Opinion

Sat
14
Jan

False hope, broken promises: Obama’s belligerent legacy

by Jakob Reimann
ROAR Magazine

Gigantic hopes were pinned on Barack Obama when he moved into the White House in 2009. Not just in the US, but across the globe people were simply fed up with eight unspeakable years of George W. Bush — with his nepotism, his belligerence and, yes, his sheer stupidity. The world was sick and tired of the “Cowboy from Texas.”

And then there came this highly intelligent, charismatic, eloquent — black — civil rights attorney from Illinois and everything was set to change. “Yes We Can” infected the whole world. “Hope and Change” were almost physically tangible to many. Yet Barack Obama has bitterly disappointed the world.
Dialogue and negotiations

Sun
01
Jan

The Vision of Revolutionary Anarchism

by Wayne Price
Anarkismo

Under the title, "The Two Main Trends in Anarchism," a selection of my writings has been published in Greek. ΟΙ ΔΥΟ ΚΥΡΙΕΣ ΤΑΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΡΧΙΣΜΟΥ. The writings are taken from Anarkismo, except for the following, which was written originally for the new book. It focuses on the centrality of a vision of freedom, cooperation, and happiness in the program of anarchist-socialism.

Sat
31
Dec

Where the revolution is more likely to happen, in developed or non-developing countries?

by Zaher Baher
November 2016
Anarkismo.net

There is no doubt that over the last couple of decades our movement has declined dramatically . Not only it is not achievable anymore, in fact it cannot maintain what had already achieved before. It is also very clear that Marx's theory is not the remedy for the current situation any longer. I believe it is extremely hard to expect that the revolution to take place in the advanced industrialised countries, at least not in the very near future.

This article puts forward the argument of possibility that the revolution could happen in the less or non-industrialised countries, before the advanced industrialised countries.

The article explains the mechanisms that exist in the non-industrialised countries that brings about the revolution.

Where the revolution is more likely to happen, in developed or non-developing countries?

Sat
31
Dec

Is Syndicalism Class Reductionist?

By Tom Wetzel
Ideas & Action

Most activists who use this “class reductionist” refrain don’t  just use it against syndicalism but against any emphasis on workplace struggle and organizing. It’s part of the so-called “retreat from class” of the past 30 years, especially in academic circles, where the charge originated.

The downplaying of race and gender was a general feature of the socialist movement in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. This should not be denied. However, there is nothing inherently class reductionist in syndicalism as a strategic orientation.

Mon
26
Dec

The Distinct Radicalism of Anarchism

by William Gillis
Center for a Stateless Society

Anarchists tend to pose our core differences with marxists in terms of degrees of radicalism or rootedness. One of the classic ways this gets stated is that marxism deals with the political whereas we deal with the ethical.

These terms to the disagreement, once posed, are almost always immediately acknowledged and indeed embraced by both marxists and anarchists.

Mon
26
Dec

Elections Are Bullshit

The following essay was written prior to the 2016 US election.

by Winter Jones
Ideas & Action
WSM

In case you are reading this well past October 2016, let me fill you in on how society was going. We had an upcoming presidential election here in the nation known as the United States of America. While it has always been clear to me that elections are total bullshit, I don’t think it was very clear for most people. The keyword here is “was”. As of at least mid-2016, it was clear to absolutely everyone that the government was far from democratic. We were being bombarded with messages telling us to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Mon
19
Dec

Does Trump Represent Fascism or White Supremacy?

A guest column by PG
CrimethInc

How should we understand the impending presidency of Donald Trump? What should we be prepared for? While some have framed Trump’s victory as a sign of resurgent fascism, our guest contributor argues that we should see it as the latest development in a much older phenomenon, which is not an interruption of democracy but intimately interlinked with it.

There are many ways to conceptualize the relationship between democracy and fascism, and this is a dangerous time to take anything for granted; we will be publishing more on this subject shortly. In the meantime, this is a useful contribution towards analyzing the dangers ahead and how to ready ourselves for them.

Sun
18
Dec

Not My President!

by Wayne Price
Saturday December 17, 2016
Anarkismo.net

The New Resistance

In demonstrations across the United States, protestors have raised signs saying, “Not My President!” Obviously they are not denying that state machinery has given Donald J. Trump the position of head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, ruler of the mightiest and wealthiest state in the world. What they are denying is Trump’s legitimacy for the position, his moral right to claim the presidency.

Under the capitalist system, electoral democracy serves several purposes. One is that it permits factions of the ruling capitalist elite to struggle over their different programs (based on differing interests) and to make final decisions—without civil wars or establishing a dictatorship (both of which can be costly).

Thu
15
Dec

What’s So Bad About Flag Burning?

Roderick Long | @RoderickTLong
December 15th, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent call for a year’s prison term or loss of citizenship for those who burn the American flag – incidentally a reversal of Trump’s previous support for flag-burners on the Letterman show two years ago – leaves me with some questions. Four questions, specifically: two for Trump’s conservative supporters, and two for his liberal critics.

Sun
11
Dec

The Pitfalls of (White) Liberal Panic

by Dylan Rodríguez
Abolition Journal

November 15, 2016

There should be no shock at the success of White Nationalist revival.  A fog of liberal-progressive panic seeps across the closest quarters, oddly individualizing what some inhabit as a normal and collective disposition of familiarity with emergency under conditions of constant bodily and spiritual duress.  In the living room, kitchen, office, school, cafe, park, dorm room, gym, and library there is a steady-sad din:  How did this happen, Why such hate, There are so many of them, What will happen to our country, Will I be threatened, My uncle and neighbor lied, What does the world think of us, I do not feel safe, What do we do now, Who will protect those people from them, How could this happen my god my god…

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