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09
Oct
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Black Elitism/Black Capitalism: Part II

Hello Brothers and Sisters:

Thank you for responding to "Black Capitalism" pt. 2. I am glad to see us really discussing these matters, which are not in any way mere abstract questions, but rather go to the fundamental question of what kind of society do we really want? One which has classes of desperately poor and excessively rich, one which has all economic power in the hands of a white [or some day Black] elite, or one where the needs of the people are met and we are all on the same economic level.

Thu
09
Oct
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Consent or Coercion

An anarchist case for social transformation and answers to questions about anarchism

"The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently."
-- Gustav Landauer

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09
Oct
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What's in a Name?

by Cindy Milstein

The amorphous movement that has appeared on the scene of late--in North America, after Seattle, and around the world several years prior--exhibits an astonishing diversity of tactics, goals, and political beliefs. At the same time, this resurgence of radical politics is united in an equally varied critique of one phenomenon: globalization. Whether understood economically, politically, ideologically, or culturally; as a form of communication or set of new technologies; as an overlapping configuration of these or other factors, globalization provides the umbrella under which hundreds of often life-and-death matters can huddle as one connected whole.

Cindy Milstein

The irony cannot be missed: globalization has spawned a global movement. So should "anti-globalization" be taken on as our self-proclaimed mantle?

Thu
09
Oct
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New Movement on the Horizon

Not so many years ago the dominant orientation of anarchism wasleftist. Anarchists have always stressed self-management of society, butwhat that society should be was pretty indistinguishable from what marxistsassume it should be. In other words, technology and mass production, rootedin division of labor and domestication, were givens to most anarchists.

In the course of the 90's there has been a fundamental shift, stillunderway, in what most anarchists see as the foundations of a free, healthysociety. Self-managed factories and other forms of productionism andspecialization are now widely understood as no advance at all. In thisincreasingly standardized, massified, anti-nature monoculture of a world,more and more anti-authoritarians realize that the answers go deeper thanself-management of existing institutions.

Thu
09
Oct
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Man Kills Children: Is It News?

by Robin Banks, robinbanks@disinfo.net

An Associated Press story from May 8, 2001 described a man who, while "rambling and saying religious stuff," stabbed four children at Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. The story goes on to say that the attacker was subdued by police, who fired three rubber bullets at him before taking him into custody.

This news item brings up several interesting issues because it is obviously reminiscent of the numerous tales of school violence to which we have been subjected in recent years. This time, of course, the attacker is an adult, and he is armed with a knife instead of a gun. So what difference does this make?

Thu
09
Oct
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Beyond "Anti-Globalization": Towards a Deeper Understanding of Capital and the State

From First Issue of Black Star North zine

Capitalism has within its inherent logic always contained a motivation to ruthlessly expand. The Anti-Globalization movement is therefore false in asserting that the present phase of capitalism is somehow new. The way in which it is occurring may be new (states/countries have increased control over the populace, while the state itself has lost some control over capital and trade), but capital has always contained such a drive to expand its domain. Since its inception the logic guiding capital has been to "grow or die." This mentality and material manifestation has permeated throughout its history.

Thu
09
Oct
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ARA responds to "Fighting words", Arsenal issue #2

ARA responds to "Fighting words", Arsenal issue #2

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I was glad to see an article in Arsenal that attemptedto address the challenges facing Anti-Racist Action (ARA) since the assassination of anti-fascistskinheads Dan Shersty and Lin "spit" Newborn byneo-nazis in 1998.

The article raised some good questions aboutresistance to Fascism and ARA's response to the factthat Dan and Spit paid for that resistance with theirlives. I'm always interested in hearing critiques ofARA from fellow anti-fascists and anarchists.

However, there are some omissions and errors aboutARA's response to the murders that I wanted to clearup first.

Thu
09
Oct
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The Necessity and Impossibility of Anti-Activism

For my part, I do not believe there is 'one solution' to the social problems, but a thousand different and changing solutions in the same way as social existence is different and aried in time and space.

--Errico Malatesta, 1924

Revolution is the communising of society, but this process is more than just the sum of direct actions.

--Gilles Dauvé, 1973

Thu
09
Oct
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The Origins of Error

by Dan Clore

An article on MSNBC, "The bombs of August" (http://www.msnbc.com/news/189762.asp) by James O. Goldsborough, which appeared on Aug. 21, 1998, contains an interesting account of "The Origins of Terror".

Here, describing the origins of terrorism, which allegedly lead to the terrorist bombings of Islamic Fundamentalists, Goldsborough tells us that: "The origins of modern terrorism go back to the anarchist movement of the last century, which was inspired by the Revolution of 1848 and Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. In a period of three decades starting in 1880, anarchists killed seven national leaders, including a Russian czar, an American president, two Spanish premiers, a French president, an Italian king and an Austrian empress."

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09
Oct
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Dot-coms Are All Crap Ideas, Anyway

About seven months ago, an old colleague of mine called me up and asked if I'd consider coming to work with her at some dot-communist operation in Minnesota called techies.com. I respectfully declined, sensing the blood in the water and already having witnessed how stupid the whole dotcom bubble thing was anyway with my current employer's spinoff of a web company as a thinly-veiled pyramid scheme.

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