Black Flag 230 (2009)

Black Flag 230 (2009)

This issue mixed in wide-ranging theoretical works abut the welfare state and neo-liberalism, along with highly specific interviews with the organisers of large cultural events such as the anarchist bookfair. It's rounded off with the first of a new series - Breathing Utopia, offering a view of how people would see their jobs change in a post revolutionary world.

This issue, Brighton SolFed writes in Black Flag about the class logic behind the destruction of the post war social contract...


  • Cover story: Examining the new welfare bill and why its regressive politics must be fought
  • Theory: Exploring the roots of anarchist economics
  • Overview: The history and present of the anarchist bookfair, by one of the founders of the event
  • Breathing Utopia: Our new series on how society’s essential functions might work after a revolution, starting with journalism
  • In Focus: Part two of Tom Gaynor’s look at the ideology and legacy of New Labour
  • Theory: Examining neoliberalism
  • Debate: Nicholas Evans argues the case for a new kind of Wikipedia
  • Reportage: The secrets of Oaxaca
  • Theory: Was Nietzsche an anarchist?
  • Report: The Anarchist Conference 2009 and moves towards another in 2010
  • Debate:Manchester No Borders on the need for solidarity with Calais migrants
  • Biography: The story of Ethel MacDonald
  • Radical Reprint: Ethel and the Civil War


  • Ethel MacDonald: An anarchist’s story
  • Black Flame: The class politics of anarchism and syndicalism
  • The Battle for Spain: 1936-1939
  • The Resistible rise of Benito Mussolini
  • Plus our regular pamphlet reviews column: Hob’s Choice

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For other issues of Black Flag, go to:

Black Flag 229 (Mid 2009)
Black Flag 228 (Late 2008)
Black Flag 227 (Mid 2008)
Black Flag 226 (Late 2007)

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Rob Ray
Nov 17 2009 13:50



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Nov 18 2009 12:54

This is a really great article. I was wondering if there is source information that might be easily made available?

Joseph Kay
Nov 18 2009 13:03

I can probably add a footnoted version here, there were quite a lot of references and space was short so they were chopped from the print version.

Nov 18 2009 17:44

Its an interesting article - is the title a typo though?

Nov 21 2009 01:35

A footnoted version would make me happy. I've read this a second time--and passed it on--and it really is good.

Joseph Kay
Feb 12 2010 18:07

sorry all, i just remembered this but i can't seem to find the footnoted version. i have a different draft, and a preceding section on post-war social democracy. we really should tidy up the draft stuff we have and serialise it in DA.

Juan Conatz
Feb 24 2010 09:53 this out?

Rob Ray
Feb 24 2010 10:50

Yep, it launched at the London bookfair. You can get hold of one via the blackflagmag at email address

Juan Conatz
Jun 15 2010 03:15

Sent an email back in March, still no reply (that I noticed).

Rob Ray
Jun 15 2010 12:07

Hmm Iain may not be picking them up regularly atm, if you pm me details I can chase him up about it, alternatively it's up on's online shop.