Published in Now and After #3, 1978. Unionists, liberals, and leftists call for more jobs, but the revolutionary program is the supersession of alienated labor. Discusses Marx's theory of the surplus population, unemployment, the job as social control, weakening of the tie between income and work, and the abolition of labor.
The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?
The issue of privatisation is a contentious issue for many. I constantly ask myself why I want the state to control a variety of services when I actually want to abolish the state. For me the answer is two-fold. Firstly, the society that I want to see is not about to arrive any time soon, although you never known.
Aufheben analyse the continuing shift from welfare to workfare in the UK.
New statistics released this month have again demonstrated that errors at the DWP cost nearly twice as much as fraud by claimants.
On the 16th of June the DWP released a set of statistics running up to December 2010 in their report "Fraud and Error in the benefit system."
A series of interviews with Wollongong Out Of Workers' Union (WOW) activists in the 1980s, conducted 2005-6 by Nick Southall as part of his honours thesis research, investigating WOW as a project expressing proletarian self-activity.
Nick Southall's detailed history and analysis of the Wollongong Out of Workers' Union in Australia from 1983-1989, an organisation of unemployed workers he took part in which fought for better benefits and also assisted the struggles of employed workers.
Don’t be told what you want
Don’t be told what you need
There’s no future
There’s no future
There’s no future for you.
(‘God Save the Queen’, Sex Pistols, 1977)
Statement by the Unemployed People's Movement in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Press Statement by the Unemployed People’s Movement, Grahamstown
Sunday 13 February 2011
The Rebellion of the Poor Comes to Grahamstown
The rebellion of the poor has been spreading from town to town, from squatter camp to squatter camp, since 2004. Last week it arrived in Grahamstown.
With unemployment increasing, and hundreds of thousands more jobs facing the axe as a result of the cuts, the government is setting out new ways to punish the unemployed.
The government is getting tough. Not on bank bosses, whose bonuses are back to pre-crisis levels. Not on tax avoidance by big companies, whose taxes are being cut. No, its the unemployed facing a crackdown.
A reflection, widely published in the popular press in Southern Africa, on the revolts in North Africa.
Life, ordinary life, is meant to follow certain rhythms. We grow, seasons change and we assume new positions in the world. When you have finished being a child you put away childish things and move on to the next stage of life. But there is a multitude of people in this world who cannot build a home, marry and care for their children and aging parents.