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An Anarchist FAQ launch confirmed

The official launch of Volume 1 of An Anarchist FAQ in Glasgow has been confirmed.

It will take place at the december Radical Independent Bookfair (RiB) in Glasgow:

Saturday 6th Dec
12 - 8
Woodlands Road

The launch will be between 4-5.30pm. I must mention syndicalism, given the venue...

Which is fitting, as I started work on the thing in Glasgow over a decade ago. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of old faces and, hopefully, lots of new ones too!

Leninism and Stalinism, again!

My last letter to Weekly Worker asking about the exact differences between Leninism and Stalinism was ignored. Contributers were too busy bashing the eejit Stalinist who tried to defend that horrific regime.

However, there is a new article on Stalinism in this week's issue. That made me write another letter, which will hopefully provoke some response. It will be interesting to see if there are any actual differences raised which are not based on the subjective opinions of the leaders in power.

At last! AFAQ volume 1 is on its way!

Good news. I learned at the London anarchist bookfair that volume 1 of An Anarchist FAQ ships this week! This is straight from AK Press, so assuming that it does not meet any icebergs or ends up in Germany (long story), then I should be officially launching it in December in Glasgow!

I'm in the wrong job

Apparently, I should be a plumber:

"Joe was a man who was trying to realise the American dream, McCain went on, working 10, 12 hours a day to build up his business. He was planning to buy up another small business, but realised that under Obama's tax plans he would be penalised for earning more than $250,000 a year."

Why the new posts, useful links and a letter to Freedom

Well, the current crisis of capitalism rumbles on. Of the options I listed in Capitalism in crisis, again!, Brown has went for the Swedish option and nationalised banks (as, ironically, demanded in the 1983 Labour Party manifesto). Rest assured, though, Brown has said the people who got us into this mess with be punished - no big bonuses for them! Only getting a small bonus will teach them...

A new article on the crisis...

I've added an article on the current crisis. It is a combination of a couple of bits from An Anarchist FAQ plus some general comments I sent to Freedom after being asked to write a few words on it.

Oh what a surprise, another crisis!

My last blog entry was written after the record bounce back of the finance markets last Friday after short selling was banned. As could be gathered, I was not convinced that the crisis was over (any more than when that French bloke was arrested, after Northern Rock was nationalised, after the other actions which were mention to be one-offs which harmed an otherwise sound system). And guess what? Crisis is back.

What an insane way to run an economy!

A couple of meetings and capitalist crisis, again?

Well, now that capitalism is now no longer imploding (well, according to some headlines in the papers), on to more serious business of selling magazines. The next issue of Black Flag should be ready for the London Anarchist Bookfair (18th of October). Which means that we have become bi-annual, as planned! Which is good.

The Road to (private) serfdom...

I've been thinking about what to post next from the "archives". Part of the problem is that I started with the works I consider best, so now I'm at a wee bit of a lost what to post next. Any suggestions will be gratefully received!

That also means that new visitors should start at the last page and work forward! Maybe some sort of index page would make sense? Is that possible?

Leninism and Stalinism: A letter to the Weekly Worker

This letter to the Weekly Worker is a bit unusual for me, in that it is not in response to an attack on anarchism by the CPGB. It was provoked by reading part of the Manifesto of the Campaign for a Marxist Party by Hillel Ticktin. Ticktin is what passes for a Leninist intellectual these days and made his name by predicting the ultimate collapse of Stalinism for some decades before its ruling class come to conclude that private capitalism allowed more perks than state capitalism.


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