Anarchy In The Ukraine

October 2nd, 2013   Submitted by Max Stol

UKRAINEMany people would be interested to know if there is anarchy in the Ukraine. Anarchy can be wherever you want it to be, because anarchy cannot be limited by State boundaries. But, is there an anarchist movement in the Ukraine?

The answer to this question is much more complicated. Yes, there are people in the Ukraine who call themselves anarchists, but not all of them are actually anarchists, and certainly not all of them are part of an anarchist movement.

Unfortunately, fashion controls many people. When it’s fashionable to shave your head, draw swastikas on the walls, and shout that Mein Kampf was the greatest book of all time (even if you haven’t read it), many young people will identify themselves as neo-Nazis. If it becomes fashionable to speak out against Nazism and fascism, young people will cross out their swastikas. When anarchy becomes fashionable, many children will proudly call themselves anarchists, surrounding themselves with the letter “A” in a circle, black flags, drugs, alcohol and chaos.

Fortunately, there are people in the Ukraine for whom anarchy is more than teenage rebellion. People who have read Kropotkin, Bakunin and Proudhon, who are familiar with the philosophy of anarchism, who understand what they want. They want to create a new society based on freedom, equality and solidarity. It will not be just empty words, but real effect. Freedom means responsibility. That is why not everyone can be really free.

There are not many people who clearly understand the philosophy of anarchism and are seeking ways of bringing it to life in the Ukraine. They are very few, but they are ready to act and they need support. After all, everyone can be free in their soul, but not everyone knows how to find freedom in their life.

Today in the Ukraine there are autonomous organizations that promote the ideas of anarchism or similar ideas. Of note among them are Social Resistance (and the associated eco-anarchist project of Ecological Front), Independent Community Workers, Protection of Work and others. In addition, some larger organizations that had far-right positions in their early days have moved to the left (for example, Autonomy Resistance).

There have been mass rallies against the adoption of the new Labour Code in the Ukraine, actions against animal abuse in circuses, public memorials for anti-fascists and anarchists who have died, rallies against the current government in the Ukraine, and more.

We hope that our calls to fight for the rights and freedom will resonate in the hearts of everyone, and we are willing to stand our ground until there is anarchy in the Ukraine!

Tags: ,

7 Responses to “Anarchy In The Ukraine”

  1. “The” Ukraine is a vestige of Soviet Times when Ukraine was part of something else. The standard now is to simply call it “Ukraine.”

    Also, the author dangerously conflates anarcho-communism with anarcho-capitalism.

    • Davi BarkerNo Gravatar says:

      “Ukraine” is the emerging standard, but “The Ukraine” is still correct. Plus it creates a nice echo of “Anarchy in the UK.” I think I’d default to the author, as he’s actually in the country.

  2. Seth KingNo Gravatar says:

    Max, have you ever read any Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, or Frederic Bastiat? Those are great economic thinkers that I believe you will highly enjoy adding to your anarchist repertoire.

    • Bob RobertsonNo Gravatar says:

      Indeed, especially Bastiat. Not because the others are any less anarchic, but by being written in the first half of the 19th century, he’s writing to the same issues that Marx wrote, and better identifying the true source of the problems.

      His books are also much shorter.

  3. Michael HendricksNo Gravatar says:

    What do you think of the Free Territory?

  4. AnonymousNo Gravatar says:

    Why no mention of the Mahknovists and their presumed descendants? They nearly defeated the bolsheviks in take no prisoners warfare from 1918 through 1921. Surely the movement survived.