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De/centralization, Discretion, and the Anarchist Movement

De/centralizx this!

From C4SS by M Black | July 27th, 2020

Anarchists have long made decentralization a core demand for the structure of our organizations and have placed tremendous faith in the decentralization of our organizations as a means by which to prevent the generation of hierarchies and abuses of power, among other issues. However, this faith is based on very little, and anarchists can stand to benefit by rejecting it as an all-or-nothing principle alongside the concomitant Manichean dichotomy between decentralization, representing the Good, and centralization, representing the Bad. It is, in fact, imperative that we do if we aim to build a movement capable of self-defense and growth in the face of growing authoritarian power.

On the Formation of a New Anarchist Grouping, Obsidian

from anarchists worldwide

Those who seek saviors are doomed to servitude and those who seek glory are obsessed with what they cannot control. Anarchy is the negation of authority and obedience. It is often the obedient that carry the sword, whether by master or mob. We understand that society reinforces these constructs wherever it may seep in. Our enemy is overt, the state and its henchman. Our enemy is covert, ideas brought forth wearing a mask of solidarity, carrying the knife of the state.

Every act taken by the state is in service of itself, and all its capital is paid for in blood. We reject law in its entirety, we battle the conservative notions of safety, security and self. We oppose all modern day capitalism’s tentacles and recognise its ever changing nature. We hold onto and strike out with anarchist ideals in order to feel human and free.

Sex work: A guide for activism

From Freedom New UK

Anarchists through history have often been at the margins of society, associated with criminality and other unacceptable categories. So, it should be no surprise to know some anarchists are also sex workers, or have been close to sex workers. We fought Mussolini and Franco, we continue fighting today.

Eleventh congress of the International of Anarchist Federations 24-28th July 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia

From Anarchist Federation UK

The 11th IFA congress is taking place this week in the capital city of Slovenia over 5 days, following the last one in Frankfurt in 2016.

[editor's note: Anews has also included new issue of International Anarchist Federation PDF after main story]

Standing at the Crossroads

From Anarchist Communist Group

“The ACF remains a comparatively small organisation. Its desire to create or be the component of a large revolutionary organisation and movement has failed to happen. Many are put off joining a group where a strong commitment and a lot of determination are required. Many libertarian revolutionaries are as yet unconvinced of the need to create a specific libertarian communist organisation.

Anarchism and Socialism in Puerto Rico

From From Below Podcast

Interview and discussion with historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo on the history of anarchism and socialism in Puerto Rico covering the early 20th century, the rise of urban and rural workers movement, feminism and figures such as Luisa Capetillo, the rise of the nationalist movement and discussion of contemporary activism since the impact of Hurricane Maria. Hosts Markie and Pedro relate the discussion to themes of historical memory, woman in the Sandinista revolution and more.

Jorell Meléndez-Badillo is a historian and assistant professor at Dartmouth College focusing on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the author of “Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico.” (PDF version)

Anarchy Bang: Episode Thirteen - Structure and topics

From Anarchy Bang

This week we are going to discuss structure in conversations, presentations, and in how anarchists present information. This week's discussion is inspired by Waldemar and their comment on Episode 12. Have our discussions up till now been too abstract and removed from daily life? Do conversations benefit or suffer for structure? If our goal is to grow the conversation how have we done so far? What could we do to improve?

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