No to the extradition of comrades: the Free5 solidarity campaign

A solidarity campaign is underway in Greece to block the extradition to Italy of five students in regards to the events in Milan on the 1st May. This is a case that will have implications for international organising.

Pratt and Smith: the last UK men hanged for sodomy - Frank Ryan

Contemporary illustration of their hanging

A short account of the 1835 execution of two London working men, James Pratt and John Smith, the last to be put to death for homosexuality.

Public inquiry on undercover policing: urgent deadline to register as core participant

Undercover police posing as activists

Public pressure has forced the Home Secretary into announcing a Public Inquiry into undercover policing in the UK. If you have, or it's quite likely you have been, involved in a campaign/activist group/movement that was infliltrated by undercover police operatives in the last few decades, now is the time to register as a Core Participant in the Inquiry...

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.

Ned Kelly's ghost: the Tottenham IWW and the Tottenham tragedy - John Patten

The police station where Duncan was killed

An account of a little-known but tragic episode in the history of the Australian Industrial Workers of the World union. In September 1916, a police constable in Tottenham was murdered. In December, two IWW members were hanged for it. This pamphlet tells their story.

The state and capitalist society - Ralph Miliband

The Houses of Parliament

Marxist academic Ralph Miliband's extensive and detailed analysis and critique of the role played by the state in advanced capitalist society. It examines each part of the state, including the government, civil service, legal system and armed forces and their relationships with business, the media, religion and trade unions. Written in 1969, most of the tendencies he points to are even further advanced today, so while there is little mention of race and gender this remains an invaluable text.

The Haywood-Mayer-Pettibone case - Louis Adamic

Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone in 1907

Louis Adamic's excellent history of the trial and acquittal of three leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, Charles Moyer, Bill Haywood and George Pettibone, for the murder of ex-Idaho state governor Frank Steunenberg in 1906.

The Mooney-Billings frame-up - Louis Adamic

Worker demonstration to free Mooney and Billings

Louis Adamic's fascinating history of the framing of union organisers Tom Mooney and Warren Billings of the 1916 San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing, and the subsequent campaign for their release, written in 1931.

Anarchists before the military tribunals, 1914-1918

Conscientious objectors in a work camp in Aberdeen

A short account of the hearings of two anarchists in front of the courts during World War One

Uproar about legal costs for Marikana workers reflects a political retreat

A short article arguing that the debate around the state's refusal to carry the legal costs of Marikana mine workers reflects a retreat into the politics of reconciliation.