Malcolm Harris on Unruly Equality : U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century

Left Behind: Why Marxists Need Anarchists, and Vice Versa

Malcolm Harris
December 20th, 2015
Los Angeles Review of Books

Unruly Equality : U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century
Andrew Cornell
University of California Press
416 pages

IN AN 1875 letter to German socialist politician August Bebel, Friedrich Engels complained — on behalf of himself and Karl Marx — about being teased by anarchists. Bebel’s Social Democratic Workers’ Party was merging with the General German Workers’ Association, the latter of which advocated a parliamentary road to socialism rather than a revolutionary one.


Fifth Estate #395 Out Now

The Winter 2016 (#395) issue of Fifth Estate is out now. This issue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the long-running publication.

Contents for this issue include:

* FE Museum Exhibits (Online Only) by Fifth Estate Collective

* Remembering Federico Arcos (Online Only) by David Watson

* The Future is Now! by Jesús Sepúlveda

* Sabotage & the Flows of Capital by Jeff Shantz

* Transgender Struggle in Prison by Anonymous

* Image Worshipping by Panos Papadimitropoulos

* Mega-Cities by Bellamy Fitzpatrick

* Wolf Patrol by Rod Coronado

* Pura & Federico Arcos by Sylvie Kashdan

* Coordinating a Gift Economy by PG

* Farewell to the Working Class? by Jonny Ball

* Limitations of Leftism by David Watson

* New Anarchist Cookbook – Review by Peter Werbe

* Review: Hope Among the Ruins by Ruhe

* Review: Polish Oranges by Ron Sakolsky


The Anarchist Spirit

Marina Sitrin
Fall 2015

There is not much of a global anarchist movement today. At the same time, since the 1990s, many popular movements around the world have been animated by something that I would call an anarchist spirit—a way of organizing and relating that opposes hierarchy and embraces direct democracy. This is a spirit that we should applaud and help to flourish. Although they may not define themselves as ideologically anarchist or even always be aware of the connection, these new movements nonetheless have much in common with ideas developed by historical anarchists like Emma Goldman, Murray Bookchin, and the libertarian left in Spain during the 1930s.


Inside Greece's resurgent anarchist movement

Tommy Trenchard
Al Jazeera
03 Dec 2015

On a warm evening in August this year, in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Kesariani, in the Greek capital, Athens, several hundred young people gathered in front of a stage as a band fine-tuned their instruments. At first glance, there was little unusual about the scene, but this was not an ordinary concert.

Above the drinks stand, where 20-somethings wearing black waited for their beers, the flag of the anarchist movement swung between two pine trees. Behind the stage, a banner urged the audience, in bold letters, to take up arms against the state.

"When confronted by tyranny," it read, "people choose between chains and guns."

The atmosphere hovered somewhere between festive and threatening.

"Don't take photographs of anyone's faces," warned one bystander. "They do not like the press."


Is Terrorism actually a threat to the State?

by Zaher Baher

This article arguing that State and the terrorism completes one another's action and make each other stronger and the movement of people weaker. It tells the readers about the motive of killing innocent people by terrorism is not just ideological factor, in fact there are other reasons for this terrible act. Meanwhile the article urges us not to listen to Media, State and terrorist propaganda that they want to divide us. We should not be deceived and our demos and protests should be against both of them in the same time.

Terrorism actually a threat to the State?


A Radical Experiment in Democracy Is Happening in Northern Syria. Americans Need to Start Paying Attention

By Michelle Goldberg

There is an astonishing story in Sunday’s New York Times about Rojava, a Kurdish region in Northern Syria that’s ruled by militant feminist anarchists. Rojava’s constitution enshrines gender equality and religious freedom. An official tells journalist Wes Enzina that every position at every level of government includes a female equivalent of equal power. Recruits to Rojava’s 6,000-strong police force receive their weapons only after two weeks of feminist instruction. Reading Enzina’s piece, it’s hard to understand how this radical experiment in democracy in one of the bloodiest corners of the world isn’t better known internationally, particularly on the left.

At the start of piece, Enzina himself isn’t quite sure Rojava is real. It sounds too fantastical:


Remembering the Father of Social Ecology

Oxford University Press Releases Murray Bookchin’s Biography

Special Issue by Jon Milton
Published November 23, 2015

Murray Bookchin “died in 2006 a disappointed man,” said Janet Biehl, the author of Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin. At the time of his death, his dream of social revolution had failed to materialize.

Montreal publisher Black Rose Books recently hosted three book launches from Nov. 10 to 12 for the biography of the founder of the field of social ecology and longtime revolutionary theorist. Social ecology is a social theory that considers environmental problems as rooted in social issues.

The first launch at McGill was organized as a presentation by Biehl, who was Bookchin’s editor for the last two decades, as well as his close friend.


A Few Thoughts on Anarchism

by Anarcho
Anarchist Writers
November 14, 2015

This year, 2015, marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of Proudhon’s seminal What is Property?. While opponents had hurled the label “anarchist” at those more radical than themselves during both the English and French revolutions, Proudhon was the first to embrace the name and proclaim themselves an anarchist. Anarchism, like any significant theory, has evolved as society has evolved and a great many since Proudhon have proclaimed themselves – or been proclaimed by their enemies – an anarchist.  What, then, does anarchism mean at the start of the 21st century?


Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin by Janet Biehl, Review by Chuck Morse

Review by Chuck Morse
Institute for Anarchist Studies

Murray Bookchin was a pivotal, polarizing figure in the post-WWII history of anarchism. He put ecology and democracy on the anarchist agenda in a way that was as novel as it is enduring. As a polemicist, he spent decades at the center of crucial debates about history, strategy, and foundational ideals. Even his critics must acknowledge that he made major contributions to the growth and clarification of the anarchist perspective.

Something shifted in the movement when he died in 2006. For the preceding fifty years, his writings had been a point of reference through which we could clarify our views, even when we disagreed with them, whereas now that he was gone we had to make sense of him. Who was he and how had he lived? These are compelling questions for those who had worked with him and for anyone who wants to understand contemporary anarchism.


Anarchism and Multiculturalism

Uri Gordon

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


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