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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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Stick 'em up motherfucker! An anti-fascist perspective on the movements against global capitalism.

 

by Mike Donovan

(The following speech was given by ARA Toronto member Mike Donovan at "From protest to resistance", a hugely successful public forum on the Free Trade Area of The Americas and the radical anti-capitalist, anti-racist and anti-authoritarian elements organizing against it. Members of The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Food For Chiapas, Colours of Resistance, The Anti-Capitalist Convergence, The Summit of The Americas Welcoming Committee as well as revolutionary anarchist and community organizer Lorenzo Komboa Ervin also spoke at the forum which drew over 300 people. Electronic reproduction is encouraged, print publications please contact ARA Toronto.)

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Responding to Anarchists on the eco-racism issue

What I have written up until now has been aimed at a general readership. Now since the issue is being debated upon anarchists I will write directly to anarchists, for I have also been an active anarchist for over 30 years. Below I will answer some of the comments I seen made by some anarchists on this issue.

1. Some say that the struggles of Indigenous People are not anarchist issues. This would be true if anarchism were just a philosophical club debated in back rooms by those sitting in armchairs. But to many anarchists, we seek to create real social change by dismantling the ruling class's political power (the state) and economic power (capitalism) and creating a stateless society based upon the well-being of all. This means that we must deal with all the different groups of people, unless we seek to either force our ways on others or exclude people from our new society. Thus, the struggles of the people against the ruling class are also our struggles.

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Seattle Mayor Declares State of Emergency

by Robin Banks - February 28, 2001"We will not stand for this 'earthquake' nonsense," says Schell Mayor Paul Schell announced today that the city would take a zero-tolerance stance against earthquakes after one of the mysterious natural disasters struck Seattle. "I have declared a 'no-earthquake zone' in a fifty-block radius," Schell said. "I have told the police department to use their pepper spray and rubber bullets against any earthquake that dares to show its face in Seattle." "Seattle has a history of tolerance for weather," Schell continued with a note of pride in his voice. "We have rain, we have storms, we even tolerate lightning. But we will not sit back and allow these hooligan earthquakes to destroy our city." Several police units could be seen patrolling the quake-shaken areas in downtown Seattle this evening. "If I see one of them quakes ... well, no mercy, you know? No mercy," one police officer stated bluntly.

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Listen, Radical!

by Errol Schweizer

Author's note: this is an abridged version of a longer essay. Contact the author for the full version.

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash but I don't think that it will be based on the color of the skin.”
--El Haj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

“What I am trying to say is simply this: The revolution is made by ordinary people, not by angels, made by people from all walks of life, and more particularly by the working class who are in the majority.”
-- Walter Rodney

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