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Democracy, Radical Democracy, and #Anarchism—A Discussion

Review of Markus Lundstrom, Anarchist Critique of Radical Democracy.

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Resist-Occupy-Produce: What can Anarchists and Syndicalists Learn from Factory Take-Overs and Worker Cooperatives in Argentina?

The remarkable “recovered factories” (fábricas recuperadas) movement saw hundreds of closed factories reopened by the workers, run democratically, creating jobs and helping working class and poor communities. It showed that there is only so much protesting can accomplish – at some point you have to create something new. But it also shows it is essential that such alternative sites of production form alliances with, and become embedded, in other movements of the working class, poor and peasantry, including unions and unemployed movements. This assists them in building larger struggles, and provides them with some protection from the capitalist market and the state. It is meanwhile important for unions and social movements to start to systematically develop alternatives to capitalist- and state- run social services and media. However, it is simply impossible to escape capitalism by creating cooperatives, social centres or alternative spaces –almost all means of production remain in ruling class hands, secured by force and backed by huge bureaucracies. It is essential to build a mass revolutionary front of unions and other movements, embracing popularly-run social services, media and production, and aiming at complete socialisation of the economy and of decision-making through a revolutionary rupture.
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#Afrin: The fire of Kawa’s will burn, the struggle against Dehaqs will keep on

Statement by the Turkish anarchist group Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF) on Newroz 2018, after jihadists destroyed the Kurdish Kawa statue in Afrin.

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South-Africa: Alternatives from the Ground Up

Globalization school input on anarchism/syndicalism and (black) working class self-emancipation in post-apartheid South Africa.

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#Brazil: Political Assassination, State Terrorism: Marielle Franco, Attending!

Statement from CAB (Brazilian Anarchist Coordination).

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Anarchist message from #Ireland on #IWD

International Working Women’s Day is steeped in the radical history of women demanding improvement in our daily lives and in our working conditions. IWWD dates back to 1857 in New York City. Women garment workers went on strike to demand a 10-hour working day, better working conditions and equal rights.  In honour of this strike, another was held  in 1908 by women needle trade workers.  They demanded voting rights and, an end to sweatshops and child labour. Two years later, the socialist, Clara Zetkin, proposed that the 8th of March be commemorated as International Working Women’s Day.  It was first celebrated nationally in the Soviet Union after the https://www.wsm.ie/russian-revolution, a  revolution which  began with a strike  of women textile workers.

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Book Review: “Anarchist Encounters. #Russia in Revolution”

Book Review: “Anarchist Encounters. Russia in Revolution”. Edited by A.W. Zurbrugg (London: Anarres Editions -Merlin Press, 2017). With the occasion of the recent centenary of the Russian Revolution of October, 1917, Anthony Zurbrugg has edited a wonderful contribution to our understanding of those turbulent times. What we found in this collection of reports put together by Zurbrugg, are testimonies written by anarchists who visited the USSR in the crucial years of 1920-1921.

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#Anarchism OR #Marxism: A Recording of a Talk Given by Alan MacSimoin

This talk was organised by the Anarchist Discussion Group in Cork (Ireland). The speaker is Alan MacSimoin.

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We, Anarchists and Libertarian Communists in the Class Struggle in Capitalist Europe

The European organizations which are part of the Anarkismo network met on the 18th and 19th of November in Genoa. We discussed and exchanged, thought and reflected together, attempting as a network to plan a strategy for forward movement. Delegations from Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland – with a warm solidarity statement from our Catalan comrades of Embat – expressed the need to clarify and deepen our common work.

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