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Malatesta, Errico

Neal, Dave

Perlman, Fredy

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The Violence of Capitalism in Genoa

by Robin Banks

The death of the young Italian anarchist during the anti-G8 protests in Genoa was inevitable.

The death of that particular person wasn't inevitable, of course. But when you are confronting the vast and powerful forces of global capitalism, casualties are to be expected. It almost happened in Gothenborg during recent protests there -- protesters were shot with live ammunition and one nearly died.

There have already been many people killed by troops of the ruling class in the Global South, where the raw effects of capitalism are much more obvious to the many than its meager benefits handed out to the few. But we, the privileged of the Global North, have been able to escape the murderous brutality of capitalism's enforcers during these massive protests up until now.

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Toward an Anarchist Politics

by Cindy MilsteinThis short column is reprinted from Arsenal, no. 3, March 2001, with the kind permission of that magazine's editorial collective (www.azone.org/arsenalmag). Cindy can be reached at cbmilstein@aol.com.During last fall's televised presidential debates, a curious ad appeared. A semi-scruffy young musician is shown yelling at a boy on a bicycle, "You are all sheep for the capitalist wolves." Next, flashing ominously across the screen, is the tag line: "This guy votes. Shouldn't you?"Sadly, what comes across in the ad is this: the danger posed by anticapitalists is that they will vote. Now one could say that this image is a product of a medium that caricatures and simplifies, and there is much truth to that.

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Black Star North - An Anarchist Statement against the FTAA (and capitalism in general)

On April 20th, heads-of-state from every country in South and North America and the Caribbean (except for Cuba), along with delegates from many of the world's wealthiest corporations, will meet in Quebec City, Canada in an attempt to finish negotiations regarding a trade pact called the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Accompanying them will be over 5,000 riot police, secret service agents, undercover agents, private cops, and other armed personnel-- amounting to the largest police mobilization in Canadian history.

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Reclaim the Cities: From Protest to Popular Power

by Cindy Milstein

"Direct action gets the goods," proclaimed the Industrial Workers of the World nearly a century ago. And in the short time since Seattle, this has certainly proven to be the case. Indeed, "the goods" reaped by the new direct action movement here in North America have included creating doubt as to the scope and nature of globalization, shedding light on the nearly unknown workings of international trade and finance bodies, and making anarchism and anticapitalism almost household words. As if that weren't enough, we find ourselves on the streets of twenty-first-century metropolises demonstrating our power to resist in a way that models the good society we envision: a truly democratic one.

Cindy Milstein

But is this really what democracy looks like?

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Beyond Voting: anarchist organizing, electoral politics and developing strategy for liberation

by Chris Crass

Presidential elections are often the terrain on which radicals and anarchists debate the merits of electoral politics. This election season is no different. Social movements around the world and in the United States are declaring Bush's defeat at the ballot box a top priority. As radicals, we have consistently opposed the policies of the Bush administration and have mobilized our opposition repeatedly to the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. We know that the Democratic Party shares the majority of the Republican Party's platform. Both candidates represent ruling class worldviews and institutions of domination. What do we do?

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Border Crossings

by Cindy Milstein

That which is avant-garde has always transgressed theboundaries of what is considered decent. Yet after the"shock of the new" has worn off, what was once widelyperceived as subversive is often viewed by many associally acceptable if not desirable. Anarchism, everbohemian due to its utopian edge--even if anarchistssee their principles as eminently applicable to thevast majority of peoples' lives--continually throwsitself against the next brick wall as soon as theprevious one comes tumbling down. At least to date,then, the praxis of anarchism has voluntarily loiteredat the border regions of society, remainingoutrageous, but seeing with every new frontier a senseof possibility.

Cindy Milstein

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But We Don't Have Leaders: Leadership Development and Anti-Authoritarian Organizing

by Chris Crass

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Forging a Movement on Shifting Ground: Reflections on Anti-Racism as a Catalyst for Global Justice Organizing

By Chris Crass

"It's like coming home", I thought as over 600 peopleconverged at this year's National Organizers Alliance (NOA)Gathering in Sonoma, California. NOA's mission is "Toadvance progressive organizing for social, economic andenvironmental justice, and to support, challenge and nurturethe people of all ages who do that work." From all over theUnited States, people organizing in communities, workplaces,campuses and diverse constituencies came together to shareexperiences, laugh and celebrate and struggle over difficultquestions. NOA, which was started in 1992, is multiracial,over half women, multigenerational, family positive (thechild-care rocked), and working to be pro-queer.

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We Organize With Love In Our Hearts: building an anti-war movement

by Chris Crass

I was getting ready to leave for DC. The mass mobilization was gaining momentum as the IMF/World Bank meetings approached at the end of the month. I was excited about heading out early to do 'Anti-Racism for Global Justice' workshops and get involved with the organizing. I woke up like millions of other people on Sept. 11 to the news of tragic violence. Like you, I was horrified. And like you, it has weighed heavy on my mind and spirit every since.

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What's The Problem

Sometimes anarchists are slow learners. Disregarding the famous, definitive and prognostic Marx-Bakunin split in the First International near the end of the 19th century, anarchists overall have continued to cling to the obsolete notion that anarchy is best situated within the otherwise statist Leftist milieu, despite the bourgeois democratic origins of the Left-Right spectrum. Since then communists and Marxists, liberals and conservatives alike have had us right where they want us - and it's shown in our history. In continuing to view ourselves as Leftists, despite the glaring contradictions in such a stance, we have naturally relegated ourselves to the role of critic within larger movements, and often found ourselves either marching towards goals which stand in direct opposition to our own interests or suckered by counter-revolutionary appeals to anti-fascist or anti-capitalist unity.

 

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