This pamphlet by mutualist writer Kevin Carson lays out a defense of wildcat unionism, without government privilege, without government control, and without top-heavy bureaucracy. Government labor regulations, supposedly crafted to help workers unionize, have in fact domesticated the labor movement and brought it under government control, while establishment unionism has forgotten the most powerful strategies that unions had at their disposal before government patronage; networked guerrilla unionizing tactics, minority unionism, solidarity strikes, and direct action on the shopfloor.
Networked resistance against the Empire goes far beyond guerrilla warfare in the military realm. There is a wide range of ruling elite literature of the dangers of “netwar’ to the existing system of power, along with an equal volume of literature by the Empire’s enemies celebrating such networked resistance. Loose, ad hoc coalitions of affinity groups, organizing through the Internet, could throw together large demonstrations at short notice, and “swarm’ the government and mainstream media far beyond their capacity to absorb. The post-Seattle movement confirmed such elite fears. One question that’s been less looked into, though, is the extent to which the ideas of networked resistance and asymmetric warfare are applicable to labor relations. . . .
Whatever value the Wagner regime had for us in the past, it has outlived. If labor is to fight a successful counteroffensive, it has to stop playing by the bosses’ rules. . . .
Introduced December 2011.