You can't blow up a social relationship: the anarchist case against terrorism

George, Greg You can't blow up a social relationship: the anarchist case against terrorism. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Libertarian Socialist Organisation, 1978.

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Author George, Greg
Title You can't blow up a social relationship: the anarchist case against terrorism
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Libertarian Socialist Organisation
Publication year 1978
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780959177701
Language eng
Total number of pages 46
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Sydney Hilton bombing of March 1978 raised the issue of terrorism in Australia. The deaths of three innocent people gave this incident a human as well as political significance. Statements of the press and politicians about this absurd and sinister act amounted to a catch cry for the erosion of democratic rights. Many statements by public figures and articles in newspapers also showed an ignorance of the past because, for some time now, Australia has had organised terrorist groups.

In fact, there have been numerous incidents over the last few years which only by good fortune did not result in deaths...

A clear explanation of why anarchists oppose terrorism, and why terrorism or propaganda by deed can be of no benefit to the working class, as capitalism is a social relationship, not a group of bad individuals.

This essay was was published as a pamphlet around late 1978 or 1979, in the aftermath of the Sydney Hilton Bombing. The black humour of the time around the anarchist movement was that the police and security forces framed Ananda Marga because they came before Anarchism in the alphabet.

The arguments in this pamphlet are still as valid today as when they were written 30 years ago.
Keyword Terrorism
Terrorism - Australia
Political violence
Political activism
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Multiple publishers: Libertarian Socialist Organisation; Libertarian Workers for a Self-managed Society; Anarres Books; See Sharp Press; Zabalaza Books

Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne (1979, 1982). Republished various publishers: Toronto, Canada (1981); Ireland; Tucson; Arizona (1989, 1998); Manchester, UK (2002); Fordsburg, South Africa (2014)

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