Interview: Bristol Class War in the 1980s

In this chat with a former Class War member, the Kate Sharpley Library discusses deindustrialisation, upheavals in the 1980s and thumbing the nose against Thatcher’s new normal. Can you tell us a bit about where you came from? I grew up in a town in the west of England during the 1970s. It was an

Review: Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW

This book deals with the international scope of the IWW, how it spread to other countries, often through the idea of the One Big Union being carried overseas by seafarers. Edited by Cole, P. Struthers D., Zimmer, K ISBN: 978-0-745399-59-1 PP: 320 Pluto Press 2018 Review by Anarchist Communist Group The Industrial Workers of the World was

The dream of ’68 is needed today

This month is the 50th anniversary since the events of Paris 1968 — and the ambition of those nights of cobblestone, barricade and teargas is something we must rediscover. The rue Gay-Lussac still carries the scars of the ‘night of the barricades’. Burnt out cars line the pavement, their carcasses a dirty grey under the

Book Review: The Doomsday Machine — Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Daniel Ellsberg points to uncanny truths in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove (1964), including the fact that Russia does have an automated ‘Doomsday Machine’ system (called ‘Perimeter’) that will trigger nuclear war if a single nuclear bomb goes off in Moscow. ISBN: 978-1-408889-29-9 PP: 420 Bloomsbury 2017 Review by Milan Rai The US nuclear force will launch

The events of ’68 (1868, that is)

This year’s 150th anniversary of the first vote under a working-class franchise needs to be remembered. In 1868 the first parliament elected by the working class achieved many anarchist socialist goals including a major reduction in the power of the centralised state. This and other achievements have been reversed over the last four decades, and

Frestonia and Me

A former resident writes on their experience of the Free and Independent State of Frestonia, a unique 1977 rebellion in Kensington and Chelsea by a community which today is under threat from London’s rampant gentrification monster. Last month marked the 40th Anniversary of The Free and Independent State of Frestonia and as we celebrated, we

Book Review: Squatting in Britain 1945-1955

by Norman Spinrad ISBN: 978-1-60486-810-4 PP: 264 Publisher: The Merlin Press £16.99 After World War II, many people squatted empty properties, often government-owned ex-Army camps, since a housing crisis had been created as a result of the hugely damaged housing stock, slow state action to build new homes and a huge influx of returning servicemen as well