Why do Social Democrats do what they do?

August 15, 2009

Phillip Foner quotes Wm Z Foster's later analysis of Syndicalism

In Volume 4 of History of the Labor Movement in the United States, (International Pub, page 20) Phillip Foner quotes Foster's later analysis of syndicalism:

"In its basic aspects, syndicalism, or more properly anarcho-syndicalism, may be defined very briefly as that tendency in the labor movement to confine the revolutionary class struggle of the workers [to] the economic field, to practically ignore the state, and to reduce the whole fight of the working class to simply a question of trade union action. Its fighting organization is the trade union; its basic method of class warfare is the strike, with the general strike as the revolutionary weapon; and its revolutionary goal is the setting up of a trade union 'state' to conduct industry and all other social activities."

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