A short study on the life and times of Italian Anarchist Errico Malatesta by G. A. Aldred, first published in 1940.
Errico Malatesta was an Italian anarchist theorist. He spent much of his life exiled from Italy and in total spent more than ten years in prison. Malatesta wrote and edited a number of radical newspapers and was also a friend of Mikhail Bakunin. He was an enormously popular figure in his time.
Στις ιλιγγιώδεις περιπλανήσεις του, είτε για να συμμετάσχει σε μια εξέγερση είτε για να διαφύγει μια σύλληψη, ο Μπακούνιν διέμενε για κάμποσο καιρό αρκετά συχνά στην Ιταλία, κυρίως τη δεκαετία του ’60 του 19ου αιώνα. Περισσότερο από την έλξη που του ασκούσαν οι ομορφιές της χώρας (είναι χαρακτηριστική η δήλωση του Μπακούνιν για τη Νάπολη που υπεραγαπούσε και για τον καφέ της: «ο καφές για είναι καλός πρέπει να είναι μαύρος όπως η νύχτα, γλυκός όπως ο έρωτας και ζεστός όπως η κόλαση»), ο στόχος που επιδίωκε ήταν να εξάψει τη φαντασία των φτωχών ιταλικών μαζών για τη δημιουργία μιας κοινωνίας ίσων και ελεύθερων. Ανάμεσα στη μια και την άλλη συνωμοσία, αποκαλύπτεται, ωστόσο, μέσα από διάφορα κείμενα αλλά και από γράμματα, που κάποια δημοσιεύουμε κι εδώ, ένας οξύς παρατηρητής των κακών μιας μόλις ενοποιημένης χώρας, η οποία υπέφερε τότε από τα ίδια περίπου προβλήματα που υποφέρει και σήμερα: έναν δημοσιονομικό μηχανισμό τόσο καταναγκαστικό όσο και αναποτελεσματικό…
This thesis is a study of the colony of Italian anarchists who found refuge in London in the years between the Paris Commune and the outbreak of the First World War. The first chapter is an introduction to the sources and to the main problems analysed. The second chapter reconstructs the settlement of the Italian anarchists in London and their relationship with the colony of Italian emigrants. Chapter three deals with the activities that the Italian anarchists organised in London, such as demonstrations, conferences, and meetings.
The minds of men, especially of the young, thirsting for the mysterious and extraordinary, allow themselves to be easily dragged by the passion for the new toward that which, when coolly examined in the calm which follows initial enthusiasm, is absolutely and definitively repudiated. This fever for new things, this audacious spirit, this zeal for the extraordinary has brought to the anarchist ranks the most exaggeratedly impressionable types, and at the same time, the most empty headed and frivolous types, persons who are not repelled by the absurd, but who, on the contrary, engage in it. They are attracted to projects and ideas precisely because they are absurd, and so anarchism comes to be known precisely for the illogical character and ridiculousness which ignorance and bourgeois calumny have attributed to anarchist doctrines.
Kropotkin grew up in the midst of the struggle between the peasants and workers and the government. He was born a prince of the old nobility of Moscow, was trained as a page in the Emperor’s court, and at twenty became an officer in the army. The discovery that he was engaged in revolutionary activities in St. Petersburg while he was presumably devoting his life to scientific geography, caused a sensation. He was arrested and held in prison without trial. He became at once one of the most hated and most beloved representatives of the revolutionary cause.
“Whoever denies authority and fights against it is an anarchist,” said Sébastien Faure.
The definition is tempting in its simplicity, but simplicity is the first thing to guard
against in writing a history of anarchism. Few doctrines or movements have been so
confusedly understood in the public mind, and few have presented in their own variety of
approach and action so much excuse for confusion. That is why, before beginning to trace
the actual historical course of anarchism, as a theory and a movement, I start with a
chapter of definition. What is anarchism? And what is it not? These are the questions we
must first consider.
Suggestions that I write my memoirs came to me when I had barely begun to live, and continued all through the years. But I never paid heed to the proposal. I was living my life intensely — what need to write about it? Another reason for my reluctance was the conviction I entertained that one should write about one’s life only when one had ceased to stand in the very
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