This issue of Black Flag, which came out after a hiatus in 2013 in which no magazine was produced at all, began a period of annual publishing. Among the key articles was a cover story reflecting on the sometimes difficult organising of that year's AFem 2014 conference, a prescient analysis of Osborne's failed austerity programme, and a still-relevant analysis of the ways in which protest policing have dovetailed with the slow course of justice to both deny campaigners their rights and leave people in legal limbo for years at a time.
With workfare in the news at the time, this issue focused on the CWU union's enthusiastic support for its use in Royal Mail, alongside articles on the economy, Scottish Independence and the potential consequences of the collapse of the BNP.
For the centre spread, Tom L offered a a slightly different tack on the union question, looking at it from the ruling class point of view, while in history Jack Ray and Iain McKay looked at the 1934 Asturian miners' strike and the Pentonville Five campaign respectively.
Iain McKay discusses the mutualist politics of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. Originally published in January 2010.
The Anarchist FAQ has been one of the standout achievements of the last decade in terms of its rigourous treatment of every aspect of the theory. Its translation from screen to print is long overdue. Something of an encyclopaedic resource for anyone studying anarchism, this weighty tome is a comprehensive guide to the history, theory and practice. The transition from web to page has been long awaited, and this first volume will be an invaluable resource for those interested in finding out more about the philosophy as well as those who are studying at an academic level.
A lengthy critique of the SWP's attempt to rewrite the history of the resistance to Italian fascism in the early 1920s as well as the revolutionary Red Years after World War I. An important, if not well known, bit of anarchist history.