Blog Articles

Alex Khasnabish and Luis Fernandez, ‘In Memoriam – Jeffrey S. Juris’, 17th September 2020

Jeffrey Juris passed away on June 18, 2020 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. This dedication to Jeff, by his comrades Alex Khasnabish and Luis Fernandez, pays tribute to an outstanding scholar-activist with a true anarchist spirit who contributed directly to struggles for social justice.


Frans Ari Prasetyo, ‘Anarchy and Police Brutality: May Day 2019 in Bandung, Indonesia’ (photo essay), 14th September 2020

A police officer approached me and asked, ‘why are you wearing a helmet?’ I returned the question, ‘why are you wearing a helmet?’ He replied that it was ‘for safety’. ‘Same here, for safety’ I nodded. ‘Safety from whom?’ asked the cop. ‘Safety from you’ I replied, and then he was gone.

Frans Ari Prasetyo’s photo essay provides a vivid depiction of the scale and energy of the May Day 2019 black bloc demonstration in Bandung, Indonesia, and the brutality of the ensuing police repression.


Peterson Roberto da Silva, ‘Freedom and Anarchy: an interview with David Gareber’, 9th September 2020

‘That’s what I try to do a lot. I try to find things we already know, but don’t quite realise that we knew’.

David Graeber’s death on the 2nd of September 2020 causes a painful break in the human connections he had inspired and frustrates the promise of future works. But what we have gained from his life is incalculable, and will still reverberate for a long time everywhere there is resistance and hope for a better future.

This wide-ranging interview with David Graber, by Peterson Roberto da Silva, covers themes of play, violence, privilege, activism, equality, the value of work and care, and freedom, while communicating David’s wit, fierce intelligence, and fiercer-still humanity.


Katya Lachowicz in interview with Jim Donaghey, ‘Scrub Hub – an autonomous mutual aid response to Covid-19’, 29th June 2020

The death of almost 65,000 people so far in the UK as a consequence of Covid-19 is the strongest possible indictment of the Tory government’s botched response, but the failure to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health workers illustrates some of the character of their callous incompetence. The Scrub Hub initiative has been a particularly successful grassroots mutual aid response to the PPE scandal, blossoming into 127 Scrub Hub groups across England, Scotland and Wales. Jim Donaghey met (virtually) with Katya Lachowicz, one of the core members of a Scrub Hub in East London.


Thomas Swann, ‘The Anarchist Cybernetics of Mutual Aid. Self-organisation in and Beyond the Coronavirus Crisis’, 15th May 2020

Thomas Swann, author of the forthcoming book Anarchist Cybernetics, provides an overview of cybernetics as the identification of universal principles of self-organisation, and connects this with anarchism and mutual aid. In the context of the present coronavirus crisis, he argues that an engagement with cybernetics can help anarchists and others involved in mutual aid networks to think seriously about organisational structure to address problems such as structural hierarchies and to protect their openness to democratic participation.


Alessio Kolioulis, ‘A Need for More Room. Notes on Colin Ward’s Ungovernable Urbanism’, 12th May 2020

Alessio Kolioulis examines the continuing significance of Colin Ward’s most famous book, The Child in the City (1978). He highlights the missed connections with continental scholars working in similar fields at the time, and unpicks some of Ward’s key ideas around education and urbanism.

[This article first appeared in March 2020 as ‘Un besoin d’espace. Notes sur l’urbanité ingouvernable de Colin Ward’ as a new postface to the French Edition of Colin Ward’s The Child in The City, L’enfant dans la ville (translated by Léa Nicolas-Teboul), published by Etrerotopia France.]


Neil Middleton, ‘Lessons from the last round: Greece, France and where we are now’, 5th May 2020

The crises sparked by the financial crash of 2007-8 produced a decade of movements and uprisings. Neil Middleton compares two of the most prominent theatres of crisis in recent years, Greece and France, and argues that despite their limitations, the politics of direct democracy, direct action and self-organisation were making progress, and these experiences can help us prepare for the next round of crisis in the wake of Covid-19.


Jim Donaghey, ‘“It’s going to be anarchy” (fingers crossed): anarchist analyses of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic crisis’, 13th April 2020

This article critiques a selection of the wide range of anarchist responses to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic so far, and discusses the currency of anarchism in this profound crisis. Anarchist ideas and anarchistic organising principles have, once again, gained traction in the popular imagination. Anarchists of all stripes can, and should, contribute to this popularisation from their own specific perspectives, but we cannot remain confined within our echo chambers. Our ideas are crucial at this moment as a bulwark against the oppressive trends of increased police powers and state surveillance.


Rowan Tallis Milligan, ‘COVID-19 and Social Reproduction’, 8th April 2020

Covid-19 has brought to the fore two major tenets of contemporary anarchist and feminist thought: the importance of social reproduction and the frequent inadequacy of the “nuclear family” as a means of living together. Rowan Tallis Milligan argues that the crisis offers an opportunity to rethink how we might want to live differently, what it means to live happily, and what really is important in our everyday lives.


Guilherme Falleiros, Katiuscia Galhera, and Guilherme Nicolau, ‘The Impossible Fordist Baggage of Latin American Anarcho-syndicalism’, 9th December 2019

In response to Ben Debney’s recent article, ‘The Fordist Baggage of Anarcho-Syndicalism’, Guilherme Falleiros, Katiuscia Galhera, and Guilherme Nicolau highlight some historical and contemporary manifestations of anarcho-syndicalist organising in Latin-America, and especially Brazil. The authors argue that these experiences confound Debney’s argument that anarcho-syndicalism has been left out-moded by the changing face of capitalist labour forms, because Latin-America has never been under a Fordist paradigm, and because anarcho-syndicalist activists in this ‘Global South’ context are, and have been, primarily concerned with organising in the sphere of ‘immaterial work’, as well as emphasising political repertoires of ‘self-management, mutualism, and mutual aid’.


Steven Parfitt, ‘UK University Workers Strike Again to Combat Multiple Crises’, 22nd November 2019

Starting on Monday 25th November, workers at 60 universties across the UK will take strike action. Steven Parfitt explains the raft of issues that are at stake, including casualisation, gender and ethnicity pay gaps, workload, pay devaluation, and pensions.


Ahmed Julien Saade, ‘Fasten your seatbelts, you’re going nowhere: The Five Pillars of Oligarchic Despotism’, 13th November 2019

Lebanese masses are in the streets, demanding change. Proud of their unity, they call it a revolution. However, in this article Ahmed Julien Saade argues that the regime’s corrupt web means the uprising cannot enable any radical change. The author describes the contemporary Lebanese model of oppression, and the measures by which the state anticipates and prevents any meaningful transformation.


Ben Debney, ‘The Fordist Baggage of Anarcho-Syndicalism’, 31st October 2019

This article argues that anarcho-syndicalist activists are failing to respond adequately to contemporary conditions of capitalist exploitation, especially with regard to globalisation and unpaid labour by care givers in the home.


The Solidarity Against Borders Collective, ‘Anarchist reflections on migrant solidarity, anti-citizenship and state repression’, 9th September 2019

Solidarity Against Borders is a collective of activists, organisers, and researchers who want to start a conversation around the relations between borders, solidarity, anarchist politics, and the concept of citizenship. In this article they ask three key questions: What is an anarchist approach to migrant solidarity? How does the state intervene, criminalise, co-opt and manipulate migrant solidarity projects and practices, and how do we respond? What tensions and contradictions emerge within our own politics, and how ought we deal with them? Solidarity Against Borders invite responses, reflections and contributions to this discussion at s-a-b [at]


Rowan Tallis Milligan in conversation with George F., ‘Punk, Anarchism and Creative Non-Fiction’, 19th August 2019

At times a rollercoaster ride through the more eccentric, forgotten and celebrated parts of London’s counterculture, at other times a furious lament against the gentrification and transformation of such spaces into yuppie playgrounds, Good Times in Dystopia (Zero Books 2019) always keeps you on your toes. Rowan Tallis Milligan reviews Good Times in discussion with author George F. about their thoughts on memoirs, punk and anarchism and what makes Good Times such an important contribution to literature on squatting and radical creative nonfiction.


Teresa Xavier Fernandes, ‘The Postanarch Manifesto’, 5th August 2019

Taking inspiration from luminaries such as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Michel Foucault and Saul Newman, this poetic text by Teresa Xavier Fernandes draws up an artistic and aesthetic manifesto of ‘the postanarch’.


Russ Skelchy, ‘Terror, Drugs, Music and Duterte’s Wars in the Philippines’, 1st May 2019

Reporting from the Philippines, Russ Skelchy documents the murderous impact of Duterte’s ‘wars’ on terror and drugs, as well as the ongoing resistance to this ratcheting authoritarianism from musicians and affected communities.


Shane Little, ‘An Interview with New Syndicalist‘, 15th April 2019

Shane Little interviews the Editorial Team behind New Syndicalist, a source of worker-led, anti-capitalist theory and strategy founded by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in the UK.


Jim Donaghey, ‘”A New War” – anarchist musician Kevin Jones on the suicide epidemic in Northern Ireland’, 20th March 2019

More people have killed themselves in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement (1998) than died as a result of ‘the Troubles’ conflict (1969-1998). This interview and session performance with anarchist musician Kevin Jones addresses the ongoing suicide epidemic and its roots in the civil war. Kevin brings his musical expression and anarchist analysis to bear on the issue with a performance of his song ‘A New War’, as part of this interview with Jim Donaghey. [Audio stream accompanied with transcript.]


Morris Brodie, ‘Salvaging the Revolution – Anarchist Historiography on the Spanish Civil War’, 5th February 2019

Morris Brodie tracks 80 years of historiography on the Spanish Civil War, from caricatures of anarchists as idealistic and/or bloodthirsty (by fascist, liberal and orthodox communist historians) to an ‘anarchist renaissance’ in civil war historiography in the last twenty years. He includes a list of further reading on anarchists in the Spanish Civil War.


Kent Worcester, ‘Class Struggle Anarchism – An Interview with Wayne Price’, 14th January 2019

Kent Worcester interviews the New York-based anti-authoritarian activist Wayne Price. He traces his political journey from early anarchist and pacifist influences in the 1950s, through the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s and 1970s, to his work as a school psychologist and teachers union activist, and charts his membership of a range of activist groups of various Marxist, Trotskyist and anarchist persuasions.


Rowan Tallis Milligan, ‘Invisible – the housing crisis and squatting in Britain’, 9th January 2019

In this review article of Andrew Fraser’s Invisible: A Diary of Rough Sleeping in Britain (Freedom Press, 2019) Rowan Tallis Milligan highlights the cruel effects of the housing crisis, while also pointing to the resistance strategies that are being employed all over the country – ‘pick up a crowbar, and get to work’.


‘An Exchange Between Brian Morris and John Clark’, 6th December 2018

This article features the conclusion of a debate between Brian Morris and John Clark, which started with Morris’s review of Clark’s 2013 book, The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism, in the Autumn 2018 issue of Anarchist Studies.


Wangui Kimari, ‘On Rights and Returns in Kenya and Palestine’, 3rd December 2018

Wangui Kimari, of the Mathare Social Justice Centre in Nairobi, highlights the solidarity campaigns and shared experiences of dispossession between the peoples of Kenya and Palestine.


Edurne Scott Loinaz, ‘No profit, no hierarchy: A comparative study of the ‘”lower left”‘, 28th November 2018

Edurne Scott Loinaz, co-founder of the HAHA Academy, introduces a comparative study of 66 ‘lower left’ organisations – that is, groups that are autonomous from the state, use horizontal organisation for planning and decision making, are not for profit, and anti-capitalist. She points to the importance of thinking and communicating in terms of a dimensional ‘zone of solidarity’, rather than the damaging reliance on binary language.


Roger Farr, ‘The Affinity for Affinity, Or How to Read the Petite Lexicon’, 10th October 2018

[Part of a series of articles on the recent English language publication of Daniel Colson’s A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze (trans. by Jesse Cohn), Colchester: Minor Compositions, 2019.]

In the final instalment of our series of responses to Daniel Colson’s A Brief Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze, Roger Farr offers ‘affinity’ as a path to follow between the Lexicon’s terms, and ruminates on Colson’s own use of the term ‘affinity’ as a potential first step.


Nathan Jun, ‘A Few Thoughts on Colson’s Lexicon’, 28th September 2018

[Part of a series of articles on the recent English language publication of Daniel Colson’s A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze (trans. by Jesse Cohn), Colchester: Minor Compositions, 2019.]

Nathan Jun discusses Colson’s consideration of the term ‘anarchism’ itself. Colson argues that the contemporary drive to taxonomically classify ‘anarchism’ negates the ‘infinity of manners’ which the anarchist project ought to encompass. Jun, however, points to the potential for meaninglessness by leaving the term completely open.


Iwona Janicka, ‘Gabriel Tarde and the Anarchist Contagion’, 26th September 2018

[Part of a series of articles on the recent English language publication of Daniel Colson’s A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze (trans. by Jesse Cohn), Colchester: Minor Compositions, 2019.]

Iwona Janicka picks up on Colson’s reference to Gabriel Tarde to discuss the role of imitation in shaping behaviour. She points to the inherently mimetic aspects of anarchism, as exemplified in anarchist housing co-operatives and other intentional communities.


Teresa Xavier Fernandes, ‘The Concept of Representation: Is This a Trap?’, 24th September 2018

[Part of a series of articles on the recent English language publication of Daniel Colson’s A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze (trans. by Jesse Cohn), Colchester: Minor Compositions, 2019.]

In response to Colson’s identification of anarchism as a ‘radical critique of representation’, Teresa Xavier Fernandes unpacks Nietzsche’s conception of representation as a ‘lie’. In her Nietzschean typology of ‘liars’ Fernandes identifies the anarchist as a ‘faker’ who reminds us that representation is a trap.


Fabrizio Eva, ‘Using an Anarchist Approach in Geopolitics’, 31st August 2018

In this article Fabrizio Eva highlights the gap between the principles of inter-state relations (as espoused by the United Nations and the so-called ‘International Community’) and their actual practice, suggesting that the critical stance of anarchist geographies provides a good perspective to better understand ‘International Relations’. The article traces the links between ‘classical’ and contemporary anarchist geographies, before offering an analytical procedure informed by an anarchic critical approach to Geopolitics.


Judith Suissa, ‘Anarchist Academics and Peer Review’, 31st July 2018

Judith Suissa works in the field of Philosophy of Education, and reflects here on anarchists’ relationship with the key academic process of peer review, arguing that, while it is increasingly distorted by the marketisation of the university, it can be enacted in keeping with anarchist ideals.


Jim Donaghey, ‘The Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive (interview)’, 4th June 2018

The Sparrows’ Nest is an anarchist library and archive in Nottingham, UK, which celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this year. Jim Donaghey met with one of the Sparrows to talk about the space, its role in the local community, and the importance of documenting and sharing the history of anarchist movements.(Audio stream with transcript).


Ron Scapp, ‘Notes on an Anarchist Pedagogy’, 21st May 2018

Ron Scapp’s polemic forwards the commitment to ‘education as the practice of freedom’. In the age of Trump, even those doing ‘critical pedagogy’ might want to consider what they are doing and how they are doing it, in and out of the classroom. Scapp’s modest exploration considers an ‘anarchist pedagogy’ as a means to push back against rigidity, and to liberate educators and students from the impact of neoliberal reforms.


ABC Ativismo, ‘Casa da Lagartixa Preta “Malagueña Salerosa” (The House of the Black Gecko)’, 1st May 2018

The House of the Black Gecko started life fourteen years ago in São Paulo, Brazil. An activist from ABC Ativismo provides a brief profile of the space, its history, and the wide range of activities it currently houses. Long live the House of the Black Gecko!


Steven Parfitt, ‘The UK University Strike: Pensions, Precarity and Learning from History’, 13th April 2018

The recent strikes at UK universities have witnessed an outpuring of anger on the picket lines, and foremost among the complaints has been the rampant casualisation of the workforce. Steven Parfitt reflects on the recent strikes, and looks back to the historical examples of the IWW and The Order of the Knights of Labor in the US to learn from their examples of organising precarious workers, and looks ahead to how the University and College Union (and others) might best combat casualisation.


Nathan Jun, ‘In Memory of Harold Barclay’, 26th March 2018

Harold Barclay, highly renowned anarchist anthropologist, passed away peacefully a few months ago. In this article, Nathan Jun pays tribute to Harold’s influence on anarchist studies, and the article also includes an obituary written by Jane Barclay, Harold’s wife.


Brian Martin, ‘Anarchism and Gut Reactions’, 27th February 2018

Jonathan’s Haidt’s The Righteous Mind argues that ‘gut reactions’ affect our thinking and our political outlook. Brian Martin looks at Haidt’s six ‘moral foundations’ through an anarchist lens, to ask how gut reactions shape anarchist thinking, and the implications this might have for anarchist political philosophy.


Simon Springer, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Anarchist? Rejecting Left Unity and Raising Hell in Radical Geography’, 28th January 2018

Anarchist geographer Simon Springer argues that calls for ‘Left unity’ are symptomatic of the waning influence of Marxism, whose proponents are desperately clamouring for relevance by appealing to anarchists. Springer discusses his public debate (or lack thereof) with Marxist-Geographer-in-Chief David Harvey, and concludes that, at the bottom of it all, Harvey is afraid of anarchists.


Manuel Lozano, ‘Nausea within the smokescreen. Profiteering the Catalan independence’, 28th January 2018

In an in-depth insider account, Manuel Lozano dissects the roots and reverberations of Catalan secession. ‘Independence’, he argues, is an orchestrated ‘crisis’, a convenient smokescreen for factionalised elites (both Catalan and Castilian) who are seeking to sideline the systemic challenge presented by the 15-M movement.