welfare

The Food Stamps Explosion

Timothy Reynolds' 1980 book-length masters thesis exploring the food stamps (now known as SNAP) program from the perspective of class composition and class struggle. The thesis was completed under Harry Cleaver and is a powerful addition to the history of claimant struggles in the States in the 1970s. Reynolds' work also provides a methodological example of applying autonomist concepts to concrete struggles and drawing important lessons from that lens.

Communities of resistance unite! The Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (1980-1994)

This paper looks into the history of the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (EUWC) and the struggles of anti-authoritarian revolutionary groups in Edinburgh during the 1980s and early 1990s. Grassroots and direct action oriented groups started to organise together in the early 1980s against the various attacks on the working class. They were often based in the EUWC and developed highly sophisticated forms of community resistance which culminated in their crucial role in the Poll Tax rebellion.

The social factory / falling wall review #5 - Cleveland Modern Times Group

Falling Wall Review #5, UK, 1976. Rare pamphlet from Falling Wall Press, publisher of Marxist feminists such as Selma James and Silvia Federici. Issue includes The Social Factory statement from Cleveland Modern Times Group and writing from Silvia Federici among others.

Losing Kathy: Slow Violence and Social Service Work in New York City

An essay written in 2018 and updated in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and prior to the June 2020 uprisings. Explores the death of a woman named 'Kathy' through the eyes of a frontline social worker. Originally published on the website of Hard Crackers.

Five Theses on the Class Struggle - by Anton Pannekoek

Anton Pannekoek's classic manifesto against state socialism (democratic or otherwise) and for council communism, an industrial society governed by a democracy of workers' councils

Neither State Nor Market: An Anarchist Perspective on Social Welfare

Millett argues that state welfare is a function of social control and that social welfare can only be considered as a function of empowerment. Their proposed anarchist alternative is mutual aid.

The Paradoxes of working class of Russia

The history of the working class of Russia and the USSR is full of paradoxical situations. We will tell you about some of them.

On capitalist restructuring in the SYRIZA-ANEL times: It is not humanitarianism, it’s capitalist restructuring, stupid!

It is not humanitarianism, it’s capitalist restructuring, stupid!

After the polarized days of the 2015 referendum, the period that followed the Greek government has normalized many of the rupture points it supposedly had with the “institutions” and became a submissive student without causing considerable reactions domestically, at least so far. In our analysis, the failure of the previous cycle of struggles (roughly between 2008 and 2012) precedes the rise of the SYRIZA-led government...

Tomando o poder de volta: espaços pra respirar, para camaradagem e para solidariedade no local de trabalho

Portuguese translation by the Passa Palavra collective of the text "Take the power back: breathing space, friendliness and solidarity at work" by Angry Workers of the World.

Occupied Zuccotti, Social Struggle and Planned Shrinkage

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A pamphlet written during the height of the Occupy Wall Street struggles in New York City, which looks at how class composition and decomposition developed in the park. The pamphlet is composed of two pieces. First, a reflection and analysis of how class composition functioned in the movement space. The second part of the pamphlet is an interview conducted with Deborah Wallace looking at the history of planned shrinkage in New York City. Given this pamphlet is more than 6 years old, the specifics on resources available to people have changed over time - this pamphlet should be seen as a reflection at a specific point in time.