Analysis

Case study: Wage theft at a Liverpool hotel

At the end of last month anarcho-syndicalist group Liverpool SolFed helped a worker on a precarious contract to force a prestigious Liverpool hotel to pay her wages they’d stolen. Her testimony below talks about the problems being faced by migrants in Britain today facing, alongside unscrupulous employers, a system of checks on everything from references to getting a bank account that work to undermine people’s will and ability to… Continue reading

All for the sisterhood: Sisters Uncut

This summer Sisters Uncut opened up an empty flat on an estate in East London as part of their ongoing campaign against cuts in domestic violence services. The flat stayed open for months and was full of activity and people, and the action resulted in some serious changes to Hackney official policy — not least getting a kid’s playground reopened.

Sisters Uncut started in response to massive cuts to women’s… Continue reading

Anarchy in the UK: A Changed Political Landscape

This article is the first in a series by Jon Bigger looking at gains the voices of social conservatism have made in recent years and what that means for anarchist politics.

In 2016 the political landscape has changed around us. A resurgence of conservatism resulting from changes within the Conservative Party leadership following the EU referendum has been followed by Donald Trump’s victory in the US… Continue reading

So we’re out of Europe…

In the months leading up this year’s referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union I observed lots of discussion — mainly on social media — between anarchists who intended on engaging with the ballot box for the first time in a long time, or in some cases, the first time ever. I couldn’t understand why so many people were prepared to break ranks and participate in bourgeois… Continue reading

Troubled Families Fund: Of course it failed

One of the big problems with how mental health problems are dealt with in Britain is time. Specifically, that there’s not enough spent on helping people who are suffering. For all that it’s probably the most endemic form of problem in modern society, with one in six people affected by a common mental health problem every week, the resources allocated are laughable. Campaign groups like Mind… Continue reading

The greening of anarchism again!

“Nothing ever burns down by itself, every fire needs a little bit of help” chumbawamba

After a damning report published in the journal Science, titled Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate changeare the mainstream channels finally catching up, albeit to a small degree, with what anarchists have been saying for hundreds of years? Not quite, as the title gives the game away, the… Continue reading

Dover sentencing and anti-fascist organising

The Dover demonstration in January was the most violent anti-fascist action in Britain for many years. 70 people have been arrested and more are being searched for. See appeals on Kent Police site for details.

So far there have been 15 concluded cases. 10 people have received custodial sentences totalling 209 months. 7 People have been sentenced for violent disorder (s2 public order act 1986) and received between 2 years… Continue reading

No Reforming Earth Destruction

“The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” Utah Phillips

As we endure the first few weeks of the newly instated Teresa May regime an opportunity for anti authoritarians presents itself in after the abolition of the Department for Climate Change.

The post will now be included in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This approach… Continue reading

Women in charge is not feminism: the fight against institutional patriarchy

On a surface level, it seems as though feminism is winning the gender war. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States, Theresa May has just become PM, and Angela Eagle is challenging Jeremy Corbyn to the most boring duel ever. In the cabinet reshuffle, a third of posts have been given to women, with Amber Rudd appointed Home Secretary – which brings up the… Continue reading

The current crisis and the rise of the Corbyn dogma

Corbyn looking sad about war at a no more war rally

A few days ago Freedom published an article called, “The End of Dogma #keepcorbyn as a Transitional Demand.” In it an occasional Freedom contributor argued for support of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he faces a coup organised by right wing Labour MPs, Blairite think tanks and most of the soft left media. It has inevitably… Continue reading