French territory: Statement by the Union Communiste Libertaire.Continue reading French territory: Final declaration of the founding congress of the Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL)
This is a write-up of a talk I gave in Edinburgh in April 2019 on anarchist ideas on social change and organisation.I have used the slides I created for the talk as the basis of this write-up, although as usual I am sure this is not the same as what was said on the night but close enough. Hopefully this talk gives a useful summary of anarchist ideas on organisation and their development from the birth of anarchism to around 1920.Continue reading #Anarchism, #Syndicalism and Workers Councils
Eimhéar Ní Fhearóir responds to the election analysis offered by Sinn Fein’s Natalie Treacy. Eimhéar Ní Fhearóir is an anarchist who was previously involved with republican activism.Continue reading #SinnFéin #LE19: From Full Confidence Of Victory To Arrogance And Entitlement
The anarchist tradition – including syndicalism,anarchist trade unionism – provides a coherent approach to issues of strategy, tactics and principle. It is a rich set of resources of the working class today, not least the black working class in South Africa, which remains, in important ways, not just subject to capitalist exploitation and state repression, but also racial/national oppression.Continue reading #Anarchism’s relevance to black and working class strategy: Dispelling ten myths
Anarchism is a social and political ideology which, despite a history of defeat, continually re-emerges in a new guise or in a new country, so that another chapter has to be added to its chronology, or another dimension to its scope.
In 1962 George Woodcock wrote a 470-page book, Anarchism, which, continually reprinted as a Penguin Book and translated into many languages, became probably the most widely read book on the subject in the world. Woodcock wrote a series of updating postscripts until his death in 1995.
In 1992 Peter Marshall wrote a book of more than 700 pages called Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism (HarperCollins) which seems likely to overtake the earlier book in global sales. Woodcock was greatly relieved: ‘I now have a book,’ he wrote, ‘to which I can direct readers when they ask me how soon I intend to bring my Anarchism up to date.’ Like all his other readers, I have been very grateful for Peter Marshall’s capacity for summarizing complex ideas and for exploring the by-ways of anarchist history.
For decades, when in search of a fact or an opinion, I would telephone Nicolas Walter, who died in the year 2000. I greatly value his neat little pamphlet About Anarchism, which is part of the global treasury of anarchist literature stocked by the Freedom Press Bookshop in London.
My task has been one of selection: simply an attempt to introduce the reader to anarchist ideas in a very few words and to point to further sources. In this rich field the emphases are bound to be my own.
C. W. February 2004Continue reading #Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Colin Ward
Tyler Dixon was an anarchistic activist born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Canada who’s eagerly awaiting the collapse of so-called “civilization”. Tyler Dixon died before finishing the final draft of this text. This was annotated by Julian Langer and published out of love and respect for the individual he was.Continue reading Tyler Dixon: Liquid #Anarchism
In September 1899, Errico Malatesta published this “anarchist program” in La Questione Sociale in Paterson, New Jersey. The program was very influential among both Italian and Spanish speaking anarchists, and was later modified and adopted by the Italian Anarchist Union (UAI) at its 1920 Congress in Bologna. The program provides a succinct summary of Malatesta’s mature conception of anarchism. It is included in Volume IV of The Complete Works of Malatesta. I included excerpts from the revised 1920 UAI version in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.Continue reading #Malatesta: An Anarchist Program (1899)
A text by Alfredo M. Bonanno: Trade unionism is in its decline. In good as in evil with this structural form of struggle an era is disappearing, a model and a future world seen in terms of an improved and corrected reproduction of the old one.Continue reading Alfredo M. #Bonanno: Beyond #workerism, beyond #syndicalism
This interview was carried out by a correspondent of Columna Negra after a gathering held in the city of Monza, Italian territory on the 24th-25th of November 2012, a moment in which some discussions were carried out in respect to current repression world wide, the Mapuche situation amongst other topics. This first exchange of ideas with Alfredo Maria Bonanno turned into what you will read below.Continue reading Alfredo M. #Bonanno: “No political position of compromise had to be accepted”
What follows is an interview that the comrades of “Die Platform” (German territory did with the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG), who are active on the british territory.Continue reading Interview mit der Anarchist Communist Group – #ACG from the british territory