Sunday, 6 February 2011


Glasgow Anarchists, January 1st. 1915.        
       Anarchism has a long history in our city, its ideas taking root in Glasgow in the late 1800’s and since then the popularity of its ideas has risen and fallen in waves depending on the changing conditions in our society, but the ideas behind the name have never left our city. Ever since the late 1800’s anarchists have been at the forefront of all the battles of the ordinary people of our city as they struggle for a better life, They have been involved in these struggles in a positive and selfless manner putting forward ideas and giving physical support, always helping the people to achieve what they were fighting for, never for the benefit of some political party or political career.

         The people of Glasgow can be proud of their history of struggle, it stretches back to the dawn of our city. There have been great victories, for example the 1915 rent strike, the poll tax, etc. and sometimes crushing defeats but the struggle continues. The city has its legion of heroes to be proud of, some who have stood astride the political scene like a colossus, others who have struggled endlessly in the shadows, and there have been those individuals who have been crushed by the system we live under.

        Today more than ever we need to come together as a class to defend our own people against the coming increase in poverty, unemployment, repossessions, cuts in social services, etc. The party political system has shown itself to be part of the problem, not the answer. It is grass roots people based direct action that will change this society into one that sees to the needs of all our people, based on mutual aid, and brings about equality, justice and sustainability.
Glasgow's working class history HERE.
ann arky's home.

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