state

Editorial - The State We’re In

Originally published in September 2009.

Fascists and state repression

Some brief observations regarding attitudes towards the repression of the far-right by state forces.

State: an introduction

A brief introduction to what we at libcom.org mean when we refer to the state, or government, and how we think we should relate to it as workers.

“Just and peaceful labor relations”: Why the U.S. government supported collective bargaining

This post gives a brief account of some of the history of the capitalist state’s sponsorship of contracts for unions in the United States, with an emphasis on the reasoning that politicians and judges gave for their support of collective bargaining. The piece argues that what the U.S. government wanted out of introducing state support for collective bargaining was, in the words of the National Labor Relations Act, to ‘Promote the flow of commerce’ through ‘friendly adjustment of industrial disputes.’

God and the state - Mikhail Bakunin - audiobook

Mikhail Bakunin by Rae Maxwell

Bakunin’s most famous work, published in various lengths, this version is the most complete form of the work published hitherto, recorded as an audiobook by LibriVox.

Islamic fundamentalism: Religious fanaticism to reinforce the state

Taliban fighter

1990 article by Internationalist Perspective on Islamic fundamentalism not as a mediaeval religious phenomenon but as a modern statist one. We do not agree with elements of this article related to "decadence" but believe it to be interesting nonetheless.

Revolutionary government - Peter Kropotkin

Peter Kropotkin, the founding father of collectivist anarchism, on why "revolutionary government" is a contradiction in terms.

Gender and the state

A white knight

Polite Ire looks at the links between gender and the state, arguing that masculinity is constructed in the image of the state.

Catastrophism, disaster management and sustainable submission - Rene Riesel and Jaime Semprun

In this book first published in 2008, Jaime Semprun and René Riesel examine the attempt by predominantly First World governments and NGOs to utilize the specter of an environmental apocalypse as an alibi to save “industrial civilization” by imposing a rationed form of “survival”, justified by a terroristic propaganda campaign based on fear, enforced by an expansion of the state’s coercive powers, and facilitated by the mass conformism and resignation that “industrial society” has induced in the population by creating an “anxiogenic environment” of “insecurity and generalized instability”; “[f]or the fears proclaimed by the experts … are in reality nothing but orders”.

The police: the case against - Polite Ire

There is a commonly held assumption that the police are a necessary presence in a civilised society, one that ensures the preservation of social order. And yet this assumption is deeply ideological, blurring the distinction between the act of policing with the existence of an institutional police force. Polite Ire queries the supposed necessity of the police, asking how they gain their legitimacy and whether this is deserved.