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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group launched

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:43:19 +0100 (CET)

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The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group is proud to announce its formation.
We are a small group of revolutionary class struggle anarchists who wish to
see the anarchist movement grow and develop in a class struggle direction.
>>> We wish to contribute to this by:
(a) Popularising, through our actions and our propaganda, the ideas of
anarchism and anarchist methods of struggle amongst the working class;
(b) Clarifying our own perspectives through reflection
on history, current events and our own experience; and
(c) Engaging in critical discussion of the ideas and practices of political
tendencies in the workers' movement, both anarchist and non-anarchist.

Unless the working class makes a revolution,
capitalism will result in a nuclear war - in the long
or short term. Unless the anarchist movement grows
much stronger, both numerically and theoretically,
there will be no successful revolution. And unless
there is reflection on our collective experience, the
existing obstacles to the growth and development of
the anarchist movement will remain.

Our Aims and Principles are attached. We invite



Anarchism is a social philosophy based upon the principles of liberty,
equality and solidarity. Anarchists aim to create a society founded on this
basis and operating by voluntary co-operation. An anarchist society can be
achieved only by a social revolution, made by the working class of the
world, which abolishes capitalism and the state. This revolution will
require conscious and deliberate organisation to prepare for it and carry it

As anarchists, we believe that the means we use produce the ends we reach.
We therefore organise according to principles we want to see operating in an
anarchist society - federalism and processes open to inspection by all
members of the organisation. This protects equality of participation in
decisions and safeguards collective responsibility over their application.

This group aims to be an organisation of class struggle revolutionary
anarchists who share political positions, articulated in theory, strategy
and tactics. We envisage this to be part of a movement composed of many
similar groups, some of them engaged in temporary federations for tactical
ends, and an anarcho-syndicalist union federation, aiming to encompass the
working class of the whole world.


The group aims:
a) To participate in the workers' revolution that will pave the way for the
construction of an anarchist society; and
b) To protect the living heritage of the working class, in both its
intellectual and organisational forms.

The group develops its strategy and tactics in the world that exists rather
than as it wishes it to be. It aims for the defence of the immediate
interests of the working class and the development of the consciousness and
organisation necessary for the workers' revolution.


The group uses anarchist principles in its operation. Internally, it
a) Real, functional equality amongst its members;
b) Direct democracy;
c) The use of mandated, recallable and rotatable delegates; and
d) Federal relations in its affiliations.

In its external activities, it supports:
a) Working class struggles in defence of living and working standards,
democratic rights and working class organisations;
b) Struggles against sexism, racism, nationalism and all forms of oppression
and reactionary ideology;
c) Direct action; and
d) Workers' self-management as both a means and an end.

The group will thus practice:
Theoretical Unity: A developing agreement on the overall ideas of the group,
sufficient to enable the group to agree on its practical activities, and
changing in the light of collective reflection on events and experience.
Tactical unity: Collective implementation of group decisions and libertarian
co-ordination of actions of group members.
Collective responsibility: When speaking on behalf of the group, members
advance its positions and take responsibility for its actions. The group
also takes responsibility for the actions of its members taken in its name,
provided they are in keeping with the general line of the group. If, for any
reason, a member disagrees with the position of the group, they are free to
discuss and advocate their ideas, provided:
a) It is not on an occasion where the group has decided to put its own
b) They make it clear that they are not speaking on behalf of the group; and
c) They do not misrepresent the group's position.
Because of the group's commitment to consensus decision-making, it is not
considered this provision will be often needed.

The group rejects both pacifism and terrorism. Adopting pacifism would
render us helpless before our enemies, while to use terrorism would be to
join them. Instead, our principle is to recognise the right to use
reasonable force in self-defence.


Since any group is the sum, both of its members and the relationships
between them, the group consciously embodies the principles of liberty,
equality and solidarity. The group reflects on its internal practices to
ensure they are in keeping with anarchist principles:

Liberty: With the single exception discussed in the section on membership
below, decisions are made by consensus, not majority rule. The group
recognises no limits on its autonomy. The group and its members accept
responsibility for their actions.

Equality: The group uses mandated, recallable and rotatable delegates rather
than electing representatives. All members of the group have an equal space
to speak and tendencies to monopolise speaking space are combated.
Recognising "leadership" as a set of skills that can be learnt, the group
encourages their learning by all members so that skills can be dispersed
amongst the group rather than concentrated in an individual.

Solidarity: Members of the group relate to each other as comrades and are
committed to each other personally. Power in the group is shared and
coercive tactics (whether physical, organisational, intellectual or
emotional) are rejected. This principle is realised by developing
strategies for effective challenge of authoritarian or competitive behaviour
within the group, where necessary. All members contribute to group
discussions and activities honestly and to the best of their abilities. The
contributions of members are respected and, rather than being disrespectful,
the group regards comradely criticism as being both a duty and a mark of
respect. To prevent uncontrolled or hidden emotions interfering with the
work of the group, the role of the feelings of members is openly discussed
and dealt with collectively. Financial obligations are calculated on the
basis of ability to pay.


The group is composed of individuals and has a defined membership. Admission
to the group is a decision of the members and by application. A joining
procedure exists for making this decision.

a) Membership is open to reliable, convinced revolutionary anarchists who
accept the group's aims and principles and agree to abide by its rules,
participate in its activities, and make financial contributions as decided
by the group.

b) The group has the power of expulsion. Due to the inherently divisive
nature of this process, a decision to expel a member requires a two thirds
majority rather than a consensus. The group has adopted procedures for use
in the event that this becomes necessary.

c) Membership is not open to employers (except of domestic staff solely on
grounds of disability), to managers with the right to hire and fire, or to
police, prison guards, security guards, or commissioned officers in the
armed forces.


The group will maintain a regular exchange of information, analysis, news
and views with the local, regional and global anarchist movement. It is open
to co-operation for agreed goals with other anarchist groups and
non-anarchist groups within the labour movement, provided that the form of
co-operation is consistent with anarchist principles. One of the aims of
co-operation with non-anarchist groups is winning new adherents to anarchism
through the demonstration in practice of the validity of our ideas.

Adopted 11/12/04

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