bureaucracy

Minus

Sign on Hong Kong border

Here are several issues of the "Minus" magazine produced in Hong Kong in the late 1970s.

The contradictions of Left Renewal

A criticism of Left Renewal, a libertarian socialist tendency within the NSW Greens in Australia.

Benevolent bureaucracy - Maurine Blancke

Maurine Blancke on bureaucracy in educational establishments.

International Council Correspondence Volume 6, Number 4

New Essays. A Quarterly Devoted to the Study of Modern Society (International Council Correspondence), Vol. 6, no. 4, Winter 1943

International Council Correspondence Volume 6, Number 3

New Essays. A Quarterly Devoted to the Study of Modern Society (International Council Correspondence), Vol. 6, 1943, no 3, Spring

International Council Correspondence Volume 2, Number 12

International Council Correspondence, Vol. 2, no. 12, November 1936

Riffraff in the libertarian milieu - Argelaga

A timely warning to the libertarians of Spain from the editors of Argelaga concerning an attempt (June 2015), instigated by certain elements in the anarchist camp sympathetic to “Platformism”, to form a citizens’ political party based on civil society slogans (“the people, “society”, and “the majority” vs. “the evil ‘elite’” or “the one percent”), transmitted via the telegraphic text-message-style communications of a “postmodern”, “upbeat” and “trendy” “lexicon”, crafted for an audience composed of “the pauperized and computer-literate middle class, students and local bureaucrats”, fodder for “reformist militantism of the trade union, municipalist, NGO or para-institutional type”.

Revolution and counterrevolution under colonial rule: And now? – Ngo Van Xuyet

The last chapter of Ngo Van’s book, Revolution and Counterrevolution under Colonial Rule, first published in French in 1997, denouncing the Stalinism of Ho Chi Minh’s repressive party-state, depicting the disappointing consequences of the triumph of the counterrevolution in Vietnam with the “victory” of 1975 when the enormous sacrifices of the Vietnamese peasants resulted in merely the exchange of one set of rulers for another, and quoting the Vietnamese author Bao Ninh: “So much blood spilled—for what?”.

The utopia of rules: on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy - David Graeber

According to Graeber’s bureaucratic procedures “are invariably ways of managing social situations that are already stupid because they are founded on structural violence.” But what Graeber means by structural violence is a system “that ultimately rests on the threat of force,” whether police officers, drill sergeants, tax auditors, or all the other agents who support a system that spies, cajoles and threatens. This complex of definitions lands Graeber squarely in the anarchist tradition, and though he layers contemporary anthropological theory into his analysis, he serves up a clear and generally jargon-free argument.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Catalonia - Carlos Semprún Maura

First published in France in 1974, a “critical analysis of the bureaucratization of the CNT, with regard to both the political as well as the economic terrain”, bureaucratization which the author claims was “total and complete”, with discussions of certain historical turning points and watershed moments (e.g., the militarization of the militias, the May Events and the overthrow of the Council of Aragon), and extensive passages quoted from eyewitness accounts (e.g., Marcel Ollivier’s Les journées sanglantes de Barcelone), newspaper articles and official documents that have not previously appeared in English translation.