Zanon: Worker Managed Production, Community and Dignity

During Argentina's financial meltdown, many unemployed workers occupied their closed factories and forcibly reopened them - under employee control. Four years later, Argentina's economy is well on the road to recovery, and many worker-run factories are seeking permanent legal status. Workers from the Zanon ceramics factory in the Patagonian province of Neuquen held a rally on July 4 to demand the government expropriate their plant and give permanent legal status to FASINPAT (Factory without a boss), their worker cooperative. If there's no action, it will lose its temporary legal status in October.

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Dave Dellinger: A 1993 Interview

What are your most vivid memories of what happened on the streets and in the parks of Chicago during the 1968 anti-war protests outside the Democratic National Convention?

DELLINGER: Inevitably, the most vivid memory I have is of busloads of police driving up to where we would be gathered, jumping out, getting into formation and marching into the crowd, goose-stepping as they marched. Slapping their sides with their clubs and shouting: `Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Then they would go in and hit everybody that they could over the head–or jab their clubs into people’s groins. read more

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Letter from Bolivia

Dear TF Readers,

For the next two months, Toward Freedom will be publishing three articles per week instead of four. This isn’t a sign that we’ve ran into trouble, in fact TF is doing better than ever. Our readership is growing and the fund drive was huge success.

This new publishing schedule was set up in part so I (the editor) can focus on another project. I’ve relocated from Vermont to Bolivia where I’ll be finishing a book called “The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia.” The book will be published by AK Press this March. Operating out of Bolivia will also help TF expand its writer base to include more people involved in the popular struggles here. Please stay tuned for more reports from this hopeful part of the world.  I’ll be blogging from Bolivia at this address. To read the first of many article’s I’ll be writing from the country, click here. read more

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Dwight Macdonald: Godfather of One Editor Journals

Dwight Macdonald would have been 100 this year, 2006.  Had he lived, he would have been asked to say a few words about the state of the world, about the editing of political journals, and about the state of American culture.  His replies would have been short and satirical.  As he wrote "Great ideas can only be expressed in a great style.  There is no such thing as a clear message delivered in a confused style."  He was a master of the short essay.