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The magazine Green Anarchist was for a while the principle voice in the UK advocating an explicit fusion of libertarian socialist and ecological thinking (Green anarchism), although such ideas had arguably been co-sympathetic for decades if not generations beforehand. Libertarian socialism is a political philosophy dedicated to opposing coercive forms of authority and social hierarchy, in particular the institutions of capitalism and the state. ... Ecology is the branch of science that studies the distribution and abundance of living organisms, and the interactions between organisms and their environment. ... Green anarchists compose a diverse and open movement of people who take influences from a variety of different places. ...

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Early years

Founded after the 1984 Stop the City protests, the magazine was launched in the summer of that year by an editorial collective consisting of Alan Albon, Richard Hunt and Marcus Christo. Albon had been an editor of Freedom newspaper, whilst Hunt had become frustrated with the more mainstream 'green' magazine Green Line for which he had been writing. The younger Christo had come from a more anarcho-punk background- he was also a member of Green CND, and had been involved in the blockade of Ronald Reagan's car at the 1984 Lancaster House summit meeting. 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Stop the City demonstrations of 1983 and 1984 were described as a Carnival Against War, Oppression and Destruction, in other words protests against military-financial complex. ... Cover of Freedom, dated 13th September 2003, showing the new cover design by Clifford Harper. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Green Line is a magazine devoted to coverage of Green and ecological issues. ... The anarchy symbol commonly used by anarcho-punks Anarcho-punk (sometimes known as peace-punk) is a subgenre of the punk rock movement consisting of groups and bands promoting specifically anarchist ideas. ... CND logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ... Order: 40th President Vice President: George H.W. Bush Term of office: 20 January 1981 – 20 January 1989 Preceded by: Jimmy Carter Succeeded by: George H.W. Bush Date of birth: 6 February 1911 Place of birth: Tampico, Illinois Date of death: 5 June 2004 Place of death: Bel-Air... Lancaster House is a mansion in the St Jamess district in the West End of London. ...

Cover of the first issue of 'Green Anarchist' magazine (Summer 1984), featuring artwork by then editor Richard Hunt
Cover of the first issue of 'Green Anarchist' magazine (Summer 1984), featuring artwork by then editor Richard Hunt

Early issues featured a range of broadly anarchist and ecological ideas, bringing together groups and individuals as varied as Class War, veteran anarchist writer Colin Ward, anarcho-punk band Crass, as well as the Peace Convoy, anti-nuclear campaigners, animal rights activists and so on. However the diversity that many saw as the publication's greatest strength quickly led to irreconcilable arguments between the essentially pacifist approach of Albon and Christo, and the advocacy of violent confrontation with the State favoured by Hunt. cover of first issue of Green Anarchist magazine, Summer 1984 This image is a book cover. ... cover of first issue of Green Anarchist magazine, Summer 1984 This image is a book cover. ... This article is about the organisation and newspaper Class War. ... Colin Ward (1924-2002) was an editor of the British anarchist newspaper Freedom from 1947 to 1960, and the founder and editor of the monthly libertarian journal Anarchy from 1961 to 1970. ... Crass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Great Ape Project is campaigning for a Declaration on Great Apes. ... Pacifism is opposition to the use of force to settle disagreements, specifically the taking up of arms in war. ...


Albon and Christo left Green Anarchist shortly afterwards, and the magazine saw a succession of editorial collectives, although Hunt remained in overall control. During this period he published articles which were increasingly alienating much of the magazine's readership. Matters came to a head after Hunt wrote an editorial which expressed support for British troops in the Gulf War and extolled the virtues of patriotism. Shortly afterwards he left to start another magazine Alternative Green, which continued to promote his own particular view of 'Nationalistic Anarchism'. C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The 1991 Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations mandated by the United Nations and led by the United States. ... Patriotism is a feeling of love and devotion to ones own homeland (patria, the land of ones fathers). ... Alternative Green is a UK magazine set up by former Green Anarchist contributor and editor Richard Hunt. ...


Into the Nineties

During the 1990s Green Anarchist came under the helm of an editorial collective that included Paul Rodgers, Steve Booth and others, during which period the publication became increasingly aligned with primitivism, an anti-technological philosophy advocated by John Zerzan. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... Steve Booth first became involved with the UK Green Anarchist magazine in 1990, and published a novel, City-Death explaining his idea of green anarchism. ... Primitivism is the condition of quality of being primitive. ... John Zerzan John Zerzan (born 1943) is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. ...


During this period the magazine expressed sympathy for the Unabomber actions of Ted Kaczynski and published a notorious article entitled "The Irrationalists" that apparently supported the Sarin gas attacks carried out by the Tokyo based Aum cult. This once again alienated much of the UK anarchist movement, and led to strong criticism of the magazine by Stewart Home, Counter Information [1], the Anarchist Communist Federation [2] and others. Unabomber is a nickname applied to two people: Theodore Kaczynski, an American terrorist. ... Theodore Kaczynski Theodore John Kaczynski, Ph. ... Sarin or GB (O-Isopropyl methylphosphonofluoridate) is an extremely toxic substance that is one of the worlds most dangerous weapons of war. ... The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ... Aum Shinrikyo (also spelled Om Shin Rikyo) was a Buddhist religious group based in Japan. ... Stewart Home (born 1962) is a British fiction writer, subcultural pamphletist, underground art historian and activist. ... See also the Anarchist Federation (US). ...


The GANDALF trial

Starting in 1995, Hampshire Police began a series of at least 56 raids, code named 'Operation Washington', that eventually resulted in the August to November 1997 Portsmouth trial of Green Anarchist editors Booth, Saxon Wood, Noel Molland and Paul Rodgers, as well as Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Press Officer Robin Webb and Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group (ALFSG) newsletter editor Simon Russell. The defendants organised the GANDALF Defence campaign. Three of the editors of Green Anarchist, Noel Molland, Saxon Wood and Booth were jailed for 'conspiracy to incite'. However, all three were shortly afterwards released on appeal. GANDALF was an acronym (Green Anarchist aND ALF) for the UK trial of the editors of Green Anarchist magazine as well as 2 prominent supporters of the Animal Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hampshire (abbr. ... A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the English city of Portsmouth. ... Beagles removed by British ALF activists from a testing laboratory owned by Boots the Chemists. ... Robin Webb appearing on Channel 4s Dispatches Robin Webb is the spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) in the UK. He was previously a member of the ruling council of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and a director of Animal Aid. ... The Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group (ALFSG) is an organization that provides moral and financial support to people imprisoned for breaking the law in the name of animal rights, in particular Animal Liberation Front activists. ... GANDALF was an acronym (Green Anarchist aND ALF) for the UK trial of the editors of Green Anarchist magazine as well as 2 prominent supporters of the Animal Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group. ...


Booth and Rodgers' Green Anarchists

In the late 1990s there was a further split amongst the GA collective, leading to the existence of two entirely separate magazines using the Green Anarchist title. These are respectively published by an editorial team that includes Paul Rodgers and 'John Connor' (who subtitle their version of the paper as the original and best), and Steve Booth, who has publicly renounced some of his earlier published views and expressed a wish to 'return to the magazine's roots'. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ...


See Also

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