About Anarchism – Nicholas Walter Today, the word anarchism inspires both fear and fascination. But few people understand what anarchists believe, what anarchists want, and what anarchists do. This incisive essay puts the case for anarchism as a pragmatic political philosophy.
£4 post paid in the UK
Alcatraz: Uncle Sam’s Devil’s Island. Experiences of a Conscientious Objector in America During the First World War – Philip Grosser Philip was sent to Alcatraz because he didn’t want to murder anyone, even on government orders. He was a Boston anarchist and anti-militarist who refused to be drafted into the slaughter of World War One. He was, in his own words, ‘not a very good example to other drafted men’, and stayed a stubborn rebel who could not be turned into a soldier. As an anarchist he denied the government’s right to run or throw away his life. For that reason he had to face the inhumanity of authority defied. Gosser’s account of his time inside is an early expose of official brutality in America’s most notorious prison. it is also a powerful account of resistance and endurance.
£3 ppd in the UK
All Power to the Imagination! – Dave Douglas Subtitled ‘Revolutionary class struggle in trade unions and the petty bourgeois fetish of organisational purity’ this is a collection of essays and rants by militant ex-miner and political rabble-rouser, Dave Douglas delivered in class-war drenched polemic.
£5.50 ppd in the UK
Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism – Rudolf Rocker In 1936, with the outbreak of the Spanish civil war and Revolution, the ideas of anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism were revived for the first time since World War One and the Russian Revolution. Widespread interest in the philosophy that had inspired this mass movement of revolutionary workers and militant anarchists led to respected German anarchist Rudolf Rocker being asked to explain the ideas. He produced ‘Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism’.
£2.50 ppd in the UK
Anarchist International Action Against Francoism from Genoa 1949 to the First of May Group – Antonio Tellez Sola From the end of the Spanish Civil War the anarchist movement fought to undermine the Francoist dictatorship. Solidarity actions in Western Europe aimed to isolate the regime and bring pressure to bear in defence of militants inside Spain. Determined to avoid casualties, their campaign of armed protests saved many activists from the death
penalty.The pamphlet contains sections on the attack on Spain’s embassy in Genoa in 1949; the Internal Defence agency and the FIJL’s First of May Group; the 1962 abduction of Spain’s honorary vice-consul in Milan; and the
kidnapping of Monsignor Marcos Ussia in Rome.
£2.00 ppd in the UK
Application of Anarchist Theory to the Modern-Day Prison Struggle – Sean Swain “Anarchists, engaged in the modern-day prison struggle, perform necessary and essential revolutionary functions in the subversion and defeat of inimical fascist forces and the creation of a new order, one where the institutions of the old order cannot stand… The existence of the State and the existence of crime go together. The State’s solution to crime and criminality become the part of the problem. The abolition of the State, the abolition of authority, lead to the abolition of crime and criminality”.
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Bash the Fash: Antifascist Recollections 1984 – 93 – K.Bullstreet This is literally a no-punches pulled account of Anti Fascist Action’s fight against fascism in Britain by a grassroots anarchist member of AFA. It is important, not because he makes any pretence at being a leading light but because the many small (or not so small) contributions such people make are key tot the success that AFA achieved. Written with honesty and a sense of humour, the tale of challenging the fascists for control of the streets – and winning – never descends into political cliche or reads like a pools forecast. Obviously, a changed political environment requires different tactics from the anti-fascist movement, but it’s equally clear that, if we don’t record our recent success (because it is the success of AFA that changed the landscape) our enemies will write our history. Here’s an insight into the true story.
£2ppd in the UK
Culture and Anarchism – Harold Barclay A look at the meaning of culture and an investigation into the type of culture that gives it inhabitants the most freedom. Whilst looking at native cultures this book also explores the cultures of anarchic communities which are deliberately created within modern societies, and discusses how closely the ideas of Josiah Warren, who initiated such communities, and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, correspond to anarchism in the complete sense.
£5 ppd in the UK
Miguel Garcia’s Story – Miguel Garcia and Albert Meltzer Memoirs and appreciation of a man who held an important place in the European anarchist movement after his release from a twenty year sentence, imposed for resistance activities inside Francoist Spain.
£2.00 ppd in the UK
Rebellious Spirit: Maria Occhipinti and the Ragusa Anti-Draft Revolt of 1945 – ed. Paul Sharkey and Anna Key Ragusa, Sicily, 1945. Mussolini’s fascist regime had fallen apart, with many of his backers turning ‘democratic’ and hoping to prevent a revolution with the help of the allied armies and Communist Party. After five years of war, their attempts to create a new Italian army are met with evasion and resistance.Maria Occhipinti began the Ragusa
anti-draft revolt of January, 1945 by laying down in front of an army truck carrying arrested draftees, who then escaped. A four-day insurrection followed, with the rich dispossessed, until the Italian army was able to retake the
city.Maria Occhipinti served nearly two years’ prison for her part in the revolt. Afterwards, she travelled endlessly, seeking her own freedom – and a free world. Here we present texts on the 1945 revolt, anti-fascism in Ragusa and the lives of both Maria Occhipinti and fellow Ragusan anarchist rebel Franco Leggio.
£2.00 ppd in the UK
Social Policy: An anarchist response – Colin Ward A collection of the author’s lectures on the history of informal housing movements that he delivered whilst he was the visiting Centenary Professor in the department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
£5.00 ppd in the UK
The State: Its Historic Role – Peter Kropotkin According tot the author of this anarchist classic here is only one way of “really understanding the State” and that is to study its historic development. This is what Kropotkin does in his brilliant, erudite and provocative essay.
Talking Houses – Colin Ward A collection of ten lectures given to a variety of audiences in Britain, the United States and Italy by respected anarchist author, Colin Ward about housing planning and the urban environment. They are, he says, endless variations on a few simple but neglected truths.
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Work, Language and Education in the Industrial State – Michael Duane Another classic in the Freedom Press Anarchist Discussion Series. Articulates the important connections between the nature of work in industrial society, the exercise of linguistic skills and the importance of an educational understanding and experience of making decisions over matters that affect them.