Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair, July 23-24!

The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair is only 9 days away! Join us for a weekend full of anti-authoritarian activities, workshops, books, zines, food, friends, and great conversations! Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th 10:30am – 6pm Steelworkers’ Hall (25 Cecil Street) (click here for map)   There will be a great selection of workshops this year, with ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Capitalism: Swing Your Sledgehammer

It’s all about vision and hope, in an effort to envision how economics and markets can exist after the toxicity of capitalism is gone, gone gone. Are you up for it? Last night, John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism, was the SFU Institute for the Humanities‘ guest lecturer, skyped in from Mexico. He was full ...

Molly'sBlog: CNT-f Faces Eviction

CNT-F FACES EVICTION FROM LONG-TERM HEADQUARTERS      The CNT-f is the larger of the two anarchosyndicalist/revolutionary syndicalist union federations in France. They have traditionally been called the ‘CNT-Vignoles’ after their headquarters at 33 rue Vignoles in Paris. They have survived a previous attempt to evict them in 1996, but now they are facing a fresh ...

Molly'sBlog: CNT-f Faces Eviction

CNT-F FACES EVICTION FROM LONG-TERM HEADQUARTERS      The CNT-f is the larger of the two anarchosyndicalist/revolutionary syndicalist union federations in France. They have traditionally been called the ‘CNT-Vignoles’ after their headquarters at 33 rue Vignoles in Paris. They have survived a previous attempt to evict them in 1996, but now they are facing a fresh ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight

Some breaking news occurred yesterday, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board approved the Enbridge pipeline, but with 209 conditions. To quote a teenager from 1994: “Big whoop.” Also, big whoop goes out to the awesome pictures of soon to be decimated pristine wilderness on the report cover. What do you think of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Fried Squirrels

It’s a crisp, foggy November Saturday morning in the south side of the city. Seventeen people sit in the large open area at the back end of an organic fair trade coffee shop run by a workers’ co-op inspired by the Mondragon movement in Spain. Meet-ups like this are quite common in this shop. The ...

Molly'sBlog: JOAN PEIRÓ BELIS

JOAN PEIRÓ BELIS     The following brief biography was originally published at the website of the CNT of Puerto Real in Spanish. The original Spanish version can be found there under their ‘Biografias’ section.     Joan Peiró, glass worker, anarcho-syndicalist intellectual, and Minister of Industry during the second Spanish republic, was executed by firing squad on July ...

Molly'sBlog: JOAN PEIRÓ BELIS

JOAN PEIRÓ BELIS     The following brief biography was originally published at the website of the CNT of Puerto Real in Spanish. The original Spanish version can be found there under their ‘Biografias’ section.     Joan Peiró, glass worker, anarcho-syndicalist intellectual, and Minister of Industry during the second Spanish republic, was executed by firing squad on July ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Practice CrimeStop: You Are the New Terrorist

Balloons are a threat to civil order. The police must protect themselves from you with riot gear. You are a bad person. You. You enemy of the state. You radical environmentalist. Or worker rights advocate. Or whatever cause you are promoting. You. You are a threat to order. When you gather, you are a threat ...

Molly'sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS       The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rather “freely translate” as the particulars of Spanish labour practices are quite different from here in the Anglosphere. ...

Molly'sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS       The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rather “freely translate” as the particulars of Spanish labour practices are quite different from here in the Anglosphere. ...

Molly'sBlog: TERESA MAÑE MIRAVENT

  Teresa Mañe Miravent – Mother of Federica Montseny     The following is a translation from Spanish. The Spanish original is available at the Biografias anarquistas section of the website of the CNT Puerto Real. Any errors of translation are entirely my responsibility.      Born on November 29 1865 in Cubelles (Garraf, Catalonia) – until recently believed to ...

Molly'sBlog: TERESA MAÑE MIRAVENT

  Teresa Mañe Miravent – Mother of Federica Montseny     The following is a translation from Spanish. The Spanish original is available at the Biografias anarquistas section of the website of the CNT Puerto Real. Any errors of translation are entirely my responsibility.      Born on November 29 1865 in Cubelles (Garraf, Catalonia) – until recently believed to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show babies have basically decent impulses and are strongly driven by moral imperatives

More research shows once again that compassion, empathy and mutual aid, and an instinct toward cooperation, are innate in human beings, confirming what the great Russian biologist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin had already amply demonstrated over a hundred years ago, in his monumental work, Mutual Aid. My but our cherished ideological self-deceptions die slowly. ...

Molly'sBlog: What is Anarchism: An Introduction

WHAT IS ANARCHISM: AN INTRODUCTION     By Donald Rooum, Freedom Press, London 1993 ISBN 0 900384 66 2      It has been many years since I have read a non-historical introduction to anarchism. There are a great number of them, and to my mind they should live up to certain criteria. One is that they should ...

Molly'sBlog: What is Anarchism: An Introduction

WHAT IS ANARCHISM: AN INTRODUCTION     By Donald Rooum, Freedom Press, London 1993 ISBN 0 900384 66 2      It has been many years since I have read a non-historical introduction to anarchism. There are a great number of them, and to my mind they should live up to certain criteria. One is that they should ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Imagine common sense

John Lennon, Imagine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8 Think about how widely loved this song is. Then think about the lyrics and what they say – this is a song that is urging anarchist communism. And the people love it. That says a lot. In fact, it would be hard to think of a song that is more widely ...

Politics, Re-Spun: You Aren’t Sufficiently Critical of the #Media

You need to trust the media less. Almost a year ago, and before the last US presidential election, Gallup determined that there has been a stunning decline in citizens’ mistrust of the media [see below]. It crossed over from mostly trust to not so much trust around 2004-2005. If you recall, the US imperialist invasion ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Why Do They Want Us To Shut Up?

If we were harmless, the riot cops would stay home. It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. Like most weeks. We are taught to fit in and obey. We are told that individuality and the search for social justice will get us in trouble, either by government surveillance or social ostracism. We speak out, still. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Canada’s Evolving Soft Fascism

Things are bad under Prime Minister Harper. They’re getting worse, even since the last time I wrote about Harper’s soft fascism. But how do we measure it? It’s so…subjective, unless you have some kind of benchmark for totalitarian political behaviour. Luckily we do, at least these three: This powerful graphic comes from Fascism Anyone?, a ...

Politics, Re-Spun: What Young People Are Teaching Us About Empathy

Click the chart to see more inspiring charts! Descending/increasing lines indicate less/more concern among different generations of high school graduates for the various ideas. I have so much hope for the future. Sometimes I get bogged down by negativity, but that’s usually just circumstantial. It passes. Much of my hope comes from observing young people. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: New, Better Jobs Building a Green Energy Infrastructure

Let’s go post-carbon and transform Big Carbon jobs into green jobs! We are so addicted to carbon-based energy: oil, gas, coal, LNG plants, fracking, pipelines, tanker spills. It gets so discouraging sometimes. But something that the post-carbon energy infrastructure advocates are missing out on, I think, is promoting more of a response to Big Carbons ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Why Don’t People Respect Canada Anymore? Reason #766, Egypt

A huge crowd of protesters stretched along an avenue near the presidential palace in Cairo on Sunday evening If you ever wondered why Canada is losing international respect, here’s a shining example, #766 in fact. The “Harper Government” [sic] is fully addicted to neoliberal economic 1%-ism. Egypt, as we’ve seen for a few years, is ...