CLASS STRUGGLE ANARCHISM

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NEW MUSIC: Tinariwen - Chaghaybou.

Another great single and video from the ImuhaghMalian collective.

"Chaghaybou" is the second song, and fourth single released, on and from their 2014 album "Emmaar" recorded in and around Joshua Tree National Park where the band fled after being displaced by the Imuhagh rebellion that occurred after the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad declared Azawad independent from the Republic of Mali in April 2012.

amazing music

The Italian Factory Councils and the Anarchists

A new Stormy Petrel pamphlet for 2009, produced by the Anarchist Federation (London), this text tells the story of the factory councils in Italy between 1920-21. It examines their practice and the role of the anarchists in their lives

the link is to the PDF

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Church of Misery – War is Our Destiny (Saint Vitus cover) (8 plays)

From the split with Sheavy, 1998

"Every popular movement already carries with it the seeds of the revolutionary socialism: we must take part in it to ensure its growth. A clear and precise ideal of revolution is formulated only by an infinitesimal minority, and if we wait to take part in a struggle which appears exactly as we have imagined it in our minds—we shall wait forever. Don’t imitate the dogmatists who ask for the formula before anything else: the people carry the living revolution in their hearts, and we must fight and die with them."

— Carlo Cafiero, 1875

Nauru guards accused of assaulting children

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On the Significance of Militant Materialism

animecommunist:

class-struggle-anarchism:

animecommunist:

class-struggle-anarchism:

The interesting thing about this is that it’s a not so thinly veiled threat of deportation for any philosophers who fail to toe the party line.. get that last sentence:

The working class of Russia proved able to win power; but it has not yet learned to utilise it, for otherwise it would have long ago very politely dispatched such teachers and members of learned societies to countries with a bourgeois “democracy” That is the proper place for such feudalists.

But it will learn, given the will to learn.

oh yeah that’ll teach them to be transcendental philosophers, Christian existentialists or otherwise not in line with official state philosophy.

Of course, when the purge did come, a few months after this was published, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the awakening consciousness of “the working class of Russia”, it was an executive order from Lenin.

The above text was from March, by April he was writing to Dzerzhinsky asking him to write up some lists and by September hundreds of philosophers and writers were on boats, told not to return if they didn’t want to be shot.

Their philosophical works were safely locked away, accessible only to trusted party functionaries in case some of the idiot proles got hold of them, and started getting into metaphysics or Kantist transcendentalism or any of the other “wrong” philosophies that could get you killed in Lenin’s Russia.

well you’ve taken that quote out of context given that it describes a writer with rather misogynistic and chauvinistic views, but i understand it makes the whole Lenin As Evil Cartoonish Figure tosh easier to sell - a line which you happen to share almost identically with many anti-communists and liberals. you’re not going to convince me over this.

as for the rest, i’d like actual concrete evidence, other than the philosopher’s ship which i’ve already heard of. 

I don’t think of Lenin as an evil cartoonish figure, but I agree that the facts I’ve outlined would make it easy for someone to sell him as one. It doesn’t change the fact that this is what happened though.

The quote I took was quite obviously a threat, and not solely directed at the specific person he had used as an example. The fact is that it wasn’t just misogynists he wanted to deport… What is it you’d like actual concrete evidence of..the fact that Lenin personally took it upon himself to decide which thinkers should be allowed to stay in Russia?

The letter I mentioned regarding his request for Dzerzhinsky to draw up lists of intellectuals is in Lenin’s complete works volume 54 dated 19th of May 1922.

The development of this line can be seen the letter to Stalin dated 17th of July which you can read here

In that letter Lenin mentions by name a bunch of people he reckons need to be deported as soon as possible, and they’re not all horrible right wingers, in fact the first names he rhymes off are socialists like Alexey Peshekhonov

You could make the case that non materialist philosophers deserved to be deported, or that it was a small mercy because Stalin would have shot them, but you can’t say that it didn’t happen, or that it didn’t come from Lenin, because the documentary evidence says it did.

the people mentioned who were politically engaged are largely mensheviks or socialist revolutionaries (including peshekhonov), and given that they sided with the whites against the bolsheviks and refused to work with the new soviet state, i think extreme measures were justified. in your original reblog to me you made it sound as if lenin was deporting harmless philosophers who just happened to disagree with materialism or with dialectics.

you also haven’t sourced the claim that people could be shot for owning works by immanuel kant in russia/the ussr during the lenin period

Firstly I never made the claim that “people could be shot for owning works by immanuel kant during the lenin period” What I said was that “Kantian transcendentalism” could get you killed in Lenin’s Russia, maybe a bit hyperbolic but I was thinking specifically of Fyodor Stepun, a neo-Kantian transcendentalist who was expelled because of his works in idealist philosophy and told he’d be shot if he returned.

I’m sure you would have gotten away with simply owning books by idealists, but you couldn’t get them out a library, or print them, or import them, or teach them in a university, and if you tried to do any of those things you’d be guilty of a crime against the state. It’s not just idealist philosophy that was banned either, even some classic novels by guys like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky were banned for being too idealist and metaphysical.. I don’t know if you want evidence for all this too, but there is plenty of peer reviewed historical literature on the subject, for example Arlen V. Blium, “Censorship of Public Reading in Russia, 1870-1950”, Libraries & Culture, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 17-25

Can I just ask, do you think it was a good thing that only Marxist philosophy was allowed in Russian universities from 1922? Do you think that the suppression and censorship of literature is a necessary function of a worker’s state?

the people mentioned who were politically engaged are largely mensheviks or socialist revolutionaries (including peshekhonov), and given that they sided with the whites against the bolsheviks and refused to work with the new soviet state, i think extreme measures were justified.

Seeing as we are requesting evidence, could you provide some that the Mensheviks and SR’s sided with the Whites? 

Also it’s a bit rich to say that they “refused to work with the new soviet state”, when Soviets which returned Menshevik and SR majorities were forcibly disbanded, their newspapers were banned, and then they were banned. Besides, this is 1922, the civil war was over, Mensheviks and SR’s were not a threat to the state, and most of the philosophers deported were not politically active in any way.

On the Significance of Militant Materialism

animecommunist:

class-struggle-anarchism:

The interesting thing about this is that it’s a not so thinly veiled threat of deportation for any philosophers who fail to toe the party line.. get that last sentence:

The working class of Russia proved able to win power; but it has not yet learned to utilise it, for otherwise it would have long ago very politely dispatched such teachers and members of learned societies to countries with a bourgeois “democracy” That is the proper place for such feudalists.

But it will learn, given the will to learn.

oh yeah that’ll teach them to be transcendental philosophers, Christian existentialists or otherwise not in line with official state philosophy.

Of course, when the purge did come, a few months after this was published, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the awakening consciousness of “the working class of Russia”, it was an executive order from Lenin.

The above text was from March, by April he was writing to Dzerzhinsky asking him to write up some lists and by September hundreds of philosophers and writers were on boats, told not to return if they didn’t want to be shot.

Their philosophical works were safely locked away, accessible only to trusted party functionaries in case some of the idiot proles got hold of them, and started getting into metaphysics or Kantist transcendentalism or any of the other “wrong” philosophies that could get you killed in Lenin’s Russia.

well you’ve taken that quote out of context given that it describes a writer with rather misogynistic and chauvinistic views, but i understand it makes the whole Lenin As Evil Cartoonish Figure tosh easier to sell - a line which you happen to share almost identically with many anti-communists and liberals. you’re not going to convince me over this.

as for the rest, i’d like actual concrete evidence, other than the philosopher’s ship which i’ve already heard of. 

I don’t think of Lenin as an evil cartoonish figure, but I agree that the facts I’ve outlined would make it easy for someone to sell him as one. It doesn’t change the fact that this is what happened though.

The quote I took was quite obviously a threat, and not solely directed at the specific person he had used as an example. The fact is that it wasn’t just misogynists he wanted to deport… What is it you’d like actual concrete evidence of..the fact that Lenin personally took it upon himself to decide which thinkers should be allowed to stay in Russia?

The letter I mentioned regarding his request for Dzerzhinsky to draw up lists of intellectuals is in Lenin’s complete works volume 54 dated 19th of May 1922.

The development of this line can be seen the letter to Stalin dated 17th of July which you can read here

In that letter Lenin mentions by name a bunch of people he reckons need to be deported as soon as possible, and they’re not all horrible right wingers, in fact the first names he rhymes off are socialists like Alexey Peshekhonov

You could make the case that non materialist philosophers deserved to be deported, or that it was a small mercy because Stalin would have shot them, but you can’t say that it didn’t happen, or that it didn’t come from Lenin, because the documentary evidence says it did.

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On the Significance of Militant Materialism

The interesting thing about this is that it’s a not so thinly veiled threat of deportation for any philosophers who fail to toe the party line.. get that last sentence:

The working class of Russia proved able to win power; but it has not yet learned to utilise it, for otherwise it would have long ago very politely dispatched such teachers and members of learned societies to countries with a bourgeois “democracy” That is the proper place for such feudalists.

But it will learn, given the will to learn.

oh yeah that’ll teach them to be transcendental philosophers, Christian existentialists or otherwise not in line with official state philosophy.

Of course, when the purge did come, a few months after this was published, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the awakening consciousness of “the working class of Russia”, it was an executive order from Lenin.

The above text was from March, by April he was writing to Dzerzhinsky asking him to write up some lists and by September hundreds of philosophers and writers were on boats, told not to return if they didn’t want to be shot.

Their philosophical works were safely locked away, accessible only to trusted party functionaries in case some of the idiot proles got hold of them, and started getting into metaphysics or Kantist transcendentalism or any of the other “wrong” philosophies that could get you killed in Lenin’s Russia.

(Source: animecommunist)

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The basis of trade unionism is, to use the words of the SWP, to negotiate the terms on which workers are exploited. In other words the traditions of trade unionism are based on compromise.

But the crisis of capitalism means that increasingly no compromise is possible between workers and bosses. In this situation, union traditions, based on compromise, are no use and a recipe for defeat. New forms of struggle are required which respond to the necessity for all-out-confrontation with the bosses. They are necessary not only to win day-to-day struggles to defend living conditions; but also to prepare the ground for the revolutionary confrontation which will provide the only lasting solution to the capitalist crisis by abolishing capitalism once and for all.

The chief differences between the new forms of struggle required and the old trade union traditions are as follows.

Firstly, the trade union tradition of striking for a fixed set of ‘reasonable’ demands will have to be abandoned. Instead workers should aim to raise and widen their demands during the course of the struggle; not only to reflect the growing power of their movement, but also to encourage other workers to join the fight.

Secondly, right from the start, workers will have to unite across the divisions of trade and industry embodied in trade unionism.

Thirdly, all aspects of the struggle will have to be directly controlled by all workers involved in the struggles through regular mass meetings and a system of recallable delegates. An all-out confrontation with the bosses can only be won if every worker is actively involved.

This means not only getting rid of today’s treacherous leaders, but rejecting the whole trade union tradition of allowing leaders to organise ‘on behalf of’ a passive membership.

In countries where trade union traditions are less strong than in Britain, above all in Poland in 1980, workers have already engaged in struggles of this kind - in mass strikes which have struck terror into the hearts of the ruling class across the world.

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How socialist is the Socialist Workers Party? — Wildcat (UK)

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Novara Wire: 5 Election Poster Campaigns the Parties Wish You’d Forget

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Anonymous asked: You've mentioned the black flame a few times, what do you think of its claims about Deleon and Connolly being part of the "broad anarchist tradition" along with all syndicalism in general?

I wouldn’t say that myself.. but I can appreciate where they’re coming from in the context of their study. I think the way they express it in the book is pretty weak in places, in that it’s open to conflicting interpretations…my understanding is that syndicalism is an anarchist strategy, part of an anarchist arsenal of tactics, and therefore broadly part of the anarchist tradition. In that sense I’m totally on board with the hypothesis.  Black Flame kind of wavers on this though, at one point it says that “syndicalism cannot be conflated with anarchism”, and elsewhere it says of Haywood etc “their syndicalism was anarchist in itself, for syndicalism was a type of anarchism.” To me this is just not very clear.

I don’t like the idea of including/excluding individuals in the “broad anarchist tradition” either, I don’t see the point, especially when you’re including self professed marxists and excluding anarchists like Proudhon. I think it would be more accurate to talk about the broad socialist tradition when talking about these guys…maybe even the broad libertarian socialist tradition? What they are trying to do is very tricky, which is why I don’t hold their conclusions against them, but I think it doesn’t quite work. I’d rather just talk about the socialist tradition and then we don’t have to pretend like the broad marxist tradition and the broad anarchist tradition are these two separate spheres which don’t overlap. 

I understand that in order to do a study of something, you have to clearly define it, but I think it’s possible for that approach to actually end up obscuring some things rather than elucidating them - like historically contingent conflicts, developments and influences within an evolving set of practices and ideas which have not reached an “end point” from which we can extrapolate ‘correctness’ back into the past.

So yeah, I do recommend Black Flame a lot, but I would also recommend thinking critically about everything you read.

Look What Happened To Amazon's Revenues When A Sales Tax Was Imposed ...

association-of-free-people:

class-struggle-anarchism:

omg no! ..not a sales drop at Amazon!? Oh cruel, heartless world

It’s protectionism on behalf of box retailers. This is fascist corporatism.

The consumer was the winner before, now it is Walmart and Target thanks to the State.

There is no justification to tax Internet sales. Amazon and other direct to consumer retailers already pay taxes on all of the infrastructure they use to deliver product and their physical operations are centralized.

The only reason to tax Internet sales is to make an increasingly obsolete and doomed corporate business model competitive.

But it’s just Amazon that’s getting taxed, and they are famous for fucking over smaller internet sellers, who, according to your article, sold 20% more as a result of this tax.

You don’t like “corporatism” but you do like Amazon… that ancap logic hard at work once again

(Source: sugashane)

Look What Happened To Amazon's Revenues When A Sales Tax Was Imposed ...

omg no! ..not a sales drop at Amazon!? Oh cruel, heartless world

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Bristol Antifascists

Following previous victories against the British Golden Dawn in London and the EDL in Exeter, we now have a third result in our ongoing game of anti-fascist capture the flag. At the Swansea ‘White Pride’ demonstration on April 5th, anti-fascists from Bristol ran out from the crowd opposing the fascists and seized one of their Celtic cross neo-Nazi flags.

Good work Bristol