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  • The Utopian, Vol. 16, No. 6 June 2017

    Jun 13, 2017

    Cover and Contents for our June 2017 issue, vol. 16 no. 6. The Trump Administration's continuing crisis, strategy and tactics toward Black Block and extreme right; Comment on "What Is Anarchism?," Who We Are.

    For earlier issues see Updates and New Discussion (Vol. 16 no. 5, May 2017) and Archives.

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  • The Crisis that Keeps on Giving

    Jun 13, 2017

    Beyond negotiating relations with various groupings and factions among the elite, US global hegemony is also dependent on the image the country projects to the world’s peoples. No ruling group can maintain its hegemony without winning some degree of popular support, both abroad and at home. In other words, image matters, and Trump has significantly tarnished the image of the United States. His colossal ignorance, his clumsiness, and his unbelievable boorishness have made the country the laughingstock of the world. How can anybody take the United States seriously when it is led by such a clod and a clown?

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  • Black Bloc, Free Speech, and the Extreme Right Threat

    Jun 13, 2017

    Right now, the left has been wrong-footed on the issue of free speech.  The right-wing extremists are gaining in part because they have been aided by media coverage that – at least up until the Portland murders – portrayed them as victims being deprived of their rights to speech and assembly. Unfortunately, too many of their opponents have played into their hands by opposing not just free speech for Nazis, but the right to free speech in general – and I’m not just talking about the black bloc.

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  • A Comment on...What Is Anarchism?

    Jun 13, 2017

    [B]y “anarchy” I mean a society of freely associated humans, organized in voluntary organizations and communities, to carry out all social tasks in freedom. Decentralized, directly democratic, face-to-face work place councils and neighborhood assemblies would manage their own affairs as much as possible, while forming federations and networks on regional, national, continental, and world levels. This is not a state, but the self-organization of the people. The economy would be a federation of self-managing industries, consumer coops, small enterprises, and collective communes.... [T]he police and military would be replaced by an armed and democratically organized people (a popular militia).

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  • Utopian Document: Who We Are

    Jun 13, 2017

    This future, we state clearly, is an ideal, not a certainty.... We believe people have to make ethical choices about whether to accept life as it is or to struggle for a new society, and then about whether the society they are for will be democratic or authoritarian. The only key to the future is a moral determination to get there, a dream of a world in which those who were obscure to one another will one day walk together. We do not know where this key may be found, but we know the only way to find it is to search for it. 

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