You may think in describing anarchism as a theory of organisation I am propounding a deliberate paradox: ‘anarchy’ you may consider to be, by definition, the opposite of organisation. In fact, however, ‘anarchy’ means the absence of government, the absence of authority. Can there be social organisation without authority, without government? The anarchists claim that there can be, and they also claim that it is desirable that there should be. They claim that, at the basis of our social problems is the principle of government. It is, after all, governments which prepare for war and wage war, even though you are obliged to fight in them and pay for them; the bombs you are worried about are not the bombs which cartoonists attribute to the anarchists, but the bombs which governments have perfected, at your expense. It is, after all, governments which make and enforce the laws which enable the ‘haves’ to retain control over social assets rather than share them with the 'have-nots’. It is, after all, the principle of authority which ensures that people will work for someone else for the greater part of their lives, not because they enjoy it or have any control over their work, but because they see it as their only means of livelihood.
There has never been a successful revolution, anarchist or communist, and anybody who claims otherwise is lying to you.
We can talk plenty about the progress we made in our attempts, but progress toward the goal is not the goal itself. There was no community of freely associated individuals in any Leninist state, and none that sustained themselves for long in any anarchy.
We can also talk about all the flaws in our ideologies that might have cost us success, and we’ll probably do so for a long long time, but that isn’t the point.
We should’ve abolished capitalism or authority by now, or be well on our way to doing so, and we haven’t. Instead, people all over the world are still denied access to the means of life, poverty still affects millions, human beings are still dominated by other human beings, and we now have to deal with the very real possibility of a reinvigorated fascism.
All of our attempts in the past have been incomplete at best, and failures at worst.
1755: Anacharsis Cloots born in Kleve, Germany. He was known as “orator of the human race” and was an important figure in the French Revolution.
1848: Albert Parsons was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a pioneer American socialist and later anarchist newspaper editor, orator, and labor activist.
1880: Agnes Nestor born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was a leader in the International Glove Workers’ Union & Women’s Trade Union League. She agitated for suffrage & workers rights.
1894: In Lyon, France, the Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio stabs French president Marie François Sadi Carnot to avenge the execution of Auguste Vaillant.
1904: Police arrest twenty-two workers in Telluride, Colorado. They were accused of being strike leaders, and then deported out of the district.
1912: Emma Goldman lectures in Butte, Montana.
1915: Anarcho-syndicalist Charles Gogumus dies in France. He was an active member of the CGT and Fédération Anarchiste Révolutionnaire (FAR).
1917: Jean-Louis Pindy dies in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He was a French Communist and a member of the International Labor Association.
1919: Following an attack on the house of Attorney General Palmer on June 2, 1919, the Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani and collaborators on the newspaper Cronaca Sovversiva are expelled from the United States.
1924: Anarchist historian Michel Ragon born in Marseille, France.
1932: A bloodless revolution instigated by the People’s Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam.
1935: Italian anarchist, writer, agitator and propagandist Luigi Fabbri dies in Montevideo, Uruguay.
1943: German Marxist Otto Rühle dies in Mexico. He was a founder of the German Left communists and member of the Spartacist League & the “Internationale”.
1957: František Kupka dies in Puteaux, France. He was a pioneer and co-founder of the early phases of the abstract art movement and Orphic Cubism.
1968: Remnants of “Resurrection City”, with only about 300 protesters still remaining, razed by riot police.
1969: Police kill black teenager Vivian Strong in Omaha, Nebraska. It sparks two days of riots.
1973: UpStairs Lounge arson attack. Thirty-two people die in a homophobic arson attack on the Upstairs Lounge gay bar in New Orleans.
1984: The 12th annual San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Parade draws an estimated 300,000 people.
1995: Anarchist poet André Laude dies in Paris.
2002: The Confederación General del Trabajo holds massive demonstrations nationwide, in Madrid, Sevilla, etc.
2002: During the World Bank Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in Oslo, Norway, large globalization-critical protests were held. A coalition of many organizations organized an alternative conference and a demonstration with more than 10 000 participants, thus making it the largest mass mobilisation in Norway in recent history.
2006: In East Timor thousands of protesters demand the sacking of PM Mari Alkatiri, blaming him for political crisis.
2012: Gad Beck dies in Berlin. He was the last gay Holocaust survivor.
“Tolstoy is not dead; he lives through the lives of his innumerable followers throughout the world. We firmly believe that, as time rolls on, his teaching will more and more permeate humankind.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian Opinion, Nov. 26, 1910
Viewing politics as a spectrum with a ‘middle’ and ‘extremes’ is a really powerful and dangerous ideological concept. The prevailing ideology decides what constitutes the middle, its arbitrary, it doesn’t represent any sort of 'balance’ or any other properties outside of its material content. If your ideology occupies the 'middle’ space, it’s because the ideas constituting it are normalized in the prevailing mainstream, which speaks to the position of power it occupies, not to its inherent truth, practicality, or morality. There is no such thing as neutral, inaction and abstention are passive support of the underlying power structures of our society.
look, my pals. liberalism doesn’t mean leftist. liberalism isn’t a good thing. liberals absolutely are the ones preaching nonviolence against nazis. liberalism is not good. black bloc isn’t liberals. they DO NOT affiliate themselves with liberalism.