Beyond Resistance 3
Preface to the fifth edition
The fourth edition of Beyond Resistance was published in Spring 2003 at a time ofmomentous events, chiefly the invasion of Iraq and the war on terror scaling up.Though full of energy, the response of the Left was not particularly effective. Con-ventional protest politics are incoherent and have mostly been ignored by the state.Large events like anti-war marches suffered from the heavy influence of religiousideologies and patriotism. The anti-capitalist ‘movement’ continues to be a confus-ing mix of ideas, some of which look more like protectionism -supporting nationstates and domestic business against globalisation - than a force that is interested indestroying capitalism worldwide. Reformist organisations like Make Poverty Historyor Live8 will not get rid of the poverty that is killing people everyday because thecapitalist system depends on it.In Britain today, the government is played out, nine years of ‘modernization’ haveleft us unhappier, more in debt, angry with someone, more ready to bite back.Western democracies – so-called – are increasingly fragile and maintained only byrepression and state control. Encouragingly, anarchism and libertarian ideas aregaining ground as viable means of life and resistance. The vision of the future soci-ety being free, fair, without authority, hierarchy or power is spreading. The Anar-chist Federation has continued to grow, with strong links to the global movementthrough the International of Anarchist Federations and with libertarian groupsaround the world. Organise! remains an internationally-known and respected maga-zine of anarchist communist ideas while Resistance! remains one of the most sought-after monthly bulletins. AF groups are springing up throughout these islands, theInternational of Anarchist Federations is expanding, particularly in Eastern Europe,where small but determined groups are posing a real challenge to the state.
The world as we enter the 21st Century is experiencing a crisis of capitalism whichcould not have been foreseen at the beginning of the workers movement in the 19thCentury or during the great class struggles subsequently. At this point in that strug-gle the movements of which we are a part need the greatest clarity and unity aboutends and means. This pamphlet offers our understanding of the current chaos and anoptimistic and ultimately attainable programme for real change. For while the op-pressed working class the world over is struggling daily against capitalism and the