The poverty of statism: Anarchism vs Marxism

Anarchist Luigi Fabbri debates Bolshevik Nikolai Bukharin on the relative merits of anarchism and Marxism. With an introduction by Albert Meltzer.

Introduction to Pierre Besnard’s Anarcho-Syndicalism and Anarchism - Alexander Schapiro

An introduction by Russian anarcho-syndicalist Alexander Schapiro to a 1937 pamphlet by the then-secretary of the International Workers Association (IWA) Pierre Besnard, discussing the relationship between anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism.

[i]Many years after the Russian revolution, when the anarchists in Spain were fighting for their lives in another revolution, Schapiro wrote the following introduction to an IWA pamphlet by Pierre Besnard, Anarcho-Syndicalism and Anarchism, which set forth the principles of modern anarcho-syndicalism.

Anarcho-syndicalism and Anarchism - Pierre Besnard

Excerpts from the 1937 pamphlet 'Anarcho-syndicalism and anarchism' by then-secretary of the International Workers Association (IWA) Pierre Besnard (1886-1947).

[i]The following excerpts, translated by Paul Sharkey and appearing in English for the first time, are taken from Pierre Besnard’s address to the June 1937 Paris Congress of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers’ Association (IWA), L’Anarcho-Syndicalisme et l’Anarchisme, Rapport de Pierre Besnard, Secretaire de l’A.I.T.

Seething with the ideal : Galleanisti and class struggle in late 19th century and early 20th-century USA

Christopher Wellbrook analyzes the Italian-American insurrectionary anarchists of the early 20th Century.

The Galleanisti were a loose affiliation of working-class militants spread across Italian immigrant communities of the U.S. throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Their activity crystallized around the works of Italian insurrectionist Luigi Galleani and his paper, Cronica Sovversiva (The Subversive Chronicle).

Anarchy in the Unions: Contemporary Anarchists at Work - Jeffrey Shantz

An article looking at anarchists' involvement in rank-and-file committees and flying squads in Canada.

In the past few years, striking media coverage of anarchists has stirred memories of the moral panic over anarchism, which marked the beginning of the twentieth century.

'We are all leaders' : Anarchism and the narrative of the Industrial Workers of the World - Jonathan A. Christiansen

An article looking at anarchism and the IWW.

In 1916 in Everett, Washington, a passenger ferry loaded with Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) free speech activists attempted to dock. On the dock, the local sheriff, along with armed deputies and armed guards hired by local businesses, attempted to block the ship from docking.

Asian anarchism in western languages (2): China

Suggested reading list from Libero International.

  1. Internationalist: The Origins of the Anarchist Movement in China (Coptic Press, London, 1968; many reprints including Solidarity-Chicago, 1971; now a Simian pamphlet, London): the pioneer libertarian study on the Chinese movement; much of the contents drawn from contacts with Chinese workers and sailors; weak on history, but the movement really comes to life.

Korean Anarchists Under Martial Law (2) - Publications

Information for this article was gathered on two separate trips South Korea by collective members Ozeki Hiroshi and Nat Tyler, to in 1973 and 1975 respectively.

[b] We were able to bring back with us copies of the publications mentioned (apart from the translations that is), and are looking for ways to have them translated into English. Most of what we know about them was learned from conversations at the National Culture Research Institute in Seoul.

Chronology: The Pre-War Korean Anarchist Movement (2)

Second of a two part chronology published in the Japanese journal Libero International. Part 1 was published in issue no. 1.


KWANGJU STUDENTSINCIDENT: trouble involving rival Korean and Japanese school students in Kwangju develops into nationwide patriotic student movement; 54,000 students in 194 schools strike, creating anti-Japan movement which continues until March 1930.


Now read on … Asian Anarchism in English (1): Japan

Suggested reading list from Libero International.

Frank Gould: Anarchism in Japan (Anarchy (London), special issue, 1972): quite good, detailed information on anarchists in the pre-war labour movement, and on the struggle with the CP; not so much on the post-war period, mainly for lack of things to write about. Summaries of current (1970-71) groups' positions and activities are useful and interesting, but need up-dating.