Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My kind of Anarchism.

  • My Anarchism is happy to borrow from   Situationism, Libertarian Socialism, Libertarian kinds of Marxism and Autonomist Marxism.
  • Capitalism is in a new phase now. Fordism is over. Post-Fordism is in.
  • Fordism was roughly 1930s-1970s. Post-Fordism is 1980s-present.
  • Fordism: Keynesianism, Post-war consensus, welfare state society.
  • Post-fordism: Precariousness of employment (temporary contracts,zero hour contracts, self employed ,temporary workers  etc) and unemployment, Neo-liberalism,Austerity, globalization, shift from manual labour to immaterial labour/ Affective labour, shift to service sector jobs, increased individualism, break down in communities, desire of politicians to find the centre, 'post-ideology', post-soviet union world, bureaucratic unions explicitly complicit in helping capitalism,

  • Anarcho-Communism, not mutualism. Markets would still encourage consumerism and require work. Markets would make workers their own bosses rather than actually liberated. Markets would reduce all work down to it's benefit to the market. I reject Mutualism/Market Socialism/ C4ss/ Proudhon.
  • I do not think Individualist anarchism is very useful. Communism is individualist but without being anti-social or atomistic etc.
  • I believe in the anarchist federation model of anarchist organisation whereby anarchists agree to a common set of principles. I do not believe anarchist communists can or should be in the same organisation as pacifists, mutualists , individualist anarchists or egoists.
  • Intersectionality is absolutely vital. No politics without Intersectionality.
  • Understanding Privilege and privilege theory is absolutely necessary and vital. 
  • Pro-organisation like Errico Malatesta. Opposed to anti-organisationalism
  • Green Anarchist. Not Anarcho-Primitivist. But very critical of Bookchin.
  • Absolutely opposed to vanguardism, reformism, political parties, Entryism and Leninism like all anarchists should be. Absolutely no compromises on this.
  • Anti-pacifism.But not insurrectionist. Not propaganda of the deed.
  • Revolution is creative and destructive.
  • We should not be Ivory tower like Negri & Hardt nor should we seem to lack theoretical understanding like Class War who I'm critical of.
  • In contrast to a comrade who is anti-Anarchist federation and spuriously claims they said the right to return for Palestinians is racist( it's not and AF never said that)  I actually very much support AFed.
  • I'm opposed to any soft nationalist support like support for the PKK or IRA or Hamas or anything like that.
  • The soviet union,cuba etc are/were state capitalist. I reject theories which say otherwise including Aufheben.
  • Is the working class formed in struggle, only coming to exist in struggle?  I'd say the working class become conscious of themselves and their power in struggle but they must be the working class i.e. exploited, before they struggle therefore to claim the working class only comes into being through struggle( As some autonomists seem to claim) makes no sense.
  • I reject post-workerist claims that capitalism has or will force itself to dissolve into communism or something other than capitalism.
  • I take issue with Postmodernism/ Post-structuralism in so far as it represents complicity with the existing order especially Capitalism.
  • I find it unclear whether we exist in a post-modern world or not.
  • All forms of oppression change their form and go through phases. Capitalism has moved from Fordism to post-Fordism. Patriarchy has also altered itself. Loosening to some degree by only by co-opting  certain forms of 'feminism' into complicity with it.

I support the AFed principles

Aims and Principles - point by point
  1. The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of revolutionary class struggle anarchists. We aim for the abolition of all hierarchy, and work for the creation of a world-wide classless society: anarchist communism.
  2. Capitalism is based on the exploitation of the working class by the ruling class. But inequality and exploitation are also expressed in terms of race, gender, sexuality, health, ability and age, and in these ways one section of the working class oppresses another. This divides us, causing a lack of class unity in struggle that benefits the ruling class. Oppressed groups are strengthened by autonomous action which challenges social and economic power relationships. To achieve our goal we must relinquish power over each other on a personal as well as a political level.
  3. We believe that fighting systems of oppression that divide the working class, such as racism and sexism, is essential to class struggle. Anarchist-Communism cannot be achieved while these inequalities still exist. In order to be effective in our various struggles against oppression, both within society and within the working class, we at times need to organise independently as people who are oppressed according to gender, sexuality, ethnicity or ability. We do this as working class people, as cross-class movements hide real class differences and achieve little for us. Full emancipation cannot be achieved without the abolition of capitalism.
  4. We are opposed to the ideology of national liberation movements which claims that there is some common interest between native bosses and the working class in face of foreign domination. We do support working class struggles against racism, genocide, ethnocide and political and economic colonialism. We oppose the creation of any new ruling class. We reject all forms of nationalism, as this only serves to redefine divisions in the international working class. The working class has no country and national boundaries must be eliminated. We seek to build an anarchist international to work with other libertarian revolutionaries throughout the world.
  5. As well as exploiting and oppressing the majority of people, Capitalism threatens the world through war and the destruction of the environment.
  6. It is not possible to abolish Capitalism without a revolution, which will arise out of class conflict. The ruling class must be completely overthrown to achieve anarchist communism. Because the ruling class will not relinquish power without their use of armed force, this revolution will be a time of violence as well as liberation.
  7. Unions by their very nature cannot become vehicles for the revolutionary transformation of society. They have to be accepted by capitalism in order to function and so cannot play a part in its overthrow. Trades unions divide the working class (between employed and unemployed, trade and craft, skilled and unskilled, etc). Even syndicalist unions are constrained by the fundamental nature of unionism. The union has to be able to control its membership in order to make deals with management. Their aim, through negotiation, is to achieve a fairer form of exploitation of the workforce. The interests of leaders and representatives will always be different from ours. The boss class is our enemy, and while we must fight for better conditions from it, we have to realise that reforms we may achieve today may be taken away tomorrow. Our ultimate aim must be the complete abolition of wage slavery. Working within the unions can never achieve this. However, we do not argue for people to leave unions until they are made irrelevant by the revolutionary event. The union is a common point of departure for many workers. Rank and file initiatives may strengthen us in the battle for anarchist communism. What's important is that we organise ourselves collectively, arguing for workers to control struggles themselves.
  8. Genuine liberation can only come about through the revolutionary self activity of the working class on a mass scale. An anarchist communist society means not only co-operation between equals, but active involvement in the shaping and creating of that society during and after the revolution. In times of upheaval and struggle, people will need to create their own revolutionary organisations controlled by everyone in them. These autonomous organisations will be outside the control of political parties, and within them we will learn many important lessons of self-activity.
  9. As anarchists we organise in all areas of life to try to advance the revolutionary process. We believe a strong anarchist organisation is necessary to help us to this end. Unlike other so-called socialists or communists we do not want power or control for our organisation. We recognise that the revolution can only be carried out directly by the working class. However, the revolution must be preceded by organisations able to convince people of the anarchist communist alternative and method. We participate in struggle as anarchist communists, and organise on a federative basis. We reject sectarianism and work for a united revolutionary anarchist movement.
  10. We oppose organised religion and cults and hold to a materialist analysis of capitalist society. We, the working class, can change society through our own efforts. Worshipping an unprovable spiritual realm, or believing in a religious unity between classes, mystifies or suppresses such self-emancipation / liberation. We reject any notion that people can be liberated through some kind of supernatural force. We work towards a society where religion is no longer relevant.  

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