Southern Africa: Publications by Zabalaza Books, March - June 2012

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Zabalaza Books has published several new books and pamphlets. Concentric Circles: The Especifsta Concept of Concentric Circles in Anarchist Organisation <br />
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Author: Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ <br />
English Translation: Jonathan Payn of the ZACF <br />
PDF file size: 295 KB<br />
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The specific anarchist organisation uses, both for its internal and external functioning, the logic of what we call “concentric circles” – strongly inspired by the Bakuninist organisational model. The main reason that we adopt this logic of functioning is because, for us, the anarchist organisation needs to preserve different instances of action.<br />
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These different instances should strengthen its work while at the same time allowing it to bring together prepared militants with a high level of commitment and approximating people sympathetic to the theory or practice of the organisation – who could be more or less prepared and more or less committed. In short, the concentric circles seek to resolve an important paradox: the anarchist organisation needs to be closed enough to have prepared, committed and politically aligned militants, and open enough to draw in new militants. …</td><td><img title="Did I ever tell you how sexy you look in red?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/zabalazabooks.jpg"></td></t...
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Weakening the Dam<br />
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Author: Twin Cities IWW<br />
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PDF file size: 350 KB<br />
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A pamphlet put out by the Twin Cities IWW branch for the purpose of promoting the development of workplace organisers, based on their experiences of organising at work. It offers the sort of practical advice we could all be implementing in our own workplaces.<br />
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Posted in Labour, Practical Organising<br />
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leaflet - AFed Statement on the Informal Anarchist Federation (May 2012)<br />
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Author: Anarchist Federation ( England , Wales and Scotland )<br />
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PDF file size: 42.1 KB<br />
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On the 11th of May Roberto Adinolfi, CEO of an Italian state controlled nuclear engineering company, was shot and wounded. A cell of the insurrectionist Informal Anarchist Federation have claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying that it was an act of vengeance for deaths and environmental damage caused by the nuclear industry. Previous acts claimed by Informal Anarchist Federation cells include sending a letter bomb to the Italian tax collection office, almost blinding a worker at the office and risking the lives of the postal and clerical workers who unwittingly carried the bomb. …<br />
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Posted in Analysis and Critiques, Anarchism, Leaflets, Various Topics<br />
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The Workers’ Committee: An Outline of its Principles and Structure<br />
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Author: J.T. Murphy – Sheffield Workers’ Committee [1917]<br />
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PDF file size: 1.53 MB<br />
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“We will support the officials just so long as they rightly represent the workers, but we will act independently immediately they misrepresent them. Being composed of delegates from every shop and untrammelled by obsolete law or rule, we claim to represent the true feeling of the workers. We can act immediately according to the merits of the case and the desire of the rank and file.”<br />
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This pamphlet written by J.T.Murphy and published by the Sheffield Workers’ Committee in 1917. It describes the structure of the rank and file workers’ committees that developed during the First World War and proposes co-ordinating them into local and national committees in parallel with the trade unions.<br />
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Posted in Labour<br />
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Social Anarchism and Organisation<br />
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Author: Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ<br />
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English Translation: Jonathan Payn of the ZACF<br />
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PDF file size: 849 KB<br />
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English translation of “Anarquismo Social e Organização”, by the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ), Brazil , approved at the 1st FARJ Congress, held on 30th and 31st of August 2008.<br />
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The first Congress of the FARJ was held with the principal objective of deepening our reflections on the question of organisation and formalising them into a programme. This debate has been happening within our organisation since 2003. We have produced theoretical materials, established our thinking, learned from the successes and mistakes of our political practice it was becoming increasingly necessary to further the debate and to formalise it, spreading this knowledge both internally and externally. The document “Social Anarchism and Organisation” formalises our positions after all these reflections. More than a purely theoretical document, it reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people. The document is divided into 16 parts. It has already been published in Portuguese in a book co-published between Faísca and the FARJ.<br />
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Posted in Anarchism, Organisation<br />
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NEW SECTION: AgitProp Series<br />
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Zabalaza Books’ new AgitProp Series is a series of Black and White short text pamphlets designed to be given out free of charge or for a small donation. The AgitProp Series is made up of short clear introductions on primary issues of concern to anarchists.<br />
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- Anarchism, Class Struggle and Political Organisation<br />
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- Anarchist Decision Making &amp; Organisational Form<br />
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- Do Anarchists Reject “Class Conflict” and “Collective Struggle”?<br />
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- Racism and the Class struggle<br />
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- Revolutionary Trade Unionism – the key to Revolution<br />
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- The Workers’ Committee: An Outline of its Principles and Structure<br />
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- Building a Revolutionary Movement: Why Anarchist-Communist Organisation<br />
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- Insurrection and Organisation by Karl Blythe<br />
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- Strengthening Anarchism’s Gender Analysis and Transgender Liberation, Class Politics &amp; Anarchism [2 essays]<br />
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- The Bosses Need Us …We Don’t Need Them: Common Sense Reasons for Worker Self-Management<br />
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- How to Fire Your Boss: A Workers Guide to Direct Action<br />
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Comments

Like anything in Africa is relevant to anarchists in the US. I've read Heart of Darkness. I know what goes on there.

false flag racist trolling is... actually also racist

Oh, it's not a racial thing (maybe you're a racist for thinking that is what I meant). Africa is mostly pre-industrial. How do you class struggle without factories?

Africa is pre-industrial, industrial, post-industrial. Africa is an industrially produced and maintained human periphery, a territory crossed by industrial caravans ripping up human stock, animals, minerals, plants and leaving deeply scarred earth and traumatized people in their wake. Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Khartoum. If the neo-platformists are serious about their revolutionary subject being "the whole class" of proletarians, it should be able to get a foothold in Africa, where the mechanical-industrial working class cadres are small and contained, as well as anywhere in Europe or Brazil or New England.

... besides with, *South Africa* of all places is industrialized and has mass movements whose representatives speak in mid-20th century European political terms

mid-20th century if you're lucky...Most South African leftist / anarchist stuff is like a 1917 historical reenactment club.

good to see the platformist orgs are continuing to slowly drain theoreticians. it's like a whole wing of anarchism was flash-frozen in the 1940s during our most atrophied generation, and still floats, adrift and frozen, over capital's semiperipheries...

"It offers the sort of practical advice we could all be implementing in our own workplaces."

And just when I had run out of things to implement in my workplace!

" it's like a whole wing of anarchism was flash-frozen in the 1940s"

try 1910s.

oops, damn not being able to delete @news comments, I was thinking syndicalism - which is ultimately much more what these folks are about honestly.

and like everybodies favorite these days the nihilists???

it's all abunch of old beards, fuckers

Met a woman who had been expelled from Zabala.
All is "anarchist" theses days, even groups that closely resemble
marxist-leninist sectoids...

I once met a woman from China, a limerick that rhymes with vagina --

So a peace treaty was finally signed between Anews and Infoshop?

It's always funny to me when people cite Bakunin as being an influence but then post trash like the critique of IAF (if you would be kind enough to call it a critique) as if bakunin wasn't hyped on blowing up cafes and all sorts of super crazy shit

I think it's hilarious that anarcho-syndicalism (from the 1920s-1930s) and platformism (1920s, 1950s) is spoken about as if its old and irrelevent and nihilism (1860s), insurrectionaryism (1870s-1900s) and primitivism (pre-recorded time) are looked at as exciting and new. lol

wow, thanks for chiming in with such an insightful analysis.

Primitivism actually found its genesis in absurd white-supremicist Tarzan scripts, with some patriarchical Robinson Crusoe work ethic thrown in. Ironically it still clings to values more at home in a 19th century capitalist bordello. Tarzan and Robinson were in violent denial of their latent homosexual tendencies.
Anarcho-syndicalism is another movement you have erroneously placed. Some workers guilds and apprentices were attempting organisations in the 13th century during peasant riots.
Your chronology is flawed you have assumed that human nature is a linear progress when it is a cyclic re-expression.

>Robinson Crusoe was a homo

Wat? He was alone on an island. I don't think he was a homo.

alone on an island, being a homo, fucking pigs -- it's all the same thing. so get to work, you shirkers!!

Man Friday dude, read the book, its hot!

modern @nihilism has little to do with the nihilism of the 1860s (which The People of the time didn't call themselves, but was a journalistic label).

This I'd agree with somewhat, though the term was used after some time due to popular underground literature to describe the "new people" in post-serf absolute Tzarist feudal Russia.

The influence on literature may come from Pisarev's philosophical circle and the student movement influenced by him, which centered on egoism and nihilism. Pisarev's views were not drafted in opposition to the Tzar, but to his government and held hopes the people could influence the good Tzar to save the people from the evils of his corrupt government. Pisarev's circle were commonly considered nihilists.

In ways that might be interesting is the development of a non-Marxist scientific socialism often associated with an individualist materialism. The embrace of the peasant as a revolutionary subject. A more egoist styled women's movement centered around legal marriage and non-monogamy. Elections weren't really an option outside of local elections.

Due to a lack of "freedom of speech", repression was harsh. Lots of experimentation also occurred leading to propaganda, riots, secret societies, bombing and assassin campaigns, ending eventually with the complex assassination of the Tzar. The repression by the following Tzar ended Russia's nihilist period.

Anyways, the ties of egoism and nihilism are strong and predate Nietzsche, acting as an influence on his version of nihilism rather than being influenced by his, as most other contemporary egoisms and nihilisms are today.

Bakunin's creative urge/destructive urge concept could be said to be of influence, making Bakunin a decent proto-nihilist as well as revolutionary anarchist. "Bakuninists" were an actual tendency in nihilist Russia and focused on propaganda and peasant revolts, though they weren't associated with the terrorist aspects that followed Nechayev's influene.

Today's nihilism, as practiced by nihilist anarchists, probably draw more from Novatore's somewhat recent translations spreading combined with various insurrectionary anarchist influences, but aiming to differ and answer the critiques of militancy offered by Bonanno and other authors.

I'd like to think I had some small influence here in bringing forward the idea that the critique of the militant was not strongly founded and the propaganda of the deed campaigns of the past could be re-examined in an anti-vanguardist way and put back into practice.

In the polemics on the anti-politics forum and in several writings and presentations, I attempted to bring forward the critique of nihilism and the nihilist offered by the situationists, John Zerzan and Kevin Tucker in a way that the tendency could form with the same standard of not being an ideology of academia.

I also adopted a positive description of the terrorist as Stepniak, a Russian nihilist assassin, author and friend of anarchists like Maletesta during his young years, provide weapons to his insurrectionary campaigns. Terrorism being a tactical response to extreme repression, when open revolt ceases to be a possibility. One where the position of the social order is forced to be untenable, but terrorism by itself is not a strategy of revolution or for insurrection itself. Anyways, blah blah blah.

It should also be said that the Nihilist Faction in Greece also plays an strong influence on the development of Greek nihilist anarchy. Anyways, I don't really want to make it sound like I'm important. Aragorn's stuff is far better and more interesting, as are today's writers than I. I'm just a random internet douchebag.

Some other thoughts, to keep thinking, is that "Anonymous" as the Internet troll and not necessarily the hacker group, take on nihilism is also pretty interesting. Counterorder's nihilism, though not anarchistic, is interesting. The Dark Knight's Joker presents a picture of nihilism that challenges values though also is not very anarchistic, can also be an influence. Fight club's project Mayhem, while ridiculous and not very anarchistic, can also be an influence. Manarchy!

I also helped spread Manarchy accidentally on purpose. Manarchist women are sexy, though we do need to work on our shit sometimes. But you know, it kind of sucks to be stuck in the shadow of new left cultural values.

yr sexy manarchist woman? picz pzl

I have a mangina.

picz pzl

I'll have what he's having. yum.

I don't think its a very large step to go from absolute poverty, dispossession and enslavement which was the life of peasants under feudalism, to an absolute negation of property and its classes during a time of famine. To get the ball rolling, Bakunin merely had to explain the dynamics of famine and how the state misappropriated the peoples wealth. In a way nihilism is an organic intuitive reflex against materialistic hording by the elite, and I think it's a bit bold to call Bakunin the proto-nihilist, just nihilist will do, since there have been ancient neolithic and bronze-age revolutions concerning the negation of the power of the elite, all to do with a redistribution of food and the burning of social ledgers. I blah blah blah also.

Not "the" proto-nihilist, a proto-nihilist, as in, it isn't proper to call him a nihilist, but rather an influence on the development of nihilism in Russia. While there are various historic precedents of skepticism and nihilistic philosophy in various cultures, Bakunin's influence in Russia more directly predates the rise of its interest and growth.

What?! Are you saying a tendency can identify with the past but still differ from it in some aspects because we live in different times? Why, that sounds like some kind of sensible analysis and perspective. GET EM GUISE!

I absolutely love south african platformists, it's from them that I learned that, as an eco-anarchist, I retroactively support the pol-pot regime. I love finding out what I support!

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