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Identity crisis: Leftist anti-wokeness is bullshit

League of Revolutionary Black Workers

When criticism of ‘identity politics’ is just an argument for class representation under capitalism.

Bloody legislation against the expropriated

Vagrant being punished in Tudor England

Karl Marx's short history of the violent legislation introduced by governments in Europe to force peasants removed from their land into wage labour from the 16th century.

House to Goddess of the House: Gender, Class and Silk in 19th Century Mount Lebanon

An essay on the development of capitalism in Lebanon and the effects it had upon gender roles. Mainly focusing on women workers in the silk industry from a Christian Lebanese background.

Identity Politics and Class Struggle

Robin D. G. Kelley

Article from 1997 by Robin D. G. Kelley on discussions around identity politics and class struggle. While written twenty years ago it remains relevant to current discussions on the same topic.

The global industrial working class: interview with Immanuel Ness

Bangladeshi garment workers' protest, 2013.

Interesting interview with Immanuel Ness, author of Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class, about the present and future of the world's industrial working class who argues that, rather than shrinking, the global industrial working class is bigger than ever and, moreover, that we can expect larger political struggles to come in the future.

Street Speech - Walter Rodney

A street speech in Guyana by Walter Rodney arguing against racial antagonism and explaining its role in the functioning of capitalism. Note: It is important to understand that the following comments were made specifically in the context of the Guyanese situation.

I've got 99 problems but a class analysis ain't one

Some things should have been left in 2011, the mystifying 99 percent slogan is one.

Is the working class movement dead?

Winter of Discontent, 1978-1979

The following article is loosely based on the notes for a pre-discussion talk by an AF member to a libertarian socialist discussion meeting in Leicester, 25 January 2017.

Intersectionality and the identity politics of class

Automatic Writing's October 2013 piece locating intersectionality as a firm and necessary component of class struggle politics, and identifying the risk many critics of intersectionality fall into of reproducing class as an identity itself.

Haiti: Class Analysis of a Crisis

An analysis of the Haitian political conflict of the early 2000's which culminated in overthrow (for the second time) of President Jean Paul Aristide in 2004.