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#Rosa #Luxemburg: The Russian Revolution #RosaKarl

On January 15th, 1919 Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebknecht were murdered by right-wing troops in Berlin, Germany under orders from social democratic SPD leaders. It wasn’t the first, nor the last time liberals and social democrats betrayed revolutionaries. We publish … Continue reading

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Peter #Kropotkin: Communism and Anarchy

Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921) was one of the greatest anarchist theoreticians of his time. Although he admired the directly democratic and non-authoritarian practices of the traditional peasant village commune, he was never an advocate of small and isolated communal experimentalism. Many people, upon reading his works, have been inspired to found such communities, both in his own time as well as the hippies of the 1960s (a period when Kropotkin’s major works were epublished and influential). Kropotkin did not consider such ventures were likely to be successful or useful in achieving wider revolutionary goals. His friend, Elisee Reclus, who had been involved in such a venture in South America in his youth, was even more hostile to small communal experiments. It is a pity that some of the founders of the many hippy communes in the 1960s (nearly all of which faded rather quickly) did not read Kropotkin more carefully. Unfortunately, they made the same mistakes as many anarchists, communists and socialists had made a century before them. In the anarchist press today one still finds adverts for prospective small and isolated anarchist colonies. Also, many commentaries about Kropotkin still misrepresent him as having had a vision of society consisting of unfederated and independent village-like settlements and of advocating small communal experiments as a means of achieving an anarchist society. The following speech and two ‘open’ letters, which have not been in print for a century, clearly show, that although not emotionally opposed to such ventures, he was highly sceptical about their chances of success and generally believed them to be a drain upon the energies of the anarchist movement. Despite his warnings, these articles also contain much good and practical advice to those who are still tempted to found small experimental communes in the wilderness, or perhaps, those tempted in some future era to colonise space. Continue reading

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#Anarchism Peter #Kropotkin’s Last Letter

The following letter was written by Peter Kropotkin to his friend, De Reijger, the Dutch anarchist, who had invited him to come to stay at Haarlem:

“Moscow, Dmitrooka,

“December, 23rd, 1920. Continue reading

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#Anarchism Colin Ward: Temporary Autonomous Zones

On Januar 11th we reblogged “Temporary Autonomous Zones” by Hakim Bey. Today we reblog a text about the book by Colin Ward. Continue reading

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#Anarchism: A Wager On The Future – Audio Zine

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#Anarchism Temporary Autonomous Zones by Hakim #Bey

A book about Temporary Autonomos Zones (TAZ) by Hakim Bey. Continue reading

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Final Straw Podcast: Peter Gelderloos on his book “Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”

On January 4th we reblogged Peter Gelderloos book How Nonviolence Protects the State. The Final Straw spoke with Peter Gelderloos. Continue reading

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#Anarchism: How Nonviolence Protects the State

​How nonviolence protects the state. Second edition. Written by Peter Gelderloos. Continue reading

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#NoBorders Books against borders

Short review of three books My three year old and I played trains in the living room today. The radio played in the background, a human interest segment with different people sharing light, festive holiday stories. The station took a … Continue reading

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#Anarchism ‘Nietzsche and Anarchy’ by Shahin (Elephant Editions)

Psychology for Free Spirits, Ontology for Social War How is it possible to live free and joyful in this world of domination? The key idea Nietzsche offers us is this: don’t hide from struggle in fantasy worlds or imaginary futures, … Continue reading

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