Greetings friends and comrades! Welcome to the R.F. Kampfer Revolutionary Literature Archive! Now that I’ve been maintaining this Tumblr for a few weeks I should explain what it is all about.
Who is R.F. Kampfer? ‘R.F. Kampfer’ was the pen name of Neil Chacker (1942-2004), an autoworker militant, socialist, and humor columnist for ‘Against The Current’ magazine. Neil was a truly unique person, perhaps nearly as well known for his biker leathers, sailor tattoos, and salty humor as he was for his decades spent giving the boss hell on the factory floor. Neil was also a GI antiwar organizer during the Vietnam war, a dedicated cadre of the International Socialists, a boat-rocking member of the United Auto Workers, and a founding member of the socialist organization Solidarity. Check out this article on his life: http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/1124 And check out some of his humorous/poignant musings here: http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/346
Neil, or ‘Kampfer’, died of cancer in 2004. He was a dear friend and comrade, so I’ve named my archive after him as a tribute to his love of history and his unflinching dedication to winning a world without exploitation and oppression.
Who is Brad Duncan? That’s me. I’m in my mid-30’s and I’ve been a revolutionary socialist and activist since my late teens. I’ve been collecting pamphlets, newspapers, and ephemera associated with the radical left since then too. I’ve spent a large part of my life in Detroit, Michigan but now live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Eventually my goal is to scan these items and post them online for people around the world to read and learn from. But until then I’ll post the covers for all the leftists of the internet to enjoy! I’m still getting the hang of Tumblr, so expect this page to continue to improve. My collection is somewhat immense, so I should be able to keep updating this page with historically important (and cool looking!) publications on a daily basis for the next few decades.
All branches of the radical left family tree are represented in the archive! So you can expect to see printed materials from such movements and ideologies as: - All varieties of Marxism, from Trotskyism to Maoism and beyond! -Black Power and Black Liberation movements -Workers’ struggles, rank & file labor movements, workplace agitation -Anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movements -Women’s liberation and feminism -Anarchism, syndicalism, and related anti-authoritarian movements -Queer liberation and LGBT history -Ecology and radical green movements -1960’s New Left And much, much more!!
So tell anyone you know who is interested in the history or radical left social movements (or anyone who enjoys the graphic design styles of radical literature!) to follow me and reblog whatever they see fit. I truly appreciate the interest that has been shown so far. It’s rewarding to know so many people care about the history of the radical left…and good to know that all those countless hours I’ve spent tracking down these dusty old pamphlets was not in vain!
In Solidarity, Brad Duncan
The photo was taken at Cross Street Books (aka Sheridan’s) in Ypsilanti, Michigan.