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Imperialism, globalisation and the rule of the few

We understand that we are not going to bring down the world order headed by the World Bank on Tuesday or by blockading any of their meetings. Instead we send out a clear message that there is an alternative. This alternative is not merely a question of policies but also of a new world in which for the first time the ordinary people of the world will take direct control over how our societies are run, not simply by occasionally choosing between professional politicians but by self management in the workplaces and the communities.

Interview with former Black Panther Ashanti Alston in Ireland

Ashanti AlstonThese are two audio interviews with US anarchist Ashanti Alston who the WSM have brought to Ireland to speak at the Anarchist bookfair.  Ashanti describes himself as a former member of the Black Panther Party and a former soldier in the Black Liberation Army, in connection with which he served 14 years in prison in the US.  Today he is an active US anarchist who speaks at events all over North America, giving him a valuable persepective on the state of the movement today.

 

Former Black Panther Ashanti Alston in conversation with Andrew Flood in Ireland by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

 

Letters to Anarchy on Platformism

Three letters to the US-based Anarchy magazine in response to an issue it did on "Platformism" pointing out the mistakes made -- as well as the irony of Bob Black attacking the Platformists as vanguardists while repeating some of Lenin's arguments from What is to Be Done?

Letters to Freedom on Primitivism

A few years back Freedom let the primitivists of Wildfire have a page to discuss their ideas. These letters were written in response to their articles. Wildfire, as far as I am aware, is no more -- it's two members went their separate ways quite soon after they stopped writting for Freedom.

Letters on "property is despotism"

A couple of letters in reply to an "anarcho"-capitalist who wrote to Freedom. Sadly, the person in question used to consider himself a mutualist, before leaving anarchism for propertarianism. As can be expected, he fails to consider the authoritarian aspects of private property, something anarchists have been pointing out since (at least) 1840.

The Zapatista Intercontinental Gathering for Humanity and Against neo-liberalism

Tacho and AK47In the late summer of 1996 I was one of the two Irish delegates to the 3,000 strong international meeting held in the rebel areas of Chiapas Mexico.  The experience of getting to the meeting through miles of jungle and military checkpoints was an experience in itself but the meetings themselves were an extraordinary thing to find oneself at.  For me it was a transformative experience both personally and politically, one of those points at which 'two roads diverge in a wood'.

Report on the Second Encounter for Humanity and against Neoliberalism

This report of the second Zapatista encounter in Spain is something of a break with my normal writing style as I got swept up in the romance (and as it happens a romance) of the second encounter in Spain.  Don't panic, the center section is a fairly detailed description of some of the actual discussions at the encounter.  I spent the last day by the river and hence missed the decision by some to stay an extra couple of days and set up what became 'Peoples Global Action'! Bad revolutionary!

Space Aliens horrified by Earth

WS61An alien spacecraft surveying the earth would surely be astounded by the 'civilisation' that inhabits it. On the one hand it has sent men to the moon and sequenced the human genome. On the other tens of millions die every year because they lack access to basic medicine and clean water. 2.6 billion people have no access to sanitation, 2 billion have no electricity and 100 million are homeless. How can this be?

Globalisation: the end of the age of imperialism?

IT HAS BECOME increasingly fashionable to use the term globalisation as a description of the international economy and international political relations. Globalisation is meant to have taken over from imperialism, when a handful of large states openly and directly ran most or the world.

The globalisation we demand

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Has it ever struck you as a little odd that the same governments that claim to stand for globalisation are busy erecting expensive fences along their borders to keep people out? Or that the collapse of the Berlin wall has been followed a decade later by new and longer walls being erected a few hundred miles to the East running down the Polish and Czech frontiers?

  


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