Tagged: socialist

Statement on the SWP and its Rape Apologism

People may be aware of the allegations of a cover-up of sexual assault and rape within the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and the subsequent repression of SWP members who questioned it. Anarchist Federation members and other comrades in Manchester and Glasgow were man-handled & attacked when they confronted SWP leaders over their rape apologism. The SWP has not spoken out against these assaults carried out by its supporters.
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Bristol Anarchist Federation has always had strong political, theoretical and tactical disagreements with the Socialist Workers Party, however we have sometimes worked alongside them on broader campaigns. Continue reading

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Why Socialists Should Care About Anarchism

cropped-hybrid-backgroundA really interesting read via ‘Spread the Infestation’ : why socialists should care about anarchism.

There is also for balance, awhy anarchists should care about bolshevism’ article on the same blog. Although as part of the class struggle anarchist current (which has always been the most prominent, especially outside of america), we would refute some of the points it makes. Anarchists do have a revolutionary strategy, and do believe some ideas are better than others. Continue reading

SWP – The Enemy is Capitalism not Anarchism

Over the last year or so Bristol has seen trade unions, left wing organisations and radical/revolutionary groups working together in a way that has not been seen in the city for a long time.

As the anti cuts movement began to build early signs of this came from the UK UNCUT movement. In Bristol, although the initial protests were organised by Bristol Anarchist Federation members we made a conscious choice, at least at first, to keep the “A” word out of sight.
There were a number of reasons for this, and just as many criticisms of it, but essentially we wanted to push a united anti-cuts message without sectarian politics clouding the end goal – To stop the cuts.
On the whole other groups respected and reciprocated this approach, although not always (see here under Bristol). Unfortunately our e-mail request for the SWP to edit this article claiming they had fronted the UK UNCUT action in Bristol when it was actually Students and AFed was ignored. Original write up on demo here. Continue reading