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(en) Britain, *Organise! #62 - Tids and bits

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 1 Mar 2005 08:24:38 +0100 (CET)

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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.uk
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
> Direct Action - Anarcho-syndicalist magazine produced by the Solidarity Federation.
£1.50 issue/£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.

> Earth First! Action Update - Monthly news from Earth First!
£5 for 12 issue sub. PO Box 487, Norwich, NR2 3AL

> Collective Action Notes - Bulletin produced by CAN.
Information on struggles worldwide. Contact PO Box
22962 Baltimore, MD 212, USA.

> Do or Die! - It only comes out once a year and covers a whole range of
environmentally related issues, including news and discussion on the anti-capitalist
movement. We don't agree with everything in it and they sometimes say unpleasant
things about us, but it's a must anyway. c/o Prior House, 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton BN2
2GY. £5.00 for an issue.

> NEFAC, 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
NEFAC (Francophone),
Groupe Anarchists Emile-
Henry, C.P. 55051, 138 St-
Valliers O., Quebec G1K 1JO,
Canada. Alternatively, you can
link to them from our website
Anarchist Federation contacts
London, international
enquiries and all other
areas: AF, c/o 84b
Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 7QX. Email
Leicester: AF, c/o Frontline
Books, 73 Humberstone
Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB.
Email: klasbatalo@aol.com
Nottingham: AF, c/o The
Sumac Centre, 245
Gladstone Street,
Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Manchester: AF, PO Box
127, Oldham, OL4 3FE.
Website: www.af-north.org
Hereford: Email:
Merseyside: AF, c/o 96
Bold Street, Liverpool, L1.
South East and Resis-
tance editors: AF, PO Box
375, Knaphill, Woking,
Surrey, GU21 2XL. Email:
Tyneside: AF, PO Box 1TA,
NE99 1TA8
Wales/Cymru: Email:
Ireland: AF, PO Box 505,
Belfast, BT12 6BQ. Email:
ireaf@yahoo.ie Website:
National website:

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
he 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 - £2 - A detailed analysis
of modern capitalism and the state and our understanding of how they will be

Work ­ Why it must be destroyed before it destroys us - £1 - The title
says it all really.

COMING SOON: Ecology and Class - Where There's Brass, There's Muck
Our newly-revised and extended pamphlet on ecology.

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

AF 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 Portuguese.
They are each available for 70p including postage and packaging from
our London address.

The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation:
Available in Serbo-Croat for 70p including p&p.
If anybody you know who speaks Serbo-Croat in Britain or you have
contactsin the countries of former Yugoslavia where Serbo-Croat is understood then why not send them copies?

German, 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.
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
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!
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!

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

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

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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Please tick/fill in as appropriate and return
AF, c/o 84b Whitechapel High Street, Lon-
don, E1 7QX.
Anarchist Federation (Ireland), PO Box 505,
Belfast BT12 6BQ.

* Buletin of AF - Anarchist Federation - Britain

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