Syndicalist.us moving

This website may go dark for a few days while we move to a new webhost. We hope to be back no later than Sept. 21. We were able to gain access to our domain registration with the assistance of a domain directory service, and have now purchased a webhosting contract with a new provider. They promise to transfer the content over soon. It will take quite a bit longer to rebuild our ecommerce operation, which has not been functional since December 2021 after our current provider disabled it. But we would hope to restore functionality in the next couple of weeks, and to gradually add the books and other materials we distribute over the following weeks.

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For more than a year, our webhosting service (EZOS) has been refusing our requests for technical support on a variety of fronts, most significantly to restore our online store which they unilaterally closed last year claiming (without providing evidence) that it was being used to send out anti-Putin spam. They have also refused to provide access to our domain registration, and the phone number and contact information available through WhoIs for the domain registrar they used appears to be bogus. Without access to the domain registration we cannot switch to a new webhost, and so we are forced to abandon our online presence. We expect this site will go dark at some point in September, access to its contents should be available through the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine). Alternately, you can download any files you are interested in access to so long as this site remains live. We do not anticipate being able to regain access to our domain in the future, and so do not expect to be able to return to any substantive online presence in the future.

The Unions’ Life After Death: Recipes for a new labor movement

“Solidarity means that we stand up for one another and expect something from each other, even if we don’t like the other very much or even understand each other.”

— Frances Tuuloskorpi

Syndicalism is a movement of labor unions that aims for a vision beyond both capitalism and the nation-states. In two previous essays, Rasmus Hästbacka touched on this vision and strategies to reach it. The following essay concludes with recipes for rebuilding the labor movement.

A vision is pointless without strategies to reach it. Strategies are pointless without a movement that can pursue them. At least in Europe and North America, we need to “bring back the movement in the labor movement,” to quote Labor Notes. Continue reading

(R)evolution in the 21st Century: The case for a syndicalist strategy

“Those who work in the mills ought to own them, not
have the status of machines ruled by private despots.”

The Mill Girls of Lowell, 1845

Syndicalism is a movement of labor unions that aims for a vision beyond both capitalism and the nation-states. The syndicalist SAC—Central Organization of Workers in Sweden—neither advocates armed struggle to reach the vision nor revolt through a general strike. So, what do Swedish syndicalists propose? Rasmus Hästbacka addresses this question in the second in a series of three essays.

ASR is presenting this series in the spirit of debate and an exchange of ideas across national borders. We do not agree with every formulation. The SAC’s evolutionary approach is, we believe, unique in the international syndicalist movement. It is certainly possible to fetishize the general strike, transforming it into an idle fantasy that serves as a substitute for the day-to-day struggle in the workplaces for workers’ control and better conditions. But this is to violate the very essence of syndicalism: its emphasis on building revolutionary unions that battle for better conditions today while building the capacity and power to take over the industries and bring them under workers’ self-management. Continue reading

Another World is Phony? The Case for a Syndicalist Vision

“Most people live most of their lives within totalitarian institutions. It’s called having a job.”

Noam Chomsky

Syndicalism is a movement of labor unions that aims for a vision beyond both capitalism and nation-states. But isn’t the nation-state the guarantor of all citizens’ security? What alternatives do syndicalists propose? These issues are addressed by Rasmus Hästbacka in the first in a series of three essays that will be posted to our website.

We are presenting this series in the spirit of debate and an exchange of ideas across national borders. We do not agree with every formulation, and have been quite explicit in our rejection of “participatory economics,” which fails to offer a vision of a free society, is unworkable, and seems to have given no thought as to how their bureaucratic utopia could be brought into being. We also reject the notion expressed below that markets are compatible with syndicalism, or indeed with any vision of social solidarity and emancipation. Continue reading

ASR 85 (Spring 2022)

Featured

Editorial The War in Ukraine 
Wobbles Organizing Amazon, ‘Green Capitalism’… 
Syndicalist News Myanmar, Turkish Strike Wave… 
Articles Support the Trucker Convoys? by John Kalwaic 
South Asian Truckers Build Class Solidarity, ‘Freedom Convoy’ Builds Fascism by Jeff Shantz 
Mandates, Vaccines & Freedom by Wayne Price 
Capital-labor relations in France, healthcare and American television by René Berthier 
Responding to the Ukrainian War by Wayne Price 
Black Wobblies: Hubert Harrison & Ben Fletcher review essay by Jeff Stein 
Black Anarchism review by Jon Bekken 
The Timber Workers’ Strike of 1917 by Eric Chester 
Frank Little’s Last Speeches 
Reviews Class War in Spokane by Bill Barry 
Challenges for Anarchist Sapiens by Brian Martin 
Resisting Capital by Martin Comack 
Towards a Libertarian Socialism by Iain McKay 
New Model Organizing: Lessons for Organizing Adjunct Faculty by Robert Ovetz 
Remembering the 1960s review essay by Tony Sheather

The War in Ukraine

Editorial, ASR 85 (Spring 2022)

By the time you read this, Russian forces may be in Kyiv, or not, depending on how the battle goes. Ukrainian resistance and Russian military incompetence has given the lie to Western tales of Russian military might that has fueled NATO expansionism since the end of the Cold War. 

What induced Putin to invade Ukraine now? The war has actually been ongoing since 2014, Continue reading

Syndicalists shouldn’t have a black-and-white view on organizing

a response by Rasmus Hästbacka, member of the Umeå Local of SAC

In a previous article I made a distinction between three types of organizations: narrow cadre unions, broad popular movement unions and networks of workplace organizers. I hope that we in Sweden will develop the syndicalist SAC as a popular movement union (or, if one prefers the term: open class organization). Such a union can also build various forms of cross-union cooperation: forums, groups and networks of workplace organizers. Continue reading

Climate Charades

from asr 84

As this issue goes to press, diplomats are meeting in Glasgow to make their contribution to the climate crisis: a barrage of hot air. Even as they “pledge” to reduce greenhouse gases at some point in the distant future new coal-burning plants are being built, oil wells drilled, forests cleared, more of the earth buried in concrete.

Climate change is inflicting catastrophe on a daily basis. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the world’s governments have stalled on meaningful action for so many decades that it is no longer possible to avoid intense global warming. This summer, blistering heat waves killed hundreds of people in the United States and Canada, floods devastated Germany and China, and wildfires raged out of control in Siberia, Turkey and Greece.  Continue reading

ASR 84 – Winter 2021/2022

2 Editorial: If Voting Changed Anything, It’d be Illegal
3 Climate Charades by Jon Bekken
4 Wobbles: Pensions attack workers, Union Scabbing…
6 International Shorts: Italy General Strike, Iranian Oil Workers Organize, Danish Nurses Wildcat, South Korea…
8 Articles: Undemocracy in the U.S. by Wayne Price
10 Migrant Workers Protest, Strike Amid Pandemic by John Kalwaic
13 Green Syndicalism and the Iron & Earth Report: Beyond Jobs Versus Environment by Jeff Shantz
15 Keeping Up With the Times: More on Syndicalist Strategy by Gabriel Kuhn
16 The Crisis Facing Swedish Syndicalism by Rasmus Hästbacka
19 Boston Labor Solidarity Committee by Steve Kellerman
20 The Union by Émile Pouget, translation by Iain McKay
27 Juanita Nelson: An Anarchist Life by Louis H. Battalen
29 Economic Disarmament by Juanita Morrow Nelson
31 Reviews: Caste in the USA review by Wayne Price
33 Resisting the Gig Economy review by Jon Bekken
33 Anarchy, Crime & Prisons review by Wayne Price
35 Globalization & Labor review essay by Ridhiman Balaji
39 Correction: Sources on Kronstadt by Malcolm Archibald