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The Story of a Murderous Vampire (With Deep Pockets and A Conscience)

Part One

by Robin Banks, robinbanks@disinfo.net

Once upon a time there was a vampire. He was born long ago in a time of darkness and misery. Like many famous vampires, he quickly established his own sort of kingdom -- a medieval fiefdom with servants who understood their master's true nature and obeyed him out of fear.

The people of the region were understandably upset about the presence of this vicious vampire in their midst. Innocent young townsfolk and farmers were often found tossed in filthy ditches, drained of their life's blood. On occasion a group of infuriated villagers would attack the vampire's castle despite the overwhelming odds, but they were always slain or enslaved by the vampire's many servants.

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Consensus Decision Making

by Seeds for Change

Consensus is a decision-making process that works creatively to include all persons making the decision. Instead of simply voting for an item, and having the majority of the group getting their way, the group is committed to finding solutions that everyone can live with. This ensures that everyone’s opinions, ideas and reservations are taken into account. But consensus is more than just a compromise. It is a process that can result in surprising and creative solutions — often better than the original suggestions.

Consensus can work in all types of settings: small groups of activists, local communities, businesses, even whole nations and territories. The Zapatista movement in lower Mexico (Oaxaca and Chiapas) answers to a public control called “la consulta”. This group — comprised of all men, women and children age 12 and over — meets in local meetings where discussion is held and all the members make the final decision.

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Are Republican “Libertarians” Anarchists?

by Wayne Price

Democratic Party politicians have denounced right-wing Republicans as “anarchists.” Why? Are they “anarchists”? What about rightwingers who call themselves “libertarians”? Are “anarcho-capitalists” really anarchists? Are they consistent with the tradition of “individualist anarchism”?

Historically this is very unusual. Far-rightists have usually been called “conservatives.” (They are rarely called the more accurate term, “reactionaries” — those who want to go backward.) Those in the center or the left may call them other names, such as “nuts” or “fascists.” (They are mostly not “fascists” in the sense of wanting to overthrow bourgeois democracy and replace it with a rightwing dictatorship — but they shade into such people.) But they were rarely, if ever, called “anarchists.” Why now?

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The Alternative to Capitalism?

A Review of Peter Hudis (2013), “Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism” from the viewpoint of a Marxist-informed revolutionary anarchist.

by Wayne Price

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Anarchists and the French-Algerian War

Book review of David Porter’s “Eyes to the South; French Anarchists and Algeria”

by Wayne Price

How did French anarchists deal with the Algerian revolution? How did anarchists in an imperialist country react to a war for national liberation? What does this tell us about how anarchists today should relate to current struggles for self-determination of oppressed peoples?

From 1954 to 1962, a vicious, war raged between the people of Algeria and the French state. Anarchists in France played a small but significant role in opposing their government’s colonial war. Their activities and views are covered in this exceptional book, along with anarchists’ attitudes toward post-war Algeria. The ways French anarchists opposed the war, and the varying views they held about it, may help today’s antiauthoritarians (in the US and elsewhere) in thinking through our views about struggles against national oppression.

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The Housing Crisis in San Francisco: a review of 'Dispatches Against Displacement'

A work by a prominent San Francisco housing activist in a context of ongoing defeat for San Francisco renters

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An Anarchist FAQ - Section A - What is Anarchism?

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Authoritarian Leftists: Kill the Cop in Your Head!

The Struggle against Fascism begins with the
Struggle Against Left-wing White Supremacy!

by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin

It's difficult to know where to begin with this open letter to the various European-american leftist (Marxist-Leninist and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, in particular) groups within the United States. I have many issues with many groups; some general, some very specific. The way in which this is presented may seem scattered at first, but I encourage all of you to read and consider carefully what I have written in its entirety before you pass any judgements.

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An Anarchist FAQ - H.4 What actually happened in Russia?

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