From Staffordshire to Stockholm: notes from the class struggle

For a while now, I’ve not really written anything substantial, just used this blog as a place to share links to things that I think are interesting. This is another of those posts, but at least it should be short.

First off, a story about an impressively intense workplace conflict. Sometimes mass class struggle flares up in a dramatic fashion; most of the time it doesn’t, but it’s always there behind the scenes, in the attempts of the DWP to make life on benefits as unbearable as possible and in the ways claimants try to make things a little easier for each other, in the new initiatives from management designed to squeeze as much work out of us as possible and in the quiet refusals and evasions that workers come up with to escape this kind of discipline. And also when bosses accuse workers of skiving and those workers react by kicking their heads in, as in the case of Robert Morris and his boss Colin Amos. This story makes me wish Class War were still around, I can only imagine the amount of fun they could have had with a Page 3 Battered Boss.

Secondly, Stockholm has now been rocked by three nights of riots, sparked off by the police shooting a 69-year-old man. I’m not an expert on Sweden, and I’ve not seen any detailed analysis yet, so I don’t feel qualified to say too much on the subject, but The Local seems to be a decent English-language source for mainstream Swedish news coverage, so you might want to have a look around there if you want a more in-depth take.

And finally, state repression against anarchists in the US is something I’ve covered quite a bit in the past, particularly the Grand Jury in the Pacific North-West that saw a number of people jailed for refusing to give information. At the moment, everyone who was jailed for refusing to co-operate with that investigation is now free, but over on the East Coast, Gerald Koch has now been imprisoned for staying silent in the face of another Grand Jury targeting anarchists. You can write to him at

Gerald Koch

# 68631-054

M.D.C.

P.O. Box 329002

Brooklyn, NY 11232

USA

You can also submit a statement of solidarity using the form here, buy solidarity fundraiser stuff or just make a donation here, and download a nicely-designed poster from here to spread the word about his case. By staying silent in the face of imprisonment, Jerry is helping to protect the anarchist movement as a whole; we owe it to him to return the solidarity.

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About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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