If you are new to anarchism or new to the idea of the Platform and are interested in finding out more you should join the AP_discuss list. rather then the Anarchist Platform list. This list is allows for a higher volume of traffic and so is also more suitable if you are trying to find other platformists near you.
We invite you to look at the 'Anarchist Platform' points below and if you agree with them to subscribe to our international anarchist mailing list Anarchist_Platform. If you find you don't agree with them all but are in partial agreement we invite you to subscribe to AP_discuss instead for ongoing discussion around them.
The 'Anarchist Platform' points are below followed by instructions on how to subscribe to these lists, there is also a protocol designed to keep traffic on the list to a minimum
It is assumed that anyone joining the list already understands and agrees with anarchism - the list is not intended as an educational list for newcomers to anarchism. If you are new to anarchism we suggest you first join AP_discuss (below) and start reading about Anarchism. We recommend that you look at What is anarchism? and Thinking about anarchism and ask on AP_discuss about any questions that you have after reading these texts.
The Anarchist Platform list is also not intended as a general discussion list for anarchists about anarchism. If this is what you are interested in we recommend the Organise list and to a lesser extent AP_discuss.
If you have not read the documents linked to in the Anarchist Platform text it is essential to do so before you ask to join the list. They are quite controversal in the history of the anarchist movement, you can ask questions about them on AP discuss.
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The points of the anarchist platform arose from discussion between the Irish Workers Solidarity Movement and the South African Workers Solidarity Federation (which has now dissolved). Because of this background the points assume a common understanding of what anarchism is. Probably the book "Anarchism" by Daniel Guerin contains the best detailed explanation of anarchist history and theory from this perspective.
After the dissolution of the WSF the WSM decided to use the points agreed to launch the Anarchist-Platform email list. The purpose of the list is to bring together anarchists who agree with the points both for the exchange of information but also in the hope that they will meet up with others on the list in their geographical region and engage in common work. As such list members are expected to actively pursue this agenda and not simply lurk (a common feature of other lists).
In historical terms the platformist tradition starts with The Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists, includes the Friends of Durruti grouping of CNT members during the Spanish revolution who wrote Towards a fresh revolution. In the post war period many include documents like the Manifesto of Libertarian Communism.
Different platformists would have different amount of agreement and disagreement with each of these documents - some for instance have strong reservations about including the manifesto at all. Some would also argue that some of Bakunins writings on revolutionary organisation can also be included.
Today there are Anarchist groups connected with the Platform in many countries around the world and individuals hoping to join/form such groups in most others. The Anarchist Platform list opposite includes many of these groups and individuals.
As well as the articles and links here NEFAC also maintain a useful page 'Anarchism And The Platformist Tradition'
The relevance of the Platform today
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