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Mutual Aid, AFAQ and Weekly Worker

I've finished my introduction to Mutual Aid. It is a bit bigger than I intended! I've posted for people to look at and make suggestions. As this is a new edition of the book, it would nice if the introduction reflected the modern developments in the field as well as putting to rest a few of the more silly claims about it.

An Anarchist FAQ News

Well, I should have a firm idea when An Anarchist FAQ will go to print early next week. Hopefully, I will see the pdf of volume 1 soon as well. Everything looks set for an official launch in August -- so just about a year late! Still, my fault for making it so big (or would comprehensive be a better word?)

Belated May Day greetings!

I went to the May Day march yesterday in London with my children. Absolute nightmare getting there, eventually had to walk and meet the march half-way…

Quoting Marxo-capitalists out of context?

I've been meaning to reply to this more formerly than I have in the past (as I could not post a comment, I made one at Shawn Wilber's blog). As the wikipedia entry on "An Anarchist FAQ" (AFAQ) mentions it, I thought it would be best to address this claim.

Brad Spangler, in a post entitled Market anarchism as stigmergic socialism argues that AFAQ quotes the founder of "anarcho"-capitalism, Murray Rothbard, "out of context". He

Smashing the state versus the "state machine"

As part of the work on revising AFAQ, I've spent some time recreating the Marxist theory of the state and comparing it to the anarchist one as well as the version Lenin expounded in "State and Revolution". As noted, I've come to the conclusion that the SPGB (and its sister parties) are right -- Lenin distorted Marx's theory.

Hal Draper, Numpty!

(I've changed the title from Muppet to Numpty, which is a good Scots word meaning "Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others." I've also taken the opportunity of improving the writing somewhat.)

Mutual Aid -- suggestions please!

I've been asked by Freedom Press to do the introduction to their new edition of Kropotkin's Mutual Aid.

I can cover the political aspects of it well enough, how it fits into communist-anarchism as well as how others have misrepresented it. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some resources on how it has stood the test of time in biology/evolutionary circles?

Many thanks!

Cutting wages and solving the crisis...

While it has not become widespread, yet, we are sure to see calls for wage cuts to solve the current economic crisis. We must, apparently, tighten our belts in order to make more profits for the idiots who got us into this mess...

Yet, it is hard on the surface to advance such a call. As one left-wing Keynesian notes:

"This dismal experience comes on top of three decades of wage stagnation during which household income only grew because of longer working hours and having both household heads work."

Another letter to Weekly Worker

Well, the debate in the CPGB's Weekly Worker continues. Here is my follow up letter, covering the basics. If anyone is interested in the subject, my article critiquing the SWP's analysis of the rise of Stalinism should be consulted:

How the Revolution was Lost?

This is being printed (over three issues) in Black Flag just now.

Anyway, here is the letter.

Dear Weekly Worker

Now with added pirates!

Now with added pirates!

Headlines I did not expect to see:

Pirates release French yacht crew

Off the coast of that "anarcho"-capitalist utopia, Somalia. I wonder if the ideologues will using that as a selling point? I can just see it now:

"Not only does anarcho-capitalism hold the possibility of voluntary slavery, you can also be a pirate! Just like in the movies..."


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