Category: History and Historiography

From Stirner to Mussolini

The “anarchist abduction” story from 1910 described in this article sounds like the idiotic drama that goes on in anarchist circles today. By William Gillis, Center for a Stateless Society Review: The Anarchist-Individualist Origins of Italian Fascism In 1910 Luigi Fabbri and Armando Borghi abducted an anarchist woman […]

Anarchism and the Archaeology of Anarchic Societies: Resistance to Centralization in the Coast Salish Region of the Pacific Northwest Coast

By Bill Angelbeck and Colin Grier Throughout human history, people have lived in societies without formalized government. We argue that the theory of anarchism presents a productive framework for analyzing decentralized societies. Anarchism encompasses a broad array of interrelated principles for organizing societies without the centralization of authority. […]

Was Hitler Really Right-Wing?

By Rainer Zitelmann Mises Institute Was Hitler really “right wing”? The German-British publicist Sebastian Haffner, who wrote one of the most notable essays on Adolf Hitler, has pointed out that the only opposition which could really have become dangerous for Hitler came from the Right: “From its vantage, […]

The Russian Empire Strikes Back

By Razib Khan, City-Journal For many of us Cold War kids, the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc, and the battle between capitalism and global Communism were just background conditions of our youth. But in the United States, what we really talked about wasn’t the Soviets or the Communists […]

The Pathologies of Imperialism

By Harold James, Quillette February 24th, 2022, constituted a shock to the European psyche. The invasion of Ukraine, without any plausible casus belli, the massive use of military force against civilians, the attempted hunting down of a legitimately elected government, all came as a complete surprise. But so […]

My Norman Mailer Problem—and Ours

By Darryl Pinckney The Nation Digging down into the roots of white America’s infatuation with Black. Norman Mailer was proud of his essay “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster.” Published in Dissent in 1957, it was reprinted in Advertisements for Myself (1959), Mailer’s anthology of selections […]

The End of the Terror

By David A. Bell New York Review of Books Colin Jones gives an hour-by-hour account of the Ninth of Thermidor, a day that marked a turning point in the French Revolution. Imagine a government divided between two ferociously opposed political forces, both of which claim the right to […]