"The North American Anarchist: The Newspaper dedicated to Direct Action", publication of the Anarchist-Communist Federation of North America (ACF).
North American Anarchist newspaper
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 1, October/November 1979
Issue 1 of the North American Anarchist newspaper, with articles on an occupation by BART mechanics in San Francisco, Canadian anarchists banned from entering the US, an introduction to the Anarchist Communist Federation of North America, the "White Night Riot" following the murder of Harvey Milk, day labour, repression against Greek anarchists, new technology, anarchist feminist notes, Czechoslovakia after '68, reviews of Apocalypse Now and You Can't Blow Up A Social Relationship, anti-nuclear actions, prison news, and more.
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1979/January 1980
Issue #2 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on direct action against the proposed Seabrook nuclear power plant, the Quebec independence movement, a controversial article on strip clubs, an unsuccessful organising campaign by tenants in Toronto, the outcome of the Iranian revolution, the Kamalla Miller case, anarchist feminist notes, psychiatry, reviews of a film about the IWW and a Trotskyist book about Kronstadt, the prison system, UAW contract negotiations, a police interrogation manual, Czechoslovakia after '68, a Papal visit and more.
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 3, February/March 1980
Issue #3 of North American Anarchist, with articles on the CNT, the Persons Unknown trial, the 1980 Canadian election, letters from Dave Morris, Stuart Christie, Alan MacSimoin and others, Rock Against Racism in Toronto, anarchist feminist notes, acid rain, reviews including the Life of Brian, a critique of "back to the land" movements, prison news, independent workers' movements, the anti-nuclear movement, sexism in the USSR, a defeat for BART workers in San Francisco, and more.
CNT Debates Future
December 1979 CNT-AIT Vth Congress
Report-back by from December 1979 CNT-AIT Vth Congress by an Anarchist-Communist Federation of North America (ACF)
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 4, April/May 1980
Issue #4 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on war, the Quebec independence referendum, technology and the land, the Kamalla Miller custody case, direct action against the proposed Seabrook nuclear power plant, repression against Greek anarchists, anarchist feminist notes, prison news including a Leonard Peltier update, reviews including The Guillotine at Work by Maximoff and Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, unrest in Poland, a coal wildcat in Appalachia, a CNT congress and an interview with an FAI militant, Cienfuegos books, an ACF conference report and more.
CNT 5th Congress - North American Anarchist
5th CNT-AIT Congress Report and Interview with FAI Militant
Published in the April/May 1980( V. 1- #4) The North American Anarchist
Report from the Madrid, 1979 5th CNT-AIT Congress.
Interview with FAI militant.
The North American Anarchist was the newspaper of the Anarchist-Communist Federation of North America (ACF)
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 5, June/July 1980
Issue #5 of North American Anarchist, with articles on the anti-nuclear movement, crisis in the auto industry, the Cold War heating up, anarchism and Leninism, reports from anti-nuke actions, Luisa Capetillo, anarchist feminist notes, the growth of the DSOC (which would become the DSA), bargaining at Canada Post, reviews, anarchism in Greece, prison news and the Kamalla Miller case, the need to fight labour laws, AFL-CIO head Lane Kirkland's shady connections, repression in China, the failure of the Quebec independence referendum, controversy over separatism at a Bay Area feminist concert, and more.
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 6, August/September 1980
Issue #6 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on an anti-postering law in Vancouver, the Sandinista victory in Nicaragua, Pink Floyd's "The Wall", Sam Dolgoff on anarcho-syndicalism, the situation in Iran, strikes in Poland, the Kamalla Miller case, direct action against pesticides in New Brunswick, reviews including The Shining and Cienfugeos Press Anarchist Review, an article on Albania, aliens, crisis in the auto industry, an ACF-NA conference, a critique of John Zerzan's ideas, an Italian state crackdown on the "Anarchismo" journal around Alfredo Bonanno and Jean Weir, and more.
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 7, October/November 1980
Issue 7 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on the revolt in Poland and the role of the Catholic Church, an interview with Stuart Christie, the "Towards a Citizen's Militia" controversy, a critique of Bookchin's views on ecology, anarchist feminist notes, anarchism and organisation, childbirth, television, prison news, New Brunswick and the influence of the Irving corporation, workers' control, Abbie Hoffman, a coup in Turkey, workplace occupations in Southern Ontario, voting and more.
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 9, March/April 1981
Issue #9 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on El Salvador and the FMLN, a militant gay demonstration in Toronto, self-reduction of prices in response to inflation, repression in post-Franco Spain, a critique of "cultish" tendencies in the anarchist movement, evolution and sociobiology, militarism and the arms race, reviews of the film 9 to 5, and books by Stuart Christie and Clifford Harper and about Johann Most, class and culture, the myths around Swedish social democracy, the British Columbia Telephone social strike, crisis at Chrysler, struggles in Poland and more.
El Salvador: Another Popular Front - What about revolution?
A critical article on the strategy and composition of national liberation movement of El Salvador.
The desperate so-called "final offensive" of the Salvadoran guerrilla movement has ground to a halt in the face of the bitter resistance of the junta's forces. The guerrillas had hoped to catch the ruling junta off-guard and bowl it over before Ronald Reagan could assume the American presidency and, as widely expected, resume shipments of U.S. arms to the beleaguered junta. To their chagrin the guerrillas discovered that "human rights" or not no American government was going to stand idly by and watch another Central American "domino" fall. Shipments of "non-lethal" material were immediately 'resumed despite the American commitment to suspending aid until a commission of inquiry into the murder of four American nuns completed its work: This "'non-lethal" material included jeeps, trucks and transport helicopters, items that are indispensable in a guerrilla war in which the state must be able to rapidly move and deploy its "lethal" forces to counter guerrilla initiatives. When the guerrillas scored some early successes all pretense was dropped and $5 million, in emergency "lethal" supplies, including M-16 rifles, M-79 grenade launchers and four more combat helicopters, were immediately shipped to the junta. With this aid the Salvadoran army was able to defeat the guerrilla offensive and inflict heavy casualties.
Ideologically the guerrilla movement in El Salvador is a dog's dinner of Marxist-Leninist factions with a few insignificant Trotskyite grouplets desperately trying to break into the Unified Revolutionary Directorate (DRU) big time. The DRU is a coalition of the four major Marxist-Leninist guerrilla armies the largest of which is the Forces of Popular Liberation (FPL) under the leadership of Salvador Cayetano Carpio 'who split from the Moscow line Salvadoran CP in 1969 over the issue of armed struggle. The attempts by the various left factions to unite both among themselves and with reformist elements has produced a particularly disorienting brew of Marxist alphabet soup. The latest manifestation of this recipe for "revolution" is the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) under whose umbrella the "final offensive" was launched.
The aim of the various factions of the FMLN is to set up a "democratic revolutionary government" uniting the leftist guerrillas, Social Democrats and Christian Democrats. Ferman Cienfuegos, a spokesman for the FMLN, made a point of emphasizing that this government will not be "socialist" and that "the property rights of capitalists will be guaranteed." So, as in Nicaragua and elsewhere in the Third World, the Marxist-Leninists aspire to the mantle of a discredited comprador bourgeoisie. In a bastardized version of Trotsky's theory of "Permanent Revolution" the Marxist-Leninists seek to incorporate the most progressive elements of the national bourgeoisie in a strategy of primitive capital accumulation and state-building under the euphemism of "a government of national reconstruction." The guerrillas hope that their monopoly of armed force in a post-revolutionary situation will ensure that` they maintain the whip hand.
Even in this extremely limited "revolutionary" goal the guerrillas face a formidable task. The Salvadoran bourgeoisie is incomparably more unified and cohesive than was Somoza's clique in Nicaragua. The Salvadoran bourgeoisie will also have the unconditional military backing of the U.S. as well as help and support from their increasingly nervous neighboring dictatorships. El Salvador recently patched up its quarrel with Honduras, which arose out of the farcical four-day "soccer war" of 1969, to ensure better policing of their border areas. The Mexican daily Excelsior has also reported that the armies of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have approved a joint military operation known as "Oreratiou Sandwich" designed to annihilate the Salvadorian guerrilla movement and possibly to invade Nicaragua as well.
In light of this Nicaragua's self-righteous denials of aiding the Salvadoran insurgents are pathetically shortsighted. Undoubtedly Nicaragua is aiding the guerrillas in some slight way and hopes to avoid American wrath by keeping the aid to an absolute minimal level placing the burden of proof on the Americans. If it is not already clear to the Sandinistas that such "proof" will if necessary be manufactured and that a U.S. backed Central American war to crush the left and restore "business confidence" in the region is almost inevitable then undoubtedly it will not be long before Ronald Reagan and Alexander Hang wrench them back to reality. The U.S. will use indigenous troops if possible but direct involvement of U.S. forces is by no means out of the question.
The first line of defense will, of course, be the Salvadoran army loaded down with American military equipment and well staffed by U.S. "advisors." There will be no fifth hour cut-off of supplies to El Salvador, and given a national bourgeoisie willing to fight to the death, the future does not look bright for the Salvadoran people. They are caught between a vicious ruling junta that is little more than a "respectable" facade behind which the death squads of the bourgeoisie mete out death and retribution to anyone who dares dissent and a fractured and authoritarian left whose only "socialist" vision is a state-capitalist monopoly to benefit "all the people."
There is little in El Salvador, or in any of the Third World "national liberation" struggles, for anarchists to cheer about. Vicious, thuggish regimes are overthrown only to be replaced by equally vicious, if somewhat less thuggish, Marxist regimes and the vicious circle is completed. The only hope for revolution in El Salvador, Nicaragua or the rest of the Third World is a victorious social revolution in one or more of the advance industrial societies. Only then could meaningful international solidarity and aid be extended in the true spirit of proletarian internationalism. Until then El Salvador and the rest will merely be pawns in the geo-political and ideological conflicts of the Marxist and capitalist super powers.
North American Anarchist, Vol. 1, No. 9, March - April 1981
North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 10, May/June 1981
Issue #10 of North American Anarchist, with articles on a coal miners' strike, self-organisation vs the police in Atlanta, the structure of Solidarity in Poland, the militant squatters movement in West Germany, the rise of the far-right under Reagan, a critical report of a Bookchinist anarchist conference, "brown lung" disease in the cotton industry, anarchist feminist notes and women in Poland, the situation in El Salvador, reviews of a book about television and a Fassbinder film, direct action and survival, the failed coup attempt in Spain, Swedish social democracy, unschooling society, prison news with updates on the Peltier case, worker unrest in the USSR, and more.