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Gascón and Guillamón: In Defence of the Spanish Anarchists

The misrepresentation of the history of the Spanish anarchists, particularly with respect to the Spanish Revolution and Civil War, is something that anarchists have had to combat when the events were occuring and ever since. In this manifesto, Antonio Gascón and Agustín Guillamón challenge continuing attempts to blame on the anarchists every atrocity committed outside of the fascist controlled areas (see also “Autopsy of a Hoax,” regarding the shabby attempts to blame the anarchists for mass executions in Madrid). These misattributions of responsibility go back to the Civil War itself, something that, as the authors point out, George Orwell tried to bring to the world’s attention in his memoir of the Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, which professional historians hostile to anarchism continue to denigrate. Gascón and Guillamón’s manifesto has been translated by Paul Sharkey and was originally posted at Christie Books and then reposted by the Kate Sharpley Library. I included a chapter on the Spanish Revolution in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.

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Colin Ward: Moving with the times … but not in step

Colin Ward critiques an interview from New Left Review of Alan Lovell, a regular Peace News writer in the 1960s and a member of the Committee of 100, by Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel, looking at how anarchism was perceived within the group. It was first published in Anarchy Number 3, May 1961.

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Call-in for anarchist prisoner Sean Swain

Sean has come under fire by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The ODRC has increased Sean’s security level from 3 to 5b, an increase that has sent him to solitary confinement, led to him being handcuffed during visits, and further removed him from any possibility for parole.

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Notes from underground: Dostoyevsky’s #anarchism

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in a letter speaking of his The Brothers Karamazov, declares that his principal aim in writing the novel, a civic duty no less, is the defeat of “anarchism”.

How can we then suggest to speak of Dostoyevsky’s anarchism?  And yet we dare to do so, navigating our way through the extremes of the underground and the modern social conformity of the many, of the nihilists and decadent aristocrats, of the social reformers and a Church oblivious to the kingdom of heaven.  Our journey’s end is to be found in the many voices of Dostoyevsky’s world, in a polyphony that cannot be silenced without impoverishing that world.  Among these many voices, we find the braying of mules, the tortured crying of children, the virtue of women and friends, the dissonance of idiots and the enthusiasm of those who have experienced, however fleetingly, the immensity and self-sufficient beauty and goodness of life.  What binds all of these disparate voices together, and only this power or force can do so, is love.  And it is Dostoyevsky’s boundless love of life that we will risk to call his anarchism.

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Call for Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, #Oaxaca

Editor’s Note: This communique speaks to the recent scheduling of the final hearing in the case of anarchist political prisoner Miguel Peralta Betanzos. Following the pattern of irregularities in the case, the court again broke their own laws, scheduling the final hearing in two months rather than within five days as the law states. This repeats the ongoing strategy of the court to maintain Miguel Peralta Betanzos and the other imprisoned compañeros of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, Oaxaca in prison without a conviction.

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The subjects of capital: A critique of narcissism

Capitalism produces human subjectivities, as it produces commodities.  Without this capacity, its underlying social relations would be unsustainable.

Motivated by our own reflections, we share below an essay that was recently posted on the french based palim-psaowebsite (a site dedicated to the diffusion of Krisis goup texts in various languages), that critically addresses the narcissistic subject of contemporary capitalism.

Peter Samol’s “All the lonely people” (Krisis, 4, 2016) has been getting some attention lately. For non-German speakers, an abridged translation can be found here (thanks to Marc Batko).

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Gaston Leval: The Achievements of the Spanish Revolution

This year’s anniversary of the Spanish Revolution and civil war sees the republication by PM Press of Gaston Leval’s eyewitness account, Collectives in the Spanish Revolutionwith a new introduction by Pedro García-Guirao and a preface by Stuart Christie. I included excerpts from Leval’s book in the chapter on the Spanish Revolution in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian IdeasHere I reproduce some of Leval’s reflections on the achievements of the Spanish Revolution, taken from the concluding chapter of his book.

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Gilles Dauvé: A contribution to the critique of political autonomy

In a text written for a “Vår Makt” seminar – held in Malmö, Sweden on 1-2 November 2008 – Dauve surveys the various theories of democracy and their limits.

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Statement by Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran for GARE squat and our anarchist comrade who was kidnapped by Greek Police

Statement by the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran.

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