Pioneers of British Anarchism: George Barrett

  • Posted on: 16 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

To mark the launch of new Freedom Press title Our Masters Are Helpless, we will be publishing a number of historic reprints about historic anarchist figures from our 130-year store of articles, starting with the firebrand himself, George Barrett. Originally written in 1947, this essay by Mat Kavanagh (himself a figure of note) was part of a series which attempted to rescue British activists from the obscurity that seemed destined to be their lot in the aftermath of World War I and II.

Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Anarchism and the Multicultural Joys of New York

  • Posted on: 14 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

Sometime in the middle 1970s I found myself at one of the congenial meetings of the old-time anarchists—they ran a lecture series under the rubric of the Libertarian Book Club, their traditional organization—where the name of Eleanor Roosevelt happened to be mentioned. And I was taken aback to see a room crowded with elderly Jewish ladies who read the Freie Arbeiter Stimme or helped put it out, together with possibly a white-haired Italian ex-terrorist or two, or maybe a grizzled veteran of the St. Petersburg uprisings of 1917, and a number of tough-guy harbor Wobblies and I don’t know who else, burst into spontaneous applause. Eleanor Roosevelt, hooray! Such was the spirit of working-class anarchism in New York, among its hard-bitten surviving militants, in their retirement days. Well, not all of them, but enough to make a resounding applause.

Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Crackup and Transformation of the Jewish Left

  • Posted on: 14 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

There was something sweet tempered about those people, the Jewish labor anarchists of the 1920s and ’30s. You can see it in Pesotta’s autobiography—in her account of her young girl’s life in the Ukraine, and her old-school father and the danger of an arranged marriage (which, as much as czarism and the pogroms, led her to flee to America). That is what Stolberg, the journalist, saw in Morris Sigman, the non-hard-boiled union strongman. But there was no reason why sweetness and ferocity couldn’t go together. I wonder if, in the Jewish labor movement, anybody was tougher than the anarchists. Anyway, in their sweet-tempered way, they racked up some very fine achievements over the next years.

Tales of the Jewish Working Class: The Ancient Dream of the Jewish Left

  • Posted on: 14 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

And the Ideal blossomed, as well, among the anarchists, some of them—blossomed in the writings of Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman—blossomed as an inexpressible yearning that was poetic and political at the same time—blossomed into the belief that a life dedicated to the Ideal could be lived, if only as a continual and aesthetically shaped protest against the world, or perhaps as a morbid self-sacrifice. Those were religious notions, very nearly—notions about how, under the buoyant and not necessarily benign guidance of the ethereal Ideal, you should feel and think and what kinds of things you should do.

Anarchy Bang: Introducing Episode 24: Books

  • Posted on: 13 June 2019
  • By: anarchybang

From Anarchy Bang

As you might know books are kind of a thing around here. I am a book publisher, my cohosts are also involved in making and using books. This week we will talk about them. We'll start by talking about books we like, books on our mind, and book we'll review. We'd like your input. Send five book reviews to team@anarchybang.com and we'll read them and discuss. We look forward to a great two hours of discussion about anarchist books.

Anarchism, Syndicalism and Workers Councils

  • Posted on: 13 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Writers by anarcho

This is a write-up of a talk I gave in Edinburgh in April 2019 on anarchist ideas on social change and organisation. I have used the slides I created for the talk as the basis of this write-up, although as usual I am sure this is not the same as what was said on the night but close enough. Hopefully this talk gives a useful summary of anarchist ideas on organisation and their development from the birth of anarchism to around 1920.

Anarchy Radio 06 11 2019 (with a word to anews from JZ)

  • Posted on: 12 June 2019
  • By: anon (not verified)

Finally the stink of the anews project has become too much for me.
There was the acceptance of the ITS lets-murder-passersby. Now the who-
could- condemn -sex with -kids, the great applause to that from the (anonymous
of course) anews posts. Meanwhile Aragorn! asks, 'when did you accept reality?
(accept defeat).' Could there be more definite gifts to our enemies?No more Anarchy Radio
for theses cynics of surrender, who somehow call themselves 'anarchists'(??)
Don't fucking touch Anarchy Radio broadcasts.

Review: Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition by Ruth Kinna

  • Posted on: 11 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Anarchist Writers by anarcho

Anarchists from Proudhon onwards have met with misunderstanding and not a little deliberate distortion. Peter Kropotkin, despite being one of the most widely read anarchist thinkers, has also suffered this fate. This, perhaps, is due to him being so widely read for the most easily available works are those he wrote as general introductions to anarchism. The more numerous works he wrote for the anarchist press addressing the issues it was facing remain mostly buried in archives.

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