An interesting analysis of race, anarchism and class from South African organisation the Workers Solidarity Federation from 1998.
INTRODUCTION BY BLACK FLAG:
We recently observed a very fruitful discussion on race and class on the internet, particularly around "black" anarchism, special oppressions and the desirability of separate organisation.
An article written by one member of the Anarchist Youth Network in its more lifestylist wing. It is reproduced here as a useful example of the attitudes of this individualist trend in the organisation against class analysis, with a response to it.
The response was by one of the class struggle anarchists in AYN. A long debate on the open email list (hence the informal style) ensued but only one response is included, as none of the points in it were really accepted by the author, T, and the disagreement over class lasted right up until the end of the organisation, and rendered it basically useless within that time.
A selection of articles by the undeservably obscure Jack Common, a Geordie who wrote both novels and essays on various aspects of culture and class relations. His friend George Orwell had written of Common: "he is of proletarian origin, and much more than most writers of this kind he preserves his proletarian viewpoint".
A fascinating writer, his analysis of the emerging mass consumerism of the 1930s & 40s seems to closely anticipate the concept of the 'society of the spectacle' later developed by the situationists.
From the endangered phoenix.com website; http://www.endangeredphoenix.com/
A review of "The Enemy is Middle Class" by Andy and Mark Anderson from Black Flag magazine.
THE ENEMY IS MIDDLE CLASS-ANDY ANDERSON AND MARK ANDERSON
(OPENLY CLASSIST PUBLICATIONS)
Negri explains his concept of ‘multitude’ in a response to the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos at the European Social Forum in Paris, 2003.
We all agree to the fact that we want to fight capital and renew the world. But I think this ain’t conceivable as a poetical process. Because the name multitude is not a poetical notion, but a class concept. When I talk about multitude as a class concept, I talk about the fact that workers today work in the same and in different ways compared to those they worked some centuries ago.
The definitive book about the politics of the Class War Federation, including brief histories and descriptions of the capitalist system and how it functions.
Clearly written and interesting, it is a good introduction to CW's ideas, though we at libcom.org would have several important disagreements with it. Notably on the issues of class and nationalism
The CPE France blog takes a look back at the past fortnight and traces the changing face of the anti-CPE protests.
From being a university student led movement centred around their campus buildings, the protest has become something '1000 times as revolutionary' according to France Soir.