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#France: Who is afraid of a general strike?

France. The strangely intermittent general strike in opposition to proposed pension reforms in france is neither “general”, nor truly a “strike”. If the movement is soon to enter its third month, with another day of protest scheduled for today (Yesterday, Paris-luttes.info), the strike has never succeeded in paralysing the country’s economy (indeed, it barely reaches past the more unionised public sector).

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#Brexit: It is easier to leave the #EU than to strike

Last year was a bit busy, not least because I was working through two big projects – A Libertarian Reader and a new translation of Kropotkin’s Words of a Rebel. Both involved translation, which is time consuming – not least trying to track down the context which the writer takes for granted. Both books are now in the hands of the publisher – although my introduction to Words is nowhere near ready (I’m waiting for confirmation of progress in both works by the publishers). This means that I can now work on other stuff, including this blog.

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Spanish territory: #CNT calls for “maintaining and extending” the struggle for dignity after the general strike

In the Basque Country (Euskadi) and the Basque-speaking region of Navarre, tens of thousands of protesters and strikers joined a one-day general strike for “Jobs, pensions and decent lives.” on January 30.

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Catalan Independence: debates and polemics among anarcho-syndicalists

The question of the independence of Catalonia raises lively debates within libertarian unions. This is the case with the CGT anarcho-syndicalist union, which has 60,000 members, almost a third of whom are based in Catalonia.

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Emma #Goldman and Peter #Kropotkin

David Lester, illustrator, artist , writer and musician, is working on a graphic novel-biography of Emma Goldman. Above is an excerpt commemorating her deportation from the United States to Russia on December 21, 1919, which is also Kropotkin’s birthday. This reminded me of Goldman’s recollections of her meetings with Kropotkin. Below I set forth an excerpt from Goldman’s My Disillusionment with Russia, where Goldman  describes her visit with Kropotkin in the summer of 1920, when both were witnessing the consolidation of the growing Bolshevik dictatorship. Kropotkin suggested that rather than working with authoritarian state socialists, despite their revolutionary slogans, anarchists should work to strengthen revolutionary workers’ movements, like anarcho-syndicalism, and movements to create alternate economic relationships, such as the cooperative movement (both of which were being suppressed by Bolshevik regime). Less than a year later, Kropotkin was dead, with his funeral marking the last mass anarchist demonstration in Russia for about 75 years.

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The Catalan-Balearic regional branch of the CNT shows its solidarity with the strike in the Basque Country

Catalonia. The CNT Catalonia-Balearic Islands has issued a statement in which it expresses its solidarity with the general strike called for the Basque Country and Navarre on 30 January in defence of decent public pensions.

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Does #Work Really Work? L. Susan Brown

What is a slave? A slave is commonly regarded as a person who is the legal property of another and is bound to absolute obedience. The legal lie that is created when we speak of a worker’s capacity to sell property in the person without alienating her or his will allows us to maintain the false distinction between a worker and a slave.

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#Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement: A Worker’s Story #1

Workers in Aotearoa (like workers everywhere) are under attack from those who own and control the undemocratic places where we are employed. The corporate media have little interest in bringing this to light. So, its up to us at the bottom of this system to highlight the reality we are experiencing.

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#France: Dockers on strike in #Bayonne

In France, the movement against the new pension reform has been taking place since December 5th, 2019, and is getting stronger and stronger.

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