New pamphlet by the Solidarity Federation

Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle

Forthcoming: 'Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle' – a new pamphlet by the Solidarity Federation

We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tension and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there have been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few. How are we to make sense of this? How are we to fight back, to take the initiative? Against capitalism, what do we want to put in its place? The 20th century discredited state socialism, and rightly so. But with it, a whole history of international class struggle, of revolutions and counter-revolutions, victories and defeats, spontaneous uprisings and vast workers’ organisation has been eclipsed too. This pamphlet aims to recover some of that lost history, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions.

Fighting for ourselves will be released as a hard copy in October 2012, as well as online soon after. Copies will be available from the Solidarity Federation stall at the London Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday October 27th. Initially it will only be available in English, but we are looking into translations if there is international interest. International distribution arrangements are to be confirmed.

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Jim Clarke
Aug 31 2012 15:00

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  • We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tension and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there have been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few.

    Solidarity Federation

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Auto
Aug 31 2012 15:16

Looking good. Can't wait for this to come out. smile

Harrison
Aug 31 2012 15:41

Me too, love the front cover design wink

klas batalo
Aug 31 2012 17:13

Agreed. Looking forward to this! grin

kent anarchists
Aug 31 2012 18:20

Sounds interesting. Nice one!

Jim Clarke
Aug 31 2012 18:23

Harrison, the cover does look great. wink

For those who don't know the history behind this pamphlet (or book to be more precise), it's the result of a couple of years worth of discussion within SF following the release of Brighton's Strategy & Struggle pamphlet. When Brighton released the pamphlet there were a number of different views on anarcho-syndicalism in the organisation, following a lot of internal discussion it's become clear that many of these differences were primarily terminological and those that weren't we now have a consensus on.

Members on both sides of the original discussions were mandated to produce this pamphlet at a national conference two years ago and a draft was approved at this years national conference so it represents the official SF line on anarcho-syndicalism today and how it relates to the class struggle in 21st century Britain. The team working on the pamphlet have done a great job so far and I'm really looking forward to seeing a printed copy. Hopefully this will inspire a new set of debates, but more importantly action in advancing our class interests.

working class s...
Aug 31 2012 19:50

How many pages is it?

Jared
Aug 31 2012 19:56

Yep, great cover, and looking forward to it. Those discussions on S&S were really valuable for clarifying some of my own thinking (as I'm sure others would agree).

Jim Clarke
Aug 31 2012 20:00
working class self organisation wrote:
How many pages is it?

Current estimates are about 140 as it has got nearly 50,000 words.

ATLanarchist
Aug 31 2012 20:30

looking forward to picking one up online! a hard copy that is, if that's what y'all meant. if not, I'd definitely like to order a hard copy by some other method.

Khawaga
Aug 31 2012 20:28

do you guys ship to canada? I'd like to get my hands on a (hard) copy or two.

Jim Clarke
Aug 31 2012 20:38

We're looking at international distribution at the moment so hopefully there will be a fairly easy method for you to get hold of a load.

working class s...
Aug 31 2012 21:23
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Current estimates are about 140 as it has got nearly 50,000 words.

Nice one, thanks

syndicalist
Aug 31 2012 23:29

Interesting. Seems like a booklet, a bit different then "Winning the Class War", eh?

Nate
Sep 1 2012 04:50

I'm very excited about this. Great cover as well.

Phil
Sep 1 2012 15:07
Jim Clarke wrote:
Fighting for ourselves will be released as a hard copy in October 2012, as well as online soon after.

Will all locals be getting copies to sell/distribute? Probably the easiest way I can get my hands on one...

Steven.
Sep 1 2012 16:39

Look forward to reading it - if you get me a copy I will review it for libcom!

Juan Conatz
Sep 1 2012 20:50

Nice cover. Looking forward to the design. Is that a nerdy thing? Yall are really good with shit like that..

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 2 2012 20:38

LOL apparently the general consensus in one particular European IWA section is that SF are all a bunch of "nerdy professors with glasses". I wonder what gave them that idea... wink

Nate
Sep 2 2012 20:54

"one particular European IWA section," that's the polite way to say South London SolFed, right?

klas batalo
Sep 2 2012 23:03
Caiman del Barrio wrote:
LOL apparently the general consensus in one particular European IWA section is that SF are all a bunch of "nerdy professors with glasses". I wonder what gave them that idea... ;)

agreed the design is not workerist enough! grin tho it is sorta maoist. follow the leading lights of the anarcho-syndicalist vanguard comrades!

syndicalist
Sep 2 2012 23:13

I suspect some of the comments/reactions, etc will be what do folks want to see written from the pamphlet? Lots of theory? Laying out an anarcho-syndicalist "program" for the 21st century? Wide sweeping views of the world at large?

Harrison
Sep 3 2012 03:02
Caiman del Barrio wrote:
SF are all a bunch of "nerdy professors with glasses"

if i was a nerdy professor, i would definitely top off the image with some glasses.

i'm wanted to name it "anarcho-syndicalism: wrong 'uns" and bring in sean68 as guest editor

the button
Sep 3 2012 09:56

I suspect some of the comments/reactions will be "A SolFed member posted on a thread, but THAT'S NOT WHAT THE PAMPHLET SAYS, IS IT?" grin

plasmatelly
Sep 3 2012 10:13

Nerdy professors my arse! I look like I'm made out of interestingly shaped potatoes.

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 3 2012 11:22
Nate wrote:
"one particular European IWA section," that's the polite way to say South London SolFed, right?

Nope!

Despite the best efforts of Martinh wink , South London is - as of yet - not a separate nation-state, and therefore unable to be an IWA section in & of itself. [/pedantry]

fingers malone
Sep 3 2012 14:28

But you never know when you'll wake up and find we are building a wall .....

snipfool
Oct 3 2012 08:35

Hey guys, looking forward to this. Recomposition have released their review (in before everyone else), is it likely to be available to others before the bookfair?

Spikymike
Oct 3 2012 12:47

Well I personally liked the original Brighton text as an attempt to come to terms with the changed conditions of modern capitalism and move beyond the more tradtiional anarcho-syndicalist concepts of yesteryear but it was certainly interpretated by at least some in the SolFed as far too councilist in orientation.

I can see that the SolFed would want something with more current practical stuff in it as a national publication but it will be interesting to see if the process of rewriting and compromise to get an acceptable version has produced more clarity or just more fudge.

Look forward to getting my copy soon.

no1
Oct 3 2012 13:58
Spikymike wrote:
I can see that the SolFed would want something with more current practical stuff in it as a national publication but it will be interesting to see if the process of rewriting and compromise to get an acceptable version has produced more clarity or just more fudge.

Even if it's not meant that way, I find your post pretty irritating - before even reading the pamphlet you're framing the issue as a problem of incompatible politics within SolFed. However the internal discussion over the past couple of years has been a process of clarification (both at the level of terminology and of concepts) rather than compromise. I'd say that one of the main strengths of SolFed is that we are politically all pulling in the same direction (though of course many of the new members haven't been part of that internal discussion since it began). While the Brighton pamphlet emphasised the minority vs. mass distinction, the new pamphlet sees the rejection of separating the political and the economic as crucial for the revolutionary nature of an anarcho-syndicalist organisation.

Spikymike
Oct 3 2012 16:41

no1,

No offence meant - I suppose a web launch and one review already! without the full text being available on line makes it just a bit tempting to make early comments.

So how about an emphasis on both the minority/mass and rejection of separate political/economic in terms of the discussion around workplace organising and 'unions'?

Just polishing up my 'spikes'.