A concise overview of anarcho-syndicalism, how it relates to anarchism, and how it plans to build a new society within the shell of the present one through collective self-organising.
Professor Richard Wolff on how conscientious in respect of the common good imbues worker coops with a competitive advantage.
Caution: the fabled ‘red pill’. You cannot unwatch this; it’s a rubicon.
Social conditioning is necessary for engineering a proletariat perfectly adapted for exploitation, but badly prepared for the rigours of freedom.
It’s crucial for the success of a worker collective, that consensus democracy does not lead to the foolish dictating to the wise. The TedTalk highlights that it’s commonplace for people to overestimate their own knowledge, expertise, and judgement. This is something that members must each be cognisant of.
The ultimate goal of anarcho-syndicalism is for each syndicate to transition internally into a gift economy. This clips gives the lowdown on what that is.
BadMouse is a reformed capitalist shill/ideologue/apologist and makes absolutely no bones about that. This advantage being that he fully appreciates every aspect of the capitalist argument, enabling him to systematically demolish it in seconds. Here he is explaining private property vs personal possessions. Enjoy 🙂
Audiopedia has a decent synopsis of syndicalism. Towards the end it gets into the difference between the revolutionary syndicalism (unionism) and reformist syndicalism (worker cooperatives). Note that anarcho-syndicalism is essentially a non-hierarchal implementation of regular syndicalism.
Informative clip detailing the relationship between economic class, structural coercion, and private ownership of the workplace.
Short feature that highlights how the capitalist system is stacked against coops.
This clip discusses how capitalism is killing us. Killing all of us. Killing the whole freakin planet. And it’s true.
This interview outlines Marx’s (very valid) critique of capitalism in layperson terms. Dr Richard Wolff is a very skilled and engaging orator, who is able to explain these concepts in simple terms, while keeping it all interesting and watchable.
A short intro to anarchism, something that most people think is chaos but isn’t…
The next clip is a lecture by a capitalist entrepreneur, which discusses the important of conscientiousness, something that is equally (if not more) essential to worker self-management.
Mutual Aid is the cornerstone of collectivism, and also one of the great biological discoveries of the 20th century. The theory is falsifiable, and the phenomenon has been observed and scientifically studied countless time. It absolutely refutes the pseudoscience of social darwinism. The only reason you’ve not heard more about it, is that the Peter Kropotkin wasn’t just a great biologist, he was also the father or anarcho-communism.
The following informative 2 minute long clip explains the purpose of the third sector.
This equally short clips succinctly explains the nature of cooperatives.
The right continually seeks to impose a false dichotomy around equality, leading many to believe that equality only comes in two forms: equality of outcomes, and equality of opportunity. What the right doesn’t want to talk about (ever) is equality of power. This short documentary is possibly the best explanation of egalitarianism anywhere. If you only watch one clip, then make it this one.
The next two clips outline different aspects of worker self-management.
This clip provides an overview of workplace democracy, particularly from the collectivist slant.
Informative piece on the Cleveland Model, where urban regeneration is facilitated through anchor institutions sourcing goods abd services from local cooperatives.
More to follow…