Collating news, views and reviews of Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt's groundbreaking and widely praised book, 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism'. First of two volumes, 'Black Flame' re-examines anarchism's democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years. Launches so far in Brazil, Britain, Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa and Sweden.
Black Flame co-author Lucien van der Walt will discuss the book at the forthcoming conference "Labour Histories from the Global South", 25-28 October 2010, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC (Florianópolis, SC, Brazil).
Lucien's book discussion will be part of a panel on new books, Lançamento de Livros, and will take place on Tuesday 26th October, 18:15-19:00, presumably in the Auditório da Reitoria at UFSC.For more on the conference, see here.
Lucien will also be presenting a paper at this conference, on “Indian revolutionary syndicalists in Durban, South Africa, 1915-1921: race, class and Indian Ocean networks”. This is provisionally scheduled for the 7pm session in the Auditório da Reitoria on Monday 25th October.
There will also be Black Flame events in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in the week of 1-6 November.
Copies of the book will be on sale at all events.
A march by Brazil's Landless Workers Movement
(Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem-Terra - MST).
Linda Givetash, March 17, 2010, The Cord, Wilfrid Laurier University, here.
On Monday, South African journalist and author Michael Schmidt delivered a lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he discussed the influence of social anarchism and syndicalism on labour structures and class movements.
Schmidt’s talk focused on the tradition of anarchism as presented in his book Black Flame (Counter-power, Volume 1), which he co-wrote with Lucien van der Walt, a professor at the University of Witwatersrand.
“We actually wound up with a much broader tradition than we expected,” said Schmidt. Black Flame analyzes the impact of anarchy around the world in the last 150 years, beginning with what Schmidt identified as its first wave from 1867 to 1894.
Schmidt exemplified later movements that had a greater impact on class and labour structures with the development of an international union called the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
The formation of the IWW – whose power peaked in the 1920s – is one of several “organized industrial trade unions [viewed] as a radical working class movement,” according to Schmidt.
Schmidt attributed the growth of what began as a maritime application to syndicalism with the growth of the IWW.
“Through seafaring members of the IWW and returning immigrants, the idea of industrial unionism spread to Australia, Latin America and Europe.” Finally, Schmidt explained that anarchism today is in the form of anti-capitalist movements.
He concluded by quoting an edition of the New York Times: “Anarchism remains an idea that will not die.”
Grahamstown seminar, Wed. 6 Oct. -> 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism', @ Rhodes Sociology, Eastern Cape
RHODES UNIVERSITY, GRAHAMSTOWN, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
The Faculty of Humanities together with the Department of Sociology invite you to attend the following seminar :
"Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics Of Anarchism And Syndicalism"
PRESENTED BY: Lucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt
DISCUSSANT: Dr Kirk Helliker, Sociology Dpt.
VENUE: Faculty of Humanities Seminar Room, cnr Prince Alfred and Somerset Street, Grahamstown
TIME: 06 October 2010 @ 5pm