Bakunin’s heirs in South Africa: race and revolutionary syndicalism from the IWW to the International Socialist League, 1910–21

A fly young Mikail Bakunin

Lucien van der Walt disputes the prevailing discourse of the Communist school, arguing firstly that the early left in South Africa became dominated by revolutionary syndicalist ideas, and secondly that the IWW and the ISL articulated the need for working-class unity across skill and race divisions to oppose the State, Capital and existing racial laws.

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