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Corporate Media and the anti-globalization movement in the U$

By a silver elf

In only about nine months, the media has succeeded in building a mythology around the anti-globalization movement in this country that is striking in its inaccuracies. Of course, Big Media's corporate slant on things is nothing new here in the good ole' United States. Activist groups, especially radical ones, have been maligned in the pages of the press throughout history. (One wonders if the front page of papers ever read 'Violence in Boston: Vandals Destroy Tea.') This slandering has often occurred hand-in-hand with government operations to discredit those groups in this country that oppose the status quo.

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Common perspectives on ourselves, our world and social change

DISARM AUTHORITY!
ARM YOUR DESIRES!

C.A.L. Press Statement

This statement is an updated version of what was originally a statement ofColumbia Anarchist League positions adopted in the spring of 1985, andrevised in late spring of 1989, while the group still existed. It is notmeant to be a finished or unalterable statement but it remains a goodreflection of the perspectives of C.A.L. Press that underly the founding andcontinuing publication of this magazine. Critical comments are welcome andwill be taken under consideration for future versions of this statement. Theoverall form and a few of the basic points of this statement were originallyinspired by British Solidarity's "As We See It." Further points included inthis statement result from theoretical and practical influences originatingfrom the Situationist International, from Fredy Perlman and the DetroitBlack & Red group, and many others.

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Anarchism, militarism and civil war - Can you have an anarchist army?

Andrew Flood

AS ANARCHISTS believe the bosses will resist arevolution, it follows that we accept the needfor armed force to defend the revolution. Butanarchists also oppose militarism, that includesstanding armies controlled by the state withofficers who have special privileges like extrarations, better quarters, saluting, etc. So whatalternative do anarchists propose?

Anarchists advocate militias where officers areelected and recallable, and discipline is agreedby all in the unit. This is not simply a theorybut has been put into practice by anarchists inthe course of several revolutions. The Russianrevolution saw an anarchist influenced force,the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army - alsoknown as the Makhnovista - who liberated theEastern Ukraine. They provide one such example.

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Red, White and Blue Fascism

by Robert Thaxton

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Anarchist Organization: an Oxymoron, or Not?

by Flint Jones flint [at] mobtown.org

Originally posted at the Independent Media Center

A response to "U.S. Anarchist Movement: Over hyped or Tangible". Description of organizations anarchists join, list of specific anarchist organizations.This is a response to Sinew's U.S. Anarchist Movement: Over hyped or Tangible.

"Anarchy is organization, organization and more organization" -Errico Malatesta

First, the Black Bloc is not a political organization. Please consult the informative page Black Blocs for Dummies.

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The Peruvian Embassy Siege and What it Tells Us About the Media

(Andrew Flood..Dublin...23/April...1997)

Last night the siege of the Japanese embassy in Lima ended when Peruvian state forces stormed the embassy and tore down the flags and banners the rebels had hung from the roof. The fact that single shots were heard after the compound had been takenand the low casualty figure among the attacking soldiers and hostagessuggests that at least some of the rebels were executed after they had been captured or wounded.

The action by the MRTA in seizing the Japanese in Lima, Peru in December and capturing a spectacular array of personnel from thePeruvian and international ruling class in doing so at first attracted considerable international media attention. For a period of time some attention at least was given to what was happening in Peruand by extension elsewhere in the post-cold war 'new world order'.

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10
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"Activism" and "Anarcho-Purism"

by sasha

"After Seattle" (words that launched a thousand articles) there has been much talk about how to keep "building the movement." In "Rethinking RadicalActivism and Building the Movement," Chris Dixon adds his thoughts on the matter. After reading the article one is prompted to ask what of "activism" isrethought and what is the movement to be built? In fact, very little is rethought and a critical look at "activism" is entirely absent from Dixon's celebratorypiece. Dixon focuses his discussion around hope, a hope that he calls "critical"; unfortunately, the hope in Dixon's article is mostly self-congratulatory andcontains almost no critical reflection.

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Limitations of Leftism

by Eli Maybell

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Post-Left Anarchy?

by Jason McQuinn

(This editorial comes from the new issue of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. This magazine is available for $5 from most newstands, or $6 from C.A.L., POB 1313, Lawrence, KS 66044. Make checks payable to C.A.L. Press)

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Finding Hope After Seattle: Rethinking Radical Activism and Building a Movement

By Chris Dixon

Just over a year ago thousands of us were preparing for an uncertain showdown with global capital in Seattle. Yet we barely realized that we were about to initiate some of the most successful protests in recent U.S. history. Indeed, hardly anyone believed that we would have any major impact on corporate globalization. At best, we hoped that we might be a significant blip on the nightly news and perhaps a noticeable inconvenience to trade delegates at the WTO Ministerial.

To our shock, though, what we were able to accomplish spun far beyond our wildest expectations. And it was more than the sheer number of protestors or the final paralysis of the Ministerial. In Seattle we experienced our collective power, learned daily lessons from each other, and realized that we could win. In short, we developed a new capacity for resistance with a vital sense of inspiration.

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