By Rudolf Rocker, Noam Chomsky
Rudolf Rocker's (1873-1958) vintage survey of anarcho-syndicalism was once written throughout the Spanish Civil warfare to provide an explanation for to the broader examining public the ideology which impressed the social revolution in Spain. It is still unsurpassed as a basic creation to anarchist inspiration and an authoritative account of the early heritage of overseas anarchism via one of many movement's major figures. Rocker's prolific lectures and writings made him one of many best-known proponents of liberty and freedom. "Anarcho-Syndicalism", the main obtainable of his works, is now considered as a vintage survey of anarchism at a severe aspect in international politics. This version offers an entire facsimile replica of the 1938 version in addition to corrected transcript of the epilogue to the Indian version of 1947.
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Some trace it to a. weaver by the name of Ned Ludd. but there is no historical basis for this. In some regions they talked of .. Jack Swing " and .. Great Enoch," but the meaning of all the names was the same. l The officials put a price of forty thousand pounds on the heads of the leaders of the underground movement. In January of 1 8 1 3 , eighteen workers convicted of Luddism were hanged at York, and the deportation of organized workers to the penal colonies in Australia increased at a frightful rate.
But in the same way there can also be no talk of a " right over one's own person," for that right ends when one is com pelled to submit to the economic dictation of another if he does not want to starve. Anarchism has in common with Liberalism the ide,a that the happiness and prosperity of the individual must be the standard in all social matters. And, in common with the great representatives of Liberal thought, it has also the idea of limiting the functions of government to a minimum. Its supporters have followed this thought to its ultimate logical consequences, and wish to eliminate every institution of political power from the life of society.
And as the oncoming capitalism was, before the domination of the machine, still tied to the handicraft stage of industry, its possi bilities of expansion were for the time limited, since the demand for the products of industry was as a rule greater 42 The Proletariat and the than the supply, so that the worker was safeguarded against serious economic crises. However, all that was changed within a very few years after modem machine production had began to play its part, as it was dependent in advance on mass demand, and hence on the conquest of foreign markets.