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An Anarchist Survey: Response by Shawn P. Wilbur

An Anarchist Survey

It’s been several weeks since I proposed a new survey of anarchist opinion, in the spirit of those undertaken by anarchist in the early 20th century. A number of folks have agreed to work up answers to the initial questions and I’ll start things off by posting my own somewhat tentative responses. […]

William B. Greene, “Equality” (Worcester Palladium, 1949)

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This series of articles from The Worcester Palladium would be incorporated into Equality (1849) and Mutual Banking (1850), which would, in turn, become the basis for the subsequent editions of William Batchelder Greene’s Mutual Banking. The first did not actually appear in Equality, but became the “Introduction” to the later book, where it appeared with only very minimal changes. The other two installments did appear in Equality, with a few revisions in the second and some fairly significant revisions in the third. Returned to their original sequence, with their original conclusion restored, aspects of Greene’s craft become apparent, as the parallels between the sections are clearer and the wide breadth of material addressed appears considerably less random. […]

Proposal for an Anarchist Survey

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Anything that might have been said then about anarchism’s internal diversity and anarchist’s uneven knowledge almost certainly falls far short of the present reality. So it is worth asking whether it is once again time to make the attempt to consult among ourselves regarding some basic aspects of our present anarchist reality. My own sense is that the time is indeed again ripe, so I want to simply push forward and propose a first set of basic questions, which might be expanded or amended, then distributed and translated, so that the collected responses might serve as a resource. […]

Anarchist Beginnings: Collections

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Vol. II — PROGRAMS & MANIFESTOS Ferdinand Monier, “Manifeste anarchiste” (1886) Joseph Lane, “An Anti-Statist Communist Manifesto” (1887) Commonweal Anarchist Group, “Why We Are Anarchists” (1894) London Anarchist Communist Alliance, “An Anarchist Manifesto” (1895)

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PROJECT: Vital Things

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There is an element of anarchist theory that keeps imposing itself on my studies, often in the most unexpected times and places, which I think of — very imprecisely, I’ll admit — as a kind of vitalist tendency. By this I mean that there is a surprisingly common tendency, when attempting to speak about anarchy in its positive aspects, to make a connection to a range of ideas (life, sex, fecundity, progression, etc.) that are at once “natural” and disruptive of any very fixed, authoritative form of living or organizing social life. […]

Mutualism.info: An Index

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These are the posts previously hosted at mutualism.info: William Batchelder Greene, Letter to Orestes Brownson (1849) Annie Field, from “Whittier: Notes Of His Life And Of His Friendships” (1897) William Batchelder Greene, “The Right of […]