history

The war that never ended: public history for the present

A critical look at New Zealand's official First World War centennial programme and its lack of engagement with the war's root causes, namely capitalism and white supremacy.

Bolsonaro's conditions of existence - humanaesfera

What happened in Brazil and the history that explains it, from a practical materialist perspective (ie from the bottom up).

A Tempest in Three Teapots: Yom Kippur Balls in London, New York, and Montreal

Undated advertisement in Yiddish for a Yom Kippur ball in New York City

At the end of the 19th century a nascent tradition emerged in London, England among recent Jewish immigrants as an anti-religious celebration of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The event quickly spread to North America where it was taken up by other Yiddish speaking anarchists and socialists as a way of expressing their collective power in a celebratory environment and encouraging others to turn against superstition and religion.

Bakunin and the Historians

Anarcho Syndicalist Review 2015 Winter 63 with follow up to summer 1992 review

Libertarian Labor Review (later renamed Anarcho Syndicalist Review)
Summer 1992
https://syndicalist.us/2013/05/27/bakunin-and-the-historians/
“Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, the anarchist, was a political thinker; his reputation, based partly on his appetite for action and partly on unsympathetic historiography, obscures this…” Robert Cutler opens the introduction to his anthology of Bakunin’s writings with these words. Another historian, Nunzio Pernicone, deplores the modern fashion of “Bakunin-bashing.” And Arthur Lehning, in a 1978 review of the historical literature, refers to a conspiracy of silence...

Notes on a Marxist history of empiricism

George Novack

A summary of an old critical Marxist history of empiricism.

Oiseau-tempête : first issue

Oiseau-tempête

This is a translation of a magazine published by a french collective from 1997 to 2006. The original issues can be found here, in French.

Summary of this first issue (Spring 1997) :
- « FACING HISTORY »
- NOTICE TO ADEPTS OF WORK
- THE NATION-STATE AND NATIONALISM
- FACE TO FACE
- FALLOUT FROM THE COLD WAR

A brief history of the state - humanaesfera

How did the state become distinct from the castes and presented itself as a neutral entity that hovers and contrasts with a so-called civil society? What is the relation between the emergence of capitalist power over the world and the emergence of absolutist monarchies and nation-states? This short article presents a synthetic look at the history of the emergence of the modern state.

Notes on the Freedom Anarchist Newspaper Archive

When Freedom updated its website back in October I took the opportunity to start a side project I've been meaning to do for a while - digitising Freedom's newspaper back catalogue. Herein some notes which are a bit internal-bloggy to put on the news site ...