General Strike

Disciplines: Economics, Political Science

Theory of political action of French writer on syndicalism Georges Sorel (1847-1922).

Capitalism would be overthrown by the economic rather than the political actions of the working class.

This revolutionary economic activity would be carried out in pursuit of the ultimate ideal of a universal, general strike. But the purpose of advocating such a strike was not to achieve it, but rather to inspire industrial workers to move in the direction of it. Thus the 'myth' of the general strike was to act for political activity in the same way that heaven acted for moral activity.

George Sorel, Reflections on Violence (trans. London, 1950)


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