Opinion

Sun
22
Nov

Anarchism and Multiculturalism

Uri Gordon

In L. Cordeiro-Rodrigues and M. Simendic, eds. 2015. Philosophies of Multiculturalism: Beyond liberalism, London: Routledge

Thu
19
Nov

Why it's right to resist the Government

by Joe Conlon - WSM

"The law is essentially the weapon of the privileged, it is made by them for the purpose of enshrining their power and the people need to dismantle it entirely if they want to be genuinely free" - Errico Malatesta

Does this mean anarchists are against laws? Anarchists are against laws that are created by the rich and the privileged liar of society that are used in their favour. These same laws are used to exploit and oppress the rest of society. These laws are designed to give as little as possible to people.

Mon
16
Nov

French anarchists on the Paris attacks

The solution will not come from those who have contributed to this situation by their militarist policies, imperialist, discriminatory, hateful. They use this to impose an increasingly police state and a national unity between exploiters and exploited, which we reject and denounce. "

Attacks in Paris : Against their wars, our solidarities

A wave of deadly attacks took place last night in Paris and Saint-Denis. The French government has been conducting wars in several countries (Libya, Mali, Syria ...) for years. These wars today have an impact on the French territory.

Sat
14
Nov

My people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris

On Saturday the world woke up to tragedy. Carnage in Beirut and Paris. In what seems to have been the work of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in both cities, hundreds were killed, hundreds of others wounded, maimed and scarred. The world has condemned the attacks. But in typical fashion- the condemnation and outrage towards the attacks have been asymmetrical, unequal. Joey Ayoub writes from Beirut on how, like life, some deaths matter more than others.

I come from a privileged Francophone community in Lebanon. This has meant that I’ve always seen France as my second home. The streets of Paris are as familiar to me as the streets of Beirut. I was just in Paris a few days ago.

These have been two horrible nights. The first took the lives of over 40 in Beirut, the second took the lives of over 100 in Paris.

It also seems clear to me that to the world, my people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris.

Fri
06
Nov

Anarchism Doesn’t Fit in Promoting Their Ballot Boxes

by Cindy Milstein

A bunch of years back, the “Don’t Just (Not) Vote” anarchist initiative emerged from a panel that I pulled together at the former (wonderful) National Conference on Organized Resistance — in conversations that a bunch of us had later that day. It’s premise was that it only takes a minute to fill out an electoral ballot, if you decide to go that route, but “What do you do the other 364 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes of the years?” That’s what counts! The idea was to not spend hours, days, and months debating electoral politics, but instead use the space created by the sudden visibility of what passes for politics in the United States to illustrate other ways of self-determining, self-organizing, and self-governing.

At the time, and to this day, I think it was a leap forward in anarchist thinking and organizing, difficulties notwithstanding in the actual initiative.

Thu
05
Nov

Portugal: Why anarchists do not vote

At election time, inevitably show up two kinds of people with opposing viewpoints: those who abstain and those who vote. One sort with others have arguments for their positions. That voting does not state that voting is useless and unable to cause real change. The voting states that voting is a duty of every citizen and that is due to the abstention that there is no change. Within the group of those who do not vote are anarchists. ---- But why do anarchists do not vote at all? "Certainly it will be because the only desire of them is to cause chaos and disorder. They do not have political positions beyond that! "Says one. "They do not vote because they are selfish and want a society where it's every man for himself", say others. Both assumptions are far from the truth.

Sun
01
Nov

Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes

by David Graeber
The Guardian

"What I can't understand is, why aren't people rioting in the streets?" I hear this, now and then, from people of wealthy and powerful backgrounds. There is a kind of incredulity. "After all," the subtext seems to read, "we scream bloody murder when anyone so much as threatens our tax shelters; if someone were to go after my access to food or shelter, I'd sure as hell be burning banks and storming parliament. What's wrong with these people?"

It's a good question. One would think a government that has inflicted such suffering on those with the least resources to resist, without even turning the economy around, would have been at risk of political suicide. Instead, the basic logic of austerity has been accepted by almost everyone. Why? Why do politicians promising continued suffering win any working-class acquiescence, let alone support, at all?

Sun
01
Nov

A Quick and Dirty Critique of Primitivist & AntiCiv Thought

by William Gillis
Human Iterations

Thu
29
Oct

Masking Oppression as “Free Speech”: An Anarchist Take

By Tariq Khan
Agency
October 28, 2015

Mon
26
Oct

Noam Chomsky Nails Why the GOP Has Fallen Off the Deep End

In an interview on Latin American media outlet teleSUR, linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky discussed everything from the rightward shift in American politics to Obama's assassination program to why "libertarianism" in America could lead to societal collapse and tyranny.

First, Chomsky explained that both parties have become more right-wing, with the GOP embracing radical extremism and mainstream Democrats occupying territory once held by moderate Republicans.

"The Republican party, about twenty years ago, basically abandoned any pretense of being a normal political party," Chomsky noted. "Their only policies are don't do anything or bomb. That's not a political party."

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