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s.nappalos
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Apr 14 2013 19:31
Solfed self-ed

I just found the education packet on libcom. How was that developed? How has it worked out? It looks pretty impressive, and I'm curious what the process and implimentation was like.

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May 8 2013 08:45

I too found it recently and a fellow anarchist and myself in Tampa have loosely discussed reading it more closely and trying to a few of the sections through the Tampa Free Skool.

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May 8 2013 08:53

Re the OP, this was before my time. Fall Back or martinh might know...

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May 8 2013 13:16

We haven't used SelfEd much in recent years, at least not systematically. I think a big part of the reason for that is that it was only available as a 363 page pdf - too long to read on a screen, and definately also too long to print out at work on the sly. I spent a couple of days copy-pasting and reformatting the whole bloody thing to the re-activated SelfEd website - http://www.selfed.org.uk/a-s-history/a-history-of-anarcho-syndicalism. There's a plan to make it into an ebook, though it should really be updated and polished a bit first.

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May 10 2013 12:49

Looking good that's super helpful! The solfed e-book direction is very helpful too. Reading Fighting for Ourselves on kindle is nice and helps me sort through. Thanks for all the work!

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May 12 2013 07:06

Yeah I'm reading the first block or so of Self-Ed. And then *Gulp* I'm gonna dive into Thompson's the making of the English working class.

Stoked.

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Aug 9 2013 00:17

I made a very cheap epub version of the book so I can read it using the text provided by the link no1 shared. Should I attach the file to the page (http://libcom.org/library/history-anarcho-syndicalism-selfed)? Some of us who haven't read it yet might prefer it to the pdf.

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Aug 9 2013 12:28

The self-ed is great. We have been doing reading groups from it. We read through the Unit when we meet. Everyone takes in turns reading some out loud. This works really well (for texts of that length anyway, which is 5-6,000 words per Unit) for a few reasons:

1) People don't have to quickly cram the text the night before or something.
2) People can still come if they haven't read the text and it doesn't matter.
3) It is a social lubricant, everyone has already done some talking before we even get to discussion.
4) It can be useful for people new to anarchism, for example when we were reading a quote from a Leninist the experienced anarchists all laughed, and later a newbie asked why we had all laughed.

Thanks heaps to whoever made these. Once someone came to a reading group I had organised based off it and commented how much better that uni it is.

I liked the old pdf though, wish that was still there.

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Dec 16 2013 23:17

its a fantastic piece of work. i'm currently reading it and takes you right back to the start and answering many questions i have on the anarchist tradition. I'm a former trot so its opening my eyes hugely. thanks to sol fed for puttin this together

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Dec 16 2013 23:49

That's excellent hard drive. Welcome. Let us know if there are particular issues covered in the units that you find helpful / interesting. There are several people on these forums and in Solfed that were previously trots

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Dec 16 2013 23:50

wait thats just your perspective man!

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Feb 6 2014 01:16

Impressive work! but isn't all of that already covered in the Anarchist FAQ? Can someone who knows both texts compare them a little bit, please?

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Feb 6 2014 01:20

It was written before the FAQ, and covers specifically the practice, history and theory of anarcho-syndicalism in significantly more depth.

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Feb 6 2014 03:00

Yeah, it's more of a concise history of specifically anarcho-syndicalism as emerging from the workers' movement. Offers end-sections with suggested further readings as well.

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Feb 28 2014 16:27

Update: Some cats in my region are getting together today to discuss reading the first Unit of this. I think I might also play some of those "English Rebel Songs, by Chumbawumba (if anyone knows of better recordings of similar songs, let us know!) as a way to transition to the next unit which looks at Levellers and Diggers and early forms of the Workers' movement in England.

I'm looking at it as a sort of introductory class. Some of us are also doing the recent Communist Interventions collection as a group, but to those unfamiliar with the general history, it's pretty much just pure marxology.

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Feb 28 2014 17:52
Pennoid wrote:
"English Rebel Songs, by Chumbawumba (if anyone knows of better recordings of similar songs, let us know!).

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Feb 28 2014 19:30

About the process, the source material used for A history of Anarcho-syndicalism consists of internal bulletin submissions and internal discussion between several locals and industrial networks (especially Aberystwyth, Sheffield, Manchester, Manchester, North & East London, etc) of Solidarity Federation from the time of its formation - the mandate to edit the source material was the rsponsibility of a grouping of members called the SelfEd Collective. The first version was published in 1998, the second version was published in 2001, which is the version which we put online. There's not many differences between the versions. There has been comments within Solfed a while ago about adding a unit type summary of anarcho-syndicalism in Italy (which is not specifically covered in the compilation of units).

Concerning socialist folk musicians I recommend Leon Rosselson.