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November Discussion: Trade Unions

Wed 20th November
18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carringdon Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.
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Many questions crop up when looking at the trade unions today: What are they? What can they help with? What are their interests? How are they related to the political parties? What are the new community unions?

A short presentation giving an anarchist perspective on the role of trade unions in the class struggle will be followed by a facilitated discussion where we can share our thoughts on the topic. All welcome, unionised or otherwise!

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs are appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We ask that all those attending this event read the first page of our safer spaces policy here.

Behind the Rent Strike – Full Documentary

(BTW I have no idea why Thatcher is on the preview to this cracking vid as she doesn’t appear in it)

Remember the Mutineers

Here’s a black poppy for this Remembrance Day.

This goes out to those who who died in, and all those who resisted and continue to resist, the capitalists’ wars. To those who mutinied, went on strike, shirked, refused to kill. For all those they executed for deserting. No more “future soldiers” or sycophantic, slavish patriotism.

Let’s take the fight to the bosses! For disobedience and class war!

Some resources:
Mutinies 1917-1920 – Dave Lamb
How Non-violence Protects the State – Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism and Violence, a Study in Bourgeois Ethics – Christopher Cauldwell

Workers Pledge in Time of War

Workers Pledge in Time of War.
(from “At Grips With War” by Guy Aldred)
I refuse to kill any child’s father.
I refuse to slay any mother’s son.
I refuse to plunge the bayonet into the breast of any
                woman’s brother, lover, or mate.
I refuse to murder and deem the slaughter glory.
I refuse to butcher with the hands that were intended to
                serve and to caress.
I refuse to soak the earth with blood and blind my reason
                with obedience.
I refuse to assassinate another man and then hide my
                 stained fists in the folds of a bloodstained flag.
I refuse to be flattered, cajoled, or driven into hell’s
                nightmare by a class of well-fed snobs, crooks
                and cowards who despise my class socially, rob
                my class economically, and betray and oppress it
                politically. Let militarism do its worst, I refuse
                to serve, I decline to kill.
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Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism

Friday 10th May.
Kinning Park Complex
Discussion 6.30-8.30. Social 8-30 onwards.

Author of ‘Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms’ (2006), Benjamin Franks will be present to discuss his recent work, ‘Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism’ (2012), followed by a group discussion.

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“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”.

Refreshments available though feel free to BYOB!

Hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation, Clydeside IWW, Radical Independent Bookfair, and The Strickland Distribution.

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Tactical Critique of the Radical Independence Conference, 2012

Recently I was accused of being a unionist. The reason for this was due my refusal to set aside criticisms of the radical independence conference (ric) and get behind the local campaigns of the Leninist, Trotskyist and state socialist left … Continue reading

This Is What Class War looks Like

From the people who bring you City Strolls, a statement on the recent attacks by the city council. Continue reading