social movements

The movement to abolish the present state of power: direct democracy, forms, and power

A critique of belief in the inherent radical nature of forms such as direct democracy in the context of the anti-austerity movements, and an appeal to politics based on a process of struggle across time deepening breaks with capitalist normalcy.

State, social movements and unions in El Alto, Bolivia

Figures in balaclava in front of red banner with homemade rocket launcher

An excerpt from El Alto, Rebel City on organisation among market traders, the informally-employed and community organisations in the notably militant Bolivian city.

Poor people's movements : why they succeed, how they fail - Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

Examinations of four different periods of struggles in the US, from the depression to the civil rights movement, suggesting formal organisationalism led them to fail.

Poll tax rebellion - Danny Burns

Full scanned version of the definitive grassroots history of the mass working class movement which defeated Margaret Thatcher's poll tax. 17 million people refused to pay the tax, which defeated it and brought Maggie's time as Prime Minister to a premature end.

The battle for Middle Earth is being fought in Bologna: Blu's new painting defending social space XM24

Bologna is burning, while just outside its ancient walls a battle is being fought, under the single eye of Sauron, looking down from one of the two towers that are the symbol of the city.

No Dash For Gas: We climbed those chimneys to kick-start protest and debate

West Burton power station chimney

EDF, the power company, has been denounced for attacking the right to protest, after it launched a damages claim for £5 million against 21 activists. Here one of them explains what No Dash For Gas is aiming at

Facing the enemy: A history of anarchist organisation - Alexandre Skirda

The finest single volume history of European anarchism is finally available in English in Paul Sharkey's elegant translation. Drawing on decades of research, Alexandre Skirda traces anarchism as a major political movement and ideology across the 19th and 20th centuries.

The unemployed struggle in West Ham in the 1900s

Cunningham, front left

A short history of the unemployed agitation in West Ham and the Triangle Camp events

'Don't be a soldier!' The radical anti-war movement in north London 1914-1918 - Ken Weller

Antiwar demonstration in Trafalgar Square, 1914

Ken Weller of Solidarity's excellent and detailed historical account of working class opposition to World War I in North London, which offers a snapshot of the anti-war movement nationally.

The history of the Quebec student movement and combative unionism

An article by Jerome Raza on the history of student syndicalism in Quebec and the conditions which gave rise to Classé.