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A soldier returns - letter from an American fighter in the Durruti Column

A letter from an American trade unionist and member of the revolutionary union the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) about his experiences as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-9 in the International section of the anarchist Durruti Column.

A day mournful and overcast... An account of the Iron Column

A personal account of a liberated prisoner's experience as a fighter during the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-9 in the anarchist militia unit called the Iron Column prior to its incorporation into the Communist-run Republican army.

1926: The social general strike - why 1926 failed - Tom Brown

Tyldesley miners outside the Miners Hall during the 1926 General Strike.

Written in the early 1940s, British syndicalist Tom Brown's article The Social General Strike - Why 1926 Failed examines the failure of the 1926 General Strike. It makes suggestions for future action, and argues for worker's control.

Unholy alliance - The seamen's strike: an analysis - George Foulser

A stranded ship at Southampton

An article by George Fulser of the Syndicalist Workers Federation on the 1966 seaman's strike

The power of women and the subversion of the community - Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James

Tailors strike in Italy's Hot Autumn

An influential pamphlet by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James in 1972 that used a feminist reading of Marx to challenge Left orthodoxy on the role of women, their labour and their struggles.

To work or not to work? Is that the question? - Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé critically examines the idea that previous revolutions failed due to them viewing communism as being the affirmation of labour as opposed to being anti-work.

Letter on animal liberation - Gilles Dauvé

This is a letter sent by French readers to the authors of Beasts of Burden.

This pamphlet has the merit of addressing a vital question: If communism is to transform the whole of daily life, it can't leave out our relation to animals and the way we eat. Beasts of Burden forces to rethink the whole "primitivist" debate. We hope to tackle this some day.

Grey September - Gilles Dauvé, Karl Nesic and J-P Carasso

The underpaid washer-up and the overpaid white collar who both died in the World Trade Center died as footsoldiers of a system that exploited their death (treating them as heroes of free trade and the free world) as it had exploited their life. They had little time to appreciate the much vaunted security they'd bought in exchange for their submission.

The malaise on the left - Maurice Brinton

Maurice Brinton of Solidarity's 1974 critique of the statist left.

Capitalism and socialism - Maurice Brinton

Labour Party poster, 1945.

Maurice Brinton of Solidarity outlines his view of traditional socialists, and libertarian socialists.