Peter Linebaugh

Meandering on the Sementical-Historical communism and commons

The story begins at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks when, at a gathering of cultural workers for the commons and through no wish of their own, Peter and George Caffentzis were asked to speak about violence and the commons. Accordingly, following dinner after what had been a chilly October day, they settled into armchairs by the fire and explained to the gathering that way back in the day (history) the commons was taken away by blood and fire and that, furthermore, as we all basically knew, it
was still violently happening which ever way you happened to look. Indeed, this violent taking-away, or “expropriation,” was the beginning of proletarianization and thus of capitalism itself!

George added that he thought that there was a difference between the commons and ‘the tradition of communism’ which began in the 1840s. Peter (that’s me) wasn’t so sure about that, thinking that it was earlier, and that in any case there was considerable overlap. He said something about Cincinnati and promised to get back to everyone. So, making good on that promise, here’s what I had in mind.

Crisis in the auto sector - Peter Linebaugh and Bruno Ramirez

Article from American autonomist marxist magazine ZeroWork about auto industry labor struggles.

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The many-headed hydra - Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker

Sailors, slaves, commoners, and the hidden history of the revolutionary Atlantic.

Winner of the International Labor History Award

The incomplete, true, authentic and wonderful history of May Day - Peter Linebaugh

Peter Linebaugh's overview of the historical roots of the traditional workers' day.

The Green

The many headed hydra: Sailors, slaves, and the atlantic working class in the eighteenth century

Article on class struggle and compositon in the period leading up to and during the American revolution, showing how the struggles of sailors and slaves drove the movement to national liberation.