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A year in hyper links – AngryWorkers looking back on our 2021

We could just repeat what we said when we looked back on 2020 – what an utter shit storm it was! Honestly, it was a bit of a drag to get through this year, both as individual lonely comrades and as a group that wants to meet in the flesh and get down to things. We tried our best to hold ourselves together, discussed quite a lot amongst ourselves and with comrades abroad, which is reflected in various articles on the blog. But let’s start with the few practical efforts amongst fellow workers that we engaged in this year.

On the category of paternalism and the ‘No Green Pass’ protests in Trieste – Sergio Bologna

We’ve translated another article on the question of the protests against state-imposed Covid measures, such as the Green Pass in Italy.

AngryWorkers Daily Dose of Class Hatred #5

I don’t know the sequence of events that resulted in the situation that Karim, a British-Asian man in his mid-40s, found himself in during the last two days of his life. I only know that he was dying of lung cancer on a hospital ward, alone, apart from the prison wards that took turns to watch him die. His mother was supposed to see him, but he deteriorated too quickly. It was a painful death. I don’t know his story, but you can imagine how in a working class life one thing can lead to another. You can imagine that prison is not a place of well being and medical prevention.

Report from a ‘No Green Pass’ protest in Hamburg

The question of whether to support, oppose or remain defeatist about Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the state divides not just the left, but our own collectives. The following report and thoughts do not represent an AngryWorkers position, but hopefully they’re another small contribution to the debate. We’ve already published this translation of a text by Sergio Bologna (https://www.angryworkers.org/2021/12/10/we-cant-leave-the-idea-of-freedo...) on the notion of a neoliberal kind of individual ‘freedom’ that is attached to much of the discourse and ideologies around the vaccine.

Preface to the German edition of ‘Class Power on Zero-Hours’

An update and a few programmatic points about the current series of defensive struggles. Pre-orders here: https://www.unrast-verlag.de/vorankuendigungen/class-power-detail

“Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” – Notes for an event on Robert Tressell’s legacy

The novel, “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” was written between 1906 and 1909. Abridged versions were issued in 1914 and 1918 but the full book was not published until 1955.

‘We can’t leave the idea of freedom to the far right!’ – Sergio Bologna on the ‘anti-vax’ movement

We translated this text (https://www.officinaprimomaggio.eu/non-regaliamo-allestrema-destra-lidea...) as part of our debate on Covid-19 related state measures and resistance to them. To be continued…

On the recent (metal) workers’ strike in Cadiz

Metalworkers in Cadiz, Spain were on strike for 9 days in late November until the mainstream unions signed an agreement with the employers that many consider insufficient and even insulting. Nonetheless, things are now pretty much back to normal and it’s time to take a stock of the whole affair.

“In the port of Genoa: First focaccia, then class struggle” – An article on the Autonomous Dock Workers Collective

We translated this article, partly because it lifts the spirits, partly because there is an actual series of struggles going on in ports around the globe. Recently we saw a succesfull strike at the Piraeus port in Greece, which kicked off after a fatal work accident. Shortly after, agency dock workers in Liverpool went on wildcat strike over unpaid wages. One of the bottlenecks in the current supply-chain crunch are global ports – as decribed in an article by Sergio Bologna that we translated a few weeks back.

Comment on the question of ‘revolutionary minority’

Another fragment in AngryWorkers’ process of soul searching. If you want to read up on other texts we have written, check out this recent one on ‘What does it take to be organised politically?’ or this biographical rumination on ‘How not to be organised’.

AngryWorkers’ Daily Dose of Class Hatred #4

(This text was written a few days before the most recent tragedy in the Channel, during which 27 people drowned)

What does it take to be organised politically?

This short text was used for debate at our AngryWorkers meeting in Sheffield a couple of months ago. It is another fragment in the debate about the relation between concrete struggles and the development of an organic working class transitional program. Please read the piece below in conjuncture with these two other contributions:

Climate and class struggle…in a generally mad world

This is the third of our short series of texts about the climate crisis. Here, the comrade goes over similar themes raised in the first article, but goes into a bit more detail about why we think world leaders won’t be able to solve anything, as well as joining the dots more explicitly between climate catastrophe and workers’ struggles, specifically self-organised struggles that challenge our position as the exploited ones, at the same time as rediscovering our own power as the makers (and potential re-makers) of this world. And is the climate crisis separable from the generally intolerable conditions we all face?

When construction workers put their foot down: the story of the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation

(We publish this article written by comrades from Australia as part of our ‘climate change’ debate. Next text to follow soon – watch this space!)

by Daniel Rashid, August 2021

Climate and class struggle… one struggle, one plight?

Sergio Bologna – The specific character of today’s crisis

We translated this comprehensive and thought-provoking text for our internal debate, trying to make sense of the situation we are in, but hope it will also be of interest for others.

Victor Serge’s ‘Memoirs of a revolutionary’

Last month we dug into Victor Serge’s ‘Memoirs of a revolutionary.’

AngryWorkers Daily Dose of Class Hatred #3

‘Promising Young Woman’, ‘Two Distant Strangers’ and ‘I May Destroy You’ – A review

This Review Contains Spoilers: The victim dies

The Renaissance of Operaismo – Wildcat