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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.

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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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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."

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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.

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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.

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ISO and SWP Split

Internal ISO document

from ISO Steering Committee
March 12, 2001

Dear comrades:

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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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Dear Socialist Review

I must admit to being bemused by Howard Miles reply to my letter (Socialist Review no. 249). He states that the "nub of the issue in this debate seems to consist of disagreement over two fundamental notions," namely that "democratic centralist revolutionary party is necessary for a successful socialist revolution" and, secondly, "the necessity of a workers' state arising from a socialist revolution." Nothing could be further from the truth. While these are two fundamental disagreements between anarchism and Marxism, they had absolutely nothing to do with my letter, which indicated how Pat Stack had misrepresented anarchist thought in his article. That Mr. Miles fails to acknowledge this is sad, if not unsurprising. It seems that Stack is not the only SWP member who considers accuracy as an irrelevance when discussing other points of view.

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Personal account of being a member of Resistance (Australia)

by Tom

Resistance and the Democratic socialist party are very similar to the Socialist Workers Party of the USA. These groups are very uncritical of castro's regime and like all trotskyist groups, they assert that their brand of marxist-leninist theory is right. Resistance and the DSP claim to have large memberships, though when I was a member, it didn't seem so large. They assert that the Bolsheviks wanted free speech. And that Karl Marx really intended that dictatorship of the proletariat to be democracy. Like the ISO they don't look outwardly objectionable like the spartacists and others.

I first came into contact with them when I was 15, when they were organising people for a local rally at a local shopping centre. I took one of their newspapers home and reading it changed my view on the world, I finally thought that it was wrong to think that all socialists were barbaric people that wanted to destroy the world as the media propagated.

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ISO Nightmares

I just finished reading your informational page on the International Socialist Organization and I must tell you that it made my day. I agree completely with the writer's analysis of their goals and tactics--they are a completely self-serving, insulated clique, with many "leaders" who border on tyrannical. In all fairness, it has been six years since I left/was "expelled" from the ISO, so some of my criticisms might be outdated, but it doesn't sound like it. I was a member for 2 years, during which I was constantly suspect--I wasn't driven enough to sell the paper, I had a bumper sticker with a quote from Emma Goldman (some members NEVER trusted me for that one), I had a growing interest in Buddhism, and I was too concerned with feminist, environmental, and animal rights issues. On the latter topics particularly, I encountered alot of hostility-I was never satisfied with their theoretical answers to immediate problems.

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