Waiting for Lefty

[Introduction: Minneapolis Community and Technical College produced the 1935 play Waiting for Lefty in October 2013.  I wrote an article for the December ’13 Industrial Worker reviewing the concept of the play, the production at MCTC, and the relevance for building a revolutionary labor movement today. A Fellow Worker from Minneapolis wrote a letter to the IW about the […]

Reflections on #wobcon2014

When the Spanish CNT held its first Congress after the death of Franco, in 1979, there were thousands of attendees representing hundreds of new branches across the country. The mid 1970s saw an explosively resurgent and uncontrollable labor movement which the state was desperately trying to rein in, and many of the more radical elements […]

A choice of Conventions: IWW or DragonCon

The IWW Convention is coming up this weekend – the same weekend as DragonCon. Somehow, despite growing up as a nerd in Georgia, I’ve never been to DragonCon, and really want to go. However I also haven’t been to an IWW Convention since 2007, back when they were still assemblies, and I’ve decided that DragonCon […]

Hal Draper, American Marxist

al was part of the Worker’s Party, a group that during WW2 was virtually alone in promoting a labor opposition to the war, and a left opposition to Russian imperialism. Given how tiny they were at the start of the war they did have notable successes, although many of their leaders were later either swallowed into the UAW bureaucracy or academia. Hal would later point to this as “optimal conditions” for what he would call a micro-sect dressing itself up as a mass party, as the Workers Party had a monopoly on a left critique of Russia and the war at the time and had a great will to find roots among industrial workers, all while trying to be rooted in the everyday life of the country.