National Liberation

An Anarchist in Love with Mao’s China - Herbert Read’s ‘Letters from China’. Plus a list of dubious accounts of ‘successful’ revolutions, from Russia to Rojava

  • Posted on: 25 June 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

In the second year of the Great Leap Forward famine – in which perhaps 30 million died – Herbert Read visited China on an official delegation.

Read’s acceptance of a knighthood for his literary achievements had already discredited him amongst many anarchists. But, at the time of his visit in 1959, he was still the most prominent anarchist in Britain and his published writings had considerable influence on, amongst others, Murray Bookchin.

Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective

  • Posted on: 3 November 2014
  • By: worker

By K.B.

“The principal problem of national liberation struggle for the anti-statist anarcho-syndicalist form of organisation is that it is inherently statist. Advocating a more local form of state, the national liberation movement bows to the idea that the state is a desirable institution – just not in the current form. As such, it has the fundamental flaw that, if successful, it will generate a new state – which may or may not be ‘worse’ than the current oppressor, but it will nevertheless be an oppressive mechanism.” – Solidarity Federation