Category: History and Historiography

Revolutions of 1989

The Wikipedia entry on the wave of revolutions that impacted the Communist world in the late 80s/early 90s is generally accurate from a historical perspective, and worth reading. The impression these events made on me at the time was the realization that revolutions could be carried out in […]

But Communism Killed 100 Million People!

For the defense. Two of the books Co-Authors come out Denouncing lead Author of the Black Book of Communism:… Wheatcroft: Soviet famine of 1931-1933:… Kotkin: Stalinism Triumphant: Famine, Terror, And Hitler’s Shadow, 1929-1941… Settlers wiped out 90% of the present native population when they first […]

Anarchist geopolitics of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Gonzalo de Reparaz and the ‘Iberian Tragedy

By Federico Ferretti This paper addresses an early case in critical and anarchist geopolitics by analysing a body of work from Spanish geographer Gonzalo de Reparaz Rodríguez-Báez (1860-1939). After reconstructing the complex and contradictory figure of Reparaz, a scholar and activist who oscillated between very different political positions […]

Betrayal, Vengeance, and the Anarchist Ideal: Virgilia D’Andrea’s Radical Antifascism in (American) Exile, 1928–1933

By Lorenza Stradiotti A contribution to histories of women in the interwar transnational antifascist movement, particularly radical exiles, we focus on VirgiliaD’Andrea, a noted Italian anarchist exile from fascist Italy who spent her final exile in New York, 1928–33. An intellectual, writer-poet, and orator belonging to a small […]

The Life and Thought of Lysander Spooner

FROM 2013: Today we’re joined by Gary Chartier of the Center for a Stateless Society for a discussion about the life and work of Lysander Spooner. We talk about Spooner’s American Letter Mail Company, his abolitionist activism, and the development of his anarchist philosophy and his arguments against […]

Skewed History

I don’t disagree with the contents of this article, but it is hardly the case that education was unbiased before social justice crusaders took it over. Educational institutions used to teach the American civil religion. Now they teach the social justice religion, that’s all. By David Randall, Kevin […]

The Rose of Fire: Anarchist culture, urban spaces and management of scientific knowledge in a divided city

By Álvaro Girón and Jorge Molero-Mesa Recent memories of the 1888 Universal Exhibition could not conceal the poor living conditions and social strife that plagued the city’s working class in November 1889. That month Barcelona hosted the Segundo Certamen Social-ista (The Second Socialist Contest), a competition organized by […]

Communism vs Fascism: Which was more evil?

I’d say it depends on the particular regime. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Kim were the worst. Conventional fascists and parafascists (Mussolini, Franco, Salazar, Peron), Titoism, and revisionist communists less so. Though all of them still sucked. And let’s not forget the centuries-long myriad of crimes carried […]

Eldridge Cleaver: The Mormon Years

By Jesse Walker, Reason When Eldridge Cleaver ascended the Marriott Center stage on June 28, 1981, the Black Panther Party wasn’t quite dead. The organization’s last remnants were running an alternative school in Oakland, California, and that final Panther project didn’t peter out until 1982. But Cleaver, who […]

The Spanish Civil War

By James Michael Yeoman The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 was one of the most significant moments in the history of anarchism. The outbreak of the conflict sparked a revolution, in which women and men inspired by anarchist ideas took control of the streets of Barcelona and the […]

Caught between Internationalism, Transnationalism and Immigration: A Brief Account of the History of Anarchism in Egypt until 1945

By Laura Galián, Costantino Paonessa Anarchism first appeared in the Southern Mediterranean countries at the end of the nineteenth century with the immigration of European workers and political exiles. Despite the important role anarchists played in introducing radical and revolutionary political thought in Egypt, only historians Anthony Gorman […]

Here Comes the ’70s

By Matthew Walter, The American Conservative It is somehow absurdly fitting that Joe Biden, who entered the United States Senate in 1973 at the age of 30 as an opponent of racial busing, is presiding over a return to the 1970s. The Seventies are one of the few […]