Shawn P. Wilbur

Anarchist History: No End of Beginnings

  • Posted on: 22 July 2019
  • By: thecollective

From The Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur

After a couple of decades in the wilderness of history, in search of the elusive headwaters of the anarchist tradition, you stop beside some particularly active mountain spring and think that, while no serious seeker would every claim a single source for that tradition, you’ve probably been in the right neighborhood for some time now. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about the return trip.

Anarchist History: Streamside Reflections and Preparations for the Journey

  • Posted on: 11 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur

I expect that anyone who has made the experiment—on any scale, really—can attest that it is often much easier to venture out into the wilderness than it is to find our way home again. There is undoubtedly a lesson here for historians of what we call “the anarchist tradition,” and particularly for those of us whose researches have taken us deep into the interior, in search of the more-or-less mythic headwaters of that tradition. But perhaps the difficulties are not quite as great as some critics of broadly, deeply inclusive anarchist history can make them seem.

Anarchist History: The Metaphor of the Main Stream

  • Posted on: 6 June 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Libertarian Labyrinth

As tools for historical and cultural understanding, metaphors are obviously in the “use with great care” category and, as often as not, reveal more about our interpretive preconceptions than they do about the material we seek to interpret. But sometimes that’s just what is called for, as what needs to be more closely examined is at least as much the lens through which we are looking as it is the object of our scrutiny.

Notes on “What is Property?” (2019)

  • Posted on: 21 April 2019
  • By: thecollective

From Libertarian Labyrinth by Shawn P. Wilbur

These notes are from a group reading of the book on Reddit. While fragmentary, they do raise a number of questions that I haven’t had a chance to raise elsewhere. If nothing else, I’m archiving them to use in a future revision of Tucker’s translation.