History

Thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust

The Holocaust

Some reflections on the capitalist roots of the Holocaust.

The History of the Workers' Unemployment Insurance Bill

The Great Depression

In this article I tell the story of the Workers’ Unemployment Insurance Bill, both to fill a gap in our historical knowledge and because it resonates in our own time of troubles and struggles.

“We must do away with racial prejudice and imaginary boundary lines”: British Columbia wobblies before the First World War – Mark Leier

Labour historian Mark Leier’s chapter from Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, in which he examines the transnationalism of the IWW, particularly across the US-Canadian border.

Wildcat homers, gamifying work and workplace-whanau in the meat industry

Toby Boraman's academic article on the informal resistance by Aotearoa meatworkers in 1970s.

Havana hub: Cuban anarchism, radical media and the trans-Caribbean anarchist network, 1902-1915

Kirwin Shaffer's article exploring the role the Havana-based weekly anarchist newspaper ¡Tierra! had in forging both a Cuban-wide and larger Caribbean-wide anarchist network from 1902-1915.

‘We knew where the power was’: Conversations with organizers of the North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union

A set of interviews, conducted by Jonathan Michels, with organisers involved in the North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union during the 1970s. This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Bay View, and readers who find it useful may wish to donate to keep the Bay View in print.

The Rebellion in Nicaragua

In the 1970s the Sandinista movement in Nicaragua was a cause celebre of the left and extreme left, in the same way the Zapatistas in Mexico were at the beginning of the 21st century, and the YPG in Rojava are now.

Paths Written in Concrete: The Chilean student movement of 2011

Thousands of Chilean students marching through the street with banners and flags

This piece hopes to offer a brief and concise background of the Chilean student movement and an analysis of the strategies that pushed it along. Afterwards we provide an interview with Felipe Ramírez, member of the FeL (Federation of Libertarian Students) and 2012 secretary to the FECh (Federation of University of Chile Students).

Common sense for hard times

Commonsense front cover

In 1973, author Jeremy Brecher spent a summer with truck driver and union activist Tim Costello interviewing young American workers about the historical forces that shaped their lives. This book, published in 1976, was the result.

1968-1969: Pakistani students, workers, and peasants bring down a dictator

An account of the waves of strikes and protests against the inequality, brutality and corruption of Pakistans military dictatorship.