Ursula K. Le Guin on the Future of the Left

by Ursula K. Le Guin
February 4, 2015

“The Left,” a meaningful term ever since the French Revolution, took on wider significance with the rise of socialism, anarchism, and communism. The Russian revolution installed a government entirely leftist in conception; leftist and rightist movements tore Spain apart; democratic parties in Europe and North America arrayed themselves between the two poles; liberal cartoonists portrayed the opposition as a fat plutocrat with a cigar, while reactionaries in the United States demonized “commie leftists” from the 1930s through the Cold War. The left/right opposition, though often an oversimplification, for two centuries was broadly useful as a description and a reminder of dynamic balance.


Collective Efforts + Self-Education = Social Change

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

Jan. 28, 2014

Thesis: We cannot be effective activists if we work alone. We cannot be truly radical without cultivating love and compassion for our fellow humans (and non-humans). We cannot be a revolutionary if we expect oppressed communities to bear the burden of enlightening us. We cannot help inspire drastic social change without embracing self-education.


After the election of Syriza in Greece - Power is not in Parliament

by AndrewNFlood
Anarchist Writers
January 25, 2015

Today, across Europe, the left is excited by the likelihood of Syriza topping the polls in the Greek election. Some on the left have gone so far as to suggest the election itself will mark the end of austerity policies, in the terminology of the Anglo left, an end to the idea that There Is No Alternative (TINA).  Another indication that something of significance is happening is that ahead of the election a new wave of capital flight has started from Greece with an estimated 8 billion transferred out of the country over the last few weeks.


Why Break Windows?

by b. traven
Dec 10th, 2014

From the initial revolt in Ferguson last August to the demonstrations in Oakland and Berkeley last week, property destruction has been central to a new wave of struggle against police violence. But what does vandalizing businesses have to do with protesting police brutality? Why break windows?


From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, the State Is Our Enemy

by Cindy Milstein

So much could be said of yesterday’s large, boisterous, self-organized ‪#‎ShutItDownForMikeBrown‬ disruption of downtown San Francisco during the evening hours of Black Friday.

That no one and everyone organized it, simply by coming together with banners and signs, voices and bodies, and a whole lot of boldness, was perhaps the best part of this demonstration, which did indeed halt business as usual on this Black Friday in one of the United States’ most expensive and high-tech-gentrifying cities.


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