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Fri
31
Mar

The Idea of Anarchism

by Josef Muehlbauer
February 24, 2017

The definition

According to the official definition, anarchism is a political philosophy that motivated anarchist movements around the world. Anarchism stands in opposition to power and hierarchical organization in all human relationships. As a consequence, anarchism opposes any form of state and protects anarchy as an alternative form of the public device. Etymologically speaking, the word anarchism comes from the ancient Greek term “anarchia” and implies a lack power. In other words, anarchism is a political ideology which denies all forms of inhibition of one person from another, that is any hierarchy societies” (Göhler, 1993).

Sat
25
Mar

March 18, 1871: The Birth of the Paris Commune

A Narrative

by CrimethInc

The year is 1871. Revolution has just established a democratic government in France, following the defeat of emperor Napoleon in the war with Germany. But the new Republic satisfies no one. The provisional government is comprised of politicians who served under the Emperor; they have done nothing to satisfy the revolutionaries’ demands for social change, and they don’t intend to. Right-wing reactionaries are conspiring to reinstate the Emperor or, failing that, some other monarch. Only rebel Paris stands between France and counterrevolution.

Tue
18
Oct

Propaganda By Deed And The Glory Of Self-Sacrifice: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

By Milan Djurasovic
www.countercurrents.org
October 17th, 2016

George Woodcock, a prominent Canadian writer and anarchist thinker, writes that anarchism’s “ultimate aim is always social change; its present attitude is always one of social condemnation, even though it may proceed from an individualist view of man’s nature; its method is always that of social revolution, violent or otherwise.”[1]

Mon
18
Jul

MLK Would Never Shut Down a Freeway, and 6 Other Myths About the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter

by Jeanne Theoharis
July 15, 2016

On Saturday, as protests mounted across the country following the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed explained the large police presence at downtown protests to reporters: “Dr. King would never take a freeway.”

Reed’s claim was historically absurd. Martin Luther King Jr. took many a highway—most famously, perhaps, in the Selma-to-Montgomery march.

Wed
27
Jan

The Unlikely History of Tolstoy College

By Jennifer Wilson
The New Yorker

Sun
01
Nov

Anarchist History: Confessions of an Awkward Pupil

by Barry Pateman
AK Press

Thu
24
Sep

An Alternative History of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

By Max Dax and Robert Defcon
Electronic Beats

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, dropouts, squatters and anarchists made Berlin’s decaying central district of Mitte world famous. Where today young professionals meet for power lunches amidst a constant din of Daft Punk and t-shirt tourists stumble from H&M to Diesel, rubble and smog from the infrastructural ruins of East Germany and the real ruins of the Wall once implied a different future. In the ’90s, a parallel universe with its own music and squatter culture rapidly emerged in Berlin. This is the scene’s surprising oral history, featuring early Einstürzende Neubauten member Gudrun Gut, Atari Teenage Riot frontman and Digital Hardcore Recordings founder Alec Empire, Love Parade co-founder Danielle de Picciotto, Berlin Insane festival founder Steve Morell, Tresor and Berlin Atonal founder Dimitri Hegemann and more.

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