Category Archives: Commentary

The story of Nestor Makhno through film

From paris-luttes.info … The Makhnovist movement was one of the rare anarchist-communist insurrections in history, if not the only one, capable of holding a territory for a number of years (from 1917 to 1921).  The film that follows returns to the … Continue reading

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Tomás Ibáñez: The anarchism to come

Tomás Ibáñez is arguably one of the most important voices of spanish anarchism, and the resonance of his work extends beyond his country of origin.  Infrequently translated into english, we have tried in earlier posts to modestly fill that gap. We … Continue reading

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Murray Bookchin: The Ghost of Anarcho-Syndicalism

In our series dedicated to anarcho-syndicalism, we share Murray Bookchin’s critical reflections on this tradition within anarchism, in the excellent essay, “The Ghost of Anarcho-Syndicalism”.  Whatever reservations we have regarding the direction of Bookchin’s anarchism towards a radically democratic municipalism, … Continue reading

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Errico Malatesta: On Syndicalism

Our recent series of testimonial posts in memory of the centenary of the russian february revolution of 1917, posts that we shared from (and by which we were inspired) Robert Graham’s Anarchist Weblog, with additional writings by the same authors, raise … Continue reading

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The russian february revolution of 1917: Grigori Petrovitch Maximov

We continue to share testimonials/reflections on the russian revolution, shared from and inspired by Robert Graham’s Anarchist Weblog … Gregory (“Grigori”) Maksimov (often written as “Maximov” and “Maximoff” in English language material) was one of the leading exponents of anarcho-syndicalism … Continue reading

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Struggles for autonomy

The question  “what is to be done?” for anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian politics often invites the suggestion that there must be a single, unequivocal answer to it, at multiple levels: ends or goals, tactics and strategies, organisations, all supposedly grounded in … Continue reading

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The russian february revolution of 1917: Nestor Makhno

From Robert Graham’s Anarchist Weblog … Nestor Makhno (1888-1934) is one of the best known (or notorious) of the anarchists involved in the 1917 Russian Revolution. He was from Gulyai-Pole (Huliaipole) in southern Ukraine. He became active in the local … Continue reading

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Moments of anarchy in armenia

From the CrimethInc. Collective … High Voltage: Lessons from Four Summers of Unrest in Armenia As massive anti-corruption protests shake former socialist countries and NATO and Russia mass their troops along the border between East and West, anarchists are asking how … Continue reading

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Iaroslavskaïa, the insurgent: Recuperating lost memories of revolution

The Russian Revolution often reduces itself, in superficial and/or interested narratives, to the seizure of political power in October of 1917 by Lenin’s Bolsheviks.  It was of course far more than that, both before and after.  And if the simple … Continue reading

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The russian february revolution of 1917: Anarchist resonances

On International Women’s Day, February 23, 1917, after almost three years of war, women textile workers in Petrograd illegally struck over a food shortage. Soon other workers joined in the strike. By the end of the day, 75,000 workers were … Continue reading

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