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From ralf@anarch.free.de (Ralf Landmesser)
Date Wed, 24 Feb 1999 03:41:29 -0500

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BAT is dead. Reanimation is in progress. A few things are still going on:
There's an enthusiastic guy still doing a lot of work on our website,
http://www.biosys.net/bat - unfortunately all of the new materials are in
Hungarian. There's a lot of news collected and translated from the net, a
who's who of anarchism, new and updated links... he always thinks of
something :)

Because of this a lot of visitors were visiting the site, we started
getting ten times more emails, offerings of help (in our last "Free
Alternative" newsletter we were practically begging for it, this worked
also) - and now I'm starting to meet these guys, who knows, maybe we'll
find some people to continue our project.

Because of so many emails, we realized it's time to organize a mailing list
- so now there is one, the first hungarian anarchist mailing list at

This list is now starting out, it has 15 members so far, and we're starting
to organize an anti-fascist day in Dunaujvaros.

So there is a glimmer of hope.

About the humanists and the LETS: yes Bob, it's the Humanist Movement, and
they are a bit more, say, esoterical than your average revolutionary group,
but I wouldn't call them a cult - were you thinking about them?

Anyway, what they're trying to do here is a "Humanist Economy Network",
which is based on simply giving, there's no "exchange". A member of the
network has some service or some product that he offers to the rest of the
members for free, without expecting anything in return. Every month he
recieves a list of all services, and phone numbers where he can ask for them.

So the basic idea is that if you are a member of the net, you can ask for
anything. If someone asks you for a service, you can give if you have the
time and energy, but you don't have to give if you can't.

In practice this works very well. In Hungary it's only starting out, but
there are more than 200 members in Paris, and 800 members in Santiago de
Chile, and in many other countries I believe. There's all sorts of products
and services, homemade milk and bread and food, translators, lawyers,
teachers, babysitters, tour-guides, dog-walkers, massage, emotional
support, repairmen, etc. etc.

I can send more info if someone is interested.

Other news from Hungary:

A week ago we had a nazi demonstration of about 500 skins in Budapest.
Nazis were coming over from Austria and Germoney to visit and have fun.
There was a public outrage, because they were clearly showing "dicatorship
symbols" (swastikas, SS, raising hands, etc.), which are illegal to wear in
Hungary, and yet the police said they saw no reason to intervene. Later
that night there was a white-power concert where the drunk skinheads
clashed with the police (threw beer bottles), and the police then beat them
up, shouting "goddamned nazis"... very consistent behaviour, eh?

Yesterday there was an anti-nazi demo organized by the youth organizations
of two "leftist" parties. I wasn't there, but I'll let you know if I find
anything out.



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