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The Trouble With Pigs

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The pigs I am referring to are the pigs of George Orwell’s Animal Farm: the Communists. The animals that think they are ‘more equal’ than others. As a ‘pig’ myself, this is not an argument against pigs. Rather, I seek to answer the problem thrown up by ‘uneven consciousness’: how to give these people the organisation structure to intervene effectively in the class struggle & to spread their revolutionary class consciousness without them becoming a class…

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A funhouse mirror

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These guys sound a lot like us but less decriptive and more vague.  They seem not to have heard of us and think they are the first to attempt this.  That's ok.  I am going to look more into it and see if the local IOPS members want to merge with them somehow.  Stay tuned for my blog on concrete ways for IOPS to move forward in a fair and democratic way.   http://leftroots.net/towards-strategy/ http://leftroots.net/

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ICC REPORT

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Does the ICC exist? Well I suppose it depends on what you mean by ICC and exist. ICC member Paul Street was nice enough to inform me something along the lines of, "you know, the ICC is not real".  So I asked Noam Chomsky and he granted me. "I can’t really say much.  I have been only peripherally related, and have no position or power within the organization.  I think you should direct your – very serious and important – concerns to Mike Albert, at sysop@zmag.org."…

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Han Shot First

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a rather simple blog. just a question. if you were to describe IOPS casually to someone not familiar, how would you put it? mostly thinking of that as a face-to-face encounter, but that may not be how everyone exists, and since this is textual it’s not anyways, but i’d like that to be the thought. what’s your basic summary? or maybe it depends on who you are talking to on how that extends or applies. or don't answer, but i've always struggled with this. plus Moving Forward…

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We Need To Look At Democratic Alternatives (Introduction to Anarcho-syndicalism)

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We face a challenge, a series of challenges, challenges that, although comparable to others in history, are unprecedented in their sheer scale. Collectively, we are increasingly becoming aware that our economic system, in its current kleptocratic and destructive form, is unsustainable.   We have seen the globalised financial sector crash the economy, socialising the costs, privatising the profits and under the false premise of ‘too big to fail’ (in other words, untouchable due to…

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Would like to give 54 issues of respected Monthly Review Socialist Mag, Jan'10toNov'14 61.8 to 66.6

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I would like to give these issues away.  Very few of these have been opened at all, and none fully read.  They are really as good as new.  I would like to just mail this to someone in the US as I have gone digital now to someone who might can have use of them. Thank you for your help.

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What Happened

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This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna. It is not enough to make a plan; we must evaluate the results of that plan. Marta Harnecker   A few months ago, we wrote of the need for all of us to engage in a reevaluation process.  We have, since then, taken our own advice.  The question we asked ourselves was, as our title indicates, “What happened?”  Yes, we failed to meet the organizing goals we set…

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C'È NESSUNO ?

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Ciao a tutti, dopo molti dubbi dovuti all'assenza di "attività" in lingua italiana sul sito, ho deciso lo stesso di entrare a far parte di IOPS. Giustamente (ma non per me) un bel "e chissenefrega" sarebbe quasi una risposta adeguata al quesito, non fosse altro che ho fermamente intenzione di capire bene con chi devo aspettarmi di aver a che fare, ovvero se il gruppo italiano sia una specie di setta, ristretta cerchia di pochi eletti o, più coerentemente, un gruppo di persone, sebbene…

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A New Website

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I've been involved in IOPS since early 2011 and participated in testing our website before it went online. One of the first concerns I voiced, and perhaps the most important one in my view, was that our website is based on a highly specialized framework. This turned out to be a successful business model for the web developers who made our website but had significant downsides for us. For every bug we found we had to go back to the initial web developers so they could fix it. For every improvement…

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