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"Class Power on Zero-Hours" by Angry Workers

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May 21 2020 06:57
"Class Power on Zero-Hours" by Angry Workers

Has anyone read the new book "Class Power on Zero-Hours" by Angry Workers? What did you think of it? I'm particularly interested in people's take on the last few chapters.

I haven't read it but I did read the intro chapter online, which includes chapter summaries, and the last few chapters seem especially good.

https://classpower.net/intro/

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We end the book, between chapters twelve and fifteen, on AngryWorkers’ thoughts on revolutionary strategy. We look at the division within current protest movements between square occupations and street protests on one side and strikes on the other. We raise the question of how a takeover of the means of production can be imagined once these means are scattered around the globe. We try to talk about the process of revolution as a process of basic tasks for the working class, rather than a mystical moment. We end this section with our organisational proposals to you!

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May 21 2020 09:12

I'm starting to read it. It's quite a big book. I'll report back.

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May 21 2020 10:25

I've read it. It's good, I would recommend, I'm always keen on writing that doesn't just talk about "capitalism" or whatever on a vague systemic level but manages to show how these vast concepts play out and are rooted in our daily lives and experiences. I can't super remember any specific reaction I had to those chapters - in some ways, if I was going to pick out any one chapter as a standalone, I think Chapter 6 on "syndicalism 2.0" might be the most interesting, at least for people in or around syndicalist unions, but if those are the bits you're most interested in, then you can start off with a few of their texts which are available online and were reworked into those chapters. If I remember right, I think chapter 12 is based on Labour defeat - Thoughts on democratic socialism and chapter 14 is based on Insurrection and Production. There's also their text on Reflections on ‘uneven and combined development’ and ‘class composition’ which came out after the book was released and builds on similar themes about strategy and so on. Although I've not finished reading that one because it's long and my ability to read long things on screens is shot at the moment.

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May 22 2020 03:12

Thanks for the links, R Totale. You've got me excited for chapter 6. I will probably to buy the book in the future, I hear it's not available outside of Europe right now (unless you want to pay the high shipping cost).

Darren P -- cool, looking forward to it.

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May 22 2020 09:46

Where abouts are your hunting grounds, Lucky Black Cat? Send us an email and we see about shipping...

angryworkersworld@gmail.com

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May 24 2020 17:23

Not had a chance to listen to it yet, but the Labour Days folk interview the AWW about the book here: https://soundcloud.com/labour-days/ep-26-class-power-on-zero-hours-an-in...