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Moving Forward from the World Conference
led by Tim Jackins
February 5

Threats from Nuclear Weapons
led by Julian Weissglass
February 11

Unified Goal on the Climate
led by Diane Shisk
& Janet Kabue
March 4 or 5

Articles by Harvey Jackins on Working-Class Liberation

Compiled by Dan Nickerson and Victor Nicassio

Notes by Dan Nickerson


From The Benign Reality

On working people and misinformation, pages 4-5

On workers and “facts,” pages 23-24

On physical and mental work, pages 54-55

On the invention of class society, pages 61-62

“The Good and the Great In Art,” pages 97-111

“What To Do In A Concrete Situation,” pages 245-57

“The Practical Work of Liberation Leaders” Best-ever description of the job. What you’re supposed to do, page 287

On organizing, pages 294-300

On RC classes for welfare mothers and class finances, pages 310-11

On using RC in working-class settings, page 327

On working-class participation in RC, page 402

On counseling on internalized working-class oppression, pages 414-16

On working-class languages, pages 439-40

“The Working Class, The World, and RC.” Also in Working for a Living #5. A must-read Important stuff.

Complete overview of our situation, page 459

“Parents Are Oppressed!” pages 531-32

“Draft Program for Poor and Raised Poor Liberation.” Should be read. Some interesting and provocative points, page 535

“Becoming People’s Intellectuals,” pages 541-48

On Native People and economic issues, page 558

On Asians, class society, and liberation, pages 563-64, 565, 567-68

On Irish liberation, class societies, and imperialism, pages 571-74

On men’s oppression as workers, pages 577-78

On Gay oppression and economic exploitation, page 581

On working-class Gay persons, page 584

“Summary of the Present Situation with Regards to Wide World Changing.” Also in Wide World Changing #3. An overview of our evolution and our present situation. Many good anecdotes and encouraging examples offering challenges and ideas for what is possible. Makes it look possible, page 599

“Working Effectively in the Wide World.” Good reminders, page 611


From A Better World

On the present possibilities for a classless society, page 5

On reaching for the working-class majority, pages 20-21

On making friends with working-class people, page 24

“Nationalism, Patriotism, National Pride, and National Liberation,” pages 27-50

“Discussion Towards a Classless Society,” pages 51-58 On the need for boldness among working-class RCers, page 81

On current conditions of the working classes, page 89

On past working-class support for national capitalist revolutions, page 100

On class attitudes about solidarity, pages 130-31

On outreach funds and working-class people, page 212

On “splendid” working-class people, page 243

“The Chronic Patterns of Classism,” pages 287-93

On the women’s movement and working-class liberation, pages 300-01


From Harvey Jackins Memorial

“A Life Sketch,” pages 1-9

The counselor thinking of herself or himself as a “journeyman,” page 34


From The Human Situation

“The Communication of Important Ideas.” What works in spreading important ideas about class or anything else, page 35

“The Flexible Human in the Rigid Society.” (Also a pamphlet) How things got this way. Why our societies don’t function like warm, loving human beings. How patterns become institutionalized in society, page 87


From The Kind, Friendly Universe

On all classes having a common interest in eliminating classism, page 14

On class, which young people may find useful, pages 72-73

On the collapsing society, pages 96-97

On current economic and political pressures, pages 99-101

On class societies and classism, pages 122-26

“The Present Situation for Working-Class People,” pages 147-59

Comments and speculations about standards of living and work in a future society, pages 163-64, 166-67

On working-class standards for RC leaders’ fees, page 174

On financial assistance to low-income sections of the RC Community, page 175

On the Palestinian and Israeli working classes, pages 180-81

On upward mobility pressures in Jewish Communities in the Diaspora, page 198

On what we mean by “class,” pages 226-27

On elders, class differences, and classism, pages 235-37

On the practicality of working-class people, page 240

On working-class/raised-poor representation at the 1993 Continental Conferences, pages 253-54


From The List

Comments on work, page 126 (8.040)

Comments on money, page 127 (8.044)

Working-class oppression and sub-oppressions, pages 153-54 (14.021-14.024)

How owning-class people are hurt by the role of oppressor of working-class people, page 160 (14.054)

The possibility of an owning-class person being an ally to a working-class person, page 160 (14.060)

Various caucuses of the working class meeting separately and then together, page 161 (14.065)

The operation of the current owning-class/working- class society, pages 163-64 (14.076)

“Propositions About Human Liberation,” pages 166-69 (14.087)

The working class and national liberation movements, pages 171-72 (14.097-14.098)

A possible future classless society, page 174, points 2-4

Outreach to low-income and working-class people, pages 180-81 (15.008)

Health care as a class issue, pages 189-90 (17.017)

Young people on class societies, pages 202-03 (18.048-18.060)

Young people on schools in a class society, pages 207-08 (18.090)

Religion and class societies, pages 211-12 (19.006-19.008)s

Commitments, including for each class, back pages 3-14


From The Longer View

“Make a Special Effort to Develop Working-Class Leaders,” pages 53-55

On industrial workers, housewives, and taking charge at work, page 111

On handling unemployment, pages 113-14

“The Enjoyment of Leadership.” Also a pamphlet. A summary of what we have learned about effective leadership and why anyone can and should do it, pages 165-97

“Working Class Commitment,” page 203

On class societies, pages 224-29


From The Reclaiming of Power

“Insights about Oppression,” page 63

On the fundamental oppression of classism, page 70

On using self-estimation in work situations, page 106

“A Program for Action—The Key Points of Emphasis for the RC Communities in 1982 3.” RC is one of the best tools for working-class liberation and here’s what you should do with it, page 111

On workers’ movements, pages 149-52

On the women’s and working-class movements, page 152

On the U.S. labor movement and the need to achieve unity, page 154

“Grasp Wider Leadership,” page 217

“Learning to Organize” How to organize your constituency or anyone else, page 225

“Understanding and Combatting the Operation of Internalized Oppression When Directed Against Leaders.” The first identification in RC of this phenomenon,
page 243

“Why Leaders of RC Can Expect To Be Attacked and What To Do About Such Attacks.” How to defend your leaders. If you intend to lead or want someone else to, you have to know this stuff. Very important article, page 247

“Organize the Unorganized—A New Trade Union Movement in the United States.” A concise description of the situation with organized labor in the U.S. and an outline for a new movement. The only RC literature that you have blanket permission to reproduce and distribute widely, page 307

“Organize the Unorganized,” pages 307-11


From The Rest of Our Lives 

On dealing with bosses, pages 101 - 02

On unions, page 161

On working-class people and the beginnings of Wygelian Leaders’ Groups,
pages 170-71

“Working-Class Commitment,” page 233

“Summary of Areas of Emphasis for RC Leadership in 1983-84.” As above, key actions needed at present, page 265

“The Qualities of a Good Leader,” page 289

“Steps Toward Liberation for Any Oppressed Group.” There it is—now what’s your excuse? page 389

“The Oppression of Classism,” pages 391-405

“Working-Class Liberation,” pages 407-10

On Puerto Rican Workers, pages 430-31

On surviving and combating unemployment, pages 490-91

“You Can Start Your Own World Community, Now.” How you can achieve liberation as a working-class person starting with nothing but what you have right now,
page 515


From Rough Notes From Buck Creek I

On work, thinking, and organizing, page 258

On attempts to change class society, pages 266-68

On the appearance of conformity on the job, page 330


From Rough Notes From Liberation I and II 

Comments during the introduction of a raised-working-class person, pages 8-9

On wage workers, workers in basic industry, and trade unions, pages 24-25

On the class backgrounds of leaders in the early RC Communities, pages 40-41

On the “Propositions for Human Liberation,” pages 43-52

Comments during a demonstration with a raised-working-class person, pages 124-25

“The Propositions For Liberation,” pages 137-44

Discussion on the propositions, pages 145-72


From Start Over Every Morning

On artists as workers, pages 65-66

On the power of the working class, page 111

“Draft Policy for Artists’ Liberation,” pages 221-25

On the economic oppression of young people, page 229

“An Introduction to Middle-Class Liberation,” pages 235-39

“Working-Class and Owning-Class People As Allies,” pages 242-43

On the damaging effects of overwork, page 246

On the organizing of working-class people in RC, page 257

Programs and policies for labour unions in Britain, pages 273-77

On middle-class and owning-class distress relative to working-class distress, page 315

“Let’s Really Reach for the Working Class,” pages 337-38

Commitments for Parents, Working Class, Middle Class, Classroom Teachers, Artists, Colleagues, Veterans, Therapists, Civil Servants, and Against Money Distress,
pages 357-63


From The Upward Trend 

On acceptance of RC by working-class communities, page vii

On class attitudes, page 29

On working-class people’s readiness for RC, page 57

On welcoming working-class Co-Counselors, page 152

“The Elements of Oppression and the Struggle for Liberation,” page 297

“Propositions About Human Liberation,” pages 299-306

“The Productive Majority,” pages 307-16

On the economic oppression of the majority of Jews, page 350

On the replacement of capitalism by a classless society, pages 372-73


From Zest Is Best

“Sonnet for Cadre Material,” page 49

“The Night the Falling Drill Rig Almost Hit Me,” page 50

“Heat Wave At Fort Peck Dam,” page 51

“Instant Historical Perspective,” pages 108 and 109

“The Lonely Prairie Windmill and the Moon,” page 117


More Articles on Working-Class Liberation—
by Various Authors


From Working for a Living #5

Page 3: “The Working Class, the World, and RC.” An overview of our situation.

Page 25: Special Section on Catholics

Page 32: “L’Eglise Catholique au Quebec et la Liberation Francophone.” The Historical Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Francophone Liberation in Quebec 1760-1980.

Page 41: Special Section on Raised Poor

Page 54: Reports from workers around the world

Page 59: Israeli Workers

Page 69: Section on Women at Work

Page 71: Childcare and Housework

Page 72: “Eliminating Sexism in My Shop” Illuminates both encouraging the discharge of sexist patterns in a blue-collar environment and the realities of blue-collar men.

Page 82: Various reports from workers

Page 86: “Men in Factories—Policy Statement”

Page 88: “Work in a Shoe Shop.” Report by a Maine (USA) worker.

Page 91: “Excerpts from a Francophone Support Group”


From Index to Present Time 1977-1986

Find many articles under the heading of “Work/Workers,” also under “Classism.” Find many articles in particular on the oppression of the “middle class.”


From Present Time 1995-2001

 People “targeted for destruction by the society” (Present Time No. 101, October 1995, pages 39-40)

Calling for working-class people in RC to take responsibility for organizing and leading middle-class and owning-class RCers (Present Time No. 101, October 1995, page 45)

The need to create international working-class organizations (Present Time No. 101, October 1995, page 45)

Proposing specific possible changes in society (Present Time No. 103, April 1996,
page 21)

What Is Our Responsibility to People “Targeted for Destruction by the Society”? (Present Time No. 103, April 1996, pages 31-32)

“Enforcing” working-class representation in RC Classes (Present Time No. 107, April 30, 1997, page 50)

Owning-class/working-class society and past working-class attempts at revolution (Present Time No. 109, October 1997, pages 7-8)

The Palestinian and Israeli working classes (Present Time No. 115, April 1999, page 38)

The enjoyment of work (Present Time No. 118, January 2000, page 3)

Working-class people’s response to theory (Present Time No. 123, April 2001, page 3)

Compiled by Dan Nickerson and Victor Nicassio

Notes by Dan Nickerson

Last modified: 2018-05-02 16:28:23+00