Incompetence, Cronyism, Repression: One Year On, What is the Covid State?

Last year, I wrote in this blog that the UK government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis was one of ‘callous incompetence’.[1] In hindsight, that was no surprise: their incompetence stemmed from the deliberate underfunding and privatisation of public health services; their callousness was baked-in to the structurally violent principles of Tory ‘austerity’. That analysis

Crops NOT Shops: Growing the Mutual Millennium

Last month I suggested that there was good reason to believe that we were witnessing the birth of the ‘mutual millennium’. Austerity, socio-economic polarisation and the shuffling incompetence of the zombified neoliberal economy had already seen a slow and steady stream of grassroots community innovation as the wages and social securities of the poorest were

Base and Roses Raise Money for Penally Camp Residents

Bristol mutual aid group Base and Roses are raising money for asylum seekers currently housed in Penally Camp in Wales. Please read their appeal and donate here: www.gofundme.com/f/support-penally-asylum-seekers We are raising £3,300 for the people seeking asylum who are forcibly placed in disused army barracks in Penally, South Wales. We need your help to get

Welcome to the Mutual Millenium

One of the fundamental differences between anarchists and authoritarians (both left and right) is that anarchists believe in people. We don’t offer grand schemes and minutely detailed plans because we have faith in people’s ability to sort shit out for themselves. We don’t propose centralised systems and one-size-fits-all ideology because we recognise, relish and respect

Interview: Mutual aid in Lebanon in the wake of disaster

As riots threaten to topple government control in the wake of the Beirut explosion Freedom talks to a Lebanese radical who is witnessing another side of the event – society-wide, grassroots solidarity that has inspired them to become an anarchist. — The blast which destroyed Beirut’s docks and devastated the city on August 4th has

Scrub Hub: An autonomous Mutual Aid response to COVID-19

In the Covid-19 crisis the combination of serial incompetence, public services scythed by forty years of neo-liberalism, and a callous disregard for the lives of ordinary people came together with murderous results under Boris Johnson and the Tory party. The death of almost 65,000 people so far in the UK as a consequence of Covid-19