Analysis

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The collapse of the left and the anarchist alternative

These two articles from the first issue of Red & Black Revolution published in 1994 look at the reasons for the collapse of the left at the end of the 1980's and put forward an argument for the sort of organization(s) that now need to be built.

Organise not just for today but for the revolutionary transformation tomorrow

The last year or so has seen a hectic period for activists in Ireland. From the May 6th Gardai attack on Reclaim the Streets in Dublin, through the anti-war campaigns, people have been coming into conflict with the state. In Dublin, we are now in the middle of a struggle with local anti-bin tax groups across the city taking action to defeat the councils refusal to collect rubbish.

Would cutting wages reduce unemployment?

The "free market" capitalist argument is that unemployment is caused by the real wage of labour being higher than the market clearing level.

The Paris Commune, Marxism and Anarchism

An anarchist analysis of the Paris Commune of 1871, showing how it was influenced by anarchism and what lessons anarchists drew from it. It also discusses the Marxist and Leninist analyses of the Commune, showing how alien Leninism is to the spirit of the Commune and to the genuine Marxist theory of the state.

Credit Crunch: The return of depression?

Brown is now discovering that proclaiming the end of “Boom and Bust” does not, in fact, mean much. The amazing thing about the current economic panicking is not that it is happening but that some people seem surprised by it. While on the way up many “experts” seem to forget it, capitalism has always been marked by a business cycle.

Anarchist Communist analysis of Insurrectional anarchism

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The two articles 'Anarchism, insurrections and insurrectionalism' and 'Notes on the article 'Anarchism, Insurrections and Insurrectionalism' are now available to download as a PDF pamphlet in a number of formats.

Building the anti-capitalist movement - organisational choices for anarchists and the left

This article written in 1997 looked at the choices facing the left and the anarchist movement in terms of building a new anti-capitalist movement. Over ten years later the article remains much of its relevance, I wish it could be otherwise, both in terms of the argument it makes to the left in general and to anarchists in particular.

Beyond the affinity group - the organizational challenge for anarchists

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This collection of three articles examines the how and why of anarchist organization. The first is a look at the success of the network form of organization and why it came to the fore in the current period. It then looks at the limitations of that form or organization. The second articles looks at the organizational practise of the first anarchists and in particular Michael Bakunin and re-examines the different levels of organization he advocated in the light of the needs of anarchists today. The final article asks why anarchist organizations mostly failed to grow following the collapse of the left and identifies why large scale anarchist organizations are essential if we are to ever overthrow capitalism.

PDF: Civilisation, primitivism and anarchism

Image A PDF pamphlet is now available of my two published critiques of primitivism. You can now download, print out and distribute this pamphlet whose essays provoked some fury when first published.

Freedom and Revolution: Learning from Russia

Does the end justify the means? Many on the left believe so. Aileen O'Carroll argues that the means used play a part in creating the end that is achieved. The best example of this is the Russian Revolution of 1917.

  


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