Emile Pouget's seminal text on militant working class direct action.
"Since the day a man had the criminal ability to profit by another man's labour, since that very same day the exploited toiler has instinctively tried to give to his master less than was demanded from him. In this wise the worker was unconsciously doing SABOTAGE, demonstrating in an indirect way the irrepressible antagonism that arrays Capital and Labor one against the other."
Emile Pouget essay outlining the aims, priniciples and functions of unions.
Property and authority are merely differing manifestations and expressions of one and the same "principle" which boils down to the enforcement and enshrinement of the servitude of woman. Consequently, the only difference between them is one of vantage point: viewed from one angle, slavery appears as a property crime, whereas, viewed from a different angle, it constitutes an authority crime.
Emile Pouget's pamphlet outlining capitalism and revolutionary syndicalism's response to it.
"Voice of Labour" Pamphlet
Published 1908 by T.H. Keell,
127 Ossulston St., London, N.W.
DEFINITION OF TRADE UNIONISM1
- 1. The French word "Syndicat" has been rendered into English as its nearest equivalent. The French organisations, however, differ from the English in inculcating a revolutionary spirit and ignoring political action.
Emile Pouget's outline of the organisational style of revolutionary unions, which, for better or for worse, was defined by a large part of early syndicalism's practice.
Republished 1997 by Editions CNT, Paris.
1999 English translation by the Kate Sharpley Library.
The Party of Labour Defined
Classic Emile Pouget essay on direct action in working class struggle. Published by the Fresnes-Antony Group of the French Anarchist Federation, 1994. English translation by the highly recommended Kate Sharpley Library.
What we mean by "Direct Action"
Direct Action is the symbol of revolutionary unionism in action. This formula is representative of the twofold battle against exploitation and oppression. It proclaims, with inherent clarity, the direction and orientation of the working class's endeavours in its relentless attack upon capitalism.
Paul Delesalle's biography of Emile Pouget, a major influence on the development of early anarcho-syndicalism.
[i][b]Emile Pouget's Life As An Activist by Paul Delesalle1
- 1. Paul Delesalle (1870-1948), former steel-worker, anarchist and revolutionary syndicalist: contributed to Les Temps nouveaux, then was elected secretary of the Federation of the Bourses du Travail until 1907: later publisher and revolutionary book-seller.