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.
Proudhon's "property is despotism" in action:
This is something I ponder once in a while. Has the right succeeded (at least in North America) in appropriating the word “libertarian”? Has Stalinism ensured that “communist” be a word best avoided?
This year, 2008, marks the 150th anniversary of the use of the word “libertarian” by anarchists.
Well, volume 1 of an An Anarchist FAQ has now been launched. It was a bit strange to be in Glasgow without the family, but the event itself went well. Over 20 people, most of them new faces, and lots of good, if at times broad, questions (most of which I answered, I think). One comment was that I spoke too quickly, which is probably true but as it was in Glasgow I'm assuming accent-wise that was not a real issue!
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