IWPA - Draft Manifesto

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Apr 14 2021 03:32
IWPA - Draft Manifesto

A DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR THE FOUNDING OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING PEOPLES ASSOCIATION
Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

https://blackagendareport.com/manifesto-draft-proposal-founding-internat...

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Apr 18 2021 09:51

Not sure why ajj has chosen to post this 1979 text up just now? It's a pretty much standard anarcho-syndicalist document if with some useful statistical analysis of workers composition in the USA at the time and a comendable 'fighting spirit' and with the same stregnths and weaknesses from a critical marxist influenced libertarian communist politics. A 'proposal' it seems rather than an actual operative organisation and not a recognised affiliate of the AIT in North America, expressing perhaps some differences of opinion with other IAT groups in respect of separate identity organisation whilst still rejecting a ''dual unionism' strategy? There is much more from Lorenzo in the libcom library and other links such as these including some limited discussion:
https://libcom.org/library/speaking-anarchism-racism-black-liberation and
https://libcom.org/library/anarchist-vs--leninist-lorenzo-ervin
and while I'm on it there is this crtical communist reflection amongst other material on Johann Most:
https://libcom.org/library/our-class-memory-on-the-beast-of-property-by-...

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Apr 18 2021 13:05

Tbf, it's not so much that AJJ's just unearthed the 1979 text now so much as that Black Agenda Report have just posted it, so it's a "new" link in that sense. Am somewhat intrigued by why BAR posted it, since I didn't really think of the editors as being particularly sympathetic to anarcho-syndicalism?

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Apr 19 2021 03:18

Spikey, I didn't look at the date and it was as R Totale said recently placed on the website which brought it to my attention.

The reason i decided to re-post the link is simply that the Libcom is at a rather moment of hiatus and anything that might spur exchanges is worth posting

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Apr 19 2021 13:38

ajj. No problem with that but links like this posted for the first time are best included with some explanation and critical or positive comments from the poster. Hasn't prompted much response so far apart from the likes of us regulars!