We know that there has hardly been a moment in the history of “the anarchist idea” at which it has not been contested—and often hotly contested. This is the reason that, at this phase of the project, it seem necessary to make heavy use of scare quotes around terms that are ultimately the subject of much of the exploration here. My hope is that, in the course of the research, some less awkward means of addressing the definitional difficulties will emerge. For now, however, it seems most useful to underline the potential problems, particularly as one of the recurring tasks of this exploration will be to see if there are perhaps periods during which phrase like “anarchist history,” “the anarchist idea” and “the anarchist tradition” simply cannot cover the diversity of nominally “anarchist” positions and ideas simultaneously expressed. […]
My mind’s made up and has been for some time. For the purposes of this particular study, as a point of departure for this particular journey, I have chosen 1840 and Proudhon’s What is Property? More specifically, I have chosen the composition of one phrase, in the original French, as not simply the first, but perhaps the most important moment in “the anarchist tradition”—with that tradition defined in terms that will undoubtedly seem broad and inclusive to nearly everyone.
Je suis anarchiste. […]
We start our journey—start again, that is, as we begin our journey back to the present—in mountainous heights, at the very source of a glacier-fed stream. Below us, farther than the eye can see, stretches the almost impossibly complex system of waterways that represent for us “the anarchist tradition.” Much is, of course, invisible to us, hidden by the twists and folds of a broader landscape more than capable of dwarfing even our most ambitious imaginings of that tradition, with a full accounting of its tributaries and distributaries, and more is simply lost in the far distance. […]
For now, this page will link to simple galleries of images from past and present versions of the Libertarian Labyrinth Archive. New material will be added as time allows. “Rogues” (digital collages) E. Armand, “Flowers […]
les « besoins factices », les stimulant et les Individualistes It is will which distinguishes the evolution of man from the evolution of the brute. The brute is modified by its environment. Man modifies its environment. Man […]
A vous, les humbles Depuis que la nécessité ou la contrainte collective ont groupé en sociétés les parasites le la planète — depuis qu’a commencé l’histoire, — vous avez existé, vous les humbles. Les humbles, […]
E. Armand, “La propagande vraie,” L’Ère nouvelle 3 no. 35 (Mai-Juin 1905): 121-126. La propagande vraie Les quelques réflexions qui suivent sont l’écho de conversations et de controverses auxquelles j’ai pris part ces derniers temps. […]
This is a very small and very simply thing to the eye; but, considered as a new element in human affairs, no mind can measure its magnitude.
We are on the same road will all the old countries.—The French have arrived at the precipice a little before us; but this is all the difference between us, unless we strike out a new path, and introduce New Financial Elements:— ☞ We have no time to lose!! […]
The Boston House of Equity was one of a number of commercial establishment organized on in the wake of Josiah Warren’s lectures on equitable commerce. It’s eventual failure to succeed in the same way as […]
E. D. Linton, Political platform for the coming party, Boston : [s.n.], 1871. William West and E. D. Linton, “Political platform for the coming party,” Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly 4 no. 9(January 13, 1872): 3-4. […]