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I was trying to find some contemporary Anarcho-Syndicalists in reference to Dot asking about current examples of Anarcho-Syndicalism in practice.

Is the leader singer of Fugazi the same person who writes articles for Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Freedom, and Black Flag ? I had a hard time trying to confirm they are the same person.

Thanks for any help !
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As for contemporary @syndicalist stuff, I remember hearing about the IWW organizing in east London at some point over the last couple years, iirc they held a wildcat strike that didn't go catastrophically badly for the workers. I got the impression that they'd gained some kind of foothold; you might want to check out UK Solfed's website, they've been pretty active since the student and anti-austerity protests of 2010.
gdmt. every time i see the word fugazi i get consolidated stuck in my head.
dot - there are worse things that could happen.

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It would have been very interesting if they were the same person, but I'm pretty sure they're not.  The dude from Fugazi is Ian Mackaye, he was also in Minor Threat, Embrace and some other more minor projects - he's one of the most famous personalities of the DC hardcore scene, but he does not espouse anarchist beliefs.  The anarchist writer is Iain Mckay, the editor of 'An Anarchist FAQ'; note the differences in spelling, if that's the guy who writes for those magazines you mentioned (I assume it is given that he's the only Iain Mckay of any spelling that Google associates with anarchism).
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I heard that the song "Waiting Room" is an Anarcho-Syndicalist critique of bureaucracy (under Anarcho-Syndicalism, bureaucracy would hopefully be cut in half at least..ha ha)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJFWirQ3ks
(The way the people dance in the video is a type of dance called the Anarcho-Syndicalist shuffle.)

But, in all seriousness, Ian McKaye of Fugazi is definitely NOT an Anarchist, he's definitely typical of a lot of punk rocker types who will talk some bland generic radical talk, but then advocate voting for democrats, status quo, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIwuiMCsIXo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_MacKaye#Personal_life


Iain MacKay is as confused about his theory, politics, etc. as the american Ian McKaye. Iain MacKaye seems to propose a worker cooperative capitalism of sorts...if I may be vulgarly simplistic (?)

http://libcom.org/library/bailouts-or-co-operatives

I'm no advocate of his writing.
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