The Anarchist-Communist Federation of North America Experiance

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The Anarchist-Communist Federation of North America Experiance

From the magazine archives of "ideas & action".

Two former members of the north american Anarchist-Communist Federation (ACF)* discuss their experiences and perspectives. To date, there has not been a history of the ACF/NA. Several articles have appeared, but no history. This poster hopes to take a stab at a short ACF history when time permits.

The first article is by Steve Parr of the NYC-based Libertarian Workers Group.** The LWG was a founding ACF group. As well as a founding member group of the Workers Solidarity Alliance.

The second article written by the late Ed Clark , written under the name of Frank Stevens.

The Decline and Fall of the ACF

By Steve Parr, Libertarian Workers’ Group

It is now over six months since the Libertarian Workers’ Group withdrew from the ACF***, with the majority of the organization following suit. I have had that time to reflect on the problem. and have formulated a few tentative ideas I would like to share with you all. I hope that the pages of this bulletin will see more of the same in the next few months, so that we can come to a better understanding of what we have gone through.

- See more at: http://ideasandaction.info/1982/12/decline-fall-acf/#sthash.oKeipL7d.dpuf

Hey, General Custer, what were we doing there?

By Frank Stevens

One does not, in bourgeois culture at least, speak ill of the dead. People who have some kind of revolutionary aspirations may be expected to offer more accurate observations. When the Anarchist Communist Federation abruptly disintegrated last year, one could assume that there would be a tidal wave of position papers offering blame (or credit) and drawing political lessons for future attempts to build a revolutionary movement.

Not so. The end of ACF was met with a vast literary yawn. Nothing is so revealing of the passions of those who were part of ACF as the profound disinterest that greeted its demise. The only attempt to construct a continental anarchist-communist movement in the last two decades shattered . . . and no one really gave a shit!

- See more at: http://ideasandaction.info/1982/12/decline-fall-acf/#sthash.oKeipL7d.dpuf

* ACF's political statement: http://libcom.org/library/declaration-anarchist-communist-federation-north-america-1980

** Libertarian Workers Group misc. on Libcom: http://libcom.org/tags/libertarian-workers-group

** * LWG Resignation Letter: http://libcom.org/library/libertarian-workers-group-resigns-acf

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Some on-line copies of "The North American Anarchist", publication of the ACF:

1. "North American Anarchist:The Newspaper Dedicated To Direct Action", Vol. 1, No. 1, October / November 1979 --- https://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no1octnov

2. "North American Anarchist", Vol. 1, No. 3, February / March 1980
----- https://issuu.com/dragonflyarchive/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no3febmar

3. "North American Anarchist", Vol, 1, No. 4, April / May 1980 ----- https://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs/northamericananarchistaprilmay1980.

4. "North American Anarchist", Vol. 1, No. 5, June / July 1980 --- https://issuu.com/dragonflyarchive/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no5juneju

5. "North American Anarchist", Vol. 1, No. 7, October - November 1980 --- https://issuu.com/dragonflyarchive/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no7octnov

6. "North American Anarchist", Vol. 1, No. 9, March - April 1981 --- https://issuu.com/dragonflyarchive/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no9marapr

7. "North American Anarchist", Vol. 1, No. 10, May - June 1981 --- https://issuu.com/dragonflyarchive/docs/northamericananarchistvol1no10mayju