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PDF: The anarchist organizational platform and the debate around it
14 Jan 2008
The new translation, the debate, the history & the platform today
This pamphlet groups together the most recent translation of the Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft) and the debates between its authors, Malatesta and other anarchists that followed in the immediate years after its publication. The platform has always been a controversial document within anarchism, we introduce some of the history of the early controversies.

In order to make these texts usable you can download them in any of the following formats

a: As a duplex fold over pamphlet - good if you have a duplex printer and want the most professional looking results.

In North America use the US Letter sized version at

Europe and Elsewhere use the A4/A5 sized version at

b. As an A4 unfolded version. Handy if you don't have a duplex printer

With the rapid growth of anarchism in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin wall the platform has again become an important document for groups and individuals seeking to overcome the anti-organisational tendencies of parts of the new anarchism. So these texts are introduced by an article from the North Eastern Anarchist, the publication of one of the youngest of these new groups, NEFAC.


Modern introductions
The Platform: It’s Not Just For Platformists Anymore (Jeff Shantz & P.J. Lilley, NEFAC-Toronto),
Preface to 1989 translation (Alan MacSimoin , WSM, Ireland)
Historical Introduction to the text (Nick Heath, AF, UK)
Translator’s introduction to this translation (Nestor McNab, FdCA, Rome)

The text
(Dielo Truda (Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Archinov, Valevsky, Linsky))

Clarification and replies
On revolutionary discipline (Nestor Makhno, Paris)
The Problem of Organization and the Notion of Synthesis (Workers Cause (Dielo Truda) Group of Russian anarchists abroad, Paris)
Supplement to the Organizational Platform (Questions and Answers) Dielo Truda)
On the Question of the Defence of the Revolution (Nestor Makhno)
Reply to Anarchism’s confusionists: A response to the “Reply to the Platform” by Several Russian Anarchists (Dielo Truda)
Elements Old and New in Anarchism: A Reply to Maria Isidine (Piotr Archinov)

The correspondence with Malatesta
A Project of Anarchist Organisation (Errico Malatesta, Italy)
The Old and New in Anarchism (Archinov with introduction by Nick Heath)
About the “Platform” (Nestor Makhno)
Reply to Nestor Makhno (Errico Malatesta, Italy)
On Collective Responsibility (Errico Malatesta, Italy)

Platformism today
About (Anarkismo editorial group)
The goals of (Anarkismo editorial group)

For non-pdf clickable links to some of these readings also visit:
New Translation-

Writings on the Platform-
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