Further Reading

Introduction to Anarchist Communism
The Anarchist Federation, revised 2013

As We See It / As We Don't See It
Solidarity, 1967


This short pamphlet has set out some of our ideas about the part a revolutionary organisation plays in helping to bring about a revolution against capitalism. It is one of the few pamphlets produced by the Anarchist Federation that intends to be authoritative and prescriptive. Here more than anywhere we try to mean what we say.

When Revolution Comes

[i]‘The inherent tendency of the State is to concentrate, to narrow, and monopolize all social activities; the nature of revolution is, on the contrary, to grow, to broaden, and disseminate itself in ever-wider circles. In other words, the State is institutional and static; revolution is fluent, dynamic. These two tendencies are incompatible and mutually destructive.

The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

[i]‘Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification.

The Revolutionary Organisation: One Current Within the Class

‘Anarchism is not a beautiful utopia, nor an abstract philosophical idea, it is a social movement of the labouring masses.’ The Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists

‘Anarchism is organisation, organisation and more organisation.’ Errico Malatesta

Class Spontaneity

'The emancipation of the workers must be brought about by the workers themselves.' Declaration of the First International.

'The working class by itself can only attain trade-union consciousness.' Lenin, ‘What Is To Be Done’ (in stark contrast to the Declaration of the First International).

The Class Struggle

‘There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning.’ Warren Buffett, capitalist and the world's wealthiest person in 2008

Before we start to look at the revolutionary organisation itself, we first need to explain what we mean when talking about class.


The following terms will be used in this pamphlet:

Associated with, or a member of, a group or organisation.

The arousing of public concern about an issue and pressing for action on it. This could be through propaganda or direct action.


The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation, Third Edition

We in the Anarchist Federation seek the abolition of capitalism and state in favour of bringing about a society based on the guiding principle ‘From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.’ This is anarchist communism. In order to achieve this we need a revolutionary organisation to undertake a certain role as part of the working class.

This pamphlet will explain why.

Politics (April 1945)

Cover (p. 97)
Wilson, R. Arthur. "Why am i fighting?" (pp. 97-99)
"Why?" - Underside view (pp. 100-102)
Comment (pp. 102-105)
Marquart, Frank. letter Detroit: the strike Briggs (pp. 105-106)
Serge, Victor. The danger was within (II). Kronstadt (pp. 107-111)
Tucci, Niccolo. notes for a political dictionary (p. 112)