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Industrial Unionism

Industrial Unionism is a pamphlet with two local articles on the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) in New Zealand. The History of the the I.W.W. in New Zealand, written by Peter Steiner, details the activities of the I.W.W. around the turn of the 20th Century, the prominence of the union during the famous 1912 Waihi miners strike, and their decline as a result of the ensuing repression during the Great Strike of 1913. The article also includes information about recent attempts to set up the I.W.W. in Dunedin.

Aim, Form, and Tactics of a Workers’ Union on I.W.W. Lines, by Frank Hanlon, was written in 1913 and has been retrieved from the archives of the Turnbull Library. Despite its age, it clearly sets out the principles of industrial unionism in an easy to read manner, and makes the distinction between industrial unionism and trade unionism altogether clear.

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imminent rebellion 9

The irregular anarchist journal from deep in the South Pacific makes its 9th and biggest appearance at more than 100 pages and containing articles from fourteen writers. This is the first issue in three years, and marks a substantial shift in format, moving away from a magazine and to something more akin to a journal.

imminent rebellion is an anarchist journal that seeks to provide a space for thoughtful, critical and well-researched writing that illuminates struggles and projects otherwise overlooked in the South Pacific, that delves deeper into the anarchist project, and that seeks to illuminate the operations of Power. It is also a space for creative responses to our contemporary situation — poetry, photography, firsthand accounts.

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imminent rebellion 12

Issue 12 of imminent rebellion, the (very) irregular anarchist journal from deep in the South Pacific.

This issue includes features on:

  • The German prosecution of Somalian ‘pirates’
  • Extensive coverage of the Urewera 4 trial
  • An interview with the Kurdish Anarchist Forum
  • Philip Josephs and early New Zealand anarchism
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imminent rebellion 11

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Issue 11 of imminent rebellion, an irregular anarchist journal from deep within the south pacific, is now available, fresh off the (paper) guillotine.

This issue includes features on:

  • Militarism and the construction of New Zealand identity
  • Challenging racism in the anarchist movement
  • Neil Roberts and the bombing of the Whanganui police computer
  • Possibilities for radical masculinity
  • Lessons from the progressive workers’ lockout
  • Early childhood education

…and much more!

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The Compassionate Contrarians

A History of Vegetarians in Aotearoa New Zealand

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The Compassionate Contrarians is the first comprehensive history of vegetarianism in Aotearoa New Zealand; in it writer Catherine Amey describes how animal-free diets evolved in New Zealand from Victorian vegetarians through to modern animal rights campaigners.

In the nineteenth century, British colonists explored meatless diets. Early vegetarians dreamed of international disarmament, equal rights for women, prison reform, the dismantlement of the British Empire, anarchism, socialism and a ban on alcohol. Among them were animal rights activists, Seventh Day Adventists, theosophists, pacifists, conscientious objectors, feminists, socialists, anarchists, free-thinkers and spiritualists.

The Compassionate Contrarians uncovers the quirks of the vegetarian experience in a land of meat and dairy. More importantly, it acknowledges the hard work and courage of a group of idealists who dedicated their lives to creating a more just world for all sentient beings.

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Not Afraid of Ruins #4

Issue 4 took 4 years to digest but I finally managed to crap it out. Here are bits and pieces written in Palestine, Aotearoa, Australia, England and in between. It’s about relapse, recovery, being back on meds, and the surreal dreams they cause.

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imminent rebellion 13

From deep in the South Pacific, we present issue 13 of our irregular anarchist journal imminent rebellion. This issue includes:

  • a fascinating history of the Brisbane Self-Management Group
  • a photoessay documenting a decade of resistance in Aotearoa
  • an introduction to anarcha-feminism or, why anarchism needs feminism and vice versa.
  • the religious nature of 21st century capitalism
  • an interview with anarchist historian Michael Schmidt
  • a first-hand account of working in the front line of unions in Aotearoa
  • a critique of the criminal justice system

Plus a whole lot more. Download a copy for free or order a physical copy online.

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Fighting War

Anarchists, Wobblies & the New Zealand State 1905–1925

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Using government archives and contemporary publications, this pamphlet unearths the story of some of the men and women in Aotearoa New Zealand who opposed the state, militarism, and a world at war.

Anarchists, ‘Wobblies’ (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) and their supporters did not stand against militarism because they were pacifists, but as members of the working class who refused to fight working class people from other countries. For them the world was their country; their enemy was capitalism. Their fight for a free society led to an intense cultural struggle—a struggle that questioned the war, the nature of work and authority itself. This battle for minds had material results. Intense state surveillance and a raft of legislation not only determined who could read what, but led to jail time or deportation from the country. In a time of smothering oppression and social pressures, they held on to their beliefs with courage, ingenuity and resolve.