Friday, 4 February 2011

Anarcho-blogging roundup #7

I'm currently in Manchester, attending the PCS Young Members Forum. If anything interesting happens whilst I'm here, I may blog about that over the weekend. But either way, in order to fill the gap and point to some other blogs covering things I haven't had chance to, it's time for another gaze across the left-libertarian blogosphere.

To start with my fellow Liverpudlians, Adam Ford explains the concept behind the abolition of work. He also provides a timeline of Blair's lies on Iraq, and a class-conscious review of The King's Speech. Julia from 10mh hosts a guest post on the Jo Yeates murder by Nick Bryan, and points us to The Two, The Five - "expertly coalescing all those random thoughts you have on the commute to work into one glorious paean to why you should get the hell out of there." And Liverpool SolFed tell us that Labour are the enemy too!

Just for fun, Ian Bone challenges anarchists to get the headline "ANARCHISTS ARE HIRING CAMELS TO USE AGAINST POLICE ON MARCH 26TH" into the press.

On a sadder note, I was only one of many to mark the passing of Mark "Mozaz" Wallis. As his funeral was yesterday, I think it appropriate to point people to a full list of blog tributes by Incurable Hippie here.There is also a website dedicated to his memory and his life's work here.

Over at Anarchist Writers, there is a full dissection of David Cameron's claim that cold weather is responsible for the fall in growth. The Alliance of the Libertarian Left reproduces Mikhail Bakunin's Power Corrupts the Best. Ann Arky tells us the rebellious history of Glasgow, and offers an extract of L. Susan Brown's Does Work Really Work for discussion. She also urges that we support the occupation of Glasgow University.

If you're in a cinematic mood, the national SolFed site points your attention towards both Blacklisted and The Big Flame as excellent pieces documenting various aspects of the class struggle, too often untold.

Looking at the Middle East, Anarkismo interviews a Syrian anarchist. Joel Beinin analyses Egypt's situation in-depth. Paul Stott asks whether it is time for pessimissm in Egypt as well as plugging the latest edition of Shift magazine, which includes both his own and my articles on radical Islam and the Left.

Of the articles from that edition thus far reproduced online, I would also recommend From the Defence of the Present to the Control of the Future, which argues for a more radical vision beyond the anti-cuts platform. 

Finally, The Commune looks at what comes next for the fledgling Network X whilst LibCom gives us the reasons why we should start a solidarity network. All of which should, hopefully, provide much practical food for thought as well as something to pass the time. After all, an ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory.