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31
Jul
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My Encounter with the "Precarious and Service Workers Assembly" of Occupy Oakland

In early spring of 2012, announcements appeared at various internet sites calling for a “Workers Against Work -- Precarious and Service Workers Assembly,” ostensibly connected to or an outgrowth of the Occupy movement in Oakland, California.

The first leaflet I saw for it said this:

Fri
31
Jul
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Some Critical Notes on the Occupy Movement's November 2011 Attempt at a General Strike in Oakland, California

My personal experience of the Nov. 2nd, 2011 attempted general strike in Oakland was a blast. The event was beautiful and exhilarating -- even the colors in the sky were perfect! More importantly, as the first attempt at a general strike in a U.S. city in sixty-six years, I hope Nov. 2nd in Oakland can stir a long-suffering and silent wage-earning class in the United States to see the collective power we can have when we use a mass-scale workplace walkout as a political weapon against the owners of America. This is a gift to our future from the Occupy movement as a whole, and in particular a tribute to the outward-directed and working class focus of Occupy Oakland. Today in the Occupy movement, Oakland leads the way.

Fri
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Jul
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Mission Yuppie Eradication Project

Love and Treason table of contents

Mission Yuppie Eradication Project

A critical re-examination of an ultra-left effort against the gentrification of San Francisco in the late 1990's.

Fri
31
Jul
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The Frauds' Prayer

Our Market, who art on earth
Hallowed be thy shame,
Thy policeman come,
Thy state power be done
At work, as it is while shopping
Give us this day our alienated labor
And do not forget to extract surplus-value from us
And lead us not
into mass collective resistance
but channel our confusion
into voting and other democratic mystifications
For you have all the power, and we do all the labor
Forever -- and ever?
Amen!

(I based this on a poem some British comrade wrote in the early 1980's)

Love and Treason table of contents

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31
Jul
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Harass the Brass

Mutineers of the Year

An American soldier in a hospital explained how he was wounded: He said, "I was told that the way to tell a hostile Vietnamese from a friendly Vietnamese was to shout 'To hell with Ho Chi Minh!' If he shoots, he's unfriendly. So I saw this dude and yelled 'To hell with Ho Chi Minh!' and he yelled back, 'To hell with President Johnson!' We were shaking hands when a truck hit us."

~ From 1,001 Ways to Beat the Draft, by Tuli Kupferburg

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'FARE STRIKE! San Francisco 2005: First-Hand Accounts'

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Jul
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Muni Social Strikeout -- The Failed Transit System Fare Strike in San Francisco in 2005

A critique of our efforts to foment a mass "self-reduction" movement on San Francisco's Muni public transit system.

INTRODUCTION

In early 2005, bureaucrats in San Francisco's Municipal Transit Authority announced plans for a fare increase and service cuts for Muni, SF's main public transit system. Fares had been hiked in 2003 from $1.00 to $1.25, and the 2005 fare hike, slated to begin Sept.1st, was to be from $1.25 to $1.50. Several dozen bus lines would see drastically reduced service; other lines would be cut altogether. Plans were also announced for mass layoffs of Muni employees, focusing in particular on bus drivers.

Flyer to drivers

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26
Jul
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The basic perspectives of The Poor, the Bad and the Angry

A Contribution to the Politics of the Future

The basic perspectives of
The Poor, the Bad and the Angry

The world we must leave...

The Earth is being trashed by social relations based on money and market exchange. Every government, politician, army and police force defends this system. Politicians and political parties propose different management strategies for capital, but regardless of their differences, Alan Greenspan and Medea Benjamin, the Fox Network and Adbusters, Fidel Castro, the ecology lobby and the most bedraggled college campus socialist groups all agree -- a world based on wage-slavery is here to stay.

Tue
16
Jun
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What does anarchism stand for?

The slow burning fuse

These words by Percy Bysshe Shelley gives an idea of what anarchism stands for in practice and what ideals drive it:

 

The man
Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys:
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate'er it touches, and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame,
A mechanised automaton.

As Shelley's lines suggest, anarchists place a high priority on liberty, desiring it both for themselves and others. They also consider individuality -- that which makes one a unique person -- to be a most important aspect of humanity. They recognise, however, that individuality does not exist in a vacuum but is a social phenomenon. Outside of society, individuality is impossible, since one needs other people in order to develop, expand, and grow.

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