The Brotherhood of Timber Workers 1910-1913: A radical response to industrial capitalism in the southern USA
A journal article by James R. Green on the the violent struggle between the Brotherhood of Timber Workers (BTW) and the lumber companies of Louisiana and Texas in 1911 and 1912. The Brotherhood, which joined the IWW in 1912, recruited thousands of black and white labourers in an era characterized by increasing social segregation and racial repression.
With a planetary ecological crisis on hand, it can no longer be denied that socialism will be incompatible with mass production and mass consumption. Indeed, even without returning to Malthusian catastrophe theories, we are forced to admit that the planet’s resources are not inexhaustible. These resources could provide for humanity’s needs, but only if they are used in a reasonable and rational way, i.e., in a manner directly opposed to capitalist logic, which in itself is a source of imbalance.