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Errico Malatesta,The Biography of an Anarchist – Max Nettlau

The short sketch of Malatesta’s life is based on the exhaustive study of Max Nettlau, published in Italian translation by “Il Martello” in New York under the title Vita e Pensieri di Errico Malatesta, and in German translation issued at Berlin by the publishers of the “Syndicalist.” Max Nettlau, the profound scholar of the Anarchist movement, biographer of Michael Bakunin and author of Bibliographie de l’Anarchie, lives in Vienna, and like so many intellectuals in Europe, in distressing economic condition.

The Revolution of Everyday Life – Raoul Vaneigem

The Revolution of Everyday Life (French: Traité de savoir-vivre à l’usage des jeunes générations) is a 1967 book by Raoul Vaneigem, Belgian author, philosopher and one time member of the Situationist International (1961–1970). The original title literally translates as, Treatise on Living for the Younger Generations. John Fullerton & Paul Sieveking chose the title under which the work appears in English.
The book was, along with Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (1967), one of the most significant works written by members of the Situationist International (1957–1972).

The Conquest of Bread – Peter Kropotkin

Peter Kropotkin’s “The Conquest of Bread”, along with his “Fields Factories and Workshops” was the result of his extensive research into industrial and agricultural production; originally published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, 1906. Whereas Marx’s main contribution to economics was his analysis of the commodity relationship in Capital – capitalism rather than communism – Kropotkin assesses what would need to be done, and most importantly how, in a communist society.

Woman, Church and State – Matilda Joslyn Gage

During the second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 70s a popular slogan was “not the church, not the state, women shall decide their fate”. Matilda Joslyn Gage would have approved. Vehemently anti-clerical, Women, Church and State was one of the first books to draw the conclusion that Christianity is a primary impediment to the progress of women, as well as civilization. Then, as now, religious doctrine was used

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Comments on the Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord

First published in 1967, Guy Debord’s stinging revolutionary critique of contemporary society, The Society of the Spectacle, has since acquired a cult status. Credited by many as being the inspiration for the ideas generated by the events of May 1968 in France, Debord’s pitiless attack on commodity fetishism and its incrustation in the practices of everyday life continues to btirn brightly in today’s age of satellite television and the soundbite In Comments on the Society of the Spectacle published twenty years later, Debord returned to the themes of his previous analysis and demonstrated how they were all the more relevant in a period when the ‘integrated spectacle’ was dominant.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Shevek is an outcast in a communal culture. A brilliant physicist, he is despised by his neighbors for encouraging contact between the anarchist communities of Anarres and sympathizers on the hated capitalist home world, Urras. Shevek is troubled by isolationism and contempt in a society founded on universal brotherhood. Worse, a tough work ethic enforced by their harsh desert world has led to a creeping bureaucracy and even majority tyranny.

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Living with an earthquake – Italy 1977-8

We have called our pamphlet “Living With An Earthquake”. This earthquake is not just the crisis at Government level – it is a quite new political upheaval affecting the whole of Italian society. We have produced this pamphlet because it is vitally important that the out­side world should know about what thousands of ordinary people are doing in Italy today. A new opposition is developing, against the Christian Democrats and

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The Situationist City – Simon Sadler

From 1957 to 1972, the artistic and political movement known as the Situationist International (SI) worked aggressively to subvert the conservative ideology of the Western world. The movement’s broadside attack on “establishment” institutions and values left its mark upon the libertarian left, the counterculture, the revolutionary events of 1968, and more recent phenomena from punk to postmodernism. In this book Simon Sadler investigates the artistic, architectural, and cultural theories that

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In Russian and French Prisons – Peter Kropotkin

Nearly a century has passed since Kropotkin wrote In Russian and French Prisons, yet his criticisms of the penal system have lost none of their relevance. Prisons—far from reforming the offender, or deterring crime—are, in themselves, “schools of crime”. Every year, thousands of prisoners are returned to society without hope, without a trade, or without nay means of subsistence, and statistics show that once a man has been in prison he is likely to return. Moreover, the new offense is likely to be more serious than the first.

Fire and flames: A history of the German autonomist movement

Fire and Flames is no detached academic study, but a passionate, hands-on, and engaging account of the beginnings of one of Europe’s most intriguing protest movements of the last thirty years. An introduction by George Katsiaficas, author of The Subversion of Politics and an afterword by Gabriel Kuhn, a long-time autonomous activist and author, add historical context and an update on the current state of the Autonomen.