anarchism

Barricades in Barcelona: The CNT from the victory of July 1936 to the necessary defeat of May 1937 - Agustín Guillamón

First published in 2006, this book, focusing on Barcelona in 1936-1937, provides an account of the street battles and victory of July 1936, examines the defense and neighborhood committees that defeated the uprising in the city, and addresses the issue of the decision of the CNT-FAI superior committees to collaborate with counterrevolutionary parties and social groups to preserve anti-fascist unity at any price and how this decision culminated in May 1937 in the defeat of the revolution, with special emphasis on the emerging discontent among the anarchosyndicalist rank and file and the role of The Friends of Durruti Group in crystallizing opposition to official CNT policies.

Prisoner sent to solitary confinement for possessing anarchist literature

A prisoner at Pontiac Correctional Centre, Mark Neiweem, has been sent into solitary confinement for possessing literature from the Anarchist Black Cross, and for writing essays on the prison industrial complex. Following a disciplinary hearing – at which he was denied a lawyer – he was given six months in solitary for possessing ‘gang related material’ (anarchist symbols), and for possessing ‘written materials material that presents a serious threat to the safety and security of persons or the facility.’

Alan Mills, Neiweem’s lawyer, stated that:

Solidarité: Journal of the Radical Left (September-October 2013)

Solidarité is a non-tendency anti-capitalist journal, self-published by workers and students, which focuses on leftist theory, politics, and philosophy.

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Meaningful work: an appeal to the young

An article about meaning in choosing employment.

From the time I was a child, I was told to follow my dreams and do something I truly loved. Granted I rarely met an adult who was passionate about their work, but they seemed sincere in their desire for others to take that path. The advice of course usually had a piece of bitterness attached to it. As I came of age, the terrain didn’t look pretty.

The Blast newspaper

Partial online archive of The Blast, an anarchist newspaper published by Alex Berkman for 29 issues 1916-1917, when it was shut down for encouraging resistance to the draft.

The Spanish revolution, past and future: grandeur and poverty of anarchism; how the working class takes over (or doesn't), then and now - Loren Goldner

Spanish workers' barricade during the civil war

Detailed account and analysis of anarchism in the Spanish civil war and revolution by left communist Loren Goldner.

The Struggle Against the State - Nestor Makhno

A short essay about opposing the state, the obstacles to be overcome and important strategies and institutions that will eventually replace it.

The fact that the modern State is the organizational form of an authority founded upon arbitrariness and violence in the social life of toilers is independent of whether it may be "bourgeois" or "proletarian." It relies upon oppressive centralism, arising out of the direct violence of a minority deployed against the majority.

The Positive Content of Anarchism

A general distribution pamphlet published by the Melbourne Anarchist Club.

The heavy stuff - Class War

Online archive of anarchist group Class War Federation's theoretical journal, of which there were five issues from 1987 to 1992. We do not agree with it all but reproduce it for reference.

From http://www.revolutionbythebook.akpress.org/the-heavy-stuff/

Sewing freedom: Philip Josephs, transnationalism & early New Zealand anarchism - Jared Davidson

Sewing Freedom is the first in-depth study of anarchism in New Zealand during the turbulent years of the early 20th century—a time of wildcat strikes, industrial warfare, and a radical working class counter-culture.

Interweaving biography, cultural history, and an array of archival sources, this engaging account unravels the anarchist-cum-bomber stereotype by piecing together the life of Philip Josephs—a Latvian-born Jewish tailor, antimilitarist, and founder of the Wellington Freedom Group.