1958

Views and Comments No. 26 (February 1958)

The No. 26 (February 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-What we stand for

-Frank Gonzalez (1893-1957)

-How to fight the vote

-Report on "unionism"

-For a constructive libertarian movement by Gaston Leval

-Special fund drive for Franco exiles

-To be or not to be? That is the question...

-Bakunin on the state

-Ghana: birth of a state

-Mad strikes again

-Freedom and Marxism

-The libertarian bookshelf (literature list)

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Views and Comments No. 27 (March 1958)

The No. 27 (March 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-Theory & tactics by Luigi Fabbri

-A Canadian newsletter by JGR

-Kronstadt

-The libertarian bookshelf (litarature list)

-Resolution on clericalism from the Montevideo continental conference of libertarian organizations

-Anarchism & organization by Gaston Leval

-Makhno and Lenin: a conversation

-Science and the state

-State unionism

-"Freedom" in Argentina

-What we stand for

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Views and Comments No. 28 (May 1958)

The No. 28 (May 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-The pot calls the kettle black

-A government of scientists?

-Inside Bulgaria (Originally appeared in A.I.T., January 1958)

-The Spanish collectives by Enrique P. Vidal

-The economic crisis by GWR

-Review: Marxism and freedom by Raya Dunayevskaya (Review by John Loeb)

-The common soldier by Eugene V. Debs

-General Motors: here we come by G.S.

-Walk for peace

-Letter to the church by J.M. Martinez (Originally appeared in Espana Libre, February 21, 1958)

-The 100th year of the Mexican Revolution (Originally appeared in Regeneration, January 1958)

-Through us alone

-Financial report

-What we stand for

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Views and Comments No. 29 (July 1958)

The No. 29 (July 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-The social impact of the recession

-How the people of Caracas struck for freedom by Voluntad

-Israeli pool scored by Orthodox Jews

-Straight from the horse's mouth...

-Principles and lessons of the Spanish Revolution (Originally appeared in Resistance)

-Slow death in Farrapal (Edited version of article by Edgart Rodriguez from Reconstruir, an Argentine libertarian monthly)

-Belize by Eustasio Beaumont W.

-Argentina locks out revolutionary union (Edited version of article originally appearing in the Bulletin of the I.W.M.A., Paris, Franch, March 1958)

-A revolutionary fighter: Nestor Makhno by Liberto Callejas (Originally appeared in Direct Action)

-The libertarian bookshelf (literature list)

-A plea for more vocal direct action by Gregory Storm

-Letter from the Bible Belt by D.R.

-Theocracy in action in Israel (Originally appeared in Jewish Newsletter, February 10, 1958)

-Financial statement

-What we stand for

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Views and Comments No. 30 (August 1958)

The No. 30 (August 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-Sidelights on the fall of a tyrant (Originally appeared in La Protesta)

-Prostitution in Portland by Reul S. Amdur

-National independence is not enough

-Answering some questions

-Practical experiments of our time: two collectives in revolutionary Spain by Gaston Leval

-The student in the United States today

-Trends in labor

-The libertarian bookshelf (litarature list)

-Financial statement

-What we stand for

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Views and Comments No. 31 (October 1958)

The No. 31 (October 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-Obituary: Rudolf Rocker (1873-1958)

-Anarchism and political action by Rudolf Rocker

-Can decent unions stay in the AFL-CIO?

-The state and/or society by Colin Ward

-From our press abroad

-Review: In the struggle for equality: the story of the Anarchist Red Cross by Boris Yelensky (Review by Sam Dolgoff)

-A look at Latin America by GWR

-The Binefar collective by Gaston Leval (Originally appeared in Resistance)

-Liberated Tunisia

-What we stand for

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Review: In the struggle for equality: the story of the Anarchist Red Cross by B. Yelensky

Sam Dolgoff's review of Boris Yelensky's book. Originally appeared in Views and Comments, n.31 (October 1958).

Human beings make events and historians record them for the guidance of coming generations. Both are needed. The honest historian always tries to get information from original records, or if possible from the people who witnessed or took part in the events themselves. All too often the actors in the drama of history leave no written record of the parts they played. Significant pieces in the historical puzzle are lost forever and the missing parts are filled in by outright lies or unintentional distortions. In either case a false picture is projected.

Our fellow worker, Boris Yelensky, understood this and decided to set the record straight. With the help of his friends he has written a provocative little book - In The Struggle For Equality. The title is well chosen. It describes the struggle and the part he played in it. Yelensky tells about his fifty years of unceasing activity to help the victims of oppression and injustice. He dedicated his life and his book “to the Fighters for Freedom, Humanism and Justice, to those who endeavored to help these fighters by applying the principle of mutual aid.”

The book begins by sketching the history of the Russian Revolutionary movement and the part played by the Anarchists. Then Yelensky gives the history of the Anarchist Red Cross which was founded in 1905.

In telling why a special Anarchist Relief Organization became necessary he calls attention to a neglected aspect of revolutionary history - the sabotage and discrimination of many social-democrats against their fellow-prisoners and in the outside relief organizations. Of the vast sums collected all over the world, from Czarist times up to the present, very little reached the Anarchist prisoners. Yelensky quotes H. Weinstein who was jailed in Czarist times for radical activity:

“In July or August of 1906 I was placed under arrest in the city of Bialostock. When I arrived at the prison in that city, I met there, Jacob Krepleich and a friend of his, a Russian teacher; they likewise informed me that the organization which then existed in Russia, set up by the social-democrats to extend aid to all revolutionary captives regardless of political affiliation was refusing to help the Anarchists; and during the brief period that I remained in the Bialostock prison we received letters from the Grodno jail which gave confirmation of the truth of these statements.”

This discrimination still persists. As Yelensky points out in telling about the conduct of the social-democrat relief organization, The Jewish Labor Committee in the United States. It is not a pretty tale, but it had to be told.

The Anarchists have continued relief activities all this time. The bulk of this work is now carried on by the Alexander Berkman Aid Fund, which is not limited to Russian or Jewish prisoners. Aid is being sent to Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian and other prisoners all over the world. The fund also published a documentary history of Bolshevik terror against revolutionists, The Guillotine At Work, by G. P. Maximov.

In relating the relief activities, Yelensky gives us a picture of the great contribution made by the Eastern European Jews to the radical movement in this country. This book should be read not only for its factual contributions but also because it demonstrates that people of meager means in a strange country, against great obstacles, can carry on great work. It is the people who do the unglamorous but indispensable tasks, who are the true life's blood of every worthwhile movement.

This book was published by the Alexander Berkman Aid Fund, a non-profit organization and all proceeds from its sale “Innure to The Fund For Political Prisoners and Refugees”.

S.D.[Sam Dolgoff]

Taken from The Kate Sharpley Library

Views and Comments No. 32 (November 1958)

The No. 32 (November 1958) issue of Views and Comments, an anarcho-syndicalist leaning publication produced out of New York by the Libertarian League from 1955 until 1966.

Contents include:

-Education in the United States by GWR

-The power of prayer (Originally appeared in The Secularlist, Chicago)

-"Thou shall not kill"

-Bedfellows and strange politics

-The popular intelligence in the Spanish Revolution by Gaston Leval

-Laying the ghost of 1789 once again

-Act now on missile bases by Walter Goraly (Originally appeared in The Peacemaker, October 4, 1958)

-The ultimate in "elitism"

-The fascist Pope

-Peace walk in Minneapolis by CC

-Song of the bureaucrat by Factory Worker (Originally appeared in Correspondence, Detroit, MI)

-Hail "The people's benefactor" by John Francis Putnam (Originally appeared in The Realist)

-The Portland (Oregon) labor front

-For justice in Bulgaria by Norwegian Syndicalist Workers Federation

-Financial statement

-What we stand for

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