Our newest feature tells the story of the occupation of a derelict building in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 12-13, 2011, drawing on accounts from a wide range of participants. While anarchists and corporate media have circulated news of this action far and wide, the experiences shared inside the building have remained a sort of black box. This report opens up that box, just as the occupiers opened up the building, to reveal a world of possibility.
We’re pleased to present Cienfuegos’ Critique of State Socialism as part of our “From the Archives” series. Originally produced by anarchists in Belfast in 1981, this comic juxtaposes Bakunin‘s critique of statist revolutionary movements with the events that subsequently confirmed it. Please print these out, staple them at the side, and share them far and wide!
Anarchists have long argued that all statist approaches to social change are doomed to authoritarian results. This comic illustrates how Bakunin’s critique of state socialism, composed a century and a half ago, was borne out by the events of the 20th century.
Just as Bakunin’s concerns about power-hungry socialists and communists proved prescient, this comic retains its value today, when new politicians and parties are attempting to co-opt popular movements. We should never forget the hard-learned lessons of the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War: those who would wield state power, whether in the name of the people or any other abstraction, can only be obstacles to liberation, if not actual foes of it.
Readers who lack context for 20th century history may find some passages a little perplexing—who was Oswald Mosley, exactly? But if nothing else, this comic provides points of departure to learn about many of the most fascinating and pivotal events of that era. There are plenty of other sources out there, should you wish to learn more about any of these!
We are delighted to debut a new category on our blog, From the Archives. Here, we will rescue valuable texts from the dustbin of history, putting them at the disposal of those best equipped to make use of them today.
Our first text in this series is the fabled Seattle Logistics Zine. Immediately after the Seattle WTO protests of 1999, many of the people who had coordinated essential aspects of the infrastructure of that mobilization collaborated on a zine exploring what they learned from their experiences. The zine covers organizing and security at the convergence spaces, volunteer coordination, the medic team, tactical communications, legal support, the squatting action described in N30: The Seattle WTO Protests, and the actual tactical and strategic planning that made the mobilization a success.
In the years since its publication, this zine has been widely sought but almost impossible to find. We expect it will provide helpful context not only to historians but also to those who are coordinating mobilizations this coming summer.
Download Reading PDF [3.5 MB] to read on screen.
Download Imposed PDF [6.7 MB] made for mass producing on copy machines and unreadable on screen.