‘Which is more effective – the Ballot Box or Direct Action’

Simply put Anarchy is …

“the finest and biggest thing man has ever thought of; the only thing that can give you liberty and well-being, and bring peace and joy to the world.”

Alexander Berkman

The new proletariat as a homogeneous class first came into existence in the last 10 years. And it is by no means an exclusively German phenomenon: An underclass is emerging in every self-described leading industrial nation. The modern political economy clearly has nothing to offer to those who possess little knowledge.

It is no mere coincidence that the rise of the new underclass is happening in tandem with the erosion of industry jobs. In Europe, the process of de-industrialization may end up being more influential than the common currency or the effort to forge a shared constitution. The disintegration of society threatens the West today more than international terrorism, even if politicians are focusing on combating the latter.

The Economist,

A packed meeting in London Sunday 24 saw Anarchist  groups from:

London, Leeds, Halifax, Bristol, Hereford, Norwich, Cambridge,  Brighton and Southampton plus individuals from Freedom Press,Liberty and Solidarity, IWW, Anarchist Federation, Antifa,Camden Anarchists,Croydon Anarchists and Whitechapel Anarchists.

Come together to discuss a General Election Campaign. A unanimous YES ws given to the idea of a consistent and coherent Anarchist intervention which will begin on March 31st with a rally in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Poll Tax riot and ask the question ‘Which is more effective – the Ballot Box or Direct Action’. A whole number of other surprises and interventions are planned and in the month of the actual election campaign the ANARCHIST WAR CABINET will meet twice weekly to plan actions and then daily for the last week till May6th. Freedom Bookshop will act as the hub for information coming in and out at short notice.

This promises to be an exciting couple of months and a follow up meeting is scheduled for February 28th, in a world of growing centralism, alienation and marginalisation – combined with dwindling localism and community spirit – mutual aid itself is a revolutionary act. In fact mutual aid is probably the most powerful weapon we have, as has been said time and again, a CW conference in London is just another political meeting – do it up north and it’s a major event!

HOBSON’S CHOICE 2010: The patronising begins

-if you are going to vote and fuck WE ask you not to!

God, it’s going to be a long few months before the general election and we get the privilege of rubber stamping the next elected dictatorship. Does the mind not reel at the prospect of having to listen to week upon week upon bloody week of this and the event it self-?

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.

What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.

The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.

We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?’

1984 George Orwell

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One response to “‘Which is more effective – the Ballot Box or Direct Action’

  1. pixies

    we are the many they are the few, we have the power to take back our own future, don’t belive the hype we are born free, we live free and we will die free! life is what you make it and all the rest is just an illusion created to control us POWER TO THE PEOPLE! UNITY, SOLIDARITY, ANARCHY, LOVE AND RESPECT

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