Where ya from?

 
    • Kobrin said...
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    • 5 Sep 2007, 19:00

    Where ya from?

    Title says it all. Probably interesting if you'd also tell us about the general state of anarchism in your region(though ofcourse that's subjective).

    I'm personally from West-Flanders, a province of Belgium. Anarchism is dead over here, in the whole of Belgium. For a decent webzine, one needs to go north, for IWA, one needs to go south, for a forum, you have to visit an English or American host. Only the Black Cross seems to exist, though only in name.

    I'm planning to participate in the revival of Belgian Anarchism(after all, Marx named us the most oppressed proletariat of Europe :) ). However, as a 17 year old student, this is going to be hard. The only significant anarchists of my age burned some MacDonalds and Quicks a while back :p

    "We want nothing of a world in which the certainty of not dying from hunger comes in exchange for the risk of dying from boredom. " - May '68
  • I'm from Sjælland in Denmark. Pretty much. We actually have quite a few anarchists over here but they're all split up around Copenhagen so I can't really find any. Though, I joined a socialistic youth group who are just as much against the current country ruler as I am so it'll be good.

    ))))))///
    • FinXas said...
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    • 7 Sep 2007, 10:11
    I'm from Madrid, Spain and anarchism here, as a big city in a country tradicionally so invlved with anarchism, is not dead at all. Anarcho syndicalism now is not as great as it was during the last years of Franco, but we think it's getting bigger and bigger. It's just that when democrtacy came in 1978, the power worked so hard to smash anarchism into pieces, and that's what we got now...There are many squatted houses where people there does a great work of many types (music, theatre, cinema, discussions, debates, art, etc). But it's hard too, because media does not do a good propaganda of them, it's the neverending story of dong something pollitically incorrect. Well, that's more or less the situation here, of course there are many others groups and stuff out there (vegans, anti-militarists...)

    We've already heard your speech...now we'll destroy it!!! NO GODS, NO MⒶSTERS, NO SLAVES AND ⒶGAINST ALL ⒶUTHORITY!!!
    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 8 Sep 2007, 08:45
    Well, I live on West Coast USA. Scarce traces of 'anarchy', we have more anarchic ideas and do not act upon them. Of course theres a 'squatter' community that doesn't really squat, but I suppose we will slowly get there.
    So many people here will say things but never back it up. We don't really have opportunities arise to 'back it up' either. This is no fault but our own. The anarchy lingers in our minds, but isn't really expressed.

  • Dublin, Ireland.

    a busy city, a loaded history.

  • North Dakota, USA. We don't have a movement, but there's a few isolated anarchists scattered here and there throughout the state. There was a thread on the Infoshop forum that asked if there were ND anarchists, and some people replied.

    Evidently, UND in Grand Forks has an SDS, but it's probably small. Fargo used to have a Food Not Bombs, but I don't know if it's active any longer. That's all I know of, but I don't live in either of those towns.

  • Boston area (east coast), USA.

    Anarchism in Boston is certainly nowhere close to being the influential popular movement I'd like it to be, but compared to the rest of the US things are ok. We have BAAM, (Boston area anarchist movement, I think) NEAN (north eastern anarchist network), as well as NEFAC (north eastern federation of anarchist communists).

    Honestly though, none of these organizations really engages with the day-to-day struggles of the working class in a meaningful way, which pisses me off. Anarchists are isolated from the rest of society, and is generally an obscure ideology, even though there are so many struggles in the Boston area that anarchists could be involved in; working class areas are rapidly being gentrified, a germ warfare lab is being built in Dorchester, a poor black neighborhood, wages are falling, prices and rents are skyrocketing, illegal immigrants are being exploited, etc, ect.

    FREE MARKETS, ENSLAVED PEOPLE
  • Well, that sucks. For some reason, I thought Boston had a pretty decent anarchist movement.

    And before I was born, my dad lived there for 15 years, so I hear about Boston all the time.

    • Kobrin said...
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    • 25 Nov 2007, 16:31
    Be glad, there is absolutely no anarchist movement in the whole of fucking Belgium, except for some remnants in Gent and a growing action group in Kortrijk.

    "We want nothing of a world in which the certainty of not dying from hunger comes in exchange for the risk of dying from boredom. " - May '68
  • Yeah, you guys are right, its not that bad, especially compared to other places.

    I think the second part of what I said applies to many anarchists these days tho, not just the Boston ones.

    FREE MARKETS, ENSLAVED PEOPLE
  • Yeah, post-leftists. Pffft.

  • Anarchoqueer, I agree with you 100%!!!!

    FREE MARKETS, ENSLAVED PEOPLE
  • Well I am from Southern Sweden.

    The situation here.... well anarchism is not a mayor political force I am afraid but it is not all pitch black.

    We got SAC which is an old anarcho-syndicalistic trade union (formed in 1910 after a failed nationwide strike by LO). It is not huge but it is the fastest growing Union in Sweden atm+they started organizing 'illegal immigrants' in Sockholm and there are A LOT of them. So yea, I heard they organize about 500-600 workers in Malmö which is not bad. Also during their May Day demonstration about 5-600 turned up to.

    We also got SUF (Anarcho-syndicalist Youth Federation ) groups popping up over the country, not a huge movement either thou but growing. Considering how young it is it is doing pretty well, formed in 1993 and I heard there are about 25 local groups nation wide now.

    Apart from that we got some underground punk movements in different cities more or less associated with anarchy.

    And yea then there is the punk scene around Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, a squattter-anarchy movement kind of.


    So yea, hopefully the movement is growing, but it is faaar from a mayor force.

    lo /wave
  • I'm from Slovakia and recently I study in Czech republic. In Slovakia there are just a few individuals, there's one little active group in capital. In Czech republic it is better, there's Czechoslovakian anarchist federation (but slovakian branch is dead) and few other smaller groups, also some kind of active group of Antifa.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 29 Feb 2008, 23:51
    I'm living in southern Ontario, Canada. There is actually an anarchist federation for Ontario (Common Cause), but I haven't actually participated, mainly because I haven't met up with any other anarchists in the city I'm in (Waterloo). We do have a Food Not Bombs though, which I'm active in.

  • im from the middle of germany...
    in summer well conquer the rest of europe with my mates band!!!

  • I'm from the Bay Area in California. We have anarchists but everyone is so goddamn scared to do anything. Big brother just happens to be strongest here, so getting away with anything is a huge huge difficulty. And the social hierarchy and commitment are also a problem. If we actually got together we could say something. But there's nothing tying us together in action. A lot of them are post-left suckers who claim "anarcho capitalism" which is a joke to me.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 1 Apr 2008, 06:52
    thats because it is a joke.

    • Kobrin said...
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    • 1 Apr 2008, 08:40
    It's not a joke, it's deadserious :( Though, if it may be a consolation, it doesn't even look good theoretical, let alone that it could work in practice(the idea alone gives me nightmares though)

    "We want nothing of a world in which the certainty of not dying from hunger comes in exchange for the risk of dying from boredom. " - May '68
    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 1 Apr 2008, 23:43
    i MEANT, that's why i found it a joke. like, i know people are dead serious about it, and thats funny, and i like, find it a joke. i dunno. whatever. nevermind.

  • I'm from Estonia(northeast Europe). Considering it's a small country, the local anarchists are doing quite well, but it could be better I guess. There is one significant group and it's got quite a bit of media coverage, so it has become quite popular. There isn't much going on however except for a few events and protests. My dream is starting a autonomous social center. There is a serious lack of vegetarian/vegan restaurants. The country is quite liberal(huh, both the good and the bad way). No restrictions on abortion, sexuality, but there are some gender and racism issues. Of course the new upcoming labor and police laws are crap. There are issues with state and corporate regulation and some stuff going on around the powerbase is *really* questionable. The people themselves are a bit phobic and narrow-minded, but that's the result of the soviet oppression.

  • i live in sweden. a while back ago there were groups that worked with several issues now its a bit quite, i live in a small city.

    in gotherburg and stockholm is larger. there are anarcho-syndicalist groups and anarcho-feminist group in stockholm.goththenborg has an punkorganisation that are anarchist and organise concert etc and anarcho-syndicalist groups.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 27 Jun 2008, 20:44
    i live in istanbul/turkey.
    the anarchist movement in here is a very small and silent community, still take part in too many protests and other stuff.

  • I'm from southern Denmark, just north of the German border.
    Nothing really happens here, because nearly the entire anarchist movement in Denmark is centered around Copenhagen and Ungdomshuset. Where I live there aren't really any other anarchist than me, my girlfriend and my dad. There are a lot of socialist and "rebellious" che t-shirt wearing communists, but they aren't any better than the rest.

    • Kobrin said...
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    • 29 Jun 2008, 14:17
    3 folks is enough to start a group :p We started of with less :D

    "We want nothing of a world in which the certainty of not dying from hunger comes in exchange for the risk of dying from boredom. " - May '68
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