By V Damier, V Dame
Anarcho-syndicalism, a conception and perform of operating type revolution, used to be built no longer through students operating in libraries yet through the staff themselves. The anarcho-syndicalist circulation of the twentieth century prolonged to all of the industrialized nations of the realm or even agricultural areas. This used to be no longer a perimeter phenomenon yet concerned hundreds of thousands of employees. Mainstream exertions unions and social-democratic events became more and more powerless to guard the earnings of employees. during this state of affairs, anarcho-syndicalismathe innovative, non-authoritarian replacement to reformismais back at the time table. This severe learn of anarcho-syndicalism within the final century unearths a heritage of fight which has usually been overlooked yet holds many invaluable classes for the current.
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Its membership grew to 49,000 in 1918 but as before it was smaller than unions of a socialdemocratic or clerical persuasion. The failure of strike actions in 1920-1922 led to a shrinkage in the membership (by the autumn of 1922 the NAS was down to 26,000 members) and favoured the intensification of internal disagreements. In other regions of Europe, despite the presence of a strong anarchist movement (Bulgaria) or a definite syndicalist tendency in the union movement (Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Belgium), in the postwar years it did not prove possible to create an anarcho-syndicalist union central.
Malatesta did not deny trade unions could in the future provide “groups which are capable of taking the management of production in their own hands,” however, he considered the main point about unions was that they were created and exist as instruments to defend collective material interests within the framework of existing society. He disputed the idea that solidarity between workers can develop out of common economic class interests, since it was completely possible to satisfy the aspirations of some groups at the expense of others.
33-78; W. 1, pp. 92-103; W. Thorpe, ‘The Workers Themselves’... (n7); B. ” (n56). $QDUFKRV\QGLFDOLVP LQ WKH WK &HQWXU\ Chapter 4 Revolutionary Syndicalism during the First World War T he First World War was a serious test for the internationalist and anti-militarist position proclaimed by the syndicalists. Some of them (Alexander Berkman, Antonio Bernardo, V. García, A. Shapiro, Bill Shatov) together with E. Malatesta and Emma Goldman signed a manifesto against the war, denouncing it as a war of aggression by both sides.
Anarcho-syndicalism in the 20th century by V Damier, V Dame