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Against All Odds
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1985
The shadow haunting the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will realize they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless t...
Beating Back the Corporate Attack: Socialism and the struggle for global justice
Clement, Chris; La Botz, Dan; Luce, Stephanie; Post, Charlie
Book
2000
Our movement is calling for a new direction -- for democratic control of our political life, and for democratic control over the most important aspects of the economy. Why should handful of the super-...
The Clouds Clear: Labor, Seattle and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 85
Borgers, Frank
Article
2000
As the clouds of teargas lifted from the streets of Seattle two images emerged in public consciousness: The edifice of the WTO brought crashing to its knees, simultaneously revealing an odd Lilliputia...
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Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Crisis and Coup in Ecuador: Against The Current vol. 87
Meisch, Lynn A.
Article
2000
On January 21, 2000, for the first time since the Spanish conquest of Ecuador in A.D. 1533-34, indigenous people briefly -- very briefly -- ruled the country as part of a triumvirate. Frustrated by ov...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Emergence: An Irresistible Global Uprising
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Article
2003
An Essay from the Book We Are Everywhere.
Five Steps from D.C. to Jo'burg: Against The Current vol. 87
Ngwane, Trevor
Article
2000
1. Take Washington D.C. to Johannesburg. What the youth and other activists in the U.S.A. have done, must be repeated here in South Africa. Of course, it will not be parrot-like, it will have to take ...
For Communism: Propositions on a Strategy for Revolution in the Advanced Capitalist Countries
Article
1970
A series of 100 propositions addressing the strategic vacuum on the Italian and European left at the end of the 1960s.
How to Start a Revolution
Arrow, Ruaridh (Director/Producer)
Film/Video
2011
A documentary on the work and ideas of Gene Sharp, a theorist of non-violent revolution.
Iran and Leftist Confusion
Erlich, Reese
Article
2009
Why are some leftists siding with the Iranian rulers rather than the popular demonstrations against the regime?
It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul (Ed.s)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession in Wisconsin in the spring of 2011.
Korea's New Revolutionaries: Against The Current vol. 87
Sheppard, Barry
Article
2000
Against the background of a rising militant working-class movement, revolutionary socialists in South Korea are undergoing a process of regroupment. An important force in this development are comrades...
Libya: From Colony to Revolution
St John, Ronald Bruce
Book
2011
Provides the background to the Libyan revolution by discussing its history from colonization up through the 2011 rebellion/foreign intervention that ousted Mu'ammar al-Qadafi.
Loosing Another Round: Against The Current vol. 135
The Editors
Article
2008
The strike at American Axle, which we reported on in ATC 134, ended when workers voted to go back under a concessionary agreement. The 25% who voted no didn’t feel they were close to winning but they ...
A Marxist History of the World part 100: 1968-1975: the workers' revolt
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere.
A Marxist History of the World part 71: Dual power: the mechanics of revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The centuries old Russian monarchy was overthrown in a matter of days in February 1917. Neil Faulkner looks at the months of turmoil that followed.
A Marxist History of the World part 72: February to October the rhythms of revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The situation of 'dual power' that emerged after the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917 was marked by a series of major political crises.
A Marxist History of the World part 78: The First Chinese Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In 1927, the Chinese nationalists smashed the country's first working-class revolutionary movement – a defeat that would shape the whole subsequent history of China.Counterfire
A Marxist History of the World part 99: 1968 - the long sleep ends
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world.
Mass Action
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1911
No party executive in the world can replace the mass of the party's own energy, and an organisation of a million which, at a great time and in the face of great tasks, would want to complain that it d...
The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1906
Luxemburg writes that "the mass strike in Russia [in 1905] has been realised not as means of evading the political struggle of the working-class, and especially of parliamentarism, not as a means of j...
Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Taylor, Astra; Gessen, Keith (eds)
Book
2011
An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and...
Organizing for Workers' Power: Beyond Trade Unionism & Vanguardism
Sofri, Adriano
Article
1968
A discussion of the problem of "vanguardism," and the role of leadership in revolutionary organization, and its evolution through different stages of class struggle, by Adriano Sofri of the Italian so...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
The Political Mass Strike
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1913
If we want to prove ourselves worthy of the great coming events then we must not begin at the wrong end by attempting to make technical preparations for the mass strike. When the situation is ripe, th...
The Politics of Nonviolent Action: Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action
Sharp, Gene
Book
1973
An encyclopedic treatment of the theory and practice of nonviolence, with a detailed examination of 198 specific methods of the technique — illustrated with actual cases — within the broad classes of ...
The Protectionist Trap: Against The Current vol. 88
Lund, Caroline
Article
2000
In July, the United Nations and some fifty large corporations came to an agreement that the companies would all respect workers' rights and protect the environment in their investments around the worl...
Puerto Rico's La Huelga del Pueblo
Bernabe, Rafael
Article
1998
AFTER FORTY DAYS on strike, several paros (one-day stoppages) in various government agencies and a two-day general strike, Puerto Rico's telephone workers have returned to work without attaining their...
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
Article
2001
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
25 Years After the Gdansk Uprising: Against The Current vol. 121
Weissman, Suzi
Article
2006
Suzi Weissman interviews David Ost. The occupation of the Gdansk shipyard by Polish workers in 1980, demanding recognition of their independent trade union Solidarnosc, rocked the Eastern bloc and ins...
We Are Wisconsin
Williams, Amie
Film/Video
2012
When a Republican Governor’s bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens join the growing protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and spend the n...
When the Unimaginable Happened: Mandela: the Movie
Avnery, Uri
Article
2013
Mandela: the Movie is a very accurate film, depicting what actually happened in South Africa, and one cannot help thinking about it again and again.
Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Mason, Paul
Book
2012
From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, Paul Mason charts new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters. The events, says Maso...
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D. (ed.)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.
The WTO's Nude World Order: Against The Current vol. 85
Resnick, Bill
Article
2000
It got intoxicating that Tuesday (Nov. 30, `99) in Seattle, without chemical assist. That capitalist machine that has looked so mighty and irresistible, for that day was stopped and defeated. Seattle...

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Ark II - The Animal Rights Kollective
To promote and protect the rights of all animals and foster their individual liberties through direct action, political action, and public awareness campaigns. Our goal is to abolish all forms of crue...
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
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Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
UNICEF Canada
To raise funds to help ensure the survival, growth and long term development of the world's children.

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Marxists Internet Archive
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Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
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Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.