A week in Morocco

Carpet shops in Morocco"..there walked before the procession a young man who had made an incision in his abdomen, and drawn out a large portion of his intestines, which he carried before him on a silver tray. After the procession he restored them to their proper place, and remained in bed many days before he recovered from the effects of this foolish and disgusting act"

An Anarchist FAQ London Book signing (31-Jan-09)

After the much anticipated book launch of An Anarchist FAQ (volume one), there will be a book signing at Freedom Bookshop. The main author Iain McKay will be speaking on the history and aims of the work, which has now been published by AK Press. This will be followed by a discussion on the book.

Number 6 has left the Village

Sad news today, Patrick McGoohan: The Prisoner actor dies aged 80.

For those who do not know, The Prisoner was a seminal 1960s TV
programme in which a secret agrent resigns, is kidnapped and is placed
in "The Village" and is assigned a number, namely Number 6 -- hence
the warcry "I am not a number, I am a free man!". His captors seek
to know why he resigned and he refuses to tell them:

The Spanish Revolution, co-operatives and economists

First off, I should say that I've not blogged on Gaza and I should
explain why. Needless to say, I oppose the war (if you can call it that,
given the firepower differences involved). There seems to be little point
blogging to say that, particularly as I have little original to write on
the subject. For those interested in anarchist responses, I would recommend
libertarian news sites (such as Infoshop News and

Speaking tour T-shirt (or Mug)

Tour t-shit 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.

Gaza, sectarianism and anti-Semitism

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.

Anarchist SF and economics

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).

Montreal talk - a year on

Montreal posterThis 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.

Festive funnies and all the best for 2009!

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.

Greek Embassy Protest Dec. 08 Dublin We don't forget, we don't back down - Killer cops in everytown

A good crowd gathered at the top of Grafton street at about 5.15pm on the cold dark Tuesday evening in December. We moved off towards St. Stephens green, about 25 of us heading towards Lesson street and the Greek Embassy. We went against the flow of people escaping work and rushing towards the illuminated beacon of the shopping centre.


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