Build movements not elections

First published as “Victorian Election 2022”, in The Anvil, Vol. 11, No. 5, September-October 2022. The Victorian State election will be held on 26 November.  The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group is not participating, of course, but the occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on capitalist democracy, on how to build a […]

Capitalists prefer recession to real wage gains

First published as “Inflation Explodes”, in The Anvil, Vol. 11, No. 5, September-October 2022. The trend of government departments and capitalists severely underestimating inflation in Australia continued with the announcement on October 26 that inflation had risen to a whopping 7.3%.  Back in June, the Fair Work Commission’s decision on […]

What strategy for the climate movement?

This article was originally published as ‘The Burning Issue’ in The Anvil vol. 11, no. 4. Each year, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increases.  Polar ice melts to an unprecedented degree.  The Great Barrier Reef suffers worse and more frequent bleaching events.  Droughts lengthen.  Record breaking floods […]

Anarchists and Parliamentarianism: Elections and Social Change

This is the final article in a series of articles by Matt Crossin, ‘Critical Notes on Developments in the Anarchist Movement’. [This article in other languages: Deutsch] There are some who now consider themselves anarchists who tell us, ‘Yes, anarchy is our goal, but we are nowhere near achieving it […]

Anarchists and Insurrection: Organisation, Class Struggle, and Riots

This is the third in a series of articles by Matt Crossin, ‘Critical Notes on Developments in the Anarchist Movement’. New articles in the series will be published in coming weeks. The ‘classical’ period of anarchism, which can be defined as lasting from the foundation of the St. Imier ‘anarchist’ […]

Foundational Concepts of the Specific Anarchist Organisation

Foundational Concepts of the Specific Anarchist Organisation is a new pamphlet by Tommy Lawson. In this pamphlet Lawson introduces the basic theoretical concepts that inform Anarchist-Communists and their organisational practices. From a set of theoretical concepts forms of organisation and strategies shared in common across the history of the anarchist […]

Anarchists and Neo-anarchists: Horizontalism and Autonomous Spaces

This is the second in a series of articles by Matt Crossin, ‘Critical Notes on Developments in the Anarchist Movement’. New articles in the series will be published in coming weeks. It is not uncommon, particularly in North America, to see anarchism defined as an ideology rooted in ‘direct democracy’, […]

Josep Rebull, the POUM and the Spanish Revolution 

19th of July, 2022 marks 86 years since the Spanish Revolution. Every year that passes is a new chance to reflect upon the successes and failures of such a grand moment in history. When we study history as revolutionaries we usually consider the balance of forces, economic factors, ideologies, organisations, […]

Anarchists and Dual Power: Situation or Strategy?

This is the first in a series of articles by Matt Crossin, ‘Critical Notes on Developments in the Anarchist Movement’. New articles in the series will be published in coming weeks. A strange development has occurred which has led to anarchist theory being increasingly associated with a tactic referred to […]