By P. Murtagh
Article examining various theories against organisation for the sake of organisation.
Like classes, rackets are a product of domination. They probably emerged when shamans, military chiefs or clan patriarchs first conspired against other humans from their own or nearby communities. Pillage, warfare and enslavement dissolved primitive communities, and rackets were formed in that violent process.
An English translation of an early 1980s Greek anarcho-syndicalist text by the Anarchosyndicalist Group.
An excerpt from the FARJ programme "Anarquismo Social e Organização"
The specific anarchist organisation uses, both for its internal and external functioning, the logic of what we call "concentric circles" - strongly inspired by the Bakuninist organisational model. The main reason that we adopt this logic of functioning is because, for us, the anarchist organisation needs to preserve different instances of action.
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
This is an open letter to members of the International Socialists (IS), later to become the Socialist Workers Party, printed in the libertarian socialist paper Solidarity in September 1968. It criticises IS for failing to recognise the relationship between how socialists organise, and the content of their politics; and for establishing an unfree internal regime.
It is remarkable how few socialists seem to recognize the connection between the structure of their own organization and the type of ‘socialist’ society it might help bring about.
1961 paper by Jacques Camatte, on the "historical" and formal communist party. With a 1974 postface.
The central thesis that we wish to state and illustrate is that Marx and Engels derived the characteristics of the party form from the description of communist society.
A text from the French CNT-AIT written in March 2006, covering anarcho-syndicalist tactics and strategy.
METHODS OF STRUGGLE
Thursday 29th July 2010
The following text was written to help people discover, remind themselves or popularize the various syndicalist methods of struggle because in any battle, one must start from a few key ideas:
Hitting the enemy harder than they can hit you, or better - hitting them so they can't hit back.