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international / the left Monday April 07, 2014 - 20:22 byJan Makandal
Dogmatism is a manifestation of theoretical and/or ideological deficiencies, such as idealism (metaphysics), sectarianism, elitism or followership. It’s a significant obstacle to working class emancipation, which we must identify and comprehend in order to combat it. There are several variants and expressions, including:
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indonesia / philippines / australia / gender Wednesday March 26, 2014 - 18:25 byRebecca Winter   text 2 comments (last - sunday march 30, 2014 - 03:23)   image 2 images
For too long sexual violence survivors have been sacrificed at the altar of ‘movement building.’ This approach has a massively destructive impact on survivors, but it also prevents us from creating the kind of movements that we need. We must create social movements which build the revolutionary collective power of the working classes to confront all systems of oppression and exploitation. But to do this we need to start practicing what we preach. We need to challenge misogynist attitudes about sexual violence within our midst and create enduring structures which allow us to support survivors and hold perpetrators to account. Only then can we genuinely claim to be fighting for anarchism and social justice. ... read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / workplace struggles Monday March 10, 2014 - 10:06 byMiriam   text 1 comment (last - friday march 14, 2014 - 14:40)   image 1 image
This is an interesting interview with our comrade Miriam (M1 Detroit) on her history of “Industrialization” with her organization at the time the Revolutionary Socialist League. “Industrialization” was the term that the Left used to describe the strategy of getting mainly University and counter-culture youth activists to commit to point-of-production organizing in factories as part of the working-class. It was different than what is today known as “salting” – as “Industrialization” was not usually seen as a short-term stint around a specific campaign, but rather a long-term commitment to building a revolutionary presence in the class. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anarchist movement Saturday March 08, 2014 - 19:11 byFelipe Corrêa   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 09, 2014 - 05:18)   image 1 image
This text is divided into four main parts for the presentation of Malatesta’s political thought: a.) a brief description of the author’s life, the political environment in which he found himself and his main interlocutors; b.) a theoretical-epistemological discussion, which differentiates science from doctrine/ideology and, therefore, the methods of analysis and social theories of anarchism. A notion that will be applied to the discussion of Malatestan thought itself; c.) theoretical-methodological elements for social analysis; d.) conception of anarchism and strategic positions. [Português] ... read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / the left Monday March 03, 2014 - 05:21 byJosé Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 2 comments (last - thursday march 06, 2014 - 03:24)   image 1 image
Article originally written in Spanish for the latest issue of the Chilean anarchist paper Solidaridad- The recent events that have shaken Venezuela reflect not only the level of interference that the USA maintains in the region or the pervasive coup-mongering trend in the Venezuelan elite which knows by heart the manual of the Chilean coup strategy. It primarily reflects the latent tensions in the Venezuelan model which should start to work themselves out from below, through struggle. Today more than ever we need critiques to be the essential tool of revolutionaries, rather than the attitude of passive approval of everything the Bolivarian leadership does. [Castellano] [Català] [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
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russia / ukraine / belarus / miscellaneous Sunday March 02, 2014 - 13:56 byКиевская городская организация - ACT   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 09, 2014 - 16:29)   image 1 image
The overthrow of the authoritarian regime of Yanukovych by no means signifies for us the end of our fight. New dictators hasten to take the place of the Party of Regions. They will not hesitate to rely not only on considerably weakened security agencies, but on the far right militants as well. The regime of police and prosecutorial arbitrariness deserved its overthrow unconditionally, but now there may come a time for a new terror that will justify itself ideologically. [Pусский] ... read full story / add a comment
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international / economy Saturday March 01, 2014 - 19:49 byShawn Hattingh   text 2 comments (last - saturday march 08, 2014 - 19:36)   image 1 image
Since 2009 the US state has been undertaking Quantitative Easing (QE), which has involved the US state creating $ 85 billion a month, effectively electronically printing money out of thin air, and linking this to the “purchasing” of paper assets like US government bonds and also more importantly mortgaged backed securities from banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and asset management companies, which lost their value when the capitalist crisis hit hard in 2008. Through this, these financial institutions and banks have been given up to $ 85 billion a month for the last five years. Much of this money has been used by these corporations to increase their speculative activity, including speculating on government bonds sold by the likes of the South African, Brazilian, Argentinean, and Turkish states. Now the US state has been looking to start tapering QE and speculators as a result are exiting these government bond markets. As this article explores it will probably not be the ruling class (capitalists and top state officials) that suffer the worst convulsions associated with tapering, although they may be affected, but the working class in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Argentina and Turkey. This article examines why and how this could take place, how ruling classes from different countries are trying to protect themselves; and why and how the working class will in all likelihood be worst hit. In order to, however, understand how the class war around QE is unfolding it is important first to look at the role states have played during the crisis, along with the competition that exists between states.
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international / the left Monday February 24, 2014 - 19:51 byAndrew Flood   text 3 comments (last - sunday april 13, 2014 - 00:38)   image 1 image
Horizontalism is an emerging term used to describe the key common characteristics of the waves of rebellion of the last decade. Occupy in 2011 was the peak to date but the term Horizontalism itself appears to originate the rebellion in Argentina after the 2001 banking crisis there. Marina Sitrin in her book on that rebellion says the term (in Spanish obviously) was used to describe the neighborhood, workplace & unemployed assemblies that emerged to form "social movements seeking self-management, autonomy and direct democracy." Image by Author:Meeting in Gezi Park, June 2013 ... read full story / add a comment
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eastern asia / history of anarchism Sunday February 23, 2014 - 14:36 byTokologo African Anarchist Collective   image 1 image
The Korean anarchist movement wanted to build an independent self-governing anarchist society, a cooperative system of the masses of the Korean people. They wanted to take civilisation from the capitalist class, and return it to the popular classes. By doing so, the capitalist and colonial society that existed in Korea (as elsewhere in Africa and Asia and east Europe) would be replaced with a new society. This new society would be based on the principles of freedom and equality, that guarantee the independent self-rule of the producing classes: the working class and the peasantry. [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
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international / the left Saturday February 15, 2014 - 20:10 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
The nostalgic left is a bit of shorthand I’ve started using for those on the left who have reacted to the disintegration of the old left by wishing for idealised simpler times. And perhaps more strangely blaming the collapse on what they see as threatening new developments, like intersectionality. They hold such newfangled nonsense responsible for the current failure of the left to get an echo from the general population. ... read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / workplace struggles Thursday January 30, 2014 - 08:14 byMike Harris   text 1 comment (last - saturday february 08, 2014 - 05:00)   image 1 image
Direct action and workplace organization rather than legislation will end inequality ... read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anarchist movement Friday January 24, 2014 - 16:02 byFederação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro   image 1 image
This article discusses the complicated questions of commitment, responsibility and self-discipline from the point of view of the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro. [Português] [Castellano] ... read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anarchist movement Tuesday January 21, 2014 - 03:19 byWayne Price   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 23, 2014 - 15:46)   image 1 image
This essay is slightly expanded from one which was rejected by a US anarchist magazine for political reasons. It deals with a disagreement among activists: Should we propose that the movement raise a program of demands? I think that anarchists should, but with a more libertarian-democratic version than the liberals and state socialists. The essay is followed by a response to the political points raised by the editors of the anarchist journal. ... read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war 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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russia / ukraine / belarus / history of anarchism Wednesday January 15, 2014 - 23:51 byTokologo African Anarchist Collective   image 3 images
The mass “Makhnovist” (anarchist) movement emerged in 1917 in Ukraine, a colonial country in East Europe that was until then divided between the Russian and Austrian (or Austro-Hungarian) Empires. The Makhnovists made an anarchist revolution. The anarchists were a central force in the 1917-1921 Ukrainian War of Independence.

They fought for decolonisation through anarchist revolution, meaning the independent Ukraine should be reconstructed on anarchist lines: self-management and participatory democracy, equality not hierarchy and domination, collectively-owned property, and the abolition of the class system, capitalism and the state. They were called “Makhnovists,” after the leading Ukrainian anarchist militant, Nestor Makhno. He came from a poor peasant family, had been a factory worker, and former political prisoner. [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles Thursday January 09, 2014 - 14:56 byMzee   image 1 image
Once we stop thinking as individuals and start thinking as a working class group, change will become possible.

Our country’s conditions have gotten worse and worse in many ways. There is corruption, inequality and limited freedom for the masses. Someone has to stand up and say “Enough is enough! We need better education, more jobs and people-driven development plans.”

We are calling for change now! ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles Saturday January 04, 2014 - 19:50 bySiyabulela Hulu   image 1 image
In September 2002, residents of Kwa-Masisa Hostel in Sebokeng faced evictions by the so-called new and private owners. They resisted and won. But since then, the hostel has been abandoned to its fate. Today the struggle for secure tenure, decent conditions and control continues. ... read full story / add a comment
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / anarchist movement Monday December 30, 2013 - 14:41 byJosé Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 5 comments (last - friday january 10, 2014 - 02:09)   image 1 image
The recent presidential election in Chile, where abstention - more than 50% - was the overall winner, was predictable if not for the emergence of a sector claiming to be revolutionary and left libertarian in the political and electoral scenario. The Red Libertaria (Libertarian Network - RL) firmly and enthusiastically joined the "Todos a la Moneda" platform (Everyone to La Moneda) platform, whose candidate was Marcel Claude. As can be imagined, this decision produced a feeling of unease, discomfort and disorientation in sectors recognizing themselves as part of the libertarian movement, producing splits, recriminations and discouragement. [Castellano] [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war Saturday December 28, 2013 - 15:28 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
The recent BBC documentary 'Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Force' may have once again put a spotlight on the extent of British state-sponsored terrorism in the North and the activities of its various shadowy forces; but the level of orchestration, impunity, collusion and cover up is yet to be truly uncovered. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / environment Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 23:09 byStephanie McMillan   image 1 image
This is to specifically address class struggle as it relates to the ecological crisis. It will not address all the other (many!) reasons that working class struggle must be waged and supported.
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Revolutionary Trade Unionism: The Road to Workers’ Freedom

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textOn Dogmatism Apr 07 by Jan Makandal 0 comments

imageSilent No Longer: Confronting Sexual Violence in the Left Mar 26 by Rebecca Winter 2 comments

image“Sharing the pains, indignities and anger” Mar 10 by Miriam 1 comments

imageThe Political Thought of Errico Malatesta Mar 08 by Felipe Corrêa 1 comments

imageVenezuela at the crossroads Mar 03 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 2 comments

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