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Bakunin, Malatesta and the Platform Debate – The Question of Anarchist Political Organization

The present text —the core of which was taken from the introduction that we wrote for the French edition of Social Anarchism and Organization, by the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FARJ)[1]— aims to discuss the question of the specific anarchist political organization, based on the contributions of Mikhail Bakunin, Errico Malatesta and the Organizational Platform for a General Union of Anarchists, written by militants organized around the magazine Dielo Trudá, among whom were Nestor Makhno and Piotr Archinov.

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Jesse Cohn: Demodernizing Anarchism

Decolonising anarchism, according to Jesse Cohn, amounts to freeing it from its modernist assumptions: that culture is opposed to nature, that human culture progresses by an expanding autonomy from the heteronomy of nature, a progress grounded in the technological dominion over the natural world (and the human worlds closest to nature, e.g., those of the “indigenous” of the americas) and the freedom of human thought and life from the illusion of its dependency on transcendent sources (e.g., religion). To the extent that anarchism is imbued with or assumes such ideas, it is modernist and colonialist, susceptible to all of the hierarchies and forms of oppression that it has claimed to contest in its brief modern history.

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William C. Anderson: State reform isn’t enough. Our times demand black anarchism

An essay by William C. Anderson, who continues to pursue his important work in black anarchism.

Image above: A Black Panthers march on 42nd Street, New York

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For Russell Maroon Shoatz: The tradition of Maroon “anarchism”

Russell Maroon Shoatz, activist and writer, was a founding member of the revolutionary group Black Unity Council in 1969, as well as a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. In 1972, he would be convicted for a 1970 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. He would spend 49 years in prison (22 of which in solitary confinement), being released in October of 2021 on grounds of compassion, only to die in December of the same year. (“Former Black Panther Russell “Maroon” Shoatz Freed From Prison After 49 Years”, Truthout 26/10/2021)

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Create a Strong People – Contributions to the debate on popular power

To begin the discussion on popular power it is important to return to the idea of a strategy of social transformation, since our political practice, as anarchists, is what could point toward this transformation.

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Chiara Bottici: Anarchafeminism

For March 8, we share a rich reflection on “anarchafeminism” by Chiara Bottici, followed by a recorded performance of the same, as well as an earlier lecture on anarchism.

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Anarchist Organization in Times of War and Crisis [Ukraine]

Another contribution with thoughts from an anarchist from Ukraine in times of war. We do not agree with some things that are said in this article. Nevertheless, we think that it is an interesting contribution. This article was translated with the help of translation tools. We hope that you will forgive us for any small mistakes.

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The Invasion of Ukraine: Anarchist Media Call from Kharkov

Many people on this portal probably already know about the Ukrainian anarchist online magazine Assembly. This is an English translation of their interview with some updates. For financial support please go here.

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