Category Archives: Activism

Zionism and anti-Zionism: an anti-state perspective

Although another shaky ceasefire has now taken hold, the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza is a reminder of how inherently unstable the current set-up in the region is. Active hostilities may have paused, but it’s only a matter of … Continue reading

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Can’t we all just get along? Thoughts on class unity and anti-capitalist unity

A number of new radical groups have emerged over the last year. Among them is the Anti-Capitalist Initiative, which seems to have been set up by a number of activists who come from a Trotskyist background, but are willing to … Continue reading

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Labour’s future isn’t working: notes from October 20th

So, the latest lefty Big Day Out has come and gone. These kinds of events are always contradictory: simultaneously a gathering of huge numbers of workers who want to take some kind of action to stop their lives getting worse, … Continue reading

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We can’t win by playing their games.

So, the Olympics are well underway, and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of opposition to them. There was the Critical Mass that turned into a mass arrest last Friday, and then the Counter Olympics demo on … Continue reading

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Free our friends! And everyone else: thoughts on prison and activism

Last year saw a lot of amazing struggles. Some of them got a lot of media attention; others received very little. One of the ones which was hardly mentioned in the mainstream media, at least in the UK, was the … Continue reading

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Sparks, SPUC, pasties and parties – late May round-up

A few recent items of interest: first off, the big news is that, having taken a well-deserved break after the defeat of the BESNA contracts, the sparks’ rank-and-file network is back in action today with a walk-out at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power … Continue reading

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Anti-fascism, workfare, bakers, bigots and parties – this week’s news

I don’t have anything in particular to write about today, this is just a round-up of a few different things that have happened recently and deserve a mention, plus upcoming events that seem worth plugging. To start off with, anyone … Continue reading

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Lead and circuses: yet another article about the sodding Olympics

We’re all aware that the Olypmics are a bad thing, right? Not because there’s anything inherently wrong with running or swimming or throwing sticks around, although there’s probably something a bit odd about anyone who genuinely cares about the table … Continue reading

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Seattle’s drivers aren’t trucking around.

It’s been another busy week. Over in the US, the ongoing struggle in the ports of the West Coast has seen a dramatic new development as poorly-paid truck drivers have shut down the port of Seattle in a wildcat action. … Continue reading

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Against the bosses, against the unions, for occupations with teeth: thoughts on West Coast Port Shutdown

Yesterday saw a major escalation in the tactics of the Occupy movement, as a concentrated effort was made to shut down ports across the West Coast. This kind of direct economic action is a very welcome development, made even more … Continue reading

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