Woodcut from a Diggers document by William Everard The earliest anarchist themes can be found in the 6th century BC among the works of Taoist philosopher Laozi  and in later centuries by Zhuangzi and Bao Jingyan.
Anarcho-syndicalism - an introduction A short explanation of anarcho-syndicalism and notes on its history. Anarcho-syndicalism is one of the major forms of social anarchism. The idea behind anarcho-syndicalism is to combine the economic methods of syndicalism with the revolutionary politics of anarchism.
This leads anarcho-syndicalists to be involved in everything from small propaganda groups to mass revolutionary unions, always organised according to anarchist principles, on a decentralised, federated basis. Anarcho-syndicalism developed out of Revolutionary Syndicalismhowever whereas Revolutionary Syndicalists rejected any politics in the union in the Charter of Amiensanarcho-syndicalists insisted that any organisation of workers must have explicitly revolutionary politics lest it lapse into reformism and collaboration with the ruling class.
It is a noteworthy feature of the revolution that despite the rather small influence of Anarchists on the masses before its out break, it followed from its inception the anarchistic course of full decentralisation; the revolutionary bodies immediately pushed to the front by the course of revolution were Anarcho-Syndicalist in their essential character.
These were of the kind which lend themselves as adequate instruments for the quickest realisation of the Anarchist ideal - Soviets, Factory Committees, peasant land committees and house committees, etc.
At its foundation inthe International Workers' Association IWA committed itself to "the establishment of economic communities and administrative organs run by the workers in the field and factories, forming a system of free councils without subordination to any authority or political party, bar none.
The aim of the anarcho-syndicalist union is not just to win improved conditions. The organisation of the union would prepare workers for the direct democracy, self-activity and mutual aid needed if the future society is to succeed. Anarcho-syndicalists, like all libertarian communists, "are convinced that a Socialist economic order cannot be created by the decrees and statutes of a government, but only by Political parties are not just unnecessary for social change, but actually hold it back.
These parties even those claiming to represent the workers stifle working class self-activity by attempting to either negotiate with government or by trying to lead the working class to victory.
An example of this would be the Spanish CNT National Confederation of Labour striking for the release of political prisoners in the beginning of the 20th Century, and British construction workers doing the same in the s.
Other recent political strikes include general strikes against the second Iraq war in Italy, Spain and Germany. More information Anarcho-syndicalism - reading guide - Libcom. What is the CNT? A history of anarcho-syndicalism - Solidarity Federation - Excellent 24 unit course on the history of anarcho-syndicalism and its influence on workers struggles around the world.
Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th Century - Vadim Damier - Superb critical study of anarcho-syndicalism - highly recommended.1 Introduction: Anarchism, a Simple and Odd Business?
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A short explanation of anarcho-syndicalism and notes on its history. Anarcho-syndicalism is one of the major forms of social anarchism.
The idea behind anarcho-syndicalism is to combine the economic methods of syndicalism with the revolutionary politics of anarchism. This leads anarcho-syndicalists. Character. I Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 Politics 2 1 Fascism 2 2 Socialism - Stalinism - Trotskyism 2 3 Anarchism an enchanting experience with the morgenstein trio 3 Time Table 4 Orwell's Political Development an analysis of the options and futures market The impact of computerization on the society We are reproducing a slightly edited version of A history of women roles in the.
Anarchism is a philosophy that embodies many diverse attitudes, tendencies and schools of thought and as such disagreement over questions of values, ideology and tactics is common.
The compatibility of capitalism, nationalism and religion with anarchism is widely disputed. Emma Goldman was many things -- a feminist, a writer and an incredible public speaker -- but first and foremost, she was an anarchist.
Not coincidentally, her life .