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(en) Ireland, WSM*, Red and Black Revolution No 10

Date Tue, 20 Dec 2005 14:57:27 +0200

Interview: Looking Back On The Battle of The Bins and Lessons Learnt
The campaign against the bin charges was one of the largest
organised mass movements of resistance to the state in recent years.
Local organising groups popped up across the city. It climaxed in the
winter of 2003, with the jailings of numerous activists in quick
succession. Here we talk to Dermot Sreenan, a member of the WSM
who has been a prominent activist in the campaign from the off.

Communism: What’s In A Word
This article discusses the meaning of communism as opposed to
socialism that evolved in the late nineteenth century. Of course its
not that important to get hung up on a name; for many people the
concise definition of communism being something to do with Marx
and the USSR is the one they know. For us the name of the
post-capitalist society we aim to help construct is a detail, what
matters is the content of the ideas.

Enviromentalism: Class and Community Struggle
The economic boom in Ireland and the construction boom that has
come alongside it has led to a growth in the importance of
environmental campaigns. There has frequently been a large gap
between the environmentalists involved in such campaigns and the
left - including anarchists. Sean, one of the 'Carrickminders' and
now a member of the WSM gives his view on what can be learnt
from the recent struggles.

Book Review: Anarchy’s Cossak; a review of the latest book on Makhno
This was a much awaited book. Published originally in French back
in 1982, its English version finally saw the light of day, and the wait
was well worth it. For those who are not familiar with the subject,
the Makhnovists were a libertarian movement, deeply rooted in the
traditions of anarchist-communism, that developed an experience of
revolutionary changes in the economic and political structures of the
backwarded Ukrainian society. To defend the gains of the Social
Revolution, they launched a guerrilla warfare in Ukraine against a
number of enemies: foreign troops, Nationalists, Whites, different
warlords and Bolsheviks.

Situationism and Anarchism
The Situationist International formed in 1957 from two avant-garde
groups. The Situationists are mostly known to anarchists as a group
that had something to do with the May 1968 Paris Uprising.
However, the Situationists played a relatively peripheral role in the
disturbances. Although much of the graffiti that appeared around the
city (some famous ones included : "Never Work" and "All Power to
the Imagination") were taken from Situationist works, the group did
not play a major role in initiating the revolt themselves.

A New Direction For The Zapatistas
Over the summer the Zapatistas announced a new strategy but what
was it and what does it mean? On the global level the the rebellion in
Chiapas was both an inspiration and organisational model for new a
generations of anti-capitalist activists. Because of this the change in
direction will have repercussions that stretch far beyond Mexico
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