In view of the fact that the ideas embodied in Syndicalism have been practiced by the workers for the last half century, even if without the background of social consciousness; that in this country five men had to pay with their lives because they advocated Syndicalist methods as the most effective, in the struggle of labor against capital; and that, furthermore, Syndicalism has been consciously practiced by the workers of France, Italy and Spain since 1895, it is rather amusing to witness some people in America and England now swooping down upon Syndicalism as a perfectly new and never before heard-of proposition.
It is astonishing how very naïve Americans are, how crude and immature in matters of international importance. For all his boasted practical aptitude, the average American is the very last to learn of the modern means and tactics employed in the great struggles of his day. Always he lags behind in ideas and methods that the European workers have for years past been applying with great success.
In-depth analysis of the development of capitalism and class struggle in Egypt, from the 1940s until the 1970s. Contains interesting information about mass wildcat strikes and the 1977 food riots as well as their relationship to national liberation movements in the region.
An overview of the way in which with increasing autonomisation of finance capital, models come to shape the real economy and influence its restructuring.
Arbitrage is defined as any technique to profit from differences in price between identical assets in different markets. At its simplest, if an asset is priced at £1000 in one country and at £1200 in another, I can buy in the cheaper market and sell in the more expensive and profit from the difference.
A Marxist critique of society dressed up as a novel, Ragged Trousered Philanthrophists follows construction worker Frank Owen trying to convince others about socialism, a figure based on Trussell himself. He would face rejection and death before his work was published.
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A veritable catalogue of environmental and biological disasters brought to us by capitalism followed by some suggestions for their remedy: “Illnesses accumulate along with capital and their management is a fundamental part of the system…. Cancer is a metaphor for capital, which embeds itself in the social fabric and incessantly accumulates until it leads to the death of the patient…. Society is sick of capitalism and any cure must involve the eradication of the latter”.
The Sick Society – Miguel Amorós
A brief review of the parallel development of technology and the proletariat since the end of feudalism, stressing the factors that limited the scope of the class struggle in the 19th century and claiming that the successful integration of the working class into capitalist society, facilitated by technological innovations such as “the entertainment industry” that affected culture and morality, led to a “class society in the process of dissolution, a mass society” composed of “uprooted individuals, separated from any kind of solidarity or relation that is not mediated by propaganda or the spectacle” who must nonetheless “make a clean slate of the present” and reconstruct society.
Capital, Technology and Proletariat – Miguel Amorós
A brief examination of urbanism and urban development as tools of capitalist social control and capital accumulation, which have created an uncanny “Martian” landscape, “a dead place in which freedom and history are destroyed”, suited to “motorized slaves” and “voters” rather than “citizens”, where “political dialogue and citizen’s self-administration are rendered impossible”, but whose days are numbered because of the imminent decline in oil production and thus a disastrous shortage of gasoline for the ubiquitous automobiles that define the contemporary “conurbation”.
If, as Hegel said, city air makes one free, one is equally justified in saying that the air of the conurbation makes one a slave. If the agora, the forum and the public square made freedom and equality possible, their disappearance has annihilated them. The conurbation that has replaced the city—which some have called the post-city—has very different characteristics.