Piff smoking, anarchist literature reading bad man.
"You only harm the poor by making them believe they have rights other than what they can win on the market, like a basic right to live, because that kind of right interferes with the market, and with efficiency, and with growth and so on."
"Every popular movement already carries with it the seeds of the revolutionary socialism: we must take part in it to ensure its growth. A clear and precise ideal of revolution is formulated only by an infinitesimal minority, and if we wait to take part in a struggle which appears exactly as we have imagined it in our minds—we shall wait forever. Don’t imitate the dogmatists who ask for the formula before anything else: the people carry the living revolution in their hearts, and we must fight and die with them."
Carlo Cafiero, 1875 (via class-struggle-anarchism)
Carlo Cafiero goes virtually unknown among most anarchists even though he, and others, set down clear tenets outlining anarchist-communism independent of Kropotkin and about the same time.
He wrote a book called The Compendium of The Capital, which even Marx praised, that was meant to introduce the ideas of Das Kapital to the average person.
also, he was part of a small uprising that took a few cities for a few days.
In April 1877, Cafiero, Malatesta, Ceccarelli, the Russian Stepniak and 30 other comrades began an insurrection in the province of Benevento. They took the village of Letino without a struggle where they were greeted with great enthusiasm. Arms and expropriated goods were distributed amongst the people, tax money was returned and official documents destroyed. Cafiero, in dialect, explained the ideas of anarchism, freedom, justice and the new society without the State, without masters, servants, soldiers and owners. His proclamations even convinced the parish priest, who explained to his parishioners that the Internationalists were ‘the true apostles sent by the Lord’. The following day the village of Gallo was taken in a similar fashion. Unfortunately, as they were leaving Gallo the Internationalists were surprised and surrounded by government troops and all were arrested. Held in prison for over a year before being brought to trial, all the accused were eventually acquitted in August 1878.
would anyone happen to have a PDF/link to The Compendium of The Capital? Or somewhere to order it?(via sedimentarysyndicalist)
Yes please!(via lottebagpipe)
Pleased that the UKIP billboard by my house lasted less than 24 hours before being ripped down and graffitied. I love Bristol.
I got my complimentary toilet paper from UKIP through the post today. Decided would send it back to their free post address at:
UKIP FREE POST
Winston Churchill about the Palestinians, in 1937:
"I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
Source: Page 9, Samar Attar (2010) Debunking the Myths of Colonization: The Arabs and Europe, University Press of America. Page 156, Makovsky Michael (2007) Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft, Yale University Press.
Fuck Churchill. Fuck this whole idolisation of someone for being a wartime leader. Should the Russians celebrate fucking Stalin by the same standard?
Churchill. Massive piece of shit.
"The term “globalization” has been appropriated by the powerful to refer to a specific form of international economic integration, one based on investor rights, with the interests of people incidental. That is why the business press, in its more honest moments, refers to the “free trade agreements” as “free investment agreements” (Wall St. Journal). Accordingly, advocates of other forms of globalization are described as “anti-globalization”; and some, unfortunately, even accept this term, though it is a term of propaganda that should be dismissed with ridicule. No sane person is opposed to globalization, that is, international integration. Surely not the left and the workers movements, which were founded on the principle of international solidarity - that is, globalization in a form that attends to the rights of people, not private power systems.”
― Noam Chomsky
I remember when I was a teenager watching bbc news during the G8 protests in London (was it that long ago actually? My memory’s shot to shit) and noticing how the presenter referred to the protestors as ‘anticapitalist’ on the first day, then swiftly moved to calling them ‘antiglobalisation’ protestors the next. ‘Antiglobalisation’ is such a vague and meaningless term, ‘anticapitalist’ describes precisely what the people were protesting so the bbc thought better than to reflect that.
"Fascism was an extremist defense of the bourgeois economy threatened by crisis and by proletarian subversion. Fascism is a state of siege in capitalist society, by means of which this society saves itself and gives itself stop-gap rationalization by making the State intervene massively in its management. But this rationalization is itself burdened by the immense irrationality of its means. Although fascism rallies to the defense of the main points of bourgeois ideology which has become conservative (the family, property, the moral order, the nation), reuniting the petty-bourgeoisie and the unemployed routed by crisis or deceived by the impotence of socialist revolution, it is not itself fundamentally ideological. It presents itself as it is: a violent resurrection of myth which demands participation in a community defined by archaic pseudo-values: race, blood, the leader."
Guy Debord, Society Of The Spectacle (via lifetimeachievementaward)
"There are only 3 ways of increasing the riches of a state: the first is by war: that is robbery; the second is by commerce: this is cheating; and the third is by agriculture: this is the only honest way"