A few words are necessary in advance. The AF does not have a single perspective on fascism and the way to counter it. We view this as the kind of internal disagreement within libertarian organisations as healthy. There are differences of viewpoint on the nature of fascism, where it comes from, how it comes to power, and what kind of activity should be directed towards it. We published two of these viewpoints in parallel in issue 70 of our magazine Organise!, with one article arguing for militant, direct opposition to fascism and another arguing that fascism is a form of the capitalist state, and the way to counteract state attacks on the working class and ‘undesirable’ sections of it is to build our ability to fight back as a class. Such differences inform the practical activity groups and individual members undertake on a local level.
The first issue of a new anarchist freesheet The Cambridge Leveller has recently gone to print. It includes news and views about the Stagecoach bus…
There’s some thing disgusting about the way the politicians have been fiddling their expenses. It’s not just the abuse of power involved, it’s also the hypocrisy. They’ve spent their time telling us how much we’ve got to tighten our belts, put up with pay freezes and cuts whilst they’ve been merrily sticking their snouts in the trough and putting away as much money as they can get away with. This whole scandal has shown up our political masters for being just what they are, a bunch of greedy, lying crooks.
NEW: Red and Black Flags: http://www.af-north.org/?q=flags NEW: Anarchist pamphlets for 2009, ‘In the tradition’ and ‘On the frontline’ – also online in French. PLUS: new…
Manchester AF have been busy this month.
Like the one before it, April’s budget has had the right-wing media seeing ‘socialism’ coming out of the walls. For the Economist (25/4/09), it’s “bash the rich” populism, with “soak the rich tax increases” punishing not just the 1-2% of the population affected by them, but everyone else who “aspires” to wealth (but will never see it).
In recent weeks, we have seen a series of demonstrations and protests carried out by a large amount of the Tamil population in Britain around Parliament. The protests were the result of the ongoing civil war between the ruling Sinhalese state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. On Sunday 5th April, the Sri Lankan Armed forces launched a chemical gas attack in a so-called “designated safe zone”, an area where more than 1500 civilians, including many children, were present in at the time. Recently, the Sri Lankan government accepted a two-day ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers, although rejected a call for a permanent ceasefire.
G20 Meltdown. 1st & 2nd April 2009. Links to Indymedia, Legal Monitoring Defence Group and other independent sources Indymedia UK: G20 reporting – April 1st,…
The Killing of 15 year old Alexis-Andreas Grigoropoulos in Athens, Greece was cold blooded, unprovoked murder. Alexis was murdered by someone working for the state, a policeman, who we are lead to believe are there to keep order and help the public. Of course, it is our rulers and their colleagues in the mainstream media who need us to believe that that is what the police are there to do. We Anarchists, however, are fully aware of the purpose of the state, we hear regularly of police and state corruption and abuse of power and it is the mainstream media who keep that information from the majority of the public. The mainstream media and those working for states and big corporations around the world claim that those who protest riot and mobilise autonomously are a minority of crazed anarchists who want to create chaos and destroy anything and everything. They want everyone to believe that we anarchists want chaos, insanity, everyman for himself, back to year zero, a mad nihilistic sect who want to create a society akin to fascism. They want us to believe this because they need us to believe that without them, without the state; the police, the military, the courts, the government and capitalism there would be chaos. That without our noble, powerful and bold leaders we would be helpless, vulnerable and in panic, back to the stone-age, our great civilisation crumbled to dust. However as events have shown us the total opposite is true.
In Leicester, tenants’ are rightly up in arms about being tied into domestic heating scheme whose prices are poised to almost double during this month, an increase that was announced last month by the city council.