About the problems posed by the concrete class struggle and popular organisation

(By: José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton, first published at anarkismo.net in 2005)

A former member of the Chilean OCL deals, in general, with the problems posed by concrete class struggle and popular organisation for anarchist communists. It aims to raise a number of questions – in an orderly and systematic fashion – that are important and necessary to think of a revolutionary alternative in a concrete place in a concrete time.

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Against Slander and Insult – We Need Strategic Concepts to Strengthen an Open and Respectful Discussion and Conflict Culture.

(By: Heinz-Jürgen Voß, first published at: dasendedessex, translation: Antje Dieterich)

[A short background information at the bottom by: Antje Dieterich]

Some days ago, I released an appeal for solidarity for a collegue of mine, who was insulted in such a drastic manner I could not have imagined just some years ago. Now, I am getting the answer. The right-wing author Akif Pirinçci is now attacking me too, with slander and crude insults. Continue reading

Chile: Neoliberal Paradise for a Few, Capitalist Hell for the Majority

(By La batalla de los trabajadores; translated by Pablo Pérez)

Chile is one of the OECD countries where the actual wage of the workers (i.e. the difference between the received wage and the level of the prices) is the lowest. Although both the prices and per capita income statistics (which are around $1,300 per month) are close to those of a first world country, they hide a terrible reality for the working class. Continue reading

The Brazilian World Cup in the Age of the Commodity of Images

(credit: Agencia Brasil)

(credit: Agencia Brasil)

(by: Dijair Brilhantes and Bruno Lima Rocha)

Below, we explain examples of the advancement of the market logic within the World Cup Brazil 2014, and how this mode of operation influences within the game, and as always, more of the same regarding the arbitrariness of FIFA. Continue reading

Bread and Games: Day One into Life After the World Cup

(credit: Agencia Brasil)

(credit: Agencia Brasil)

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

It wasn’t a pretty sight.

Yesterday Brazil was dealt a crushing blow not only to its football selection, but to its entire national identity. The Brazilian selection was defeated in a humiliating bout against the historical giant of Germany. Photos of the many gapping Brazilians are an accurate depiction of reality: one walks away without words from such a spectacle.

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The Anger of the Brazilian Elite and the Lack of Ruling Class National Identification

(by: Dijair Brilhantes and Bruno Lima Rocha)

The FIFA World Cup is considered one of the biggest events in the world. It should come as no surprise then that the commands of the institution that is run by Seth Blatter should continue to make hundreds of demands against the country that is to welcome the games. In practice, this means that fundamental rights are to be suspended, especially in a country with a “leftist” government. Just another day in the tropical country.

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Confronting Expulsion from the City: Organizing in San Francisco

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

(by: Nick García and Daniel Gutiérrez)

Earlier this month, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority began holding hearings to restrict the use of Google and other companies from using public transit stops for their employee shuttles, and by August will begin charging 1$ per Google bus stop to create revenue for public transportation. This was a result of public outcry and organizing around this symbol of the growing economic inequality and gentrification of San Francisco.

From Smart car tipping to Google bus blocking, San Francisco has become synonymous to gentrification.

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