A piece from a socialist humanist comparing both the anarcho-syndicalist politics of Rocker and the council communist politics of Pannekoek.
In this essay first published in 1922, Galo Díez Fernández, the National Secretary of the CNT, explains the importance of the rationalist education that was such a major part of the CNT’s propaganda at the time, with particular emphasis on the education of women and the moral regeneration of the workers.
Syndicalism and the strike: French and Italian revolutionary syndicalism and their introduction into Spain - Pere Gabriel
An essay on the relative influence exercised by the First International (the Spanish Regional Federation of the IWA), the Second International, French revolutionary syndicalism (the CGT and the Bourses du Travail), and Italian syndicalism (the USI), respectively, on the origin and development of Spanish anarcho-syndicalism, with extensive discussion of the internal debates that took place between 1880 and 1920 in the European anarchist milieu on the general strike and the nature and purpose of trade unionism.
This statement from the International Workers Association recalls the history of the workers’ movement and the IWA’s own role in the early decades of the 20th century, before taking a look at where the anarcho-syndicalist international is now, in the run-up to planned days of action around May 1st.
This is a translation of a piece by Emilio Lopez Arango on the issue of the orientation and leadership of the unions. Lopez Arango explores the roles of revolutionaries, and at the center of his argument is how the process of struggling, and all the elements created therein, should drive our political perspective.
A talk given by a SolFed member about the reality of working-class life today and the need for a labour movement based on militant solidarity, direct action and rank-and-file control. This was given at a public meeting in 2011 commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the 1911 Liverpool general transport strike.
"I wouldn't want my anarchist friends to be in charge of a nuclear power station": David Harvey, anarchism, and tightly-coupled systems
An industry-specific response to David Harvey's popular claim that anarchists can neither run nor combat 'tightly-coupled systems', specifically nuclear power plants and air-traffic control. This paper is examines the the former and critiques Harvey's understanding of how such systems meet anarchist theory and practice, arguing that hierarchy does not make such systems safer or more efficient - quite the contrary.