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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #222 - References: anticolonialism / United States: Wobblies / 39 Policy: The Use of Utopia / Classics of subversion: Rosa (fr) [machine translation]
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:38:27 +0200
References: anticolonialism practice published by Les Petits morning ---- God does not
exist. Sure. But Santa, though. A Santa-clad cartridge, the molotov cocktail in hand and
the knife between his teeth. We could add that it is fiercely anti-colonialist, and
knowledgeable. Because the bin COMIE editorial office at local Libertarian Alternative, it
is not one, but four books editions Early mornings tumbling into the hands of gourds
editorial secretary upset. ---- This house publishes collection "out of colonialism,"
which is, therefore, his fourth delivery. ---- Each book presents itself as a collection
of texts governing the subject and then making its historical context throughout its
thickness. ---- Resist the war in Algeria, 17 October 1961, Frantz Fanon ... and always
the texts of the time. A Practical Guide anticolonialism complete the current series.
The purpose of this collection is to relay the work of the association "Out of
colonialism," organizer since 2006 anticolonial weeks. It was created on the occasion of
patriotic-racist excesses of the previous government, culminating in the Act of 23
February 2005, and his sinister "positive role" of colonization.
The association wants to challenge this "creeping rehabilitation" in publishing short
books, stories, texts, articles propaganda that remember what it was like to be rebellious
at the time of the war in Algeria , to be black or Arab in France in the sixties ...
reminiscent also what were the struggles of those who denounced, protected the victims of
colonialism, engaged against a State hyper-violent but began to doubt.
The choice of texts is always original, often poignant, but always presented in a simple
and practical: indeed we feel that the publisher is to create a tool for the militant arm,
the anticolonial by giving irrefutable arguments of history, facts, words of the
protagonists. This efficiency one feels a sense dictated by powerful activist, anger and
Each book is structured in an incisive, sometimes in the form of ABC, without frills for
nerds, but presented by experts in issues of colonialism - Gilles Manceron, Achille
Mbembe, Tramor Quemeneur. Reading really pleasant, quick, these works form an intelligent
introduction to the subjects they cover and make you want to know more, of course, but
also as essential to maintain the vigilance anticolonial, antiracist, at the heart of our
Cuervo (95-78 AL)
Practical guide to anti-colonialism, October 17, 1961 by the texts of the era, Frantz
Fanon in the texts of the time, resist the war in Algeria in the texts of the time, "Out
of colonialism" collective , editions Early mornings, 5 â and 7 â for the Practical Guide ...
United States: Wobblies and hobos Joyce Kornbluh, eds. The Insomniac
We knew the Wobblies, the nickname given to our comrades of the Industrial Workers of the
World (IWW). And we also knew Hobos, or vagabonds, U.S. legendary early twentieth century,
Steinbeck immortalized, or Aldrich in The Emperor of the North.
It is less known is that their roads have continued to intersect and sometimes confused.
Obsessed with the idea of ââuniting all workers, not just roam the Wobblies all guilds to
create sections, but all environments including crossing the border between workers and
the unemployed, between blacks and whites. Unheard of in 1905, the year of creation of the
For the Wobblies, the important thing belonging to the disadvantaged class. The miner,
blacksmith, mechanic syndicated today was the hobo yesterday, found in the "jungles"
(temporary communities of hoboes) warmth and comfort, where he tramps surprised to hear
sing IWW songs!
Often, especially after 1917 when the United States come into the war and liquidate "red",
these workers found themselves on the road in search of work.
Workers yesterday could become vagabonds tomorrow. But meanwhile, they organize in textile
mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in Paterson, New Jersey, in the mines of the West and
Northwest sawmills. They are slaughtered in the Mesabi iron mines, or Youngstown (sung by
Springsteen) and cities where iconic figures like Joe Hill are performed by bumps Copper -
Richly illustrated, along with a CD of work songs, union songs, the texts of the period
are truly relive the atmosphere. On violence and cynicism incredible, it was also the time
when the idea of âârevolution was fresh and lively, it was a question of getting the right
word, by means of leaflets, drawings - for those who could not read - at the discretion of
roads, farms and workshops. But far from being candid, these texts demonstrate the
contrary, serious revolutionary Wobblies, and the liveliness of a class consciousness
which the official history of the United States would say that it never existed. The CD
shows that it is difficult to silence the voices of black bluesmen like Blind Willie Mc
Tell, or Bukka White reminiscent of the cry Unite!, Or One big union (one big union) found
a response in the direct action of all of us, black and white, men and women, workers and
Finally, note a dedication of the French publisher Larry Portis, our comrade year.
Cuervo (AL 95/78)
â Joyce Kornbluh, Wobblies and Hobos. Itinerant agitators in the United States, 1905-1919,
The Insomniac. 250 pp., 25 euros
39 Policy: The Use of Utopia - Utopia trails film book FrÃmeaux Isabelle and John Jordan
Activists of the environmental movement, players Climate Camp in 2007 Heathrow Airport,
Isabelle FrÃmeaux and cameraman John Jordan are the founders of a community project
"post-capitalist utopia" called Bramble, Brittany. Road to Utopia traces the prehistory of
this project. In search of self-management experiences perennial, the authors have
embarked on a journey of seven months through eleven of these places - villages,
neighborhoods, factories - where utopia in the present. Their book-film flirts with travel
literature, to better express the actual existence of this also tried here and now.
Christiania, Longo Mai Marinaleda ... most homes are self famous. The book is a mine of
information on these concrete utopias and political references: direct action,
self-management, sustainable agriculture techniques, new ways to sensuality. But what
makes the strength of the speech is to always focus on the political dimension of these
lifestyle choices. Already, none of these emancipatory projects is arbitrary. Less born of
the dream of the fight, they are all made in response to social crises real and practical
experiences of the protagonists who have founded: ecological crisis, food, housing,
employment. The second aspect itself resides in the political work of deconstruction of
social hierarchies inherited from the common moral, or capitalism, consumer
society-overproduction. Living a social organization reinvented finally egalitarian,
libertarian, respectful of both the nature of society and individuals, as is the
successful bet these communities, an example to follow. Although sometimes with great
modesty, the authors also point to the limitations of these "imperfect paradise"
equilibrium points not found (between creative resistance and withdrawal lifestyle,
between utopia and reality principle ...) . All their own thinking to build an
alternative, they lead the reader and this is the great merit of the book, while the film
offers a more personal vision to bridge between political experience, intimate experience,
Fanny (AL Saint Denis) Film and book visible in full: http://www.editions-zones.fr/
â Isabelle FrÃmeaux and John Jordan, Road to Utopia, coedition Zones / Discovery, 2010,
Classics of subversion: Rosa Luxemburg by Peter John Netti
Reissue the biography of Rosa Luxemburg by Editions Spartacus is an opportunity to
chronicle this book that tracks all the debates and events that marked the revolutionary
movement of the early twentieth century. Will address the Russian Revolution of 1905, the
great controversies of revisionism, the great betrayal of social democracy during the war
of 1914 and finally the Russian and German revolutions during which Rosa Luxemburg
experience a tragic end.
Rosa Luxemburg was not 20 years old when, already an activist, she fled Russian Poland
where she was born to study in Switzerland. Here she shares with other militants from the
same source a specific vision of the struggle for socialism which leads to reject the
struggle for the independence of Poland, for this reason to break with the Polish
Socialist Party. She then moved to Germany to participate in the fighting while the SPD
is, by its size and consistency, the model for all parties of the Socialist International.
To better understand the following, you should know that this party worker includes both
revolutionary reformers. She becomes propagandist journalist, but also a teacher. We may
regret that his place as a woman is relatively little attention when it is regularly
subjected to attacks due to her sex.
Within the SPD, it will contribute decisively to the fight against revisionism who claimed
to "revise" the doctrine of Marx by showing that socialism would come through the struggle
for reforms, not revolution. The Russian Revolution of 1905 will be an opportunity for her
to theorize the mass strike as a means of political action. His radical positions will
make it increasingly isolated within the SPD. This drift in a right-wing, fully support
the war of 1914-18 the side of Germany. She comes out and participates in the structuring
of a revolutionary opposition around the Spartacus group, whose work will culminate in the
winter of 1918-19. Shortly after founding the KPD (German Communist Party), Rosa Luxemburg
find death in January 1919 at the hands of the Corps Francs (paramilitary groups against
revolutionaries) who are allied to his former comrades of the SPD.
We find in this book the description of a communist thinking very different from Leninism.
Rosa Luxemburg did not see the revolution as a result of the action of the party
representing a vanguard only able to direct and control the process. Instead, she sees it
as the result of a dynamic where the soldiers' councils, workers, farmers, practicing mass
democracy play a decisive role, without ruling elite.
Matthijs (AL Montpellier)
â John Peter Nettl, Rosa Luxemburg, Friends of Spartacus, 2012, 568 pages, 28 euros
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