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07
Oct
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Vampire Alert!

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is once again sniffing around what could loosly be called the direct action movement - the lively culture of resistance that has grown out of the anti-roads protests, reclaim the streets parties and so on. Seeing the growing awareness in this scene of capitalism as our enemy, and gutted that an event of the scale and militancy of June 18th could pass with not an SWP paper seller in sight, the party leadership has obviously decided that we're a prime target for recruitment.

"Many of the... anti-capitalists will join the SWP provided we are involved alongside them in campaigning over issues like the World Trade Organisation" - Socialist Worker #1673.

Tue
07
Oct
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Will the real Bakunin please stand up?

The SWP are at it again. Obviously trying to recruit from the anti-globalisation movement, they yet again try to rubbish anarchism. Since libertarian ideas are perceived to be dominant in that movement, what better why to try and gain a foothold than attacking those ideas? Sadly for the SWP, they cannot do that accuracy or honesty. Nor can they do so with showing the bankruptcy of their own ideology.

In Socialist Worker (12 May 2001) Kevin Ovenden produced an article claiming to be about Bakunin entitled "Anarchist founder." The article is so flawed that the only charitable thing that can be said of it is that at least it gets the dates right.

Tue
07
Oct
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Beware Authoritarian Left Parasites!

Occasionally somebody asks us why we bother to speak out against authoritarian Left groups like the ISO and SWP. They often point out that these groups are rather small and that we are wasting our time exposing these movement opportunists. As anarchists, we know from recent history and 20th century history that disciples of the authoritarian Left will smile at you one minute and stab you in the back the next. We feel it is important to expose these groups to the wider community of activists, because they lie and misrepresent themselves in order to further their agendas. Currently, they are undertaking an effort to rewrite the recent history of the anti-globalization movement. They want activists to believe that centralist, hierarchical Left parties were the ones that made the various anti-globalization protest successful. The fact is, these groups are latecomers to the "globalization from below" resistance network.

Tue
07
Oct
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Reply to Socialist Review on Anarchism

Hello all

I have sent this letter to Socialist Review, monthly magazine of the British Socialist Workers Party. It is a reply to the article they published in issue no. 246 on anarchism. As the letter makes clear, the article is little more than a series of lies and misrepresentations.

For a *real* introduction to anarchism, visit "An Anarchist FAQ" at:

http://www.anarchistfaq.org
http://www.anarchismfaq.org
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1931/

The FAQ is an in-depth introduction to anarchist theory, ideals and history. Find out why anarchism is anti-state, anti-capitalist and anti-hierarchy. Discover the real differences between anarchism and Marxism and why you should become an anarchist.

Tue
07
Oct
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Marxism and "Anarchism": A reply to the SWP

Part One

The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci once wrote that "to tell the truth is a communist and revolutionary act." Sadly, when it comes to anarchism, Marxists rarely tell the truth. Instead, they usually produce a series of slanders and lies.

In issue no. 1714 of Socialist Worker (dated 16th September 2000) the British SWP decided to "expose" anarchism in an article entitled "Marxism and Anarchism." However, their article is little more than a series of errors and distortions. We shall indicate how the SWP lies about anarchist ideas and discuss the real differences between anarchism and Marxism.

The inspiration for their diatribe is clear—they are worried about anarchist influence in the various anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements and demonstrations which are currently occurring across the world. As they put it:

Tue
07
Oct
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Anarchist vs. Marxist-Leninist Thought on the Organization of Society

by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin

Historically, there have been three major forms of socialism -- Libertarian Socialism (Anarchism), Authoritarian Socialism (Marxist Communism), and Democratic Socialism (electoral social democracy). The non-Anarchist Left has echoed the bourgeoisie’s portrayal of Anarchism as an ideology of chaos and lunacy. But Anarchism, and especially Anarchist-Communism, has nothing in common with this image. It is false and made up by it's ideological opponents, the Marxist-Leninists.

Mon
06
Oct
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Infoshop

[This article originally appeared in the January 1998 issue of MaximumRockNRoll]

If you've been a big city punk at any time in the last decade, you've probably visited or at least heard of infoshops. Infoshops combine a social space, zine archive and library, meeting hall, day care center, concert venue and bookstore into one autonomous space. They are usually promoted and organized by anarchist activists, but infoshop supporters and participants aren't necessarily all anarchists. Infoshops are rooted in the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ethic-they are created by people who are interested in making the revolutionary process happen, not just sitting around and talking about it.

Mon
06
Oct
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Infoshops Defined

An infoshop is a cross between a radical bookstore and a movement archive. Activists go there to read or buy movement literature; buy paraphenalia such as stickers, masks and spray paint; attend meetings, lectures or films; or just plain hang out.

Infoshops are prevalent in Europe, especially in Germany where there are over sixty. They form a decentralized information network, distributing magazines, flyers etc. to local activists and providing information about local activities to other infoshops. Many papers are produced at infoshops and distributed through the infoshop network. When urgent communication is needed, in cases of a state crackdown or fascist attack. Infoshops can call or fax other infoshops who can then mobilize local activists.

Mon
06
Oct
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Bakunin's Statism and Anarchy

A few comments on "Bakunin's Statism and Anarchy: A review by Chris Gray"

Chris Gray's review of Bakunin's "Statism and Anarchy" is, in general, good. It covers the weaknesses of Bakunin's ideas (namely his personal prejudices against Germans and Jews and for Slavs) and indicates its underlying strengths. As part of his review, Gray raises some serious political points which, I feel, need answering. We should thank Chris for allowing us to bring into clear light some of the key differences between anarchism and Marxism. Chris's article is a welcome breath of fresh air compared to the standard Marxist accounts of Bakunin's ideas as it does recount them honestly and presents a critique which does try to address them rather than straw men arguments invented by the reviewer.

Mon
06
Oct
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Anarcho-syndicalism

by Tom Wetzel

October 21, 2002

I'm going to talk a bit about the theoretical presuppositions of anarchosyndicalism, and I'm going to make some comparisons with Marxism since both political perspectives claim to base themselves on the class struggle.

Actually they aren't exactly comparable because Marxism purports to be a complete worldview whereas I would argue that anarchosyndicalism is best understood as merely a revolutionary strategy, or strategic orientation.

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