Written by DAMTP   


IWW 000 – 4th world: Primitive Communism

IWW 100 – 200

IWW 300 – 400

IWW 500 -600

3rd world

2nd world

1st world

Age of Prophets

Age of Saints

Age of Divinity

Land intensive

Labour intensive

Capital intensive

taste / smell


touch/ sight

Sound / thought








0th world? – Advanced Communism


The IWW classify workers industrially from 100-600, under three main categories of industry of a modern, capitalist economy: extraction of materials, production of goods, and provision of services. This very roughly corresponds with the use of Land in the 3rd World (100 Agriculture, 200 Mining), Labour in the 2nd World (300 Construction, 400 Manufacture) and Capital in the 1st World (500 Transportation 600 Services). Since this system is from the early 1900s when the international Communist movement was in its first amplic phase, capital production has further developed. 2004’s IWW Commitee on industrial classification recommended that the classification be altered in order to account for this development. However this would have expanded the representation of workers in the First World (in Capital intensive production) , effectively mirroring the amplification of bourgeois control in the form of Enterprise as the 4th factor of production and Entrepeneurship as an industrial locus of workers.  


Taking a worker centred approach, we can also classify production in these 3 dimensions of class as related to the senses of taste and smell (100-200), sight and touch (300-400) and hearing and thought (500-600). Psychic and data mining work therefore sits between 400 and 500 – ie the 1st and 2nd worlds – the ages of divinity and saints. This is a further reason why the current imperial world war manifests as a religious one between innovators and traditionalists. More importantly it means that since as data miners and psychic workers we have a direct access to the means of organisation, we must support and seek to be controlled and lead by those workers unions who do not – ie those in land and labour intensive modes of production in the 3rd and 2nd worlds (ages of prophets and sainthood). In this way we pass organisation power to those workers who need it more thatn us. On the other hand, we must seek to control and take power away from those in the more capital dominated areas of production (the 1st world/ age of divinity). It should be noted that these categories are not strictly geographical/ temporal or classical but situgraphically (topologically) interwoven.


The IWW committee also add 000 section to include precarious 010 , unwaged 020 and unemployed 030 workers. This is essential and already has become realised in the formation of an unemployed workers union. We suggest that 000 be the dead workers union too. So the space of our organising is not just the factory, the job, the industry but also the home and other social spaces. Since cyberspace is a distributed workspace that can reach any physical space via Personal Devices As laptops etc the social factory expands the terrain of class struggle. Calcualtions show that the quantum time bomb now has a pycho-social interface to the internet and so the social factory extends into psychic and temporal areas beyond those of advanced capitalism. We aim to spearhead an assault on it via the dead workers union.,


for more on IWW committee on classification, see http://www.iww.org/cic/