Blogs

Lessons in leftism: Pete Seeger and the black power movement

Roger Johnson and Pete Seeger singing "We shall overcome"

The rise of “black power” led Pete Seeger to realize he had become a towering figure in a movement he didn't fully understand. The way he dealt with criticisms of him and his friends holds lessons for today.

What's at stake in the health care debate?

The debate in the United States over how to provide health care to a nation increasingly burdened by the costs and dissatisfied with the status quo has returned with a vengeance. S Nicholas Nappalos comes at these issues as a nurse and organizer, and tries to unpack the implications of the growing health crisis, what alternatives we really have, and what health for-and-by workers and the community could look like.

Tigertown Beats Nazis Down: Reflections on Auburn and Mass Anti-fascism

For those of us who believe in a mass-based, working-class-oriented anti-fascism, it comes down to some central questions. Can we imagine a mass anti-fascist movement in Alabama? Can we actually imagine that large numbers of Alabamians would agree with our program and strategy for fighting fascism? Or do we basically think that mass anti-fascism might theoretically work elsewhere, but not in a place like Alabama?

No match for a good blaster at your side kid: Digital Protest and Repression in a Far Away Galaxy

In honour of Star Wars day (4th May) I thought some of you may enjoy this story of life imitating art, through art. I've tried to make it as noob freindly as possible for those of you who haven't played an online game or seen Star Wars.

When Riot Cops Attack: Repression and Solidarity in Portland’s May Day

From inside the Portland May Day 2017 action, the unwarranted repression from the police made us stronger than before.

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War - No War But the Class War!

May Day Statement of the Internationalist Communist Tendency on the current international situation and the challenges facing the working class a century after the Russian Revolution offered so much hope and brought so much despair.

IWW and radical influences on the San Francisco waterfront

Strike Don't Scab San Francisco Waterfront

For May Day 2017 Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union invoked a contractual "stop-work" privilege and refused to work any Bay Area docks in celebration of International Workers Day for the third consecutive year. This speech, originally delivered at the 75th Anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike at the Marine Firemen’s Hall in San Francisco, was adapted for the rally preceding the May Day march on May 1, 2017.

Sisters, brothers, it’s time for some strategical roots manuvas

Short call to get rooted and to link up local working class initiatives - a basic proposal

The ANC’s South Africa: kleptocracy and exploitation

Zuma uses Gordhan as front for his corruption (cartoon)

The corruption of the Zuma regime has now reached scandalous levels but it was entirely predictable given the ANC's past.

On recent events around SiCobas in Italy

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Two articles by Battaglia Comunista translated from Italian analysing two stories which demonstrate some of the limitations of base (rank and file) unionism. The first concerns the split in SiCobas which has seen the formation of Solcobas and the second on a classic sting targetting of Aldo Milani, chief spokesperson for SiCobas.

Universal Basic Income demand: ain't working for workers' liberation

Parts of the radical left see the Universal Basic Income (UBI) demand as a potential vehicle to a) ‘make people think’ about productive potentials and wealth distribution in capitalism; and b) unify a (fragmented and atomised) working class through a common demand. We think that the demand ain’t helpful for the following reasons.

Top 10 texts about the 1917 Russian Revolution

International Working Women's Day march, 8 March 1917, Russia

A century after the Bolsheviks seized power from the soviets, libcom.org choose some of the best texts about an uprising that changed the world forever

Spanish dockworkers, Brexit, and the European Union

Spanish dockworkers have sucessfully fought back against the EU's inherent neoliberalism. Lessons abound.

Media, Clinton supporters offer frenzied support for Syria intervention, refuse to learn from Libyan disaster

Ruins in Libya

Cheerleaders for Syrian intervention refuse to learn lessons from recent history

Living The Dream in the Trade Union Movement

Latest episode of the Living the Dream podcast hosted at The Word From Struggle Street - a collaborative anticapitalist blog from Brisbane

Lies of the land: against and beyond Paul Kingsnorth’s völkisch environmentalism

The ‘Wretched of the Earth’ bloc, London climate march, December 2015

Paul Kingsnorth, writing in The Guardian, has called for an explicitly nationalist environmentalism. Out of the Woods offer a critique and an alternative.

MUA occupies Rio Tinto: lessons in our #righttothecity

Short report on an office occupation by the Maritime Union of Australia The Word From Struggle Street - a collaborative anticapitalist blog from Brisbane

Words can cut deep: speech and violence

A post about an often overlooked role that speech and expression play in human interactions.

It is a strange thing done largely in darkness and without a map

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Blog post about how stuff feels different and relationships change over the course of a life on the left

Soldering on: report on working in a 3D-printer manufacturing plant in London

The first part of the article looks at the current hype around automation and post-industrialism. The second part looks at the concrete conditions in the west London factory, which largely employs female migrant workers.