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May 20 2011

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May Day, as it is known now, is an international holiday celebrating organized labor following the Haymarket Affair in 1886. The event was an outbreak of violence by police against labor unionists following a mysterious pipe bomb explosion (probably started by the own police). Following the explosion, a gunfight ensued with the police firing on the crowd, and even some workers firing back. The only ones punished for this were the organizers of the rally, all of them anarchists (who were the “terrorists” of the 19th century, largely scapegoats). anthropophagous: [via]

The Political Compass - Test

In the introduction, we explained the inadequacies of the traditional left-right line.

If we recognise that this is essentially an economic line it's fine, as far as it goes. We can show, for example, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, with their commitment to a totally controlled economy, on the hard left. Socialists like Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Mugabe would occupy a less extreme leftist position. Margaret Thatcher would be well over to the right, but further right still would be someone like that ultimate free marketeer, General Pinochet.

That deals with economics, but the social dimension is also important in politics. That's the one that the mere left-right scale doesn't adequately address. So we've added one, ranging in positions from extreme authoritarian to extreme libertarian.

Both an economic dimension and a social dimension are important factors for a proper political analysis. By adding the social dimension you can show that Stalin was an authoritarian leftist (ie the state is more important than the individual) and that Gandhi, believing in the supreme value of each individual, is a liberal leftist. While the former involves state-imposed arbitary collectivism in the extreme top left, on the extreme bottom left is voluntary collectivism at regional level, with no state involved. Hundreds of such anarchist communities exisited in Spain during the civil war period

You can also put Pinochet, who was prepared to sanction mass killing for the sake of the free market, on the far right as well as in a hardcore authoritarian position. On the non-socialist side you can distinguish someone like Milton Friedman, who is anti-state for fiscal rather than social reasons, from Hitler, who wanted to make the state stronger, even if he wiped out half of humanity in the process.

The chart also makes clear that, despite popular perceptions, the opposite of fascism is not communism but anarchism (ie liberal socialism), and that the opposite of communism ( i.e. an entirely state-planned economy) is neo-liberalism (i.e. extreme deregulated economy)

The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into account the neo-liberal "anarchism" championed by the likes of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and America's Libertarian Party, which couples social Darwinian right-wing economics with liberal positions on most social issues. Often their libertarian impulses stop short of opposition to strong law and order positions, and are more economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian collectivism of anarcho-syndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom left hand corner.

In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarianism is necessarily "right wing", with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme right-winger. His economic policies were broadly Keynesian, and to the left of some of today's Labour parties. If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the two diehard authoritarians would find plenty of common ground.

Your political compass

Economic Left/Right: -6.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.03

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Wanted Poster: “Baader/Meinhof Gang” (c. 1972)

On May 14, 1970, Andreas Baader was violently freed from a correctional facility in the West Berlin neighborhood of Tegel. This paved the way for the birth of the first generation of the Red Army Faction [Rote Armee Fraktion or RAF], which crystallized around Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof, Holger Meins, und Jan-Carl Raspe. Their first programmatic statement was Ensslin’s call to arms, “Build up the Red Army!” [“Die Rote Armee aufbauen!”], which was issued in June 1970. The group first referred to itself as the “Red Army Faction” in Meinhof’s text “The Urban Guerilla Concept” of April 1971. (The group is also commonly referred to as the “Baader/Meinhof Gang,” after its two leading members.) After a series of bank robberies, car thefts, and document thefts, the RAF carried out a string of bomb attacks in May 1972, targeting the headquarters of the 5th U.S. Corps in Frankfurt am Main (May 11), the local police headquarters in Augsburg and the Bavarian state police headquarters in Munich (May 12), federal judge Wolfgang Buddenberg, the Springer publishing house, and the Heidelberg headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe (May 24). Most of the RAF’s first-generation members were arrested and jailed in June 1972. The wanted poster below shows (from the upper left to the lower right): Ulrike Meinhof, Andreas Bernd Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Holger Klaus Meins, Jan-Carl Raspe, Ilse Stachowiak, Klaus Jünschke, Ronald Augustin, Bernhard Braun, Ralf Reinders, Ingeborg Barz, Irmgard Möller, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, Axel Achterath, Katharina Hammerschmidt, Rosemarie Keser, Siegfried Hausner, Heinz Brockmann, Albert Fichter.

The heading reads: “Violent Criminal Anarchists – Baader/Meinhof Gang.” The text begins as follows: “The following persons are being sought for their participation in murders, bombings, bank robberies, and other criminal acts.” It continues, “Reward money in the amount of 100,000 Marks is being offered for tips leading to the capture of these persons. The reward does not apply to civil servants whose professional responsibilities involve the prosecution of criminal behavior. The award and distribution of this money will proceed without the possibility of recourse to legal action.

Information can be handled confidentially upon request and is being collected by:

Federal Police Headquarters – Security Group
53 Bonn-Bad Godesburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 1 – Telephone: 02229/53001
and by every police station

Beware! These violent criminals will make ruthless use of guns!”


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May 19 2011

Today's idea - Craftivists! Subversive sewing! And anarchist ceramicists!

Bored of Brighton

Today, the first in a short flurry of arty things. The Ink_d Gallery "goes all 3D for their next show" which brings a select group of British artists together to walk, with a subversive nature of course, the fine line between craft and fine art.

"These artisans working in ceramics, glassware, mosaic, embroidery and fabrics are not just making beautiful handmade objects but also have something t...
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Anarchist Film Fest Gets Free Promo From NYPD



Why did the cops bust into 13 Thames Art Space in Bushwick without a warrant and detain two people? “I guess the police are interested in the anarchist film festival.”

Aside from being an art gallery, a rehearsal room and a napping place, 13 Thames Art Space is the headquarters of the Independent Anarchist Media Collective. An NYC Anarchist Film Festival flyer with a heart-shaped explosion, an i...

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Alan Moore | The Stool Pigeon music newspaper

Alan Moore is holding court. He has a terrifying work ethic that belies the myth of laziness often lazily ascribed to his sub-cultural fringe of writers, anarchists, psychogeographers, psychedelic bon vivants and occultists, and he doesn’t usually have much time for interviews. This said, he is extremely good company and you can tell he enjoys playing the expansive raconteur all the more because he gets little opportunity to indulge himself.

And while he is reassuringly genial, he is much bigger, more leonine and prestidigitatoresque than photos make out. He looks more like a Brian Bolland drawing of himself than himself. Even the permanently smouldering joints on which he tokes are much fatter and longer than you’d credit — although filled from a soft, dark block of Moroccan hashish resin the size of a cigarette packet, not some discombobulating new strain of super skunk.

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The Anarchist in the Library

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by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

This book explores anarchism in todays technological world, but I didn't finish the first chapter. I picked it up at a Dollar General, and it shows. Right away in the first chapter when they go about placing the definitions they'll refer to for the rest of the book they state that anarchists are against property. Nope. Only a certain section of the anarchist movement takes that belief. Individualist and market anarchists usually have strong beliefs about property rights. "Anarchists believe that human corruption results when differences are enforced through the maintenance of property and authority." They should change that definition to "Anarchists believe that human corruption results when differences are enforced through authority." A Voluntaryist version might be "Voluntaryists believe that human corruption results when differences are enforced." Simple as that.

Amazon.com reviews also reveal that it is full of errors, typos, and is otherwise not worth reading.
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From a great image source, Radicalgraphics.org. They have a lot of good anarchist/revolutionary images, but some of them are a bit too violent and/or socialist for me personally.  This one reminds me of a certain proprieter of The Last Biscuit (http://www.facebook.com/TheLastBiscuit).
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Ramon Sender: le goût du gué

Le Clavier Cannibale

On ne remerciera jamais assez les éditions Attila de nous faire (re-)découvrir l’œuvre immense – en pages comme en subtilité – de l’espagnol Ramon Sender. Mais est-il encore espagnol celui qui, se définissant comme profondément aragonais, devient vagabond madrilène, soldat en poste au Maroc, anarchiste et veuf, puis propagandiste aux Etats-Unis et directeur de revue à Paris...

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0514 clipart - Anarchist
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The Black and ....the gold ~ anarchist
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May 14 2011

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February 12 2011

Banksy’s Berlin Wall Painting Up for Auction



A slab of stone painted by Banksy in Berlin is up for auction on Ebay. Sprayed by the elusive artist in 2003, the stenciled rock features a rat painting an “A” for anarchy. The 80-pound painting was once situated on the side of a building at a military graveyard before being cut down, with permission, for preservation and profit. The owner of the auction, currently at $4500, not only offers to ...

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Libertarianism is just anarchy for rich people
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Daughter of Liberty

The Economic Way of Thinking

This little onesie was given to me as part of our Valentine's Day celebration on Sunday night.  It reminds me of something one of my favorite writers,
Will Durant, said about children once upon a time in one of the many books I read by him: "Children are anarchists."  (Our little girl, who currently goes by Princess B, better take it easy on the experiment in anarchy early in life or else her...

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