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The world is going to shit, what can You do?

Submitted by hadrian on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 21:47

Introduction

Erdogan's reign of terror has become so open and clear that most people find it hard to deny Turkey is devolving into a totalitarian dictatorship. The citizens of the United States are asked to make a choice between an incompetent bigoted war-hawk and another incompetent bigoted wark-hawk. Terrorist attacks are now a weekly event in Europe. It's no longer possible to talk of a society or, if one really wants to continue doing so, we must admit that this society has been infected with an almost terminal cancer. After all, we have to deal with the mutual hate being forced down our throats by politicians and corporate media as well as a continuing economic depression the effects of which on the poor are disastrous - and never forget the rich continue to grow richer. The enormous problems surrounding the environment have almost been forgotten but have certainly not dissipated.

We've been born into a world where fear is the only lasting emotion. Solidarity with each other has nearly disappeared and the cancer has grown so big that some dare to claim that the government can mediate solidarity for us. Nothing is further from the truth as solidarity cannot be enforced. Solidarity can only come from ourselves. It's a form of resistance against economic and armed violence as it rejects all forms of violence and force. It's the form of resistance that has become, now more than ever, a most pressing necessity. The time to protest austerity is past as the welfare state and capitalism are dying. We can continue to ignore this simple fact and hope that politicians will magically save everything but, over the past several hundred years, they have proven themselves utterly incapable of providing us with a world of peace and safety. The dream that politicians will save us can only bring us a nightmare. Nevertheless, we do have to organise society as we cannot survive without each other. As such, the time has come to learn to trust each other again, and we can only do so by learning to trust ourselves.

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Spain and the World

Submitted by hadrian on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 18:40

It is now almost eighty years ago that the dictator Franco first tried to grab power in Spain. Unlike Hitler, Mussolini, and Dollfuss, the Spanish fascists would meet with large amounts of resistance. Over the course of the next weeks we will, undoubtedly, see a variety of articles pop up on Anarchist sites dealing with the Spanish Civil War and, more importantly, the revolution in the rearguard.

Mutual Aid

Submitted by hadrian on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:24

The Russian Anarchist Kropotkin, in his classic Mutual Aid, explores an oft forgotten part of our evolutionary history. In opposition to the "war of all against all" envisioned by Thomas Hobbes, the theory that led to Malthusian Darwinism, Kropotkin explains that mutual aid is an important factor in our evolution. According to Kropotkin species become weak and doomed to extinctions without mutual aid. He shows examples of mutual aid from both non-human animals and historic human societies from the beginning of human history up to the time of Kropotkin himself.