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.


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.


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.


Anarchist History: Confessions of an Awkward Pupil

by Barry Pateman
AK Press


Power to the people: a Syrian experiment in democracy

Perhaps the last place you would expect to find a thriving experiment in direct democracy is Syria. But something radical is happening, little noticed, in the eastern reaches of that fractured country, in the isolated region known to the Kurds as Rojava.

Just as remarkable, perhaps, is that the philosophy that inspired self-government here was originated by a little-known American political thinker and one-time “eco-activist” whose ideas found their way to Syria through a Kurdish leader imprisoned upon an island in the Sea of Marmara. It’s a story that bizarrely connects a war-torn Middle East with New York’s Lower East Side.

I visited Rojava last month while filming a documentary about the failings of the western model of democracy. The region covers a substantial “corner” of north-east Syria and has a population of approximately 3m, yet it is not easy to get to. The only passage is by small boat or a creaky pontoon bridge across the Tigris from Iraq.


From Germany to Bakur

October 22, 2015


New Anarchist/Libertarian Social Center Opening in Cuba: A Call for Donations

Centro Social Libertario in Cuba. Call for donations.

The borders are opening after many years, and changes in Cuba predict new possibilities and dangers for the Cuban society. It is essential, therefore, reinforce the work of those that from Cuba defend a critical, anti-capitalist and antiautoritarial system-world , the same machine expressed every day more clearly in the national life.

After more than a decade of social and political activism in the Critical Cuban Observatory and five years as part of the Alfredo Lopez Libertarian Workshop (Tlal) , we have identified as the main difficulty for our performance and expanding for our social impact, the lack of a permanent base, which allows to build community and shape our identity stronger and lasting way.

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Eastern Europe 3: Anarchism in Warsaw - the Syrena and Przychodnia squats

As part of a journey through Eastern Europe a member of the Anarchist Radio Berlin had the opportunity of talking to a comrade of Syrena. Syrena is a squat in the inner city of Warsaw and has its origins in the tenants movement. In this interview we talk about the huge amount of activities like anti-racist work, social work and anarchist activities that are getting started out of Syrena. Further we talk about the connection to the Przychodnia Squat which is located directly behind Syrena as well as about the comrade's personal opinion of the controversial selling of the Od:zysk Squat in Poznan, which is quite an current issue in the Polish movement.

Some more interviews with anarchist organizations and anarchist projects will follow soon as part of our new series on anarchism and social struggles in Eastern Europe.


An update from the Anarchist Library: Fall 2015

From The Anarchist Library

Getting old? or just the weather...

Greetings from the labyrinths of the library. The anarchist library project has been aging slowly with time and brushing the dust off of its pages by forking out into new and exciting paths. The project now provides texts in eight different languages. The German and Swedish language libraries are the most recent additions. The project also offers libraries in the Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Finnish, Russian, Spanish, and the English languages. As always, your participation in this project by helping upload and edit texts of interest to you is what helps make the archives wonderful.



Beyond a Radical Minority: An Interview with Anarchist Writer Chris Dixon

By Carwil Bjork-James
October 7, 2015

Introducing Agency’s Anarchist Profiles Series

Chris Dixon’s Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, published last year by University of California Press, is a compelling introduction to anti-authoritarian politics in North America. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Chris offers a primer on an approach to organizing against capitalism and social oppression that also refuses top-down structures, including the state, political parties, and hierarchical organizations. Another Politics highlights the role of anarchism alongside black liberation, feminism, Zapatismo, and revolutionary nonviolence in informing the current generation of radical action.


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