Feb 082014
 
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Walter C. Teagle (left), president of Standard Oil and chairman of the Industrial Relations Committee of the Special Conference Committee. On the right is Roger D. Lapham, President of the American Hawaiian Steamship Company.

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Chapter IX 6  The General Staff

Once each year during the turbulent New Deal era, a small group of immensely powerful American millionaires gathered with great secrecy in Room 3115 at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The group called itself the “Special Conference Committee.”

The cryptic inscription on the door of Room 31 15 at 30 Rockefeller Plaza— ‘Edward S. Cowdrick, Consultant in Industrial Relations”— offered no clue to the business that the Special Conference Committee conducted at this office. The Committee was not listed in the telephone directory; its name appeared on no letterheads; and all Committee minutes, records and communications were marked Strictly Confidential,

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Feb 072014
 
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South Chicago, May 30 1937

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Chapter IX 5  “Lest We Forget”

The date was May 30, 1937, Memorial Day, the national holiday in honor of American soldiers fallen in battle. The place was a large open field adjoining the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.

By mid-afternoon, almost a thousand men, women and children had gathered at one end of the field. They were striking Republic Steel workers and their families, workers from other industries, friends and sympathizers. They had come to parade past the Republic Steel factory as a demonstration to protest the company’s anti-labor policies.

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Feb 062014
 
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July 5, 1934, San Francisco: during the longshoremen and seamen’s strike of 1934 two strikers were shot dead outside a strike kitchen by policemen, an action that triggered the historic (and ‘successful’) San Francisco General Strike which ended on July 19, 1934.

Chapter IX 4  Techniques of Terror

In later years, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, with its 6,000,000 members, was to be almost universally recognized as a vital and integral part of American society. But in the mid-thirties, those labouring men and women who set out to build the CIO were often treated as common criminals, were widely branded as “Communist conspirators” and traitors to their country, repeatedly jailed, driven from town after town, and blacklisted in every major industry.

During 1935-1937, more than 47,000 workers were arrested while participating in trade union struggles in America . . .

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Feb 042014
 

Dilling1Chapter IX 3 Gas and Guns

“Labor difficulties are in the making all over the country,” wrote Barker H. Bailey, vice-president of the Federal Laboratories, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a letter to one of the company’s travelling salesmen in the spring of 1934. “The man who has a territory with any appreciable amount of manufacturing . . . certainly should be on the look-out for advantageous outlets for the protective devices which we have. It looks to me like the year 1934 may be a very beautiful one for all of our men.”

The Federal Laboratories “protective devices” to which Vice President Barker referred in his letter consisted of machine guns, submachine guns, revolvers, automatic pistols, shot-guns, rifles, armoured cars, gas guns, gas ejectors, gas mortars, ammunition, bulletproof vests, tear and sickening gas, gas projectiles, gas masks and similar supplies.

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Sep 162012
 

SAM DOLGOFF, retired house painter, editor and translator of Bakunin on Anarchy, The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-management in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939), was 83 years old when he completed this Memoir. He started out in life, more than half a century earlier, as a working hobo on the railroads and waterfronts, in lumber camps, canneries, and steel mills of the United States. Caught up early in ideas of radical social change, he moved from reformist socialism to anarchism, publishing his first piece, a criticism of Gandhi, in the anarchist journal Road to Freedom. As a member of the IWW he became a strong propagandist for libertarian labor movements—incidentally teaching himself to read six different languages—lecturing across America in union halls, civic centers and colleges. Under the pen name Sam Weiner, he published innumerable articles in labor and anarchist periodicals, many of which he helped to found and edit.

Fragments: a memoir, Sam Dolgoff, ISBN 978-0-946222-04-9. First published (one edition, now long o/p) 1986 by Refract Publications (formerly Cienfuegos Press Ltd), Cambridge. This Kindle eBook published 2012 by ChristieBooks. (€3,21; £2.58; $4.13UK ; US/Canada/India and RoW ; España ; France ; Germany ; Italy

Feb 212012
 

La Patagonia Rebelde (Rebel Patagonia) by Osvaldo Bayer (click to read)

Patagonia rebelde (or Patagonia trágica) (written by Osvaldo Bayer) was a violent suppression of a rural worker’s strike in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia between 1921 and 1922. The uprising was put down by Colonel Héctor Benigno Varela’s 10th Cavalry Regiment of the Argentine Army under the orders of Hipólito Yrigoyen. Approximately 1,500 rural workers were shot and killed by the Army in the course of the operations, many of them executed by firing squads at Estancia San José. Most of those executed were Chilean and Spaniard workers who had sought refuge in Patagonia after their strike in southern Chile in 1920 was brutally suppressed by the Chilean authorities.

Patagonia rebelde 1 ; Patagonia rebelde 2 ; Patagonia rebelde 3 ; Patagonia rebelde 4 ; Patagonia rebelde 5 ; Patagonia rebelde 6 ; Patagonia rebelde 7 ; Patagonia rebelde 8; Patagonia rebelde 9 ; Patagonia rebelde 10 ; Patagonia rebelde 11

Dec 282011
 

Rogue Agents (2011 update) Click on image to read

FOREWORD (2011) This third and final edition of Rogue Agents extends biographical information up to 201 1, particularly of the American allies of the complex, and of the core complex members — January 2011 marked the death of both Huyn and Richardson, and Habsburg died in July 2011 aged 98, whilst Fraga and Crozier live on. Violet – well, no-one has ever known. Recent university research on Interdoc and Franco’s Spain has been summarised and referenced; the section on CEDI has been much expanded; considerable information has been added on the Catholic groups Conseil international pour l’ordre Chrétien (CIOC) and the Comité International pour la Défense de la Civilisation Chrétienne (CIDCC) which involved Pinay, Violet, Dubois and Franco’s ministers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Pinay Circle - Rogue's Gallery (click to view)

This final edition has therefore swollen to nearly 150,000 words; the full version now includes a documentary annex of some 175 pages of intemal documents as well as photographs of the main participants covered in this twenty-year investigation. This work has also expanded from text to video: the reader will find, in the footnotes, links to online footage of Crozier and his key American 6I allies such as Romerstein for the International Freedom Foundation, and Huyn for the Center for Intelligence Studies (search for ‘c-spanarchives’ to find all video links). As the documentary and picture annexes considerably increase the size of the PDF file, two versions of the book are now published: this full version, best viewed as a PDF (481 pages, 41 MB), and a shorter version (‘text only‘, 290 pages, 1.4 MB), containing the complete text, footnotes, sources and NSIC and IFF annexes, but without the documentary and picture annexes, suitable for emailing or printing.

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Oct 082011
 

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A documentary about what it means to be an anarchist today in Mexico City, a city of 25 million inhabitants. It reminds us of the possibilities of other ways of living. Toby, now 50 years old, was a punk, and together with Marta, they run the Bilbioteca Social Reconstruir, a project launched by the Spanish anarchist Ricardo Mestre. The library contains files of considerable historical importance, as well as more than five thousand titles on the subject of anarchism. Here, Jacinto and Claudio, historians, studied anarchism, from the time of the Flores Magón brothers to today’s decrepit labor system; Ignacio started the Cultural Multiforum ‘Alicia’ 15 years ago The film has much to teach us about contemporary Mexico and a generation which is searching for another, more just world.

Oct 032011
 

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Parts 1 and 2 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contains many rare and difficult to find images
1) Decline of a regime 2) The Republic: reform and reaction

Oct 022011
 

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Geordie anarchist-marxist miner and author of the extraordinary autobiographical trilogy ‘Stardust and Coaldust’ (‘Geordies – Wa Mental’; ‘The Wheel’s Still in Spin’; ‘Ghost Dancers’) Dave Douglass lives for a week with Chief Scout Lord Rowallan and tries to educate and enlighten him – unsuccessfully, of course, but a fascinating and very funny lifestyle documentary’ . .