New PDF release: A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort,

By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition makes a speciality of 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective effect on British radical thought.

The publication goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political inspiration and hobbies. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their topics and issues. to take action, the ebook exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted via sleek British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally specializes in their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits larger serious, scholarly recognition. Its exact and thorough examine will make it a invaluable source for somebody drawn to modern anarchist notion, political thought, and political movements.

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This was the intellectual and social institution founded by Alfred Orage and Holbrook Jackson in 1903 which continued until 1923, drawing a largely working class and lower middle-class audience and debating art, politics, society and philosophy. Read’s intellectual roots in early twentieth-century British progressive thought and the impact of the First World War on his intellectual development led to his questioning of British political institutions and mainstream socialism and conditioned his turn to anarchism and aesthetics.

It was significant to the defence that the editors were being charged under special wartime regulations in 1945 when it was clear that the war was nearing its end. This indicated to concerned intellectuals the effect of the experience of wartime administration on the scope of state ambition to regulate printed opinion. Another significant feature of the Freedom trial was the breadth of intellectual opinion it mobilized in support of the anarchists. This significantly raised the profile of the anarchist group.

The experience of war highlighted the pernicious role of the state in undermining both human freedom and social solidarity. Read’s contribution to the anarchist tradition crucially included this indictment of the state on the grounds of its propensity to undermine human freedom and solidarity via the waging of wars. Other British anarchist writers, Alex Comfort and Colin Ward in particular, followed Read in the close relationship they perceived between the growing domestic scope of the state, war, and the erosion of both vibrant individuality and social responsibility.

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