Organizing as If Social Relations Matter

A commentary about the "Free Education for All" struggle, via a Cooper Union artist-organizer rally in NYC on February 20, 2013. For photos too, see the original post at my Outside the Circle blog, and/or my "Free Education for All" tumblr at

The Culture of Capitalism (Pinhole 1): No Place

This is the first in what I hope becomes a series under the heading "The Culture of Capitalism." For the original post and many other pieces of writing, see my Outside the Circle blog at

The Movimento Cinque Stelle has protected the System – a comment by Wu Ming

Now that the Five Star Movement has made such an impression in the Italian national elections, we believe it is no longer possible to avoid examining this phenomenon in terms of a political vacuum that the movement, founded by Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio, fills with its presence. The M5S draws attention away from the fact that there is an absence of a true radical movement in Italy. The M5S takes up this empty space to ensure that this remains the case.

The “war on the unions” - its meaning and the response we need

Stories about the government threatening a “crack down” on trade union power emerge almost on a loop. Particularly in times of heightened class antagonism. But far from showing the unions as threats to society, such threats are a demand that the unions tighten up their role in policing class conflict.

Announcing @latinlibnews: keeping you up to speed on Latin America in 140 characters

Announcing a new Twitter account that will provide irregular and brief updates on social movements and news of interest to libertarian communists in Latin America.

Collapse in enrolments at Italian universities

How to combat the bedroom tax with a tape measure

One - but only one way - to combat the bedroom tax

The bedroom tax and Labour Party hypocrisy

In the past week, the Labour Party has launched its Labour Against the Bedroom Tax campaign nationwide, with its roots in Liverpool. It’s the usual Labour Party fare; sign a petition, display a poster.

Plight of North African refugees: national demonstrations called

On 25 February there will be demonstrations across Italy to highlight the difficult situation in which refugees from a number of North African countries have found themselves over the past 18 months. The demonstrations are also to draw the authorities’ attention to the need to support refugees’ integration and inclusion in the country.

Down by Dao...

Ying-yang anyone?

Academies & Lies: Downhills Primary documentary

Documentary detailing the community campaign against the forced academisation of Downhills Primary in 2012.

Greece: Mining compound attacked

Over the weekend a group of people carried out an attack against a controversial mine in northern Greece causing significant damage to vehicles and mining equipment.

“The real enemy?” Why we should reject left unity as a concept

A number of pieces have been written recently on “unity” amongst the left and the ways we can achieve that. What follows are the reasons I reject left unity as a notion and the kind of real unity that the workers' movement needs – and, to a large extent, already has.

Communism and free education

'Omnia sunt communia'

A short blog inspired by a long banner.

The Marx Memorial Library

A short visit to the Library.

Cait Reilly win is good, but ending workfare for keeps needs more

Today's ruling that every part of workfare other than the Mandatory Work Activity scheme breaks the law has given campaigners against workfare a huge boost - we were right all along. But the DWP have already said they will be doing a simple rephrase of the regulations and trying again and we need to make sure that doesn't happen by piling on the pressure now.

Unity and solidarity with claimants should be practical, not just theoretical

With attacks on claimants and the unemployed escalating, campaigners and trade unions have made numerous calls for “unity” between workers and the unemployed. But too often, this “unity” is a purely theoretical one. How can we go beyond words to build a practical basis for solidarity across our entire class?

Workers' struggles in East Asia (December 2012 & January 2013)

Workers in Wuhan, China protest over unpaid wages by dancing Gangnam Style

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during December 2012 & January 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them:

Credit, wages and Occupy: what system are we fighting?

John O'Reilly on the Occupy movement in the United States and the direction it took.

Liverpool housing association occupied

Can't Pay! Won't Pay!

An account of Liverpool housing association demonstration and occupation