COMBATIVE UNIONISM

UNION

Let’s kick it to the bosses!!! In this episode we talk about radical unionism with Brisbane anarchists M and J.

Then we talk about the vigil that was taking place at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

And finally we listen to The End of the World as we know It and I feel fine…. this episode is called Support your Local Antifa.

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We Stand in Solidarity with the Freedom Fighters of Rojava

In the last show we took a look at anarchism and what it’s all about, in this show we focus on some anarchism which is happening right now.

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“Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” Edward Abbey.

First of all we hear from The Stimulator with the latest episode of It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I Feel Fine called A Stone’s Throw From Freedom.

Then we hear a bit of worldwide anarchist news.

And finally a portion of the documentary called Rojava: A democratic system in progress.

Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You!

Take this questionnaire.

David Graeber

Chances are you have already heard something about who anarchists are and what they are supposed to believe. Chances are almost everything you have heard is nonsense. Many people seem to think that anarchists are proponents of violence, chaos, and destruction, that they are against all forms of order and organization, or that they are crazed nihilists who just want to blow everything up.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to. It is really a very simple notion. But it’s one that the rich and powerful have always found extremely dangerous.
At their very simplest, anarchist beliefs turn on to two elementary assumptions. The first is that human beings are, under ordinary circumstances, about as reasonable and decent as they are allowed to be, and can organize themselves and their communities without needing to be told how. The second is that power corrupts. Most of all, anarchism is just a matter of having the courage to take the simple principles of common decency that we all live by, and to follow them through to their logical conclusions. Odd though this may seem, in most important ways you are probably already an anarchist — you just don’t realize it.
Let’s start by taking a few examples from everyday life.

• If there’s a line to get on a crowded bus, do you wait your turn and refrain from elbowing your way past others even in the absence of police?

If you answered “yes”, then you are used to acting like an anarchist! The most basic anarchist principle is self-organization: the assumption that human beings do not need to be threatened with prosecution in order to be able to come to reasonable understandings with each other, or to treat each other with dignity and respect.
Everyone believes they are capable of behaving reasonably themselves. If they think laws and police are necessary, it is only because they don’t believe that other people are. But if you think about it, don’t those people all feel exactly the same way about you? Anarchists argue that almost all the anti-social behavior which makes us think it’s necessary to have armies, police, prisons, and governments to control our lives, is actually caused by the systematic inequalities and injustice those armies, police, prisons and governments make possible. It’s all a vicious circle.

If people are used to being treated like their opinions do not matter, they are likely to become angry and cynical, even violent — which of course makes it easy for those in power to say that their opinions do not matter. Once they understand that their opinions really do matter just as much as anyone else’s, they tend to become remarkably understanding. To cut a long story short: anarchists believe that for the most part it is power itself,
and the effects of power, that make people stupid and irresponsible.

• Are you a member of a club or sports team or any other voluntary organization where decisions are not imposed by one leader but made on the basis of general consent?

If you answered “yes”, then you belong to an organization which works on anarchist principles! Another basic anarchist principle is voluntary association. This is simply a matter of applying democratic principles to ordinary life. The only difference is that anarchists believe it should be possible to have a society in which everything could be organized along these lines, all groups based on the free consent of their members, and therefore, that all top-down, military styles of organization like armies or bureaucracies or large corporations, based on chains of command, would no longer be necessary.

Perhaps you don’t believe that would be possible. Perhaps you do. But every time you reach an agreement by consensus, rather than threats, every time you make a voluntary arrangement with another person, come to an understanding, or reach a compromise by taking due consideration of the other person’s particular situation or needs, you are being an anarchist — even if you don’t realize it.
Anarchism is just the way people act when they are free to do as they choose, and when they deal with others who are equally free — and therefore aware of the responsibility to others that entails. This leads to another crucial point: that while people can be reasonable and considerate when they are dealing with equals, human nature is such that they cannot be trusted to do so when given power over others. Give someone such power, they will almost invariably abuse it in some way or another.
• Do you believe that most politicians are selfish, egotistical swine who don’t really care about the public interest? Do you think we live in an economic system which is stupid and unfair? If you answered “yes”, then you subscribe to the anarchist critique of today’s society — at least, in its broadest outlines. Anarchists believe that power corrupts and those who spend their entire lives seeking power are the very last people who should have it. Anarchists believe that our present economic system is more likely to reward people for selfish and unscrupulous behavior than for being decent, caring human beings. Most people feel that way. The only difference is that most people don’t think there’s anything that can be done about it, or anyway — and this is what the faithful servants of the powerful are always most likely to insist — anything that won’t end up making things even
worse.
But what if that weren’t true? And is there really any reason to believe this? When you can actually test them, most of the usual predictions about what would happen without states or capitalism turn out to be entirely untrue. For thousands of years people lived without governments. In many parts of the world people live outside of the control of governments today. They do not all kill each other. Mostly they just get on about their lives the same as anyone else would. Of course, in a complex, urban, technological society all this would be more complicated: but technology can also make all these problems a lot easier to solve. In fact, we have not even begun to think about what our lives could be like if technology were really marshaled to fit human needs. How many hours would we really need to work in order to maintain a functional society — that is, if we got rid of all the useless or destructive occupations like telemarketers, lawyers, prison guards, financial analysts, public relations experts, bureaucrats and politicians, and turn our best scientific minds away from working on space weaponry or stock market systems to mechanizing away dangerous or annoying tasks like coal mining or cleaning the bathroom, and distribute the remaining work among everyone equally? Five hours a day? Four? Three? Two? Nobody knows because no one is even asking this kind of question. Anarchists think these are the
very questions we should be asking.

• Do you really believe those things you tell your children (or that your parents told you)?
“It doesn’t matter who started it.” “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Clean up your own mess.” “Do unto others…” “Don’t be mean to people just because they’re different.” Perhaps we should decide whether we’re lying to our children when we tell them about right and wrong, or whether we’re willing to take our own injunctions seriously. Because if you take these moral principles to their logical conclusions, you arrive at anarchism.
Take the principle that two wrongs don’t make a right. If you really took it seriously, that alone would knock away almost the entire basis for war and the criminal justice system. The same goes for sharing: we’re always telling children that they have to learn to share, to be considerate of each other’s needs, to help each other; then we go off into the real world where we assume that everyone is naturally selfish and competitive. But an anarchist would point out: in fact, what we say to our children is right. Pretty much every great worthwhile achievement in human history, every discovery or accomplishment that’s improved our lives, has been based on cooperation and mutual aid; even now, most of us spend more of our money on our friends and families than on ourselves; while likely
as not there will always be competitive people in the world, there’s no reason why society has to be based on encouraging such behavior, let alone making people compete over the basic necessities of life.

That only serves the interests of people in power, who want us to live in fear of one another. That’s why anarchists call for a society based not only on free association but mutual aid. The fact is that most children grow up believing in anarchist morality, and then gradually have to realize that the adult world doesn’t really work that way. That’s why so many become rebellious, or alienated, even suicidal as adolescents, and finally, resigned and bitter as adults; their only solace, often, being the ability to raise children of their own and pretend to them that the world is fair. But what if we really could start to build a world which really was at least founded on principles of justice? Wouldn’t that be the greatest gift to one’s children one could possibly give?
• Do you believe that human beings are fundamentally corrupt and evil, or that certain sorts of people (women, people of color, ordinary folk who are not rich or highly educated) are inferior specimens, destined to be ruled by their betters?
If you answered “yes”, then, well, it looks like you aren’t an anarchist after all. But if you answered “no”, then chances are you already subscribe to 90% of anarchist principles, and, likely as not, are living your life largely in accord with them. Every time you treat another human with consideration and respect, you are being an anarchist.

Every time you work out your differences with others by coming to reasonable compromise, listening to what everyone has to say rather than letting one person decide
for everyone else, you are being an anarchist. Every time you have the opportunity to force someone to do something, but decide to appeal to their sense of reason or justice instead, you are being an anarchist. The same goes for every time you share something with a friend, or decide who is going to do the dishes, or do anything at all with an eye to fairness.
Now, you might object that all this is well and good as a way for small groups of people to get on with each other, but managing a city, or a country, is an entirely different matter. And of course there is something to this. Even if you decentralize society and put as much power as possible in the hands of small communities, there will still be plenty of things that need to be coordinated, from running railroads to deciding on directions for medical research.

But just because something is complicated does not mean there is no way to do it democratically. It would just be complicated. In fact, anarchists have all sorts of different ideas and visions about how a complex society might manage itself. To explain them though would go far beyond the scope of a little introductory text like this. Suffice it to
say, first of all, that a lot of people have spent a lot of time coming up with models for how a really democratic, healthy society might work; but second, and just as importantly, no anarchist claims to have a perfect blueprint. The last thing we want is to impose prefab models on society anyway.

The truth is we probably can’t even imagine half the problems that will come up when we try to create a democratic society; still, we’re confident that, human ingenuity being what it is, such problems can always be solved, so long as it is in the spirit of our basic principles — which are, in the final analysis, simply the principles of fundamental human decency.

ELIMINATE BORDERS

I’ve uploaded the latest Anarchy Show to radio4all.net.

The focus of this show is motherfucking borders and some of the trouble they cause.

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In Australia the political parties on both sides are obsessed with our borders and stopping many brown people from entering them.

The result of this obsession is the dismal conditions children, women and men are having to endure while there kept in Australia’s detention centers, the worst being offshore on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru.

Earlier in the year the Liberal National Government introduced a law which made it illegal for doctors and others working with detained refugees to speak out about conditions and incidences of concern in detention centers.

Dr Richard Kidd is co-founder of Doctors for Refugees and one of the 40 health professionals who has spoken out of defiance of the Border Force Act.

I interviewed him after he spoke at the Brisbane rally Stand Up for Refugees.

I also talk about G4S the huge multinational corporation who run some of Australia’s detention network.

Plus a debrief of the fascist activity in Australia over the weekend from Anna.

And finally The Stimulator givers us his rant about borders.

MUSIC

Backing music by http://unisonicascension.com/

DDM – People Never Heard info
Tu P Stem Master – Border Force Facts info
Phil Monsour – Who Killed Reza Berati info
Steve Towson – Christmas Island info
Chumbawamba – The Day the Nazi Died info
Oi Polloi                                                                                      Bash The Fash
Alerta Alerta AntiFascista – Across the Border info
RACE RIOT 59 – SMASH NAZIS info
stimulator – erase the borders info
The Lurkers – Mining Man info

The A B Cs of Anarchism + Christopher Dorner: Gravedigger in Uniform

On this weeks show we start looking at the meaning of some anarchist words and well as people, bands, songs and organisations which are relevant to Anarchism and Activism.

Also we’ve got the latest episode of It’s the End of the World and I feel fine by subMedia Christopher Dorner: Gravedigger in Uniform Chris Dorner is the ex LA cop who declared war on the Los Angeles Police Department. Since the episode was released Dorner has been found dead in a burnt out cabin after a shoot out with police.

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Resident Anti-hero – The Weapons of Sound

Chumbawamba/Negativland The ABCs of Anarchism (link to lyrics)

(A)

Anarchism anarchos, meaning “without rulers Anarchism is the idea that people can live without governments or authority, anarchists believe in equality and a world without hierarchy.

Gerald Keaney  “Anarchism–Anarchists believe for the good life, and a sustainable life, people must immediately begin becoming independent in thought and action.

Independent thought means while they can take and give orders in areas of expertise and can fully cooperate, they must be able to rehearse the arguments as to why the path they are taking is the best one.

They must also be in a position to consider objections to this path and offer suggestions and objections to others who are also independent thinkers.

Independent action means every independent thinker must be directly in control of the productive powers of society. This is not only a necessary precondition for independent thought, it confers upon it maximum importance.

Anarchos, means “without rulers.” Indeed because the leadership and organisations familiar to us, and found in nation states, churches, (mainstream) unions, armies, central committees and educational institutions prohibit independent thought and action, these must be immediately abolished.”


Against Me – Baby I’m an Anarchist

The Vandals – Anarchy Burger

A segment from a reading of Emma Goldman’s Anarchism: What is really Stands For.

Bedding Music illumeinessence – Theta to Alpha binaural beats: Day Re-leaf, morning & day relaxation & focus.

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Black Bloc – The black bloc is a tactic for protests and marches where individuals wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items.[1][2] The clothing is used to conceal marchers’ identities

It is used as a security and safety measure. In its essential form, each participant of a Black Bloc wears somewhat of a uniform …The idea of wearing this uniform is that if every single person in the Bloc looks relatively alike, it is hard for the police to determine which individual did what. For instance, if a Black Bloc participant throws a brick at a store window and runs into the Bloc, she will easily blend in with everyone else.

The Black Block is based on two key principles: collective anonymity and mutual aid. Some people in the Black Bloc choose to engage in a bit of smashy smash, economic sabotage targeted against the worst excesses of capitalist society such a McDonalds, Nike, various banks and of course the police who’s job it is to protect the rich and the state.

Beehive Collective – the Beehive Collective create collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools. The Hive is appreciated internationally for its educational graphics campaigns.

B-media Collective – The B Media Collective is a community-based video art collective that uses documentary films, political remix videos, and skill-building workshops to catalyze collaborative work for social justice. They have made films for 350.org, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Rising Tide, the IWW, the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Move to Amend and Veterans for Peace. They are based in Portland Oregon.

Bella Ciao – The song Bella Ciao was sung by the left-wing anti-fascist resistance movement in Italy, a movement composed of anarchists, communists, socialists and also by militant anti-fascist partisans.

It was written by women working in the rice fields in support for/love of the Italian partisans who were living in the hills trying to fight the invading fascist armies. The gist of the original lyrics is:

This morning i woke up and saw we’d been invaded
O partisan take me away, and if i die
Bury me in the mountains beneath a pretty flower;
People will see this flower and say
“What a pretty flower! Is this the flower of the partisan!?”
And they will know that I died for freedom
The song was re recorded by Chumbawumba after the death of Carlo Giuliani who was shot and run over by police at the demonstrations against the Group of Eight summit that was held in Genoa from July 19 to July 21, 2001

(C)

Co-Existance//Collectivism//Cooperation

Class War – The class war is the oldest war in history – it has been going on for hundreds of years and shows no sign of stopping. Anarchists aim to end the class war by creating an equal society – in a world without class, there can be no class war. Class war in modern society is caused by the ruling class owning all the ways to live, and enforcing that ownership by force on the common class.

The MOLOTOV – Class Enemy

Chomsky –  Noam Chomsky  American linguist, philosopherhistorian, political critic, and activist. He has described himself as an anarcho snydicalist. Much of his work is available on the internet machine.

blowback-dorner

Christopher Dorner: Gravedigger in Uniform