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Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Five Anarchosyndicalism in the 21st Century

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Five Anarchosyndicalism in the 21st Century

July 24, 2021

Can be read at https://libcom.org/library/fighting-ourselves-anarcho-syndicalism-class-struggle-solidarity-federation

 

In this final chapter, we set out our vision of anarcho-syndicalism today. We discuss how to move from being a simple political propaganda organisation to a revolutionary union capable of taking the initiative in organising and catalysing class struggles in the economic and social spheres. Central to this strategy is the potential for direct action to build confidence, capacity and self-organisation amongst the working class, and thus for struggle to serve as 'the school of socialism'. We argue that a revolutionary union is an essential component of a revolutionary workers’ movement. Not only for organising and catalysing struggles, but providing both a physical and organisational infrastructure for the working class, and a point of departure for numerous anti-oppression, self-education and cultural initiatives, both inside and beyond its ranks. We set out how this kind of political economic organisation can help the re-emergence of a militant and revolutionary workers’ movement, and the necessity for this to seek to unite all the revolutionary workers of the world. Finally, we will sketch what a social revolution might look like on a world scale, and the role that revolutionary unions should play in this process.

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Four - Capitalism and class struggle since World War II

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Four - Capitalism and class struggle since World War II

July 17, 2021

Can be read at https://libcom.org/library/fighting-ourselves-anarcho-syndicalism-class-struggle-solidarity-federation

In this chapter, we will analyse some of the changes to capitalism and society since World War II, the point at which anarcho-syndicalism was all but wiped out by fascism, Stalinism, total war and social partnership. We will see how the post-World War II social democratic settlement limited the space for a re-emergence of radical currents in the workers’ movement by integrating trade unions, as the representatives of workers, into the capitalist system. We will then look at the upsurge of class struggles from 1968 which marked the crisis of the social democratic settlement, and how their eventual defeat paved the way for the rise of neoliberalism and the “offshoring” of the traditional centres of militancy in the mines and factories. In analysing neoliberalism, we bring the analysis up to date with the conditions for organising today, characterised by casualised service sector employment and a withering of the institutions of political and economic representation – political parties and trade unions – which were central to the post-war settlement.

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Three - Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th Century

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Three - Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th Century

July 10, 2021

Can be read at https://libcom.org/library/fighting-o...

In this chapter we will introduce anarcho-syndicalism as a synthesis of the anarchist politics and syndicalist methods we encountered in the previous chapter. This will be explored through the theory of Émile Pouget, the Argentine FORA (Argentine Regional  Workers’ Federation), the German FAUD (Free Workers’ Union of Germany) and the Spanish CNT (National Confederation of Labour). While the mainstream workers’ movement is separated into political (party) and economic (trade union) wings, anarcho-syndicalism's revolutionary unions are at the same time political and economic organisations. In countries where reformist trade unionism was not well established (such as Spain) this revolutionary current sometimes became the mainstream. Where trade unions were stronger (such as Germany), anarcho-syndicalism constituted a revolutionary alternative to the mainstream workers’ movement. This chapter will also show how this synthesis of anarchism and syndicalism has taken different forms in response to different conditions, but always rejected the division of the workers’ movement into economic and political wings, and rejected representation in favour of associations for direct action.

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Two Revolutionary - Currents Within the Workers Movement

Fighting For Ourselves - Chapter Two Revolutionary - Currents Within the Workers Movement

July 3, 2021

Can be read at https://libcom.org/library/fighting-ourselves-anarcho-syndicalism-class-struggle-solidarity-federation

This excellent book by Solfed aims to recover some of the lost history of the workers' movement, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions. In clear and accessible prose, the book sets out the anarcho-syndicalist criticisms of political parties and trade unions, engages with other radical traditions such as anarchism, syndicalism and dissident Marxisms, explains what anarcho-syndicalism was in the twentieth century, and how it's relevant - indeed, vital - for workers today. 

This chapter will introduce three radical currents from the historical workers’ movement. First we will look at anarchism, the name given to the anti-state socialists in the European workers’ movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. Anarchism, as a political doctrine, opposed itself to all statist politics, whether parliamentary or ‘revolutionary’, instead placing its emphasis on human capacities for voluntary co-operation, mutual aid and working class direct action. Second, we will encounter syndicalism. Emerging in France, the syndicalist movement of rank and file controlled, radical unions spread to many countries taking new forms in different conditions. We will focus on the French CGT, the North American IWW and the syndicalist currents in the workers’ movement in Britain. In all cases, working class direct action was the watchword of the syndicalists who, often under anarchist influence, formed unions based on the shared economic interests of workers. Finally, we will look at council communism, a radical Marxist current which broke with orthodoxies such as the necessity of the Party and the capture of state power. The council communists drew some very similar conclusions to many anarchists and anarcho-syndicalists, but we will also explore some important differences

Fighting for Ourselves - Chapter One - The mainstream workers’ movement

Fighting for Ourselves - Chapter One - The mainstream workers’ movement

June 26, 2021
Can be read at https://libcom.org/library/fighting-o... This excellent book by Solfed aims to recover some of the lost history of the workers' movement, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions. In clear and accessible prose, the book sets out the anarcho-syndicalist criticisms of political parties and trade unions, engages with other radical traditions such as anarchism, syndicalism and dissident Marxisms, explains what anarcho-syndicalism was in the twentieth century, and how it's relevant - indeed, vital - for workers today. This chapter will introduce the mainstream currents in the workers’ movement, from their origins until today. This is done in three parts. First, we look at how trade unions began as a response by workers to the conditions of early capitalism. By forming associations, workers could get the strength in numbers to change the balance of power versus employers. But we will see how, alongside this, a representative function arose, where unions developed a life independent of their membership and began to operate over their heads, mediating and ultimately diminishing their power within the limits set down by capital and the state. We will also see how this led trade unions to see themselves as purely economic organisations, leaving ‘politics’ to separate party organisations. We will then look at the notionally ‘revolutionary workers’ parties’ originating in Marxism and Leninism, and set out a critique of their inherent statism. Finally, we will retrace the history of the British Labour Party, dispelling some of the rose tinted nostalgia for this ‘workers’ party’, which was always a party of the trade union bureaucrats and never of the workers themselves.
Fighting for Ourselves - Introduction

Fighting for Ourselves - Introduction

June 19, 2021

Full text http://libcom.org/library/fighting-ou...

 

This excellent book by Solfed aims to recover some of the lost history of the workers' movement, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions. In clear and accessible prose, the book sets out the anarcho-syndicalist criticisms of political parties and trade unions, engages with other radical traditions such as anarchism, syndicalism and dissident Marxisms, explains what anarcho-syndicalism was in the twentieth century, and how it's relevant - indeed, vital - for workers today.

You can buy hard copies of Fighting for ourselves for £6 (including p&p) from Freedom Press (UK - £5 in the shop), and for $10+p&p from Thoughtcrime Ink Books (North America). For other countries please contact Solidarity Federation.

Book information
Publisher: Solidarity Federation and Freedom Press (London, UK)
Publication date: Oct 27, 2012
ISBN: 978-1904491200
Paperback: 124 pages.
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 8mm

Taken from http://www.selfed.org.uk/read/ffo

This text in: Español

Prisons: Universities of Crime by Peter Kropotkin

Prisons: Universities of Crime by Peter Kropotkin

June 12, 2021

Can be read at https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-prisons-universities-of-crime

 

Short piece by Kropotkin on the effects of the prison system. "Prisons are universities of crime, maintained by the state".

Towards A Less Fucked Up World

Towards A Less Fucked Up World

June 5, 2021
 
Towards A Less Fucked Up World: Sobriety and Anarchist Struggle is a zine published in the early 2000s by Nick Riotfag that explores the role intoxication culture plays in anarchist communities. The zine provides a thorough exploration of the issues around intoxication and anarchism. Topics covered include "Masculinity, Rape, and Intoxication," "Youth Liberation and Sobriety," "Intoxication and Corporate Culture," "Intoxication and Social Life," "Intoxication in Oppressed Communities," and many more. There are also two stories detailing how intoxication often plays out in anarchist communities and reflections on how to develop an anarchist sobriety. Weâve been tabling with this zine for years and it always inspires good conversations! This edition includes a revised text that differs from what was in the first edition of the zine as well as an afterward that includes reflections on the zine and the conversations it spurred. The "Afterward" originally appeared in the book Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics.
Reformism by Ericco Malatesta

Reformism by Ericco Malatesta

May 29, 2021

Text can be read here https://theanarchistlibrary.org/libra...

Ericco Malatesta's comments and criticisms of political participation by the revolutionary movement.

The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin, Chapter 17 - Agriculture

The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin, Chapter 17 - Agriculture

May 22, 2021

The final chapter of "The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin.

 

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