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Announcement :: Politics
A Wikipedia by and for Anarchists
19 Jul 2006
Infoshop is pleased to announce a series of new initiatives under the OpenWiki project. OpenWiki is an open and collaborative endeavor which works off of the principles of the free software movement and employs the participatory wiki software. We're very hopeful of the way that this project can help us document our resistance, network and inform ourselves in ways which were recently much more difficult for many activists.
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A Wikipedia by and for Anarchists

Infoshop.org is pleased to announce a series of new initiatives under the OpenWiki project. OpenWiki is an open and collaborative endeavor which works off of the principles of the free software movement and employs the participatory wiki software. We're very hopeful of the way that this project can help us document our resistance, network and inform ourselves in ways which were recently much more difficult for many activists.

As of July 15, 2006, the OpenWiki already features over 1295 full content pages with over a thousand more stub and talk pages. The site has been viewed 440429 times and is quickly gaining more exposure. The wiki has already been a valuable resource to anarchists. Some of the most recent examples are the May Day pages which helped people plug into actions beforehand and documented the widespread resistance afterwards. The ability for many different people to quickly update pages makes this project one which can be a very accurate and living document that keeps up with the everchanging resistance movements around the globe.

Another exciting element of this project is the accesibility it offers anarchists and anti-authoritarians who have little or no web design experience. The wiki software is very straightforward, making the creation and editing of pages easy to learn for newcomers. It also helps decentralize the update process of Infoshop. Now instead of relying on a few HTML-savvy webmasters, activists from all over the world can instantly contribute to the website. By making Infoshop more participatory, the website can better reflect the values of anarchism which it promotes.

There are dozens of features and projects already going on within OpenWiki. Some of the most popular so far are the Anarchohood pages which have contact info for various cities and regions with active anarchist communities. Others include an Anarchist Encyclopedia, Anti-War and Peace Resource page, Prison Abolition Page, Infoshop Translations Project, and an Independent Media Guide. Of course, if these and the others don't spark your interest you can always create your own.

The wiki is very interested in adding to the now 343 registered users and helping this effort continue to grow. We welcome people's participation on whatever level is possible. For those who are interested in contributing to the effort on a semi-regular basis a Steering Committee has been formed to simply help with outreach, help link and organize sites, collaborate on specific projects and network with similar efforts. If you are interested in helping on this level you can go to http://infoshop.org/scripts/feedback.php3

Other simple ways you can help are:

* create a page or improve an existing one
* link us to your website
* promote the site on the web in blogs, listserves, newswires and other mediums
* print off flyers found at infoshop.org/wiki and distribute them (esp. infoshops and other radical spaces, when you table events, at your school or workplace)
* word of mouth

New Pages of Note
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Anarchist Neighborhood : Winnipeg
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Anarchist_Neighborhood:Winnipeg

Doohickey Project
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Doohickey_Project

World Guide : Lebanon
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Lebanon

Philadelphia Food Not Bombs
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Philadelphia_Food_Not_Bombs

Overview of Contemporary Anarchism in the United States
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Overview_of_Contemporary_Anarchis

Counter-recruitment
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Counter-recruitment

N30 (1999)
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/N30

List of Anti-Globalization Mobilizations
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/List_of_Anti-Globalization_Mobili

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OpenWiki
infoshop.org/wiki

http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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See also:
http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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Great!
20 Jul 2006
Now we can collect all the reactionary, idealistic, juvenile moralizing crap in one place!
Trotsky was the coordinator class - forget him and lets move on - there are like 100 of you trots left anyway, give up already - its really getting old
20 Jul 2006
Leon Trotsky, says that the social rule of workers over society "is expressed ... not at all in the form in which individual economic enterprises are administered." That is, Trotsky felt it would be fine to leave the usual factory hierarchy in place so long as central administrators like himself ruled "in the interests of workers."

As to why Trotsky championed "one-man management" in the factory we need took no further than his cynical view of human nature: "It is a general rule that man will try to get out of work. Man is a lazy animal." Naturally comrades at the apex of society must sometimes coerce "lazy animals" for their own good.

Finally, Trotsky added: "I consider that if the Civil War had not plundered our economic organs of all that was strongest, most independent, most endowed with initiative, we should undoubtedly have entered the path of one-man management much sooner and much less painfully."

In other words, Trotsky didn't reluctantly accede to coordinator structures out of necessities compelled by the Civil War, as his admirers maintain, but because he preferred them. These sentiments defined Trotsky's coordinator agenda in which central administrators would appoint "one-man managers" who would rule over "lazy workers" in the workers' own interests, of course.