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J Sakai


Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern

The fourth edition of J. Sakai’s Settlers is now out and available, copies shipping to wherever you may be.

i felt a lot of apprehension working on this book — Settlers is literally the book (or the first in the trilogy of books) that changed my life, and pretty much defined for me what revolutionary writing should look like. Plus, the previous edition was so incredibly beautiful, pictures on every page, really graphically stunning. So if i could have avoided having to work on a new edition, and could have just stuck to selling the old one, i would have. ...........READ MORE


Learning from an Unimportant Minority: Race politics beyond the official white/black paradigm, with J. Sakai

Race is all around us, as one of the main structures of capitalist society. Yet, how we talk about it and even how we think about it is tightly policed. Everything about race is artificially distorted as a White/Black paradigm. Instead, we need to understand the imposed racial reality from many different angles of radical vision.

Monday, May 26th at 6:30pm
QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve W., rm. 204

Wheelchair accessible

Childcare will be available on site

la traduction chuchotée vers le français sera disponible

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This event is part of the Festival of ...........READ MORE


Settlers: Chp VI, Part 2

VI. The U.S. Industrial Proletariat 2. Industrial Unionism

As U.S. imperialism stumbles faster and faster into its permanent decline, once again we hear the theory expressed that some poverty and the resulting mass economic struggles will create revolutionary consciousness in Euro-Amerikan workers. The fact is that such social pressures are not new to White Amerika. For three decades — from 1890 to 1920 — the new white industrial proletariat increasingly organized itself into larger and larger struggles with the capitalists.

The immigrant European proletarians wanted industrial unionism and the most advanced among them wanted socialism. A mass movement was built ...........READ MORE

The Shock of Recognition

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Looking at Hamerquist’s Fascism & Anti-Fascism by J. Sakai
(an excerpt from Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement)  

The Superman is a symbol, the exponent of this anguishing and tragic period of crisis that is traversing European consciousness while searching for new sources of pleasure, beauty, ideal. He testifies to our weakness, but at the same time represents the hope of our redemption. He is dusk and dawn. He is above all a hymn to life, to life lived with all the energies in a continuous tension towards something higher. 
Benito Mussolini 1

We weren’t ...........READ MORE

J. Sakai Reviews AIDS Conspiracy Theories

David Gilbert’s A.I.D.S. Conspiracy? Tracking the Real Genocide is a strong contribution to our knowledge about how to fight the Plague. At first, like so many of us, i thought this horrifying epidemic just had to be some biological warfare experiment run loose. The often-quoted “evidence” in the writings of Dr. William Campbell Douglass, M.D., helped convince me. So it was a real eye-opener for me to learn from David Gilbert’s paper that this Dr. Douglass wasn’t a Black nationalist, as i’d assumed, but a white Right-wing racist whose “evidence” is all fake.

To me, David Gilbert’s paper is fascinating ...........READ MORE

G20 or Bust

The following was written by J. Sakai in response to the G20 “debate” on the left in the hot summer of 2010:

The biggest problem with the “Mr. Black Bloc Has Fun in Toronto” debate, is that it’s so unrealistic. More like the two-dimensional scenery “flats” on school theatrical stages.

Take the cardboard, conspiracy-nut assumptions being used, apparently without any thought at all. Like, that the police are all-powerful and can easily snuff out hundreds of black-masked anarchists in the middle of many thousands of other protesters and bystanders on crowded streets, any time they wish just by snapping their ...........READ MORE


When Race Burns Class: Settlers Revisited (An Interview with J. Sakai)

EC:   In the early eighties you wrote Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat, a book which had a major impact on many North American anti-imperialists. How did this book come about, and what was so new about its way of looking at things?

JS: Settlers  completely came about by accident, not design. And what was so “new” about it was that it wasn’t “inspiring” propaganda, but took up the experience of colonial workers to question how class really worked. It wasn’t about race, but about class. Although people still have a hard time getting used to that – it isn’t ...........READ MORE

Zolo Agona Azania and David Gilbert, Two Teachers Out of Prison

David Gilbert – NO SURRENDER: writings from an anti-imperialist political prisoner.  Arm The Spirit/Guillen. 2004. 284p. Paperback book.  $20.00

Zolo Agona Azania – Money & Power: Hook or Crook. Kersplebedeb. 2004. 53p. Pamphlet.  $3.95

In the 1960s it was common for protesters on the streets to get their ideas right through the bars–from the fiery scribes of the prison revolutionaries like George Jackson, Eldridge Cleaver and Malcolm X. Now, in a fresh 21st century when everything including prisons are morphing, prison revolutionaries are still tugging on our coatsleeves. These two writings are alike in being strong-minded, in being anti-imperialist, but ...........READ MORE


Settlers, Chp.1 Part 2


Part II. Struggles and Alliances (pp. 12-19)

The popular political struggles of settler Amerika — the most important being the 1775-83 War of Independence — gave us the first experience of alliances between Euro-Amerikan dissenters and oppressed peoples. What was most basic in these alliances was their purely tactical nature. Not unity, but the momentary convergence of the fundamentally differing interests of some oppressors and some of the oppressed. After all, the national division between settler citizens of emerging Amerika and their colonial Afrikan subjects was enormous — while the distance between the interests ...........READ MORE