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Commentary :: International
Anarchists Say: End the War, End The State!
24 Mar 2005
The following leaflet was distributed on Fri eve and during the Saturday mass antiwar demonstration in New York City, by the Open City Collective (NEFAC-NYC).



Many liberals feel that, although it was wrong to invade Iraq, now that the United States has created disaster upon disaster in that country, killing thousands, it has a responsibility to stay to restore order and to repair a ruined infrastructure. But this view is a justification for
the continued imposition of U.S. dominance. The U.S. imperialist state, which used the crime of 9/11 to justify this war for power, wealth and oil, will act only to further its own profit-minded interests.

On no account will the U.S. or any government help the Iraqi people achieve real democracy and freedom. The United States must immediately and unconditionally withdraw from Iraq and
Afghanistan. Other liberals call for the occupation of Iraq to be administered by NATO or by the United Nations. But these are coalitions of
imperialist governments with motives similar to the United States--economic gain and political control of the region. The occupation of Iraq by more foreign armies means that its people will continue to be slain and damaged, its resources will be pillaged, and its future controlled by others.


The trend of public opinion has turned. U.S. soldiers and their families rightly oppose the occupation in increasing numbers. Students and parents have begun an anti-recruitment movement. The reinstatement of the draft must be the next focus of public opposition. Registration for the draft must end. Troop withdrawal must begin immediately.


The leaders of the antiwar movement have, time
and again, focused on electing Democrats or third party politicians with the idea that the "good" politicians will stop it. But the Democrats are as much of a party of war and wealth as the Republicans. It is only through mass struggle, outside of and against the state, that the average person can successfully stop this war. We must aim to use the unique strategic power of working
people for political strikes against the war.

All real popular gains have been won outside of the electoral system. Union recognition was won in the thirties by illegal mass sit-down strikes in major
industries. African-Americans defeated legal racial segregation with civil disobedience. They won anti discrimination and affirmative action laws by
urban rebellions. Women’s rights were won with mass demonstrations. The movement for gay rights was begun with The Stonewall Rebellion. The struggle against the U.S. war on Vietnam was won by the armed resistance of the Vietnamese people and, in the U.S., by large legal and illegal demonstrations, by campus strikes, by large scale draft resistance, and by a near mutiny in the army
which also ended the draft.


The war and other social evils are caused by a bad social system. They are not caused by the bad policies of politicians. At the heart of the system is capitalism, by which a few rich people drain off most of the wealth produced by everyone else. This class system supports and is supported by all other forms of social oppression, as well as the exploitation of poorer nations. Holding it all together is the nation state, the special layer of police, military, bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists and others that stand over the rest of us. The nation state is a war-waging machine in the
service of the rich. Without wars, paying for wars and preparing for wars--past, present and future--there would be no need for the nation state. To end all wars, we must end all states.


The Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists is a bilingual (French and English) organization of anarchists from the northeastern region of North America who identify with the revolutionary, working class, tradition within anarchism. Instead of the state, we advocate a federation of democratic associations. Instead of capitalism, we advocate a federation of
self-managed workplaces, communes, and associations. To achieve such a society,
we must bring an end to patriarchy, white supremacy and class domination; smash State power; expropriate the wealth of the rich; abolish the wage system and market economy; and socialize the means of production and distribution for the benefit of society as a whole. This means nothing short of social revolution, which can only emerge from autonomous social movements and the revolutionary self-activity of the working class. We oppose all elitist, vanguardist, authoritarian tendencies within the antiwar movement and other progressive movements.

For further information, visit: by e-mail: opencity (at), or write: P.O. Box 250-159, Columbia University Station, NY, NY 10025
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Re: Anarchists Say: End the War, End The State!
25 Mar 2005
Got my eye on ya.
Re: Anarchists Say: End the War, End The State!
25 Mar 2005
We're used to it.
Re: Anarchists Say: End the War, End The State!
25 Mar 2005
good leaflet, keep it up