Category: History and Historiography

Paul Gottfried on “What is Fascism?”

This week’s “Backchannel” videocast features Paul Gottfried, Editor-in-Chief for Chronicles magazine answering the question, “What is Fascism?” The term “fascist” is thrown around a lot these days to tar and feather political and ideological opponents. President Trump is habitually called a fascist by his political opponents while he […]

Crossing the Color Lines, Crossing the Continents: Comparing the Racial Politics of the IWW in South Africa and the United States, 1905-1925”

By Peter Cole In two of the planet’s most highly racialized countries, South Africa and the United States, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or “Wobblies”), were remarkable. A key revolutionary syndicalist current operating globally, aspiring to unite the world’s working class into a revolutionary One Big […]

Donald Rumsfeld, Rot in Hell

By Ben Burgis, The Jacobin Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is dead at the age of 88. It’s a tragedy that Rumsfeld died before he could be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Donald Rumsfeld just died at the age of eighty-eight. Obituaries at outlets […]

Every Flag Is Black in a Fire

An interesting collection of writings from anarchists on the meaning of the black flag. Crimethinc In the following selections, a range of authors and artists from across a century and a half reflect on the meaning of the black flag, the anarchist standard of rebellion and negation. READ […]

Anarchism: Vignettes Against Hobbes

This is a story about medieval Maghribi merchants, Kalahari San Bushmen, American ranchers, Arctic Inuits, Pygmies, The Semai, and Wisconsin businessmen. For people wanting more stories like these you should read Elinor Ostrom’s “Governing the Commons”. She was the first woman to win the Nobel prize in economics, […]

Bakunin’s heirs in South Africa: Race and revolutionary syndicalism from the IWW to the International Socialist League, 1910–21

By Lucien Van Der Walt ABSTRACT The historiography of the socialist movement in South Africa remains dominated by the interpretations developed by Communist Partywriters, and this is particularly true of the left before Communism. This article defines the key arguments of Communist writers regarding the left in the […]

Anarchism and Syndicalism in an African Port City: The Revolutionary Traditions of Cape Town’s Multi-Racial Working Class, 1904-1931″

By Lucien van der Walt This paper examines the development of anarchism and syndicalism in early twentieth-century Cape Town, South Africa, drawing attention to a crucial but neglected chapter of labor and left history. Central to this story were the anarchists in the local Social Democratic Federation (SDF), […]

What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?

This makes for an interesting comparison/contrast. James Lindsay offers a highly negative critique of critical race theory in this interview with Tom Woods, while the meme below offers a more sympathetic explanation/interpretation. James Lindsay joins Tom Woods to discuss what Critical Race Theory is, what its flaws are, […]

The Disreputable Phoenix: A Transnational History of Propaganda by the Deed

By Axel Corlu This dissertation explores the connections of anarchism and violence, especially in the form of propaganda by the deed. The existing scholarship on this subject either focuses on national/ethnic units, or subsumes it under the dubious heading of “terrorism.” I aim to present an inclusive, transnational account and analysis of anarchist violence in proper […]

Who’s the Criminal? Anarchist Assassinations and the Normative Conflict about Legitimate Violence

By Holger Marcks “Taking a critical approach, Holger Marcks deconstructs the threat of ‘international anarchist terrorism’ as a justification narrative that was used to generally blame anarchist ideology for politically motivated assassinations, to criminalise political dissent and to shape the norms and practices of the respective transnational criminal […]

1619 vs. 1776: When Was America Founded?

By most accounts, America was founded in 1776 when the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence. More recently, The New York Times Magazine launched an initiative known as the 1619 Project, aiming to redefine America’s birth as being 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on American […]