By Ben Burgis, The Jacobin Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is dead at the age of 88. It’s a tragedy that Rumsfeld died before he could be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Donald Rumsfeld just died at the age of eighty-eight. Obituaries at outlets […]
By Nicole Hao Epoch Times Editor’s Note: Some of the accounts in this article contain graphic and disturbing details of torture and other forms of degrading treatment. Founded in July 1921, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has wreaked death and destruction on the Chinese populace for a century. […]
An interesting collection of writings from anarchists on the meaning of the black flag. Crimethinc In the following selections, a range of authors and artists from across a century and a half reflect on the meaning of the black flag, the anarchist standard of rebellion and negation. READ […]
This is a story about medieval Maghribi merchants, Kalahari San Bushmen, American ranchers, Arctic Inuits, Pygmies, The Semai, and Wisconsin businessmen. For people wanting more stories like these you should read Elinor Ostrom’s “Governing the Commons”. She was the first woman to win the Nobel prize in economics, […]
Harold Barclay’s classic work in anarchist anthropology. Preface by Alex Comfort Introduction I. On the Nature of Anarchy On anarchy and anarchism Social order and authority Social sanctions Government and the state Conclusion II. Some Observations on Procedure III. Anarchy among Hunter-Gatherers Inuit San Pygmies Australian hunters and […]
Who cares? Let every tribe have its own narrative.
Bakunin’s heirs in South Africa: Race and revolutionary syndicalism from the IWW to the International Socialist League, 1910–21
By Lucien Van Der Walt ABSTRACT The historiography of the socialist movement in South Africa remains dominated by the interpretations developed by Communist Partywriters, and this is particularly true of the left before Communism. This article defines the key arguments of Communist writers regarding the left in the […]
Krystal and Saagar mourn the passing of American hero Sen. Mike Gravel who will be missed dearly.
Anarchism and Syndicalism in an African Port City: The Revolutionary Traditions of Cape Town’s Multi-Racial Working Class, 1904-1931″
By Lucien van der Walt This paper examines the development of anarchism and syndicalism in early twentieth-century Cape Town, South Africa, drawing attention to a crucial but neglected chapter of labor and left history. Central to this story were the anarchists in the local Social Democratic Federation (SDF), […]
BBC Two more Catholic churches burned down in indigenous communities in western Canada early on Saturday. The fires at St Ann’s Church and the Chopaka Church began within an hour of each other in British Columbia. Officers said both buildings were completely destroyed, and they were treating the […]
He was a leading figure in the anti-Vietnam War movement. I consider the success of that movement to be arguably the most important movement in the history of the United States, and possibly more important than either the American Revolution or the Civil War. If there had been […]
The scenario described in this story is not particularly analogous to where we are today. Political conflict in the 1930s was genuinely class-based. Class conflict exists today and continues to increase, but it is tertiary in relation to the intra-elite conflict (see Pareto on elites and counter-elites) pitting […]
This makes for an interesting comparison/contrast. James Lindsay offers a highly negative critique of critical race theory in this interview with Tom Woods, while the meme below offers a more sympathetic explanation/interpretation. James Lindsay joins Tom Woods to discuss what Critical Race Theory is, what its flaws are, […]
By David Shield CBC Father Stefano Penna says he understands the anger Indigenous people are feeling WARNING: This story contains distressing details. The doors of a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Saskatoon were splattered with paint Thursday afternoon after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the […]
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston and Derrick Jensen to discuss the failure of the left to challenge Capitalism.
By Axel Corlu This dissertation explores the connections of anarchism and violence, especially in the form of propaganda by the deed. The existing scholarship on this subject either focuses on national/ethnic units, or subsumes it under the dubious heading of “terrorism.” I aim to present an inclusive, transnational account and analysis of anarchist violence in proper […]
Since the end of WW2, the United States has struggled to gain decisive victory in the conflicts in which it has engaged. As MacArthur said: “there is no substitute for victory,” since the end of WW2 the United States has been trying and failing, to find that substitute. […]
By Raymond Craib José Astorquiza had no patience for insolence. The special minister appointed to oversee the prosecution of subversives looked at the young man in front of him. “Are you an anarchist?” he asked. José DomingoGómez Rojas answered: “I do not have, dear Minister, sufficient moral discipline […]
I was with her. I knew she was right at the time and that the Afghan war would turn out more or less as it did. Anybody with a basic knowledge of that region of the world could have figured it out. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) cast the […]
By Jose Moya Shows how Eastern European Jews in the international anarchist movement and how the stereotypes of Jews as radicals may have stirred antisemitism among the native-born upper and middle classes in Argentina but promoted sympathy from the leftist sectors of the immigrant working classes. READ MORE
By Antoinette Harrell, Vice Historian and genealogist Antoinette Harrell has uncovered cases of African Americans still living as slaves 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The 57-year-old Louisiana native has dedicated more than 20 years to peonage research. Through her work, she’s unearthed painful stories […]
By Franz Lidz, New York Times On the morning after Juliane Diller fell to earth, she awoke in the deep jungle of the Peruvian rainforest dazed with incomprehension. Just before noon on the previous day — Christmas Eve, 1971 — Juliane, then 17, and her mother had boarded […]
For historians of the ‘60s and ‘70s, one of the most pressing questions to ask is: What did the revolutionary movements of this period get right, and where did they go wrong? Of course, David and Margaret give us thought-provoking and insightful answers — on modern cynicism toward […]
By Holger Marcks “Taking a critical approach, Holger Marcks deconstructs the threat of ‘international anarchist terrorism’ as a justification narrative that was used to generally blame anarchist ideology for politically motivated assassinations, to criminalise political dissent and to shape the norms and practices of the respective transnational criminal […]
By Benjamin Pauli This article highlights the ways in which anarcho-pacifists in the years during and after World War II reconceptualized anarchist tactics like “propaganda of the deed” and “direct action” in a manner that reconciled them with principles of nonviolence. In order to contextualize this extraordinary shift […]
By Jason Garner, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, Issue Six, August 2003. As anarchism was never a mass movement in either the United Kingdom or the United States it has often been the victim of equivocal, prejudicial and patronising (often sympathetic) interpretations. Studies of the anarchist […]
This is a damn good article. I think there are a number of things going on here that nearly all commentators miss. As the Thomas Piketty study recently pointed out, the “culture war” is primarily between the different factions of the elite: the traditional business/military sectors vs the […]
By Kevin Clark, America: The Jesuit Review After years of grueling testimony about the treatment of First Nations and other Indigenous children in residential boarding schools during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Canadians could be forgiven if they believed they had already heard the worst. But on […]
Eric Kaufmann joins Lipton Matthews to discuss the Fall of Anglo-America, Secularism and Cultural Disparities.
I’ve met Dan Ellsberg twice. Once at a demonstration at the Pentagon in 1988, and once at a conference in DC in 2007. Had a conversation about Central America in an elevator with him at one point. By Elizabeth Becker, New York Times This article is part of […]
Science writer Steven Johnson, author of the new book Extra Life, on vaccines, medical breakthroughs, and life after Covid. “It took us four years just to identify the virus that caused AIDS in the ’80s,” says Steven Johnson. “Imagine COVID where it’s four years before we even know […]
By most accounts, America was founded in 1776 when the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence. More recently, The New York Times Magazine launched an initiative known as the 1619 Project, aiming to redefine America’s birth as being 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on American […]
History has been forgotten. Nobody seems to know what ‘Fascism’ actually is, or was, or means. And the word has degenerated into little more than a slur. Today though I’m going to use historical sources to accurately define what Fascism was, place it within the context of history, […]
Former Louisiana Governor, Huey Long, was once a figure of great controversy and interest. During the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, Long achieved prominence on a populist and seemingly socialistic platform which advocated redistribution of wealth, and much more. Often portrayed through history as […]
Ryan Grim and Emily Jashinsky react to Texas Gov. Abbott’s 1836 Project.
The secrets behind Ho Chi Minh’s control of Vietnam and his ability to force the Japanese, the French and the Americans out of his country during his three decade reign.
By Felipe Corrêa To deal with the political thought of Errico Malatesta is not a simple task and is something that must be carried out with necessary caution. It is relevant to bear in mind three fundamental questions that run throughout any more careful analysis of his work: […]
In this final episode, Mary Beard delves even deeper into ordinary Roman life by going behind the closed doors of their homes. She meets an extraordinary cast of characters – drunken housewives, teenage brides, bullied children and runaway slaves – and paints a more dynamic, lusty picture of […]
Neoliberalism is why we’ve become so unequal over the course of this party system. As a result, the US is more divided politically than most of us can remember. I’m a cultural historian, as in I study the cultural significance of historical events, so it pains me to […]
Philip Short’s biography of Pol Pot is probably the best discussion of what actually happened in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Probably the single most tyrannical regime in history.
By Paul Gottfried, Chronicles The right is often accused of fascist tendencies in many of today’s political diatribes. A typical response is for the right to return the same accusation toward the left, a fact Edward Ring explores in a recent article for American Greatness, citing Jonah Goldberg’s famous book Liberal […]
…Yet deep down we know that in our society it’s just a fact in Canada and British Columbia, some children matter less.” Powerful words from MLA Adam Olsen. Listen to his full statement on #215Children.
Classical Wisdom Are there warring factions in any political society? We wonder. Is that where all our problems stem from? The idea that the few, wealthy oligarchs are constantly at odds with the disadvantaged masses is nothing new. In fact, if we were to read Aristotle’s The Politics, […]
The Wikipedia entry on the wave of revolutions that impacted the Communist world in the late 80s/early 90s is generally accurate from a historical perspective, and worth reading. The impression these events made on me at the time was the realization that revolutions could be carried out in […]
Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right: Changing Political Cleavages in 21 Western Democracies, 1948-2020
This is well worth checking out. This is one of the best descriptions of the condition of Western politics that I have seen to date. Present political conflict is not about class (or race or gender), although such conflicts exist in a way that is subordinated to the […]
By Matthew Blackwell, Quillette Looking out across the yellow-washed angular buildings that clutter the inner city of Phnom Penh in 2016, hindsight fills me with anxiety. Imagining myself here in 1975, I recall the jubilant and cheering crowds in the spring of that year who weren’t privy to […]
By Andrew Hoyt This dissertation tells the story of how a small group of low-profile militants, located on the periphery of industrial America, set in motion a chain of events that led Luigi Galleani to become one of the most notorious Italian anarchist and resulted in the Cronaca […]
By Phillip W. Magness & Alexander William Salter , National Review Washington spends too much, taxes too much, does too much. That’s because of the Constitution, not in spite of it. Thinkpieces lamenting the state of constitutional government are a dime a dozen. If only we embraced a […]
By James Michael Yeoman In the early twentieth century a group of Spanish anarchists settled in the town of Dowlais, South Wales, as part of a wider migration to the area prompted by the town’s ironworks. Over the following fifteen years this community kept in constant contact with […]