A massive, unsung, but very anarchistic educational network is spanning the UK. Martyn Everett investigates.
Asked to give examples of how anarchist ideas work in practice most anarchists would probably suggest the collectivisation of industry during the Spanish Revolution. If pressed to give more recent examples then some of the surviving small-scale worker co-operatives set up since the late 1960s, or free schools such as Summerhill might be suggested.
Members of the IWW picketed a Starbucks in Edinburgh yesterday. A short report of the picket follows.
IWW Informational Picket in Edinburgh
Just a quick report on our Informational picket at Starbucks in Edinburgh yesterday (Saturday 19th).
We (4 wobs, two supporters) chose our usual target - the High Street branch on the top of the Royal Mile.
The area was teeming with people as it's mid-Festival.
Texts about and from 1966 British magazine Heatwave, which was linked to American Surrealists and radical unionists.
We group together here 2 texts about the UK Heatwave magazine, which existed for 2 issues in 1966 - and the wider political scene it was a part of, which included its links with the US Industrial Workers of the World and American Surrealists. There then follows a text from issue 1 of Heatwave.
Porters, cleaners and switchboard staff employed by Rentokil Initial, based at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London, have been on strike since 21st July.
An agreement over pay and conditions was made in 2003, due to come into force in April 2006, several other East London hospitals agreed to the deal, only Rentokil at Whipps Cross has failed to honour it. The pay award is roughly equivalent to a £2 per hour raise, for staff who in some cases earn as little as £5.52 per hour, the agreement also included increases in leave entitlement.
An article on the relationship between punk and Autonomia presented by Keir at the No Future conference, September 2001.
“Germany got Bader-Meinhof,” went the 1978 poster by the punk band Crass “England got punk.” (Savage, 1991 p.481). But perhaps it should have read: Italy got Autonomia. After all 1977 was a year in which sections of youth in both England and Italy enjoyed explosions of creativity. In Germany it was a year of repression and the closing up of political space.
The rousing 1640s communist vision of Gerrard Winstanley & The Diggers...
An excerpt from "Days in the Life - Voices from the English Underground 1961-1971", p. 378-382, Pimlico, UK, 1998.
The 'Festival of Light ' was a short-lived UK right wing Christian campaign involving Cliff Richard, Mary Whitehouse, Malcolm Muggeridge and other 'concerned' religious bores. It was a lame attempt to counter the libertarian culture of the 1960s-70s by re-asserting traditional Christian values.
An excellent piercing, critical review - by an ex-Brigade member - of Vague's romanticising, fetishistic book on the Angry Brigade.
Book Review: Anarchy in the UK, by Tom Vague
(Reviewed by John Barker, late 1990s)
"Anarchy in the UK: The Angry Brigade"
by Tom Vague, AK Press, 162pp, £6.95