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  •  Actually... (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm a History major and Methodist, just like W.

    Samuelson is a required text.

    •  you would have been better off (0+ / 0-)

      reading Malatesta. A history major should learn that Anarcho-Syndicalism is not just a gag in a Monty Python skit.
      But clearly knowledge is not your thing.

      self-appointed intellectual cop

      by citizen k on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 04:08:59 PM PST

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      •  Umm... (4+ / 0-)
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        what part of this do you not think I get?

        Anarcho-syndicalism is a branch of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as an appropriate vehicle for subjugated classes in capitalist society to regain control over the course of their own destiny. Syndicalism is viewed both as a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as being an alternative co-operative economic system upon which to base a democratic regime of production for the satisfaction of human need once the injustices understood to be inherent to capitalist society have been overcome. Adherents view it as a potential force for revolutionary social change, combining general defense of rights and advance of interests in the present with longer term strategies designed to facilitate development in workers of the class consciousness and capacity for self-activity necessary before capitalism and the state can be replaced with a new democratically self-managed society.

        This strategy is viewed as necessary on the basis that means employed determine outcomes achieved, and that since outcomes desired must be consistent with the means used to bring them about, only workers capable of freedom can actually bring about a free society. This is also why self-activity is viewed as a primary value and why anarcho-syndicalists seek to nurture it through modes of organisation and action such as solidarity, direct action (meaning action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers' self-management. The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, which adherents regard as wage slavery being as it is based on economic compulsion and hierarchical control, and state or private ownership of the means of production, which they argue lead to class divisions, with all that follows in terms of unequal distribution of decision-making power and oppressively hierarchical and autocratic relations of production. Anarcho-syndicalist theory therefore generally focuses on the labour movement, though there have been moves in recent times to broaden anarcho-syndicalism in the direction of a syndicalist intersectionality.

        Anarcho-syndicalists regard the state as a profoundly anti-worker institution, ironically agreeing with James Madison that the primary function of government is to 'protect the minority of the opulent from the majority.' They view the primary purpose of the state as being the defence of private property and therefore of economic, social and political privilege, even when such defence denies its citizens the ability to enjoy material independence and the social autonomy which springs from it. In contrast to other bodies of thought (Marxism–Leninism being a prime example), anarcho-syndicalists deny that there can be any kind of workers' state, or a state which acts in the interests of workers, as opposed to those of the powerful.

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