Red & Black Revolution 7


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In this issue of our magazine, we continue our tradition of dealing with the pressing issues of the day for anarchists and libertarians, and for all who are seriously interested in bringing about a new society. We carry articles by a member of the North Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists in relation to the future of the Black Bloc, and another by a member of Doctors For Choice on abortion rights (or the lack of them!) in Ireland.

We look at one of the most successful periods of anarchist history - the Spanish revolution - and, specifically, at how the workers' collectives in Spain were organised. Their success and the success of anarchism at that time remains a beacon of hope for the future. Another article argues that, if we want to create socialism it will have to be based on voluntary co-operation, not State power

One of the consequences of capitalist globalisation and of the 'War on Terror' has been a further tightening of border controls as Western governments build more and more barriers against the free movement of people. While anarchists are obviously opposed to all forms of immigration control, we don't have all the arguments to answer the fears and worries of working class people when the right wingers issue their dire warnings about 'floods' and 'waves' of immigrants coming to take all our jobs and houses.

Islamic fundamentalism has emerged as the new 'bogeyman' and the excuse for the aggression of Western governments in their so called 'War on Terror' in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the USA. The response of large parts of the left to the fundamentalists has been to adopt a 'softly softly' approach. In an article here, however, we argue that our enemies' enemy isn't necessarily our friend. We also take a look at the Irish anti-war movement during the 2003 gulf war. We carry two articles; one concentrates on the direct action movement, while the other looks at the political failure of the leaders of the mainstream anti-war movement.

If you want to create socialism, it must be based on freedom.

Direct action against the war in Ireland

The dismal failure of the IAWM leadership

Repressing abortion in Ireland

Industrial collectivisation during the Spanish revolution

The trouble with Islam

Has the black block reached the end of its usefulness?

Anti-capitalist protest, global and local

Open borders - the case against immigration controls


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This edition is No77 published in September 2003

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