Fintan O’Toole’s ‘alternative facts’ about anarchism (2017)

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Fintan O’Toole is literary editor of The Irish Times, and has been an op-ed columnist for the paper since 1988.  He has written over a dozen books, most recently A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.  O’Toole is also one of Ireland’s best known liberals.  On January 20th 2017 he spoiled an otherwise very good article about Donald Trump by making ill-informed connections between anarchism and free market capitalism.  On January 25th 2017 the Irish Times published a letter from this archive setting him right.

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Stirrer No.4 is back from the printer

The fourth print edition of the Stirrer has come back from the printer. Firstly, many thanks to our friends at Oxford GreenPrint for doing their usual superb job on printing the paper. As we’ve mentioned previously, there are going to be some changes to how the paper will be getting distributed – this is how we intend to do it…

Handing the Stirrer out on the high streets / town squares. So far, we’ve lined up Southend and Basildon as definite venues and possibly Romford. If any of our supporters want to join us in distributing the paper to the public in these areas, let us know and we’ll sort out a mutually convenient date.

Handing the Stirrer out on protests / rallies and at fairs. There’s a few events coming up we’ll be supporting and handing out copies of the Stirrer in a way that respects the event and…

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New Occupy Bournemouth Homeless Sanctuary up and running.

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Before

Making good use of the disused coal yard on Ashley Rd which was abandoned years ago, now it has the potential to save lives. As before local people have done it proud with offers of assistance, if you would like to turn a hand with the work or donate stuff, you can get in touch with the occupiers via their facebook group

The new kitchen

The pointless inadequates of Bournemouth council responded by informing the landlord/s, who ten years ago had to be cajoled into clearing the rubbish that had accumulated on the site. Out of step with the popular mood, they don’t know whether they want a shit or a haircut. After the punitive evictions of the first camp all they can come up with are feeble platitudes about the site being dangerous – compared to what? One of the residents is expecting soon.

These idiots have done…

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Transphobia is a class issue.

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[Content warning: In addition to transphobia in the abstract, this piece discusses harassment, violence and abuse. Some sources linked to for reference purposes feature transphobic abuse and slurs.]

Transphobia is a class issue. By this I mean that in a class society that is also deeply transphobic, it is impossible to talk about transphobia in a meaningful way without also talking about class. Trans people are more likely, all other things being equal, than our cis peers to fall into the most exploited and oppressed sections of the working class and the extent to which transphobia will negatively affect any given trans person’s life will be mediated by their economic class. This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of every aspect of this issue, but to contribute to an ongoing conversation around it and illustrate a class struggle perspective on transgender issues.

By transphobia I mean two…

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Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains

Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains, from open democracy

Genevieve LeBaron, Neil Howard, Cameron Thibos, and Penelope Kyritsis

Illustration by Carys Boughton(CC BY-NC 4.0)

Forced labour is all around us, but not how you think. ‘Confronting root causes’ pulls together research from across the world to explain where it comes from and what we can do about it.

Occupy Bournemouth Homeless Sanctuary evicted, re-taken, evicted again.

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Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

The kitchen re-built yesterday

The  site was partially evicted on the 2nd January by high court bailiffs and police, re-squatted almost immediately and the infrastructure re-built. A second, even more heavy-handed eviction took place earlier this morning 5th January. Dorset police, who can barely be arsed to turn out these days for burglary and arson unless someone dies, were complicit in the destruction of the residents’ personal effects. A.C.A.B.

Friday afternoon

The landlord, local ‘businessman’ Ammar Alkhiami (above, centre) has been described by capitalist-apologists Dorset Echo as a refugee from the Syrian Civil War.

Let us be clear, Mr Alkhiami is not a refugee, he is a capitalist. Let’s not confuse him with the unfortunates at Calais or adrift on the high seas. He entered this country with sufficient funds to set himself up as a property speculator and proprietor of numerous…

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