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The stalemate of two economic models - Robert Kurz

In this 2012 article, Robert Kurz discusses the crisis management strategies implemented by the US and Europe, their seemingly paradoxical reversal of roles (neoliberal policies vs. welfare state) and the ineluctable fate they will ultimately share: “Whoever wants to save the financial system has to eliminate demand, and whoever wants to save demand has to ruin the financial system”.

Soledad brother: The prison letters of George Jackson

PDF compilation of letters written by prison activist, George Jackson, from 1964 to 1970.

The Mexican revolution

Mexican revolutionaries with a home-made cannon in Juarez, 1911

A look at the Mexican Revolution from the pages of Organise! the magazine of the Anarchist Federation.

Winning the war of position: working-class hegemony and class unionism

This article makes a number of arguments about the direction the IWW should take in its organizing, including taking a longer-term perspective than the next few years.

Class-conscious machinists: "Stormy petrels of west coast labor"

Machinists on strike at Bethlehem shipyard, San Francisco, October 29, 1945

Sister machinist unions, San Francisco's Lodge 68 of the International Association of Machinists and Oakland's Local 1304 of the CIO's Steel Workers Organizing Committee (which left the IAM over a wildcat strike in 1936), had a national reputation for militancy; Lodge 68 had more strikes during World War II than all other Bay Area unions combined. Along with Local 1304, they accrued this strike record in open defiance of the National War Labor Board, who were backed by the FBI, the Office of Economic Stabilization in the White House, a Navy Vice-Admiral, the War Manpower Commission, the collective bosses, who in turn were supported by the CIO, ILWU, and Communist Party.

Autonomy Alliance: The interview

An interview conducted with two members of St Louis libertarian group, Autonomy Alliance.

How can we emulate the Montréal students?

After a trip to Montréal I have some recommendations as to how we can get on their level.

Houston janitors score victory against the bosses

Following two months of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, sit-ins, rallies, 70 arrests, and marches, Houston Janitors have won a huge victory against the bosses.

The CIO: from reform to reaction - E. Jones

First Convention of CIO, Pittsburgh 1938

In popular mythology, the CIO was a revolutionary union in the tradition of the IWW. In actuality, the CIO was created by those opposed to the kind of working class self-activity best embodied in the U.S. by the IWW. This article by E. Jones, from Root & Branch: A Libertarian Socialist Journal (number 6; n.d.; c. 1970s), critiques the CIO's reactionary role in containing class struggle militancy.

Solidarity unionism at Starbucks: the IWW uses Section 7

An article from Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross on the IWW's organizing at Starbucks. Originally appeared in WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society (September 2007).