to Stalinism. I am going to discuss these works from an anarchist perspective.
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Saturday April 04, 2020 22:40 by WSM
It is within times of crisis when the thin veil of neoliberalism slips to reveal the emperor is not wearing any clothes. It exposes the sheer inefficacy of capitalism to cope with human crises and cater for the most basic human needs. In these times, when the capitalist state is left reeling, we see glimpses of community, solidarity and interdependence emerge once again - the very ideals neoliberalism has for the last 40 odd years attempted to erode and eradicate. It exposes that the ‘common sense’ manner of organising our lives, work and economy is entirely at odds with the will of the people but also, very importantly, it provides us with the opportunity to imagine a transformed world read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Saturday April 04, 2020 22:35 by WSM
The Covid-19 global health crisis is one that required a global response led by health workers but with the consensus of almost everyone. Instead we face a piecemeal response, often in the form of repressive policing solutions that are not even particularly effective and where the borders between the states have undermined collective action and allowed the virus to multiply in the gaps. read full story / add a comment
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aotearoa / pacific islands / gender / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:21 by MattheW Burns   image 1 image
An exploration of the intersection between the queer community and anarchism. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 18, 2020 08:37 by Wayne Price   text 3 comments (last - friday february 28, 2020 04:25)   image 1 image
**Many people regard anarchism and socialism as contradictory programs. This is based on the conception of "socialism" as state ownership of the economy. Yet historically, anarchists have regarded this program as "state socialism" or "authoritarian socialism." They have rejected such views in favor of "anarchist-socialism" or "libertarian socialism." This concept of anarchism as a variety of socialism remains important today in opposition to pro-capitalist "libertarianism" and to "democratic socialism"--that is, reformist state socialism.** read full story / add a comment
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