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Monthly Archives: July 2014

ASR 62 published

ASR62ASR #62 (Summer 2014) includes: “Radical Happiness” by Brian Martin, several pieces on Bakunin (in observance of the Bakunin Bicentennary!), “Politics at a distance from the State” by Lucien van der Walt, articles on anarchist struggles against autocracy in Ukraine and Venezuela, news briefs, reviews, and more!

[Anarcho-Syndicalist Review is] One of the most vital, engaging, relevant and informative anarchist magazines today. The essays and articles pertain more than most, both theoretically, and practically, not just to ‘everyday’ concerns, but those that ought to concern anyone interested in putting the movement (not to mention common-sense) back into anarchism. A lively international (and national, of course) news section, and excellent review pages bookend a truly fine institution. — AK Press web site

To order, or for complete table of contents, visit the ASR web site.

Speaking in Montreal

I will be speaking about Anarchist Economics, the 4 hour work-day and environmental struggles at the workplace.

=>  Saturday August the 9th from 1pm to 3pm at DIRA, 2035 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal  <=

Conférence par Jon Bekken
et lancement de l’édition été 2014 du magazine Anarcho-Syndicalist Review.
La conférence aura lieu en anglais et portera sur l’économie anarchiste, les raisons pourquoi nous devrions exiger la réduction de la journée de travail à 4 heure et les luttes environnementales sur les lieux de travail.

=> Samedi 9 août de 13h à 15h au DIRA, 2035 Boul. St-Laurent <=


Obama admin. insists on right to discriminate against gays

After keeping quiet about the issue during two presidential elections, President Obama finally saw the light last year — deciding that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry if they chose to do so.

Let’s leave aside the question of whether the government has any business getting involved in people’s personal relationships, or whether the existing marriage institution is the way most people would choose to structure their romantic and familial lives in a free society. So gays and lesbians may marry, and can bear arms, kill and be killed in behalf of their capitalist masters.

But when it comes to rights in the workplace, the Obama administration is in the federal courts defending its right to discriminate. They recently lost a ruling seeking to dismiss a lawsuit by a Library of Congress worker who was subjected to punitive evaluations and a campaign of harassment (ending in his termination) by supervisors after they learned he was gay. The Obama administration had argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed for failing to state a cause of action — that is, that gay workers had no legal right to be free from abuse and discrimination.

It’s not clear if the government will appeal, but either way this case shows that even “liberal” bosses believe they should have unfettered dominance over their workers. So long as their are bosses and rulers, no one can be free.