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Father of Cybernetics Norbert Wiener's Letter to UAW President Walter Reuther

1949 letter from a leading scientist to the head of the American auto workers union warning him about new technology and the negative impact it would have on manufacturing workers.

South Tamworth, August 13, 1949

Walter Reuther

Union of Automobile Workers

Detroit, Michigan

Dear Mr. Reuther,

Review: The American Working Class in Transition by Kim Moody - Root & Branch

Joel Stein reviews Kim Moody's book on the American working class in transition for Root & Branch No. 1, 1970, dealing in particular with Moody's take on the unions.

Strike!: A Review - Root & Branch

Jeremy Brecher's Strike!, reviewed by Steven Sapolsky in Root & Branch No. 4, 1973

Towards Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part I: trajectories of struggle, the intermediate level, and political rapprochement

Political organization is a collective answer to common problems. People organize based on a collective sense of need, and the perspectives and problems encountered in social groups crystallize into organizational forms and moments. This is a general historical trend; even without a theory, organization emerges to meet concrete needs that cannot be solved except by building social forms to address them.

The end of the twentieth century was a time of transition. The regime of low-intensity warfare, the dismantling of the welfare state, and neo-liberal privatization schemes ultimately was running its course[1].

Why the Leninists Will Win

A criticism of the failure of anarchists and libertarian socialists to seriously organize and how it cedes ground to authoritarian sects.

"We anarchists and Syndicalists - indeed all who believe that the liberation of the workers is the task of the workers themselves - were too poorly organized and too weak to hold the revolution on a straight course towards socialism."
- M. Sergven in the Moscow anarchist newspaper Vol'nyi Golos Truda, Sept. 16, 1918
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Dying from the inside: The decline of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

A key account of the organizational issues of the LRBW, by Ernie Allen. From the book, They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee: Seven Radicals Remember the 60s

Factory Occupation Brings Quick Results

An account of the December 2008 occupation of Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago.

Labor battles are most often measured in months. Some, like the Congress Hotel strike in Chicago or the recently successful effort to win union recognition at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina, have stretched on for years. Both have been extraordinary models of corporate campaigns and have successfully mobilized community allies, but this alone was not enough to bring a quick victory.

The Demise of Andy Stern and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism - Loren Goldner

Andy Stern at an SEIU rally

With the resignation of SEIU leader Andy Stern, Loren Goldner looks at his legacy and analyses the development and function of trade unions over his career.

For decades, since the beginning of the world crisis in the early 1970’s, militants around the world have groped for a way to turn the response to relentless attack on the global working class from defensive, usually isolated (however valiant) struggles into an offensive one.

Justice For Oscar Grant: A Lost Opportunity?

Bay Area Marxist group's analysis of the anti-police brutality movement that emerged after the killing of Oscar Grant. In this essay, they are severely critical of the role of the non-profit organizations and the Revolutionary Communist Party. This was released in July 2009.

The murder of Oscar Grant set Oakland on fire, but who put the fire out?
The working class people of Oakland, their consciousness set ablaze, found an inadequate set of organizational tools at their disposal to do the work that deep down we all know has to be done – confront the state (government) and its underlying property relations.

Advance the Struggle: Who Are We?

Description of the Bay Area Marxist group, Advance the Struggle.

The correct method lies in dialogue. The conviction of the oppressed that they must fight in their liberation is not a gift bestowed by the revolutionary leadership, but the result of their own conscientização [emerging consciousnesss].

- Paulo Freire