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Race, education, intelligence: a teacher's guide to the issues

race and iq

A late 1970s pamphlet from the National Union of Teachers on the bankruptcy of IQ studies and the biologizing of 'race'.

An open letter to other white working people

A polemic against and history of white racism in the US written in the run up to the 2008 presidential election.

Anti-worker's Inquiry

Open the door, turn on the light, heat up the water, check the refrigerators, lay out the chairs, clean the tables, light the candles, put out the ashtrays, check the register, count the change, cut the limes, put on music, wash the glasses, turn on the fan, pour the beer, mix the drinks, serve the customers, listen to their stories, comfort their loneliness, make the ice, clean the counter, tell a joke, take the money. The floor is wet, pool table scratched, darts bent, ash on the couch, smoke in the air, glasses broken, wallets stolen, clothing torn. The night is long and full of terrors.

An Appeal to the Young: Some thoughts on a best seller

A response to Kropotkin's classic pamphlet, discussing its strengths and limitations

Vanishing points in working class culture – Miguel Amorós

A brief discussion of the origins, decline, and fall of modern working class culture as a culture of resistance to capitalism, a process that led to our current condition of “perpetual present” “without time or memory”, concluding with some reflections on the possible reemergence of “communities of struggle” that will rediscover history, as the system can only “overcome its contradictions … by plunging into even greater ones”, thus unleashing new conflicts in a society that has become increasingly more unpredictable due to the proliferation of unhinged, “desperate identities” in search of a remedy for their “feeling of uprootedness”.

Written in flames: naming the British ruling class - I-Spy Productions

Written in flames pamphlet cover

Anarchist pamphlet from 1987 with research and analysis on leading figures in the British ruling class, in particular including named individuals and their home addresses. Please note that the information is well out of date and this text is reproduced for reference only.

The state and capitalist society - Ralph Miliband

The Houses of Parliament

Marxist academic Ralph Miliband's extensive and detailed analysis and critique of the role played by the state in advanced capitalist society. It examines each part of the state, including the government, civil service, legal system and armed forces and their relationships with business, the media, religion and trade unions. Written in 1969, most of the tendencies he points to are even further advanced today, so while there is little mention of race and gender this remains an invaluable text.

“Nameless in the crowd of nameless ones…” : Some thoughts on The Story of A Proletarian Life, by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 1923

Some thoughts on Vanzetti's "Story of a Proletarian Life". Surely this work is one of the greatest working class autobiographies of all time?

Of Tea-Parties and Patriots: liberty for who? - Dave Strano

An article by Dave Strano written and directed towards members of the “Liberty Movement,” participants in the Tea Parties and Town Hall meeting protests.

Climate, class, and the Neolithic revolution

Neolithic farmers

Climate change helped make human civilisation possible. Does it now threaten its existence?