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Toward Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part III: nature of our period

S. Nappalos The Nature of Our Period: looking to an autonomous working class alternative The end of the twentieth century was a time of transition. The regime of low-intensity warfare, the dismantling of the welfare state, and neo-liberal privatization schemes ultimately was running its course[1]. The final defeats were to be dolled out across the […]

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Towards Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part II: we are not platformists, we strive to be

S. Nappalos In recent times a number of ideological currents from the libertarian communist tradition have inspired a generation to organize, build and reproduce organizations, and struggle around a rethinking of their traditions and future. Much of this theory comes from the period of the greatest waves of proletarian and peasant struggles in the 20th […]

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Towards Theory of Political Organization for Our Time Part I: trajectories of struggle, the intermediate level, and political rapprochement

S. Nappalos Political organization is a collective answer to common problems. People organize based on a collective sense of need, and the perspectives and problems encountered in social groups crystallize into organizational forms and moments. This is a general historical trend; even without a theory, organization emerges to meet concrete needs that cannot be solved […]

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Taxing Our Taxing Our Lives: Unpaid costs and wages in transit

by S. Nappalos The film Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a surreal comedy-fantasy depiction of a city run on entertainment in which a corrupt judge, who runs a company that took over a trolley car line, attempts to take over and buy the city. The fantasy is based in some reality. In the 1930s and […]

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The Intermediate Level Analysis

by S. Nappalos There is a left tradition of thinking about and taking action within two realms of activity: the mass level and the revolutionary political level. There are different ways to cash out these concepts, but at their most sensible they are distinguished by levels of unity and content. The mass level is where […]

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Update from WRC

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the site, so here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to since May. -Along with other Iowa City individuals that we’ve worked with in the past, trying to start up a ‘solidarity network’ in the model of the Seattle Solidarity Network, that would take on bosses and landlords. […]

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Sometimes We Don’t Even Get to the Point of Losing

One of our members wrote this piece about his experiences trying to organize on the job.  It was originally posted here. Reading The American Worker and old Italian operaismo surveys of auto workers, it occurred to me that it would be worth documenting some of my own experiences in wage labor. We often forget how powerful […]

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Neo-Nazi march interrupted by riot in downtown Phoenix

Posted by atrain Arizona’s ABC 15 reports that “Two people were arrested and more than a hundred protesters were separated by police Saturday in downtown Phoenix. The riot happened Saturday afternoon when the National Socialist Movement began its march in support of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.” Neo-Nazi mobilization around Arizona SB 1070 indicates that they […]

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Whittier Support and Call in

Posted by atrain The Whittier struggle has been inspirational and powerful.  The actions taken by the parents and supporters show that by rejecting the political process and implementing horizontal decision making, using direct action instead of grant writing, letter writing, and voting; that self organization based on militant action can make greater gains then sticking […]

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