The Social General Strike – Stephan Naft (1905)

Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Self Institution, Strike, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Bourgeoisie, The Workplace, Workers

Where Naft (aka Arnold Roller) argues for the social general strike as the weapon come of age for the working class. Countering social democratic critics, Naft argues that the disruptive effects of the general strike would precipitate, if not be, the revolution itself.

The social general strike will completely interrupt production in the whole country, stop communication and consumption for the ruling classes long enough to totally disorganize the capitalistic society; so that after the complete annihilation of the old system, the working people can take possession through its labour unions of all the means of production.

The Social General Strike points to a thorough change of the present system: a social revolution of the world; an entire new reorganization; a demolition of the entire old system of all governments.’

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