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Top 10 libcom blog posts, library, and news articles of 2013

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 15:34
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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

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Socialist electoralism and the capitalist state

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:37
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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.

Some of my friends and comrades have written about the election of Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council and related developments, here and here.

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Images from 1946 Rochester general strike

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 20:03
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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.

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Vulnerable Akron: the first great sit-down

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 04:40
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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.

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Images from 1934 Autolite strike

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 03:33
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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.

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Images from the 1917 Bisbee Deportation

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 23:05
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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,

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1932: the Ford Hunger March massacre

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 20:35
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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.

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Lessons from small shop organizing

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 03:46
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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

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Swedish nazi attack on anti-racist rally fails

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:27
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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.

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Scaling the wall: what to do if you get stuck while reading Marx’s Capital

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 07:33
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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.

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'Europe' in Ukraine: many things to lots of people

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:17
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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.

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Inside and against the university

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:42
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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.

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Nelson Mandela: some thoughts

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 12:02
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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!

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