Newsletter of the Institute for Anarchist Studies 05/13/05

  • Posted on: 14 May 2005
  • By: worker

In this Issue:
1 Welcome
2 New Online Grant Applications
3 IAS 2005 Supporters
4 Sustaining the Struggle: Anarchists Reflect on Building
Lasting Cultures of Resistance 5 Anarchy in Montpelier:
A Day of Talks, Panels, Performances, and Socializing
6 RAT 2005: Call for Proposals and Registration Update

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Welcome
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What really happened in Athens?

  • Posted on: 14 May 2005
  • By: worker

<em>The truth behind the so called hostage crisis at the National Technical University - update</em>

Mainsteam media in many countries carried reports of Greek anarchists supposedly taking two politicians hostage in the National Technical University in Athens. This report clarifies what actually happened and includes the statement from the Senate (Students union assembly?) of the university. It was first posted to infoshop in response to the posting of an AP report there. On the 10th of May at around 9:30 in the evening a group of 30 anarchists headed for the National Technical University in the centre of Athens. The anarchists were previously taking part at an anarchist rally in the Monastiraki area. The group intended to enter one of the lecture rooms in the school in order to start a discussion on workers issues.

Police Arrest 5 Anarchists for Subversion

  • Posted on: 13 May 2005
  • By: worker

(AGI) - Roma, Italy, May 12 - Five anarchist insurrectionists have been arrested by the police in Lecce. They are supposed to have promoted, constituted, organized, directed and participated in an association for the subversion of democratic order and other serious crimes.

The operation, carried out by the special police department of Lecce and coordinated by the central anti-terrorism police department, permitted to establish that the persons arrested are authors of several crimes, like revolts instigated and carried out by the immigrants in the temporary shelter "Regina Pacis" in San Foca di Melendugno (LE), serious threats against personnel of the shelter, damaging of the commercial activity of multinational clothing company Benetton, which has "taken possession" of vast areas in South America belonging to the "Mapuche" tribe, damaging of several cash points of the BCI Banca Intesa all over the country, since the bank keeps the funds of Regina Pacis, damaging and theft at petrol pumps of oil company Esso, since the company supplies fuel to the military coalition in Iraq.

End to Anarchist Standoff at University in Athens

  • Posted on: 12 May 2005
  • By: worker

<em>From a NY Times article entitled "Anarchist in Athens set hostages free"</em>

By Anthee Carassava
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005

ATHENS Greek anarchists released two senior politicians and scores of others early Wednesday following a standoff sparked by scuffles with the police at an Athens university.

The release came six hours after anarchists wearing black masks attacked a book-launching ceremony at the Athens Polytechnic, keeping at least 100 guests and politicians in near siege-like conditions until early Wednesday.

Occupied Territory Postponed

  • Posted on: 12 May 2005
  • By: worker

The Organizing Collective with Occupied Territory is announcing that the Occupied Territory Gathering is going to have to be postponed for several months. Conflicts with other events, problems with venues, and other problems, have lead us to unfortunately have to hold off the conference. We encourage you to stay up to date with the gathering on the main website: www.occupiedterritory.net, and if you have a workshop, discussion idea, or issue that you want to talk about, please email us. If you are disappointed that the gathering is not happening, please email us and get involved in the organizing collective! He also hope that you will be able to make it out to these other upcoming anarchist events in California, and keep the fires burning!

In Support of David Graeber

  • Posted on: 11 May 2005
  • By: worker

by Andrej Grubacic

Recently David Graeber and I wrote an article together attempting to explain why anarchist ideas have received almost no attention in the academy. When you think of it, academia is full of Marxist radicals, but only a handful of professed anarchists. We came to a conclusion that it must have something to do with anarchism's concern with forms of practice; with its insistence that one's means most be consonant with one's ends; with its stubborn rejection of the idea that we can create freedom through authoritarian means, embracing instead the position that we should embody the society we wish to create. All of this does not square very well with operating within a university. The university has survived in much the same form since the middle ages, waging intellectual battles at conferences, re-enforcing class distinctions, making cabalistic decisions in secret rooms. As we stated in our article: "At the very least, one would imagine being an openly anarchist professor would mean challenging the way universities are run and that, of course, is going to get one in far more trouble than anything one could ever write".

Identity Politics - Capitalism in Action!

  • Posted on: 11 May 2005
  • By: worker

I'm not going to spend time explaining Australian capitalism or how it adversely affects the ordinary working person; this is something that most people involved in some form of "alternative politics" already seem to understand. But what is lacking is a proper theoretical understanding of the role that identity, or social group-based, politics actually plays within capitalism.

Australian capitalism uses division to maintain itself. It tries very hard to split us into opposing groups based on gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. It attempts division at every level, separating states and regions with football matches, and even individuals on the basis of mundane arguments such as whether Ford or Holden is better. More recently the Howard Liberal government has engaged in a campaign of division focused on welfare recipients somewhat reminiscent of the Nazi Party's propaganda war on Jewish people during the '30s.

Bring the Ruckus vs. Race Traitor

  • Posted on: 11 May 2005
  • By: worker

<em>The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority. The proletariat, the lowest stratum of our present society, cannot stir, cannot raise itself up, without the whole superincumbent strata of official society being sprung into the air. —Karl Marx, 1848</em>

<em>It can see to it that not only no action of this inner group [Blacks] is opposed to the real interests of the nation, but that it works for an in conjunction with the best interests of the nation. —W.E.B. DuBois, 1940</em>

Organization of Revolutionary Anarchists in the Southeast

  • Posted on: 10 May 2005
  • By: worker

Anarchism is the only political movement of the last 100 years to seek the liberation of all people from Capital and Government. But our accomplishments pale beside our ideals. That is, anarchism has so far failed in its task largely because of an unwillingness or inability to organize effectively, and to act collectively against the bosses and politicians.

We need to get our shit together!

The Capital Terminus Collective is a group of revolutionary anarchists in the Atlanta area who have a class-war perspective of society. We intend to raise awareness of the ability of a militant mass of workers to create a libertarian communist society devoid of oppression and exploitation. We are convinced that a specific anarchist organization is a necessary tool in accomplishing this task. Accordingly, we are calling for revolutionary anarchists across the southeast region of the United States to create this organization in our area.

Rescuing Lucy Parsons for the Anarchist Movement

  • Posted on: 10 May 2005
  • By: worker

<em>Review: Lucy Parsons:
Freedom, Equality and Solidarity: Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937.
Edited Gale Ahrens Published by Charles H. Kerr</em>

Gale Ahrens has done the anarchist movement a real service in putting together this collection, which should rescue Lucy Parsons from the dark corner she has existed in. In it she emerges from the shadow of her martyred husband as a central if neglected figure in the development of anarchism in the USA.

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