Sep 162012

SAM DOLGOFF, retired house painter, editor and translator of Bakunin on Anarchy, The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-management in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939), was 83 years old when he completed this Memoir. He started out in life, more than half a century earlier, as a working hobo on the railroads and waterfronts, in lumber camps, canneries, and steel mills of the United States. Caught up early in ideas of radical social change, he moved from reformist socialism to anarchism, publishing his first piece, a criticism of Gandhi, in the anarchist journal Road to Freedom. As a member of the IWW he became a strong propagandist for libertarian labor movements—incidentally teaching himself to read six different languages—lecturing across America in union halls, civic centers and colleges. Under the pen name Sam Weiner, he published innumerable articles in labor and anarchist periodicals, many of which he helped to found and edit.

Fragments: a memoir, Sam Dolgoff, ISBN 978-0-946222-04-9. First published (one edition, now long o/p) 1986 by Refract Publications (formerly Cienfuegos Press Ltd), Cambridge. This Kindle eBook published 2012 by ChristieBooks. (€3,21; £2.58; $4.13UK ; US/Canada/India and RoW ; España ; France ; Germany ; Italy


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Apr 242010

On 22 April 2010 Sebastian Lord Coe led the tributes to Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former International Olympic Committee president who died in Barcelona aged 89: “I have lost a friend, one that moulded my path through sport from my early 20s, and the world has lost an inspirational man. A man that challenged us all to fight for sport, its primacy and its autonomy, a fight he led fearlessly from the front, creating an extraordinary sporting movement that reaches millions of people around the world. He was quite simply the most intuitive leader I have ever met.”

In the photo Samaranch is standing next to his friend and colleague Rodolfo Martín Villa, the notorious fascist Minister of the Interior (1976 -1979), known as the ‘Truncheon of the Transition’ and deeply implicated in false-flag terrorist actions targeting the anarchist and libertarian movement (including the Caso Scala) and the attempted assassination of Antonio Cubillo, the leader of the independent Canary Islands movement. During Martín Villa’s time as interior minister the Atocha Massacre took place (January 1977) in which 5 legal workers were murdered by neo-fascist paramilitaries working in collaboration with Martín Villa’s security services