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Mutual Aid, elections and a letter to Freedom

I've fixed a few typos in my introduction to Mutual Aid. Hopefully that are the last ones, but I'm sure a few still managed to get past!

Talking of which, this blog as a letter to Freedom related to my review of Steve Jones and his attack on Kropotkin. Some people do not give up...

A collective noun for anarchists?

Is there a collective noun for anarchists? If not, I propose Richard Nixon's suggestion of a wild orgasm of anarchists.

Nixon referred to the anti-war movement as a "wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire."

Which is pretty funky, in spite of the source. Any other suggestions?

Tories, Friedman and Monbiot

First, a new article. The Tories have been trying to portray themselves as to the left of Labour these days for some time. Not that anyone who remembers Thatcher could seriously believe them. The Tory Shadow Chancellor wrote an article for the Guardian on this which was so staggeringly bad I had to write a response. A staggeringly insane set of assertions by Osborne by any standard!

AFAQ news and Engels on Holland

As far as An Anarchist FAQ (AFAQ) goes, it looks like the launch will be in Glasgow in December. Layout issues have caused the delay but I’m assured by AK Press in Edinburgh that it will be physically out this year. As its being printed in North America, it may be a while before it reaches the UK. I’ll post when I get more information. And, yes, I do find this frustrating as hell!

A few reviews

A few new things, almost all reviews of books I consider important reading for anarchists. The one exception is a new review of Richard Dawkins Channel Four documentary on Darwin. Writing that introduction to Kropotkin's Mutual Aid has come in really handy!

A few pieces against Leninism

I’ve not uploaded old articles for a while, mostly because I’ve been busy researching labour strikes under Lenin (to refute the common Leninist assertion that the Bolsheviks had to impose party dictatorship because the working class was “atomised”). However, I thought I had better do so.

It’s a slow process – particularly as many of them were written as news articles for Freedom or as analysis of recent events for Black Flag. I’m not sure whether posting these is a good idea or not. Any comments on this?

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.

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.


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