Blogs

Against the IWW series Part I: The bankruptcy of the American labor movement

The first in a series of reposts of common arguments against the IWW (both historical and contemporary).

The common struggle: the firefighters show the way!

Following the first fire brigade strike of 2013 over proposed pension changes, a short look at how injury and incapacity unites all manual workers.

The eclipse and re-emergence of the antipsychiatry movement

Brief introductory post outlining what antipsychiatry is and the need for its renewal.

Schools strikes Tues 1st October

strikes

Series of regional teaching strikes continues this week.

Crackdown on the Golden Dawn

GD leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos under arrest

With the arrest of several party leaders the Greek government has begun a crackdown on the far-right Golden Dawn in the wake of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas.

Contemporary IWW slang & lingo

A glossary of currently used, mostly in the Twin Cities, IWW slang and lingo.

On being sh*t-canned

Workers often say that the fear of firings is one of the main reasons it’s so hard to get people to fight back. The power that bosses hold over workers through firings can put them on the curb for standing up. This fear is often unspoken, but present everyday in our workplaces. This piece we share explores how truly arbitrary that power is and its effects. When bosses can hurt us and sometimes ruin lives without any reason at all, it also reminds us why we need to organize.

Health and happiness: confronting the waste of human life through the pursuit of joy

An article exploring the impact of institutionalization and the barren conditions of medicine for people who must live with the care of others.

libcom.org: 10 years of class struggle online

Birthday cake

Today, Thursday, 26 September 2013, libcom.org turns 10. In this blog post we look back at the evolution of the site over the last decade, pick out some highlights and look to the future.

Putting class back on the agenda

Working class pride is having time out on the naughty step, as anarchists have squabbled in recent years to redefine the essential character of their movement. Plasmatelly takes a look at how diverse groups of radical workers can throw up contrary notions of cultural assimilation.

Media diverts attention from No-TAV struggle

At a time when France is losing interest in the idea of the TAV project between Lyons and Turin, Italy has now started to go all out.

Discrimination and hate crime: Italian Parliament says “Go For It!”

The new law, approved by the Italian Chamber of Deputies on 19 September 2013, has already been renamed “Saving Forza Nuova” – the neo-fascist party responsible for racist and homophobic attacks all over Italy – but it actually bears the name of a Democratic Party Deputy and LGBT activist Ivan Scalfarotto.

On Labour's pledge to axe the bedroom tax

Why the pledge from the Labour Party to axe the Bedroom Tax doesn't mean we've won and, if we take it at face value, could mean that we lose.

How do we fight privatisation?

Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.

Bullying and blackmail by ILVA’s owners: 1500 fired after new requisition

The Riva group announced on 11 September, just after the new requisition, that production would stop immediately in seven plants unrelated to ILVA, and about 1400 people would be laid off.

Capital can't be reasoned with - the importance of affective politics

Students block police from intervening in a demonstration

When we limit ourselves to reasoned critique we cut ourselves off from the everyday experiences of life under capitalism from which any revolutionary rupture must grow.

A history of radical green spaces in East London

An emerging radical history of open spaces in Hackney is being put together by Hackney History.

Bread riots down supply chains: From Cairo to Longview

Map of Global Food Crisis

One of the forms in which the working class exists today is at the various nodal points along global commodity chains. Even the global production of food is increasingly based on a just-in-time system of production, distribution and consumption -- in addition to being financialized and subject to speculative bubbles. But these commodity chains are vulnerable and this suggests struggles could spread down these chains.

Poland: Protests but no strike

On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.

A look at training, apprenticeships and de-skilling in the construction and engineering industries

As the scramble for work inside the engineering and construction industries continues, finding experienced, skilled workers is proving a problem for employers.