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Short report of the Anarchist Movement Conference 09

Alessio | 08.06.2009 10:45

Around 300 people attended the conference from all across the country to discuss the anarchist movement and take a self-critical look at our own marginalisation. What happened was a collective re-awakening and sense of purpose. There seemed to be a recognition that anarchist ideas can become a popular and vibrant force in society and if we are to move forward we need to change and develop ourselves, our attitudes and our way of doing things.

300 people attend the final plenary of the conference
300 people attend the final plenary of the conference

Two days being in the same room with the same 12 people seemed slightly daunting, however what I discovered was the exceptional, intelligent and sound people that are involved in anarchist politics in the UK. No eccentrics, egotists or nutters which has perhaps unfairly been the view of anarchist gatherings - though lately the anarchist movement has generally tended to develop an increasingly mature outlook.

There will be a final conference report produced over the summer. If you were at the conference and you want to expand on some of the discussions, or comment on what you got out if then please send the conference group an email at

I understand a fuller call out for submissions will be circulated in the next week of so.

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Display the following 47 comments

  1. Egotistical eccentric nutter — esme
  2. ? — Alessio
  3. sane people only, no emotions please — nutter
  4. Nice one — @non
  5. Would I do it again? — esme
  6. The same message as Nu labour? — Jaqui Smith
  7. esme — "Middle Class"
  8. Hmm — disillusioned
  9. wheres me trust fund... — Tabitha (or Tarquin?)
  10. more — S
  11. why the negativity? — common sense
  12. mr middle class — esme
  13. errm — a
  14. "being an anarchist" — effortless and indented
  15. more Prole than thou — Ben
  16. no deviation for anarchists! — eccentric anarchist
  17. dear eccentric anarchist — Ordinary Boy
  18. "anti-middle class sentiments aren't helpfull" — We're all prolier than thou Ben!
  19. wayne rooney an angel to the cause, orwell an evil bastard.... — non-judgemental-anarchist-tired-of-workerfetish
  20. elitist anarchists — Bill
  21. Prolier than yow — Alessio
  22. Famous last words — esme
  23. We Are Not Your Movement — effortless and indented
  24. * — George Bush
  25. Post Plenary Meetings — Somebody
  26. non-judgemental-anarchist-tired-of-workerfetish — Lover
  27. We Are Still Not Your Movement — effortless and indented
  28. congrats — Krop
  29. Cry me a fucking river! — Class War
  30. An idea to circulate — MI5 Officer
  31. Classism?! — Class Warrior
  32. Circulating a long time already — MI5 Officer
  33. Way to go — MI5 Officer
  34. We have nothing to lose but our trustfunds, inherited wealth, and cosy careers — Lord Snooty
  35. The class war is alive and well — Middle-class activists just don't get it
  36. its not about class, its about egoism, resentment and elitism — really working class
  37. Yes — Lover
  38. no report needed — Real Working Class
  39. "Resentment"??!! — UATW
  40. "Resentment"!!!! 2 — UATW
  41. well done on the diversion — impressed at your efficiency
  42. bored. — considering_moving_abroad
  43. well done again — not background but behaviour
  44. zapatistas are like. sooo middle class. — your name
  45. 'nutter' you're a fuckwit. — Rweh
  46. i did not do that — nutter
  47. sorry — Rweh