New venue required for 2018!

Owing to the extraordinary mendacity and corrupt behaviour of the trustees of Portfield Community Hall we won’t be going back there.

We’re looking for a suitable venue in Dorset with good public transport, disabled access, and ideally room for the afterparty at the same location, as it will be the same handful of people setting up both events.

Please let us know if you’ve got any ideas. We’re looking at Dorchester, whi is served by rail but not so easy by road (and the bus service is pitiful) so we’d appreciate people’s views before we make plans.

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Restless Specters of the Anarchist Dead: A Few Words from the Undead of 1917

CrimethInc.

This year is the centennial of two revolutions in Russia: one in which the people toppled the Tsar and another in which the Bolsheviks seized state power. Within twenty years, the Bolsheviks had executed or imprisoned most of those who carried out the revolution. Today, as the hashtag #1917live trends on twitter, we should remember the #1917undead, the anarchists who strove to warn humanity that statist paths towards social change will never bring us to freedom. Some of them, like Fanya and Aron Baron, were murdered in cold blood by authoritarian communists in the Soviet Union. Others managed to survive, betrayed by their supposed comrades, to witness the totalitarian results of the Bolshevik coup. Their voices cry out to us today from the grave. Let’s listen.

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Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin had sought total centralized power in the name of the proletariat, promising that this was a step towards…

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Leaflets, letters, and the anti-anti-semitism of fools

Cautiously pessimistic

I had initially intended to avoid writing anything directly about the dramas that have erupted around the London Anarchist Bookfair – partly because I think there are more important issues, but also because I wasn’t there on the day, I haven’t been in a while, and I don’t really consider myself to be connected to the London activisty scene in any meaningful sense at this point. But as the controversy has rolled on and deepened, I think it’s gone beyond just being an issue for those who were directly involved, and seems to have become an important event for UK anarchism in general, and at the risk of being grandiose, it might even illustrate something broader about the possibilities that exist for the non-Labour-affiliated class-struggle left at this point in time – as I say, I may be being grandiose there, but apart from us, who else is there at…

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Missing! F.W. Gaia Pope

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

A search is underway for Gaia Pope who went missing on 7/11/17 from Argyle Road, Swanage. She is a 19-year-old female with long blonde hair, blue eyes, medium build and 5ft 7 inches tall. Last seen wearing white shirt with red details, grey leggings, white trainers. Gaia suffers from severe epilepsy so she may in distress.

Please help if you can.

Timeline of Gaia’s movements:
3:35 Gaia left her aunt’s house on Argyle Road, Swanage
3:39- 3:40 CCTV footage shows Gaia running towards Manor Gardens
4:00 Gaia left the address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road

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Obtain printed copies from:

  • The Purbeck Gazette 17b Commercial Road Swanage Dorset BH19 1DF. (9am – 5pm)
  • The Flirt Cafe 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG
  • Rivera Hotel and Apartments Reception Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH148JF
  • Poole central library, Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1 QE
  • The Lord Wimeborne Pub 59 Lagland…

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Here it is…

Now the London Anarchist Bookfair is over and having handed out all of the copies of the special bookfair edition we’d produced, here it is available as a downloadable PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x5ixljqiomcwkx5/STIRRER_No_2.pdf?dl=0 We realise that not everyone is going to agree with our point of view…that’s okay… Constructive criticism and civilised debate are more than welcome:)

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Pacifism “Testament of Youth”

An Anarchist's Ethnography

Last year I finished the book “Testament of Youth” by Vera Brittain. It was a beautiful book that moved me to the extent that I did some extensive research into her life and bought other books by her and about her. Not only her views about pre-World War 1 but also about society and culture back then, they were an insight. I came away, yet again, feeling how pointless war was and is…

I had known about, Testament of Youth, from my father in the 1970’s, and I remember seeing a BBC TV adaptation of the book in the mid-70’s also. But I had never read it until last year. I think what inspired me to read it was watching the film that was released in 2014 of the same name. I was reluctant to watch the film at first as I thought “no, not again, pretty people glamorizing war”…

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