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    Default International Anarchist Conference, St. Imier, Switzerland

    From the eight till the twelfth of August, 2012, there is an international anarchist conference in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Anarchist St. Imier International.

    Who, among the revlefters, is going?

    International Anarchism Gathering, St-Imier, Switzerland, 8-12 August 2012

    All libertarians from the various anarchist movements around the world, and all those interested in learning more about anarchism, are invited to gather from August 8-12, 2012 in St-Imier in the Jura mountains in Switzerland.

    We will be celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first congress of St-Imier that was held in 1872, when the St-Imier Anarchist International was created after anti-authoritarian members were expelled from Marx's First International. Since then, the world has changed in some ways with the different libertarian currents evolving in various directions, an aspect that will be well represented at the gathering in St-Imier. Certainly, time has not diminished the ways in which the weakest in society are being oppressed by the most powerful, and the meeting will accordingly address the multitude of approaches to resist these forms of oppression.

    The Jura Federation and the Congress of St-Imier 1872

    In 1864, the International Workers Association was founded, quickly followed by sections in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle, St-Imier and other regions in the Swiss Jura mountains. Many of the members in these sections were working in their homes as watchmakers, were well read, and had an independent spirit. When Bakunin came to the region in 1869, there was a meeting of minds that was not without consequences.
    As a result of this convergence of ideas, the Jura Federation became the libertarian pole of the First International, opposed to the Marxists. Infuriated by this opposition, Marx did everything he could to eliminate this diverging current. In 1872 he thought that he had achieved that goal. At the Hague Congress he managed to assemble his supporters and with some of his supporters posing as representatives of non-existing sections, managed to get votes passed for the exclusion of Bakunin and James Guillaume, only missing a few votes to do the same to Adhemar Schwitzguebel, which were all delegates from the Jura Federation.

    Shocked by these actions, the sections that were sympathetic to the anti-authoritarian current, including Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and the USA, organized a conference in St-Imier, where they passed resolutions that were strongly libertarian. The anti-authoritarian IWA survived the Marxist branch to the end of the century.

    140 years after the Congress of St-Imier, the exploitation and alienation of workers is still just as brutal. The Marxist illusion has dissipated in light of the communist dictatorships. Capitalism lives from crisis to crisis. Social crises, political crises, in addition to the current ecological crisis.

    Where does the anarchist movement stand today?

    The anarchist gathering in St-Imier in 2012 will be an opportunity to review the history of the anarchist movement, its ideas, its achievements, its hopes, its defeats, and what remains today; its own battles and those it shares with others: anti-militarism, anti-racism, anti-sexism, autonomous self-management, degrowth, education, feminism, internationalism, non-violence, etc.. A number of workshops and events are already planned: historical lectures, thematic conferences, theater, concerts, exhibitions, films, a book fair, a radio station, a libertarian camp, a self-managed market with organic products, workshops, restaurants, etc..

    This international event will be public and wants to be open not only to the entire international anarchist movement, but also to the public at large without discrimination. Free admissions and voluntary pricing will be used wherever feasible, in order to enable as many people as possible to participate in the event. Having said that, the organizing committee will use its discretion to decide which participants will be hosted, based on the ideas and practices that were also the principals of the Anti-authoritarian International. Racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and all forms of violence and discrimination will not be tolerated.

    Based on what has been said, any person, branch, or organization is welcome to get involved and join this initiative, suggesting exhibitions, debates, lectures, performances, speakers, workshops, etc..

    We are also looking for volunteers!

    The Organizing Committee for the International Anarchism Gathering St-Imier 2012


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    From what I hear, loads of organisations have already said to come or aid the conference, including:

    CNT, CGT (Spain), SAC (Sweden), IWW (USA), Anarkismo (), Anarchist Federation (UK), Organisation socialiste libertaire (), and International of Anarchist Federations. As well as Dutch groups.

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    I may or may not come. Haven't talked this over with my syndicate yet, but I can imagine one or two people in particular who'd also like to attend.

    My problem is money... time I got enough that month - though I have my reservations about how they talk about Marxists...

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    I'm really going to try to see if I can, not sure atm, hustling is necessary.
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    This is precisely the kind of event I either really want to attend or really want to avoid. Not sure which yet, I just know I'm not indifferent about it...

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    I'd like to go but my vacation time has to be used by next week, and I'll have to wait another year before I could the amount of time off needed to attend and actually tour Switzerland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hatzel View Post
    This is precisely the kind of event I either really want to attend or really want to avoid. Not sure which yet, I just know I'm not indifferent about it...
    Come on hatzel, we could have some fun fun happy quality time together!

    We could always form a splinter group.

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    I know people that are going, but I'm not...
    The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. What matter where, if I be still the same, And what I should be, all but less than he Whom thunder hath made greater?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Railyon View Post
    Come on hatzel, we could have some fun fun happy quality time together!

    We could always form a splinter group.
    ...sold! See ya there broooooseph

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatzel View Post
    ...sold! See ya there broooooseph
    But... wait, I'm not an Anarchist.. I'm a Stalinist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broseph Stalin View Post
    But... wait, I'm not an Anarchist.. I'm a Stalinist.
    Come along anyway! Anarcho-Stalinist splinter group!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A guy on LibCom


    one guy from Heidelberg (manager in an recruitment agency) who broke away from the FAU around 1980, he sat up his anarcho-stalinist party with around a dozen "mass organizations", the combined membership of them was never higher than 10, the group faded away after 2004
    Thought it's never been done before? Think again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatzel View Post
    Come along anyway! Anarcho-Stalinist splinter group!
    I'd be interested in going. But considering I'm a pretty poor student, it'll depend on how much money I can save. I'm already planning to attend the Marxist Festival in London, which is a month before this Anarchist one.
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    I'd love to go, but anarchists don't tend to be the most affluent of people, and I'm no exception. So it's unlikely.
    "This Declares likewise to all Labourers, or such as are called Poor people, that they shall not dare to work for Hire, for any Landlord, or for any that is lifted up above others; for by their labours, they have lifted up Tyrants and Tyranny; and by denying to labour for Hire, they shall pull them down again." - Gerrard Winstanley

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