The New Tendency — Autonomist Marxism in 1970s ‘Canada’

The Connexions site now has the Newsletters of the New Tendency (NT) and other documents from this group available for view that were not previously available on line. The New Tendency existed in the early 1970s (1973 to 1975) and included supporters of the Italian Autonomist left who tried to apply some of its insights to the ‘Canadian’ Context. The NT had members in Winnipeg, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and supporters elsewhere.

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Autonomous Struggles and the Capitalist Crisis: A Workers’ Autonomy Pamphlet

Book 1974. A Canadian pamphlet with English translations of three articles originating with the Italian autonomist Marxist organization Lotta Continua.
The Newsletter #1

Serial Publication (Periodical),1973.Published by the ‘New Tendency.’ Contributions from Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, and Windsor.
The Newsletter #2

Serial Publication (Periodical),1973.
The Newsletter #3

Serial Publication (Periodical), 1973.
The Newsletter #4

Serial Publication (Periodical),1974
The Newsletter #5

Serial Publication (Periodical),1974
The Newsletter #6

Serial Publication (Periodical),1975
This mailing was not numbered as one of the New Tendency Newsletters, of which five numbered issues were published. This mailing consisted of statements concerning the dissolution of the New Tendency.
Organizing for Workers’ Power: Beyond Trade Unionism & Vanguardism

Sofri, Adriano, Article,1968
A discussion of the problem of “vanguardism,” and the role of leadership in revolutionary organization, and its evolution through different stages of class struggle, by Adriano Sofri of the Italian organization Lotta Continua.
Out of the Driver’s Seat: Marxism in North America Today

Outlines the political perspective of the Windsor-based Labour Centre in the wake of divisions in the Centre in 1974. Issues explored include the nature of the working class, women in the working class, student struggles, and gay struggles.
Toronto Collective Statement

A statement on autonomy and power relations within the working class
Working — and Not-Working — at the Post Office

An essay written by a young postal worker in Toronto, Canada.