Capitalism is the toxic economic illusion of property and its exploitation for private gain at social expense. Power derives from the ability to stop production.
There are no political prisoners, only prisoners of war. There is no prison, only imprisonment. Prison cannot be abolished, only destroyed.
The text of this pamphlet is taken from the book Unfinished Business: the Politics of Class War by the Class War Federation.
A set of tips and advice guides for organising in your workplace. From basic principles and getting started to making demands, taking action.
A worker's critique of the food service industry.
The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the 'issues' they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists advance their careers off the struggles they ostensibly support. While the exploitation of solidarity and support is nothing new, the commodification and exploitation of allyship is a growing trend in the activism industry.
Don't wait around for anyone to proclaim you to be an accomplice, you certainly cannot proclaim it yourself. You just are or you are not. The lines of oppression are already drawn.
In a special interview done for Red and Black Revolution, Chomsky gives his views on anarchism and marxism, an the prospects for socialism now.
The ideas presented in this essay are not all-encompassing, but are intended as a starting point from which to move the principles of anarchism, and par- ticularly anarchist-communism, out of the theoretical realm and into the reality today of the working-class struggle against the exploitative system of capitalism and the State that defends it.
anarchism, capitalism, direct-action
Authors: Ronald A. Young
Publisher: Zabalaza Books
Date: September 1, 2001
Sources: http://www.zabalaza.net/zababooks, http://www.infoshop.org/, http://www.alliedresistance.org
This pamphlet was produced to make available information about the massive working class revolts in Argentina in 2001-2. These struggles were probably the most important action of the global proletariat in recent years. In time what happened in Argentina will come to be seen as an event of similar importance to May 1968 in France when 10 million workers went on wildcat strike for three weeks.
Tracts in Individualist Anarchism: the Best Of 1986-1999.
The aim of this pamphlet is to do nothing more than present an outline of what the author thinks are the key features of Mikhail Bakunin's anarchist ideas. Bakunin was extremely influential in the 19th century socialist move- ment, yet his ideas for decades have been reviled, distorted or ignored. On reading this pamphlet, it will become apparent that Bakunin has a lot to offer and that his ideas are not at all confused (as some writers would have us think) but make up a full coherent and well argued body of thought.
Underneath all reason lies delirium, drift.
Analysis of contemporary capitalism and ways to fight it in the U.S.
Challenging the Mainstream Gay Agenda: On Marriage, Militarism, and Hate Crime Laws
Gifford Hartman takes us on a road trip through California’s Central Valley to witness the toxicity: of mortgages and ecosystems, houses, drugs and human relations.
A critical examination of David Graeber’s book 'Debt: The First 5000 Years'
When one door closes, another door opens
This zine is an excerpt from The Housing Monster by prole.info, including two chapters on gender and work. You can find the full book free online, and many more lovely zines, at prole.info. The bound book can be ordered through PM Press (pmpress.org, or, again, prole. info). We at hearts and fists distro have prepared this zine for your reading and printing pleasure; please freely redistribute.
Enemies unite experiences that generate the environment of terror that makes up daily life under Empire
Notes on Capitalism and Ecology
Why personal change does not equal political change
The struggle of the left does not grow out of the desires, needs, and dreams of the living individuals exploited, oppressed, dominated, and dispossessed by this society.
The articles in this pamphlet are all translations of articles originally written in German by the communist group Wildcat and deal with various aspects of the “War on Terror”. Despite the sometimes mediocre translations they are well worth making the effort to read because they are some of the best articles about capitalism’s current war spree available. The essence of the argument that runs through all these articles is that the capitalist world order is in crisis and in desperation the response is war, first against Afghanistan and then Iraq. The “War on Terror” is thus an expression of capitalist weakness not strength.
Examining the role of the state in four constructions of present and future societies: classical liberal, libertarian socialist, state socialist, and state capitalist.
In healthcare, subsidies to the most costly and high-tech forms of medicine crowd out cheaper and decentralized alternatives, so that cheaper forms of treatment--even when perfectly adequate from the consumer's standpoint--become less and less available. There are powerful institutional pressures for ever more radical monopoly. At the commanding heights of the centralized state and centralized corporate economy--so interlocked as to be barely distinguishable--problems are analyzed and solutions prescribed from the perspective of those who benefit from radical monopoly.
Industry as the Origins of Modern Domination
The apocalypse began with the advent of our current form of life based on industrial production. It is easy to assume that there is no alternative to this form of life, that the way we live in this present moment is simply a reflection of the way things are.
In times of crisis, a space of freedom returns, and the possibility of a rupture with the present opens. History, long banished to dreary scholastic books, returns to us fresh and alive. To push away that which is closest to us, our very form of life, and see it objectively – this might seem impossible. Yet it is not: the first step is to give our form of life a name, to identify it as something finite in time and space, so capable of ending. This perpetual present that has its only favor being the certainty of its own destruction has a name: capitalism
Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege
Seeing racism as a separate, secondary issue is an old problem in the U.S. peace movement, which does not al- ways realize that it must be anti-racist as well as anti-war. Today, with the ‘Permanent War’ becoming all too perma- nent, that realization is all the more crucial. Do people really think the expanding U.S. empire will be stopped by white folks alone?
The SI [Situationist International] must be counted as a basic reference point for any future revolutionary movement. The SIʼs powerful critique of the revolutionary herself may have degenerated in the period of counter-revolution into a dead-end addiction to navel-gazing; but this cannot obscure the continued necessity of engaging with their arguments. Despite the attention the SI receives, and the attempts over the years by various toss-pots to claim them for modern art or cultural studies, the SI remains in some sense irrecuperable.
An introduction to Market Anarchism, a theory of exchange based on individual agency and interaction rather than socio-economic privilege.
A history of the 1984-1985 British Miner's Strike
Anarchist opposition to war is not a pacifist refusal of violence. Rather it is a refusal of militarism-of that system of social relationships founded on hierarchy, obedience, the dismantling of the individual, the quantified perception of the other that allows for indiscriminate killing and the description of those killed as a body count.
When Guy Debord of the Situationist International graffitied the slogan 'Never Work!' onto the walls of a Parisian street in 1953, he struck a blow in solidarity with the radical current of left communism which locates the wage-labour relation as the central pillar of capitalist relations and therefore the prime lo- cus of attack. It is, of course, a banality that we need to work in order to produce for our basic needs. But what is at question here is the naure of that work, for whom, andto what end? Useful work? Or useless toil?
Cruelty or the Inclusion of the Distributive Sphere
A chart summarizing the relationships between a variety of types of privilege
A Story of May Day
anarchism, capitalism, direct-action, history
Authors: Llowell Thomas
Publisher: Kansas Mutual Aid Collective
Date: May Day, 2002
Sources: http://www.infoshop.org/, http://www.alliedresistance.org/
'Framing Left Libertarianism: A First Pass', 'The Left in Left Libertarian', 'Socialism' for Left Liberty', 'Socialism Revisited','State Socialism and Anarchism: How Far They Agree and Wherein They Differ Regarding Health-Care Reform'
A Guide To Walking Out
What they are and how to stop them
With 'Primitive Affluence: A Postscript to Sahlins'' and 'Technophilia, An Infantile Disorder'
A Comprehensive Guide to the Alteration of Outdoor Advertising
Globalization, monopoly, and the commodification of culture
Common-sense reasons for worker self-management
Nationalism was so perfectly suited to its double task, the domestication of workers and the despoliation of aliens, that it appealed to everyone - everyone, that is, who wielded or aspired to wield a portion of capital.
Editors: Strikedebt, Occupy Wall Street
The proletariat’s assault on the citadels of capital only has a chance of success on condition that the proletarian revolutionary movement finishes with democracy once and for all. Democracy is the last refuge of all disavowals and betrayals, because it is the first hope of those who believe in purifying and re-invigorating the current movement which is rotten to its core.
A free market perspective
The Housing Monster takes one seemingly simple everyday thing—a house—and looks at the social relations that surround and determine it. Starting with the construction site and the physical building of houses, the book slowly builds and links more and more issues together: from gentri cation and city politics to gender roles and identity politics, from subcontracting and speculation to union contracts and negotiation, from intensely personal thoughts and interactions to large-scale political and economic forces. What starts as a look at housing questions, broadens into a critique of capitalism as a whole. The text is accompanied by clean black and white illustrations that are mocking, beautiful, and bleak.
Instead of engaging in the usual moralistic leftist critique of capitalism, this pamphlet tackles the subject head on, on its own turf--economics--and demolishes the common belief that 'capitalism delivers the goods.' Brian Sheppard does this through close consideration of 10 of the most outstanding inefficiencies of capitalism--things such as manufacture of false desires, product duplication, waste of unsold goods, and the inefficiency of hierarchies. Through this analysis, Sheppard shows that, given the labor and resources at hand, capitalism is a horribly wasteful system tha tproduces a piticully small amount of useful goods and services.
Corporate Capitalism as a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege
Warfare has significantly changed in the last thirty years. From 1945 until about 1975 most wars were part of the worldwide movement of decolonisation that saw the formation of dozens of new states in Africa and Asia. Since then most wars have been civil wars within the decolonised countries, sometimes continuing directly from the national liberation war as competing factions fought over the prize of the new state as in Angola. While these wars all have their own proximate causes rooted in particular histories certain similarities can be discerned. These essays examine those similarities
anarchism, capitalism, colonialism, history, militarism
Authors: Melancholic Troglodytes, Silvia Federici, Ta Pedia Tis Galerias, Undercurrent, Wildcat
Publisher: Treason Press
Anarchist Analyses of the Institutions, Structures and Systems of Domination and Exploitation to be Debated, Developed and Acted Upon
Indigenous Rebellion, State Repression, and the Reality of the Fourth World
The paths beyond democracy, fascism, socialism, and capitalism that lead to direct action, consensus, autonomy, and freedom
Instituting the Gift Economy. There's no such thing as a free lunch under capitalism. For anarchists, there's no other kind.
The context of a proletarian Uprising
Building upon the federalist and libertarian socialist ideas of his friend Pierre- Joseph Proudhon as well as those in the European labour movement, Bakunin shaped anarchism into its modern form. His revolutionary, class struggle based anarchism soon became the dominant form of anarchism in the First International. He combated the state socialism of Marx and Engels and laid the foundations for both communist-anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism. His predictions about Marxism have been confirmed and his critique of capitalism, the state and religion are just as valid as when they were first expounded. Both the Russian and Spanish revolutions have confirmed the power of his ideas on revolution.
This booket is for people who are dissatisfied with their lives. If you are happy with your present existence, we have no argument with you. However, if you are tired of waiting for your life to change, then we think you'll find what follows to be quite handy.
A South African Anarchist Pamphlet
From coast to coast went the report that a revolution was imminent in Seattle. A General Strike had been called in sympathy with the shipyard workers, and no one knew what would come of it. Both before and after the strike, government officials in Washington and other prominent persons, declared that Bolshevism had attempted to make its first appearance in the Northwest.
In this year we commemorated the uprising of the Spanish people against the Fascist powers, who, in collaboration with the Catholic Church and the military, were preparing the overthrow of the Spanish republic in 1936. This pamphlet deals with the resistance by the independent labour movement led by the CNT-FAI and with the attacks directed against them by, among others, Stalinists, which eventually led to Franco’s army seizing power.
The passing of one generation will be sufficient for making precariousness the most widespread social condition. Thus we, the children of the industrial world, will find ourselves to be increas- ingly useless, in the same position, in fact, as the crowds of undesirables that landed on our shores.
Born into poverty and plagued by it her entire life, educated by nuns in a convent school, chronically ill, the survivor of a nearly successful assassination attempt, and dead at a tragically early age, Voltairine de Cleyre doesn't seem a likely candidate to become what Paul Avrich called 'a greater literary talent than any other American anarchist.' But de Cleyre was undeniably one of the most important anarchist thinkers in the US or any other country. Greatly admired by her contemporaries for her brilliant writing and tireless schedule of public speaking, her ability to approach the most complex issues with a mixture of common sense, passion, and clarity makes her works as relevant today as they were a century ago.
The decline and fall of the spectacle-commodity economy
e moral and political signi cance of thought only appears in those rare moments of history where 'Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world;; where 'The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity;. In these crucial moments, thought ceases to be a marginal a air to political questions. When the whole world lets itself be carried away without thinking by what the many do and believe, those who think nd themselves exposed, because their refusal to join with others is patent and becomes thus a sort of action.
On the current uprooting of the disposessed. To the Wanderers is a text put together by some Italian comrades and the details about detention centers and immigration laws refer to the situation in Italy, but the conditions under which undocumented aliens are forced to live and the universal uprooting of which these conditions and this forced wandering are a symptom are universal. I think this text provides an important analysis for all of us who are seeking to take back the capacity to determine our lives.
Radical health reform from the bottom up. The healthcare system, upon which people in Ireland depend, is an apartheid system. Simply put, some lives are worth more than others. Rare attempts at reform have been stymied by historic, chronic underspending and vested interests. This legacy has forced the vast majority of working people to take out private health insurance and has laid the foundations for a neo-liberal push towards an American-style system of private, for-pro t medicine.
A global journey of whole body wellness, art, and creativity
The Long-Term Socioeconomic Effects of Advanced Molecular Nanotechnology
Interviews with the gainfully unemployed
Anarchist Quarterly Journal of Theory an ACtion from the British Capital After the Empire, Issue One
anarchism, capitalism, media, periodicals, surveillance
Authors: Alesso L, Autonis V, Dimitris D, Fani T, Franco Berardi, James Horrox, Jean Baudrillard, Mike Davis, Rikki
Publisher: Footprint Worker's Cooperative
Date: Spring, 2007
The real cost of modern conveniences
Imagine insurrection being an immediate break from the lives we were told we were supposed to have. Imagine that insurrection is an opportunity for such a break to become permanent. The state wants us to play politics, the economy wants us to play the game of survival; our lives are not games, we need to stop playing now.
Bread? We want the whole fucking bakery.
Defiance of Apartheid, Neoliberalism, and recuperations of defiance
anarchism, capitalism, class, colonialism, history, race
Authors: Endangered Phoenix, Norman Abraham, Sam Thompson, Sam Thompson, Selby Semela
Publisher: One Thousand Emotions
Date: March, 2006
Notes on Summits and Counter-Summits
A one-shot publication of social reconnaissance
Work eats up our lives. It dominates every aspect of our existence. When weʼre not at the job weʼre travelling to or from it, preparing or recovering from it, trying to forget about it or attempting to escape from it in what is laughably called our ʻleisureʼ time. Work is a truly offensive four-letter word.
A comic discussing the intersections of capitalism, democracy, military, and social class
'After Marx, Autonomy', 'Workers Autonomy: Surpassing Trade Unionism', 'Workers Councils, Self-Management, and Developments in Proletarian Autonomy', and 'Autonomous Movement of the Turin'
In this pamphlet, Chaz Bufe looks closely at the common belief that the United States is a 'free country,' comparing rhetoric with reality. He considers common conceptions of freedom, why so few 'freedom loving Americans' actually have any understanding of freeom, and why so few have any respect for it. Bufe traces this lack of understanding and lack of respect to the various American institutions of the public. He concludes by examining the nature of freedom, especially aspects of it which are never mentioned in 'the miseducation system' or the corporate media.