A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort, by Carissa Honeywell

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 impact on British radical thought.

The publication goals to foster a better realizing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its effect on political notion and events. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their subject matters and issues. to take action, the ebook indicates how they addressed the issues confronted through glossy British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the improvement of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits higher severe, scholarly realization. Its particular and thorough study will make it a priceless source for an individual drawn to modern anarchist concept, political conception, and political movements.

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Orage, nurtured Read’s approach. Read was also conscious of the British literary tradition of socialism. ’3 To this native tradition of socialism, which included John Ruskin, William 32 A BRITISH ANARCHIST TRADITION Morris and Oscar Wilde, Read added his modernism and his unequivocal anarchism, drawing on its innate suspicion of militarism, industrialization and mass production. To these influences he added Kropotkin’s emphasis on natural and spontaneous order. Specifically, the natural order described by Kropotkin in his works Mutual Aid, of 1902 and Ethics: Origin and Development, of 1924.

To these influences he added Kropotkin’s emphasis on natural and spontaneous order. Specifically, the natural order described by Kropotkin in his works Mutual Aid, of 1902 and Ethics: Origin and Development, of 1924. The order Kropotkin described was based on free association, mutual aid and the fundamental equality of rights, following the posited propensity of human beings to spontaneously associate according to their needs and sympathies. This was the crucial underpinning for the political significance Read attributed to the spontaneous forms and harmonies of art.

290. 33. Paul Addison ‘The Road from 1945’, pp. 5–27 in Peter Hennessy and Anthony Seldon (eds), Ruling Performance: British Governments from Attlee to Thatcher (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), p. 24. 34. Angus Calder, The Myth of the Blitz (London: Jonathan Cape, 1991), p. 15. 35. Edgerton, Warfare State, p. 1. 36. Edgerton, Warfare State, pp. 292, 1, 13, 287, 13. 37. Edgerton, Warfare State, pp. 4, 290, 292. 28 A BRITISH ANARCHIST TRADITION 38. Ridel, War Commentary, mid-January, 1942. 39. George Woodcock, Letter to the Past: An Autobiography (Canada: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd, 1982), p.

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