Opinion

Thu
26
Feb

An Anti-Authoritarian Analysis of Syria's Uprising and Civil War

by Javier Sethness Castro
Anarkismo.net

Thu
26
Feb

On the Left/Right Paradigm, Capitalism's Grow-Or-Die Imperative, and Murray Bookchin

Ursula Le Guin
The Hampton Institute
February 20th, 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.

Tue
24
Feb

Social Justice via Social Media?

Photo credit: Mickey Z.

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust

Before you hit "post" on your next clever and profound critique of a group, tactic, and/or fellow activist, you might wanna ask yourself a few questions:

Sat
14
Feb

Noam Chomsky: “The world that we’re creating for our grandchildren is grim”

Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky
Jacobin

The Middle East is engulfed in flames, from Libya to Iraq. There are new jihadi groups. The current focus is on ISIS. What about ISIS and its origins?

There’s an interesting interview that just appeared a couple of days ago with Graham Fuller, a former CIA officer, one of the leading intelligence and mainstream analysts of the Middle East. The title is “The United States Created ISIS.” This is one of the conspiracy theories, the thousands of them that go around the Middle East.

But this is another source: this is right at the heart of the US establishment. He hastens to point out that he doesn’t mean the US decided to put ISIS into existence and then funded it. His point is — and I think it’s accurate — that the US created the background out of which ISIS grew and developed. Part of it was just the standard sledgehammer approach: smash up what you don’t like.

Sat
07
Feb

Ursula K. Le Guin on the Future of the Left

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Motherboard
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.

Wed
28
Jan

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.

Fri
23
Jan

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.

Thu
15
Jan

Why Break Windows?

by b. traven
Crimethinc
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?

Wed
14
Jan

From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, the State Is Our Enemy

by Cindy Milstein
Fireworks

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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