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What's The Matter With Anarchism?- TONIGHT
22 Sep 2005
What's The Matter With Anarchism?

date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

time: 7 PM
What's The Matter With Anarchism?

A Critical Look At The U.S. Anarchist Movement

with Ramsey Kanaan

Despite the much needed breath of militancy and creative protest anarchists have brought to many social struggles over the past few years, there is something of a crisis in the U.S. anarchist movement.

Unlike countries with a strong libertarian tradition, the anarchist movement in United States is largely young and inexperienced, white and middle class, and lacking roots within larger social movements of the oppressed and exploited.

This talk will take a highly critical look at the current state of anarchism in the United States, and hopefully offer some constructive ideas and insights of what it might take to bring the movement to a level of serious revolutionary activity in the future.

Ramsey Kanaan is an anarchist from Scotland, best known as a founder of the publisher and distributor AK Press. He was also involved in actions against the Poll Tax in Britain during the Thatcher government, and a singer with the early UK peace punk band Political Asylum. He currently resides in Oakland, California where he continues to work at AK Press and volunteer at San Francisco's collectively run anarchist bookstore Bound Together Books.

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Re: What's The Matter With Anarchism?- TONIGHT
22 Sep 2005
The matter is it's the putrescent corpse of a failed tendency in the workers movement that died in 1917. Only a willfully illiterate crypto-reformist would uphold anarchism after the great october socialist revolution.

Socialism is the future!
Whats the matter with Trotsky
22 Sep 2005
That weird post is clearly someone trying to discredit socialism and trotsky by posting such an absurd statement.
23 Sep 2005
okay, but someone should sponsor an interesting forum to explain, then discuss the historical falling out among the anarchists, anarcho-sydicalists, socialists, and communists.

in my humble opinion, the current oil-frenzied capitalist slaughter-fest of a US empire is dying on its feet. we desperately need to knock it down and replace it with a more equitable, egalitarian way of regulating our affairs. either that, or the Cheney-Rumsfeld fascists will stand us up against the wall to be shot and toss the rest of the sheep into camps.

yes, by all means debate the corruption and failure of capitalism. yes, by all means discuss the historic failures of what was labeled "communisim" but was really state-owned controlled economy totalitarianism, pure and simple.

but let us not lose sight of the fact that the giant monstrosity of mammon has to be somehow judo-flipped. we can't just attack it with the truth and expect all the fleas sucking its hide to jump off and join us. why can't we work simultaneously to push for socially equitable reform of the government while at the same time demanding indictments of criminal fascist fat-cats and at the SAME TIME waging total culture-jamming on the culture of energy-sucking evil that got us into this mess?

as long as people sit around making ad-hominem attacks on each other and refusing to work toward a common goal we will be divided, weak, and ineffective. not that we need to gather together and have group hugs! no, why give the new cointelpro more targets.

let us engage in constant random dialog and independent action on ALL FRONTS by unrelated actors! let us make a new stew of anarchism, informed by social democratic failures, communist failures, and above all devoted to the total annihiliation of the capitalist failure that is sucking out blood!
Re: What's The Matter With Anarchism?- TONIGHT
23 Sep 2005
"let us engage in constant random dialog"

Ain't that the truth. Its really a cacophony of jibber jabber.