USA

Withered aristocracy #1 - by way of introduction

An introduction to what will hopefully be an intermittent series of musing on life and labor within the New York City building trades and struggles within and against business unionism.

Rednecks with Guns and other anti-racist stories and strategies

An interview with Dave Strano about the white working class, rural America and anarchist tabling at gun shows.

Of Tea-Parties and Patriots: liberty for who? - Dave Strano

An article by Dave Strano written and directed towards members of the “Liberty Movement,” participants in the Tea Parties and Town Hall meeting protests.

Climate populism and the People’s Climate March

"The people are missing"

Large demonstrations are planned to push for action on climate change. Here we discuss the potentials and pitfalls of climate populism.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks

A series of four articles by marxvx, critical of the IWW and 'dual unionism' in general. We do not neccesarily agree with this series, but reproduce for discussion's sake.

The Zizek/Chomsky Debate: a Pragmatist View

Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek are useful for fulfilling different kinds of needs.

Working for a hypocritical business union

An account from a paid staffer of working for the AFL-CIO and dealing with petty management.

The Speculator Miners last letters

mine rescue squad

The Granite Mountain/Speculator Mine disaster of June 8, 1917 was the most deadly mine disaster in the history of the United States. Nearly two hundred miners died most from asphyxiation. Utah Phillips reads some of the trapped miners letters.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Is the IWW a Good Union?

This is the third in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the structural capabilities of the organization, and its geographical and industrial reach.

Battle of Blair mountain, 1921, photo gallery

Photographs of the battle of Blair mountain, the largest armed rebellion in the US since the civil war. For five days in late August and early September, 1921 in Logan County, West Virginia, 10,000 striking coal miners battled with armed strikebreakers and federal troops following the killing of miners and their supporters in Welch and Sharples. Faced with the overwhelming firepower of US troops and even the air force, the miners eventually surrendered or returned to their homes.