[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)

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[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.

[LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

Before the battle for #insourcing was the battle to stop outsourcing ... I wrote this leaflet for the Lesedi Socialist Study Group in 2000. The LSSG was a broad left group at the University of the Witwatersrand. We were from various radical traditions, ranging from Marxism-Leninism to Trotskyism to anarchism/ syndicalism, and had a background … Continue reading [LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Written for an progressive magazine in South Africa, this article argued that racism needed to be understood as an immense social evil, closely linked to the development of capitalism and the modern state -- … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

I wrote this in 1994 (or somewhere there) as an introduction for a pamphlet published by the Anarchist Revolutionary Movement (ARM) group at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The pamphlet focused on the 1992 riots in Los Angeles in the USA, which followed police brutality against people of colour.  As it was an imported … Continue reading Lucien van der Walt, 1994, “The Fire Next Time: Lessons of the Los Angeles (LA) Uprising”

[TALK]: Message from Lucien van der Walt to the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) 2015 graduate class at Wits University, Johannesburg, 11 March 2016

Message from Lucien van der Walt to the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) 2015 graduate class at Wits University, Johannesburg, 11 March 2016 Dear comrades, It is with deep regret that I am not here with you in person – please know that I am here with you in heart and soul. In the face … Continue reading [TALK]: Message from Lucien van der Walt to the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) 2015 graduate class at Wits University, Johannesburg, 11 March 2016

[PRESS]: Dinga Sikwebu and Judy Mdumo, 2011, “Opening Doors of Learning to Workers” (‘NUMSA News’)

Dinga Sikwebu and Judy Madumo, July 2011, "Opening Doors of Learning to Workers ," NUMSA News, 2011 Report on the course I co-teach, and which I helped design, and co-coordinate, for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Get the PDF here. In April and June … Continue reading [PRESS]: Dinga Sikwebu and Judy Mdumo, 2011, “Opening Doors of Learning to Workers” (‘NUMSA News’)

[ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits” (university restructuring)

An older article, published in the Revolutionary Socialist of Cape Town. Lucien van der Walt, 2000," “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits,” Revolutionary Socialist, July/August 2000, p. 13. Get the PDF here.   Lucien van der Walt, 2000," “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits,” Revolutionary Socialist, July/ August 2000, p. 13. GUEST COLUMN: Mural at Wits: 1976 … Continue reading [ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits” (university restructuring)

[ANALYSIS] Hattingh & van der Walt, 2015, “The Kurdish Question: Nationhood or Autonomy,” in ‘Ndivhuwo’

Shawn Hattingh and Lucien van der Walt, 2015, "The Kurdish Question: Nationhood or Autonomy," in Ndivhuwo: Journal for Intellectual Engagement, number 3, 2015, pp. 70-72. Ndivhuwo is published by Mzwanele Mayekiso, former 1980s anti-apartheid activist and treason trialist from the "people's power" movement, author of "Township Politics: Civic Struggles for a New South Africa" (Monthly … Continue reading [ANALYSIS] Hattingh & van der Walt, 2015, “The Kurdish Question: Nationhood or Autonomy,” in ‘Ndivhuwo’

[SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What’s ‘Left’? Is There An Alternative To Capitalism Today?”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What's  "Left"? Is There an Alternative to Capitalism Today?," talk given at a public meeting hosted by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 22 August 1996. Comrades, the starting point of this talk today is that we need an alternative to capitalism. We need … Continue reading [SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What’s ‘Left’? Is There An Alternative To Capitalism Today?”

[SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers”

Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers,” talk given at a public meeting hosted by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 27 May 1998. In recent months, the rural areas have come into focus in the media. Farm killings The bulk of … Continue reading [SPEECH]: Lucien van der Walt, 1998, “The Silent War on the Land against Black Workers”

[DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

Poster from the 1996 general strike called by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) to try push the new Labour Relations Act (then Bill) in a more labour-friendly direction. A key point of contention was a clause allowing bosses the right to lock-out, which was being pushed by the old National Party (NP), the … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

[DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing

In 2000, I was part of a campaign against outsourcing and neo-liberalism at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). As part of the Concerned Academics Group, one of several structures I was active in, I lobbied for the South African Sociological Association (SASA) to issue a statement firmly condemning the "Wits 2001" programme. SASA agreed, … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing

[ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Wits 2001: restructuring and retrenchments” in ‘South African Labour Bulletin’

Lucien van der Walt, 2000, "Wits 2001: Restructuring and Retrenchments," South African Labour Bulletin, volume 24, number 2, p. 43. Get the PDF here. Text below.   BRIEFING The ongoing restructuring of state assets has its echo in the tertiary [education] sector, which employs about 60 000 people. The trend over the last five years … Continue reading [ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Wits 2001: restructuring and retrenchments” in ‘South African Labour Bulletin’