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Resistance Anti-War Special

Resistance Anti-War Special,. 16 pages of anti-war, anti-militarist propaganda- a counterblast against the coming World War One "celebrations"

What is situationism?: a reader

This anthology gathers together a broad range of critical material about the Situationist International.

The gift - Marcel Mauss

In this, his most famous work, Marcel Mauss presented to the world a book which revolutionized our understanding of some of the basic structures of society. By identifying the complex web of exchange and obligation involved in the act of giving, Mauss called into question many of our social conventions and economic systems. In a world rife with runaway consumption, The Gift continues to excite and challenge.

A brilliant example of the comparative method, The Gift presents the first systematic study of the custom—widespread in primitive societies from ancient Rome to present-day Melanesia—of exchanging gifts. The gift is a perfect example of what Mauss calls a total social phenomenon, since it involves legal, economic, moral, religious, aesthetic, and other dimensions.

Stone age economics - Marshall Sahlins

Stone Age Economics

Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Stone Age Economics includes six studies which reflect the author's ideas on revising traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the original affluent society.

The book examines notions of production, distribution and exchange in early communities and examines the link between economics and cultural and social factors. It consists of a set of detailed and closely related studies of tribal economies, of domestic production for livelihood, and of the submission of domestic production to the material and political demands of society at large.

Luddite Martyrs Day, anarchism and the politics of re-enactment

A short account of a rowdy anarchist intervention in a Luddite historical reenactment and its repercussions.

200 years after the Luddite rebellion that erupted in West Yorkshire and other parts of the country a crowed of around a hundred people gathered in the small Pennine village of Liversedge to unveil a statue to the Luddite martyrs.

Mikhail Bakunin: the philosophical basis of his anarchism - Paul McLaughlin

Mikhail Bakunin

The first English-language philosophical study of Mikhail Bakunin, this book examines the philosophical foundations of Bakunin's social thought.

It is concerned not so much with the explication of his anarchist position, as such, with the basic philosophy which underpins it, and focuses on two central components: a negative dialectic or revolutionary logic; and a naturalist ontology, a naturalistic account of the structure of being or reality.

Propaganda - Edward L. Bernays

“Bernays' honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”—Noam Chomsky

Propaganda (1928)

Edward Bernays

The elephant that wasn’t there

A quick response to Scott Napalos’s recent piece What went wrong with the organizing, from John J. at the Seattle Free Press.

Recently, the IWW’s Scott Napalos put out a piece covering revolutionary politics and their relation to our projects, and which – by way of explanation - also touched on broader issues of motivation and obstacles to our organizing.

Internationale monthly review - International Workers Association

Partial online archive of issues of Internationale, which used to be the monthly journal of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers' Association in the 1930s.