Thoughts on the Anarchist Federation Proposal
In December last year, some anarchists from Sydney floated a proposal to form a regional anarchist federation in Oceania. In brief the proposal was made out of a desire to create links between anarchists in the region.
The following are some of my own thoughts in response.
To begin with, there are some obvious definitional issues. The first is “what is anarchism?’. [The] second is “what is a federation?”[.] And the third is to do with what is meant by ‘Oceania’.
As for the first question, the proposal contains a statement of ‘common politics’. These are contained in five points. Thus according to the proposal’s authors, anarchists:
’1. Seek to abolish capitalism and class society;
2. Support libertarian forms of organisation;
3. Oppose all forms of oppression;
4. Believe an anarchist society is possible, desirable (and necessary) and;
5. Oppose the state and support internationalist struggle.’
Or something like that. (The above is a summation.) The five points are elaborated upon at length in the proposal, and the following section is a response, both to these further reflections and the five points which are presented as forming the core of an anarchist politic…