Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought by David Goodway

By David Goodway

From William Morris to George Orwell, left-libertarian suggestion has lengthy been a tremendous yet missed a part of British history. In Anarchist Seeds underneath the Snow, David Goodway seeks to get better and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. The publication succeeds as either a cultural background of left-libertarianism in Britain and an illustration of the applicability of that background to present politics. Goodway argues recovered anarchist culture could—and should—be a touchstone for modern political radicals. relocating seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and John Cowper Powys to the battle in Iraq, this tough quantity will energize leftist pursuits all through Britain and the remainder of the realm.

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Pp. H. Cole, William Morris: A Lecture Given on 16th January 1957 to the William Morris Society at the Art Workers’ Guild (London: William Morris Society, 1960). H. H. Cole, Essays in Social Theory (London: Macmillan, 1950), chap. 8. 52 Cole, Essays, pp. 98, 100. 53 Concurrently he was writing: Looking back, forty years later, to the movement as it existed when I was young, I am very conscious how much in those days we oversimplified the issues, and how much of the reality we failed to face. But I am as convinced as ever I was that we were essentially in the right, and that Socialism cannot be soundly built except on a foundation of trust in the capacity of ordinary people to manage their own affairs … Mass democracy, I feel sure, is bound to be unsound unless it can be broken up into units of normally manageable size and complexity.

I do not, however, regard either of them as the best practicable system. Marxian Socialism … would give far too much power to the State, while Syndicalism… would … find itself forced to reconstruct a central authority in order to put an end to the rivalries of different groups of producers. 58 Russell explained ‘Why I Am a Guildsman’ for the Guildsman in 1919, the year of maximum industrial militancy and when his own left libertarianism also climaxed, ending an article on ‘Democracy and Direct Action’ with a flourish: Direct action has its dangers, but so has every vigorous form of activity.

4–8, is a first-rate study (although not proceeding beyond 1939). See also Ronald W. Clark, The Life of Bertrand Russell (London: Jonathan Cape and Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975), chaps. 10–14; Caroline Moorehead, Bertrand Russell: A Life (London: Sinclair–Stevenson, 1992), chaps. 9–12; Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude (London: Jonathan Cape, 1996), chaps. 13–20. 63 Maurice B. M. Dent, 1941), pp. 107–8. 65 By the end of the war the mental landscape of much of the labour movement had been, although only temporarily, transformed.

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