In the following 1895 article, Fernand Pelloutier, a French anarchist and labour leader, developed the theoretical foundations of revolutionary syndicalism by encouraging workers to organise unions run on libertarian principles of direct democracy and self-management both as a way of retaining control over their own struggles against the autocratic relationships characteristic of capitalist relations of production and of preparing the way for a collective transition to an economically democratic, classless society.
Most of the arguments against voting point out (rightly) that it achieves nothing. This is reflected in slogans such as "if voting changed anyting, they'd abolish it" and "whoever you vote for, government wins." I'm writing this post to focus on the other problem with parliamentary democracy - namely, that it is worse than useless.
This essay argues that anarchists can learn from the theory of "intersectionality" that emerged from the feminist movement. Indeed, anarchist conceptions of class struggle have widened as a result of the rise of feminist movements, civil rights movements, gay and lesbian liberation movements, etc. But how do we position ourselves regarding those struggles? What is their relationship to the class struggle? Do we dismiss them as "mere identity politics"?
Édouard Berth’s "Anarchism and Syndicalism" (1908) is a remarkable document in the history of revolutionary syndicalism, with its productivism, its emphasis on syndicalism’s mission to “prevent social decline and to save civilization”, its straw-man anarchism, lampooned as solipsism, its praise for the capitalist discipline of the factory and its scorn for the lazy savage and for sybaritic, “rootless cosmopolitans”, peace-loving businessmen and effete intellectuals and their libertinism derived from atomistic and anti-social 18th century bourgeois ideals of freedom, its paean to war and its manifest contempt for the “chatterbox citizen” of “political democracy” and a liberal education.
Morea talks of the 1960s Black Mask and Up Against The Wall Motherfucker! groups and their activities - such as busting into the Pentagon during an anti-war protest, and "assassinating" a famous poet. He also discusses friendships with various characters, including the late Valerie Solanas - who shot Andy Warhol and wrote the SCUM Manifesto.