This Lathe Is Mine


We all know the standard syndicalist scenario, beloved by the revolutionary left, in which the proletariat pries the means of production from the capitalists' cold, dead fingers. In Argentina, apparently, events have taken a different course: When a number of businesses went bankrupt, the bosses simply left and the workers stayed on the job, organizing themselves as cooperatives and laying claim to the abandoned factories. I'm not sure what to call this—revolution by adverse possession?

[Via Kevin Carson.]