Reflections

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act,” George Orwell

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As European countries throw up their walls and clamp down on refugees and migrants, the latter are increasingly responding with peaceful resistance. 

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Rampant racism and strategic opportunism are driving Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinians, who — as always — receive little sympathy.

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The story of the unsung heroes: Black Bloc Brazil

by Esther Solano Gallego on June 23, 2014

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Despised by many, hailed by some: the Black Bloc in Brazil uses its “performative violence” to draw attention to the everyday struggles of millions.

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Comrades from Cairo: everyone’s right to protest

by Comrades from Cairo on June 21, 2014

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In Egypt, we are at a crucial juncture. We know that if we — or anyone — gives up their right to protest, we are giving up the right to shape our world.

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Post image for The cybernetics of Occupy: an anarchist perspective

Stafford Beer’s organizational cybernetics can help us understand Occupy’s non-hierarchical democratic processes and the role of autonomy within them.

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The Homeless Worker Movement occupied a building in Rio, helping to shelter thousands — but in the run-up to the World Cup they were violently evicted.

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The wreck of the plaza: after the squares

by Research and Destroy on June 16, 2014

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We must find ways of meeting our needs and desires that depend on neither wages nor money, while defending ourselves against all who stand in our way.

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If a society beyond capitalism is to stand any chance, we will have to forge different social relations and create new forms of social organization.

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Counter-power as common power: beyond horizontalism

by Not An Alternative on June 6, 2014

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Occupy was powerful not because of its consensus decision-making processes but because of its participants’ collective commitment to a shared idea.

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In Greece, a battle to reclaim the seashore as commons

by Maria Hadjimichael on June 4, 2014

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A grassroots campaign is taking off against the proposed privatization and commodification of one of Greece’s last-remaining utopias: its coastline.

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