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Announcement :: Labor
ABOLISH RESTAURANTS
24 Sep 2006
Announcing the second comic book/coloring book from www.prole.info:

ABOLISH RESTAURANTS: a worker's critique of the food service industry
ABOLISH RESTAURANTS looks at the daily misery, stress, boredom, and alienation of restaurant work, as well as the ways in which restaurant workers fight against it. Drawing on a range of anti-capitalist ideas as well as a heaping plate of personal experience, ABOLISH RESTAURANTS is part analysis and part call-to-arms.

Take a look. Print it out. Pass it to friends. Drop it off in local bookstores and comic shops.

A hi-res printable PDF is available at the following locations (it is 13.4 mb--15 two-sided 11x17 pages):
http://www.libcom.org.uk/lib/ar.pdf
http://www.arbetsfornedringen.tk/polkagrisar/ar.pdf
http://www.prole.info/ar.pdf

A low-res online version is available at:
http://www.prole.info/ar/index.html

And a text only version is available at:
http://www.prole.info/ar.html

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If you haven't been to www.prole.info before, have a look. We have printable pamphlets and online texts written by anarcho-communists, autonomist marxists, left communists, situationists, workers, labor historians, and much more... as well as a prole.info manifesto/coloring book: "Work . Community . Politics . War"

ABOLISH RESTAURANTS, is currently being translated into Swedish. But stop by www.prole.info and get in touch if you would like to translate it into another language.

For further reading on restaurants from a working class perspective check out the classic "Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell or "Hamburgers vs Value" from Riff-Raff #3-4 ( http://www.riff-raff.se/en/3-4/burgers_vs_value.php )

Finally, thanks to everyone who gave suggestions or helped proofread ABOLISH RESTAURANTS, including but not limited to our friends at: A Murder of Crows ( http://www.geocities.com/amurderofcrows1 ), Polkagrisar ( http://www.polkagris.nu ), and LibCom ( http://www.libcom.org/ ), as well as Prec@riat, Mikus, Giovanni, 888, McShiesty, and tiger kung-fu girl.

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Award
24 Sep 2006
. . .and the award for Stupidest Essay of 2006 in All Categories goes to. . .

. . .this piece.
yah
24 Sep 2006
did you actually read it? or are you just commenting on your misunderstanding of the title?
yup
24 Sep 2006
read every muddled word. . .

especially loved the bit implying that women being housewives was being some kind of golden age

or all those misreadings of the history and political economy of medieval guilds

or speaking for others claiming that all restaurant workers hate their jobs

just a bunch of trite ill-informed platitudes propped up by a mess of bad historiography

plus the huge supermajority of people like eating out every now and again--even those of us that critique labor relations in the restaurant industry or in capitalism as a whole. . .so it's a non-starter as any kind of motivational piece

boo hiss
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25 Sep 2006
To say that fast food was an expansion of the market into tasks that used to be done by housewives isn't to say that women should stay in the home. It is a move from a direct oppressive relationship to a market relationship.

Your other critiques are based on a similar lack of understand.