The following can be applied to Syndicalism generally but there is a new trend that needs to addressed and specifically by Anarchists.
I have recently been wondering about the rise of Anarcho-syndicalism amongst a very new and typically young left. Quite rarely among these new recruits do they ever talk about the form of the union itself; rarely do they seem to understand that the syndicalism of the past, think CNT-FAI, USI, IWW (of old), etc., came from militant unions and not the bourgeois-reformist ventures like the almost-entire face of unions today. At least this is the case in the 'west' where a lot of these people reside. Were this sort of militancy to be a feature of a contemporary union the outcome is very clear.
I know for a fact that a lot of renewed interest has come from, not that it is bad at all. The public intellectual we all know: Noam Chomsky. Everybody knows you can see lectures of his very easily on Youtube and a quick glimpse of his Wikipedia shows his ideological leanings, follow it up with a little Youtube search and you've got some very easily digestible, but altogether quite face-level, descriptions and histories of the movement. We all know that general literacy and interest in reading generally has dropped as the internet has begun to spread its tendrils into every corner of life. So it would not surprise me if this is a very common path. It certainly was for agent Kochinski as I have heard him parrot Chomsky's ideas word for word on the few unfortunate occasions I have watched him; most recently agent Kochinski mentioned to Hakim that he'd use electoralism to 'help' trade unions which is laughable beyond belief but this is a common belief amongst the new faction of Anarcho-syndicalists. Liberalism begetting liberalism but under the shade of a red and black flag.
I would like some responses to this since I rarely see comment on such failure to consider contemporary conditions as such and if anyone has any good resources on the general trend to liberalise unions themselves.
GMB isn't taking up arms in the revolution, GMB is making concessions on behalf of the state to quash it.
This is a no-flame post.