Blogs

Ill Manors, directed by Ben Drew, and The Angels' Share, directed by Ken Loach

Official 'truth' being more dishonest as well as stranger than fiction, Tom Jennings looks instead at feral youth fairytales screened since last August's riots.

Libcom at the London anarchist bookfair 2012

London anarchist bookfair

Ahead of the London anarchist bookfair on Saturday, here's a few recommendations and announcements from the libcom team.

State crackdown on trade unions in Fiji

The military dictatorship in Fiji are attempting to crush the trade union movement in the run up to alleged free elections in 2014.

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

In memory of assaulted and slain Starbucks barista Whitney Heichel.

TRIGGER WARNING FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Bangladeshi workers fight back against corrupt bosses

15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers blockade a key highway in protest at unpaid wages. Meanwhile, bosses at the company – who supply Primark and New Look – are arrested on embezzlement charges in the country’s largest ever corruption case

Wear the shirt and doff your cap….or else

A brief look at the decision by over 30 players not to wear the 'Kick it Out Campaign' T-shirt, and the response of the football establishment elite.

European-wide general strike November 14 - how real? How relevant?

In at least four countries, there will be a general strike on November 14. There are calls to turn it into a European general strike. What to make of the idea, how to operate most fruitfully in connection to these and similar initiatives, is the subject of this article.

Another review of Fighting for ourselves

Nate Hawthorne reviews Solidarity Federation's upcoming pamphlet, Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle.

What October 20 tells us about the state of the movement

Saturday October 20 saw the TUC's "Future That Works" march and rally. It was the second biggest demonstration so far against austerity, the belated follow-up to the "March for the Alternative" last year. But what was the point? And where do we go from here?

On human nature

Arguments I see time and time again against left-wing politics include “human nature will get in the way” or “it ignores human nature”. Recently I’ve even seen this argument trotted out by people on the left, that any future system must “take human nature into account”. It’s fairly clear what is meant here without asking too many questions. Human beings are selfish. Human beings only work in their own self-interest and that this is natural. But I believe this to be wrong. This blog post will hopefully explain why.

"No politics in the union"? Come off it

no-politics

This blog post argues that "No politics" is a bad idea and an inaccurate description of the IWW.

General strike: Round 20

Standing in front in Syntagma, again

One man died at protests during the recent general strike in Greece - so far the 20th general strike against austerity, while austerity continues relentlessly...

The Shades of Love

Obituary for a movement yet to be: Occupy UK one year on

Collective Action analyses the experience and draws lessons from the Occupy movement almost a year after the establishment of the first Occupy camps in the UK.

To defend the franchise?

Many people with anti-state and anti-electoral views will nevertheless organize around the defense of social programs when they are under attack. Should the same orientation hold for the right to vote?

Workers, bosses, and the taxman… all in it together?

A brief look at the recent government plans to offer workers company shares in exchange for their basic employment rights.

Freedom of your information

Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2008. All rights reserve

If you are in any doubt as to the extent of the state’s control freakery and paranoia, then you need not be any longer.

Happy birthday! SII turns one today

It all began with a discussion, which then turned into a manifesto, before becoming a website.

It's not just the tuition fees....

A brief look at privatisation and outsourcing in higher education.

On rank-and-file action, trade union representation and building confidence

A brief note on why forms of action taken at the behest of trade union structures cannot be equated with rank-and-file led organisation and direct action.