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Added from August 2006
A collection of documents on the Spanish Civil War provided by anarchists in Seattle
IWW coverage of the Spanish revolution
Selection of 6 articles
An Anarchist FAQ, David Friedman and Medieval Iceland
A reply to David Friedman's criticism of section F.9 of "An Anarchist FAQ" In a nutshell, to err is human..
An Anarchist critique of Anarcho-Statism: Or refuting "anarcho"-capitalism by means of "anarcho"-capitalism
A shortist critique of "anarcho"-capitalist claims to be a form of anarchism
.Kronstadt 1921: the end of the Bolshevik Myth
A discussion of the Kronstadt revolt, what it means and a critique of Bolshevik lies about it. Written to mark the 85th anniversary of the crushing of the rebellion.
Yet more "bad apples"?
Why the Iraqi abuse video shows that the problem is systemic in imperialism and the state.
Don't tell Blair...
A company is tagging workers in Ohio. A door which should not be opened for bosses or governments.
Resist ID cards!
To stop ID cards being introduced in Britain we need to use direct action, not rely on politicians
A Friend of Democracy?
The US response to the Hamas election victory shows how nothing has changed in US foreign policy.
Double standards a-go-go!
New year, new war? The Iraq WMD farce has not stopped Bush and Blair attacking Iran using the same arguments. And the media plays along...
Objective journalism at its best
Media Lens is a UK based organisation applying Chomsky's "Propaganda Model" to the UK media, with great results.
State terrorism in action
The US states kills civilians in Pakistan and no one really objects. What it says about the morality of the state.
Voltairine De Cleyre: Her revolutionary ideas and legacy
A long review of three books by and about one of the leading anarchists in America. It discusses her evolution from individualist to communist anarchism. Along the way it explains why
"anarcho"-capitalism is not anarchist. For my daughter. Fiona Lucy.
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- Interview: Looking Back On The Battle of The Bins and Lessons Learnt
The campaign against the bin charges was one of the largest organised mass movements of resistance to the state in recent years. Local organising groups popped up across the city. It climaxed in the winter of 2003, with the jailings of numerous activists in quick succession. Here we talk to Dermot Sreenan, a member of the WSM who has been a prominent activist in the campaign from the off.
- Communism: What’s In A Word
This article discusses the meaning of communism as opposed to socialism that evolved in the late nineteenth century. Of course its not that important to get hung up on a name; for many people the concise definition of communism being something to do with Marx and the USSR is the one they know. For us the name of the post-capitalist society we aim to help construct is a detail, what matters is the content of the ideas.
- Enviromentalism: Class and Community Struggle
The economic boom in Ireland and the construction boom that has come alongside it has led to a growth in the importance of environmental campaigns. There has frequently been a large gap between the environmentalists involved in such campaigns and the left - including anarchists. Sean, one of the 'Carrickminders' and now a member of the WSM gives his view on what can be learnt from the recent struggles.
- Book Review: Anarchy’s Cossak; a review of the latest book on Makhno
This was a much awaited book. Published originally in French back in 1982, its English version finally saw the light of day, and the wait was well worth it. For those who are not familiar with the subject, the Makhnovists were a libertarian movement, deeply rooted in the traditions of anarchist-communism, that developed an experience of revolutionary changes in the economic and political structures of the backwarded Ukrainian society. To defend the gains of the Social Revolution, they launched a guerrilla warfare in Ukraine against a number of enemies: foreign troops, Nationalists, Whites, different warlords and Bolsheviks.
- Situationism and Anarchism
The Situationist International formed in 1957 from two avant-garde groups. The Situationists are mostly known to anarchists as a group that had something to do with the May 1968 Paris Uprising. However, the Situationists played a relatively peripheral role in the disturbances. Although much of the graffiti that appeared around the city (some famous ones included : "Never Work" and "All Power to the Imagination") were taken from Situationist works, the group did not play a major role in initiating the revolt themselves.
- A New Direction For The Zapatistas
Over the summer the Zapatistas announced a new strategy but what was it and what does it mean? On the global level the the rebellion in Chiapas was both an inspiration and organisational model for new a generations of anti-capitalist activists. Because of this the change in direction will have repercussions that stretch far beyond Mexico
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- The nomad, the
displaced and the settler: Work in the 21st
A number of issues are being discussed. Firstly has the
workplace changed fundamentally such that people
increasingly are in temporary work rather than permanent
work? Secondly is the division between work time and
non-work time dissolving, are we spending more of our
lives 'in work'? Thirdly are the non-work aspects of life
becoming increasingly insecure?
- A look at workers
Chainworkersmeans the 'workers in malls,
shopping centres, hypermarkets, and in the myriad of jobs
of logistics and selling in the metropolis'. Brainworkers
means the knowledge workers, the programmers, the
creatives and the freelancers. How do these categories
pan out in the Irish labour market? Originally a box in
the article The nomad, the
displaced and the settler: Work in the 21st
An analysis of why many on the left joined Sinn Fein and
what their options are now. I joined Sinn Féin
in the mid eighties with many others on the back of what
we saw as a radical shift to the left and a commitment to
build a 32 county Democartic Socialist Republic. I find
myself outside that movement now, thoroughly
disillusioned with it and its shift to a left nationalist
and social democratic electoralist future.
- The Ghost of
Compared to many other European countries May Day
demonstrations have always been small in Ireland. By the
mid-1990's, May Day had become a fairly underwhelming
event. So, given this dismal tradition why were the
explicitly libertarian May Day events in 2004,
comparatively speaking, such a success?
from May Day: Anti-Capitalist Strategy direct action,
militancy and building the movement
The experience of May Day brings up us back to some of
the perennial questions thrown up by counter-summits
protests: how do we broaden our movement and what role do
direct action and confrontational tactics have in that
from May Day: Organisational Problems
Without a proper convergence centre in which to debate
and discuss issues related to the protests many of the
international activists. Legal and defendant support work
was more piecemeal than it should have been. These
problems were not just oversights, they are serious
- Book Review: To
The 'civil war' within the Civil War that occurred in
Spain between 1936-39 is a difficult business to
understand. Mick Parkin has succeeded admirably in his
short novel To Live.
- Book Review:
Parecon: life after
Anarchists, in common with all radical proponents of
social change are continually asked what their vision of
a new society/economy is. The book
outlines a radical vision of social and economic
reconstruction whose core principles and values,
Solidarity, Equity, Diversity and Self-Management, are
very familiar to anarchists
Workers Solidarity 89
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Updated WSM positions papers from October 2005
- Why are they
still running our schools?
It's taken decades for the mask of evil to finally be
fully exposed. The report by the inquiry into child
sexual abuse by pervert priests in the Ferns diocese has
at last exposed the suffering endured by huge numbers for
- Pushers Out! -
The inside story of Dublin's anti-drugs movement
Pushers Out tells the story of how people living in the
North Inner City and the South Inner City organised to
save their communities from heroin. Not relying on the
state to solve their problems, they started to organise
themselves. One such working class organisation is
Coalition of Communities Against Drugs (COCAD) A review
of the book by by Andre Lyder
- Elections in
Haiti - What about Democracy?
The 30th of September marked a new anniversary of the
first coup against Aristide in Haiti. That day, activists
in 47 cities around the world, held an international day
of solidarity with Haitian people who, once again, are
suffering from the effects of a coup and a bloody
occupation under the command of the UN
Ferries: Time to break the law
The dispute at Irish Ferries is about greedy bosses, very
greedy bosses who want to replace their staff with modern
day galley slaves.
- Bad things
happen: Tales from the frontline in Iraq
"It was when we started killing innocent civilians. We
killed over thirty of them in a three month time period
when I was there, in a clear violation of the Geneva
- Thinking about
anarchism: Anarchism and human nature
It is a very sincerely held belief by many people, that
we are "naturally" greedy, rotten feckers and, in the
absence of government, some mad form of capitalism would
- Swedish and
Finnish Commuters Take Direct Action for Free Public
In Stockholm, Gothenburg and Helsinki commuters are
taking the initiative in the fight for decent, free
public transportation. Here Oisín Mac
Giollamóir interviews Anna from the planka.nu
- 2 Years In Jail
For Criticising Islam
Text of a letter recieved by the WSM from the Workers
Communist Party Of Iraq.