Lucien van der Walt, 2019, “Introduction to the 1994 South African Edition (revised),” to Alfredo Bonanno, “Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle”

Lucien van der Walt, 2019, "Introduction to the 1994 South African Edition (revised)," Alfredo Bonanno, Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle, Zabalaza Books, Johannesburg, third South African edition,  pp. 4-6, from HERE. This pamphlet represents an attempt to develop an anarchist internationalist stance on the ever present and ever controversial issue of the national liberation struggle (NLS), … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 2019, “Introduction to the 1994 South African Edition (revised),” to Alfredo Bonanno, “Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle”

Lucien van der Walt, [1998] 2019, “Breaking the Chains: A History of Anarchism”

Lucien van der Walt, 2019, Breaking the Chains: A History of Anarchism, Zabalaza Books, Johannesburg, reprint of 1998 Workers Solidarity booklet, from HERE. "This is a book about the history of anarchism. It is a history of nearly 120 years of unbroken workers struggle. It is a history of sacrifice and bravery by ordinary people fighting for … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, [1998] 2019, “Breaking the Chains: A History of Anarchism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1993, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

This was an introduction written for a pamphlet called No Justice, No Peace: An Eyewitness Account of the Los Angeles Riots, which was reprinted in two South African editions, one from Backstreet Abortions distro, one from ARM, both based in Johannesburg. Some bits hold up well. THE FIRE NEXT TIME: LESSONS OF THE LOS ANGELES … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1993, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “Chimurenga! The Lessons of the Zimbabwe Liberation War”

Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “Chimurenga! The Lessons of the Zimbabwe Liberation War,” Unrest, number 1, pp. 16-17, 23.   THE VICTORY OF a seemingly militant ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) in Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence elections, following a long guerrilla war (the “Chimurenga“) against White colonialism, was greeted with jubilation. Today [i.e. 1994], the hopes raised … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “Chimurenga! The Lessons of the Zimbabwe Liberation War”

Lucien van der Walt, 1994 “Introduction” to Alfredo Bonnano’s “Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle”

This first appeared as Lucien van der Walt, 1994, "Introduction to the South African Edition," in Alfredo Bonanno, Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle, ARM, Johannesburg, South African edition. The text below is the slightly revised version from the 2019 3rd South African edition, which is available in full HERE. TO CITE: Lucien van der Walt, … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1994 “Introduction” to Alfredo Bonnano’s “Anarchism and the National Liberation Struggle”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Life of Bakunin”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, "The Life of Bakunin," Internal Bulletin of the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) of South Africa, number 2, March/April 1998, pp. 11-13, republished as "The Life of Bakunin: Anti-imperialism, Anti-capitalism, Anti-statism," Anarkismo, 1 June 2014, HERE , which is copied below . Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1873) can be seen as the founder of libertarian socialism (anarcho-syndicalism). … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Life of Bakunin”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “The Violence: The State’s Bloody Hands,” ‘Revolt’

One of the first things I wrote, an undergrad student and activist at the (stormy) time. Lucien van der Walt, 1992, "The Violence: The State's Bloody Hands," Revolt, number 2. More people are dying in Apartheid’s fall than at its height. The cause of the violence is not “tribalism” but a destabilisation campaign by the … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “The Violence: The State’s Bloody Hands,” ‘Revolt’

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “New World Order in Africa,” ‘Revolt’

One of the first things I wrote, an undergrad student and activist at the (stormy) time. Lucien van der Walt, 1992, "New World Order in Africa," Revolt, number 2. The New World Order is on our doorstep with the US imperialists setting themselves up in Botswana and Zambia. Washington, following the end of the Cold … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1992, “New World Order in Africa,” ‘Revolt’

[RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

Note: Report commissioned by the moderate Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), via the Sociology of  Work Unit (SWOP). It must be stressed that this report takes an essentially social-democratic  position, given the client. I subsequently wrote a substantially revised, rather more radical version (I should publish it one day). The report was written … Continue reading [RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. The new South African government adopted a harsh line towards immigrants from an early period. Some blamed this at the time on Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the Zulu national Inkatha Freedom Party … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners,” Workers Solidarity, volume 4, number 2, fourth quarter 1998. Written for a progressive magazine in South Africa, this was produced after the first violent outbreaks of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa in 1998. This took place in the context of mass unemployment and … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “Every Worker Must Condemn Attacks on Foreigners”

[DEBATE/ PAPER]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999 paper, “Some Comments on the National Question From an Anarchist/ Syndicalist Perspective” (revised)

Revised version of paper prepared by Lucien van der Walt for Lesedi Socialist Study Group, Wits University, 16 May 1999 We need to distinguish between several clusters of issues: National oppression, the national question and the basis of national liberation struggles; The causes of national oppression; Nationalism as an ideology of an existing States; Nationalism … Continue reading [DEBATE/ PAPER]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999 paper, “Some Comments on the National Question From an Anarchist/ Syndicalist Perspective” (revised)

[LEAFLET #2] “Stop Retrenchments! Don’t Privatise Wits,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

This is the second of the leaflets I put together for the Lesedi Socialist Study Group at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 2000, a part of the battle to stop outsourcing. For the first leaflet and the context, see here. Click on the image for the PDF, or click here.