By Rudolf Rocker, Noam Chomsky
Rudolf Rocker's (1873-1958) vintage survey of anarcho-syndicalism used to be written in the course of the Spanish Civil warfare to provide an explanation for to the broader analyzing public the ideology which galvanized the social revolution in Spain. It continues to be unsurpassed as a normal advent to anarchist concept and an authoritative account of the early background of overseas anarchism by way of one of many movement's best figures. Rocker's prolific lectures and writings made him one of many best-known proponents of liberty and freedom. "Anarcho-Syndicalism", the main available of his works, is now considered as a vintage survey of anarchism at a serious element in international politics. This version provides a whole facsimile replica of the 1938 version in addition to corrected transcript of the epilogue to the Indian variation of 1947.
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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.
It gave a footing once more to the uprooted masses which the pressure of economic con ditions had driven into the great industrial centres. It revived their social sense. The class struggle against the exploiters awakened the solidarity of the workers and gave new meaning to their lives. It breathed new hope into the victims of an economy of unrestricted exploitation and showed them a course which offered the possibility of safeguarding their lives and defending their outraged human dignity. It strengthened the workers' self-reliance and gave them confidence in the future once more.
This was the great moral service of that movement which was born of the necessities of the situation, and which only he can under value who is blind to social problems and without sym pathy for the sufferings of his fellow men. When, then, in 1 824, the laws against the combination of workers were repealed, when tile government and that section of the middle class possessed of insight had at last become convinced that even the harshest prosecu tion would never break up the movement, the trade union organization of the workers spread over the entire country at an undreamed-of rate.