One of the most relevant essays from Nihilist Communism, a scathing (in an understated, British sort of way) critique of the left, knee-jerk activism, and the role of skepticism.
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Excerpted from species being, this is one of the core arguments of the author's preceding book Nihilist Communism, taking on the question of why activists do not reach the people they claim to be caring about, speaking and acting for, and representing.
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The original is here.
This version is modified by one of the original authors to formalize the text, with a few added paragraphs here and there. The vision is the same – the idea that abuse and violence are best taken on by groups of people, that social groups need to determine for themselves what they consider problematic behavior, that these occurrences are more complicated usually than they're given credit for being, and that there are lots of roles for people to fill, at various levels of intimacy and responsibility.
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A new pamphlet in some kind of dialog with Call from a USian perspective.
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There are no political prisoners, only prisoners of war.
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An Apologia for the Black Bloc from the Community of those who do not have a Community.
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Jose Peirats, a long-standing member of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT); editor of its newspaper, Solidaridad Obrera ("Workers Solidarity"); and member of the federated anarchist affinity groups, the Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI), here traces the story of the half million refugees who left Spain when Franco came to power in 1939.
This text serves as appendix to his carefully documented Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution, and covers clandestine activity and political organization of some of the Spanish anarchist militants.
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"One could legitimately ask me why I am printing a pamphlet consisting of texts from a debate nearly eighty years old. The reason is simple."
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A Tension in Practice... Autonomous self-organization would have to be the basis both of a truly free existence and of the struggle to achieve that existence. It is the very opposite of politics, and in practice either rejects it or is destroyed by it.
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