Political Violence

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Anarchy is struggle for life, freedom and dignity
Article
2010
A communique by the Circle of Fire anarchist collective and the Anarchist Bulletin BLACK FLAG on the events of May 5th, 2010 in Athens, when three bank workers were murdered by 'anarchist' arsonists. ...
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Beating the fascists? The German Communists and political violence 1929-1933
Rosenhaft, Eve
Article
2016
Eve Rosenhaft examines the involvement of Communist Party militants in political violence against Nazis during the years of Hitler's rise to power in Germany (1929-33). Specifically, she aims to accou...
Black bloc attack on massive trade union demo in October 2011
Article
2011
For most of the public, it is difficult to tell the black bloc from neo-nazi skins, and that is one of its problems.
Bolivia After the Referendum: Against The Current vol. 137
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
The month following Bolivia's recall referendum on August 10, 2008 tragically confirmed the class polarization of that country. The right-wing autonomists of the Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni, Tarija and Su...
Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
Davis, Mike
Book
2007
Mike Davis traces the car bomb's worldwide use and development. In his analysis, he also exposes the role of state intelligence agencies - particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and P...
The Caribbean Left's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 112
Abraham, Sara
Article
2004
Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana of The Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana. The WPA continued to organize and build its ranks through a democratic socialist multi racial agenda, but has con...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Empire Abroad, Empire At Home
Moser, Richard
Article
2017
The institutions and ideas U.S. elites used to project "full spectrum dominance" onto the global stage have eventually become part of the political order in the U.S. It is empire -- most of all -- tha...
Fighting for Union Autonomy: Mexican Miners On Strike: Against The Current vol. 122
La Botz, Dan
Article
2006
On April 20 eight hundred state and federal police launched an assault on 500 striking workers who had been occupying a steel mill in Lázaro Cárdenas. Two were killed, five seriously injured and 40...
German autonomen: morality police
Proyect, Louis
Article
2011
On the origins of "black bloc" tactics.
I wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in 1969. Now I see its premise as flawed
Powell, William
Article
2013
Forty-four years ago this month, in December 1969, I quit my job as a manager of a bookstore in New York City's Greenwich Village and began to write the Anarchist Cookbook. My motivation at the time w...
Mayhem, Murder and Manipulation - Mexico in Turmoil: Against The Current vol. 123
La Botz, Dan
Article
2006
Mexican police attacked activists and residents in the town of San Salvador Atenco in the State of Mexico in early May, killing one, injuring scores, and jailing over 200. The police attack on Atenco ...
Propaganda of the deed: Connexipedia Article
Article
A concept that promotes violence against political enemies as a way of inspiring the masses and catalyzing revolution.
The Psychology of Political Violence
Goldman, Emma
Article
1917
Compared with the wholesale violence of capital and government, political acts of violence are but a drop in the ocean. That so few resist is the strongest proof how terrible must be the conflict betw...
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
Socialist Register 2003: Volume 39: Fighting Identities
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
This Rough Game: Fascism and Anti-Fascism
Renton, David
Book
2001
Renton describes the rise of European Fascism, the condition of Weimar Germany, British fascism, Battle of Cable Street and Hitler's life.
Throwing Out the Master's Tools and Building a Better House: Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2011
Diversity of tactics does not mean that anything goes and that democratic decision-making doesn't apply. If you want to be part of a movement, treat the others with respect; don't spring unwanted surp...
You Can't Blow Up a Social Relationship: The Anarchist Case Against Terrorism
Article
1979
An Australian socialist-libertarian response to terrorism in the aftermath of the 1978 Sidney Hilton bombing, and a meditation on the inferior logic of terrorist-based politics.

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Black September (group)
Wikipedia article
The Black September Organization (BSO) (Arabic: Munaz.z.amat Aylu-l al-aswad) was a Palestinian violent non-state actor (VNSA), founded in 1970. It was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of ele...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
2012
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists
Beiser, Elana
2013
The conflict in Syria, a spike in Iraqi bloodshed, and political violence in Egypt accounted for the high number of journalists killed on the job in 2013.

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The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...