November 2011

The Wage System by Peter Kropotkin

Published by Bastard Press

English – 14 Pages

Originally published in this edition in 1920.

In The Wage System Kropotkin argues against collectivist use of alternative currencies, such as the ‘labour note’ and exchange currencies (such as Ithaca Hours and LETS) by systematically investigating the problems with assessing the worth of labour and the the valuing of one kind of labour against another – the basis of wages and the economic systems of both capitalism and socialism. Over a century after it was written, The Wage System continues to offer a concise and skilled insight into the fundamental problems of wages, work and labour.

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Slacker Hits:
In praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
The abolition of work by Bob Black

Published by Bastard Press

23 Pages – English

Original published in 1932 and 1996 respectively.

“These are not critiques of work efficiency, work safety or worker’s rights by workers, but a critique of work itself – by two men who spent their lives avoiding it ; an attack from the distant, observational deck of goofing off. Russell’s essay, from the heart of the Great Depression, is an appeal to reassess the idea of work, workers and the worker’s cause. Black’s essay, from the heart of greed-centred nineteen-eighties, appeals to the desire in us all to slack off and have more fun, sex and creative play.” – from the back cover.

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Theses on Groucho Marxism by Bob Black.

Published by Bastard Press

English – 4 pages

Originally published circa 1980?

This brief essay places Bob Black’s idea of anarchism firmly in a Ludic rather than workerist tradition, more in common with Wilde than Wobblies. This view places Black – seen here at odds with both Capitalism and Communism – as a frontrunner in Post-Left anarchism, separating from the older, worker and working-class orientation of the red-and-black, but similarly steering clear of the trap of post-modern capitulation to Capitalism. It is Marxists and Marxism he attacks with this sly but exciting satire and his trademark word play, a brief but hilarious assault on the last agents of the Old Left.

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Chummy Fleming – a brief biography by Dr Bob James.

Published by Monty Miller Press

22 Pages – English

First published 1986 as part of the Australian Anarchist Centenary Celebrations.

Chummy Fleming was a labour activist and anarchist from Melbourne and was (and remains) a significant figure in Australian  anarchist history. (This biography is the basis of his Wikipedia entry. )

 

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Zapatistas: In their own words

Unknown publisher.

26 pages – English

First published circa 1995

A brief collection of initial interviews and statements from the early days of the EZLN movement and a extract from the original ‘Manifesto to Mexicans’ by Emiliano Zapata from 1914.

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