Howard Ehrlich, R.I.P.

  • Posted on: 3 February 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

One of our favorite longtime anarchists has passed away.

Howard Ehrlich, of Baltimore, Maryland, was an American sociologist and anarchist activist. Formerly a professor at University of Iowa, he was co-founder of Research Group One that conducted research on behalf of activist organizations in the US. Subsequently, he co-founded a collective that produced a successful syndicated radio program called the Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, a free school, and in 1980 he co-founded a peer-reviewed journal called Social Anarchism, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until his passing.

After years of teaching in higher education, he became the Director of the Prejudice Institute, a sociological research organization that studied ethnoviolence. In his later years, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Dementia.
He died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on February 2, 2015.

He is the author or editor of the books: "The Best of Social Anarchism", "Reinventing Anarchy", "Reinventing Anarchy, Again", "Hate Crimes and Ethnoviolence: The History, Current Affairs, and Future of Discrimination in America", "The Social-Psychology of Prejudice", "Race and Ethnic Conflict: Contending Views on Prejudice, Discrimination, and Ethnoviolence", and "Intergroup Tensions and Ethnoviolence in the Workplace: A Manual for Trainers".



While not a fan of Social Anarchy, it was an important first step in making anarchist theory more empirical, less ethereal. While both are important, I'll say Thanks Howard, I read the journal occasionally, and it was, like many other efforts, one of the small fires that kept anarchy burning bright in the wasteland that was the 70s and 80s.

RIP comrade

unlike now where we're obvs right in the thick of blazing anarchies! RIP Mr Ehrlich!

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