[Marxism] Anti-Imperialism and the IWW

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 15 08:18:35 MDT 2005

Maybe so, but the IWW were certainly not consistent and often tended to 
abjure 'political' positions in line with their reformist syndicalist 
worldview, including principled anti-imperialism. Thus, J. Sakai has 

"Ricardo Flores Magon, the revolutionary syndicalist who was the first major 
leader of Mexicano workers, had ties to the I.W.W. during his long years of 
exile in the U.S. His organization, the Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM), led 
thousands of Mexicano miners in strikes on both sides of the artificial 
"border". Magon was imprisoned four times by the U.S. Empire, finally being 
murdered by guards to prevent his scheduled release from Ft. Leavenworth. 
His proposal for the I.W.W. to join forces with the [then revolutionary] 
Mexicano proletariat in armed struggle fell on deaf ears. Although some 
wobblies (such as Joe Hill) went to Mexico on an individual basis for 
periods of time, the I.W.W. as a whole rejected such cooperation. Magon once 
angrily wrote his brother from prison: 'The norteamericanos are incapable of 
feeling enthusiasm or indignation. This is truly a country of pigs... If the 
norteamericanos do not agitate against their own domestic miseries, can we 
hope they will concern themselvs with our?" (J. Sakai, *Settlers: the 
Mythology of the White Proletariat*, pp. 71-72).

LOUIS PROYECT WROTE: <http://www.swans.com/library/art11/lproy24.html>

If there was anything that defined the IWW, it was its resistance to 
imperialist war, especially World War One.

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