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The Anarchist Federation (AF, AFed) is a federation of anarcho-communists in Great Britain and Ireland. It is not a political party, but a direct action, agitational and propaganda organization.

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Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2009 ~ (13,925 Words / 90,763 Characters)
Preface This pamphlet has its origins in a particular time and place, with the impetus behind it coming from the Israeli state’s military campaign in the Gaza strip in late 2008 and early 2009. As the record of atrocities and the death toll mounted, coming to a final stop at around 1,500 dead, large protests took place around the world, with a significant protest movement developing in Britain. This movement took the form of regular street protests in cities, a wave of 28 university occupations around the country and occasional attacks against companies supposedly implicated in the war. There were also, depressingly, actions with clear anti-Semitic overtones. Anarchist Federation members were involved in a range of ways, being present on street demonstrations and involved in a number of occupations. As anarchists, we are opposed to war, militarism and imperialism, and see a powerful movement against these forces as a vital part of inte... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2010 ~ (516 Words / 3,539 Characters)
During the first twenty years of the 20th century Mexico was engulfed in revolutionary turmoil. Various ‘constitutionalist’ (i.e. democratic) capitalist factions vied for power whilst attempting to overthrow the dictatorship of General Porfirio Diaz . Meanwhile the Agrarian (landless peasant) movement of Emiliano Zapata and the emerging urban working class attempted to defend their own interests amid the chaos. The Agrarians engaged in guerrilla activity against the various ‘revolutionary’ governments with the aim of reclaiming and defending the land of the indigenous population from the landowners. During the years 1906 to 1915 the Partido Liberal Mexicano (P.L.M.) played a leading in role in attempting to bring together Agrarian and proletarian revolt. Beginning from an advanced left liberal-democratic position the P.L.M., under the influence of the Magon brothers, developed into an anarchist communist organization with its own guerrilla units... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2000 ~ (14,584 Words / 93,767 Characters)
Beyond Resistance is the Anarchist Federation’s analysis of the capitalist world in crisis, suggestions about what the alternative anarchist communist society could be like, and evaluation of social and organizational forces which play a part in the revolutionary process. We aim to do three things through this manifesto: To convincingly make the case for a revolutionary social transformation into a libertarian society. To challenge those who are already convinced of this, that a revolution can be best brought about by the creation of organizational structures and a globally united anarchist communist movement. To explain the role we see the AF playing in this process. Preface to the third edition Much has happened since the Spring 1997 second edition of Beyond Resistance, and in our most recent edition we find ourselves in the new millennium which gives this pamphlet its theme. S... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2019 ~ (2,562 Words / 16,189 Characters)
We’ve previously written a few things about the 2016 referendum which led to the process of Britain’s exit from the European Union. As the time gets closer we look at what the currently uncertain situation means for workers. Before we get on to the specifics, we make some more general points about Brexit. In Organize 97 (Winter 2016) we said: Much media space is devoted to speculation about what Brexit will mean. There is even some doubt about whether despite May’s strong assertions that she will make Brexit work, that it will go ahead. She certainly is taking her time about it. After all, key sections of the British ruling class did not want Britain to leave the EU. They want the cheap labor and the financial sector is concerned that it will lose its central role in international financial markets. Also, the Scottish response to the outcome, which could lead to independence, would be a ma... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2012 ~ (5,556 Words / 34,904 Characters)
Aims and definitions The purpose of this paper is to outline a class struggle anarchist analysis of Privilege Theory. Many of us feel “privilege” is a useful term for discussing oppressions that go beyond economic class. It can help us to understand how these oppressions affect our social relations and the intersections of our struggles within the economic working class. It is written by members of the women’s caucus of the Anarchist Federation. It does not represent all our views and is part of an ongoing discussion within the federation. What do we mean – and what do we not mean – by privilege? Privilege implies that wherever there is a system of oppression (such as capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, heteronormativity) there is an oppressed group and also a privileged group, who benefit from the oppressions that this system puts in place. The privileged group do not have to b... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2009 ~ (2,119 Words / 13,140 Characters)
At the 2008 Climate Camp in Kingsnorth an open letter was circulated by anti-capitalist campers raising concerns that the movement was increasingly being by influenced state-led approaches to tackling climate change. A more developed version was later published by Shift magazine. The original argued broadly that the camp should adopt anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian principles and objectives. The 2009 Climate Camp, sited this year in Blackheath, London, saw continued debate over the future direction of the struggle against climate change. As a part of this, anarchist and libertarian communist activists hosted a debate on what we saw as a growing trend towards Green authoritarianism within the movement. Key concerns discussed included the assumption within some sections of the movement that the state can be used as a tool in combating climate change, and the general danger of the state co-opting the green movement and stripping it of its radical potential... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2020 ~ (1,580 Words / 9,980 Characters)
The following article was written about one week ago by our comrades in the Italian Anarchist Federation (Federazione Anarchica Italiana) and translated by them (original in Italian). Much of this will ring true for those of us living in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. We are seeing some differences, notably the strikes of factory, construction and other workers over the neglect of their safety by bosses, whereas many of these same workers are casualized or self-employed and not unionized in UK. And prisoners are rioting. But the deadly effect of an minimally funded health system under neoliberal policies is a clear warning for those of in countries who are catching up with Italy on the exponential spreading of illness. The British media, in its unquestioning support for the military can only talk of the selflessness of the army who are now drawn in to deliver goods for the NHS, more for propaganda than anything. By linking the lack of resources during this outbreak to militar... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2020 ~ (674 Words / 4,112 Characters)
Three weeks after our article More of the State You’ve Got, the UK government has accepted, as in Italy and elsewhere, that containment and the still to be widely available use of testing kits along the lines of World Health Organization advice is a better strategy to allow health services to cope. But so much was already known globally earlier in this century with similar coronaviruses MERS and SARS. These outbreaks required global collaboration to stop their spread between people and to protect healthcare workers. As the death rate in UK has been doubling every 3–4 days and the number of confirmed cases is doubling every 6 days at the time of writing, massive field hospitals are being built in exhibition halls with basic respiratory critical care and retired workers are being asked to come back to work. NHS workers are under intense pressure and are at risk of infection. Social care is a time-bomb with little safety provisions routinely available for c... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2020 ~ (748 Words / 4,641 Characters)
As various governments leap into action, or not, over the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s evident that the different approaches to containment and delay have a heavy ideological component. The mass surveillance approach of China has seen blocking of criticism of the state on the widespread social media platform WeChat and citizen reporters being taken off the streets, whilst the e-commerce app Alipay (like Paypal in UK) platform has been commandeered to build and track individual movements. It is doing this by assigning a ‘Alipay Health Code’ status of Red, Yellow or Green which is then being used to control access to work, public facilities and movement in general. In the UK, the central government’s approach is equally ideological, strongly criticized last week for being too ‘laissez-faire’, seemingly having more concern for the economic system than its people, especially with the idea that letting the po... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (777 Words / 5,062 Characters)
Ito Noe Born 1895 — Kyushu, Japan, died 1923 — Tokyo, Japan Ito was born in 1895, to a family of landed aristocracy, on the southern island of Kyushu. After graduating from Ueno Girls High School, she was forced against her will into an arranged marriage in her native village. She soon ran away to Tokyo. In Tokyo, women had been developing progressive ideas since the 1870s. Hiratsuka Raicho founded the Seitosha (Blue Stocking Society) and brought out its magazine Seito (Blue Stocking) which gave space to women to develop their literary, esthetic and political capabilities. Ito joined this group in 1913, at the age of 18, and became one of its editors from 1915 to 1916. Skilled in several languages, including English, she translated articles by the anarchist, Emma Goldman, on the situation of women. Ito later married the writer Tsuji Jun (1884–1944), who had taught her at school in 1912, but left him to ha... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2015 ~ (11,740 Words / 76,432 Characters)
This pamphlet is dedicated to all those revolutionary women who have passed without mention in the history books. Thanks also go to Nick Heath for his attempts to uncover their stories, reminding us that beside every well-known individual there is a whole movement aiming towards libertarian communism. Introduction The compatibility of anarchism and women’s liberation is clear: opposition to all hierarchy is a requirement of any movement demanding emancipation and equality. Despite this, everywhere that women joined the early anarchist movement they were forced to fight against the prejudices of their male comrades. Not only did they fight, they prevailed, becoming the spearhead of many revolutionary situations. Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Louise Michel, and Lucy Parsons are often the names that come to mind when someone thinks of pioneering anarchist women, but there were many others just as determine... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2015 ~ (3,436 Words / 23,324 Characters)
The Class Struggle ‘There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.’ – Warren Buffett, capitalist and the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 Before we start to look at the revolutionary organization itself, we first need to explain what we mean when talking about class. The term class is commonly used to describe a cultural identity that comes from a mixture of elements including family background, education, workplace history and access to/denial of different opportunities throughout life. This complex web of factors gives rise to different social labels (e.g. working class, lower middle class, etc.), each associated with different cultural markers – from the supermarket where someone shops through to the types of entertainment they enjoy. This is a sociological de... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2015 ~ (6,940 Words / 42,372 Characters)
What We’re Fighting: Capitalism and Hierarchy Capitalism, in essence, is a system of exploitation. It is a class system where a majority, the working class, is exploited by a minority, the ruling class. The ruling class own and control the places that we work & live, the land that produces our food, and everything that makes life possible. They make the decisions about what kinds of products the factories make or what kinds of services are provided, and they make the decisions about how this work is organized. The rest of us, the working class, must work in the fields and the factories, the call centers and the office blocks, or else get by on benefits or scrape together what we need to survive. We, the working class, build and provide everything society needs to function. They, the ruling class, suck profit out of our work. We are the body of society; they are parasites sucking us dry. It follows from this that we don&rs... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2008 ~ (59,434 Words / 396,621 Characters)
By the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro The first Congress of the FARJ was held with the principal objective of deepening our reflections on the question of organization and formalizing them into a program. This debate has been happening within our organization since 2003. We have produced theoretical materials, established our thinking, learned from the successes and mistakes of our political practice it was becoming increasingly necessary to further the debate and to formalize it, spreading this knowledge both internally and externally. The document “Social Anarchism and Organization” formalizes our positions after all these reflections. More than a purely theoretical document, it reflects the conclusions realized after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people. The document is divided into 16 parts. It has already been published in Portuguese in a book co-published between Faísca and the FARJ. (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2006 ~ (3,214 Words / 21,094 Characters)
By the Anarchist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland History The AF has its roots in a number of small anarchist groupings active in the 1970s. In addition, the founding members were inspired by the rich anarchist tradition on the Continent, especially in France. Taking what we thought was best from the past and from abroad, the goal was to create an anarchist communist organization, firmly based on the class struggle or social anarchist tradition. The project received crucial impetus with the bringing on board of the innovative magazine Virus. The Anarchist Communist Discussion was then launched at the Anarchist Bookfair in October 1985. We received remarkable interest in our project and by April 1986, there was enough stability to formalize the organization into the Anarchist Communist Federation. Though there is some historic continuity with earlier anarchist groups in Britain, the new federation is... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2009 ~ (5,825 Words / 39,983 Characters)
Part 1 – Origins The ACF has never, despite what some of our critics may have suggested, made our criticisms of syndicalism, including its anarcho variety, a “distinguishing characteristic” (see Black Flag Issue 211) of our politics. In a world-wide ‘labor movement’ dominated by social democratic ideas and practice and thoroughly integrated into capitalism, our focus of attack has not been on the relatively tiny syndicalist and ‘alternative’ union structures which exist. Rather, our arguments have been against trade unionism and forworking class self-organized struggle. However, anarcho-syndicalism remains the majority current within class struggle anarchism and is, despite various splits and feuds within its international organizations, in a state of resurgence. Now, therefore, is a good time to present a critical analysis of the theory and practice of syndicalism. Theory and practice... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2015 ~ (6,284 Words / 37,945 Characters)
Wage Slavery: Making Profit for Others ‘When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You ‘consent’ alright, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun. Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you, just as the highwayman’s gun.’ – Alexander Berkman, ‘What is Anarchism?’ When we go to work our activity, our labor, is used to create a service or product that our employers make money from. In return we are given a wage. The amount of money in our wage is unrelated to the usefulness of our job or the amount of money we make for the employer. Instead we get paid just enough to keep us in the job and no more. The money employers have left over after the wages and bills have been paid is known as profit. Business owners control the profit... (From :

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 2017 ~ (1,389 Words / 9,178 Characters)
By the Anarchist Federation of Central America and the Caribbean From Where and Whom We Support For us, as anarchists who live in lands adjacent to Venezuela, what is going on in that country doesn’t seem distant or is indifferent to us. Our dependent economies have received for almost two decades the generous fuel subsidies from PetroCaribe agreements with Venezuela. That is why almost all States and a large portion of the civil society actors of the Caribbean region now offer a complicit silence regarding the neo-liberal, authoritarian, repressive, and militaristic apotheosis resulting from the government of Nicolás Maduro. We will not deny the value of such agreements for our societies, but we will not turn a blind eye to the large contradictions on which these are founded. The international projection of the Bolivarian Revolution has favored sensitive sectors of our countries and we don’t ignore the b... (From :


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