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(en) Britain, *Organise! #63* - Aims and principles + Tids & Bits

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 12 Apr 2005 08:52:26 +0200 (CEST)


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1. The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of revolutionary
class struggle anarchists. We aim for the abolition of all hierarchy,
and work for the creation of a world-wide classless society:
anarchist communism.
2. Capitalism is based on the exploitation of the working class by
the ruling class. But inequality and exploitation are also expressed
in terms of race, gender, sexuality, health, ability and age, and in
these ways one section of the working class oppresses another.
This divides us, causing a lack of class unity in struggle that
benefits the ruling class. Oppressed groups are strengthened by
autonomous action which challenges social and economic power
relationships. To achieve our goal we must relinquish power over
each other on a personal as well as a political level.

3. We believe that fighting racism and sexism is as important as
other aspects of the class struggle. Anarchist-Communism cannot
be achieved while sexism and racism still exist. In order to be
effective in their struggle against their oppression both within
society and within the working class, women, lesbians and gays,
and black people may at times need to organise independently.
However, this should be as working class people as cross-class
movements hide real class differences and achieve little for them.
Full emancipation cannot be achieved without the abolition of
capitalism.

4. We are opposed to the ideology of national liberation
movements which claims that there is some common interest
between native bosses and the working class in face of foreign
domination. We do support working class struggles against
racism, genocide, ethnocide and political and economic
colonialism. We oppose the creation of any new ruling class. We
reject all forms of nationalism, as this only serves to redefine
divisions in the international working class. The working class
has no country and national boundaries must be eliminated. We
seek to build an anarchist international to work with other
libertarian revolutionaries throughout the world.

5. As well as exploiting and oppressing the majority of people,
Capitalism threatens the world through war and the destruction of
the environment.

6. It is not possible to abolish Capitalism without a revolution,
which will arise out of class conflict. The ruling class must be
completely overthrown to achieve anarchist communism. Because
the ruling class will not relinquish power without the use of
armed force, this revolution will be a time of violence as well as
liberation.

7. Unions by their very nature cannot become vehicles for the
revolutionary transformation of society. They have to be accepted
by capitalism in order to function and so cannot play a part in its
overthrow. Trades unions divide the working class (between
employed and unemployed, trade and craft, skilled and unskilled,
etc). Even syndicalist unions are constrained by the fundamental
nature of unionism. The union has to be able to control its
membership in order to make deals with management. Their aim,
through negotiation, is to achieve a fairer form of exploitation of
the workforce. The interests of leaders and representatives will
always be different from ours. The boss class is our enemy, and
while we must fight for better conditions from it, we have to
realise that reforms we may achieve today may be taken away
tomorrow. Our ultimate aim must be the complete abolition of
wage slavery. Working within the unions can never achieve this.
However, we do not argue for people to leave unions until they
are made irrelevant by the revolutionary event. The union is a
common point of departure for many workers. Rank and file
initiatives may strengthen us in the battle for anarchist
communism. What's important is that we organise ourselves
collectively, arguing for workers to control struggles themselves.

8. Genuine liberation can only come about through the
revolutionary self activity of the working class on a mass scale.
An anarchist communist society means not only co-operation
between equals, but active involvement in the shaping and
creating of that society during and after the revolution. In times of
upheaval and struggle, people will need to create their own
revolutionary organisations controlled by everyone in them. These
autonomous organisations will be outside the control of political
parties, and within them we will learn many important lessons of
self-activity.

9. As anarchists we organise in all areas of life to try to advance
the revolutionary process. We believe a strong anarchist
organisation is necessary to help us to this end. Unlike other so-
called socialists or communists we do not want power or control
for our organisation. We recognise that the revolution can only be
carried out directly by the working class. However, the revolution
must be preceded by organisations able to convince people of the
anarchist communist alternative and method. We participate in
struggle as anarchist communists, and organise on a federative
basis. We reject sectarianism and work for a united revolutionary
anarchist movement.

10. We oppose organised religion and beliefs.

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WANT TO JOIN THE AF? WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
I agree with the AF's Aims and Principles and I would like to join the organisation.
I would like more information about the Anarchist Federation.
Please put me on the AF's mailing list.

Name
Address
Please tick/fill in as
appropriate and return to:
AF, Box 2, 84b Whitechapel High
Street, London, E1
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Tids & Bits

Friends and neighbours
If you like what you read in
Organise! you might be interested
in these:
SchNEWS - Direct action news
sheet. Send stamps to PO Box
2600, Brighton BN2 2DX
D i r e c t Action - Anarcho-
syndicalist magazine produced by
the Solidarity Federation. £2.00
i s s u e / £ 5 subs PO Box 29,
SWPDO, M15 5HW
Freedom: Anarchist Fortnightly
- Under new management! Now
more anarchist-communist
influenced and worth a read. From
Freedom Press, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E1 7QX. Send a
pound for an issue.
E a r t h First! Action Update -
Monthly news from Earth First! £5
f o r 12 issue sub. PO Box 487,
Norwich, NR2 3AL
Collective Action Notes - Bulletin
produced by CAN. Information on
struggles worldwide. Contact PO
B o x 22962 Baltimore, MD 212,
USA.
N E FA C , the Northeastern
Federation of Anarcho-
Communists - Probably the group
closest to us politically. Write to
either NEFAC (English speaking),
Roundhouse Collective, c/o Black
Planet radical Books, 1621 Fleet
St., Baltimore MD 21231, USA or
N E FA C (Francophone), Groupe
A n a r c h i s t s Emile-Henry, C.P.
55051, 138 St- Valliers O., Quebec
G1K 1JO, Canada. Alternatively,
y o u can link to them from our
website (www.afed.org.uk)
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WHAT GOES IN ORGANISE!
Organise! hopes to open up debate in many areas
of life. As we have stated before, unless signed
by the Anarchist Federation as a whole or by a
local AF group, articles in Organise! reflect the
views of the person who has written the articles
and nobody else.
If the contents of one of the articles in this issue
provokes thought, makes you angry, compels a
response then let us know. Revolutionary ideas
develop from debate, they do not merely drop out
of the air!
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Anarchist Federation pamphlets in languages other than English

As We See It: Available in Welsh, Serbo-Croat, Greek,
German and now, thanks to our Spanish comrades, in
Spanish and Por tuguese. They are each available for
70p including postage and packaging from our London address.

The Role of the Revolutionar y Or ganisation:
Available in Serbo-Croat for 70p including
p&p.
If anybody you know who speaks Serbo-Croat
in Britain or you have contacts in the
countries of former Yugoslavia where
Serbo-Croat is understood then why not
send them copies?
Ger man, Greek, Portuguese, French,
Italian, Esperanto and Spanish translations
of our Aims and Principles are also
available for 20p plus postage.

Write to the London address for orders and
bulk orders.
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Back
issues
Back issues of Organise! are still
available from the London address.
They cost 20p each + SAE. Alterna-
tively, send us a fiver and we'll send
you one of everything plus whatever
else we can find lying around.
Issue 19: The poll tax rebellion.
Issue 27: LA riots; Yugoslavia;
Malcomn X.

Issue 29: Debate on the unions;
Italian workers organise.

Issue 37: Pornography; Booze, cigs
and dope; Moral panics.

Issue 40: Work, work, work; Art as a
weapon.

Issue 46: Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin;
Syndicalism.

Issue 48: French unemployed; Haillie
Selassie; Revolutionary unions?

Issue 50: GM foods; Who owns the
land; War in Kosovo; Ireland - the
`peace` process.

Issue 51: War in Kosovo; Roots of
our movement; Land and freedom;
East Timor.

Issue 52: Mass direct action; East
Timor; Youth resistance to the nazis;
Workplace notes.

Issue 54: Civil war in Colombia;
Humans and animals; Giving up
activism; Dissent.

Issue 55: Land and ecology;
Kropotkin and tribal society; Mental
health.

Issue 56: Anti capitalism; Riots in
Oldham; Anarchist culture.

Issue 57: The war against terror;
Class war in Argentina; ADD; Primitiv-
ism.
Issue 58: Argentina: growing resis-
tance; Paganism; Immigrant labour;
Angola 3; US anarchist poets; Yellow House

Issue 59: Anarchism and Sex; Class
Struggle in China; Arditi del Popolo;
Scottish nationalism; Prison Industry;
Zazous in Vichy France; Ito Noe.

Issue 60: Iraq War; Argentina; White
Boys in Ireland; Fatherhood;
Yelenski's fable; Senna Hoy.

Issue 61: Anti-war action; Argentina
autonomous movement; New
Economy; Airline strike; Punk Rock;
Paris Commune; Prison Human
Rights.

Issue 62: Participatory economics;
Anarchist movement in Argentina;
Camille Pissarro; International or
Anarchist Federations.
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Anarchist
Federation
contacts
Hereford: Email:
hereford@afed.cjb.net
Ireland: Email:
organiseireland@yahoo.ie
Website: www.organiseireland.org
For their bulletin, Working Class
Resistance, subscribe to
workingclassresistance-
subscribe@yahoogroups.com
London, international enquiries
and all other areas: AF, c/o 84b
Whitechapel High Street, London,
E1 7QX. Email info@afed.org.uk
Leicester: AF, c/o Frontline
Books, 73 Humberstone Gate,
Leicester, LE1 1WB. Email:
klasbatalo@aol.com Website:
www.geocities.com/leicester_af
Nottingham: AF, c/o The Sumac
Centre, 245 Gladstone Street,
Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Manchester: AF, PO Box 127,
Oldham, OL4 3FE. Email:
anarchist_federation@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.af-north.org
Merseyside: AF, c/o 96 Bold
Street, Liverpool, L1. Email:
merseysideanarchists@bigfoot.com
South East and Resistance
editors: AF, PO Box 375,
Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21
2XL. Email:
resistance@afed.org.uk
Tyneside: AF, PO Box 1TA,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE99
1TA8
Wales/Cymru: Email:
wales@afed.cjb.net
National website:
www.afed.org.uk
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Stormy Petrel Pamphlets

Towards a Fresh Revolution by The Friends of Durruti, writings
from the much misunderstood group who attempted to defend and
extend the Spanish Revolution of 1936. 75p plus postage.

All Stormy Petrel pamphlets are available from AF (Londo),
c/o 84b Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX.

Malatesta's Anarchism and Violence,
an important document in the history of anarchist
theory refutes the common misrepresentation of anarchism as
mindless destruction while restating the need for revolution to create
a free and equal society. 50p plus postage.
A Brief Flowering of Freedom: The Hungarian Revolution 1956.
An exciting account of one of the first post-war uprisings against the
Stalinist monolith. Also includes a history of the Hungarian anarchist
movement. 60p plus postage.
More pamphlets are available from the
Anarchist Federation. For a complete list:
Other Anarchist Federation Publications

All pamphlets include the cost of postage.
Anarchism As We See It - £1 - Describes the basic ideas of anarchist communism in easy to read
form.
The Anarchist Movement In Japan - £1.50 - A fascinating account of Japanese anarchism in the
20th Century. Japan had an anarchist movement of tens of thousands. This pamphlet tells their
story.
Aspects of Anarchism - £1 - Thoughts and commentary on some of the most important issues
that anarchists must confront. Collected articles from the pages of Organise! on the fundamentals
of anarchist communism.
Against Parliament, for Anarchism - £1 - Insights into the political parties of Britain and why
anarchists oppose all parties.
Basic Bakunin - £1 - This revised edition outlines the ideas of one of the 19th century founders of
class struggle anarchism.
The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation - £1 - This 2003 reprint explains the concept of
revolutionary organisation and its structure. All libertarian revolutionaries should read this
fundamental text.
Beyond Resistance ­ A revolutionary manifesto - £1.50 - A detailed analysis of modern
capitalism and the state and our understanding of how they will be overthrown.
Work ­ Why it must be destroyed before it destroys us - £1 - The title says it all really.
NEW: Ecology and Class: Where There's Brass, There's Muck - £2 - Our newly-revised and
extended pamphlet on ecology.
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Organise!
...on the net
Articles from Organise! can now be found
on the internet.
Address: http://www.afed.org.uk
You can also e-mail us at
organise@afed.org.u
A
Organise!
FOR REVOLUTIONARY ANARCHISM
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Resistance

Resistance is our monthly news sheet.
Our widespread distribution of Resistance
means more and more people are coming
into contact with revolutionary anarchist
ideas. This is at a time when the Labour
Party, the Trotskyist and Stalinist left are
spiralling rapidly downwards into decline.
There is a real chance of building a credible
anarchist movement in this country - with
consistent and dogged hard work.

If you would like the next 12 issues of
Resistance, then send POs, cheques for &4
payable to: `AF'
to: AF, PO Box 375, Knaphill, Woking,
Surrey GU21 2XL.
Better still, take a bundle to distribute!
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HALT environmental destruction!
READ:
`Ecology and class - where there's brass there's muck',
Our newly-revised and extended pamphlet on ecology

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* Organise! #63 - Winter 2004 FOR REVOLUTIONARY ANARCHISM -
the magazin of the anarchist federation


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