New PDF release: A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort,

By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition specializes in 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective effect on British radical thought.

The publication goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its effect on political suggestion and pursuits. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their issues and issues. to take action, the booklet exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted by way of sleek British society, with transparent traces of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the improvement of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits higher serious, scholarly realization. Its exact and thorough study will make it a worthwhile source for a person attracted to modern anarchist idea, political concept, and political movements.

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Read’s involvement in the Leeds Arts Club when he started University there in 1912 led him to an aestheticized Nietzschean individualism. 8 It was here that Read first encountered Marx’s Capital, Kropotkin’s Fields, Factories and Workshops and pamphlets on anarchism, as well as works by Bakunin. Reading Edward Carpenter’s Non-Governmental Society also had a decisive impact on Read at this time. 9 He ended the war with the beginnings of a more socially developed formulation of individualism. The war brought Read to an intense awareness of brotherhood and solidarity, which penetrated his Nietzschean notion of the significance of the individual.

This was the crucial underpinning for the political significance Read attributed to the spontaneous forms and harmonies of art. He stated it in these terms: ‘The most general law in nature is equity – the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along lines of the greatest structural efficiency. ’5 He also drew from the anarchist tradition a Proudhonian emphasis on the division and decentralization of political power and its dissolution in local and direct forms of social administration.

4, 1886), quoted in Colin Ward, Social Policy. An Anarchist Response (London: Freedom Press, 2000, first published London School of Economics, 1996), pp. 10–11. 26. C. Darwin, The Descent of Man (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1909), p. 150 quoted in P. Kropotkin, Ethics: Origin and Development (Dorchester: Prism Press, 1924), p. 33. 27. G. Woodcock and I. Avakumovic, The Anarchist Prince (New York: Schocken Books, 1971), p. 420. 28. Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain, p. 83. 29. Reg Reynolds, War Commentary, June 1941.

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