BRRN Blog

La Vieja Estación

Una historia de un compa de MAS en Chile, Caminaba por los angares de aquella vieja terminal de trenes. Era un lugar que había descubierto tan solo unos meses atrás. Me fascinaba su estado de abandono, el polvo acumulado en las paredes, los escombros y los restos esparcidos por aquella gran nave rectangular. Era algo […]

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Tunisia is Everywhere

Workers, the unemployed, and oppressed classes have taken to the streets across North Africa and the Mediterranean. The world economic crisis has brought about a period of deep austerity and exploitation to the already struggling peoples of North Africa and the Mediterranean. The struggle of the Tunisian insurrection against US-backed Ben Ali autocracy has led […]

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A History of Wild Rose Rebellion (2007-2009)

by Juan Conatz and R.Spourgítis Wild Rose Rebellion (WRR) was an anarchist group primarily based in Iowa City, Iowa. Its beginnings can be traced to late 2007, when anarchists involved in a local student antiwar group, infoshop and IWW branch decided they wanted to hold meetings to plan for the 2008 Republican National Convention protests […]

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Toward Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part III: nature of our period

S. Nappalos The Nature of Our Period: looking to an autonomous working class alternative The end of the twentieth century was a time of transition. The regime of low-intensity warfare, the dismantling of the welfare state, and neo-liberal privatization schemes ultimately was running its course[1]. The final defeats were to be dolled out across the […]

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Towards Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part II: we are not platformists, we strive to be

S. Nappalos In recent times a number of ideological currents from the libertarian communist tradition have inspired a generation to organize, build and reproduce organizations, and struggle around a rethinking of their traditions and future. Much of this theory comes from the period of the greatest waves of proletarian and peasant struggles in the 20th […]

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Towards Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part I: trajectories of struggle, the intermediate level, and political rapprochement

S. Nappalos Political organization is a collective answer to common problems. People organize based on a collective sense of need, and the perspectives and problems encountered in social groups crystallize into organizational forms and moments. This is a general historical trend; even without a theory, organization emerges to meet concrete needs that cannot be solved […]

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Taxing Our Taxing Our Lives: Unpaid costs and wages in transit

by S. Nappalos The film Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a surreal comedy-fantasy depiction of a city run on entertainment in which a corrupt judge, who runs a company that took over a trolley car line, attempts to take over and buy the city. The fantasy is based in some reality. In the 1930s and […]

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The Intermediate Level Analysis

by S. Nappalos There is a left tradition of thinking about and taking action within two realms of activity: the mass level and the revolutionary political level. There are different ways to cash out these concepts, but at their most sensible they are distinguished by levels of unity and content. The mass level is where […]

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Update from WRC

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the site, so here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to since May. -Along with other Iowa City individuals that we’ve worked with in the past, trying to start up a ‘solidarity network’ in the model of the Seattle Solidarity Network, that would take on bosses and landlords. […]

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