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07
Oct
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Victory in Sight: Community Organizations and Popular Governance

by J.M.

1. Introduction

What would happen if community organizations fought as if winning was possible? Struggling in geographic, identity or issue based arenas forces us to make very significant choices about the long term significance of our work -- are our organizations the means to an end, or the end in themselves? If the former is the case, then what end are we aiming for?

Tue
07
Oct
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An Anarchist FAQ - "An Anarchist FAQ" in pdf format

An Anarchist FAQ
Index | What's New | Links | Introduction | Bibliography

"An Anarchist FAQ" in pdf format

To view and print out the file you will need to have Adobe Document Reader on your computer. This is free software that now comes on many computers and with many CD's. If you do not already have it you can download it from the Adobe site. [or click here for a faster text only page]

Tue
07
Oct
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Free Women of Spain

Conditions for the vast majority of people in Spain in the 1920s and 1930s were appalling. For women they were especially bad. There were extreme gender divisions. Most women were economically dependent on men. Household chores and childcare were exclusively women's domain. In both countryside and city women's wages were lower than men's. For example the average daily wage of a male agricultural labourer was 3 pesetas while a women got just half this, for working from dawn to dusk.

 

Men and women led completely separate lives. "Most women's social circles consisted of other women: family members, neighbours, fellow workers, or those they met at the market place. Men, conversely, tended to operate in a largely male world, whether in the factory, at union meetings, or in local bars."(1)

Women's personal freedom was severely restricted. Single women could not go out without a chaperone and they could often be "given away" in arranged marriages.

Tue
07
Oct
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Voltairine de Cleyre, the Anarchist Tradition and the Political Challenge

by Chris Crass

From 1890 thru 1910, Voltairine de Cleyre was one of the most popular and renown anarchists in the United States. She was a prolific writer and lecturer on such issues as religion, secularist freethought, marriage, women's sexuality during the Victorian age, the role of crime and punishment in society, prison abolition, anarchist thought and it's relationship to American traditions, anti-capitalism and class struggle, and suffrage and women's liberation.

Tue
07
Oct
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Organizing for Radical Social Change: Voltairine de Cleyre and anarcha-feminism

Voltairine de Cleyre - a biographical sketch

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07
Oct
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Anarchism and American Traditions

by Voltairine de Cleyre

American traditions, begotten of religious rebellion, small self-sustaining communities, isolated conditions, and hard pioneer life, grew during the colonization period of one hundred and seventy years from the settling of Jamestown to the outburst of the Revolution. This was in fact the great constitution making epoch, the period of charters guaranteeing more or less of liberty, the general tendency of which is well described by Wm. Penn in speaking of the charter for Pennsylvania: "I want to put it out of my power, or that of my successors, to do mischief."

Tue
07
Oct
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The Marxist Theory of the State

By Ron Tabor

Although Marx and Engels never put forward a unified presentation of the theory of the state, their conception of the state is a fundamental aspect of their outlook, and of what has since come to be called Marxism. In fact, theories of the state constitute critical facets of all totalitarian credos, not just the Marxian. After all, a given ideology may be overwhelmingly totalitarian in underlying logic, but if it lacks a focus on using the state as the means of transforming society—that is, of imposing its ideas—its totalitarianism will remain implicit. It is the same with Marxism. While Marxism contains many propositions that imply totalitarianism, it is Marx and Engels' view of the state that renders their theory totalitarian in practice. This is most evident in their argument that the state, in the form of the dictatorship of the proletariat, is the chief weapon in the struggle to establish communism.

Tue
07
Oct
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ISO: The Joy of Sects

by John Lacny

A wit once remarked that of all the Jesuits, the worst are the Protestant ones. I have come to the conclusion that this cogent observation has a counterpart when it comes to the world of the sectarian left: of all the Stalinists, the worst are the Trotskyites.

Tue
07
Oct
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ISO and SWP Split

Internal ISO document

from ISO Steering Committee
March 12, 2001

Dear comrades:

Tue
07
Oct
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Open Letter to the Seattle Chapter of the International Socialist Organization from a Wobbly

May 28, 2000

To the Seattle ISO;

Recently, your organization held a public forum (May 24th) about the union of which I am a member, entitled "Who Were the Wobblies". After attending this forum, many things became clear to me about the nature of your organization, and reaffirmed everything I have seen in the years I've been active in Seattle, as well as accounts from fellow activists in Seattle; that your organization does nothing but to further deface the term "socialism" and alienate working people from learning about the class struggle. Your forum has also exposed your agenda of misinformation, as it is obvious to many people that the IWW is in fact alive and well; in other words, you are lying.

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