elections

Quick look at the Greek election results

Electoral map of Greece: Red=SYRIZA Blue=ND

The Greek election results have come in and it seems far-left party SYRIZA has won a significant victory on an anti-austerity platform.

Syriza at the gates - Spyros Dapergolas

An article by Spyros Dapergolas from the newspaper of the Swedish syndicalist union, SAC, about the limitations of a Syriza victory in Greece.

After the election of Syriza in Greece - power is not in parliament

An article by Andrew Flood that looks at the impact and possibilities of a Syriza victory in Greece.

Government union busting and the PCS response

The PCS union is facing concerted union busting activity from the government. However, despite its rhetoric it has fallen into a retreat that helps nobody

Don't Mourn. Organise.

A statement from Edinburgh Anarchist Federation on the results of the Scottish independence referendum, and what comes next.

Electoral Insubordination – Miguel Amorós

A personal appeal in favor of civil disobedience in response to the Spanish electoral law (which does not prohibit abstention, but rather the refusal to serve as a poll supervisor if you are selected to perform that civic duty), with quotations from Bakunin, Thoreau and Etienne de La Boëtie, reminding us that “when you hear the word ‘democracy’, what they are really talking about is parliamentarism, the political form best adapted to the dominance of oligarchic interests”, rather than “assembly-based democracy”.

A Note on the Civil Society Offensive – Miguel Amorós

Some comments on the most recent wave of civil society agitation in Spain (Summer 2014), defining the purpose of this movement as “[preventing] the formation of social institutions that are outside of the system and beyond its control, that is, truly self-organized institutions” and channeling popular grievances and rage “into the swamp of politics”.

Agitation the greatest factor for progress - Mother Jones

An extract from a speech by Mother Jones about the importance of agitation and the uselessness of voting, in combating the abuses of capitalist industry.

Election developments in Greece

The results of last weekend's European and Local elections have done little to change the political landscape of Greece. However, they are another sign of the fragmentation of the political scene.

The rise of Swedish fascism

Right-wing parties are on the rise across Europe, and Sweden is no exception. The far-right and populist Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats) now have representatives in both the Swedish and European parliaments, and their popularity shows no signs of waning as September's general election fast approaches.