Oct 192013

Layout 1WAR & REVOLUTION — The Writings of Camillo Berneri (edited by Frank Mintz) ISBN 978-1-873976-65-4 published in 2013 by ChristieBooks, Hastings, East Sussex UK —  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £1.29/€1,52/$2.13  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR!

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‘To guarantee revolution, it is not enough for the mob to be armed or for them to have expropriated the bourgeoisie: it is necessary for them to destroy the capitalist system entirely and to organise their own system. They must be able to combat the ideas put forward by Stalinist and reformist leaders with the same vigour with which they attack capitalist individuals and the leaders of the bourgeois parties. As of May 1937, any revolutionary endeavour that does not remain faithful to this experience condemns itself purely and simply to not existing. Attacking the state, unhesitatingly confronting the Stalinist-reformist counter-revolution: such are the distinctive characteristics of the coming revolution.‘

These extracts from the secret republication in Spanish of Berneri’s writings in 1973 by the Iberian Liberation Movement (whose symbolic figure is Puig Antich, who was garrotted on 2nd March 1974), and explain the reason for their re-publication. Also included are some  of Berneri’s articles from this period that best reveal his thoughts on Marxism and the militias.

Contents: Preface; Camillo Berneri; Unpublished letter on militarisation; The State and Classes; The Abolition and Extinction of the State; What can we do?; Dictatorship of the Proletariat and State Socialism; Beware, Dangerous Corner!; Madrid, sublime city; Between the War and the Revolution; The Third Stage; Interview in Spain and the World; The Wisdom of a Proverb; Problems of the Revolution: the City and the Country; Open Letter to Comrade Federica Montseny; War and Revolution; Counter-Revolution on the March; The Death of Berneri; 1937-1978: Four Decades without a History

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Apr 162013

PwGcver005People Without Government. An Anthropology of AnarchismHarold Barclay (Preface by Alex Comfort) (ISBN 978-0-904564-47-1),  £2.69, ChristieBooks. PO Box 35, Hastings, East Sussex, TN341ZS. First published by Cienfuegos Press, Over the Water, Sanday, Orkney, in 1982. This fully revised ChristieBooks (Kindle eBook) edition published 2013. 

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Anarchy, as the absence of government, is neither chaos nor some impossible Utopian dream. In fact it is a very common form of political organisation and one that has characterised much of the human past. People Without Government describes briefly the anarchic political structures of a number of these societies. True they are mainly small-scale hunting, gathering and horticultural groups. However, the social organisation of certain large populations with complex relations is also sometimes anarchic. Thus anarchy applies to a broad spectrum of different kinds of societies.

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Sep 162012

SAM DOLGOFF, retired house painter, editor and translator of Bakunin on Anarchy, The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-management in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939), was 83 years old when he completed this Memoir. He started out in life, more than half a century earlier, as a working hobo on the railroads and waterfronts, in lumber camps, canneries, and steel mills of the United States. Caught up early in ideas of radical social change, he moved from reformist socialism to anarchism, publishing his first piece, a criticism of Gandhi, in the anarchist journal Road to Freedom. As a member of the IWW he became a strong propagandist for libertarian labor movements—incidentally teaching himself to read six different languages—lecturing across America in union halls, civic centers and colleges. Under the pen name Sam Weiner, he published innumerable articles in labor and anarchist periodicals, many of which he helped to found and edit.

Fragments: a memoir, Sam Dolgoff, ISBN 978-0-946222-04-9. First published (one edition, now long o/p) 1986 by Refract Publications (formerly Cienfuegos Press Ltd), Cambridge. This Kindle eBook published 2012 by ChristieBooks. (€3,21; £2.58; $4.13UK ; US/Canada/India and RoW ; España ; France ; Germany ; Italy

Apr 222011

Mourir à Madrid (To Die in Madrid) is a 1963 French-language Academy-nominated documentary film directed by Frédéric Rossif and regarded as many as his masterpiece. Using painstakingly selected newsreel clips and still photos, Rossif conveys the horror, disillusion and bravery of the Spanish Civil War.  A number of clips of To Die in Madrid were later incorporated into Fred Zinneman’s 1964 dramatic film Behold a Pale Horse (see FILMS) roughly based on the life of Quico Sabaté (see FILMS) utilizing newsreel footage from a variety of archives, the documentary reviews the Spanish Civil War from its beginnings in 1931 until Franco’s rise to power in 1939. (see FILMS)

May 282010

Noam Chomsky on anarchism 1 (BBC – 1974)

Noam Chomsky on anarchism 2 (BBC – 1974)

Apr 242010

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The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg  ¡Pistoleros! — 2: 1919,  Farquhar McHarg
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Pistoleros! 2: 1919 is the second volume of the memoirs and notebooks of Farquhar McHarg, a seventy-six-year-old anarchist from the Govan district of Glasgow, its writing prompted by the murder, in October 1976, of his lifelong friend, Laureano Cerrada Santos. McHarg’s Chronicles record his evolving beliefs and sense of mission, and the remarkable adventures he experienced from the day he sailed into the neutral port of Barcelona in the spring of 1918, a naïve but idealistic eighteen-year-old, and 1976. Farquhar’s Chronicles are folk history, bringing the changes that shook the political and social landscape of Spain (and the world) between 1918 and 1976 into the framework of adult lifetime. They make a vexatious but fascinating story that provides a deep insight into the spirit that moved the selfless, generous,  occasionally naïve and recklessly idealistic people who were involved in the bitter social struggles that marked the hectic insurrectionary and utopian aftermath of the great imperialist war of 1914¬1918.

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Feb 212010
MalaMilano  (1997 – Tonino Curagi e Anna Gorio)
Dalla liggera alla criminalità organizzata. Milano, inizio anni ’50, la guerra è ormai alle spalle, la ricostruzione avviata verso il boom economico. Ai margini di una contrapposizione di classe ancora ben definita, dei giovani di estrazione proletaria non accettano più le dinamiche delle conflittualità sociali dell’epoca. Non seguono più l’esempio della militanza politica, rifiutano la logica del lavoro salariato in fabbrica e si arrangiano come possono con piccoli furti rispettando però codici, regole e valori precisi. E’ una malavita un po’ romantica, molto legata al territorio e alla gente comune, figlia di una povertà vissuta dignitosamente, infatuata e sedotta però dalle figure cinematografiche francesi e americane che raccontano “il grande colpo che ti può risolvere la vita”. Su questo “milieu” l’esplodere del “boom economico” dei primi anni ’60 ha effetti dirompenti e sconvolgenti. I giovani malavitosi incominciano una gestione più redditizia degli affari con il controllo della prostituzione, delle bische e delle sale da gioco, con il moltiplicarsi delle rapine e soprattutto con lo sviluppo di un’organizzazione armata sempre più violenta. A ciò si deve aggiungere il progressivo inserimento di delinquenti di origine meridionale provenienti dal grande flusso migratorio di quegli anni, portatori di una pratica e di una cultura malavitosa differente. Dalla logica del bisogno si passa progressivamente alla logica del profitto. E’ un processo irreversibile e implacabile che all’inizio degli anni ’70 degenera verso una nuova criminalità sempre più feroce e mafiosa
Acto en recuerdo de Luis Andrés Edo
Sabado, 28 de Marzo de 2009. Cebtre Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona
En recuerdo de Luis Andrés Edo
Febrero 2010, Barcelona
Detour (2001 — G8 in Genova – Black Bloc) (Italian)
Film of the anti-capitalist riots at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, including footage of attack on Marassi prison, Genoa, Italy, 2001. “FINALMENTE “L’AREA BLACK BLOC ITALIANA” PRENDE LA PAROLA E FORNISCE IMMAGINI E INTERPRETAZIONE DI QUANTO SUCCESSE DURANTE LE MANIFESTAZIONI ANTI G8 DEL 2001 A GENOVA. UN FILM ECCEZIONALE…NON ADATTO AI DEBOLI DI CUORE!” (DDE CINE) “…tempo fa avevo tirato giù a mano un elenco di video sul G8, una valanga di titoli, una trentina come minimo (ma ne mancano ancora). fuori orario ha trasmesso molte ore di video sul G8…il più curioso di tutti è il video situazionista “Detour”…” (dalla rete) “Il miglior film su G8-Genova: ha una tesi e la dimostra” (dalla rete)
A Forza Di Essere Vento. Lo sterminio nazista degli Zingari
Seven short films (in Italian) produced by Revista “A” on the Nazi (and others) persecution of the Gypsies (Zingari): Revista “A”’s homage to Fabrizio De André: ‘un Fabrizio apparentemente sempre più lontano, ora che non abbiamo più né discorse né canzoni ne immagini sue da riproporre. In realta si tratta di un Fabrizio ben presente, perché il soggetto che abbiamo scelto sono gli Zingari, un popolo a lui caro anche perche dai più , dalla maggioranza, odiato e criminalizzato. Di quel popoplo Fabrizio si è occupato con simpatia e profonda conoscenza in un sola canzone, realizzata con Ivano Fossati, eseguita con Don Ghezzi, sotto la direzione artistica di Piero Milesi. Una canzone, una sola poesia, che resta un omaggio struggente alla misconosciuta dignità dei Rom e dei Sinti. Della lunga e sofferta storia di questo popolo nomade abbiamo scelto la pagina più tragica: lo sterminio da parte nazisti. DVD + Libretto available from Editrice A - arivista@tin.it

1. Hai mai avuto un amico zingaro? (Moni Ovadia)
2. Zigeunerlager (Intervista a Marceloo Pezzetti sul ‘campo nel campo’)
3. Porrajmos (Documentario del’Opera Nomadi sulle persecuzioni da parte dei fascisti deil nazisti e deglo ustascia e sui drammi attuali
4. Hugo (La testimonianza del sinto tedesco Hugo Hollenreimer, torturato da Josef Mengele)
5. Senza confinim senza barriere (Canzioni zingare e yiddish con Moni Ovadia e i Taraf da Metropulitana)
6. Un rom italiano ad Auschwitz (Intervista a Mirko Levak)
7. Porrajmos, Lettura e spettacolo (Una serata multimediale sullo sterminio zingaro)