actually im p sure this is not an anarchist flag, just a coincidence
It’s the cover photo used by the ‘Palestinian Anarchists’ facebook group, so I think it’s a safe bet that it’s an anarchist flag…they ought to know, right?
ah okay i thought someone added that onto your post
i did read somewhere about a revolutionary flag that was coincidentally the red/black anarchist flag, and i could have sworn it was palestine but, i stand corrected :)
wasnt there some middle school or something that had red and black as their colors and their sports motto was “red and black attack”
yeah haha in dallas actually
Chacarita Juniors from Buenos Aires play in red and black, they were founded by an anarchist library back in 1906…their motto is : “In soccer you learn how to act in solidarity”
There’s quite a few red and black anarchist football teams from South America actually, like Club Atlético Colegiales, who were originally “ Club Atlético Libertarios Unidos” - literally “Libertarians United”.
The Black Banner Movement - anti-kropotkinist class struggle anarchists from Białystok in pre revolution Russia
“Soon rumours about Białystok anarchism penetrated throughout the whole of revolutionary Russia. Visiting representatives of other parties heard complaints from their local organizations that democratic slogans were not enjoying success among the Białystok proletariat, and there was a real danger that the anarchists would take over the whole region. Uninterrupted terror against the police resulted in their complete disorganization. It reached the point where the police were not able to show themselves in working class neighbourhoods, especially where the anarchists had their “headquarters”. Typically, even during the terrible, brutal Jewish pogrom in Białystok the police and even the army did not dare appear on Surazhskaya Street, the anarchist quarter.”
I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. (Bakunin)
The thrust of this critique is not pointed towards individual convictions, ideas and desires. As always, the greater the scope of our generalizations, the more exceptions we leave outside. These are responses to general trends and tendencies observed in the North American anarchist milieu. (United States and Canada - because there is a context that exists that is more than the addition of these two countries, but that is, of course, quite different in Mexico.) It is quite likely that many of these trends do exist elsewhere in the world, as do many products of American culture. That being said, I believe that many of these tendencies are particularly North American, even if their resonance is felt beyond these borders. Many of these statements and points have been said elsewhere, at different times and by different voices. The point lies that critiques ill-heard bear repeating. Will some be offended, feel targeted? I hope that if this is the case, those offended will not take their indignation as an excuse to throw this piece in the garbage, to rail against it. We are already too few, and too isolated. Yet no numbers or figures could be justification for silence. Cooperation and camaraderie in struggle become meaningless if they are conditional on thin-lipped nodding and pats on the back, if they refuse reflection and debate. Forgive the assumption, but we did not become anarchists in an effort to seek support and acceptance on all sides, to paint glue over cracks and inconsistencies. To be cliché, radical means seeking out the roots of any problem, situation, social or political form. If we cannot see aspects of society that are reproduced in our own circles, then any attempt at radical change is hopeless, no matter how large or how militant. That, or the more radical consequences of the anarchist project will be taken up by others before they are taken up by anarchists themselves. Of course, this is already happening, as it has happened before.
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At the outbreak of the revolution Barcelona had a population of 1.5 million. The tramways were the mainstay of the transportation system serving Barcelona and the suburbs with 69 routes. Out of the 7,000 workers on the tramways at the time of the Revolution, some 6,500 were members of the CNT.
Because of the street battles the system had been severely damaged and all transport had been brought to a halt. A special commission with delegates from all the key areas of the system (drivers, electric cable operators, rolling stocks, general operatives’ etc) was quickly elected. This was charged with estimating the damages and specifying repairs, and getting these done. Five days after fighting had ended the tramway system was fully up and running again with 700 trams on the roll. This was a regarded as a great achievement at the time and was put down to the fact that the new form of organisation instituted by the revolution gave actual practical power to those that knew and operated the system. In the past under private ownership, changes or decisions on stock improvements had to be approved by the owner’s management. Invariably the owners were careful not to let work and improvements eat into profits, with the result that a lot of good ideas were either ignored or abandoned. With the profit motive gone and workers in control, problems and needs in the system were more easily identified; as important the resources needed to address problems were also at hand.
The first objective had been to get the Tramway back up and running. But soon other longer-term improvements were made. The system carried over 183 million passengers in1936 and nearly 233 million in 1937. Fares came down over the period of operation, as did the number of accidents and disruptions to the service. Again much of this has less to do with the atmosphere of revolution and a lot more to do with the rational nature of how workplaces were now organised. Not only were workers more involved and more empowered by the fact that had a direct say in the running of their place of work, but also the were working alongside the very technicians and engineers whose job it was to design and introduce improvements. The new form of democratic organisation allowed for a lot of cross-fertilisation of jobs and ideas, whereas in the past any liaison of this sort had been frowned upon (if not outrightly opposed by the employer!)
Another important benefit of course was that money that was previously lost to the system as profits was now ploughed back in giving both workers and customers a better service.
Excerpt from The Revolution in Spain by Kevin Doyle.
There’s plenty of better works out there, but one of my favourite anecdotal pieces primed for the “yeah but anarchism would never work lol” accusations that float around.
“Crime is naught but misdirected energy. So long as every institution of today, economic, political, social, and moral, conspires to misdirect human energy into wrong channels; so long as most people are out of place doing the things they hate to do, living a life they loathe to live, crime will be inevitable, and all the laws on the statutes can only increase, but never do away with, crime.”
- Emma Goldman, Anarchism, What it Really Stands For (1910)
“The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.”
- Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays
i went to an ISO meeting today, and i kept hearing the phrase, “anarchists want to abolish the state overnight” when people were making the case for the dictatorship of the proletariat. as much as i like the idea of the worker state, i feel like my being an anarchist has more to do with the fact…
When they say “anarchists want to abolish the state overnight” they usually leave out the fact that anarchists want to see the development of mass, international, organised, disciplined and directly democratic organs of workers control FIRST.
Far from expecting things to happen over night, we’ve actually been trying to build democratic federations of self managed worker’s councils throughout our movement’s history,with varying degrees of success, and are under no illusions that we are anywhere near where we need to be. It’s a long slow progression, not a quick fix. They are the ones who think that the institutional framework of a socialist society will materialise quickly, during the massive upheaval of a revolution no less.
They also like to take this approach to accuse us of thinking communism will be achieved overnight, or that there will be no transition period to communism - which is nonsense.
its really hard for me to take a room of 20 year olds seriously on the topic of revolutionary overthrow of capitalism/the state
none of yall have been in a revolution…..and we’re all talking as if we can overthrow the government right now IF only people would just read lenin like us
i like anarchist approach because we’re constantly organizing and building anarchist culture within the state. we’re in constant revolution.
Totally … it’s not just that they apparently “know” the best way to organise a revolution, but they are also quite certain that the working class will chose them to coordinate it all when the time comes…. I often ask, what if the revolution comes, and you guys aren’t at the vanguard of it? Will you still support it?
I’ve had such a wide range of answers to this question that I have to conclude that they don’t talk about it much. Or it just doesn’t occur to them.
Leah broke, to what degree remains uncertain, but we know that she at least cooperated in someway with the grand jury investigation. She broke the wall of silence anarchists in the northwest had tried their best to craft for about four months. Leah broke the silence of refusal, and has still refused to comment on the conditions of her release. She has spoken with the state but has refused to speak to her (former) comrades and supporters.
Let’s be realistic here, it has been over two weeks since she has been released and she refuses to release a statement about the conditions of her release. Maybe I was naive, but I really did have faith that those who pledged to keep silent would, and it breaks my heart that this is no longer the case. As said already, we don’t know the conditions of Leah’s release, we don’t know how much was said. But we do know that she isn’t saying anything right now. You might be out Leah, but the subpoenas are still coming in. My friends are still in cages, and my life has still been entirely uprooted from pretty much everyone I know. Leah not only broke the silence, she broke the solidarity.
To me the broken solidarity is what hurts the most. As many anarchists have said before, we strive to offer solidarity not charity, we seek affinity and the furtherance of a shared struggle. Much of the support Leah has received from anarchists all over the world has not been solely based on people feeling sorry for her or offering her sympathy. Anarchists worldwide have seen a connection between the grand jury resister’s silence of refusal and their own personal struggle to destroy domination and spread anarchy. People did not donate thousands of dollars to Leah simply because they felt sorry for her, there’s lots of people in the world to feel sorry for. The reasons why people have destroyed cop cars, held noise demos, done banner drops, smashed out bank windows, attacked court houses, torched security cars is not simply because people feel bad for her. It’s because many people found the resisters actions inspiring.
I understand that prison is really rough, I imagine it’s horrible place, but what about all those who risked the same fate by torching a security car to further the shared struggle against domination and exploitation? Or those who tampered with railroad tracks (an automatic felony) to show solidarity to the resisters? People put themselves out there for the resisters, and Leah’s silence to all those who have supported her thus far should be seen as a betrayal until she choses to clarify the conditions of her release.
If Leah really does believe that she doesn’t owe anybody anything, then she’s dead fucking wrong. She owes people who donated money to her based on her non-cooperation thousands of dollars, she owes an explanation to all those who have put their own neck on the line to further the struggle, and she owes an explanation to all those who have put in hours and hours of support based on her vow of non-cooperation.
To those anarchists weary to withdraw support from Leah, you call can what you want. I’m not trying to dictate who individuals should or should not support, I’m just trying to point out that Leah breaking the silence and then refusing to comment is not something to be taken lightly. People really showed up for Leah, more than any of the other resisters and for her to not clarify the conditions of her release is something that breaks our solidarity.
“The State thinks it is a black hole that can destroy whatever it wants.” When the wall of silence comes tumbling down and Leah offers no explanation, it must only reinforce that opinion.
Still a Resister
There’s so much conversation about grand jury cooperation going around the Pacific NW at the moment, it makes me feel ill. The back and forth between finger pointing and snitching apologism is enough to make anyone sick. One thing I really want to make a point of though is responding to those who are saying “this is just what the FBI wants, anarchists in-fighting, devisive politics and language etc…”.
You know what the FBI want? They want you to cooperate, they want you to inform, snitch, they want you to give them as much information as they can possibly take. And you know what that means? We need to make snitching / informing / cooperating an offense resulting in exile from our communities. Yeah, maybe I’m being hardline. But maybe people are also failing to recognise that the FBI are waging an all out war on those that they are targeting. I recognise that cooperating may seem like the best option for some people, but basically, I don’t ever want to work or organise with people who make those choices, because it impacts on the safety of myself, my friends, my family and community.
The Mujeres Libres/The Free Women. CNT/FAI, Spanish Anarchism during the Civil War of the 1930s.
Against the State, the repression of anarchists, and against all prisons!
Solidarity with all those who resist!
Free Kteeo, Matt & Leah! Free all prisoners!
Since July 25th 2012, there have been multiple house raids and the imprisonment of 3 anarchists in the Northwest (U.S.A.) in relation to an “ongoing violent crime investigation”. The State has referenced the Seattle May Day disruptions, vandalism, and demonstrations as a cause, particularly the heavy vandalism of a Federal Courthouse. However, it has since been discovered that the Grand Jury, which was called to question those named as potential witnesses, was actually convened in March 2012-two months prior to May Day.
Three people received subpoenas to testify before the Grand Jury in what became August, September, and October. Three people refused to testify and sent to prison, where they remain today. They can be held till at least March 2014. Three other people were somehow made aware of their subpoenas but were never physically served and therefore did not have to attend their hearings and have since avoided being served. Although it is unknown what has become of those three people it is easy to assume that their lives are also stressful and that they may not be able to live the way they had or where they had prior to July 25th. For that reason, this solidarity call is for everyone affected by the Grand Jury.
If you live outside of the United States, consider visiting a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your city. If you don’t have one, consider visiting an American company, or really anything that capitalism and the State manifest themselves into.
Spread the news of the repression and the rebellion of the comrades who resist it.
SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THOSE RESISTING THE GRAND JURY & THE FBI!
FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL PRISONS AND THE SOCIETY THAT “NEEDS” THEM!
NO MORE WITCH HUNTS!
An Anarchist Procession