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Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity by Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest

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Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity is a collection of selected essays by Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest that discusses the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American Imperialism in the Middle East.

Among other topics and controversies, these essays provide independent analysis of Stokely Carmichael, James Forman, the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, Harold Cruse, the Nation of Islam, Israel’s relationship to Apartheid South Africa, and the recent conflict between Alice Walker and the Anti-Defamation League….[Read More]

Zionism in the Age of the Dictators by Lenni Brenner

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On Our Own Authority! is excited to announce our forthcoming new edition of Lenni Brenner’s Zionism in the Age of the Dictators.

Lenni Brenner has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist since the early 1950s. Originally published in 1983, Brenner’s famous historical study documents the interactions between the Zionist movement and the rise of Fascism in Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The forthcoming 2014 edition of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators features a new Afterword by the author.

“Short, crisp, and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.” Edward Mortimer, The Times (London)….[Read More]

The Bolsheviks and Workers’ Control by Maurice Brinton

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We are very excited to announce the publication of our new edition of Maurice Brinton’s  The Bolsheviks and Workers Control 1917-1921: The State and Counter-Revolution. Originally published as a pamphlet in 1970, this small but exciting volume has been called a “classic” of libertarian and anti-Leninist socialism. Although the text is more than forty years old, its implications for revolutionary activism are as salient as ever.

“Chris Pallis (aka Maurice Brinton) was one of the most interesting libertarian writers of the second half of the 20th century…He was lively, with a punchy and accessible style, and a wicked sense of humour. In The Bolsheviks and Workers’ Control, his masterpiece, he charts the obliteration of the Russian Factory Committees… so that by 1921 Russian factories and trade unions had been subordinated to the new Bolshevik state and party.”
— David Goodway, author of Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward [Read More]

Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean by Joseph Edwards

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Joseph Edwards (born George Myers, also known as Fundi, the “Caribbean Situationist”) was a Jamaican refrigeration mechanic and labor organizer from West Kingston. Edwards led a wildcat strike and workers’ council at Western Meat Packers in Westmoreland, and was a major organizer of the Unemployed Workers Council and Independent Trade Union Advisory Council.

A profound critic of electoral party politics and trade union hierarchy, Edwards was among the most proletarian theorists of his generation. His pamphlets, written in the 1970s and ’80s, survey attempts to organize workers in banana and sugar cane fields, bauxite mines, clerical offices, and industrial factories. His unique writing is animated by a Rastafarian-influenced philosophy of history and direct democratic politics that emphasize the role of workers’ and village councils in Caribbean class struggle. The first published collection of writings by Joseph Edwards, Workers Self-Management in the Caribbean transforms how we understand class struggle during Caribbean New Left generation…[Read More]

To Remain Silent is Impossible:
Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman in Russia

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On Our Own Authority! is excited to announce a new collection of writings by Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, To Remain Silent is Impossible: Emma Goldman or Alexander Berkman in Russia.

After being deported from the United States to Russia in 1920, Goldman and Berkman witnessed first-hand the contradictions of Lenin’s so-called “dictatorship of the proletariat,” the murder and imprisonment of Russian anarchists, and Trotsky’s lethal suppression of the 1921 Kronstadt Uprising. While the two revolutionaries had initially offered critical support to the Bolshevik regime, the tyranny they witnessed in the so-called “worker’s state”  reaffirmed their belief that true social revolution can never be managed or manipulated by political parties seeking state power…[Read More]

Mariner, Renegade, Castaway: Chris Braithwaite — Seamen’s Organizer, Socialist and Militant Pan-Africanist  by Christian Høgsbjerg

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From Redwords Publishing in London, On Our Own Authority! is now distributing Christian Høgsbjerg’s biography of Chris Braithwaite, a leading organizer of colonial seamen in inter-war Britain. Braithwaite played a critical role in the Pan-Africanist and wider anti-colonial movement alongside figures such as C.L.R. James and George Padmore. Høgsbjerg’s book recovers Braithwaite’s long overlooked life as a Black radical and political trade unionist, and suggests his determined struggle for working class unity in the face of racism and austerity retains relevance for us today….[Read More]

Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes by Modibo Kadalie

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On Our Own Authority! is now distributing Modibo Kadalie’s Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes, published in 2000 by One Quest Press.

“This is serious, definative, and useful scholarship that requires a rethinking of what happened between the end of the Civil rights Movement and the struggle for Black liberation…Kadalie has closed a critical lacuna between the 1960s and the end of the 20th century. This study requires that we look back, if we are to prevent the future from rushing into the past.” — Rickey Hill, Professor and Chair , Department of History and Political Science, South Carolina State University…[Read More]

The Labor Movement in Japan by Sen Katayama

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Originally published in 1918, Sen Katayama’s The Labor Movement in Japan endures as a classic and “necessarily brief” first-hand documentation of Japan’s dynamic labor struggles and radical political movements in the early 20th century.

This updated edition features two additional writings by Sen Katayama and a new introductory essay exploring the international significance of radical Japanese labor rebellions and social movements, and analyzing the strengths and limitations of Katayama’s own  political thought and activism during periods of working-class revolt in Japan…[Read More]

The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics by Eusi Kwayana

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Originally published in 1972, Eusi Kwayana’s The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics offered profound lessons for class struggle in a multiracial society. Many decades later, Kwayana’s work remains urgently relevant.

A product of Guyana, and a classic of Caribbean radical history, The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics examines the struggle of Afro-Guyanese mine workers in what was the soon-to-be nationalized bauxite industry as they faced off against the racism and sexism of the Canadian-owned aluminum firm, ALCAN, the class collaboration of the Guyana Mine Workers Union (GMWU), and the hostility of Forbes Burnham’s government toward their self-organization and self-emancipation…[Read More]

The Commune: Paris, 1871 by Louise Michel, William Morris, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Voltairine de Cleyre, Alexander Berkman and Maurice Brinton.

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On 18 March 1871, enormous sections of the Parisian working class began a rebellion that shook the foundations of European society. Through this uprising, laborers seized direct control over their city, expelling their government and capitalist rulers. These revolutionary men and women declared Paris an independent municipality — a commune where they would directly and collectively manage their society through new institutions and voluntary associations of their own creation.

The Commune: Paris, 1871 is a new collection of classic anarchist and libertarian-socialist studies of the Paris Commune, compiled, edited, and introduced by Andrew Zonneveld. This concise volume includes critical reflections on the Commune from such radical authors as Louise Michel, William Morris, Mikhail Bakunin, Petr Kropotkin, Voltairine de Cleyre, Alexander Berkman and Maurice Brinton….
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Organization and Spontaneity by Kimathi Mohammed

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Kimathi Mohammed, a Michigan based activist who was a native of Savannah, Georgia deserves to be recognized as among the most original political theorists of the Black Power movement in the United States. Organization & Spontaneity, originally published in 1974, was a response to key contradictions of the late 1960s and early 1970s Black freedom movement, manifested in the Black Panther Party and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. In contrast to many political thinkers of the Civil Rights and Black Power era, Mohammed’s work emphasized the self-organization of ordinary African Americans and their liberating, self-directed activism.

Mohammed placed forward his critique of would-be Black vanguards at a time when most prominent Black Power activists—even the socialist advocates among them—were beginning to embrace electoral politics and systems of patronage which would ultimately suppress any independent Black political power…[Read More]

Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

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On Our Own Authority! Publishing is excited to announce our upcoming release of Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings, a collection of often neglected anti-lynching pamphlets by Ida B. Wells.

Ida B. Wells was a teacher, journalist, and newspaper editor who led the most dynamic anti-lynching campaign in American History. Wells’s work exposes how the public murder and mutilation of Black bodies by mob justice stood side by side with a degrading culture based on racial stereotypes and strict gender roles that institutionalized fear in everyday life. In doing so, Wells challenged the intersection of white supremacy, patriarchy, and the meaning of “civilization” in the early 20th century…[Read More]

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