DAMNED FOOLS IN UTOPIA AND OTHER WRITINGS ON ANARCHISM AND WAR RESISTANCE
by Nicolas Walter edited by David Goodway
A hefty collection of noted anarchist Nicolas Walter’s writings, this history recounts the anarchist and peace movements in the United Kingdom alongside the author’s adventures through activism.
Inspired by the Suez and Hungarian Revolutions and his participation in the New Left, Walter became an anarchist and proponent of the freethought movement. Recounting his personal history in two autobiographical pieces, the author reflects on his militant involvement in the British nuclear disarmament movement, his experience as on of the Spies of Peace, and his connection to the Solidarity group.
As an activist, Walter concurrently analyzed history, political theory, and activist practices, which he combined to form the backbone upon which he built his beliefs. Also included are musing on various intellectual and political figures such as George Orwell, Herbert Read, C. W. Daniel, and Guy Aldred, in addition to ruminations on atheism, rationalism, and the limitations of academia.
978-1-60486-222-5 6×9 Paperback 304 pages
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ANARCHIST SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW LEFT-LIBERTARIAN THOUGHT AND BRITISH WRITERS FROM WILLIAM MORRIS TO COLIN WARD
by David Goodway
“An impressive achievement for its rigorous scholarship across a wide range of sources, for collating this diverse material in a cogent and systematic narrative-cum-argument, and for elucidating it with clarity and flair … It is a book that needed to be written and now deserves to be read.”- Journal of William Morris Studies
“Goodway outlines with admirable clarity the many variations in anarchist thought. By extending outwards to left-libertarians he takes on even greater diversity.”- Sheila Rowbotham, Red Pepper
From William Morris to Oscar Wilde to George Orwell, left-libertarian thought has long been an important but neglected part of British cultural and political history. In ANARCHIST SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW, David Goodway seeks to recover and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. This book succeeds as simultaneously a cultural history of left-libertarian though in Britain and a demonstration of the applicability of that to current politics. Goodway argues that a recovered anarchist tradition could … and should … be a touchstone for contemporary political radicals. Moving seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and Colin Ward to the war in Iraq, this challenging volume will energize leftist movements throughout the world.
978-1-60486-221-8 Paperback 420 pages Politics/History
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