Anarchy magazine (series 2)

Anarchy magazine cover
Anarchy magazine cover

Complete online archive of the second series of Anarchy magazine, published by the Anarchy Collective in London in the 1970s and 1980s in 38 issues.

Its editors included Charlotte Baggins, Chris Broad and Phil Ruff at different times.

(Our archive of the first series of Anarchy is here.)

Submitted by Steven. on November 24, 2012

Phil Ruff has written about this period in "The Invisible Dictatorship - a short history of Anarchy magazine (second series)" for the Kate Sharpley Library.

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Fozzie

3 years 8 months ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on October 26, 2020

There is also a quite good thread on here discussing the different series of Anarchy and the context:
https://libcom.org/forums/history/different-anarchy-magazines-24112012

R Totale

3 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by R Totale on May 10, 2021

Annoyingly, it looks like a fair few of the issues that were most likely to have input from "Graham Coates" aren't archived - looking at his statement, it does seem like he definitely wrote for Anarchy about work (page 22).

Steven.

3 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Steven. on May 11, 2021

R Totale

Annoyingly, it looks like a fair few of the issues that were most likely to have input from "Graham Coates" aren't archived - looking at his statement, it does seem like he definitely wrote for Anarchy about work (page 22).

Good find, super interesting!

lurdan

3 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by lurdan on May 11, 2021

Had a look through my copies. The only article signed 'GC' is 'Work and Non-Work' in issue 24. Cant see anything else which springs out as potentially being by him.

Here's a scan of that issue.
https://files.catbox.moe/fgk4t5.pdf

Looking through the documents the Inquiry has put online related to him there are a number about Anarchy collective meetings and members of the collective, and a few about Zero, but also some about meetings of the London Workers Group, the Persons Unknown Support Group, and the East London Libertarians, amongst others. Also meetings to plan the Anarchist May Day picnic.

Online here:
https://www.ucpi.org.uk/individuals_name/hn-304/?fwp_paged=1#grid

In his article about work and non-work he discusses those who do 'imaginary work'

What then, are imaginary workers? They are all sorts of shits - some obvious, some less so. The list is, in all likelihood, end­less, but it includes police, government employees in general (not in totality), arm­ed forces, shrinks, skunk lawyers/solicitors, judges and probably juries (for the extent of their service on it), doctors and consultants, the whole shoddy array of little men, who rip off the people with gear they don't want or even need in their most mundane imaginings. All sorts of bums that shit all over everywhere except themselves. Why are they 'imaginary workers'? Because if you or I or even they were to stop and think about it, they do nothing of any use to anyone without exploiting them. It is dubious even if what they do can be called work at all. True they work at conning us, but that is something else.

Perhaps we should have got him to write a job report for the London Workers bulletin.

R Totale

3 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by R Totale on May 11, 2021

Thanks for that, have added - could someone let the COPS/Undercover Research lot know that it's now online? Looking at that statement again, he says on page 27 that he wrote "5 or 6" articles for Anarchy, but I suppose if some of them were anonymous there's no way of knowing really. Would all be either 77 or 78, from the sounds of it.

Fozzie

3 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on May 11, 2021

Thanks Lurdan!

I can let some people know, RT.

Fozzie

2 years 8 months ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on October 2, 2021

@RegionRadPress on Twitter flagged up that a couple of undercover cop reports into meetings of the Anarchy collective have now been released by the Undercover Policing Inquiry:

Special Branch report on a weekly meeting of the Anarchy Collective 19 Oct 1978
https://www.ucpi.org.uk/publications/special-branch-report-on-a-weekly-meeting-of-the-anarchy-collective-2/

Special Branch report on a casual meeting of the Anarchy Collective 09 Feb 1979
https://www.ucpi.org.uk/publications/special-branch-report-on-a-casual-meeting-of-the-anarchy-collective/

Fozzie

4 months 4 weeks ago

Submitted by Fozzie on January 27, 2024

This is now a complete archive - thanks to Kate Sharpley Library for assistance with the missing issues!