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(en) Buric 6/2023 - Review of the next issue of an anarchist magazine from Slovakia (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 18 Mar 2023 08:32:34 +0200

The Buric magazine began to be published in 2021, and an incredible five issues were published that year. He went completely silent in 2022, but fortunately it was only a longer break. So I was delighted when the anarchist information group AlterNativE released its sixth issue at the end of February this year. In addition, further numbers are promised in the editorial. ---- Even after the first page through, it is obvious that the "six" is mainly composed of translations. It's a bit of a shame though. After all, Buric is the only anarchist magazine that is published in Slovakia, so I was a little sorry that I couldn't find out more about what was happening there on its pages. In more than a year since the previous issue, there was certainly a lot to write about. But in order not to be unfair, it is necessary to mention two reports from discussion evenings - one in the premises of the Malatesta infoshop and archive of radical literature connected with correspondence to imprisoned anarchists, and the other on the topic "What happened to anarchists in Slovakia", which took place in the cultural-community center A hole in the world in Liptovské

Nicholas. Likewise, it's a bit of a shame that there aren't more original texts. It will certainly not be that anarchists in Slovakia have nothing to say.

But away from what is not in the number to what is in it. Historical retrospects will bring to mind Mujeres Libres, a women's anarchist organization from Spain in the 1930s, the famous Italian anarchist Luigi Fabbri (1877-1935) or the ideological contribution of Michael Bakunin. The chapter from Kropotkin's book Buric's speech devoted to revolutionary governments - as he could evaluate them based on the experiences of the time in which he wrote the text - could be described as something between history and theory. The theoretical article devoted to anarchist organizational practice is a continuation of the study "Anarchism and the Politics of Affinity Groups" by Francis Dupuis-Déri. It is good to think with the author about how friendship and proximity can influence ways of organizing. Another text deals with the importance of the principle of solidarity in relation to anarchism. "For anarchists, mutual aid is a fundamental feature of human life, a source of strength and satisfaction, and a basic prerequisite for a full human existence."

In the end, I kept the article "Ethical Issues of 'Ethical Consumption'", which floats in several places. First, "ethical consumption" is a neutral term and the motivations that enter into it must be taken into account. It can assume the position of one of the lifestyles offered within capitalism, as well as anti-capitalist and, if possible, extra-capitalist tendencies. It is rather bold to say that the first form is a pacifier of defiance. If there is no anti-capitalist resistance somewhere, it is difficult to pacify it. Nevertheless, one has to agree with the message - without an active anti-capitalist attitude, "ethical consumption" is a slap in the face, it can be beneficial in partial aspects, but it does not make society as a whole more ethical.

I look forward to the next issues.

Buric No. 6/2021. 161% informative periodical. 40 A5 pages. Contact: buric[a]riseup.net.

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