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Why I Am an Anarchist

  • Posted on: 19 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Dog Section Press By Benjamin Zephaniah

I got political after I suffered my first racist attack at the age of seven. I didn’t understand any political theory, I just knew that I had been wronged, and I knew there was another way. A few years later, when I was fifteen a marked police car pulled up to me as I walked in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning, three cops got out of the car, they pushed me into a shop doorway, then they beat me up. They got back into their car, and drove off as if nothing had happened. I had read nothing about policing policy, or anything on so-called law and order, I just knew I had been wronged. When I got my first job as a painter, I had read nothing on the theory of working class struggles or how the rich exploited the poor, but when my boss turned up every other day in a different supercar, and we were risking our lives up ladders and breathing in toxic fumes, I just knew I had been wronged.

Pioneers of British Anarchism: George Barrett

  • Posted on: 16 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

To mark the launch of new Freedom Press title Our Masters Are Helpless, we will be publishing a number of historic reprints about historic anarchist figures from our 130-year store of articles, starting with the firebrand himself, George Barrett. Originally written in 1947, this essay by Mat Kavanagh (himself a figure of note) was part of a series which attempted to rescue British activists from the obscurity that seemed destined to be their lot in the aftermath of World War I and II.

A radical publisher has set up an ‘anarchist Big Issue’ scheme in London and it’s thriving

  • Posted on: 20 May 2019
  • By: thecollective

From The Canary

On 11 May, Dog Section Press (DSP) said it had distributed 800 copies of its newspaper DOPE to “homeless vendors around Whitechapel, London” over the past month. So The Canary spoke to DSP about its “experiment in radical publishing solidarity”.

Anarchist Festival 2019

  • Posted on: 12 May 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

Following the success of last year’s weekend of decentralised anarchist happenings, the Anarchist Festival is back this year, this time aiming to host events scheduled across the country.

The Anarchist Festival is based on the simple idea: groups put on their own programme of anarchist events, concentrating on the dates of the long weekend of 31st May to the 2nd June 2019, and the programme is collated by the festival on their website and social media.

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Standing at the Crossroads

  • Posted on: 9 May 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Communist Group

“The ACF remains a comparatively small organisation. Its desire to create or be the component of a large revolutionary organisation and movement has failed to happen. Many are put off joining a group where a strong commitment and a lot of determination are required. Many libertarian revolutionaries are as yet unconvinced of the need to create a specific libertarian communist organisation.

Careful comrade, your class is showing. XR has some problems.

  • Posted on: 29 April 2019
  • By: thecollective

I’m not going to ramble on to much about the tactics, the validity of a road block or the fetish for a celebrity voice, We shouldn’t expect XR to uphold the value sets of revolutionary organisations.
I want to talk about a few other things… I want to talk about the things that changed a friendly “this is how to get the Anarchists onboard” opinion piece into one – just a few days and questions later – set on position that even the briefest of critical assessments should light up anyone’s red flags and tho some fantastic people are involved, there are also some deeply concerning issue that people are turning a blind eye too.

Extinction Rebellion notes…

  • Posted on: 25 April 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Communist Group

Extinction Rebellion has managed to organise an impressive number of people into a civil disobedience movement. They have managed to shut down and occupy significant parts of London including numerous major road junctions over the past week. They have many admirable principles such as “breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation” and “creating a world that is fit for generations to come”. However is civil disobedience really the best method for getting action to be taken on climate change?

Sacrifice or Solipsism: Paradoxes of Freedom in Two Anarchist Social Centres

  • Posted on: 25 April 2019
  • By: Makhno

Anarchist Studies 27.1 © 2019 issn 0967 3393
www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/anarchiststudies/

by Nathan Eisenstadt

ABSTRACT
In this paper I analyse and problematise what I argue are the dominant modes of liberated subject formation performed through divergent modes of organising within two anarchist social centres in Bristol, UK.

Jackdaw 4 out now!

  • Posted on: 10 February 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Communist Group

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Issue 4 of Jackdaw, the ACG’s free bulletin, is now out and is available at various bookshops, handed out at meetings, demos and street distributions. This issue contains articles on Universal Credit and Basic Income, The Con of Full Employment, Fat Cat Friday, This Septic Isle, Greenhouse Gas, and more. If you don’t manage to pick up a copy, you can download it (and earlier issues) by going to our Publications Page.

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