Building the rank-and-file

As we get closer to the possibility of coordinated public sector strikes on June 30th, debate continues to rage about how best to build for the event. In particular, on the libertarian left there has been much talk of the need to build a new rank-and-file. In a recent Truth, Reason & Liberty article on … Continue reading

Leninist front-groups and the problems of “tail-ending” the Left

There are innumerable hurdles in trying to build and maintain the momentum of a strong, libertarian, workers movement. From the fact that the first signs of success (or even visibility) with such a movement bring instant state attention and repression to the fact that there will always be far more people willing to sympathise with … Continue reading

Thoughts on “free markets” in an anarchist society

The terms “capitalism” and “the free market” carry a lot of historical weight and baggage. For the right, they are basic neccesities for freedom and prosperity. For the left, they are the root of social and class inequality, the primary source of misery and injustice in the name of human greed. For the vast majority … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism: consciousness-raising in the anarchist movement

The sixth and final part in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. I began this series by referring to a video and statement by the anarcha-feminist group No Pretence, who were “pissed off by the patriarchy which is (still) evident within the anarchist movement.” When I came … Continue reading

May Day: in remembrance of Haymarket

On Tuesday 4th May, 1886, police in Chicago opened fire on protesters in Haymarket Square fighting for an eight-hour working day. Moments earlier, a bomb thrown into the ranks of the police had killed one and fatally wounded six others. The exact number of those killed in the gun fire was never ascertained. The event … Continue reading

Are you an anarchist?

With the the G20 summit and the massive protests in response to it, which I’ve covered in-depth in Truth, Reason & Liberty, we find the media for once using the term “anarchists” to describe people who actually hold to anarchic ideals. Typically, the media definition of “anarchy” and “anarchists” are far detatched from their true … Continue reading