Disaster communism part 1 - disaster communities

Occupy Sandy: "mutual aid, not charity"

In part one of this three-part article, we look at the concept of disaster communism as it relates to the communities of solidarity and mutual aid typically formed in disaster situations.

Wages of Class War: Reflections on Portland’s May Day

A look at 2014's Portland May Day march, and how to to make it a useful tool in organizing.

Freedom From Education: Decolonial Study for Abolishing the Prison-University Complex

Against the romanticizing of education, Leftists should recognize alternative regimes of study, as practiced in prison organizing and indigenous peoples’ movements, and participate with them toward dismantling the intertwined regimes of education and carcerality.

Never Mind the Bankers...Some thoughts on the UK Crisis

A working paper on some thoughts we've gathered about the current stage of crisis and current phase of struggle in the UK.

Portrait of Italian May Day 2014

Turin, May Day 2014.

On May Day, as in many other places around the world, thousands of people gathered in squares and streets all over Italy to celebrate International Workers’ Day. The celebrations took different forms, from concerts to direct action such as disputes with shops which had stayed open.

Federico Aldrovandi’s killers receive standing ovation from police union

Applause for police murderers.

Federico Aldrovandi’s parents and friends have become used to the noisy actions of the Coisp police union in defending the killers of the 18 year old boy, murdered in 2005 in Ferrara by four police officers. But on April 29 the ultimate provocation came from another union, SAP, during its conference in Rimini.


Huiminglu cover


Huiming Centennial: Why Talk about 1910s Anarchism in the 2010s?

Huiminglu cover

Overview and critical reflection on the historical significance of early 20th century Chinese anarchism, from a 2013 conference celebrating the centennial of China's first anarchist periodical, Huiminglu, better known as Minsheng (Voice of the People).

Nao's recommended sources on China

Qinshihuang burning books

Lists of recommended books, articles, films, and websites about China. (Links to commentaries forthcoming.) Updated October 21, 2014.

Public sector outsourcing and class warfare

An investigation into the ways in which outsourcing and the threat of outsourcing is used as a weapon of class warfare and labour discipline in the public sector, as well as possible tactics for fighting back.

The Power to Stay: Magical Realism from SF’s Mission

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Ghost Stories from SF: Art Mirrors Life

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The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard

This carefully crafted rites of passage drama contests mainstream contempt for the poor while pulling no punches regarding their increasingly desperate circumstances.

Spokes on the anti-austerity wheel: building movements that can move beyond reform

When it comes to fighting the crisis of austerity cuts and financial recession, we need to focus on how to build fighting communities rather than simply reacting to the attacks.

A sideways look: Tony Benn

A brief look at the legacy of Tony Benn.

A reply to Mark Fisher on magical voluntarism

Short article exploring the idea of magical voluntarism and how it relates to questions of organisation.

Community champions and other crack - Report after working as a caretaker on an East London housing estate

This report was written after a year working as a caretaker on a notorious housing estate in East London.

Unproductive bodies, part 1: narcotisation of dependency

A schematic look at positive psychology's deployment within the UK's workfare regime and the position of the substance-dependent body as a model in the production of subjectivity. This forms the first part of a short series on positive psychology, work, and the production of unproductive bodies.

James O'Connor's second contradiction of capitalism

The Deepwater Horizon disaster: capital undermines its ecological basis

A critical introduction to the influential ecological Marxist concept of 'the second contradiction', proposed by James O'Connor.

Strike at world's largest sports shoe maker in Dongguan, China

Yue Yuan strike, April 23, 2014

A strike against Yue Yuan International, world's large manufacturer of sport shoes, began on April 14, 2014. It now includes 60,000 workers at all seven factories in the Dongguan complex.