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(en) Ireland: "Red and Black Revolution" No.8 online

From "Andrew" <andrew@flag.blackened.net>
Date Wed, 15 Dec 2004 13:26:23 +0100 (CET)


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The latest issue of the theoretical anarchist magazine Red and Black Revolution
is now online at http://struggle.ws/wsm/rbr.html
You can download, print out and if you wish distribute the PDF version which is
at http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/rbr/rbr8.html
Articles in this issue include:
* After the Dust Settles - Lessons from the Summit Protests
Despite the very real problems associated with the idea of 'summit hopping' and
spectacular protest these manifestations have provided a public face of
anarchism and at least as importantly have given anarchists an opportunity to
work together

* Summit protests and networks
The major advantage of the network form of organisation is that it allowed the
rapid development and growth of a movement of tens of thousands from a tiny
base without significant resources But no single form of organisation, unless
it is one that involves the majority of workers, will ever be able to take it
on in a straight fight

* Media Mayhem - Anarchists and the Mass Media
This article examines the mainstream media and looks at the various factors
which ensure that it effectively works as a propaganda tool for the powerful.
It looks at ways in which anarchists can deal with this situation, by creating
our own media, but also by challenging the hostility that they habitually
encounter from the mainstream. It is mostly based on the experience of the 2004
Mayday protests in Dublin.

* Playing the Media Game
Perhaps the two biggest problems in dealing with the media are firstly that the
media can, through the questions they ask and the pressures they bring, begin
to set the political agenda of the group. Secondly servicing the media machine
can take up all a group's time and energy (to the detriment of the other
activity).

* The ideas of James Connolly
James Connolly is probably the single most important figure in the history of
the Irish left. He was an organiser in the IWW in the USA but in Ireland is
best known for his role in building the syndicalist phase of Irish union
movement and for involving the armed defence body of that union, the Irish
Citizens' Army in the 1916 nationalist insurrection. This left a legacy claimed
at one time or another not only by all the Irish left parties but also by the
nationalists of Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein.

* Workers Without Bosses - Workers' Self-Management in Argentina
The original battle cry of Argentinean people "Que se vayan todos" - We want
all of them out - that expressed the will to break with the corrupt
bureaucracies, with the political class, turned out with all of them staying in
the end. These experiences also highlight many of the problems anarchists
elsewhere face in the wake of popular risings and they show us that the
building of a libertarian society is not a matter of repeating clichs and
slogans.

* Review: No Global - The People of Ireland Versus the multinationals
No Global appears at a vital time. Anyone who wants to see how the bigger
picture has unfolded to date can read in detail about the numerous struggles.
But No Global is less clear and less persuasive when it comes to dissecting the
political ideas within the environmental movement and the problems these caused

Red and Black Revolution is now online at http://struggle.ws/wsm/rbr.html

You can download, print out and if you wish distribute the PDF version which is
at http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/rbr/rbr8.html


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