(Re)creating an Autonomous Student Network

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Jun 28 2013 20:03
(Re)creating an Autonomous Student Network

(Re)creating an Autonomous Student Network
Posted on June 28, 2013

This is a call out for radical anti-authoritarian students and student groups interested in (re)creating a national Autonomous Students Network.

Following the statement of the original ASN(active in 2010-2011), we are proposing a network for building solidarity and grassroots power in our campuses, workplaces and communities as part of the struggle for radical social change.

The ASN would be a project aiming to highlight the problems facing higher education and the student movement and taking action to resolve these problems. In the bog of trotskyist soundbites, we need an anarchist discourse on education and student organisation that has a sustainable network of contact and support behind it. The network should have both a local and a UK-wide focus, allowing local groups to support each other’s actions and projects while also coordinating groups for joint action on wider issues.

We hear plenty about cuts to education but we hear nothing about how our universities have been taken over by oligarchies of professional managers running undemocratic institutions for business interests. Our universities depend on students, lecturers and staff to function. We should be the ones deciding how they are run.

Similarly, there are few voices pointing out that the NUS is perhaps the single biggest obstacle to the realisation of a strong student movement capable of bringing meaningful change. It is little more than a careerist ladder for future Labour politicians whose vested interest it is to suppress radical student action. The NUS is unreformable and unrepentant. It should be opposed with creative alternatives.

This is merely a post to test the waters. We look forward to hearing what people think. Get in touch by commenting here or by messaging Sheffieldautonomousstudents@gmail.com

In solidarity,

Sheffield Autonomous Students.

(Re-blogged from http://sheffieldautonomousstudents.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/recreating-a...)

jolasmo
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Jun 28 2013 22:10

Out of interest, speaking as someone who knows very little about the 2010-11 ASN, what do you see as the reasons for the collapse of that organisation and what lessons do you think anarchist students today can learn in terms of on-campus organising?

~J.

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Jul 14 2013 12:32

''Our Universities'' , ''Meaningfull Change'' , ''We should be the the ones deciding how they are run''

But wern't these institutions always part of the business/corporate state structure serving the interests of capitalism by reproducing the necessary heirachical division of labour including it's future managers? Certainly the process of integration of various corporate/state structures has continued appace in recent times, perhaps squeezing out some of the remaining few hideholes of 'freedom', but the universities are surely beyond saving. Perhaps a straightforward class based antagonistic analysis and posture might be be a better starting point for any politicaly based agitational organisation operating in the 'Education Industry' and that not restricted to students?

Spikymike
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Nov 10 2013 17:48

So this was my critical take on this idea but the Quebec Student strikes and the anti-austerity struggle they inspired there perhaps answered these points? There is a meeting at the Friends Meeting house in Manchester on the 30th November 2.30pm with a talk by an activist in that struggle so we will see. More in the announcements threads.

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Nov 10 2013 17:52

''We should be the the ones deciding how they are run''

I think the idea is similar to running co-ops within capitalism, which is not to say its a good thing.

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Nov 10 2013 22:10

Something from the ASN mailing list: if anyone has the login details to the ASN wordpress blog created in 2010, could they pass them onto us? That blog is no longer in use, and we are keen to get it going again or set up a new blog if that fails.

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Dec 10 2013 03:55

London calling...!