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Anarchism: Noam Chomsky interviewed

Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Dobereiner, John Hess, Doug Richardson & Tom Woodhull Black Rose: In your article Notes on Anarchism, you were pretty sympathetic to anarchism. You talk about the “process of rehabilitation” of Daniel Guerin, reintegrating anarchism into the twentieth century. Do you see anarchism as being really that relevant to social problems in the advanced capitalist countries? Chomsky: Well, as you know very well, anarchism covers a

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Preliminary notes towards an account of the “movement of popular assemblies”

The movement of the assemblies in the squares started completely unexpectedly on the 25th of May in Athens. It’s unclear which was the initial group of people that took the initiative to post a call for a rally in Syntagma square on Facebook to express their “indignation” and anger at the government’s austerity measures. It seems though that some people around a political group influenced by the later Castoriadis’ democratic

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European Democracy (Athens, 506 B.C. — Athens, 2011 A.D.)

European democracy is dead. It was executed in plain daylight on June 29, by a lone hitman thought to be in service of the European financial mafia. Last week, European democracy went to die in Europe’s lonely southeastern corner, in the same very place where it was born over two-and-a-half thousand years ago: in the streets of Athens. There, in the blistering sun and under the troubled gaze of the

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Why the revolution must start in America

Chris Hedges’s Endgame Strategy The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The world as we know it is coming to an end. And what will follow will not be pleasant

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Flirting with Death

By Yorgos Avgeropoulos (from: Exandas Documentaries) I have covered conflicts of protestors and police in various places around the world outside Greece, such as in Argentina, Italy, Bolivia, and Mexico. Especially in Mexico the police, as many know, are considered savage, untrained and corrupt. However, what I lived through and recorded along with my co-workers yesterday Wednesday 29/6 at Syntagma, surpasses all limits in savagery. The Greek police rightly, and

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The working class and organisation – Cornelius Castoriadis

Excellent text by Cornelius Castoriadis from 1959 examining the problem with working class organisations which have turned against their creators and pointing out the lessons for future organising efforts. The organizations created by the working class for its liberation have become cogs in the system of exploitation. This is the brutal conclusion forced upon anyone who is prepared to face up to reality. One consequence is that today many are

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The Rise of the Indignant: Spain, Greece, Europe

Event Date: 22 June 2011 Room B04 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX When Stephane Hessel wrote in Time for Outrage! that indignation with injustice should turn to ‘a peaceful insurrection’ perhaps he did not expect that the movement of ‘indignados’ in Spain and ‘aganaktismenoi’ (outraged) in Greece would take his advice to heart so soon and so spectacularly. Introduction by Costas Douzinas. [audio:http://eagainst.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/The-Rise-of-the-Indignant-Spain-Greece-Europe-Backdoor-Broadcasting-Company.mp3]

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A really joyful thing I wish I’ll do again forever- Spanish Movement

In case you haven’t heard (due, probably to the interesting media blackout we are suffering), here in Spain thousands of people are protesting against our worthless politicians and their connivance with the corrupt financial establishment. We’ve occupied the central squares of our cities and are having a real, joyful, extremely interesting political debate. Don’t miss it. Here’s a text on it from an anonymous Spanish citizen. A really joyful thing

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A Radical Analysis of the Tea Party

Understanding the Current Populism My point in focusing on the “Tea Party” is to deconstruct what is really at play and not allow the Kabuki “right-left” partisan divide of the two business parties to enable the system by scaring people that the lunatics want to take over the asylum so to speak. We have to distinguish the real issues from the diversionary branding and wedges of parties and politicians. There

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Defence of the Revolution

by Errico Malatesta The revolution we want consists in depriving the present holders of their power and wealth and in putting the land and the means of production and all existing wealth at the disposal of the workers, that is of everybody, since those who are not, will have to become, workers, And the revolutionaries must defend this revolution by seeing to it that no individual, party or class finds

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