Despite its gloomy title, The Decline of the IWW is a lively account of the period 1917–1931 and a worthy successor to Paul Brissenden’s seminal The I.W.W. : a study of American syndicalism, which took the story up to 1917. During the period in question, the IWW had to deal with state repression, work out its relations with Communist organizations, survive internal splits, and compete with other forms of industrial unionism. Includes material on the IWW’s educational campaigns and industrial research, plus an extensive bibliography of IWW publications and periodicals.
A philosophical work published in 1908 by the French revolutionary syndicalist Georges Sorel. Sorel argues that the success of the proletariat in class struggle depended on the creation of a catastrophic and violent revolution achieved through a general strike. Many of the ideas within would later influence fascists and as well as socialists. This version was translated and edited by Jeremy Jennings for the 'Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought' series (pub. 1999).
The main objects of this volume are to "describe the different industrial unions which are functioning today [in the 1920s]" and to "draw some general conclusions as to the direction in which the labor movement is likely to develop in the future." It necessarily gives considerable historical matter pertaining to the unions under review, but it does not attempt to relate their history in detail. It draws liberally on previous writers, such as Brissenden, Budish and Soule, and Schlueter, for some of the unions.
"... I wanted to write on the proletarian transformation of politics and the tradition of 'socialism from below'. I share that commitment to working class self-emancipation and autonomy, and so gathered materials for a thesis on proletarian order... hoping to inform a little, inspire and just pay tribute to... all those who breathed fire and life into socialism. "
A 1975 article from the Industrial Worker about a conference hosted by Swedish syndicalist union, SAC.