THE COMMUNE, THE CHURCH AND THE STATE by MICHAEL BAKUNIN. eBook — £1.00

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Dec 122015
 

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Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin on the Paris Commune, government and the state: “This work, like all my published work, of which there has not been a great deal, is an outgrowth of events. It is the natural continuation of my Letters to a Frenchman (September 1870), wherein I had the easy but painful distinction of foreseeing and foretelling the dire calamities which now beset France and the whole civilized world, the only cure for which is the Social Revolution.

“My purpose now is to prove the need for such a revolution. I shall review the historical development of society and what is now taking place in Europe, right before our eyes. Thus all those who sincerely thirst for truth can accept it and proclaim openly and unequivocally the philosophical principles and practical aims which are at the very core of what we call the Social Revolution.

“I know my self-imposed task is not a simple one. I might be called presumptuous had I any personal motives in undertaking it. Let me assure my reader, I have none. I am not a scholar or a philosopher, not even a professional writer. I have not done much writing in my life and have never written except, so to speak, in self-defense, and only when a passionate conviction forced me to overcome my instinctive dislike for any public exhibition of myself…”

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GOD AND THE STATE by Michael Bakunin. Preface by Carlo Cafiero, Elysée Reclus; Introduction by Paul Avrich — eBook — £1.00

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Dec 122015
 

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Bakunin’s classic and highly influential text setting out the anarchist critique of religion as bound up in legitimising the state.

INTRODUCTION by Paul Avrich

This man was born not under an ordinary star but under a comet. — ALEXANDER HERZEN

It was nearly a century ago that Michael Bakunin wrote what was to become his most celebrated pamphlet, God and the State. At that time, anarchism was emerging as a major force within the revolutionary movement, and the named Bakunin, its foremost champion and prophet, was as well known among the workers and radical intellectuals of Europe as that of Karl Marx, with whom he was competing for leadership of the First International.

In contrast to Marx, Bakunin had won his reputation chiefly as an activist rather than a theorist of rebellion. He was born into the Russian landed gentry in 1814, but as a young man abandoned his army commission and noble heritage for a career as a professional revolutionist. Leaving Russia in 1840, aged twenty-six, he dedicated his life to a struggle against tyranny in all its forms. He was not one to sit in libraries, studying and writing about predetermined revolutions. Impatient for action, he threw himself into the uprisings of 1848 with irrepressible exuberance, a Promethean figure moving with the tided revolt from Paris to the barricades of Austria and Germany. Men like Bakunin, a companion remarked, “grow in a hurricane and ripen better in stormy weather than in sunshine.”1 But his arrest during the Dresden insurrection of 1849 cut short his feverish revolutionary activity. He spent the next eight years in prism, six of them in the darkest dungeons of tsarist Russia, and when he emerged, his sentence commuted to a life term of Siberian exile, he was toothless from scurvy and his health seriously impaired. In 1861, however, he escaped his warders and embarked upon a sensational odyssey that encircled the globe and made his name a legend and an object of worship in radical groups all over Europe.
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MODERN SCIENCE AND ANARCHISM by Peter Kropotkin. eBook — £1.00

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Dec 102015
 

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In ‘Modern Science and Anarchism’ Kropotkin argues that the Idea of anarchism originated not with individual thinkers, but from among the people and that it will preserve its vitality and creative force only for as long as it remains a movement of the people. Kropotkin claims in this work that throughout history ‘two currents of thought and action have been in conflict in the midst of human societies,’ — the ‘mutual aid’ tendency, as exemplified in tribal custom, village communities, medieval guilds, and, in fact, all institutions ‘developed and worked out, not by legislation, but by the creative spirit of the masses’. The other current is the authoritarian one, beginning with the ‘magi, shamans, wizards, rain-makers, oracles, and priests’ and continuing with the recorders of laws and the ‘chiefs of military bands’. ‘Kropotkin concludes ‘that anarchy represents the first of these two currents. … We can therefore say that from all times there have been anarchists and statists.’ Kropotkin postulates that the roots of anarchism lie in ‘the remotest Stone-age antiquity’; from this highly personal view of prehistory he continues through all rebellious movements to the rise of the early trade unions, concluding that ‘these are the main popular anarchist currents which we know of in history’. The book’s roots go back to 1887 when Kropotkin wrote an article entitled “The Scientific Bases of Anarchy” for the Nineteenth Century, the magazine edited by James Knowles which published most of Kropotkin’s major works in essay form before they appeared as books. Modern Science and Anarchism originated out of a burst of activity on Kropotkin’s part related to the rise of the clandestine anarchist movement in Russia. The first edition was printed in Russian, in London, in 1901; a later, German edition, was published in 1904, while the English and French versions did not appear until 1912/13. Kropotkin’s intention in writing Modern Science and Anarchism was, apparently, to clarify the basic methodological principle of anarchism, and establish the fact that anarchism is a broad based modern sociological science, i.e. political economy broadly defined, including political sociology, psychology, and law. Far from endorsing ‘the government of science’, he wanted to see established: “A society in which all the mutual relations of its members are regulated, not by laws, not by authorities, whether self-imposed or elected, but by mutual agreement… and by a sum of social customs and habits—not petrified by law, routine, or superstition, but continually developing and continually readjusted, in accordance with the ever-growing requirements of a free life, stimulated by the progress of science, invention, and the steady growth of higher ideals” (Modern Science and Anarchism).

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Anarchism: Arguments For and Against by Albert Meltzer. eBook £1.00

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Dec 082015
 

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This is the revised edition of Anarchism: Arguments For and Against that Albert Meltzer was working on at the time of his death on May 7th, 1996. The book was important to Albert, and it was one whose arguments he returned to often in his other writings.

Albert had become increasingly concerned about what he saw as the ghettoisation of anarchism. Separated from the working class base so necessary to achieve social revolution, anarchism could easily fall into the twin traps of philosophical radicalism or revolutionary arrogance — the “we’re more militant than anyone else” approach. Both strands have manifested themselves in British anarchism together with a sometimes demoralising and destructive incestuous approach to revolutionary change. Anarchists tend to talk only to other anarchists and are unable to relate to the majority of people who do not share their ideas and see anarchism as a rather exotic or illogical idea.

This was Albert’s attempt to examine and counter arguments people may have about anarchism. He examines the basic tenets of anarchist thought and practice and challenges some of the myths about anarchist theory and action— a vade mecum for those who hope to win over sceptics to anarchist ideas and break down the walls of the ghetto in which anarchism has been contained for many years.
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WORDS IN THE SNOW [A FILANDÓN] by Juan Pedro Aparicio, Luis Mateo Díez, José María Merino. Translated by Simon Breden Santos. eBook £1.50

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Dec 082015
 

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In the lands of León, ringed by the high sierras, the snow-capped Cantabrian mountains and the Galician Massif, in the long dark nights, villagers sit around their log fires, spinning yarns — filandónes —watching the flames gutter and dance, finding pleasure in their glow, and in the reflected warmth of each others’ company.

This “Filandón is a collection of very short stories (by Juan Pedro Aparicio, Luis Mateo Díez and José María Merino) with parallel texts in Spanish and English, a format which makes learning either language so much easier than using a dictionary every few words. The filandón is a genre reborn midway through the twentieth century and currently booming in Latin America and Spain, and known, variously, as the micro-story, min-fiction or mini-tale – no one can decide on the most appropriate term, but it is a format distinguished for its brevity, dramatic intensity, experimentation, expressive concision, capacity for suggestion and formal autonomy typical of the literary Short Story.

“This brilliant collection of short stories from three contemporary Spanish writers has thrown the rulebook of realism away. The stories are very short, sometimes only a sentence long, but there is audacity and skill in the brevity. The writers use the ancient techniques of the fable to explore themes of science fiction and also to undertake some unsettling experiments with time and death. They show what can be done in a short space of time with stories honed down to the minimum so that the economy itself becomes a delight. Fate plays its part. Questions of shifting identity are raised. Philosophical conundrums present the reader with something to puzzle over The scale is big even if the narratives are small. And let us not forget humour There is dark mordant humour throughout. Surrealism is made to seem a normal state of affairs. There are echos of Borges, Calvino and even the short stories of Gogol but this does not preclude tales of everyday humanity: we have the story of the man who mourns the loss of his favourite soup when his local restaurant closes, the fireman who rescues a young woman and then becomes dissatisfied with his own wife; the traveller who returns to an unrecognisable hometown haunted by a sense of loss at the changes. Exhilarating and disturbing, there is always a refreshing sense of playfulness as well as some unexpected twists in the tales. The authors show no inhibitions about juggling with time and with physical scale so that we can be suddenly thrown into an Alice-In-Wonderland world. And best of all, in this day and age, when we rush from task to task, the stories are short enough to be read at a bus-stop, waiting at a check-out counter or even while the bath is running.” — Pauline Melville

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AN EXAMINATION OF SCOTCH INTELLECT DURING THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES by Henry Thomas Buckle. From Vol. III of his History of Civilisation in England, 1862. eBook £1.50

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Dec 072015
 

 

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Have you read Buckle’s second volume? It has interested me greatly; I do not care whether his views are right or wrong, but I should think they contained much truth. There is a noble love of advancement and truth throughout, and to my taste he is the very best writer of the English language that ever lived.” — CHARLES DARWIN

Henry Thomas Buckle was a man of one book. But that one book, The History of Civilization in England, was one of the great books of the nineteenth century and earned Buckle instant celebrity. Translated into many languages, it remained one of the most influential of all historical works down to the First World War.

Buckle’s History is a mere fragment of what was to be a general “philosophical history” of civilisation, not just in England, but throughout the world. Of the twenty chapters that Buckle completed, six were devoted to an exposition of his philosophy of history, seven chiefly to the history of France, one to the history of Spain, and five to Scotland. Only one chapter was devoted to England about one-ninth of the whole) Buckle must, therefore, be read not primarily as a historian of England, but as a historical sociologist whose main interest was in the development of general historical laws …

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Autopsia de una impostura Jesús F. SALGADO AMOR NUÑO Y LA CNT Revisado por Freddy GÓMEZ

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Dec 062015
 

AmorNunoJesús F. SALGADO AMOR NUÑO Y LA CNT Crónicas de vida y muerte, Madrid, Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo, 2014, ill., 624 p.

Si, en el campo de la historia, ninguna verdad queda jamás establecida – basta con que surja finalmente un documento para que las ópticas cambien –, la Guerra Civil española, sujeto de estudio inagotable por razones que vamos a tratar de dilucidar, sigue siendo un campo de batalla siempre fértil en reinterpretaciones. También es necesario que el tal documento sea autentificado e incuestionable. En el caso que nos interesa – y sobre el cual Jesús F. Salgado ha llevado a cabo una destacable investigación –, la utilización de un falso periodístico, legitimado por un representante notorio de la casta de los historiadores, ha sido finalmente suficiente para trastocar, de buenas a primeras, una perspectiva bastante ampliamente admitida hasta ahora sobre las prácticas represivas del bloque estalinista-socialista-republicano a cargo efectivo del control del orden público en un Madrid sitiado donde las fuerzas libertarias, lejos de ser mayoritarias, jugaron más bien un papel de elemento moderador.

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THE POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE. The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de la Boétie. Translated by Harry Kurz. (Kindle, Kobo or direct from our eBookstore at £1.00)

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Étienne de la Boétie (1530-1563) wrote the following essay on the ultimate source and nature of political power in the early 1550s, while still a law student at the University of Orleans. In it he considers the origins of dictatorship and the means by which people can prevent political enslavement and liberate themselves. The Discourse deserves a prominent place in the literature of political theory.

The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude is lucidly and coherently structured around a single axiom. a single insight into the nature not only of tyranny but, implicitly, of the State itself. Many medieval writers had attacked tyranny, but La Boétie delved deeply into its nature, and that of State rule itself. His fundamental insight was that every tyranny must necessarily be grounded upon general acceptance. In short, the bulk of the people themselves acquiesce in their own subjection. If this were not the case, no tyranny, indeed no government, could long endure. Hence, a government does not have to be popularly elected to enjoy general public support; for general public support is in the very nature of all governments that endure — including the most oppressive of tyrannies. The tyrant is but one person, and could scarcely command the obedience of another person, much less of an entire country, if most of the subjects did not grant their obedience by their own consent.

For La Boétie the central question of political theory is why people consent to their own enslavement? He cuts to the heart of what is, or rather should be, the central problem of political philosophy — the mystery of civil obedience. Why do people, in all time and places, obey the commands of government, which always constitutes a small minority of the society? To La Boétie the spectacle of general consent to despotism is both puzzling and appalling.

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Joan Pau Fábregas (1893-1966) by Agustín Guillamón (Translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Nov 302015
 

FabregasCNT member and economist Joan Pau Fábregas Llauró[i] was born in Sant Martí de Provensals[ii] in 1893, the son of inn-keeper Pau Fabregas and Maria Llauro Espinas.

In 1909, aged 16, he was injured during the events of Barcelona’s Tragic Week (in which Francisco Ferrer Guardia was shot as the supposed ringleader of the disturbances).

He later emigrated to Argentina where he worked as a baker, then lived for a short while in the United States where he learned English. Returning to Spain he worked for a time in his father’s inn and as a baker, later a car salesman. His first venture into studying international economics came at the International Trade Centre in Barcelona, which he ran from No 12 Calle Fontanera in Barcelona. Here Fabregas studied the markets, acting as a business consultant and advising on exports and business reports. By the mid-1920s such theoretical and practical financial and economic activities had turned him into an expert consultant and advisor. He ran and published a subscription-based economic and trade review, entitled El Productor.

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THE FLOODGATES OF ANARCHY by Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer. eBook £1.50

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Nov 292015
 

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“Anyone who wants to know what anarchism is about in the contemporary world would do well to start here. The Floodgates of Anarchy forces us to take a hard look at moral and political problems which other more sophisticated doctrines evade.” —The Sunday Times

“A lucid exposition of revolutionary anarchist theory — Peace News

The floodgates holding back anarchy are constantly under strain. The liberal would ease the pressure by diverting some of the water; the conservative would shore up the dykes, the totalitarian would construct a stronger dam. But is anarchy a destructive force? The absence of government may alarm the authoritarian, but is a liberated people really its own worst enemy—or is the true enemy of humanity, as the anarchists claim, the means by which one is governed? Without government the world could manage to end exploitation and war. Anarchy should not be confused with weak, divided or manifold government. As Christie and Meltzer point out, only with the total abolition of government can society develop in freedom.

With a new introduction, this classic anarchist text from the `70s is available once again.

“Coming from a position of uncompromising class struggle and a tradition that includes many of our exemplary anarchist militants, Floodgates of Anarchy has a power and directness sadly missing from some contemporary anarchist writing. It is exciting to see it back in print, ready for a new generation to read.” — Barry Pateman, Associate Editor, The Emma Goldman Papers, University of California at Berkeley.

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