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Fighting for Ourselves <p>The Solidarity Federation's book, <em>Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle, </em>aims to recover some of the lost history of the workers' movement, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions. In clear and accessible prose, the book sets out the anarcho-syndicalist criticisms of political parties and trade unions, engages with other radical traditions such as anarchism, syndicalism and dissident Marxisms, explains what anarcho-syndicalism was in the twentieth century, and how it's relevant - indeed, vital - for workers today.</p> <p>We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tension and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there have been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few. How are we to make sense of this? How are we to fight back, to take the initiative? Against capitalism, what do we want to put in its place? The 20th century discredited state socialism, and rightly so. But with it, a whole history of international class struggle, of revolutions and counter-revolutions, victories and defeats, spontaneous uprisings and vast workers’ organisation has been eclipsed too. This pamphlet aims to recover some of that lost history, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions.</p> <h4>Reviews</h4> <blockquote> <p>"Seriously, read this pamphlet. If you can, make other people read it and discuss it with you. The pamphlet provides an excellent overview of material relevant to radicals today and provides suggestions for further reading for people who want to follow any of the threads further. All the ideas covered come out of serious experiences of struggle and are worth engaging with in a sustained way."</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="color: #df1f23;"><a href="http://libcom.org/blog/another-review-fighting-ourselves-22102012"><span style="color: #df1f23;">Nate Hawthorne</span></a></span></p> <blockquote> <p>"Okay, the book is written by activists for activists or those who take an interest in where things are going and are seeking a progressive alternative. Having said that, it clearly sets out its stall as to what's needed to encourage the re-emergence of a revolutionary workers' movement at a time of deepening crisis. The beauty of this book is that by and large, it achieves this task using plain English, explaining all concepts and terms as it goes along. It does this because it is not a work of intellectual grandstanding but one that has a practical goal."</p> <p><span style="color: #df1f23;"><a href="http://thuraltmedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/book-review-fighting-for-ourselves.html"><span style="color: #df1f23;">Thurrock Heckler</span></a></span></p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>"Fairly extensive for a pamphlet, Fighting for ourselves includes a broad history of the workers movement, from the first proto-union groups started to the German councilists, to the CNT and FORA, to the historical IWW and ‘workers parties’. It identifies these groups and currents in relation to what they’ve learned from and how this is incorporated into their world view and action. We think the new pamphlet is very good."</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="color: #df1f23;"><a href="http://libcom.org/blog/fighting-ourselves-preview-05092012"><span style="color: #df1f23;">Recomposition</span></a></span></p> <div> <p class="description_box"><strong>Author: </strong><a title="Solidarity Federation" href="http://www.ageradistribution.net/agera/en/27_solidarity-federation"><span style="color: #df1f23;"><span style="color: #df1f23;">Solidarity Federation</span></span></a><br class="author-link" title="Fler böcker av författare George Berger" /><strong>Language:</strong> English<br /><strong>Format:</strong> Book (pb)<br /><strong>Pages:</strong>  124<br /><strong>Released:</strong>  2012<br /><strong>Publisher: </strong><a title="Solidarity Federation" href="http://www.ageradistribution.net/agera/en/27_solidarity-federation"><span style="color: #df1f23;"><span style="color: #df1f23;">Solidarity Federation</span></span></a><br /><strong>Dimensions: </strong>210 x 148 x 8mm<br /><strong>Weight:</strong>  213 g<br /><strong>ISBN: </strong>978-1904491200</p> </div>
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The Solidarity Federation's book, Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle, aims to recover some of the lost history of the workers' movement, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions. In clear and accessible prose, the book sets out the anarcho-syndicalist criticisms of political parties and trade unions, engages with other radical traditions such as anarchism, syndicalism and dissident Marxisms, explains what anarcho-syndicalism was in the twentieth century, and how it's relevant - indeed, vital - for workers today.

We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tension and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there have been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few. How are we to make sense of this? How are we to fight back, to take the initiative? Against capitalism, what do we want to put in its place? The 20th century discredited state socialism, and rightly so. But with it, a whole history of international class struggle, of revolutions and counter-revolutions, victories and defeats, spontaneous uprisings and vast workers’ organisation has been eclipsed too. This pamphlet aims to recover some of that lost history, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions.

Reviews

"Seriously, read this pamphlet. If you can, make other people read it and discuss it with you. The pamphlet provides an excellent overview of material relevant to radicals today and provides suggestions for further reading for people who want to follow any of the threads further. All the ideas covered come out of serious experiences of struggle and are worth engaging with in a sustained way."

Nate Hawthorne

"Okay, the book is written by activists for activists or those who take an interest in where things are going and are seeking a progressive alternative. Having said that, it clearly sets out its stall as to what's needed to encourage the re-emergence of a revolutionary workers' movement at a time of deepening crisis. The beauty of this book is that by and large, it achieves this task using plain English, explaining all concepts and terms as it goes along. It does this because it is not a work of intellectual grandstanding but one that has a practical goal."

Thurrock Heckler

"Fairly extensive for a pamphlet, Fighting for ourselves includes a broad history of the workers movement, from the first proto-union groups started to the German councilists, to the CNT and FORA, to the historical IWW and ‘workers parties’. It identifies these groups and currents in relation to what they’ve learned from and how this is incorporated into their world view and action. We think the new pamphlet is very good."

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Author: Solidarity FederationLanguage: English
Format: Book (pb)
Pages:  124
Released:  2012
Publisher: Solidarity Federation
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 8mm
Weight:  213 g
ISBN: 978-1904491200

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