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Civilisation, Primitivism and Anarchism

By Andrew Flood

Over the last decade a generalized critique of civilization has been made by a number of authors, mostly based in the USA. Some of these have chosen to identify as anarchists although the more general self-identification is primitivist. Their overall argument is that 'civilisation' itself is the problem that results in our failure to live rewarding lives. The struggle for change is thus a struggle against civilization and for an earth where technology has been eliminated. This is an interesting argument that has some merits as an intellectual exercise. But the problem is that some of its adherents have used primitivism as a base from which to attack all other proposals for changing society. Facing this challenge anarchists need to first look to see if primitivism offers any sort of realistic alternative to the world as it is.

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Anarcho-Futurist Manifesto

Ah-ah-ah, ha-ha, ho-ho!

Fly into the streets! All who are still fresh and young and not dehumanized - to the streets! The pot-bellied mortar of laughter stands in a square drunk with joy. Laughter and Love, copulating with Meloncholy and Hate, pressed together in the mighty, convulsive passion of bestial lust. Long live the psychology of contrasts! Intoxicated, burning spirits have raised the flaming banner of intellectual revolution. Death to the creatures of routine, the philistines, the sufferers from gout! Smash with a deafening noise the cup of vengeful storms! Tear down the churches and their allies the museums! Blast to smithereens the fragile idols of Civilization! Hey, you decadent architects of sarcophagi of thought, you watchmen of the universal cemetery of books - stand aside! We have come to remove you!

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Feb

Anarcho-syndicalism in Puerto Real from shipyard resistance to community control

An account of resistance to shipyard closures in Puerto Real, Spain, that lead to community wide involvement, with the anarcho-syndicalist union CNT playing both a prominent and decisive role.

Foreword

The recent struggle in and around the shipyards of Puerto Real, Spain, in both workplace and community, against threatened closure witnessed the anarcho-syndicalist union CNT playing both a prominent and decisive role.

The CNT's involvement meant that the methods of organising and the forms of action taken departed from those common to reformist unions -- with dramatic consequences.

When the PSOE government (socialist in name, but Thatcherite in practice, announced a programme of 'rationalisation' at the Puerto Real shipyards, the workforce came out on strike. The CNT was at the forefront in spreading the action to the surrounding population. Not only was the government defeated, but a number of pay and condition improvements were secured.

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Feb

Anarchist Orientalism and the Muslim Community in Britain

By Adam K.

Most Muslims in Britain are from South Asia being either Pakistani or Bangladeshi and concentrated in areas such as East London, Slough, Luton and the North of England. Many are also asylum seekers and immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. After September 11th governments have found it easy to justify immigration and asylum laws thereby linking it to terrorism. Many Muslims in both Britain since S11 have also been arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the authorities under suspected charges of terrorism and with little proof. It seems that the law has decided that all Pakistanis and Arabs are potential terrorists just as they view all Afro-Caribbean people as potential muggers and drug dealers.

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Feb

Anarchist-Communist Federation Aims and Principles

Aims and Principles

1. The Anarchist-Communist Federation is an organisation of revolutionary class struggle anarchists. We aim for the abolition of all hierarchy, and work for the creation of a world-wide classless society: anarchists communism.

2. Capitalism is based on the exploitation of the working class by the ruling class. But inequality and exploitation are also expressed in terms of race, gender, sexuality, health, ability and age, and in these ways one section of the working class oppresses another. This divides us, causing a lack of class unity in struggle that benefits the ruling class. Oppressed groups are strengthened by autonomous action which challenges social and economic power relationships. To achieve our goal we must relinquish power over each other on a personal as well as a political level.

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Feb

Anarchism in North China, 1910-1934

Some personal recollections of the anarchist movement in Northern China.

In the village where I was born there is a monument in a square erected by the trades unions where fifteen Anarchists were executed as common criminals engaged in a conspiracy against the Empress in her last terror-stricken days. They were buried in a common grave which became a place of honour to the common people, who preserved it carefully. Our May Day marches used to culminate in this spot, where we sang, "Those who fought against injustice our victory will honour!"

I was banished from the village by the police and later I had to change my identity and could not return. I came back after an absence of thirty-five years on a visit.

Sat
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Feb

Anarchism as defined by Grolier's Electronic Encyclopedia

Anarchism is an ideology that regards abolition of government as the necessary precondition for a free and just society. The term itself comes from the Greek words meaning "without a ruler." Anarchism rejects all forms of hierarchical authority, social and economic as well as political. What distinguishes it from other ideologies, however, is the central importance it attaches to the state. To anarchists, the state is a wholly artificial and illegitimate institution, the bastion of privilege and exploitation in the modern world.

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An Anarchist Response to Ebola | Part Two: Envisioning an Anarchist Alternative

by Carwil Bjork-James with Chuck Munson
November 29, 2015
Agency

Anarchists are part of the global conversation on what’s broken in the world, but when things really fall apart—like with the current Ebola outbreak—is the state the only answer? How might a stateless society respond to a challenge like this one? This article provides an anarchist response to these questions, while highlighting issues that require those of us with anarchist politics to carefully think through our position.

Key points:

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Feb

Anarcha-feminism and Animal Liberation

SEKHMET issue 8

"Meat is like pornography - before it was someone's fun, it was someone's life" -- Melinda Vales

Lots of anarchists find the idea of animal rights quite dodgy. Guaranteeing "legal" rights to animals sounds pretty useless given the amount of notice the state takes of human rights. Intellectual dudes like Peter Singer focus more on allowing moral considerations to animals, based on their similarity to humans. But what about the bigger picture? Anarcha-feminists who are into animal liberation link male domination and exploitation of animals with the male domination and exploitation of women. It's about breaking down the divisions - male/female, rich/poor, black/white ... animal/human. We want the self-determination of both animals and humans.

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An Anarchist Assessment of the EZLN

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LOVE AND RAGE VOL. 5, NO. 1 MARCH/APRIL 1994

Electronic Edition * Produced March 10, 1994

SPECIAL ISSUE ON FEMINISM AND REVOLUTION
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Special Section:

THE ZAPATISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY OF CHIAPAS, ME'XICO:

AN ANARCHIST ASSESSMENT OF THE EZLN

By Todd Prane and Elizabeth Bright

"To the Workers of the Republic: Greetings!

"Brothers and Sisters of the cities, come to meet with your brothers and sisters of the countryside; brothers and sisters of the workshop, come embrace your brothers and sisters of the plow; brothers and sisters of the mines, of the railroad, of the port, save the rivers, mountains, seas, and mingle your desire for freedom with our desire, your anxiousness for justice with our own.

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