Marxism and anarchism

Left Wing Urban Guerrillas in Ireland: Saor Eire, Peter Graham, Irish National Liberation Army; The Fenians; the First 40 Years of The IRA; Permanent Revolution

Five articles on Saor Eire and the Irish National Liberation Army, the Fenians the early IRA - Left Urban Guerrillas in Ireland.

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Saor Eire, Peter Graham, Irish National Liberation Army: Left Wing Urban Guerillas in Ireland

Workers' Control of Industry in Bolshevik Russia

An article by John Reed, author of 'Ten Days that Shook the World', in defence of workers' control in the Russian Revolution.

A MISTAKE MADE BY BOLSHEVIKI

(From The Boston Traveler, Nov 21,1918)

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The Origins of Work’s Control of Industry in Revolutionary Russia

Article in defence of Workers Control in the Russian Revolution. Written in Feb 1918, it was published in The Revolutionary Age, an American Communist paper, in November 1918

A MISTAKE MADE BY BOLSHEVIKI
(From The Boston Traveler, Nov 21,1918)
One of the big mistakes made by the Bolsheviki in
Russia, was their failure after they got in power to

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No to physical attacks on the SWP!

At least twice in early December, anarchist students at Sussex University have carried out physical attacks on Socialist Workers Party stalls.

Sussex Autonomous Students (sussexasn.tumblr.com) report: “A few days ago the SWP turned up to one of the Sussex 5 Solidarity demos. They brought a mass of placards and papers, which they proceeded to distribute from the obligatory stall. We binned their placards, turned over their stall and burnt their papers.”

Anarchist students at Sussex University have carried out physical attacks on Socialist Workers Party stalls.

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Freedom bookshop

The anarchist and radical East London bookshop Freedom, linked to the Freedom Press publishing house founded in Whitechapel by Peter Kropotkin in 1886, was firebombed on the morning of Friday 1 February.

No-one was hurt, but the store’s stock, and the archives of the Freedom newspaper, were badly damaged. It is not yet known who carried out the attack, but Freedom has previously suffered attacks by Nazi groups due to its links with anti-fascist activism.

The anarchist East London bookshop Freedom was firebombed on the morning of Friday 1 February.

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Anarchism, the anti-cuts movement and working class politics: a reply to the Anarchist Federation

For the full text of AFed's article 'The Anti-Cuts Movement and the Left', see www.afed.org.uk/org/org77.pdf. All other AFed publications referred to in this article can be found on www.afed.org.uk.
For Pete Radcliff's article on AFed's attempt to disrupt Nottingham May Day, see here

An analysis of the Anarchist Federation.

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Working-class politics and anarchism

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“An open letter to a direct action militant” by Ira Berkovic

“Can we build a revolutionary workers’ movement?” by Ira Berkovic

“Ends and means: continuing the debate on tactics” by Anne Archist

“Anarchism, direct action and class struggle: a reply to Ira Berkovic’s ‘Open Letter’” by Bobi Pasquale

“Direct action and class struggle: a reply to Bobi Pasquale” by Sacha Ismail

“How to organise to change the world” by Ed Maltby, (a speech given in a debate with blogger Laurie Penny, January 2011)

“All Feathered Up: A New Defence of Anarchism” by Martin Thomas

“The AWL versus anarchism” by Iain McKay (The Anarchist FAQ blog)

“Six points in reply to Iain McKay” by Martin Thomas (December 2011)

“Working-class struggle and anarchism” by Martin Thomas and subsequent debate

“Anarchism and classless society: a reply to AWL” by North London Solidarity Federation

“We should work in the mass organisations: a reply to Sol Fed” by Stuart Jordan

“Climate Camp shuts down... itself” by Bob Sutton

"The Anti-Cuts Movement and the Left" by the Anarchist Federation

"Anarchism, the anti-cuts movement and working-class politics: a reply to the Anarchist Federation" by Tom Unterrainer

“Five things Trotskyists should know about today’s young ‘anarchists’” by Yves Coleman

“Anarchism without trade unions: fresh wave or utopianism? A reply to Yves Coleman” by Ira Berkovic

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Victor Serge and the question of Kronstadt

The question of Kronstadt defines much of the debate between anarchism and Marxism in the 20th century. On the one hand apologists for the Bolsheviks cheerlead the destruction of the naval garrison at Kronstadt retrospectively, whilst those in an anarchist tradition see it as the final nail in the coffin of soviet democracy and the consolidation of the dictatorial rule of the central committee of the Bolshevik party.

The question of Kronstadt defines much of the debate between anarchism and Marxism in the 20th century.

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AWL dayschool: Marxism and anarchism (Sheffield)

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27 January, 2008 - 12:00 to 17:00

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Satpal Ram room, Student Union, Sheffield University, Western Bank, Sheffield. (Tram stop: Sheffield university)

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Workshop sessions on:
* Working-class struggle, Marxism, anarchism, and anarcho-syndicalism
* Workers' state, Marxism, and anarchism
* Organisation and structure.
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AWL dayschool: Marxism and anarchism (London)

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19 January, 2008 - 12:00 to 17:00

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Union Tavern, 52 Lloyd Baker St, corner with Farringdon Road, near Kings Cross, London WC1

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Workshop sessions on:
* Working-class struggle, Marxism, anarchism, and anarcho-syndicalism
* Workers' state, Marxism, and anarchism
* Organisation and structure.
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Anarchism without trade unions: fresh wave or utopianism?

Capitalism is predicated fundamentally on the exploitation of wage labour. It can only be disrupted and overthrown by subverting that exploitative relationship.

By Ira Berkovic

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An olive branch to anarchists?

By Jordan

As an anarchist I would like to congratulate Yves Coleman on his article What Trotskyists should know about today’s young anarchists (Solidarity 224), and the AWL for publishing it.

It’s obviously a generalisation, as the author admits, but it captures parts of reality that it would be a mistake to miss.

The relationship between Trotskyists and anarchists.

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Five things Trotskyists should know about today’s young "anarchists"

Yves Coleman comments critically on anarchism today.

By Yves Coleman

« When I cook for the Occupy the City move­ment in London I contri­bute to change the world. » A guy inter­vie­wed on RFI radio.

The fol­lo­wing is an exten­ded ver­sion of my brief inter­ven­tion at the AWL’s congress [22-23 October 2011].

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Black Blocs in France

By Yves Coleman

In France, the Black Blocs [see Theodora Polenta’s article on Greece, Solidarity 222] are a very broad current.

This current groups together, or in it can be grouped, people who participated in the squatting movement in the 80s and 90s, Italian refugees in France who have contact with Italian insurrectionists, radical youth who want immediate action and are impatient to fight the police, and some supporters of late-period Toni Negri (called “garantistes” because they are for a guaranteed basic income for all).

In France, the Black Blocs are a very broad current.

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We should work in mass organisations

Stuart Jordan responds to North London Solidarity Federation (SolFed) in our continuing debate on the differences and similarities between Marxist and anarchist traditions.

A response to North London Solidarity Federation in our continuing debate on the differences and similarities between Marxist and anarchist traditions.

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Anarchism and the Commune

Anarchism
Third and final part of a review article on "Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism", by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt.

Anarchism and the Commune

This is the third and final part of a review article on Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism, by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt.

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Anarchism and a classless society: response to AWL from North London Solidarity Federation

Recent issues of Solidarity have carried debate on the differences and similarities between Marxist and anarchist traditions. Here, North London Solidarity Federation (an anarcho-syndicalist group) responds to “Working-Class Struggle and Anarchism” which appeared in Solidarity 3/195.

A contribution to the debate on the differences and similarities between Marxist and anarchist traditions by North London Solidarity Federation.

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How anarchism parted ways with Marxism

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Second part of a three-part review article on Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism, by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt.

This is the second part of a three-part review article on Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism, by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt. The first part (Solidarity 203) discussed the many point on which Schmidt's and van der Walt's version of anarchism is closer to Marxism than to traditional anarchism; their claim that Marxism equals proto-Stalinism; and their claim that "the broad anarchist tradition" is equivalent to "socialism from below".

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Direct action and class struggle

Much of Bobi Pasquale’s response to our “Open letter to a direct action activist” (Solidarity 3/202) was made up of statements no leftist could object to (workers and students in struggle good; the cuts, coppers and Labour careerists bad).

And while the Socialist Party, for instance, believes the police are “workers in uniform”, and has as its “priority” in the labour movement “moving through elected positions” — these are certainly not accusations you can make at the AWL. They are not relevant to this debate.

There’s more to politics than “direct action”.

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All feathered up: a new defence of anarchism

Review of "Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism", by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt (AK Press).

Review of "Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism", by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt (AK Press).

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Anarchism, direct action and class struggle

Anarchism
An anarchist replies to our open letter on direct action and the cuts.

“A riot is the language of the unheard” (Martin Luther King)... Currently “direct action” seems to be used mechanically for any action outside the once standard, ignored, tedious and silent marches.

There is an important differentiation between vandalism and violence — neither of which ought necessarily be condemned — but the argument differs slightly.

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The Paris Commune, the First International, and the origins of anarchism

Notes for a workshop at the London AWL "Paris Commune" event on 30 April 2011

Notes for a workshop at the London AWL "Paris Commune" event on 30 April 2011

The Paris Commune of March-May 1871 was the high point of the surge of the workers' movement also expressed in the First International, founded in 1864. But the backlash following the defeat of the Paris Commune also broke up the International in 1872, splitting it into two factions, "Marxist" and "anarchist", neither of which survived long. The Paris Commune is thus also the background to the origins of the anarchist movement.

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Ends and means

After the March 26 TUC demonstration, we began a discussion around tactics, politics and organisation with an “open letter to a direct-action activist”. In future issues of Solidarity we will feature further comment, from members of Workers’ Liberty and others, on the issues involved. The piece below is from an activist who blogs at The Great Unrest (www.thegreatunrest.net).

A contribution to the discussion around tactics, politics and organisation in the anti-cuts movement.

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Direct action and class struggle: continuing the debate on tactics

Understand the relationship between ends and means

By Anne Archist
(Anne Archist is an activist who contributes to the Great Unrest blog.)

As part of an ongoing debate around tactics, labour movement organisation and wider politics - some of which touches on debates between Marxist and anarchist traditions - two anarchist activists contribute their thoughts (followed by two replies from AWL members).

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