democracy

Hysterical populism - Robert Kurz

Robert Kurz on scapegoating, moral panics and conspiracy theory culture.

Voting as Counter-Revolution – how the politicians who gave us the vote saw things 100 years ago

A hundred years ago, the British ruling class decided to extend the vote to women over thirty and to working class men. By doing this they hoped to restore people's faith in parliamentary government and thereby counter any revolutionary tendencies inspired by the Russian Revolution. As Sylvia Pankhurst said in 1923:

Vote: what for? - Robert Lynn

Small booklet by Robert ("Bobby") Lynn, Glasgow anarchist, who was born and lived in Calton Glasgow, one of Glasgow’s many slums. Started work as an engineering apprentice in Yarrow’s shipyard, became involved in working class struggle and remained committed to that struggle all his life. Held in the Les Forster collection at Spirit of Revolt Archive Glasgow.

Turkey’s referendum: a win or what...?

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the YES Vote

Does the electoral process, any kind of it, justify the dictatorial alteration of Democracy? Are the formation of law and the democratic procedure of decision making enough for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to be a Sultan? The formation of the legal-mathematical formula of the referendum, as in any electoral process, cannot decide and this marginal situation in Turkey unfolds the inner contradiction of democratic political form.

The Chicago Boys in Chile: Economic Freedom's Awful Toll

An economic appraisal of the early years of the Junta in Chile and the failures of the Chicago School economists in charge of the nation.

The CIA reads French theory: on the intellectual labor of dismantling the cultural Left - Gabriel Rockhill

Notwithstanding its limitations, an interesting historical look at the state's utilisation of academia and the cultural sphere in the struggle to discredit Marxism. First published 28/02/17 in 'The Philosophical Salon' of the 'LA Review of Books'.

The Democratic Principle - Amadeo Bordiga

First Published in 'Rassegena Communista', February 1922.

1957: Colombian General Strike

Pinilla,  is escorted to a Senate hearing to answer charges of misco

A series of protest demonstration and a General Strike led to the downfall of the Dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and the restoration of free elections. Unfortunately this left Colombia still in the hands of the Oligarchy

This is What Democracy Looks Like: Internationalist Perspective statement on the US Election

IP statement on the US elections, published on November 22 2016 on their blog.

Neither Democrats, nor Dictators: Anarchists

Written by Errico Malatesta, from 'Pensiero e Volontà' (May 1926). Taken from "Malatesta: His Life & Ideas" ed. Vernon Richards. London: Freedom Press, 1993.