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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]

Date 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 indignation intact.

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 activists.

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 IWW.

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 - copper patterns.

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 outcasts.

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, affective, aesthetic.

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, 25.40 euros.


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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