Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Rise of a Libertarian Student Movement

Students in Chile, Quebec and the USA are organizing anarchist or libertarian socialist federations.

* In Chile, the Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios (FEL) has groups in five major cities. As well as active in the recent student general strike, they have produced some remarkable wall art (see their other website,

check out “fotos” ) They also do support work for the Oaxacan struggle. The student strike and the formation of FEL tend to indicate that the social struggle is heating up again in Chile.

* SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) re-formed in January of this year and now has about 200 chapters, making it the largest student radical movement in the US. While not ideologically anarchist, SDS rejects top-down methods and statist politics, favoring student syndicalism. Many of its members are openly anarchists and libertarian socialists. A non-student group called MDS has also been formed as a sister organization, See:

* SCAN (the Student Community Anarchist Network ) (RAME in French) see

grew out of the 2005 Quebec Student Strike and the collapse of CLAC. (1) It has groups or members in CEGEP's (Community colleges) de Maisonneuve, Sherbrooke, Gérald-Godin, St-Laurent, Vieux Montréal, École des métiers de la construction de Montréal, as well as the three universities UQAM, McGill and Université de Montréal. For more information see: and

1. the "Anti-Capitalist Convergence" Group


Blogger Mike said...

Interesting list.

Any community-based organizations like this for us old farts who are not in the student set anymore and looking at this?

Just curious.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

I don't know about the Ottawa region, Mike. Too bad we didn't have a Canadian version of MDS which is the stateside group for old farts like us. If anything should pop up I will write about it here, or get a hold of you through your blog. I don't see your blog listed with the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy blog feeder. Would you consider joining? See
By the way, that's a pretty nice bike you got!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Thanks Larry. Yeah, I have always meant to join the conspiracy but have just never gotten around to it.

As for the bike, well, they have this Harley shop in Niagara Falls that lets you sit on their stuff for pictures....

I have to wait a few more years for the mid-life crisis before I can afford a bike like that..

5:29 AM  

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