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The Meaning of Anarchism: Black Flame, Definitions, and Struggles over Identity


Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt’s book Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism published by AK Press in 2009 has caused considerable debate within the anarchist movement. While the debate itself is refreshing, it might not always be conducted in the most productive of ways.
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The Anarchist Hypothesis, or Badiou, Žižek, and the Anti-Anarchist Prejudice


This essay was written in the summer of 2011 after Slavoj Žižek sported a Lenin T-shirt during his talk with Amy Goodman and Julian Assange in London. The talk was held on July 2, 2011, and hosted by the Frontline Club.
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Grassroots Football: Values, Examples, Potentials


"At its core, grassroots football shares many principles with grassroots organizing, championed in many alternative and progressive circles: self-management, horizontal organizing, anti-commercialism, a strong community base, etc. Grassroots football can take on many forms. This article attempts to present some of them."
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Gustav Landauer, Revolution, and Social Relationships: A Response to "Landauer's Fallacy"


On July 28, 2011, a short piece by Wayne Price, entitled "Landauer's Fallacy," was posted on anarkismo.net. While some of Wayne's criticism touches on problematic aspects in Landauer's thoughtfor example, a certain cultural elitismWayne jumps to a few conclusions that distort Landauer's beliefs and principles...
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US Travel Bans and the False Promise of Tariq Ramadan


Recently, two prominent scholars who had been banned from visiting the US for some years have been allowed back into the country. No reason to get too excited, though.
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Free the Belgrade Six!


On February 17, the trial against the "Belgrade Six" begins, a group of Serbian anarcho-syndicalists accused of "international terrorism" in connection with a solidarity action for a jailed Greek anarchist.
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Terrorists, US Immigration, and a Canceled Tour


Sometimes you experience the ultimate anti-climax. With three PM Press books released these months, I had been planning for about a year to come for an extended speaking tour to North America this spring. A couple of months ago, I started planning this more concretely. The anarchist bookfairs in San Francisco, New York, and Montreal provided general reference points, and I got in touch with many wonderful people who helped schedule events in twenty US states and two Canadian provinces. I was also looking forward to the trip on a personal level: I have been traveling to the US regularly since I was nine years old, did part of my schooling there, and meant to visit many dear friends. Admittedly, I was worried about immigration, as I've had problems before – one reason why I haven't visited in five years – but I figured I'll come well prepared. Little did I know that the recently introduced Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) would make it impossible for someone matching an entry on the US government's No Fly List (also known as the Terrorist Watch List) to even board a plane. I considered the process a mere formality, and it actually took me a week to check the outcome of my application. So when the words "Travel Not Authorized" appeared on my computer screen, I instantly thought of a mistake. Certainly I must have missed a letter or digit in my application form. I checked the records. I hadn't missed anything. Nonetheless, I applied again. It only took a few hours to receive another rejection.
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Australia – November/December 2009


Living and traveling in the South Pacific from 1997 to 2000, I visited Australia on several occasions. I returned again in 2003. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit for the first time in six years. It was encouraging to see an ongoing radical presence in the country; next to catching up with old friends and comrades, I got to meet a whole new generation of activists.
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