Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat, by J. Sakai, is one of the best books i have ever read. It is a no-holds barred examination of capitalism’s crimes in North America and the complicity of even the white working class – from the genocide of the First Nations and slavery right up to the 1970s.
I don’t agree with anything i read 100%, but in terms of education i have never learnt so much from one book. And it is well written, actually history that is exciting to read!
While Sakai is dealing with the American white working class, and to the best of my knowledge nobody has undertaken a similar study in the Canadian context, i think his argument and observations are broadly applicable here too. Indeed, my guess is that they are sadly relevant in settler societies around the world.
Specifically, in thinking about Caledonia (or Chateauguay fifteen years ago), it is difficult not to make those connections.
So, if i only post one thing today i want it to be this: somebody has scanned in Settlers and uploaded it as a PDF! That’s right, you can download this book and read it for free!
The book is up on the Indybay site (where you an also check people’s comments, which kind of mirror the range of opinions expressed whenever anarchists discuss this book) or you can just click here to get the pdf. (i am mirroring it on the Kersplebedeb site here too)
(i should also point out in this regard that some other writings of Sakai’s are already up on my site – you can check them all out here).