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In Anarchy We Trust

Bookfairs are Go!
We are up and running for a Bristol Bookfair in 2013, target date early May, if the right venue in the right place is available. We have a new enlarged collective, a mix of old and new people, and plenty of energy. We may go for a Bookfair theme of something like ‘Radical Futures’, because presently things are shit and arent working at all for the majority of us – we all need a future and it wont happen without serious social change.

We ended up taking 2012 off, which is a shame, but you cant force these things if they aren’t meant to be. Looking around us we see society is bleak, with the majority being largely bullied into submission by the rich tiny minority. How can this be? Why is overt opposition and resistance in the UK apparently so low? By encouraging the exchange of ideas and debate about future alternatives, we at the Bookfair collective hope to do our bit to help warm things up in 2013.

If you’d like to get involved and make the 2013 Bookfair happen, then get in touch via bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net. There’ll be plenty to do! Continue reading In Anarchy We Trust

Oppression, resistance, repression, and resistance

What goes around, comes around. When there is oppression, there is always resistance, and then there’s repression of the resistance. The key is to break the cycle, once and for all.

Unless you’ve been visiting another planet these last few weeks, you’ll be aware of the confrontations in and around Stokes Croft, spilling into the neighbourhoods on either side (see Bristol Indymedia for starters if you have been on Mars). There are numerous local contributory factors that have been discussed at length elsewhere, but what we are seeing, or at least beginning to see, is a classic re-enactment of an ages old power struggle – for control of the streets. It is not a game, it is deadly serious. Lives, liberty and peoples’ futures are at stake. It is not a power struggle the ruling class (that is, those who control the wealth and political system) dare lose, because if they lose once it could be game over for them. They will use every tool at their disposal to win this struggle, all the time, wherever it occurs across Bristol and Britain as a whole. They know if they lose the streets, they are on their way out.

Bloody Revolutions
If you doubt this then look at exactly the same power struggle playing out right now across north Africa and the Middle East/Arab region, and to an extent on the fringes of Europe (Greece for example). Clearly there the struggle is at a heightened level and far more generalised across each specific country, but it is the same struggle. You can see clearly the lengths the dictators and oppressive regimes there will go to in order to maintain power and control of the streets – sending in armed forces, killing people, throwing them into prison to face rape, torture and humilitation, and death. Continue reading Oppression, resistance, repression, and resistance

Diverse tactics stop NewLabour hijack of anti-cuts protest

Saturday 26 March saw a magnificent protest as at least half a million people marched, danced and took direct action in London against the ConDem Coalition’s austerity measures and cuts. Thousands of Bristolians attended, travelling down by coach, train and car, and some could be found in attendance at most of the range of protests that occurred across the capital from early in the morning until late at night.

diy on main march
diy on main march

Many thousands clearly put a lot of time and effort into their protest, with a stunning array of homemade placards, banners and imagery. Whilst there was virtually no pro-NewLabour propaganda, many made clear their rejection of not just the cuts, but the ConDem Coalition and indeed capitalism too.

NewLabour hijack thwarted
Despite the best efforts of the TUC and NewLabour leadership, NewLabour had a very bad day. The TUC had worked hard to keep even moderately radical voices off the Hyde Park rally platform, with the likes of RMT leader Bob Crow and Green MP Caroline Lucas not allowed to speak because of their non-support for NewLabour. Stupid NewLabour leader Ed Millibrand gave a poor and contradictory speech. Claiming to be a part of and proud of the anti-cuts campaigns, he proceeded to state clearly that NewLabour would in any case make cuts, just like the Coalition, and indeed just like the many NewLabour councils implementing cuts across the country. The idiot even claimed to be part of a history of protest that included the Suffragetes, Nelson Mandela/the ANC, and the black US civil rights campaign, but later condemend all and any forms of direct action that involved absolutely any sort of property damage or violence, thereby displaying his utter ignorance of the tactics used by the groups he mentioned – which included disrupting meetings, breaking windows, non-compliance, mass civil disobedience, occupations and of course the clandestine armed struggle of the ANC. He clearly forgot the Suffragettes window-smashing day of anger in Picadilly in 1913, and their physical attack on Winston Churchill at Bristol station! Continue reading Diverse tactics stop NewLabour hijack of anti-cuts protest

Anarchism and the Big Society

The gut reaction for many of us when thinking of Cameron’s ConDem proposals for a ‘Big Society’ is that it is just one very big con.

riseupWhilst they utter media soundbites around rolling back the state, individual freedom and real community control & choice, we see it as just a cover for cutting and trashing all forms of welfare spending and services and replacing them with privately run ones that we will have to pay a lot more for. Very much a case of freedom if you can afford it. Most of us can’t of course.

It is of course not quite as simple as that, and it is worth reading further on the matter. The following article, published in Freedom newspaper on 26 February 2011, was written by long term anarchist & part of the Black Flag collective, Iain McKay. We reprint the first few paras of the article, and give a link to the full article online which includes further reading. Read on: Continue reading Anarchism and the Big Society

March 26. Here we go!

So, excitement is building for 26 March and the big TUC demo in London against the ConDem Coalition austerity measures, and calling for alternatives such as a more equal distribution of wealth via the tax system. From Bristol it looks like upto 30 coaches are going down, plus many more people going independently.

march-26The TUC are officially shitting themselves. With a vicious budget due on 23 March from millionaire Tory scumbag Osborne that will make clear his intention to make us continue to pay for his class’s crisis, anger is mounting, and who knows what will happen on the 26th? Terrified of actually being seen to do anything that might actually challenge the government, the TUC have got into bed with the Met Police in a big way in an attempt to avoid any blame should they be unable to control the anger of ordinary working people. On the main demo expect a high degree of collaboration between 2-3000 TUC stewards/private security staff and the government’s thugs in uniform. The TUC should be ashamed of themselves, given the cops role in smashing strikes over the last 200 years. Continue reading March 26. Here we go!