A look at the exchange between Stan Weir and Sam Friedman on workplace organisation. The following article, which has been slightly edited for publication, was written in 1997 as a comment on an exchange in the US publication Against the Current dating to 1981/82. This article has been archived on libcom.org from the Red and Black Notes website.
The exchange between Stan Weir and Sam Friedman in the pages of Against the Current poses several important questions:
The organization of workplace groups and culture
The relationship of workplace activists to workplace groups
The role of organizations in class struggle
Red and Black Notes article written 2 years into the invasion of Iraq, looking at what was then happening with the occupation.
At the height of the Vietnam War, singer Edwin Starr asked, "War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing." While the question is still important, we should also ask about the war in Iraq, who is it good for?
Article written by the International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party on the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Humanity is once again about to live one of its defining moments. The spectre of war is looming upon us. U.S. imperialism is about to unleash its fury upon the people of Iraq and the attack could be imminent. Every day, the U.S. State apparatus is waging a preparatory propaganda war on the world scale to prepare public opinion for the next bloody onslaught.
Don't talk about the danger of war - unless you are prepared to speak about capitalism! - Internationalist Perspective
Article by Internationalist Perspective on the inevitably capitalist aspects of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq
As the US makes its final preparations for an attack on Iraq, the horror of this impending war, and the massive casualties that will almost certainly result, is blamed on everything except the real cause: the laws of motion of capitalist civilization.
Article by Internationalist Perspective on the 2003 Gulf War.
Judging from the preparations that are already under way, the American government is dead serious about its intent to invade Iraq. As we write this, US logistical personnel are swarming over the Gulf region. In Persian Gulf states such as Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, munitions are being stocked, harbors are being prepared for the arrival of war ships, bombers and fighter planes are amassed.
Reprinted below are excerpts from a statement distributed at an anti-war protest in Toronto on 18 January from "an informal group of people in Toronto of varying perspectives (anarchist, communist and others)" associated with a local leftist bookstore. Followed by the IBT reply.
Against Capitalist War! Against Capitalist Peace!
Class Struggle Against the Work/War Machine!
This article was written and distributed in Toronto by people of varying political perspectives (anarchist, communist and others) who have come together on a class basis to express opposition to capitalism and its wars.
CLASS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE WORK / WAR MACHINE!
Red and Black Notes review of The Arch Conspirator by Len Bracken.
The Arch Conspirator
By Len Bracken,
Adventures Unlimited Press, 1999.
"Conspiracy, " n. from the Latin to breathe together. A secret agreement or combination between two or more persons to commit an unlawful act that may prejudice any third person