by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro
English translation of “Anarquismo Social e Organização”, by the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ)
This document, first published in Portuguese under the title Anarquismo Social e Organização and adopted at the first Congress of the Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro in August 2008, seeks to map out the FARJ’s theoretical conception of an organised, class struggle anarchism and, “More than a purely theoretical document, […] reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people”.
In what is perhaps one of the most comprehensive elaborations on the Latin American concept of especifista anarchism now available in English, Social Anarchism and Organisation traces and outlines the theoretical and practical influences on the FARJ’s conception of anarchist organisation and its strategy for social transformation.
The first Congress of the FARJ was held with the principal objective of deepening our reflections on the question of organisation and formalising them into a programme. This debate has been happening within our organisation since 2003. We have produced theoretical materials, established our thinking, learned from the successes and mistakes of our political practice it was becoming increasingly necessary to further the debate and to formalise it, spreading this knowledge both internally and externally. The document “Social Anarchism and Organisation” formalises our positions after all these reflections. More than a purely theoretical document, it reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people. To read it, click the links in the “Summary” below. The document is divided into 16 parts. It has already been published in Portuguese in a book co-published between Faísca and the FARJ.
Document approved at the 1st Congress, held on 30th and 31st of August 2008
The first Congress of the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro pays tribute to its comrades:
Juan Perez Bouzas (1899-1958)
Featured anarchist cobbler of Galician origin that,
with unusual talent and determination, highlighted the necessity
of the deepening of the struggle. In 2008 we remember the
fiftieth anniversary of his death (05/09/1958).
Ideal Peres (1925-1995)
That, with sensibility and ample vision of the political horizon,
guaranteed the maintenance of the social axis of anarchism
and the connection of generations of militants.
Plínio Augusto Coêlho (1956- )
Tireless in giving substance to our dreams,
connecting them to the long thread that binds us to those who preceded us
in the quiet or turbulent act of revolution.
“If you remained isolated, if each one of you were
obliged to act on their own, you would be powerless without a doubt; but
getting together and organising your forces – no matter how weak they are
at first – only for joint action, guided by common ideas and attitudes, and by
working together for a common goal, you will become invincible.”
0. Translator’s Introduction
1. The Context of the 2008 Congress and the Debate About Organisation
2. Social Anarchism, Class Struggle and Centre-Periphery Relations
3. Anarchism in Brazil: Loss and Attempted Recovery of the Social Vector
4. Society of Domination and Exploitation: Capitalism and State
5. Final Objectives: Social Revolution and Libertarian Socialism
6. Organisation and Social Force
7. Social Movements and the Popular Organisation
8. The Specific Anarchist Organisation (SAO): The Anarchist Organisation
9. The SAO: Social Work and Insertion
10. The SAO: Production and Reproduction of Theory
11. The SAO: Anarchist Propaganda
12. The SAO: Political Education, Relations and Resource Management
13. The SAO: Relations of the Specific Anarchist Organisation with the Social Movements
14. The SAO: The Need for Strategy, Tactics and Programme
15. Especifismo: Anarchist Organisation, Historical Perspectives and Influences
16. Notes and Conclusion
Related Link: http://www.farj.org