What if we continually organized our social spaces as if social relations mattered? What if we dedicated ourselves to being enthusiastic lifelong learners and thus better schooled for revolutionary openings, to better be the kind of people who just might be able to supply the staying power for a better society—one where we and our communities are always, also, becoming better?
Over the last week or so, stickers have appeared around town defacing anti-panhandling signs. They’ve brought the issues of panhandling, the city’s treatment of the homeless and vandalism back into people’s mouths. The media, the city and managers of the homeless have responded with predictable outrage and disappointment (hoping others will as well): “How could someone do this?” “It’s senseless and a waste of money.”
The Palestinian non-armed struggle interwove with the change in the region and world power dynamics to which popular opinion in the western countries contribute its share. The first significant successes of the B.D.S. (to which the joint struggle contribute) and the fear of parts of the Israeli capitalist elite from a nearing land slide threaten the status quo. Though the efforts to transfer Palestinians within Israel and the occupied 1967 regions continue, the results of the mounting international pressures, result in cracks within the Israeli capitalist ruling elite. The pressures for a two states compromise was expressed in the call of nearly half of the parliament coalition of the government to chart the map of the two state compromise. Even from the extreme right faction there was issued a call for end in the pressures on the Palestinians to "voluntary transfer" and to formally annex the occupied areas of the west bank into a one Zionist hegemony state with citizen rights to the Palestinians.
The anti-industrial current emerged, on the one hand, from the critical assessment of the period that came to an end with the failure of the old, independent workers’ movement and the global reconstruction of capitalism – thus it was born in the 1970s and 1980s. On the other hand, it arose in the nascent attempt to return to the country of the times and in the working-class explosions against the permanent presence of polluting factories in the urban centers and against the construction of nuclear power plants, housing blocs, motorways and roadblocks.
In 2012, Steve Jablonski was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and chose instead to leave the United States. In this interview, he describes his interactions with law enforcement and his time on the run.
Over the past few years, there has been a push to criminalize squatting across Western Europe. But in a time of increasing economic instability, can governments succeed in suppressing squatting? What is at stake here?
This article reviews the background and contemporary context of squatting in England, beginning after the Second World War and comparing the current movement to its counterparts on mainland Europe. It touches on many stories: migrants squatting to build a life safe from fascist attacks, gay activists finding spaces in which to build up a scene, vibrant and insurgent squatted areas, single-issue campaigns occupying as a direct action tactic, and anti-capitalist groups setting up social centers. We hope this text will help those in present-day struggles to root themselves in the heritage of previous movements.
Bolivian historian and social theorist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui is author of the classic work Oppressed But Not Defeated: Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia, and has recently emerged as one of the country's foremost critics of President Evo Morales from an indigenous perspective. Indian Country Today Media Network spoke with her in New York City, where she recently served as guest chair of Latin American studies at New York University's King Juan Carlos Center. The complete text of the interview appears for the first time on World War 4 Report.
I recently got a notice in the mail alerting me that I'm eligible to receive either $1000 or $5000 because of a proposed settlement for a class-action lawsuit against the city of New York. 24 people, apparently, sued New York for subjecting them to "indiscriminate mass arrests without individualized probable cause, unreasonably prolonged detention, and cruel and inhumane conditions of confinement." They won this settlement, and now others who experienced the same situation are eligible for money.
We must begin this text with a word of caution, this is not an attack on the militancy of our libertarian comrades. Their revolutionary commitment is more than sincere and we have nothing but respect for the courage they have shown in the struggles where we opposed the attacks of the bourgeoisie. This text is an attempt to clarify our practices to avoid repeating the historical mistakes of the labor movement, and although we are hard and incisive, this review aims to be as constructive as possible.
Shortly after turning fifty, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia despite having a large estate, good health for his age, a wife who had born him fourteen children, and the promise of eternal literary fame. On the brink of suicide, he made one last grasp at light amidst the darkness of his existence, turning to the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions for answers to the age-old question regarding the meaning of life.
Nothing increases homelessness like income inequality. Other causes of people in the United States living without permanent shelter include a decrease in services for persons with mental health needs, less funds for agencies that provide homeless services (including places to sleep), foreclosures, domestic violence, loss of work, gentrification and the lack of availability of inexpensive single room occupancy housing, teenage runaways without resources, etc.
Organisation which is, after all, only the practice of cooperation and solidarity, is a natural and necessary condition of social life; it is an inescapable fact which forces itself on everybody, as much on human society in general as on any group of people who are working towards a common objective. Since humanity neither wishes to, nor can, live in isolation it is inevitable that those people who have neither the means, nor a sufficiently developed social conscience to permit them to associate freely with those of a like mind and with common interests, are subjected to the organisation by others, generally constituted in a class or as a ruling group, with the aim of exploiting the labor of others for their personal advantage.
Home is a small bucolic community on the shores of Key Peninsula. One hundred years ago, it also was an anarchists’ enclave and a hotbed of controversy. Formed with the best intentions of its founders, Home — the experiment — eventually failed. But from 1896 to 1921 it was a thriving community of, at first, like-minded families that rolled with the punches of an outside world that often held them in contempt.
In the past several months, we have been provided with instructive lessons on the nature of state power and the forces that drive state policy. And on a closely related matter: the subtle, differentiated concept of transparency. The source of the instruction, of course, is the trove of documents about the National Security Agency surveillance system released by the courageous fighter for freedom Edward J. Snowden, expertly summarized and analyzed by his collaborator Glenn Greenwald in his new book, "No Place to Hide."
It is no accident that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is attempting to get a measure through the Greater London Authority about the use of water cannon by the Metropolitan Police. This wily politician, who masquerades as a lovable buffoon, is as sharp as many other members of his class, and has their alert class consciousness. He knows the social pressures are mounting continuously with more and more austerity measures piling up, on what seems like a daily basis.