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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
This week the Qatari royal family is taking a pensioner who walks with a stick to court to stop him protesting outside the Shard. The Shard is owned by this family via funds held in Jersey. They also own Harrods, the Olympic village and half of One Hyde Park. They reportedly own more property in London than our own royal family.
By late 1966 Situationist-inspired theory and praxis began to manifest across Western Europe and North America. In the USA the cultural interventions and publishing done by the Up Against the Wall Motherfucker (UAW/MF) affinity group echoed many themes considered Situationist. The artist, minor Bakunin scholar, and major league trouble maker Ben Morea is just one notable example of the type that was attracted to the Motherfuckers.
The Anarchist Radio Network just released the episode number 5 (10/2017) of its international news show „B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world“!
This is episode number 5 (10/2017) of „B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world“, a monthly news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world. Length: 1:15
Listen to the episode here