council communism and anarcho-syndicalism: bristol reading group 30th may

The next Bristol reading group session will be on Sunday 30th May at 6pm in Café Kino on Ninetree Hill, Stokes Croft, Bristol.


The session will discuss views of council communism and anarcho-syndicalism. Suggested background reading below. All welcome: email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more info.
On council communism

A clear introduction to council communism when the movement was at its height in the early 20th century.

Shipway, Mark (1987). “Council communism”.

A very useful discussion of the continued appearance of workers councils up to the present day:

Cohen, Sheila (2010). “Workers’ councils: the red mole of revolution”, The Commune, 12, March 2010. (Or as PDF).

On anarcho-syndicalism

A brief introduction to revolutionary syndicalism (including the anarchist variety), again up to the present:

Jakopovich, Dan (2007). “Revolutionary unionism: yesterday, today and tomorrow”, New Politics, vol. XI, no. 3, issue 43.

A fascinating introduction to the operation of anarcho-syndicalist collectives during the Spanish civil war during 1936-37.

Solidarity Federation (2001). A History of Anarcho-Syndicalism. Part 18: Spain – The Collectives.