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(en) DA #29 - Social Democracy & Other Myths - Notes+Laters

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Date Thu, 26 Feb 2004 07:41:01 +0100 (CET)

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Intro to the future Dear DA,
Great to get an SF Intro ’98 – Durruti’s statement is
highly inspiring. So how do we develop the programme for
workers’ control of the means of production? Cities are built by
the working class to virtually any specification, designed by the
capitalist/imperialist cliques and their bourgeois/privileged worker
lackeys. So how come it isn’t under syndicalist workers’ control?
First of all, no system based on humanity would ever design such
cities, and the polluted agro-industry that feeds them. What would
the world of an anarcho-syndicalist community be? I refrain from
using the phrase ‘workers state’ because anarchists
don’t seem to like either word. However, my assumption is as
follows. The iron, steel, coal, copper, nickel, zinc, oil, rail, fishing,
transport, medical, health, housing, clothing, etc. industries would
remain in the hands of the workers, who would sustain them on the
basis of mutual aid and organised co-operative practices, with
flexibility of choice as regards change of employment and

All privately owned motor vehicles would be collectivised, and the
surplus smelted to primary metals for storage and future use. A
return to trolley buses and electric trains for city and inter-city
travel – a programme of labour-intensive return to organic
farming, to learn from Poland’s methods, using horses and
other eco-viable systems (composting, hoeing, etc.). With rational
distribution and produce exchange, the training of doctors, nurses
and engineers would be a universal option, and linked to physical
labour, because otherwise the elitist elements of the old class
system would be carried over into the new one.

Will we ever see such a social development? Yes, but only on a
limited scale for the foreseeable future in neo-fascist Britain.
Anyone fancy driving the last electric train to Glasgow Central?
Cheers, anon.

Editorial note; this is certainly one idea, but I don’t think all
views of a sustainable future have to have such ‘back to the
past’ overtones. For free copies of Intro to SolFed, write to
SolFed, and for further ideas on freedom economics, you could try
“The Economics of Freedom” (2003), published by SolFed
(contact us).

Resist Wal-Mart

Dear DA,
We are looking for any support we can, including office supplies
and basic nutrition for the people occupying the site of interest.
The campaign has been running, undermanned and under resourced
for some 12 months. The issue has been covered in local
newspapers and wider as a contentious issue raising valuable
points such as workers’ rights and unions, foreign investment
and conscientious responsibility for environment and local
business, as well as GM and food standards (poor diet and crime
figures are also an interesting and relevant point of discussion).

This campaign is one to prevent the building of yet another
industrial big-box style supermarket on the Old Kent Rd - Asda,
whose company title has recently been bought out by the mother of
all mega-malls, Wal-Mart. There is, we are glad to hear, already a
growing movement to prevent the spread of the Wal-Mart
monstrosity in the US; however, we have met with some hard
times in our campaign due to the sneaky Asda take-over (Asda is
a very popular store). We have been attempting a promotional
campaign for a community centre style construction instead. There
are no large community activity centres to accommodate the many
young and old of the immediate area. There are 100,000 people
living in estates mostly within a 1 mile radius of the site, and, as
you can imagine, a fairly high crime and apathy rate in the area.

Whatever help or support you can offer, including people to
physically resist the evictions (we have physically resisted 3
evictions so far), we would be very grateful indeed. We see this
issue as a wider issue in hand, an issue of globalisation, profit over
people and a breakdown in communities internationally.

Despite having struggled for 12 months with this campaign, the
struggle is by no means near its end, the site of the proposed
development faces many complications, such as being divided into
42 separate plots of land, owned by different owners. Wal-Mart
has succeeded in buying out (as far as we know) only 21 of those
plots. The other 21 plots are not clearly demarcated, making the
case for eviction extremely complicated and bothersome... this of
course acts in our favour!

We would love to accommodate anyone with skills in
permaculture, organics, alternative energy etc., bearing in mind
that the conditions of living are pretty rough (we have had our
water and electricity cut off several times, and our toilets smashed

We are looking for any help whatsoever, whether it be legal,
financial, media-coverage, larger networks, resources
(photocopying, generators, etc), left over vegetables/foodstuffs,

Resist Wal-Mart campaign phone line: 0790 440336
Send letters to: DA-SF (letters), PO Box 1095, Sheffield S2 4YR.
Direct Action is published by Solidarity Federation, the British section
of the International Workers’ Association
* DA is the Solidarity Federation magazine which is about getting
real change with anarcho-syndicalism.

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