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TOTW: Connectivity

This week, I've been thinking about how different it must have been when the connections between anarchists were not so internet based, but were based on face-to-face interactions, phone calls, letters, letters sections etc. In the ten years I've been connecting to other anarchists, it's been mostly through emails, web forums, and IRC. I say this with some regret.

Never Mind the Ballots, Create the Resistance

from the anarchist communist group in Britain

As we said when we were still in the Anarchist Federation back in 2015, "Grassroots groups and organisations emerging around housing and opposition to austerity must maintain their grassroots outlook and their horizontal organisation. The alternative is distraction from their vital action by the Corbyn circus and its left-wing cheerleaders; a path which only leads to disappointment and betrayal." And indeed, the path has led to disappointment, with a massive Tory majority. ---- The Left reacted with horror to the results, Richard Seymour writing for Novara Media that "Disaster nationalism has just cut through the Labour heartlands, and there is no obvious solution. The seat losses may be reversible; as Momentum suggests in an email to its supporters, the margins of Tory victory being small. But the swings were huge, and the breach is historic. To rebuild any kind of Left in these constituencies, after decades of neglect and local Labour rule being pretty useless, will sadly require more than a six-week election cycle and a passionate campaign run by heroic volunteers. It's no consolation that we probably have ten years of vicious Conservative government in which to do that rebuilding."

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