Ben Franks, Anarchist academic and author of “Rebel Alliances” about anarchism in UK is leading a discussion tomorrow evening about Anarchism and Marxism. Details below. We (Glasgow AFed) are very happy to be co sponsoring this talk with Strickland distribution, Clydeside IWW and the radical independent book fair. We’ll all be hanging around after the discussion ends for an informal BYOB social which you are welcome to join us for. Yayy radicals in Glasgow organising an event and then socialising together
Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall St, G41 1AQ.
Benjamin Franks will introduce his recent work, ‘Between Anarchism and Marxism: The beginnings and ends of the schism? (2012), which will be followed
by group discussion of the questions posed.
“The standard approach, endorsed by orthodox Marxists and many anarchists, is
to see an irreconcilable difference between anarchism and Marxism. However,
the historical record shows that whilst Marx opposed – and was opposed by -
leading anarchists prior to 1917 there was considerable positive interaction
between diverse Marxist and anarchist groups. The division between the two,
viewed as fundamental, I argue, is in fact the product of a particular form of
political structure that dominated the revolutionary-left in the last century.
Now that these hierarchical forms of organisation have been discredited,
rediscovered and revised forms of Marxism have arisen that, once again,
actively engage with anarchism.”
Hosted by The Strickland Distribution, with the support of Glasgow Anarchist
Federation, Radical Independent Bookfair, Clydeside IWW. All welcome!
(Refreshments available. BYOB.)
Late yesterday evening an attendee of the London Anonymous Anti-Austerity demo was taken into custody upon their return journey via Glasgow airport. In their own words:
I landed back at the airport and i went to leave the arrivals hall but was stopped by 2 of Special Branch (Police) One of them asked me questions like, name, ID, where have I been, what was I doing? I answered them in a polite manner and was truthful. Then one of them said have you got a spare 2 seconds and again I answered yes.
I said to the officer “what if I would have refused” and he answered me with “We would have done it the hard way”
Next they took me off to a room where they searched me and then sat me down. They proceeded to ask me a lot about what I had been doing in London, who was there, like names. They went through my wallet and took pictures of some of my cards including my Anonymous ID.
Then the officer said can I unlock my phone and while i was talking to the other one I noticed he was going through my phone book and writing names and numbers on his pad. So after 20 minutes of this I was free to go.
I was absolutely shattered and was taken back by this so yes I should have been a little more wised up and stood my ground. I am seeking legal advice and will let you know what happens.
This comes less than a year after two anarchists were detained returning from the St. Imier International Anarchist Congress last August, and marks the continued use of this type of intimidation by the state in response to ideologies it sees as harmful to itself and capital.
The Scotia has flooded so we’ve had to relocate tonight’s May Day social. Other nearby pubs had gigs on and were full so we’re in the crystal palace which is on Jamaica St. We’re in the back corner on the ground floor and have a red and black flag on the table.
The Children’s Garden is one of Glasgow’s oldest community gardens, set up some 12 years ago when a community group turned a patch of derelict ground into a thriving community space.
Today they need your help. Less than 1 week ago, the group received notice that the Council were planning to come in and cut down the beautiful and huge willow structure, remove fruit trees and commandeer at least 2 beds for their own use.
The word is they will be in today with a chainsaw to carry out the first part of their operations.
If you can, please get yourself up to the Children’s Garden today to help defend this valuable resource. Call John on 07786 063918 for more info. Please also forward this on to any people/networks you can think of.