The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is a
member organisation of the international Anarkismo network of
Who we are and why we do it
Anarkismo.net is the product of international co-operation between anarchist organizations and individuals who agree with our Editorial Statement (see below). It is intended to further communication, discussion and debate within the global anarchist movement. Our intention is to build this site into a resource that is truly global and multilingual.
The site is managed by a collective of delegates of the anarchist organizations that participate in the project. The following organizations have declared their agreement with the Editorial Statement and are thus entitled to nominate a delegate to the Editorial Collective of Anarkismo.net:
Alternative Libertaire (France)
Buffalo Class Action (USA)
Chasqui Anarquista (Ecuador)
Colectivo Socialista Libertaria (Uruguay)
Common Cause (Canada)
Organização Anarquista Socialismo Libertário / FAO (Brazil)
Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro / FAO (Brazil)
Federação Anarquista Gaúcha / Fórum do Anarquismo Organizado (FAO) (Brazil)
Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (Uruguay)
Federación Comunista Libertaria (Chile)
Grupo Antorcha Libertaria (Colombia)
Grupo Libertario Vía Libre (Colombia)
“Hombre y Sociedad” (Chile)
Humboldt Grassroots (USA)
Libertäre Aktion Winterthur (Switzerland)
Libertære Socialister (Denmark)
Liberty & Solidarity (UK)
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (Australia)
Organisation Socialiste Libertaire (Switzerland)
Red Libertaria de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Red Libertaria Popular Mateo Kramer (Colombia)
Solidarity & Defense (USA)
Union Communiste Libertaire (Canada)
Unión Socialista Libertaria (Peru)
Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)
We identify ourselves as anarchists and with the “platformist”, anarchist-communist or especifista tradition of anarchism. We broadly identify with the theoretical base of this tradition and the organisational practice it argues for, but not necessarily everything else it has done or said, so it is a starting point for our politics and not an end point.
The core ideas of this tradition that we identify with are the need for anarchist political organisations that seek to develop:
- Theoretical Unity
- Tactical Unity
- Collective Action and Discipline
Anarchism will be created by the class struggle between the vast majority of society (the working class) and the tiny minority that currently rule. A successful revolution will require that anarchist ideas become the leading ideas within the working class. This will not happen spontaneously. Our role is to make anarchist ideas the leading ideas or, as it is sometimes expressed, to become a “leadership of ideas”.
A major focus of our activity is our work within the economic organizations of the working class (labour organizations, trade unions, syndicates) where this is a possibility. We therefore reject views that dismiss activity in the unions because as members of the working class it is only natural that we should also be members of these mass organizations. Within them we fight for the democratic structures typical of anarcho-syndicalist unions like the 1930′s CNT. However, the unions no matter how revolutionary cannot replace the need for anarchist political organisation(s).
We also see it as vital to work in struggles that happen outside the unions and the workplace. These include struggles against particular oppressions, imperialism and indeed the struggles of the working class for a decent place and environment in which to live. Our general approach to these, like our approach to the unions, is to involve ourselves with mass movements and within these movements, in order to promote anarchist methods of organisation involving direct democracy and direct action.
We actively oppose all manifestations of prejudice within the workers’ movement and society in general and we work alongside those struggling against racism, sexism, [religious] sectarianism and homophobia as a priority. We see the success of a revolution and the successful elimination of these oppressions after the revolution being determined by the building of such struggles in the pre-revolutionary period. The methods of struggle that we promote are a preparation for the running of society along anarchist and communist lines after the revolution.
We oppose imperialism but put forward anarchism as an alternative goal to nationalism. We defend grassroots anti-imperialist movements while arguing for an anarchist rather than nationalist strategy.
We recognise a need for anarchist organisations who agree with these principles to federate on an international basis. However, we believe the degree of federation possible and the amount of effort put into it must be determined by success at building national or regional organisations capable of making such international work a reality, rather than a matter of slogans.
The concrete goals of the Anarkismo.net site are detailed here
PDF of this document: About Anarkismo.net
(One sided leaflet with the site logo and the editorial statement)