Anarchist Federation (Britain)

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Anarchist Federation
Anarchist Federation (Britain and Ireland) (logo).png
AbbreviationAF, AFed
PurposeDirect action
Promotion of Anarchist communism
Collective and Autonomous leadership
AffiliationsInternational of Anarchist Federations
Formerly called
Anarchist Communist Federation

The Anarchist Federation (AF, AFed) is a far left federation of anarcho-communists in Great Britain. It is not a political party, but a direct action, agitational and propaganda organisation.


AFed was formed in 1986 as the Anarchist Communist Federation (ACF), changing its name in 1999,[1] the ACF being a fusion of the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group (previously the Libertarian Communist Discussion Group) and Syndicalist Fight, a split from the Direct Action Movement.[1] The LCDG was itself based around former members of the Libertarian Communist Group,[1] (a 1977 split from the Anarchist Workers Association, originally formed in 1971 as the Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists and renamed in 1975)[1] which had previously fused into Big Flame in 1980.[2] The ACF "offered a considered and theoretically-grounded articulation of the anarchist class war impulse, based on a specific 'anarchist-communist' identity".[3] In February 2018, a group of members of the AF left that organisation and formed the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) [4] and currently publish Jackdaw paper [5] and Stormy Petrel magazine.[6]

About AFed today[edit]

"As anarchist communists we fight for a world without leaders, where power is shared equally amongst communities, and people are free to reach their full potential. We do this by supporting working class resistance to exploitation and oppression, organise alongside our neighbours and workmates, host informative events, and produce publications that help make sense of the world around us.[7]

The Anarchist Federation is involved in direct actions,[8] publishes a print and online magazine called Organise!,[9] and publishes print and online pamphlets on subjects such as anarchist ecology and biographies of revolutionary women.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Frank, Ben (2006). Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms. AK Press. ISBN 1904859402.
  2. ^ "Libertarian Communist Group [LCG]". Groups who joined Big Flame (2). Big Flame. December 3, 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  3. ^ Cross, Rich (2014). "British anarchism in the era of Thatcherism". In Smith, Evan; Worley, Matthew (eds.). The British far left from 1956. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719095900.
  4. ^ "What is the ACG?". Anarchist Communist Group. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Jackdaw". Anarchist Communist Group. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Stormy Petrel!". Anarchist Communist Group. December 1, 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. ^ "About the AF". Anarchist Federation. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  8. ^ Gayle, Damien (18 February 2020). "Paddington Green: inside the anti-terror HQ taken over by climate anarchists". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  9. ^ "About Organise!". Anarchist Federation. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Pamphlets". Anarchist Federation. Retrieved 21 January 2021.

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