“Unrest” (ARM) 1994: Editorial from “Unrest” no. 1

Editorial from Unrest no. 1

Editorial from Unrest no. 1, Anarchist Revolutionary Movement, February 1994.


Welcome to the first issue of Unrest. Unrest is a new and South African Anarchist magazine, which we hope to bring out quarterly.

A central aim of this magazine is to spread the ideas of revolutionary Anarchism, injecting a highly needed revolutionary perspective into the current period in South Africa.

We reject the vote and other ruses of the bosses. Grassroots action, not negotiating and electioneering, is the way forward for the oppressed. Total revolution, not a new set of bosses, is what is needed if the masses are to win real control over their lives and end poverty.

We welcome any and all comments. Articles also welcome. Please be legible and to the point.


About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.