Sat
11
Oct
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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.

Sat
11
Oct
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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'.

Fri
10
Oct
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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.

Thu
09
Oct
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Limitations of Leftism

by Eli Maybell

Thu
09
Oct
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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)

Thu
09
Oct
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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.

Thu
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

Thu
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.

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