A friend of mine (Aileen) very kindly made up a t-shirt of my North America speaking tour for me for Christmas via a internet t-shirt service. She said she could set it up so anyone else who wanted a souvenir could order one directly themselves so I'm providing a link below.
Like I'd imagine a huge percentage of other active anarchists around the planet my last couple of weeks has been dominated by protests around the Israeli attacks on Gaza and discussion of the politics of the situation. In general the whole thing is quite depressing both from the point of view of the desperation of the situation and for how the online end reminds us once more of the chronically sectarian nature of parts of the anarchist movement.
Well, now it is 2009. The holidays were quiet for us, but fun. Started working on getting volume 2 of AFAQ done for 2010. I’ve started revising section I, with the aim of it going live by March – probably March 18th (the Paris Commune and all that).
This day last year I was getting out of bed in Montreal with a fearsome hangover having got back to my hotel at 4am after doing the sixth date of my North American speaking tour. Like the six earlier Ontario dates I wasn't blogging at that stage so I thought I'd revisit this stop.
Well, 2008 has nearly ended. Capitalism is obviously sliding into crisis and the state (as expected) is leaping to its aid (as it always does). On our side, people are resisting (most obviously in Greece). Let us hope that 2009 will see more working class resistance to attempts to make us pay for their crisis and, hopefully, start to create the new world as part of that struggle.
I've posted a few old articles and one new one.
In late 2007 and early 2008 I went on a speaking tour of North America of some 44 cities across two Canadian provinces, 18 US states and Washington DC. The start of my blog on this site was the entries I made for the 2008 section of my speaking tour across North America. However as the 14 or so weeks on the road were both exhausting and my access to internet was sporadic most of the entries made at the the time were very short. So over the last year or more I've popped in from time to time to edit some of these entries, in some cases expanding them to 5,000 words or more. Hindsight has allowed me to do some background reading but also realise that my tour was happening in the context of two significant events, the election of the first black president and the start of the capitalist crisis of 2008.
well, the bailout of the American car industry went ahead. Unsurprisingly, my suggestion that it should involve turning the industry over to the workers was not raised. Instead, it was used to attack the unions and the working class as a whole. To quote Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead by Michael Moore:
As well as 2008 being the 150th anniversary of anarchist use of the word “libertarian” to describe our ideas, this year also marks the 125th anniversary of the association of the black flag with anarchism.
Last Sunday I staffed the WSM stall at the first Dublin independent zine fair and while I was there made an audio recording of the Revolutionary Anarchist Feminist Group (RAG) session at the zinefair.
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