Program of Anarcho-Syndicalism by G. P. Maximoff

Program of Anarcho-Syndicalism by G. P. Maximoff

Conception of society organized along anarcho-syndicalist principles.

The Author

GREGORI PETROVICH MAXIMOFF was born on November 10, 1893, in the Russian village of Mitushino, province of Smolensk. After studying for the priesthood, he realised this was not his vocation and went to St. Petersburg, where he graduated as an agronomist at the Agricultural Academy in 1915. He joined the revolutionary movement while a student, was an active propagandist and, after the 1917 revolution, joined the Red Army. When the Bolsheviks used the Army for police work and for disarming the workers, he refused to obey orders and was sentenced to death. The solidarity of the steelworkers' union saved his life.

He edited the Anarcho-Syndicalist papers Golos Trouda (Voice of Labour) and Novy Golos Trouda (New Voice of Labour). Arrested on March 8, 1921, during the Kronstadt revolt, he was held with other comrades in the Taganka Prison, Moscow. Four months later he went on hunger strike for ten and a half days and ended it only when the intervention of European Syndicalists, attending a congress of the Red Trade Union International, secured for him and his comrades the possibility to seek exile abroad.

He went to Berlin, where he edited Rabotchi Put (Labour's Path), a paper of the Russian Syndicalists in exile. Three years later he went to Paris, then to the U.S., where he settled in Chicago. There he edited Golos Truzhenika (Worker's Voice) and later Dielo Trouda-Probuzhdenie (Labour's Cause -- Awakening) until his death on March 16, 1950.

Maximoff died while yet in the prime of life, as the result of heart trouble, and was mourned by all who had the good fortune to know him. He was not only a lucid thinker, but a man of stainless character and broad human understanding. And he was a whole person, in whom clarity of thought and warmth of feeling were united in the happiest way. He lived as an Anarchist, not because he felt some sort of duty to do so, imposed from outside, but because he could not do otherwise, for his innermost being always caused him to act as he felt and thought.

RUDOLF ROCKER

Comments

Juan Conatz
Dec 21 2010 07:12

Finished. If there's a better way to organize the child page titles, let me know.

Also, after looking at the text more closely I noticed some aberrations, probably from scanning. When I have time I'll go through them and correct, where it's possible to know what words should be there.

Steven.
Dec 21 2010 10:59
Juan Conatz wrote:
Finished. If there's a better way to organize the child page titles, let me know.

Also, after looking at the text more closely I noticed some aberrations, probably from scanning. When I have time I'll go through them and correct, where it's possible to know what words should be there.

great stuff!

Another way to do it would be to create section 1 as a child page, then add chapters 1-5 as child pages in that (as you can have as many levels of parent/child pages as you like), but that looks fine as far as I'm concerned.

FascistKiller
Dec 21 2010 11:00

Superb. Can we have a pdf of the whole thing?

MT
Dec 21 2010 13:33

would welcome PDF of the whole text as well

Juan Conatz
Dec 21 2010 14:10

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14449533/Program-of-AnarchoSyndicalism

AK Press also has it, but I haven't been able to access their site for a while now.