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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Sunday March 17, 2013 23:35 byS. Nappalos
The terrain is changing beneath our feet. Since the collapse of the majority of the “official communist” regimes, the world has witnessed both events and ideas that have undermined the former dominant thinking within the left. The Zapatistas, Argentina in 2001, South Korean workers movements, Oaxaca in 2006, the struggles around anti-globalization, and Greece’s series of insurrectionary moments have increasingly presented challenges to traditional left answers to movements and organization. In previous eras Marxist-Leninism was the nexus which all currents by default had to respond to either in agreement or critique. Today, increasingly anarchist practices and theory have come to play this role.

As a member of an anarchist political organization, a friend once told me I in fact was practicing democratic centralism. This was perplexing, because the group had no resembling structures, practices, or the associated behaviors of democratic centralism. However, I was told that since we debated, came to common decisions, and acted on that collective democracy, we were in fact democratic centralist. This kind of productive confusion led to questions about the concept, and why the target of democratic centralism has shifted. This move, the shifting conceptual territory of core concepts of a certain orthodoxy, comes up repeatedly not only with democratic centralism, but also surrounding ideas like crisis, dialectics, the State, and class. The resulting cognitive dissonance caused me to investigate attempts at reinvigorating the concept of democratic centralism (democratic centralist revisionism), and understand truly what it is, where it came from, and how it has been practiced. read full story / add a comment
bolivie / pérou / Équateur / chili / mouvement anarchiste / opinion / analyse Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:58 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Le Chili est un pays avec une riche histoire de lutte, et de profondes connections avec d’un côté, la domination, et de l’autre, la solidarité, de l’Amérique du Nord et de l’Europe. Peut-être encore plus que les autres pays d’Amérique du sud, le Chili porte un modèle néolibéral partagé avec les pays impérialistes, et particulièrement les États-Unis, qui ont saigné le Chili pour des siècles. Mais encore, la distance physique comme le paysage politique ont gardé les mouvements de l’État chilien obscurcis pour beaucoup de révolutionnaires dans le Nord. [English] read full story / add a comment
bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / education / entrevista Thursday October 25, 2012 08:05 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Entrevista realizada por Scott Nappalos, de Miami Autonomía y Solidaridad, a Felipe Ramírez, del Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios de Chile.
Transcrita por Mónica Kostas.
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / education / interview Thursday October 25, 2012 08:02 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Interview by Scott Nappalos with Felipe Ramirez from FEL-Chile.
Translated by Mónica Kostas.
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Wednesday October 24, 2012 08:53 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Chile is a country with a rich history of struggle, and of deep connections to both the domination by and solidarity from North America and Europe. Perhaps more than other Latin American countries, Chile bears a shared neoliberal model with the imperialist countries, and particularly the US, that have been bleeding Chile for centuries. Yet both physical distance and the political landscape have kept the state of Chilean movements obscured from many revolutionaries in the North. [Français] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 07, 2011 01:00 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
When a revolutionary begins organizing in a shop, the first step is typically to agitate one's coworkers. 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 organization. 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? read full story / add a comment
Street banner in front of Chilean Consulate, Miami
north america / mexico / education / news report Wednesday August 10, 2011 08:27 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Students and activists in Miami held a protest outside the Chilean consulate in downtown Miami Monday August 8th. The rally was organized by Students Working for Equal Rights, a student organization at campuses throughout Florida that organizes around student and immigrant issues. read full story / add a comment
nord america / messico / movimento anarchico / opinione / analisi Friday January 28, 2011 17:30 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
In tempi recenti un certo numero di correnti ideologiche della tradizione comunista libertaria ha ispirato tutta una generazione ad organizzarsi per costruire e riprodurre organizzazioni e lotte intorno ad una riflessione sulla tradizione in proiezione futura. Gran parte di questa teoria ci giunge dal periodo delle più grandi ondate di lotte proletarie e contadine del 20° secolo. Quel periodo ha prodotto una teoria dell'organizzazione basata su una posizione da protagonista all'interno dei punti più alti delle lotte, dei loro successi e delle sconfitte. [English] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday January 25, 2011 00:08 byS. Nappalos   text 3 comments (last - saturday january 29, 2011 07:40)   image 1 image
The end of the twentieth century was a time of transition. The regime of low-intensity warfare, the dismantling of the welfare state, and neo-liberal privatization schemes ultimately was running its course[1]. The final defeats were to be dolled out across the world in the eventual collapse of finance bubbles, widespread resistance to austerity, and the implosive of the economies of Latin America[2]. Before this was all but said and done, there was the gradual and later meteoric rise and fall of social movements against neo-liberal reforms and the militarism leading to the afghan and Iraq wars. Revolutionaries played an active and disproportionate role in mobilizing the social actors in what would become the largest mobilizations of their kind. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Tuesday January 25, 2011 00:04 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
In recent times a number of ideological currents from the libertarian communist tradition have inspired a generation to organize, build and reproduce organizations, and struggle around a rethinking of their traditions and future. Much of this theory comes from the period of the greatest waves of proletarian and peasant struggles in the 20th century. That period produced theory of organization based on the protagonists’ position within high points of struggle, its successes and failures. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Monday January 17, 2011 01:44 byS. Nappalos   text 10 comments (last - monday january 24, 2011 08:41)   image 1 image
Political organization is a collective answer to common problems. People organize based on a collective sense of need, and the perspectives and problems encountered in social groups crystallize into organizational forms and moments. This is a general historical trend; even without a theory, organization emerges to meet concrete needs that cannot be solved except by building social forms to address them. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / miscellaneous / news report Saturday May 01, 2010 19:40 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This article is commentary on a proposed trauma center at Kendall Regional Medical Center in South Florida, USA. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Saturday April 17, 2010 01:05 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This article is about levels of organization, and a strategic thesis that the intermediate level is the strategic point of intervention for the libertarian left in our time. The intermediate level is where groupings of conscious workers unify around some basic unity for coordination and struggle in the mass organization. read full story / add a comment
western asia / miscellaneous / link to audio Thursday December 10, 2009 20:13 byS. Nappalos
This is a talk and discussion on Iran hosted by Miami Autonomy and Solidarity. read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / anarchist movement / other libertarian press Tuesday November 17, 2009 23:25 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image   audio 2 audio files
This is the audio recording of a Miami Autonomy and Solidarity event with Nelson Mendez of the El Libertario editorial collective discussing Venezuelan social movements and anarchism. read full story / add a comment
américa central / caribe / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 13, 2009 22:31 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Más de 10.000 trabajadores, incluyendo a miembros de Batay Ouvrije, en la zona industrial (es decir, en el distrito de las enormes maquilas) de Puerto Príncipe, ocuparon sus fábricas el martes en apoyo a la petición de una legislación de salario mínimo aprobada por el parlamento, pero bloqueada por el presidente. read full story / add a comment
central america / caribbean / workplace struggles / news report Monday August 10, 2009 14:08 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This is an update on struggles from July read full story / add a comment
américa del norte / méxico / movimiento anarquista / policy statement Sunday August 09, 2009 22:43 byS. Nappalos
Miami Autonomía y Solidaridad (MAS), es un grupo de individuos quienes se han juntado con el propósito de desarrollar una organización revolucionaria, que conviva con los demás movimientos sociales, teniendo como meta final contribuir al desarrollo de un movimiento popular autónomo, creado por los oprimidos, para derrocar el capitalismo, el estado, y toda forma de opresión. read full story / add a comment
central america / caribbean / workplace struggles / news report Sunday August 09, 2009 22:20 byS. Nappalos   text 1 comment (last - thursday august 13, 2009 20:44)   image 1 image
Over 10,000 workers including Batay Ouvriye members at the industrial parks (i.e. mass sweatshop district) of Port au Prince occupied their factories Tuesday in support of the demand for the enactment of the minimum wage legislation passed by Parliament, but stalled by the President. read full story / add a comment
américa del norte / méxico / luchas indígenas / news report Thursday July 09, 2009 10:14 byS. Nappalos
Aproximadamente veinte personas se reunieron en la embajada peruana para protestar el masacre de personas indígenas que están defendiendo sus comunidades y tierra contra los intereses capitalistas y el gobierno peruano. read full story / add a comment
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