Essays

Ready to Fight: Developing a 21st Century Community Syndicalism

  • Posted on: 22 January 2015
  • By: worker

There has been an effort by scholars and organizers alike over the last forty years to segregate anarcho-syndicalism from the rest of the broad anarchist movement. The labor movement dominated social struggles in the first half of the twentieth century, but as large business union bureaucracies were formed and new shop organizing began to diminish, the participation of anarchists in labor began to wane as community struggles around environmental issues, LGBT and women’s struggles, and housing justice took precedence. The syndicalist strategies that defined the earlier successes of anarchism internationally diminished to only the most hardcore adherents of a labor strategy, though these ideas have had spikes during periods of economic crisis.

Review: Individualism versus Egoism

  • Posted on: 19 January 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Anarchist Writers - by anarcho

Individualist anarchism has always been very much a minority within the anarchist movement and given some of its advocates, you can understand why. However, it is always good to see material from the past made available to modern day radicals simply in order to allow people to judge for themselves.

Freedom of Speech and Common Purpose

  • Posted on: 16 January 2015
  • By: emile

Freedom of speech is important to intellectual concept driven, common purpose based organizing.

Organizing in nature, in general, is outside-inwardly orchestrated by transforming relational patterns which inform individual and collective experience.

Western authoritarian organizing is, on the other hand, driven and directed by intellectual concepts such as ‘sovereigntism’ [the notional ‘local independent existence’ of a ‘sovereign state’ and its ‘supreme central authority’ operated by its ‘political leadership’].

I'm not Charlie- Go Piss Up a Rope

  • Posted on: 11 January 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Non Fides

Parisians woke up this morning, and through them the whole world, with a macabre scent of gunpowder in their nostrils. Some religious fanatics, they're not the first and they won’t be the last, opened fire during the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s weekly meeting. A dozen dead and several wounded, the majority of whom are journalists and caricaturists well known and accustomed to mass-media, as well as a couple of cops who, in contrast to others, receive payment for getting shot at.

Book Review: John Zerzan’s Twilight of the Machines

  • Posted on: 5 January 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

John Zerzan’s Twilight of the Machines

by Spencer Sunshine

Fifth Estate # 381, Summer-Fall 2009

a review of Twilight of the Machines, John Zerzan, Feral House, 2009; 140 pages, $12, www.feralhouse.com

John Zerzan has infuriated and fascinated readers for decades. His sweeping critique of the modern world condemns not just capitalism, the state, technology and even “civilization,” but he openly calls for the abolition of all forms of symbolic representation and a return to a hunting and gathering existence.

Smashed Up- young service workers on the sanctity of small business

  • Posted on: 5 January 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

It was the first Friday of December, which in Oakland usually means hoards of people descending onto Telegraph Avenue for the monthly Art Murmur festival. But on this night, a much different crowd filled the streets. After successfully shutting down the 880 freeway and West Oakland BART station, hundreds of people outraged at the recent police murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner marched towards 14th and Broadway downtown. Suddenly, the sound of shattering glass echoed everywhere; someone had smashed out the windows of a new wine bar.

The Poor Persons Defense of Riots

  • Posted on: 5 January 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Since the Ferguson decision, we have been flooded with stories about how the overwhelmingly peaceful nation-wide protests against police brutality have been occasionally ruined by looting and property destruction caused by “fringe” elements. In conservative media, the trouble-makers have been generally characterized as parts of the black “criminal” underclass. In the liberal media, the law-breakers have often been characterized as “outside agitators,” “violent political radicals,” and “white anarchists.”

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