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"The World Scene from the Libertarian Point of View" (1951) - link only

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Jan 24 2013 14:57
"The World Scene from the Libertarian Point of View" (1951) - link only

A very interesting, yet politically depressing, near post WWII pamphlet (1951), The World Scene from the Libertarian Point of View by the Free Society Group of Chicago can be found on the Labadie Collection's website. I say politically depressing because you have Augustin Souchy and Rudolph Rocker, more or less, extolling the virtues of liberal democracy in opposition to totalitarian societies of the Stalinist hue.

That said, there are some interesting articles in the pamphlet (including one by Albert Meltzer). And, for better or worse, the pamphlet reflects a certain post-WW II viewpoint by many who
lived through the rise of anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism and two world wars.

Trusting this link works:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/labadie/2917139.0001.001?view=toc;q1=ANARCHO...

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May 4 2015 00:20

There's sort of a garbled online version of this, available here: http://anarvist.freeshell.org/The_World_Scene_from_the_Libertarian_Point...

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May 4 2015 15:34

It would be good if someone could tidy it up and put it up in the library here!

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May 4 2015 15:55

It's a very depressing pamphlet

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May 4 2015 15:58
syndicalist wrote:
It's a very depressing pamphlet

yes, but worth preserving for posterity/reference

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May 4 2015 16:03
Steven. wrote:
syndicalist wrote:
It's a very depressing pamphlet

yes, but worth preserving for posterity/reference

Not a knock, just an observation

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Jul 20 2016 03:46

Got this 95 page pamphlet in the mail today as part of the materials purchased from the libcom.org fundraiser.

Pretty good summary of what some key figures in anarchism were thinking, a half decade after the end of WW2, as the Iron Curtain and Cold War were solidified and as the last Spanish partisans were caught or killed by Franco's forces.

Quite pessimistic. You have Maximoff and Rudolf Rocker basically arguing for an alliance with Western capitalism against Soviet totalitarianism. There's an essay by the editor of Freie Arbeiter Stimme about how anti-Semitism may be an irreversible Gentile moral deficiency. Another essay from someone else about how pacifism is the only answer against the Cold War.

When I finish it, and after its digitized and put online, I'll probably write a review. I think there's some lessons in there for today.

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Jul 20 2016 03:54

^^^^ prolly one of the more depressing international documents I read
Value, of course, but depressing

Fwiw, the most depressing reports and articles I've read are those from 1938, 1939
(Pages of the NYC Challenge) and the immediate post war reports and letters from the Anarchist
Red Cross

As I have a copy, I'd be curious which articles you've found of interest
I'd like to Reread them again