The following piece by Brazilian anarchist Felipe Corrêa reviews contemporary discussions of power from an anarchist perspective and their contributions to a broader theory of power for utilization in building analysis and strategy. To avoid confusion the article title has been changed to refer to an “anarchist theory of power” but we have preserved the articles use of the phrase “libertarian theory of political power” — as outside the U.S. the term “libertarian” has always historically been associated with anarchism.

By Felipe Corrêa

Part 1: Ibáñez and Libertarian Political Power

In this first article of the series I will use for discussion the article “For a Libertarian…

Introduction by Aurora Santiago-Ortiz

La Colectiva Feminista en Construcción, referred to as “La Cole,” began in 2013 when feminist activists from the Puerto Rican student movement and other radical activist spaces decided to create an intentional space to address multiple and simultaneous oppressions affecting womxn and femmes. La Cole is an intersectional political organization, with an explicitly anti-capitalist, anti-racist, pro-queer and trans agenda from its inception. La Cole is a highly visible presence in Puerto Rico’s public sphere and have consistently put forward their opposition to capitalist and neoliberal government policies that have dispossessed and disenfranchised the most vulnerable populations…

As the left revisits questions of strategy and the role of elections in the path towards socialist transformation, author and veteran activist Tom Wetzel outlines both a critique of the electoral centered path and a strategy for working class power from below.

By Tom Wetzel

Could a shift from capitalism to socialism be brought about through electoral politics? Ever since the origins of the modern socialist left in the late 1800s, many socialists have viewed the politics of parties and elections as a way they can insert themselves into history — forming a core component of their strategy.

In the…

Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany (1901, Frederick Coffay Yohn). Herkimer was a militia leader and slave owner who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Oriskany (August 6, 1777). Like fellow slave owner George Washington, he is hailed as a “hero of the American revolution” by many and is part of the creation myth of the United States.

By Brendan Maslauskas Dunn

This world is engulfed in a whirlwind of myths. But myths give meaning. Every fourth of July I reflect on the power that myths hold over people and how those people above, those that hold all the power, wield those myths and forge them into cudgels, and weapons to be used to keep all of us subservient. To create feelings of doubt when you veer off the path they created. Those myths, especially those creation myths of how the US became a nation started at a young age.

The story was simple when I was young…

As Spain’s municipalist parties suffered a major setback in May’s elections, Barcelona based author Peter Gelderloos writes on how their own actions and inactions are largely to blame for the loss of support. For those not familiar, municipalism is a political current which emphasizes the building of participatory democracy at the local level through the use of municipal government and often associated with thinker Murray Bookchin.

A leading example of these politics in action can be found in the Barcelona en Comú political party which emerged out of M15 squares movement and housing struggles to win Barcelona’s council and mayoral…

Founded over 110 years ago on June 27, 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, created an iconic legacy and rich history of militant unionism in the U.S. The union was founded by radical unionists and currents within the labor movement with the purpose of building an alternative to the conservative trade unionism of the American Labor Federation (AFL) which promoted harmony between workers and capital and practiced exclusion in their organizing along the lines of race, gender and skill. …

Image: “In the Jaws of Power” by SL Rote. Blog/Website

This article by Brazilian anarchist Felipe CorrêaBy Felipe Corrêa discusses the relationship of anarchism with power, class, and revolutionary social change. Starting from a definition of anarchism it proposes to conceptualize power in terms of asymmetric, or uneven, relationships between social forces. It also puts forward that anarchists have a conception of power based on the belief in the capacity of the dominated classes as a social force, the defense of a revolutionary process, and replacing the dominating power of capitalist society with a self-managed power. Translation by Servio G.

By Felipe Corrêa

Anarchism: Theory and Ideology, Principles and Strategies

Addressing anarchism in a study like this…

One of the key early figures of anarchism, Russian revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin, is brought to life in two detailed and well researched episodes of Mike Duncan’s Revolutions Podcast. The series focuses on great revolutions of the modern era including the French, Haitian, American and Mexican revolutions, with the current focus on the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Episode 10.5: “The Adventures of Mikhail Bakunin

This episode covers the personal history and political trajectory of Bakunin as he began his political career in support of Slavic national liberation and between Siberian exile and traversing from country to country just ahead of authorities as he participated in various uprising, he…

With the growing debate over Trump’s policy of terror directed towards migrants and the appropriate use of the term “concentration camp,” it’s important to place what’s happening today within the context of U.S and colonial history.

By Tariq Khan, Julia Tanenbaum, and Cole RS

Recently some mainstream news and commentary outlets have posted a number of pieces which correctly label US migrant-detention centers as concentration camps. Of note are recent pieces in the Los Angeles Times, “Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps,” and , “An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That’s Exactly What the U.S. Is…

It is often said that history is a weapon but it also serves as a reflection of the past through which we make better sense of the present. With this in mind we present Julia Tenenbaum’s narrative on anarchist feminism which emerged as a distinct current from the larger radicalization of the 1960s and 70s period. You can purchase a copy of Perspectives issue 29, which this article appeared in, from AK Press here!

By Julia Tanenbaum

To Destroy Domination in All Forms: Anarcha-Feminist Theory, Organization and Action 1970–1978

As anarchists look for genealogies of principles and praxis in a variety of social movements, from the anarcho-pacifists who spoke out against World…

Black Rose / Rosa Negra (BRRN)

US political organization building popular power from below / Organización política construyendo el poder popular desde abajo 🚩🏴 #socialism #anarchism

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