Why the British elite is losing it’s sense of control, and what that might mean for the rest of us.
The Tories have found their election slogan. The words ‘strong and stable leadership’ will be stuck on repeat for the next month, but so far there has been something off in the Tories’ delivery of their core message. Theresa May seemingly can’t end a sentence without some form of the words ‘strong and stable leadership’. The compulsion to keep repeating the mantra betrays an obsession with the words that go beyond the usual parroting of meaningless sound-bites. The Tories addiction to the slogan feels like an unconscious over-compensating. They have to say the words constantly because they know that actually these times are not stable, and they simply can not offer anything, let alone strong leadership. [continues]
Belarus state response to protests against a ‘social parasite’ tax on the employed has resulted in 100s of detentions, including anarchists. This article explains the background of the decree introduced in 2015 and the current events in 2017, and includes an appeal for support from Belarus ABC.
Anarchists in countries where International Womenâ€™s Day is celebrated (March 8th) actively point out its hypocrisy under Capitalism. The March issue of the Turkish anarchist newspaper Meydan is being published by anarchist women. They asked women anarchists internationally for contributions in support of this. AF’s gender-oppressed caucus wrote this statement.
Two articles with anarchist perspective on the new USA presidency, by AF members.
1 ) Whoever you vote for? Trump and anarchism.
2 ) Trump: New Possibilities.
The wave of repression unleashed by the Erdogan regime in Turkey has resulted in thousands losing their jobs and thousands imprisoned. Recently Huseyin Civan, managing editor of Meydan, a paper that represented the views of the DAF (Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet / Anarchist Revolutionary Action), received a prison sentence of one year and three months.
2016 was very demoralising, and 2017 is looking worse. Anarchists have tended to be enduringly optimistic about the revolutionary potential of the working class. Now it seems to be at an all-time low. But this only makes revolutionary analysis and social activism more important than ever. It is time to work out what to do for the best in the new political environment, and to do it.
A box of ashes, the state and the next Cuban revolution
Una caja de cenizas, el Estado y la prÃ³xima revoluciÃ³n en Cuba
By Marcelo ‘Liberato’ Salinas
Translated by the Anarchist Federation, Britain. 2nd January 2017
#DisruptJ20 As the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA), we support the demonstrations planned to take place during the inauguration of Donald Trump, 20 January 2017….
The Autumn 2016 12 page issue of our free paper Resistance is out in print at the London Anarchist bookfair this month but you can download it right now. Let us know what you think of it.