The trouble with student unions

  • Posted on: 30 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

A member of the Anarchist Communist Group writes on the limitations of engaging in struggle through long-professionalised institutional structures dependent on university funding.

Institutions exist to do the exact opposite of their stated aims. The police force don’t exist to protect you and stop crime, but instead to keep you in line and to facilitate a unilaterial class war.

Adding to the anarchist media list

  • Posted on: 11 July 2018
  • By: thecollective

The Anarchist Federation in London launched a new podcast yesterday, adding a welcome new voice to what is currently a very short list of anarchist audio outlets (which we’re collating below).

The podcast is structured in a topical magazine format, with book reviews, comment and news being covered across a 15-minute programme. The capital has largely been down to just one regular show since the closure of Circled A, as Fuck the Bins joins Dissident Island Radio to hopefully offer a regular audio take on matters of interest to anarchists.

‘Reforming has done nothing. That’s why I’m an anarchist.’ An interview with Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Posted on: 12 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Benjamin Zephaniah is still angry. The legendary novelist, actor, playwright, poet and musician has spent a career raging against the racist machine – and he’s not about to stop any time soon. As a young black man growing up in the 70s and 80s, he saw more than his share of police violence – and spent a stint in prison himself. Those experiences informed a body of work which pulls no punches in its critique of institutional racism.

The events of ’68 (1868, that is)

  • Posted on: 28 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

This year’s 150th anniversary of the first vote under a working-class franchise needs to be remembered. In 1868 the first parliament elected by the working class achieved many anarchist socialist goals including a major reduction in the power of the centralised state. This and other achievements have been reversed over the last four decades, and it is not Labour or Conservative Party policy today to reduce the dominance that central government has reclaimed.

By reminding ourselves how the working-class franchise was won and what it achieved through local action, we can see what the country has recently lost and how to regain it.

Anarchist Bookfairs in 2018

  • Posted on: 6 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

We’re a little late coming out with our list of the year’s anarchist bookfairs, having missed what was by all accounts a very successful showing in Derry on January 27th with a bigger turnout than in 2017 with a huge variety of publications on show.

There’s also a big gap in this year’s list at the moment, with the glaring absence of the London Anarchist Bookfair in the October schedule — though all credit to the fine progressives of Swansea for bringing an all-new bookfair to the tables that same month instead.

Anarchist Communist Group launches first public event

  • Posted on: 5 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Following its founding last month new anarchist organisation the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) has announced its first major public meeting will be taking place later this month.

The London in Struggle discussion at Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, on March 25th will focus on campaigns against Universal Credit, Land Justice and on initiatives to organise workers in west London.

A rethink about Labour

  • Posted on: 20 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

The Left imagines that the State can be captured and used to overturn the policies of the last 40 years, that all it takes is different personnel at the top. This ignores the class nature of the bureaucracy. Once senior managers in public services are in position, they always bring in reorganisations and new ways of working and usually leave shortly after. This does not just fall from the sky — bureaucrats are motivated by career opportunities and nothing burnishes a CV like a successful reorganisation.

Founding Conference of New Anarchist Organisation, the Anarchist Communist Group

  • Posted on: 20 February 2018
  • By: thecollective

“Whilst recognising the differences between our organisation and others on the libertarian communist spectrum in Britain – Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, Libertarian Socialist Federation, etc. – we should seek to promote where possible: joint solidarity work with comrades facing repression, imprisonment, bad health, either here or in the rest of the world; joint solidarity work over workplace struggles – joint bulletins where possible, joint fundraising and publicity etc.”