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Review: Don’t Throw Lucy Parsons’ Anarchism Under the Liberal Bus

Lucy Parsons remains an under recognized yet powerful figure of American radicalism. New scholarship into her life and background is welcome but as this review suggests the recently published Goddess of Anarchy by Jacqueline Jones has a number of critical flaws. Jacqueline Jones. Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical. […]

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Tenant Organizing When Rising Rent Isn’t the (Main) Issue

Tenant organizing is once again on the map with much of the attention focused on soaring rents and gentrification in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area. But as Bay Area based Tenant and Neighborhood Councils (TANC) organizer Julian Francis Park writes, tenant organizing has also been taking hold in smaller […]

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Should Anti-Capitalists Contest Elections?

The question of the left and electoralism looms large in South Africa. The “tripartite alliance” emerged in the transition from apartheid to multi-racial democracy in the 1990’s as a political alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s largest trade union federation, COSATU, and the South African Communist Party (SACP). In power the ruling […]

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Thoughts on Democratic Socialism in the Wake of UK Labour’s Defeat

As the U.S. presidential election cycle moves into full swing and key sectors of the left coalesce around the Bernie Sanders campaign, it is worth taking lessons from similar efforts around the world. While not focusing primarily on Corbyn and the defeat of the Labour Party, this piece from worker inquiry group Angry Workers of […]

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Puerto Rico: La Colectiva Feminista en Construcción Are Leading the Resistance

The anti-colonial feminist collective, La Cole, played a pivotal in the ouster of former Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and remain on the front lines of numerous struggles. Following our publishing of their statement calling for “Ricky, Renuncia!” [“Ricky, Resign!”] Aurora Santiago-Ortiz provides an overview of the group and their work. By Aurora Santiago Ortiz […]

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Argentina: How Many Chains Do We Need to Break for Socialism and Liberty?

The following is a statement of coyuntura, of the current conjuncture or political moment, by our Argentinian sister organization, Acción Socialista Libertaria. Imperialist disputes: The IMF and Big Corporations Out Together an Adjustment Plan Against the Working Class At the international level, 2019 has had as one of its main conflicts the economic and political […]

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Generations of Struggle: Interview with an Iranian Anarchist (2005)

The original introduction for this interview opened with the telling words “there is a high probability that the current path of imperialist geo-politics in the Middle East will eventually lead the United States into open conflict with Iran” and then advised us that “basic internationalism compels us toward a better understanding of this country and […]

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“The Greatest Purveyor of Violence”: Black Rose Statement on U.S. Aggression Against Iran

Statement by members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: my own government.” -MLK Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra unequivocally condemns the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. This is a provocation and an act of imperialist aggression that adds to […]

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