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THE AMERICAN WORKER
by Paul Romano
"I am not writing in order to gain the approval or sympathy of... intellectuals for the workers' actions. I want instead to illustrate to the workers themselves that sometimes when their conditions seem everlasting and hopeless, they are in actuality revealing by their every-day reactions and expressions that they are the road to a far-reaching change."
"The American Worker" was originally published in 1947 by the Johnson-Forest tendency. It was divided into two parts. The first part "Life in the Factory", was written by Paul Romano, a young worker in one of General Motors' car plants. It describes the everyday lives of the workers, their (often contradictory) attitudes towards the work, the company, unions, politics, and each other. Part 2 "The Reconstruction of Society" was written by Grace Lee Boggs (pen name Ria Stone). It is not included in this pamphlet but is available online at: www.prole.info/texts/americanworker2.html
WHEN INSURRECTIONS DIE
by Gilles Dauvé
"The question is not: who has the guns? but rather: what do the people with the guns do? 10,000 or 100,000 proletarians armed to the teeth are nothing if they place their trust in anything beside their own power to change the world. Otherwise, the next day, the next month or the next year, the power whose authority they recognize will take away the guns which they failed to use against it."
This is a reconceived version of "Fascism and Anti-Fascism", which Dauvé wrote (under the pen name Jean Barrot) as a preface to a selection of articles on the Spanish Revolution in the French communist journal Bilan (published in 1979). In this text, Dauvé draws on the experiences of the revolutionary movements in Russia, Germany, and Spain to criticize anti-fascism and democracy, and to draw general conclusions for communists today.
From operaismo to 'autonomist Marxism' | Class Struggle in Italy: 1960's to 70's | Civilization and its latest discontents | The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism | Democracy | The Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement | Factory Committees in the Russian Revolution | Grey September | Haymarket | The Hungarian Revolution: 1956 | The Industrial Workers' Movement in the 1930's | The Kronstadt Commune | The Rebellion in Los Angeles | Arguments from Errico Malatesta | Mutinies: Vietnam | Mutinies: WWI | Paris: May, 1968 | The Continuing Appeal of Religion | The Reproduction of Everyday Life | Sabotage in the Workplace | The Seattle General Strike: 1919 | Situationists on Anarchism, Marxism and the Working Class | Making Sense of the Situationists | The Unemployed Workers' Movement in the 1930's | Unions | Work
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