2013

coverEkmek, adalet, özgürluk! Anarchism in Istanbul by David Kimball

Published by Bastard Press

English – 28 pages

First published by Bastard Press, 2013.

Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! (Turkish for ‘Bread, justice, freedom!’) contains two interviews with Turkish anarchists. The first is with members of the anarchist-communist group Kolektif 26A, who have operated an anti-capitalist commune in Istanbul for five years, working and living together while pushing back the state and capital and socialising the concepts of anarchism.The second discusses the struggle of anarchist women in Turkey, arguably the most patriarchal state on the European continent, and the efforts to claim  equality against active state oppression and misogynistic custom and tradition and to build a movement  that is simultaneously anti-gender hierarchy and anti-capitalist yet inclusive and communitarian. Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! is both an introduction to the praxis of anarchism in Turkey and a discussion of the complexities being grappled with outside the Western sphere of anarchism.

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coverKropotkin and Lenin by David Shub

Published by Bastard Press

English – 8 pages

Originally published in 1953 in Russian Review.

David Shub’s  essay on the relationship between Lenin and Kropotkin was was written shortly after the author’s biography of Lenin in 1948 and draws a striking contrast between the two famous Russian revolutionaries. While initially deferential to the gentle and polite Kropotkin – at the time far more famous and influential both inside and outside  Russia than the Bolshevik leader – Lenin quickly came to despise Kropotkin and his constant criticism of Bolshevism. The anarchist proclaimed Lenin’s government would be the “burial of the Russian Revolution”. Kropotkin’s predictions of the horrors of the Bolshevik State (“a Soviet Union only in name”)  came true even before his death in 1921, and foretold the horrors of the Stalinist regime to come. This pamphlet is a brief illustration of their strained relationship and history.

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01aUntying the knot – feminism, anarchism & organisation by Jo Freeman and Cathy Levine.

Published by Dark Star/Rebel Press

English – 24 pages.

Originally published in 1970 in various forms.

Jo Freeman’s classic organising polemic The Tyranny of Structurelessness is printed here in whole, and followed up by Cathy Levine’s response The Tyranny Of Tyranny, forming a call and answer for the dangers of too little structure in organising and the the reasons those structureless organisations were made in the first place. A great pairing of essays compiled in this handbook from 1984.

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