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international / environment / policy statement Tuesday November 29, 2011 20:19 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
At the time of writing, ruling class scum (the rich, big bosses, politicians and state managers) from across the globe are hopping on fancy planes to descend, like fleas, onto the posh air conditioned Durban Convention Centre for the COP 17 meeting. In between living in luxury, posing for press pictures, attending cocktail parties, closing business deals, and flashing fake bleached smiles; we are told - by these very same ruling class parasites - that they are coming to Durban and COP 17 to solve global warming. To be sure, the ruling class scum want us to believe that they are Armani-clad superheroes who care about us and who are flying in to save us all. But hold the applause and cheers, because nothing could be further from the truth. read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Καταστολή / Φυλακές / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday August 11, 2011 08:49 by Shawn Hattingh (ZACF)   image 2 images
Πρέπει να μάθουμε από αυτά. Στην πραγματικότητα, αν θέλουμε να διασφαλίσουμε πως δεν θα υπάρξουν στο μέλλον άλλοι Άντριες Τατάνε, πρέπει να αναβιώσουμε τις καλύτερες πρακτικές της λαικής εξουσίας και να αρχίσουμε να χτίζουμε έναν ελεύθερο και ισότιμο κόσμο. Ένα κόσμο που θα βασίζεται στις αρχές που έχουν γίνει γνωστές, διαμέσου 150 χρόνων αγώνα για δικαιοσύνη, ως αναρχοκομμουνισμός. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / economy / feature Wednesday July 27, 2011 17:49 by Shawn Hattingh   text 5 comments (last - tuesday august 02, 2011 18:48)   image 1 image
It has become common knowledge that South Africa is the most unequal country in the world. Only 41% of people of working age are employed, while half of the people employed earn less than R 2 500 a month. Worse still, inequality is growing with wages as a share of the national income dropping from 50% in 1994 to 45% in 2009; while profit as a share of national income has soared from 40% to 45%. In real terms this means that while a minority live well – and have luxurious houses, swimming pools, businesses, investments, and cushy positions in the state - the majority of people live in shacks or tiny breezeblock dwellings, are surrounded by squalor, and struggle on a daily basis to acquire the basics of life like food and water. Likewise, while bosses, state managers, and politicians – both black and white – get to strut around in fancy suits barking orders; the majority of people are expected to bow down, do as told, and swallow their pride. Despite being expected to be subservient, however, protests in working class areas are spreading. People have become fed up with being unemployed, having substandard housing, suffering humiliation, and having their water and electricity cut off. In fact, per person South Africa has the highest rate of protests in the world [3]. It is in this context of growing community direct action, even if still largely un-coordinated, that the state has felt it necessary, at least on a rhetorical level, to declare its intentions to lead a fight against unemployment and reduce inequality. To supposedly do so it unveiled a new economic framework, The New Growth Path (NGP), late in 2010 with the declared aim of creating 5 million jobs by 2020 [4]. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Friday June 10, 2011 02:12 by Shawn Hattingh
In this article, using an anarchist analysis, it will be argued that this lopsided trade, expansive investment and projection of state power by the South African ruling class are signs of the imperialist role they play in southern Africa. In undertaking this, it will be outlined how the South African ruling class, as an integral part of their imperialist role, are conducting a class war against the workers and the poor across sub-Saharan Africa. Through examining this class war, it will hopefully become clear that the South African state is being used as a key instrument by the ruling class – made up of capitalists and high-ranking state officials – to further their own interests in southern Africa. The consequence of highlighting the imperialist nature of the South African state also has implications for the strategies and tactics that should be used in struggle. It will be strongly argued that due to its hierarchical centralising and expansionist ambitions, the state cannot be used as a tool for liberation in South Africa or in the region.
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Thursday April 21, 2011 23:28 by Shawn Hattingh   image 5 images
On the 13th April, people in South Africa were stunned. On the evening news the sight of six police force members brutally beating a man, Andries Tatane, to death was aired. The images of the police smashing his body with batons and repeatedly firing rubber bullets into his chest struck a cord; people were simply shocked and appalled. Literally hundreds of articles followed in the press, politicians of all stripes also hopped on the bandwagon and said they lamented his death; and most called for the police to receive appropriate training to deal with ‘crowd control’ – after all, elections are a month away. Andries Tatane’s death was the culmination of a protest march in the Free State town of Ficksburg. The march involved over 4,000 people, who undertook the action to demand the very basics of life - decent housing, access to water and electricity, and jobs. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / feature Thursday April 07, 2011 23:51 by Shawn Hattingh   image 2 images
The economic crisis in South Africa has seen inequalities, and the forced misery of the working class, grow. While the rich and politicians have continued to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth, workers and the poor have been forced to suffer. It is in this context that the majority of the leaders of the largest trade unions have, unfortunately, elected to once again place their faith in a social dialogue and partnerships with big business and the state. So while the state and bosses have been on the offensive against workers and the poor, union officials have been appealing to them to save jobs during the crisis. Not surprisingly, this strategy has largely failed. While union leaders and technocrats have been debating about the policies that should or should not be taken to overcome the crisis, bosses and the state have retrenched over 1 million workers in a bid to increase profits. It is, therefore, sheer folly for union leaders to believe that the state and bosses are interested in compromise – without being forced into it. As seen by their actions, the elite are only interested in maintaining their power, wealth and lifestyles by making the workers and the poor pay for the crisis. For the elite, social dialogue is simply a tool to tie the unions up and limit their real strength – direct action by members. In fact, even before the crisis, social dialogue had been a disaster for the unions contributing towards their bureaucratisation and having abysmal results in terms of them trying to influence the state away from its pro-rich macro-economic policies. read full story / add a comment
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russia / ucraina / bielorussia / storia / opinione / analisi Monday March 21, 2011 19:38 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
Negli anni recenti, molti a sinistra hanno cercato di formulare una visione del socialismo fondato sulla democrazia. Ne è nata una pletora di giornali e di dibattiti a livello internazionale su quanto sia necessario che il socialismo debba essere di natura partecipativa se si vuole conseguire la vera libertà. Alcuni hanno dato a questa ricerca nomi evocativi di una sorta di socialismo democratico, quali "Socialismo del 21° secolo", "socialismo-dal-basso" ed anche "ecosocialismo". In Sud Africa la voglia di socialismo democratico ha suscitato iniziative quali la Conferenza per una Sinistra Democratica (CSL); e persino il Partito Comunista del Sud Africa ha sottolineato la necessità di un programma socialista più partecipativo. [English] read full story / add a comment
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russia / ukraine / belarus / history / opinion / analysis Thursday March 17, 2011 09:00 by Shawn Hattingh   text 4 comments (last - friday march 18, 2011 23:01)   image 1 image
Over the last few years, many on the left have been trying to formulate a vision of socialism based on democracy. As a consequence countless papers and talks have been produced internationally about how socialism needs to be participatory if true freedom is to be achieved. Some have given this search for a form of democratic socialism evocative names, such as ‘Twenty-First Century socialism’, ‘socialism-from-below’ and ‘ecosocialism’. In South Africa the desire for a democratic socialism has also inspired initiatives such as the Conference for a Democratic Left (CDL); while even the South African Communist Party has outlined a need for a more participatory socialist agenda. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / other libertarian press Friday April 30, 2010 17:19 by Shawn Hattingh
The article looks at how the state and the rich are using Eskom to subsidise giant corporations with cheap electricty in South Africa and are making the working class pay for this. The impact of this on people has been devastating, cut-offs have risen, prices have sky-rocketed and jobs have been slashed. The article goes on to argue that only direct action by the working class can reverse this. It then provides some thoughts on how struggles for immediate gains, like electricity, could be used to build a movement that could fight to replace the state and capitalism with an anarchist communist society . read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / miscellaneous / other libertarian press Tuesday March 23, 2010 18:53 by Shawn Hattingh
This article looks at the recent protests in Greece, including the challenges that have been faced like the bureaucratised unions. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / other libertarian press Thursday February 04, 2010 14:43 by Shawn Hattingh
The artcile looks at two recent mine occupations in South Africa and the challenges that the workers involved faced. Indeed, during the occupations the workers were not only confronted by the bosses, but also by bureaucrats within their own unions. The article, therefore, argues that the struggle for workers' self-emancipation will not only need to confront the economic and political elite, but also a brueaucratic class within unions. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Saturday August 08, 2009 20:14 by Shawn Hattingh
The actions of the elite, defined by their attack on the poor, have created the environment in which the current wave of protests has occurred. Indeed, it has been the attack by the corporate and state elite on the poor that has led to peoples’ anger. In fact, the elite have literally driven people deeper and deeper into poverty, and then condescendingly blamed the people for their poverty. It is also the elites’ failure to even acknowledge peoples’ demands, and to continuously treat people with utter disdain, that has driven the current protests. Nonetheless, despite the elites’ violent repression, these protests will continue. Hopefully, these protests will strengthen existing community organisations and perhaps even lead to newer ones being formed. Certainly, anarchists and libertarian socialists involved or linked to the current protests could play an important role in this. read full story / add a comment

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