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

Editorial from Unrest no. 1

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

INTRODUCTION

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.

ARM

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I am currently also 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 papers at more than 120 conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 3 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and written well over 130 other articles, papers and entries. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have several books, including 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014) and 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism' (co-written with Michael Schmidt, AK Press 2009).