What is anarcho-syndicalism: the line you do not cross

Pickets from the United Auto Workers union beat a man for attempting to cross the picket line during a strike

The fourth part of a series exploring anarcho-syndicalism, its aims and principles, and the practicalities of enacting them in the real world. There is one principle that organised workers of different tendencies all agree on. Ask trade unionists, syndicalists, anarcho-syndicalists, communists, and socialists of any stripe, and you’ll get the same answer. Never cross the … Continue reading

Children, sex, and the age of consent

A few days ago, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave a speech to the Sex and Law Conference in Sheffield, where he called – not for the first time – for the age of consent to be lowered to 14. This is a controversial issue, but also one where I am broadly on Tatchell’s side, … Continue reading

Atheism and all the things it’s not

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens

On his recent visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI brought with him a stark warning; As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the Twentieth Century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of … Continue reading

Some thoughts on fascism and loyalism

Although the B-Specials were part of the loyalist tradition in Northern Ireland, they were also described by David Lloyd George - a supporter - as more closely analagous to "the Fascisti in Italy"

Amongst British antifascists, particularly those of an anarchist leaning, there has been considerable debate over the English Defence League (EDL). Specifically, over the nature of the beast and whether “fascist” is an appropriate label for them. If not – what is, and why? I have been meaning to write on this topic for quite some … Continue reading