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Nationalism, in any form, is totally incompatible with anarcho-syndicalism. As is often stated, national boundaries are flukes of history and geography. More specifically, they are the results of political machinations by robber barons throughout the last millennium or so, who use and abuse ordinary people in their search for glory, power and wealth. The nation can be seen as the gangster’s turf, an area marked by bloody skirmishes, in which the real beneficiaries rarely take part. There are some obvious exceptions to this, notably in those areas of the world where the European rulers deemed it their right of conquest to divvy up the land as they saw fit. How many boundaries between two areas? Exactly the same as the number of peop... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Taking the piss out of fat, black or gay people is certainly not allowed by Tony Blair, and quite right too. But discrimination against the old, especially if they are female or not well-off, is the new fad in town. It is at the center of Labor’s pension plans. Last year an article appeared in DA, which predicted that, despite pre-election promises to the contrary, Labor would not restore the link between pensions and average earnings (DA6). This link was severed by Thatcher in 1979, and now the basic state pension is worth only 14% of average earnings — a figure which will likely further fall to 9% by 2030. The article also predicted that, instead of restoring the link, Labor would incorporate the basic pension into the means... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
A viewpoint on personal power, control and responsibility “You only say that ‘cause you are an anarcho-syndicalist.” I get this or a variant on the theme all the time, and I assume I am not the only one. Apparently everything I say and do is because I am an anarcho-syndicalist, I have an agenda! There is some innate part of me that makes me this entity called “an anarcho-syndicalist”. Either I caught it, like a virus, or some internal alarm clock went off and “hey, I am an anarcho-syndicalist — cool. I wonder what it means?”. If only it was that easy. It would have saved me all those years in the back of beyond (figurative and literally) being a confused and ignorant sod. At least I am not so... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
It is common knowledge that the majority of the world’s media is owned by a very few corporations and individuals. These control our access to the wider world to a large extent, and their agenda is a capitalist one — for the benefit of the corporation. Voices of independence are tolerated, and possibly encouraged, to give a veneer of freedom of expression, but one that is only allowed if it is not too influential. The media covers a multitude of sins — all forms of communication or artistic expression could be said to add up to media. The popular image is of the newspapers and magazines, possibly including TV and radio, but it clearly includes films, books, plays and the ‘arts’ in general. Apart from direct ex... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Anarcho-syndicalism is a distinct school of thought within anarchism. It seeks to abolish the wage system and private ownership of the means of production which lead to the class divisions in society. The three important principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidarity, direct action and workers’ self-management. It focuses on the labor movement more than other forms of anarchism and looks to unions as a potential force for revolutionary social change, replacing capitalism and the State with a new democratically self-managed society. The origins of anarcho-syndicalism can be traced back to the First International, also known as the International Workingmen’s Association (IWA), formed in 1864. The First International was a socia... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Works Councils are coming to Britain. But what are Works Councils, and what will they mean for working people and trade unions? Are the TUC unions right to welcome the changes in labor relations which Works Councils will bring? Works Councils, far from empowering people, act as a tool by which management can control and pacify people at work. The truth behind Works Councils is exposed here through the views of workers in France, who have witnessed their failure at first hand. The message is clear; there is nothing to be gained and much to lose from the introduction of a Works Council system in Britain. Out of the Frying Pan is a new, critical analysis of Works Councils and a look ahead at a real future for organizing and fightin... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The Northern Ireland peace agreement is now accepted in referenda north and south of the border. It introduces a Northern Ireland Assembly, North-South bodies, and a British-Irish council. Where is the peace process going, and what does it mean for the traditional beneficiaries of sectarian violence — the politicians?< Northern Irish politics have hitherto been fought on the basis that a gain for one side is a loss for the other. So, getting Loyalists and Republicans to accept this deal has been greeted as the achievement of the impossible. Countless column inches have sung the praises of the politicians involved — we’ve read of “Blair the peacemaker”, of Trimble’s “great statesmanship”, ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
A plague of locusts has swept across SE Asia, Russia and now Brazil — unlike other locusts, these act not out of hunger, but sheer greed. Super-rich investors and bankers are driving the Third World further into poverty. Judging by some media coverage, you might think these people have lost vast fortunes as currencies fall and economies are tipped into recession. But the only losers are ordinary people condemned to poverty — while western speculators laugh all the way to the next crisis. The Brazilian working class are the latest victims in this series of crises that goes back to the 1997 devaluation of the Thai bhat. Back then, currency collapses quickly followed in Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Indonesia, all caused b... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
A woman’s right to choose? New Labor plays happy families...The nuclear family is in decline. Social change is rapid throughout the ‘developed’ world. The signs are clear; rising divorce rates, falling birth rates, more women entering the workplace, more lone parents, gay couples living open lives, and so on. While many people have good reason for huge sighs of relief at the passing of the nuclear family, New Labor is planning the next move... The postwar ideal of the family in which the father goes out to work while the dependent mother stays at home to mind the children no longer matches social reality. In America, this social change has led to a right wing backlash, with the steady growth of a highly-organized pro-fam... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
While the establishment is ever intent on fanning the flames of social stigma, people seek real and effective ways of fighting back. There has been a frenzy on lesbian and gay law reform lately. In fact, ever since President-elect Blair spoke in favor of 16 in the Age of Consent debate in 1994, murmurings about equal opportunities have continued. Meanwhile, in the real world, anti-discrimination is a pressing issue both in and outside the workplace. Being queer, I feel strongly about the need for anti-discrimination measures. However, as an anarcho-syndicalist, I am opposed to the structures within which such measures would be applied. This is not purism — I’ve actually been involved in challenging an act of discrimination thr... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
There’s more to racism than nailbombs, knifings and the odd fruitcake. What does racism mean to you? Here’s 3 possibilities; individual prejudice; institutionalized discrimination, or; the erasure of the point of view of people who are not white. Actually, it is used to describe all of these, but the first gets a disproportionate amount of attention. As a result, the reality of racism is often painted as merely a product of ignorance and prejudice (and therefore predominantly working class). Nothing could be further from the truth. It is no coincidence that it was the Daily Mail, hate sheet of the middle classes, who first named the suspected murderers of Stephen Lawrence. As the media circus arrived in town, racism was once ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The words ‘liberty’ and ‘libertarian’ have become increasingly — and in my view wrongly — associated with the Right over the last few decades, especially in the Anglosphere with which I am most familiar. Ever since the writer and renowned crypto-fascist dickhead, Murray Rothbard, symbolically “captured” the terms from the Left in the 1960s, our view of them as a society has become increasingly tainted. It has been misused, not just by a fringe of American pseudo-intellectuals, but also by people in the highest echelons of neoliberal state power. The true origins of the term ‘libertarian’ are communistic to their very core — it was coined by the anarcho-communist Joseph D&eac... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
PREFACE Anarchism is the philosophy of a new social order based on liberty, and unrestricted by man-made laws; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary. Anarcho-syndicalism is anarchism applied to the labor movement. From small educational groups to federated leagues, libertarian organization grows from the base upwards. In all areas of the world libertarian ideas, organization and revolt have emerged, despite the repression of Fascism, State communism or military juntas. The word 'anarchos' means 'no rule', deriving from the Greek. The word 'anarchist' was used during the French Revolution as a scornful term for the libertarian elements who opposed the dictato... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
New Labor’s determination to think the unthinkable goes on unchecked. Having eagerly embraced the Tory education reform they so bitterly opposed in opposition, it now seems the Government are prepared to go much further than the Tories ever dared. It is now emerging that Labor is toying with the idea of introducing the privatizing of state run schools. The Labor government plans to set up 25 “education action zones”, each with about 20 schools, in areas where pupils do “badly”. A committee made up of parents, teachers, councilors and businesses will control each zone. Schools in the action zones may be allowed to drop the national curriculum and teachers’ unions national agreed pay and conditions. If th... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
The US is ‘leading the way’ in hard-sell prescription drug marketing. Bearing in mind that what starts over there usually ends up over here, welcome to the future of health care... New health adverts are appearing on TV across America. No more wheezing victims claiming the benefits of cough syrups or sad people suffering with trapped wind. The new generation of adverts is about showing healthy people enjoying a newly wonderful life. Why are these people so happy and healthy? Because they are taking new wonder drugs -and there are now plenty to choose from. So what’s the big deal? Drug adverts that make exaggerated claims are hardly new. The big deal is that the drugs concerned are prescription drugs, only available throu... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Some key housing rights Housing status There are many types of housing status, your rights as a tenant often depend on what your housing status is. “Regulated tenants” have very strong rights whereas “excluded occupiers” (such as lodgers) have few rights. Most renters now are “assured shorthold tenants”, and have some rights and protection. Before taking action against your landlord on something like repairs you should check your security of tenure and read your contract. Implied terms No matter what your tenancy is or what your contract says, your landlord has obligations which are given by law and are implied into all tenancy agreements. Some of the most important implied terms are: your l... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Aggressive loutish lads are often considered to be ‘testosterone fueled’. More testosterone means increased, unfocused aggression; less of it means calm and controlled behavior. Or does it? The link between aggressive behavior and the group of hormones commonly referred to as testosterone is more tenuous and certainly more complex than many scientists would have you think. castration? Undoubtedly, there does appear to be a link between aggression and testosterone, and indeed, if the source of the latter is removed (say by castration), levels of the former are often seen to drop. But increase levels, and initially there is no observable change. In fact, it takes a massive increase to more than double normal levels to effect ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Marketing directors’ dream of connecting with ‘youth culture’. Isn’t this a dream come true? The new lad has escaped from the pages of the weekend broadsheet style supplements. He has become a reality from a newspaper myth. His creators would claim he is a redefined British male. More likely a repackaged bundle of old sexist prejudices. Yes, the new lad is here, and yes, the new lad is a shallow, inane, rehashed 90’s product.</strong> The prime newspaper myth was that there was anything remotely new about being a lad. Self-obsessed, ego mania with anti-esthetic (i.e., if it contains subtlety, it’s crap) is familiar to anyone who has ever been near teenage boys. What the latest mythical incarnatio... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Half a century has now gone by since the creation of the National Health Service. Its establishment is looked back on fondly by all manner of leftists as a triumph of state-intervention. The benefits of advancing medical science have been extended to everyone. Isn’t this redistribution of medical resources an example of socialism in action? Today’s NHS is a far cry from rose-tinted, cradle-to-grave nostalgia. It is now a byword for crisis management. Likewise, the declining health of the British working class is now described by British Medical Journal as “the most serious health problem facing the nation”. While it is no doubt popular to blame years of Tory mis-management and under-funding for the NHS’s predi... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Anarchism is a revolutionary political tradition that declares “freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice and socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.” Syndicalism is the workers’ movement. Deriving from the French word for trade unionism (syndicalisme), it seeks to unite workers to fight for their interests at work. Anarcho-syndicalism is anarchism applied to the workers’ movement. From small educational groups to mass revolutionary unions, libertarian organization grows and is controlled from the bottom up. Anarcho-syndicalism unites the political and the economic and opposes representation in favor of self-organization. Anarcho-syndicalists seek to organize with other militant wor... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Media frenzy happened at Hillsborough. The police ‘did their bit’ (sic). And it led to one of the biggest media boycotts in Britain. Almost 10 years on, The Sun still doesn’t sell on Merseyside. On 15th April 1989, Liverpool were to play Nottingham Forest, with the winners going to Wembley for the FA Cup Final. 96 Liverpool supporters ended up going home in a coffin, and to this day, their families have seen natural justice denied. The victims who survived were accused of killing their own people, even though the TV pictures showed fans were the ones who organized the rescue operation whilst police, despite their 1st Aid training, mostly stood and looked on. Once the officers in charge ‘froze’ and lost control... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Organize! — Irish sister organization to Solidarity Federation — have a membership which spans the sectarian divide, and which includes people from both the north and south. DA asked them to comment on Irish politics, the peace process, and prospects for the future. about Organize! and Irish history DA: Could you please briefly outline who Organize! is and give a brief history of your development? ORGANIZE!: Organize! are an Anarcho-Syndicalist propaganda group and the Irish section of the International Workers Association. Our history is closely related to that of our publication ‘Organize! — The Voice of Anarcho-Syndicalism’, which goes back to August 1986, when the first issue was produced by the now de... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Women are major contributors to society through work. They are also major losers in this process, because in the main, they get pitiful pay for what they do. The causes of this situation are numerous, but the solutions are a long time coming. There are good reasons for this — and why New Labor’s plans will, at best, further enthralled women to capitalism and, at worst, leave them still largely enslaved to male power and money. For clarity, and because I find it easy, let us start with a definition. This article is about employment and work in the strict sense of ‘formal paid economic activity’; what is commonly called a job. It is important to make this distinction as a lot of people who do not have a job are nevert... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Introduction In the late 1990s, track maintenance workers on the London Underground faced being outsourced to a private contractor under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. The aim of the PPP was to cut costs by introducing competitive tendering by private contractors to do the work which had previously been done in-house. This casualization would undercut the hard-won terms and conditions of London Underground staff and replace relative job security with the temporary, insecure employment that has become so widespread under the mantra of the ‘flexible labor market’. London Underground workers were mainly organized with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). However third-party contractors and casual staff were... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Organizing at work: introduction Almost everyone in this society is underpaid and over-worked. Many temps, contract and casual workers have very few rights, and permanent workers are still always under the threat of redundancy. Many people are massively exploited and ill-treated, and in Britain over 20,000 people are killed at or by their work each year.[1] Millions more suffer stress, depression, anxiety and are injured. The indignity of working for a living is well-known to anyone who ever has. Democracy, the great principle on which our society is supposedly founded, is thrown out the window as soon as we punch the time clock at work. With no say over what we produce, or how that production is organized, and with only a small portion... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Millions of people do not vote in British General Elections. At every General Election there is a concerted effort on the behalf of anarchists to encourage potential voters to abstain. Why is abstention considered to be of itself a ‘good’ thing? In the last election in May 1997, when Tony Blair was swept to power on a ‘landslide vote’, 28.4% of those registered and able didn’t vote; the highest postwar percentage and noticeably up from 1992. Is this a success? Over a quarter of the eligible population didn’t vote, and anarchists advised them not to, coz anarchists are against voting ...well, maybe not. For a start, there is little evidence that the majority of those abstaining do so deliberately. Of t... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
Discipline and punish. The cycle of abuse continues. Young people are cheap property, or worse still, play objects for brutal games. Before “Cheap Labor” was elected to power last year, Jack Straw, then Shadow Home Secretary, advocated a curfew for children. He planned to ban children from the streets after 9pm. The curfew plan was couched in terms of ‘empowering local communities’. It would have little effect on the children of the rich, but it would severely infringe the lives and liberties of working class children, who have only the street in which to play. At present, the curfew plan is one plank on a raft of repressive measures which have originated from one of Cheap Labor’s many expensive think-tanks. ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

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