This is the website of the Edinburgh group of the Anarchist Federation. We believe in the overthrow of capitalism and its replacement with a society based on principles of direct democracy and mutual aid.
We don’t claim to know the One True Way To Salvation. We organise, non-hierarchically, around these Aims & Principles because we think they’re a good statement of anarchist communist politics.
If you you agree with them, you should think about joining us. If you disagree with them, we can probably still work together. If you’re not sure, then ask us. We like people. You can email us at edinburgh (at) afed (dot) org (dot) uk.
Anarchists in Edinburgh are involved in a wide range of campaigns and projects, from campaigning against poverty-inducing measures imposed by the council and DWP to organising at work via the Industrial Workers of the World, as well as holding regular social events for anyone curious to find out more, talks, film screenings, day schools and other events. We work closely with other anarchist and left groups around Edinburgh, such as Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh.
The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of class struggle anarchists (based in Britain and Ireland, but with many contacts overseas) which aims to abolish Capitalism and all oppression to create a free and equal society. This is Anarchist Communism.
We see today’s society as being divided into two main opposing classes: the ruling class which controls all the power and wealth, and the working class which the rulers exploit to maintain this. By racism, sexism and other forms of oppression, as well as war and environmental destruction the rulers weaken and divide us. Only the direct action of working class people can defeat these attacks and ultimately overthrow capitalism.
As the capitalist system rules the whole world it’s destruction must be complete and world wide. We reject attempts to reform it such as working through parliament and national liberation movements (like the IRA) as they fail to challenge capitalism itself. Unions also work as a part of the capitalist system, so although workers struggle within them, they will be unable to bring about capitalism’s destruction unless they go beyond these limits.
Organisation is vital if we’re to beat the bosses, so we work for a united anarchist movement and are affiliated to the International of Anarchist Federations.