“It is impossible to do justice to the 1,136 pages in these two volumes… It will serve as an invaluable reference to those unfamiliar with our ideas and our movement, or to those who have recently embraced anarchism but have yet to explore and reflect upon the tradition.” (Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, no. 59)
To mark volume 2 of An Anarchist FAQ being published, there is an event at Housmans bookshop in London on Wednesday 20th March, 7pm. The meeting will start off by flying through a brief history of Anarchism and highlighting the major traditions within it, before opening it up to the floor for questions and discussion. Event details are:
‘Everything you ever wanted to know about Anarchism, but were afraid to ask’
To mark the publication of volume 2 of An Anarchist FAQ, there will be a book launch for at Glasgow's Anarchist End of Year event:
14th of December 2012
Kinning Park Complex
(next to Kinning Park Undergound)
As well as the author speaking, there will be a discussion period followed by an Anarchist Social. A Radical Independent Bookfair mini-stall will present.
Volumes 1 and 2 of An Anarchist FAQ are now both in print. Volume 1 was published by AK Press in 2008 while volume 2 was published in 2012.
We would urge you to buy direct from AK Press or from your local radical bookshop rather than a corporate bookshop, for obvious reasons.
This year will see the publication of volume 2 of An Anarchist FAQ (AFAQ). The exact publication date is not known yet, however I think we can safely say that it will be out for this year’s London Bookfair in October. I hope, as before, to do the launch in my hometown of Glasgow. As a tester, and to show AFAQ is on-going, here is the final draft of the introduction of volume 2.
As part of getting volume 2 of An Anarchist FAQ, sections I and J have been revised. This invoked fixing typos, although quotes by Proudhon are now sourced (when possible) to the new anthology of his writtings Property is Theft! (AK Press, 2011). The revised sections are:
“This . . . provides a huge amount of well-sourced material to assist a general reader or researcher seeking an introduction to many of the main arguments and themes that have engaged, and continue to interest, anarchist scholars and activists . . . The FAQ is rightly recognised as a considerable achievement and useful contribution for those just encountering anarchist ideas as well as those who wish to expand their knowledge. I heartily recommend it.”
Anarchist Studies, vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 111-2
One of the joys of working on "An Anarchist FAQ" is when comrades link to the site -- it shows that comrades like it. Even greater is the joy to discover that others think it good enough to translate into another language. Many have started translating it, but some of the sites have disappeared (such as Spanish). The latest translation project is in Kurdish: http://afaqkurdish.wordpress.com/
The activities of the CNT in Spain have been a source of much discussion due to its size and influence. Being the only nation in Western Europe where anarchism remained the largest influence on the labour movement, both anarchists and non-anarchists have studied the organisation and discussed its successes and failures. Unfortunately, as part of this process those opposed to anarchism (particularly Marxists) have spread numerous myths regarding the movement and specific events (most obviously, the social revolution of 1936).