In this episode, we drink some basic beers, and talk about leftist organizations that pass themselves off as revolutionary, but really just function as cults. I was a member of one of these groups before really identifying with anarchism, and that experienced solidified my commitment to the big @, and still informs my politics. Anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to sell Leninist newspapers in the street should watch!
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.