class

When we say "class", what are we talking about?

Two parallel definitions of the word are used in political discussion. It's a perennial problem that radicals don't define what they're talking about when discussing class, or worse, making sweeping statements about it.

White Supremacy - Joel Olson

Joel Olson's Lexicon pamphlet outlining the history and practice of white supremacy in the United States.

Workers of the world unite! - Some notes on class unity and identity politics

There's been several articles posted lately critical of identity politics from a class struggle perspective. This blog addresses some of the pitfalls of the class unity v identity politics debate.

The making of an Atlantic ruling class - Kees van der Pijl

The making of an Atlantic ruling class - Kees van der Pijl

Kees van der Pijl traces the formation of a transatlantic ruling class from the early 20th century through to the Cold War era.

Down with the Bosses!

Work by the perhaps founder of anarcho-communism; Joseph Déjacque.

Lumpenization: A critical error of The Black Panther Party

An essay by Chris Booker arguing that the Black Panther's fetishisation of the lumpen class and their failure to try to reform the more criminal/ anti-social elements, as the Nation of Islam did, contributed to the party's demise.

The English working class - Tom Nairn

Match girls' strike, London 1888

"The passage of the early English working class from revolt to political integration is often explained solely by Britain's ascendancy as the first major imperialist power. In this essay Nairn focuses upon the political culture which British workers inherited from the British bourgeois class and argues that this was a crucial element in its domestication. Taking as his starting point Edward Thompson's pioneering and influential work The making of the English working class he seeks to demonstrate that 'history from below' must be complemented by a 'history from above'."

Occupied with class: the middle class in the Occupy Movement

A excellent piece on the 'middle class' and the Occupy movement, and how this identity and experience has shaped what the movement has looked like. This article appears in LBC Books new collection of essays on the Occupy Movement, "Occupy Everything: Anarchists in the Occupy Movement 2009-2011".

Formation of the Egyptian working class - Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin on the formation of the Egyptian working class and episodes of class struggle thereafter from Muhammed Ali's dynasty (1805-1849) through to the mid 20th century.

Oppression within oppression: a response to “A Question of Privilege”

A response to an article called A Question of Privilege, which looks at the intersection of class struggle, feminism, and power divisions withing the working class.