A round up of our most popular articles of the year.
Libcom.org turned 10 years old this year, and it's been another brilliant year of articles and blog posts. Thanks again to everyone who has written, edited, posted, shared, and continued to support the site this year!
Top 10 blog posts
This blog post raises some questions posed by the election of Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council and related developments, questions for people who are pro- and who are anti- this kind of electoral effort.
Pictures from the 2 week wildcat strike at the post office in the U.S. For background on what and why it happened, we recommend these excerpts from Jeremy Brecher's excellent book, Strike!.6a01157147ecba970c0120a947e877970b-320wi.jpg 7c39cbf22b7b56a0c9b3dcc9e971dd36.jpg 1101700330_400.jpg a24-pos1-480.jpg a24-pos2-480.jpg a24-pos3-480.jpg a24-pos4-480.jpg a24-pos5-480.jpg New January 20 28 Bonaventure.jpg postal-strike.jpg SOMBROTTO2-obit-articleLarge.jpg strike01.jpg strike02.jpg strike03.jpg strike06.jpg strike10.jpg US_Postal_Strike_1970.jpg usps strike.sm_.jpg
Pictures from the 1946 Rochester, New York general strike, which happened in response to the mass firings of city workers attempting to organize a union. Pictures originally posted at Rochester Labor.1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 16.jpg 17.jpg
Images from the 1946 Oakland general strike. Mostly taken from the University of California-Berkeley's online archive.cabeurle_60_4_00735903a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735736a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735737a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735735a_ih.jpg a000aa05ec7ae5998ff140418794c323.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735741a_ih.jpg cad0da36f5b1b75ba78405faf0bedf54.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735904a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735909a_ih.jpg oakland-general-strike-1946.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735911a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735919a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735923a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735927a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735931a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735932a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735933a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735934a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735935a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735936a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735937a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735955a_ih.jpg 1946 copy.jpg 4b52df7a50748eedb89f2e00f91568a1.jpg h96.1.2516_edit.jpg h96.1.2510_edit.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735957a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735958a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735961a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735965a_ih.jpg cabeurle_60_4_00735966a_ih.jpg
An account by anarchist and union organizer Rose Pesotta of the 1936 Akron rubberworkers strike, which utilized the sit-down tactic. From the book Bread Upon the Waters.
Akron, rubber manufacturing capital of the world. A drab Mid-Western industrial city of 255,000. A city with a hum, a throb, anodor all its own. It made the front pages in February, 1936. A strike had closed the largest tire factory on the globe, which had 14,000 employees.
Considered one of the most important strikes in American history, the Toledo Autolite strike is best remembered by its mass pickets and running battles between strikers and police/National Guard.1.jpg 3.jpg 12.jpg 5.jpg 13.jpg 4.jpg 10.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 11.jpg 6.jpg 16.jpg 7.jpg 17.jpg 9.jpg 8.jpg 19.jpg 18.jpg
Images from the 1917 Bisbee deportation, where an armed, anti-union 'Citizen's Protective League', in alliance with law enforcement, forced striking IWW miners out of state,1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 16.jpg 17.jpg 18.jpg 19.jpg 20.jpg 21.jpg 22.jpg
Pictures from the 1932 Ford Hunger March massacre in Detroit, where police and Ford security guards killed 4 and injured 60 when they opened fire on a demonstration organized by the Communist Party USA's Unemployed Council. Originally posted at the Walter P. Reuther Library.1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 16.jpg 17.jpg 18.jpg 19.jpg 20.jpg 21.jpg 22.jpg 23.jpg
A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places present their own set of difficulties and opportunities. Lou Rinaldi talks about what happened at a former job of his in this piece.Lessons from small shop organizing by Lou Rinaldi
Sweden, December 15, 30 or so nazis from the Swedish Resistance Movement (SMR) attempted to disrupt a rally against racism comprised of local Karrtorp residents and anti-fascist organisations.
After recent SMR activities in and around the area of Karrtorp, a suburb of Stockholm, local residents, Line 17 Network, and various other organizations held a rally against racism. Reports claim anywhere from 200 to 500 people in attendance. Sometime during the rally thirty or so SMR members showed up and were prepared for street combat.
Lots of people who start Karl Marx's Capital get stuck somewhere in the early chapters of volume 1. In this post, I make some suggestions about how to get unstuck and read the whole book.
In 1998 I started trying to read Karl Marx’s Capital, volume 1. I failed. I tried again, and failed. I tried again, and failed. This happened repeatedly over the next four or five years. I would get fifty or so pages in, get confused or bored, and give up.
Again, on the protests in Ukraine; this time mostly on the attitude towards 'Europe' among the several forces within the protests.
Again, there is mass protest in Ukraine. On Sunday, 8 December, hundreds of thousands have been gathering in Kiev, the capital. Demonstrators torn down a statue of Lenin, still seen as symbol of Russian domination.
With recent strikes, occupations, and violent repression, the university is becoming a battleground. What does this mean for university staff and students?
To begin, I should stress that the choice to be inside the university is disappearing. Whether by escalating indebtedness, involuntary outsourcing, or indeed, summary suspension for political activity, exclusion from the university is making a comeback.We confront the university less and less as a place of an idealised 'Education', and more and more as an exploitative boss, a spendthrift landlord, a creditor, and an instigator of violent repression. The blood on the pavement at UCL symbolises this shift.
Some brief reflections on Nelson Mandela, his politics, and legacy.
I must admit to having a lump in my throat when I found out that Nelson Mandela had died (although not sure why) Whatever my thoughts are on him as a person, the ANC, or his legacy, the passing of such a towering international figure deserves honest reflection.Nelson Mandela himself – who left prison penniless – has a fortune that his family are now fighting over like vultures. Clearly a far cry from the lives of the average South African who generally do not have a pot to piss in!