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Reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene
Karen Goaman

9 Karen Goaman The anarchist travelling circus: reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene Introduction The phrase ‘anarchist travelling circus’ was uttered in stern tones by Tony Blair, as, after the European Union summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2001, he condemned the protests that have converged on every significant such gathering over the last few years. The unintentional note of joyfulness, play and spontaneity captured by this phrase was quickly recuperated by the movement itself, appearing on a banner, and

in Changing anarchism
Jonathan Purkis

nature of power itself. Some of these will be discussed in greater detail below, but it is first worth reflecting on where there are existing areas of sociology that might offer assistance in the development of an anarchist sociology. Early indicators On first viewing, the evidence is not good. To date, the role of anarchism in researching and analysing societies past and present has been rather marginal, and apparently ineffectual, outside of the anarchist milieu itself. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, an explanatory framework deriving from such

in Changing anarchism
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Revisiting the epistemology of anarchist movements
Dana M. Williams

9 Conclusion: Revisiting the epistemology of anarchist movements Universities have consistently overlooked anarchism. Despite some remarkable but scattered studies in various fields, academics have never tried to form a school of thought based on anarchist paradigms … Most research on anarchism – and the best – is done outside academia. (Ronald Creagh) In summary So, what have the previous chapters demonstrated? First, despite subtle, contrarian grumbling, anarchist movements really are social movements. Anarchist movements meet every requirement of every

in Black flags and social movements
Michael Loadenthal

anarchism! Death to the bourgeois judiciary! Long live dynamite!” (quoted in Joll 1964, 131). When he was sentenced, he “gave the jury an hour and a half lecture on anarchist theory and said specifically that he had intended to carry out ‘an act of propaganda by the deed for anarchist doctrine’” (quoted in Joll 1964, 131). This form of propaganda has its roots in the ideas of Bakunin who turned towards insurrectionary tendencies declaring “nowhere are there more favorable conditions for the Social Revolution than in Italy” (quoted in Pernicone 1993, 82). Following the

in The politics of attack
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The anti-colonial roots of American anarchist debates during the First World War
Kenyon Zimmer

The Italian anarchist newspaper L’Era nuova of Paterson, NJ, declared, ‘The anarchists … are not afraid to express their complete solidarity’ with the perpetrators, but also noted that the assassination ‘did not have an anarchist character. It was of a nationalist character.’ Berkman later clarified that the man who had shot Ferdinand, Gavrilo Princip, was in fact a ‘Serbian patriot who had never heard of Anarchism’.2 Yet this was not quite true, either; the nationalist Princip had read works by the anarchist thinkers Mikhail Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin, and one of

in Anarchism, 1914–18
The anarchist movement from the fin de siècle to the First World War in Germany
Lukas Keller

4 Beyond the ‘people’s community’: the anarchist movement from the fin de siècle to the First World War in Germany Lukas Keller This chapter focuses on the anarchist movement as a political phenomenon at the margins of imperial German society. Drawing on government and police records as well as contemporary press coverage, it concludes that anarchism’s ideology, goals and means placed it ‘beyond’ the sphere of politics. This development reached its peak during the First World War, when anarchists found themselves outside of the ‘people’s community’ – the project

in Anarchism, 1914–18
Hayyim Rothman

the central point of that person's thought in which its roots burrow and from which its fundamental stem grows … [His thought] had no such point. Rather, it had many centers at once … He was a man of contradictions who breached every boundary … or so it appeared to us; he himself saw no contradiction at all. For him, everything grew from a single stalk … He passed not from camp to camp, from Zionism to Socialism and Anarchism, from Hebraism to Yiddishism, from faith to heresy, from piety to libertinism … rather, he inhabited all these camps at once, he thought every

in No masters but God
A micro-structural analysis
Dana M. Williams

do, with principle? These are crucial questions, whose answers are not as simple or as supportive of FBI claims as one might expect from the confident propaganda of the domination network. Anarchists of the past In order to determine how modern anarchism differs from the past, we must briefly consider what anarchism has previously been like. Anarchism has 34 PART I: MOVEMENT OVERVIEW 2.1  Characteristics of the anarchist movement from Federal Bureau of Investigation slideshow “Anarchist extremism” changed depending on who anarchists are and on their evolving

in Black flags and social movements
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Fanzines, politics and agency
Matthew Worley

industry and broke down the performer–audience divide. Again, the essay – based on a discussion held at the Film Co-op in Chalk Farm – was resonant of the time.20 Though too shy to join in the debate with those suggesting rock, not folk, was ‘the music of the masses’, Whitman’s subsequent reflections fed into an analysis of punk’s Whose culture? -59- importance. Two observations stood out. Punk, as with all cultural forms, was full of contradictions, hence its containing ‘tendencies towards both fascism and anarchism, which are polar opposites’. Like culture more

in Ripped, torn and cut
Anarchism, militarism and the lessons of the First World War
Matthew S. Adams

11 Mutualism in the trenches: anarchism, militarism and the lessons of the First World War Matthew S. Adams In June 1930, Richard Aldington wrote to Herbert Read asking whether he agreed with ‘this talk that the “War book” is dead’. Aldington answered his own question, judging that, based on subscriptions for his short story ‘At All Costs’ (1930), there was plenty of life left in the form, and adding: ‘I mention this in case the anti War [sic] book stunt has discouraged you from continuing the novel you mentioned to me.’1 Although Read never completed a novel

in Anarchism, 1914–18