Anarchism, ethnicity, and culture: building a global movement

The seventh and final part in a series of articles discussing the anarchist movement as it relates to non-European peoples and cultures. What lessons are to be learned from the examples of anarchism beyond the West? How can we build upon them to make a truly global resistance movement? Throughout this series, one of my major sources has … Continue reading

Anarchist communism, public services, and the welfare state

Anarchists are against hierarchy and coercion, and as such oppose the structures of the state. From this simplistic premise, there are those who find it hard to comprehend anarchist support for public services and the public provision of welfare. Right-wing “libertarians” and “anarcho”-capitalists are the most vocal in their criticisms of such a stance. Murray … Continue reading

Why pacifism is morally indefensible

Graduate teaching and research assistants at New York University stage a sit-in in an effort to gain union recognition in 2006

Influenced by Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi is perhaps the first person to put the principles of nonviolence and non-cooperation into effect of a mass scale. Explaining this principle, in For Pacifists, he wrote; The science of war leads one to dictatorship, pure and simple. The science of non-violence alone can lead … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism: sex and suffrage

A meeting of the suffragette Womens' Social and Political Union (WSPU). Though branded as "terrorists," the WSPU led a militant fight for an ultimately moderate and reformist goal.

Following on from Exploring anarcha-feminism, the second in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. In her 1897 essay, The Status of Women, Past, Present and Future, American feminist Susan B Anthony proclaimed that “suffrage is the pivotal right.” This meant, in essence, that “there never will be … Continue reading