Harald Beyer-Arnesen

1952 — 2005

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About Harald Beyer-Arnesen

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death last week of Harald Beyer-Arnesen.

News of his death was circulated by Jonas Bals, who sent the following report.

“Last night we were told that Harald has passed away, probably due to a heart condition. Needless to say, we are all saddened by this sudden loss of a good friend and comrade. For many years now, Harald has contributed in significant ways to a variety of anarchist activities in Oslo, and been a torn in the eye of quite a few bosses. Largely due to blacklisting in the health sector where Harald worked the last years as a waged wage slave, he had some time left over for discussions and debates, in cyberspace and elsewhere. Most of you will probably only know him from this forum, where he surely has had his rows – just like we had ours with him in flesh and blood. Most of those discussions would have been drabber, duller and less educative had he not taken part. From now on we will have to do without him. He will be missed.”

Harold described himself as an 'anarco-syndicalist and anarchist communist ...inspired by social revolutionaries from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and India, and the reading of too many books during the last decades about the past and contemporary history of this troubled part of the world.”

He edited the Norwegian journal Lonnslaven which means wage slave. Here you can find an interview with him published by the Anarcho Syndicalist Review, in which he speaks of labor struggles, syndicalism and anarchism [http://www.syndicalist.org/archives/llr14-24/14e.shtml]

In Capitalist Terror and Madness; George bin Laden & Osama son of Bush incorporated
he wrote;

“A last word about terror. In a play of words: Out of the ruins of anarchy, anarchy cannot arise, only the rule of the Market and the State in their most brutalized, authoritarian manifestations. In its proper sense, anarchy of course does not signify disorder and the struggle of each against all, however common such a belief may be, but the overcoming of the Rule of the Siamese Twins of Market and State through the human creation of a global classless society, where people in cooperation rule over their own lives and destinies, and the freedom of all becomes the condition of the freedom of each, as the freedom of each is the condition for the freedom of all.”

His article 'Direct Action: Towards the understanding of an concept' [www.zabalaza.net/pdfs/varpams/direct_action_hba.pdf ] is a valuable contribution to the debate on what strategies and tactics we should use in our quest for an anarchist society.

Many in the anarchist movement knew him only through the Internet, and in the noisy cacophony of Internet chatter, his mails were always the ones that you stopped to read. They were notable for their courtesy, clarity and depth of thought. I only met Harold once in the 'real world' (and it is always interesting putting a face to an Internet persona) when he stayed with us while visiting Ireland. I remember his superbly dry sense of humor and that after visiting a local bookshop, he left with a stack of books on the war in Yugoslavia. I joked that it was pretty serious summer reading but they no doubt explained the breadth of knowledge which was obvious from his email contributions.

Below are some of the comments of those who knew him, in person or through the Internet debates he contributed to.

John Holloway:
I too am extremely sorry to hear of Harald's death. His contributions were always among the brightest lights of the aut-op-sy list. I have been missing him since he withdrew from the list a few months ago.

Jon Beasley-Murray:
Harald was a long-time, prolific, and thoughtful contributor to these discussions.

Lars Akerhaug, Oslo:
Harald Beyer-Arnesen was one of the prominent members of the now defunct, or at least invisible, "Folkemakt" (people's power) that still is mentioned in Nico's Norway page. I think the group grew out of the late 80s politicizing of the Norwegian squatters' (danish
comrades will know the term bz'ere) movement. At that time the movement shifted into a sharp antifascist platform, with mobilizing against neo-nazis, apartheid and police brutality.

Some of those aligned with Folkemakt was and are still among the sharpest intellectuals of this movement, and at the same time street militants. Although I mostly saw Beyer-Arntsen as a theorist more than activist, I know that for many of these young activists he was very
important.

Maybe needless to say, I have many disagreements towards the tendency that Beyer-Arntsen represented. However, I believe the descriptions given above gives him justice.

Nate Holdren:
I was saddened to hear the news of Harald's passing. I knew him only via email, but I found him to be always a comradely discussant, willing to both be patient with confused conversation partners and to be honest with those he felt to be wrong-headed. Harald had intelligent, well-informed ideas grounded in concrete realities and I know I am not alone in saying that I benefited greatly from our
conversations, intellectually and politically, as well as having a strong sense of comraderie. I particularly appreciated his views on workplace activity, which impacted my own (anarcho)syndicalism. Harald will be missed.

Dave Graham:
I only knew Harald in cyber space . . . he made me really think - hopefully his contributions to this list will be in the archive. ... - we might do well to revisit some of Harald's contributions if only for his unfailing courtesy and obvious honesty.

I will definitely miss him.

Tahir Woods:
I remember Harald with great fondness; he was a person who had obvious integrity and intellectual depth. I'm very sorry to hear this.

(Source: Anarkismo.net, by sovietpop.)

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Ilan Shalif, a libertarian communist whose thoughts I value even when I do not agree with the conclusions reached, made the following remarks on the electronic discussion list of class-struggle anarchists, Organize, which provoked the following thoughts. (However, he would not necessarily agree with all the positions I argue against below.) Anarcho-syndicalist union is a myth and a dream that cannot be materialized in the capitalist society of this time. And if it could be, it would have been only of its members. Nothing can belong to the wider working class but the fact that its members are exploited by the capitalist class. … I still can not see at present any anarcho-syndicalist union that is not so only in name. (Either it i... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Towers may blow up and crumble, while fortifying the very social structures they stood as a symbol for. The words You can’t blow up a social relation, ring truer than ever. There are good reasons to begin talking about terror as such and within a global context. To a large extent terror can also be viewed apart from whatever motives that may hide behind particular expressions of it, or whether it is carried out of states or not. If the end result is the same, in both a shorter and longer term perspective, such distinctions become less important. Which does not mean we should overlook the question of ideological legitimization It is no coincidence that terror has formed such a central part within fascist movements. Nor that words such... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Campaigning for wage-workers to join the Industrial Workers of the World, Eugene V. Debs stated in December 1905: “The capitalist own the tools they do not use, and the workers use the tools they do not own.” To this one could add: At times direct action may mean putting the tools we do not own out of action, at times it may mean bringing them into play for our own, self-defined needs and ends. In the final instance, it can only mean acting as if all the tools were in fact our own. Direct action brought to its ultimate and logical end is the libertarian social revolution: the working class’s direct overtaking, rearrangement, transformation and deconstruction (when not found appropriate to human needs) of the means of prod... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
May 30, 2014, marked the 200th anniversary of Bakunin’s birth. The following is the text of bulleted notes for a presentation delivered in Boston a few years before Harald’s death, and recently discovered tucked inside a copy of Maximoff’s anthology. It has been lightly edited for publication; no doubt, Harald would have made more substantive revisions and elaborated several points. The watchword of the Industrial Workers of the World, “An injury to one is an injury to all,” should not only be understood as a moral imperative, or what the English historian E.P. Thompson referred to as a working class moral economy, but as a social fact of life. Fully understood, the IWW watchword contains a whole program and a... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The following interview with Lonsslaven (Wage Slave) coeditor Harald Beyer-Arnesen was conducted October 17th. Lonnslaven is an independent anarcho-syndicalist journal published in Oslo, Norway. It has been extensively edited. LLR: Could you describe the situation in Norway? For many years, since the second world war, we have had a social democratic party in the government called the Labor Party — not all of the time, but most of the time. And you can say in one way that you have one big union in Norway, which is not completely true because you’ve got another one that’s pretty big. But most workers are in the union, and the great majority among them are organized in what is called L.O., the country organization, which ha... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
In order to gain a critical understanding of the persistence of Islamic archaism and all its paraphernalia, one must approach it through the logic of its own history, as well as that of the Arabo-Muslim bourgeoisie of the 19th and 20th centuries, which is radically different from the process of European history and from the residual folkloric Christianity of the present-day West. The modern schizophrenia of Islamic integralism A 2002 Preface to ‘Why the Reversion to Islamic Archaism?’ by Harald Beyer-Arnesen “The true prophet, therefore, is not merely an inspired man who has the unusual powers of of performing miracles. He is primarily a statesman and a legislator.” Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406), “t... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

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1952
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2005
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