Category Archives: Marxism

Communisation and its Discontents: An interview with Dr. Ben Noys

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from http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw/04/2012/communisation-and-its-discontents-an-interview-with-dr-ben-noys:

This week’s show features a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Noys, editor of a new book entitled “Communisation and its Discontents”. Communisation theory evolved out of post-68 ultra-left communism and today is being explored and promoted by authors and journals like Riff-Raff, Theorie Communiste, End Notes, Sic and Tiqqun. This show is a short introduction to the theories and plays with the problematics of communisation including gender, terminology, identity, and activity.

The text of the book is available online for free at Libcom:
http://libcom.org/library/communization-its-discontents-contestation-critique-contemporary-struggles

Related projects that may be of interest include:
LibCom’s archive of communisation texts (http://libcom.org/tags/communisation)

Riff-Raff (http://www.riff-raff.se/en/9/)
Sic (http://sic.communisation.net/)
Tiqqun & Invisible Committee related (http://libcom.org/tags/tiqqun)

SeaSol: Direct Action against Bosses + Landlords Gets The Goods

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This week’s show is an interview with Lee and Emily, members of the Seattle Solidarity Network.

According to their website (www.seasol.net):
“Seattle Solidarity (“SeaSol”) is a volunteer network of working people who believe in standing up for our rights. Our goal is to support our fellow workers’ strikes and struggles, build solidarity, and organize to deal with specific job, housing, and other problems caused by the greed of the rich and powerful.
Join us! Let’s fight to win.”

“So You Say You Want To Start A Solidarity Network” article and pamphlets for printing

This show will be archived at www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw through 11/20/2011 and then on www.archive.org, found by searching “The Final Straw”

“…For the love of one’s country is a terrible thing…” (January 24, 2011)


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Tonight’s show (Monday, 1/24/11 from 8-10pm EST, thanks to The Invisible Worm) will focus on the struggle for justice in Northern Ireland from Fenians through the United Men, the IRB, IRA, INLA and the Civil Rights Marches. Recognizing that this is guilty pleasure for some of us Americans of Irish Descent (myself included), allow me these two hours to play some of my favorite Irish Republican songs.

Please also understand that I do not condone the actions of the paramilitary movements (Unionist or Republican) or governments (Irish, Northern Irish or British). My understanding is that the Irish situation is a terribly complicated product of centuries of colonization, genocide and divide-and-conquer tactics of the lower classes (mostly along religious and ethnic lines) by the elite and powerful. A free Ireland, in my opinion, would be one: free of class division; free of the managing elite; free of religious persecution and the persecution of religions; free of sectarian conflict; free of racism, sexism and homophobia. A free Ireland would be autonomous from European oversight and debt and yet one in which Irish identity does not take the form of jingoistic nationalism.

For more information on some interesting Irish projects, check out the following pages:
Worker’s Solidarity Movement
Black and Red Revolution
RAG (Revolutionary Anarchafeminist Group

“Yo se que un dia te estarias con nosotros como querias, como querias.”

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This week’s show, during Dystopia, I presented my humble homage to the songs of the Spanish Civil War, and particularly to the Anarchist forces. These two hours feature many original recordings and beautiful readaptations, with little rants/snippets of history on the significance of songs.

I noted after the show ended that I left out the original of what is perhaps my favorite song ( “A Las Barricadas”, the CNT theme to the tune of Warszawianka 1905) from that period, available here for your enjoyment on youtube.

For some light reading on the subject, check out:
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/spaindx.html
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/scw/scw.htm