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Review of We, The Anarchists by Stuart Christie

A review of the definitive book on the FAI. Essential reading for anyone interested in Spanish Anarchism.

Review of The CNT in the Spanish Revolution by Jose Peirats

Review of an essential book for understanding the CNT and the Spanish Revolution.

Review: Bakunin: The Creative Passion

A review of an excellent new biography of Bakunin.

Will the real Bakunin please stand up?

A reply to Leninists distortions about Bakunin. Includes a summary of his key anarchist ideas and anarchism's key difference with Leninism.

The irresistible correctness of anarchism

A lengthy critique of the SWP's attempt to rewrite the history of the resistance to Italian fascism in the early 1920s as well as the revolutionary Red Years after World War I. An important, if not well known, bit of anarchist history.

On the Bolshevik Myth

An anarchist critique of an ISO attack on the Makhnovists. Corrects the distortions and shows how the Makhnovists show that Bolshevik authoritarian had its roots in Leninist ideology and cannot be solely explained by the civil war. Also refutes claims that the Haymarket Martyrs were Marxists as well as correcting the usual distortions about Kronstadt.

How Revolutions must not be made

A review of Goldman's account of her experiences in Russia, plus a review of a classic collection of Kropotkin' essays. Both contain much wisdom for modern revolutionaries.

The Bolshevik Revolution: A legacy better rejected

A short overview of the anarchist critique of the Leninist counter-revolution.

Red Emma and the Reds

A reply to a Leninist (ISO) article on Emma Goldman and her politics. It corrects the distortions and selective quoting, as well as showing her support for syndicalism. It shows that rather than being an elitist individualist, her politics were about collective class struggle while defending individuality. In other words, like all communist-anarchists, her ideas were rooted in both solidarity and freedom. It shows that it is the Leninist tradition which is elitist, before concluding that Goldman's politics have important ideas for modern radicals.

Voltairine De Cleyre: Her revolutionary ideas and legacy

A review and evaluation of Voltairine De Cleyre's politics, showing why modern radicals would gain from reading her. It uses three recently published books of her writings to discuss her ideas and their evolution from an individual to a communist anarchist and how it related to changes in North American anarchism. An important figure in Anarchist history whose ideas are of interest today, particularly as we still suffer from the patriarchy, capitalism and statism she opposed.

  


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