Following political protests against corruption in Russia on March 26th which saw hundreds of arrests, led by lawyer and political figure Alexi Navalny, Russian anarcho-syndicalist group KRAS-AIT argues that for the country’s poor, his “responsible” free-market vision offers no respite.
Question: Most Russian observers, both liberal and pro-Kremlin, include the events in Yerevan in a familiar frame of permanent "Maidan", where specific requirements, by and large, have no independent value, or are inscribed in the logic of the big geopolitical confrontation between Russia and the West. Is this true?
"The end of the Spanish Civil War ", the German anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker remembered, "was a prelude to an even greater disaster of international scale ... Condemning the Spanish people to death, one tored down the dam, which alone could prevent World War II. Prophetic words of Alexander Herzen: "You do not want revolution - well, so get war" has been reaffirmed ". On 1 September 1939, the second imperialist world war outbroke.
This in the English variant of an interview made by Chinese anarchist blog "emblack.wordpress.com" with internarional secretary of KRAS-IWA, anarcho-syndicalist union in Russia
Question: How would you explain what is happening there in Ukraine? What did happen in Ukraine to bring it to such war situation now?
The web page of committee "Euskal Herria - Donbass" informed that the CNT of Gipuzkoa has donated warm clothes for the Donbass, in accordance with the appeal of 15 "antifascists made to support the initiative Europe With Donbass" (http: // euskalherria-donbas.org/2014/12/04/cnt-gipuzkoa-dona-ropa-de-abrigo-para-el-donbass/).
The “first” International Workingmen´s Association was founded in 1864 through the initiative of workers themselves but also with some participation of “politicians”. Organizationally, it was built as an association of workers´ unions.
Ukrainian civil war caused another heavy blow to those social forces in Russia, who call themselves "left", "anti-fascist" or "anarchist movement". Unable to withstand the tests about the infamous "national question", or more precisely the examination on internationalism, this milieu splinted into supporters of one of the bourgeois camp who grappled with each other in the struggle for power in Ukraine.
The KRAS, section of the International Workers Association in Russian region, appreciates the statement of Ukrainian "Autonomous Workers' Union" (AWU/AST) "On the confrontation in Ukraine" as a step in the right direction. Condemning both sides of the civil war, it differs in this point favorably from the previous position of AWU/AST representatives who refused in March to sign the statement of KRAS, internationalists of Ukraine, Russia and other countries.
WAR ON WAR!
NOT A SINGLE DROP A BLOOD FOR THE “NATION”!
The power struggle between oligarchic clans in Ukraine threatens to escalate into an international armed conflict. Russian capitalism intends to use redistribution of Ukrainian state power in order to implement their long-standing imperial and expansionist aspirations in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine where it has strong economic, financial and political interests.
In Ukraine, the spreading struggle for power between rival factions of the bourgeois oligarchy, unfortunately, involved significant sections of the population. Confrontation acquired brutal character and is accompanied by loss of human life. Anarcho -syndicalists can not support any of the warring sides in the conflict. They are equally hostile to Yanukovych regime with its neo-liberal economic policies and repressive laws that criminalize any protest (including workers picketing of enterprises and independent Internet activity) - and to the "opposition", in which the tone is set by Liberal, Nationalists and by openly Nazi groups.
The struggle between different groups of the big capital – of power and of “opposition” – led to implement of tightened laws which transformed Ukraine in a police state. The extreme right forces from “Right Sector of Maydan”, no more controlled by the “opposition”, went to attack against Cabinet of Ministers on the Grushevsky Street in Kiev. This resulted in a brutal confrontation with the special repressive forces of “Berkut”, “Yaguar” etc., and it resulted in the causalities among protesters: several people were killed. The authorities crossed the line, showing the real essence of bourgeois democracy. The situation in the Ukrainian capital becomes tenser.
The human individualization in industrial-capitalist society, according to Erich Fromm, is complex and controversial (1). In our view, it will be more accurate to speak not about "privatization" of modern society, but about its "atomization", similar to chaotic movement of particles n thermodynamics.
The organization isn`t an objective in itself
but only a means for achievement of setting objective
An old anarchist true
The FORIST alternative
We are communists. But not in this vulgarized and deformed sense which appears us always from pages of papers, from TV channels and broadcasting waves (“communist regime”, “Communist State”, “Communist Party” etc.). The true communism is anarchist, stateless and without authority, free, libertarian. Only hundred years ago, by the meaning of Communists, one can be almost for 100 per cent sure that the matter concerns Anarchists. Just in 1917, this word was stolen by Bolsheviks and it was later crippled by them and made a laughing-stock of entire World…
Egyptian society tries to resist the regime triumphed as a result of a "revolution" that toppled the dictator Mubarak: the government of clerical-fascist movement of the “Muslim Brotherhood”. Alas: the fight against the results of pseudo-revolution goes under the banner of their defense. For the legacy of this coup d`etat, a grave fight between the ruling Islamists and the oppositional liberals started. On the side of the latter, different youth groups continue to emerge, often declaring himself "anarchist" or perceived as such.
In December 2012, international anarchosyndicalism celebrates two anniversaries: the 90th anniversary of the rebuilding of the International Workers Association, and 170 years since the birth of the most prominent theorist of anarcho-communism, Peter Kropotkin. This coincidence of dates can be considered symbolic. Kropotkin was never a member of any revolutionary-syndicalist or anarcho-syndicalist organization, but he made a very important contribution to the creation of the anarcho-syndicalist International, and his ideas have had an enormous impact on its goals and principles.
The collapse of the state-capitalist dictatorships in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union proved that any attempts to combine a just social ideal with preservation of the state and commodity-money (market) relations are doomed to failure. Communist anarchism has always predicted that Marxist utopias would come to precisely such an end. It has not been discredited in the least by the experience of social democracy and party-state “communism”, and there is therefore no need to “supplement” it with borrowings from these doctrines, which have suffered complete collapse.
September 15 was an international day of solidarity with the drivers of Dominos Pizza in Brisbane, called by the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation of Australia. These workers, who deliver pizza, are in a struggle against the arbitrary abuse of the firm, which cut their salaries by 19%. The campaign was supported by the International Workers Association and actions were carried out in many countries around the world.
One philosopher has once told that the one, who doesn't study history, is doomed to repeat its errors. The problem consists just in looking for what was made may be not correctly or not very well in the past. This can give a possibility to avoid some mistakes in the present and in the future.
Now that the authorities have broken up the protest camp of the radical anti-Putin opposition at Chistye Prudy (Pure Ponds) in Moscow, the time has come to sum up the first provisional results of the new wave of political protests in Russia. The opposition intends to continue the protests, but it is now quite possible to draw certain conclusions and extract lessons of some sort.
May 6 in Moscow, the so called “March of Millions” was held organized by Udaltsov, a Stalinist, Nemtsov, a Liberal, and Navalny, a Nationalist. The aim of this opposition was as usually one only: to conquest the power, i.e. to drive the actual authorities from Kremlin and to stand in their place.