Anarchist voting : voting Anarchist

Michael Coates

The vote cage - by Brighton Solidarity Federation The vote cage – by Brighton Solidarity Federation

In 6 months on 7th May 2015 we have the opportunity to vote out the shambles of the Con-Dem Coalition and condemn David Cameron to the scrapheap of “one term Prime Ministers”, and Nick Clegg to where he belongs… wherever that may be!

However I as someone who identifies as an anarchist, or anarcho-syndicalist, or anarcho-communist (depending on my mood) I am in theory opposed to voting. As the oft cited phrase, attributed to anarchist hero Emma Goldman, says “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal” the vote within a Parliamentary democracy is not democratic. As an anarchist I hold that a truly democratic society does not need and is actively oppressed by the appointment of national governments, armies, police forces and other tools of control. I believe that The People are the true authority in society from whom…

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Instagram account highlights online harassment of women

Feminist Philosophers

Alexandra Tweten created an instagram account that compiles screen shots of harassing messages directed at women in retaliation for rejection.

From Ms. Magazine:

After seeing these disturbing messages grouped together, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that our society has a misogyny problem. The same forces that taught Elliot Roger that he was justified in murdering women for rejecting him, the cultural atmosphere that says it’s OK for hundreds of men to catcall any woman in a public space, the thing that drives men to brutally injure women who ignore them are all connected to the sense of toxic entitlement some men possess.

While Bye Felipe (a take on the meme “Bye Felicia”) uses humor to take away some of the power these insults may carry, I also like to point folks to the Tumblr “When Women Refuse,” which chronicles the serious problem of actual…

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Some Bristol Anarchists Response To The Police

Bristol Anarchist Federation

Anarchists wield flaming torches outside Trinity Police Station (click for more info) Anarchists wield flaming torches outside Trinity Police Station (click for more info)

Following on from our statement last year on police harassment of activists, and the subsequent march on a police sation brandishing flaming torches, and our more recent demo in solidarity with Furguson, Mo, we are pleased to put our name to the recent Bristol Defendant Solidarity statement.  The latest wave of police harassment and the history behind it is detailed by the anarchist bookfair collective, and the statement itself is signed and supported by numerous anarchist groups in and around Bristol. Here is the statement in full:

Police in Bristol appear to be stepping up their so far fruitless efforts to find individual anarchists and those that they think are responsible for property destruction actions over the last few years in Bristol. One year after their firearms training centre at Portishead was burnt down, they have turned to…

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Remember the Mutineers

Glasgow Anarchist Federation

Here’s a black poppy for this Remembrance Day.

This goes out to those who who died in, and all those who resisted and continue to resist, the capitalists’ wars. To those who mutinied, went on strike, shirked, refused to kill. For all those they executed for deserting. No more “future soldiers” or sycophantic, slavish patriotism.

Let’s take the fight to the bosses! For disobedience and class war!

Some resources:
Mutinies 1917-1920 – Dave Lamb
How Non-violence Protects the State – Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism and Violence, a Study in Bourgeois Ethics – Christopher Cauldwell

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