Anarchosyndicalism, the Russian and the Spanish revolutions

Here are some selected writings on anarchosyndicalism, the Russian revolution and the Spanish Revolution. The ideas and organisation practised by the anarchosyndicalist movement are vital to consider in the struggle for working class liberation. The two revolutions were two pivotal events in the global syndicalist union movement. They give ideas for new forms of struggle in Brisbane today:

Reading List:

Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini – Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Fernand Pelloutier – History of the Bourses du Travail

Solfed – A History Of Anarcho Syndicalism

Rudolph Rocker – Anarcho-Syndicalism

Vadim Damier – Anarcho Syndicalism in 20th century

Solfed – Fighting For Ourselves

Murray Bookchin – To Remember Spain: Thee anarchist and syndicalist revolution of 1936

Murray Bookchin – The Spanish Anarchists-The heroic years, 1868-1936

Stuart Christie – We, the anarchists! A study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927-1937

Abel Paz – Durruti in the Spanish Revolution

Robert Michels – Political Parties

GP Maximoff  – The Program of Anarchosyndicalism

Volume – The Unknown Revolution: 1917-1921

Maurice Brinton- The Bolsheviks and Workers Control 1917-1921, The State and Counter-revolution

Peter Kropotkin’s writings

Here are the writings of the great communist anarchist Peter Kropotkin. They have inspired many generations of people seeking freedom from tyranny. Ak press have a good anthology, called ‘Direct Struggle Against Capital‘, (, also well worth a read. ‘The Conquest of Bread‘, ‘Words Of A Rebel‘ and ‘Revolutionary Pamphlets‘ are a great place to start:

Reading List:

Peter Kropotkin – The Conquest of Bread

Peter Kropotkin – Words of a Rebel

Peter Kropotkin – Kropotkin’s Revolutionary Pamphlets – A Collection of Writings by Peter Kropotkin

Peter Kropotkin – The State: It’s Histric Role

Peter Kropotkin – The Modern State

Peter Kropotkin The Great French Revolution 1789-1793

Peter Kropotkin – Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

Peter Kropotkin – Ethics: Origin and Development

Peter Kropotkin – Modern Science and Anarchy

Peter Kropotkin – Fields, Factories and Workshops

Peter Kropotkin – In Russian and French Prisons

Peter Kropotkin – Memoirs of a Revolutionist

Errico Malatesta’s writings

Here are the writings of the strategist and tactician, Errico Malatesta, friend of Bakunin in his youth and a theorist in his own right. His writing has inspired many generations of anarchists, being particularly good for popular agitation:

Reading List:

Errico Malatesta The Method of Freedom reader

Errico Malatesta – Life and Ideas

Errico Malatesta – The Anarchist Revolution

Errico Malatesta – Fra Contadini

Errico-Malatesta – At The Cafe

Errico -Malatesta – Anarchy

Errico Malatesta:  A talk about Anarchist Communism Between Two Workers

Errico Malatesta – Vote what for

Mikhail Bakunin’s writings

Here are the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. He was the founder of the international anarchist movement during the first socialist international. Bakunin’s writings are foundational in terms of anarchist thinking concerning organisation, critique and strategy:

Reading List:

Michael Bakunin – Selected Writings

Robert M Cutler – The Basic Bakunin: Writings 1869-1871

Guy Aldred – Bakunin’s Writings

Mikhail Bakunin – God and the State

Sam Dolgoff Ed. – Bakunin on Anarchy (1971)

G. P. Maximoff – The Political Philosophy of Bakunin

IWW Organising texts

Here are two useful texts from the Industrial Workers of the World on, about how to run meetings effectively:

Reading List:

IWW – Rustys Rules Cheat Sheet

IWW – Organize Your IWW Branch

Which Side Are You On blog

This blog will provide information through reading lists and blog posts regarding the class struggle, the waging of social war against privilege.  It is for abolishing hierarchy in human society.

Restoring harmony and balance to social life is the goal. Social revolution is the means.

Down with Religion

Down with Property

Down with Government

Long Live Anarchy!