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A bit of Bakunin...

Have I ever mentioned that I'm a but of a fan of Bakunin? He is not my favourite anarchist thinker (that would be Malatesta) but his ideas are basic revolutionary anarchism. His critique of Marx has been proven totally correct, which probably explains why Marxists tend to be so dismissive of him and his ideas.

New article - if you can read Spanish

I've a new article up if you can understand Spanish. It's 'Una introducción al anarquismo en los albores de la revolución china' which is an introduction I was asked to write to three articles of Ba Jin newly translated into Spanish. I'm not publishing the English original for now as it is in large part extracted from a much longer article I've submitted to the North Eastern Anarchist on The Chinese Revolution and Anarchism. That article should have appeared at the start of the year but fell through the cracks in the editorial process

The Russian Revolution

I've decided to transfer a few articles and reviews about the Russian Revolution, as I've just finished a new review of an excellent book about the Bolshevik's first year in power by Alexander Rabinowitch. My review summarises the key information in it -- it is well worth reading. It covers the gerrymandering of the soviets to secure Bolshevik power -- an awkward fact that at least two Trotskyist reviews did not bother to mention!

Three important anarchist thinkers and activists

I’ve started the process of transferring files from my old webpage to this one. I’ve decided to put three review/reply essays about three very impressive anarchist thinkers and agitators: Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre and Louise Michel.

Weekly Worker (again) and Mutual Aid (again)!

Well, yet another week and yet another letter to the CPGB! They have published my last one, plus a letter from the person who provoked my original letter. My reply is below.

I have to say that I am constantly impressed that the CPGB has such an open letters page and I applaud them for that. Unlike, say, the SWP, they do open their letters page to real discussions -- which is pretty unique on the Leninist left.

More AFAQ news.

Due to a mix up with typesetting, the official launch has been postponed by a month. So, last weekend in September should see the launch of volume 1 in Glasgow. Hopefully. Almost certainly, in fact.

Giovanni Arrighi talk in Dublin

I went along with a few friends last night to hear Giovanni Arrighi the author of The Long Twentieth Century and Adam Smith in Beijing give at talk at the national gallery titled 'Hegemony Unravelling: American Imperial Decline and the Ascent of China'. This was organised by something called Irish Seminars 2008 under the title 'Republics and Empires'.

Another Weekly Worker letter

Well, another week and another letter to Weekly Worker. I have to say, the reply to my previous one seems a bit week, as can be seen from my reply. To be honest, it is a bit of an own-goal. Particularly as it was Marx who said that cannot judge people by what they say about themselves.

Arrogant Leninists annoy me!

Well, another week, another letter to the Weekly Worker! or so it seems...

Black Flag -- call for contributions/help

I would just to like to call for contributions for the next issue of Black Flag, the UK's leading (and oldest) anarchist magazine. It has a class struggle anarchist perspective, i.e., communist-anarchist or anarcho-syndicalist.

We are aiming to make it bi-annual this year and the first issue was published for May Day. The next will be for the London Anarchist bookfair in October. The deadline is in mid-August, but please contact us to you are planning to contribute material.

  


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