Corvus Editions

“LeftLiberty” and “The Mutualist” (2009-2011)

The Corvus Editions project started with LeftLiberty: A Journal of Mutualist Anarchist Theory and History, a zine produced in the context of the Alliance of the Libertarian Left, a “big tent” coalition of “market anarchists.” It lasted for two issues and received almost no attention. As my own trajectory started to diverge from that of the Alliance, the project was reinvented as The Mutualist: A Journal for Free Absolutes, with an explicitly “neo-Proudhonian” emphasis. The one issue published shows all the signs, I think, of a project being pursued to please no one but myself. Subsequent issues suffered from the difficulty that has always haunted my attempts at publication: I was uncovering new material at such a rate that my critical and interpretive writings were often “out of date” long before I could finish writing them. I eventually collected the best of LeftLiberty, together with some posts from my blog, in a special “0” issue of The Mutualist, which, from a historical standpoint, is interesting as an anticipation of the Contr’un zine series and as one of the first Corvus Editions to use what would become the “house style” in layout and typography.  […]

Working Translations

Charles-Auguste Bontemps, “The Sustainability of Anarchism” (1967)

I am reminded that some libertarian communists or socialists, who claim to be revolutionaries in the politico-social sense of the term, have renounced or demand that those of their tendency renounce what they call the anarchist label. That anarchist label, from their perspective,  conceals a very questionable sort of anarchism. They are disturbed by it and disturb still more the propagation of a specifically anarchist philosophy. […]

Featured articles

In Search of the Great Divide

I’ve decided to devote a section of the project, In Search of the Great Divide, to the pre-1840 period—and specifically to the question of how and when to start a general history of anarchism, addressing some of the alternatives in the beginning and taking the opportunity to look at how various other general histories have tackled the problem. […]

Lewis Masquerier

Lewis Masquerier, “Politicology”

What is assembled here is two different sets of texts related to “a forthcoming work, entitled “Politicology;” a new development of Rights and Wrongs, &c., &c.,” announced in the land reform paper Young America in 1845 and then published as a 24-page separately numbered section in Sociology in 1877. […]

Saint Ravachol

Georges Etiévant, “The Hare and the Hunter” (1897)

When one is found, among the little phalanx of those who carry themselves bravely, among those whom the idea of liberty has touched with its wing, who, thanks to individual circumstances, feels, at some moment, the sentiments of human dignity stir powerfully within them, rebelling against the cowardice imposed by society on the individual; when, rid of age-old prejudices arising from a contemptible education, which teach men to idolize strength and success, one of them rises up to threaten power and wealth; when, finally weary of being a tacit accomplice in injustices, he strikes at the head or at the belly of the social body; and when, separating from those who perform or support these iniquities, he haughtily hurls himself, like a bloody challenge, head-first at society, then the careless, spineless crowd, forced to think, bays stupidly. […]

author miscellanies

Warren Edwin Brokaw

Warren Edwin Brokaw, “The Only Unpardonable Sin,” The Pacific Monthly 15, no. 6 (June 1906): 763-767. Warren Edwin Brokaw, “Who Should Possess the Wealth of the World?,” The North American Review 214, no. 3 (September […]