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Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism
Marx, Karl, Engels, Friedrich, Lenin, V.I.
Book
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The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution 1936-1939
Dolgoff, Sam
Book
1974
Examines the experiments in workers' self-management, both urban and rural, which took place in Spain during the revolution and Civil War.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Critique of Syndicalist Methods: Trade-Unionism to Anarcho-Syndicalism
Bonanno, Alfredo M.
Article
1975
Bonanno's 1975 meditation on the means to be used in pursuit of the anarchist project. Emphasizes the utility of unions in propagating capitalist control of industry and agriculture.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
From Self-managed Solidarity Unionism to a Self-managed Society
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2009
Capitalism is built on various forms of oppression and structural inequality. But the subordination and exploitation of the working class remains at the heart of the system. A liberatory program and s...
The Ghost of Anarcho-Syndicalism
Bookchin, Murray
Article
1992
The danger of modern anarchists of falling into the trap of anarcho-syndicalism.
Gramsci & Syndicalism
Wetzel, Tom
Article
In a polemic against the syndicalists, Antonio Gramsci argued that the syndicalists were wrong in maintaining that unions were capable of being organs of workers' revolution. He said this confused a m...
Industrial Workers of the World: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
A revolutionary industrial union founded in 1905. Wobblies were mostly unskilled, low-status migrant workers. The IWW advocated the organization of all workers into one body and supported direct actio...
Industrial Workers of the World: Connexipedia Article
Article
The IWW contends that all workers should be united as a class and that the wage system should be abolished. They may be best known for the Wobbly Shop model of workplace democracy, in which workers el...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Marxism vs. Anarchism Part 5: From 1848 to the Bolshevik Revolution
Seymour, Joseph
Article
1996
Seymour analyzes the syndicalist movements - which emphasized that the main obstacle to social revolution lay in the organizational weakness of the anarchist movement and the disorganization of the wo...
Marxism vs. Anarchism Part 6: 1914-1918: Imperialist War and the Realignment of the Left
Seymour, Joseph
Article
1996
The conclusion to a six part series, this article deals with how the formation of the Communist International, under the profound impact of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, culminated the realignment...
Memories of [my] Syndicalism: Against The Current vol. 155
Buhle, Paul
Article
2011
A handful of friends, old and new, have asked me about the path that my ideas and activities have taken me, some 50 years after I happened across a civil rights picket line in my hometown of Champaign...
Mussolini & Syndicalism
Wetzel, Tom
Article
Mussolini succeeded in persuading thousands of syndicalists including the main leaders of the syndicalist movement to support Italy's entry into the First World War. A majority of syndicalists, howeve...
New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism
Immanuel, Ness (ed)
Book
2014
A book that compiles workers struggles on a global basis, examining the formation and expansion of radical unions in the Global South and Global North.
Pannekoek and Gorter's Marxism
Smart.D.A. (ed.); Pannekoek, Anton; Gorter, Herman
Book
1978
Anton Pannekoek and Herman Gorter were leading spokespersons for 'council communism.' They argued for the primacy of workers' own organizations, defending their importance agains the parliamentarists ...
Platform
Makno, Nestor
Book
1926
Plunderbund and Proletariat: A History of the IWW in B.C.
Scott, Jack
Book
1975
A history of working class struggle from the workers' perspective.
The Principles of Revoltuionary Unionism
Article
1922
Adopted at the Berlin Congress of Revolutionary Unionist organizations, 1922.
Review: International Socialist Review on "Contemporary Anarchism"
Wetzel, Tom
Article
The word "anarchism" is a rather vague word that covers such a wide variety of political views and approaches it is often hard to see how they have anything in common. This means it is also probably n...
Rocker, Rudolf: Connexipedia Article
Article
(1873-1958). Anarcho-syndicalist writer and activist.
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
Serge, Viktor - Writings - Index
Serge, Viktor
Article
Writings of Victor Serge (1890-1947).
Social Anarchism, Individualist Anarchism, the State and Leninism: A Reply to the International Socialist Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2009
I take it that social or Left-anarchism and libertarian socialism are the same thing. Both stand opposed to Leninism, and both stand opposed to individualist anarchism.
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Socialist Thought: A Documentary History
Fried, Albert; Sanders, Ronald (eds.)
Book
1964
An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World
Dubofsky, Melvyn
Book
2000
A history of the militant labour organization founded in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World.
What is anarcho-syndicalism?
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2006
Libertarian syndicalism interprets liberty as self-management or control over one's life, and believes that freedom for the working class requires the elimination of working class subordination to cap...
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

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Industrial Workers of the World
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...
Workers Solidarity Alliance
Workers Solidarity Alliance is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian organization of activists who believe that working people can build a new society and a better world based on the principles of so...

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Sorel, Georges
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Georges Eugène Sorel (2 November 1847 in Cherbourg – 29 August 1922 in Boulogne-sur-Seine) was a French philosopher and theorist of revolutionary syndicalism. His notion of the power of myth in peo...

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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.
Tom Wetzel's home page
Website
Articles on socialism, syndicalism, unions, and urban issues.