Nestor Makhno

From the radical women of Mujeres Libres, the Fantin Reading Group will be looking back to revolutionary Ukraine to discuss the politics and tactics of Nestor Makhno.

Makhno and the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine spent the better part of three years, following  the Russian Revolution of 1917, fighting on two fronts. Defending the Free Territory, a territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by free soviets and Libertarian communes, from the counter-revolutionary White Army as well as the Bolshevik Red Army. Whilst they were defeated in 1921, Makhno’s influence on anarchism worldwide is undeniable, if not controversial. In 1926, with comrades in the Dielo Truda group, Makhno drafted the Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists – an outline for future anarchist organising, which is still the subject of intense debate today.

For those interested in taking part in the discussion, there are three short readings, including part of the Platform, which can be downloaded below in PDF format.

MAKHNO READINGS

The reading group will take place this coming Sunday March 13 – 3pm at the Melbourne Anarchist Club – 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote. All welcome.

Any questions? melbourneanarchistclub@gmail.com

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