Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 2 - No. 1
Spring, 1998


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Institute for Anarchist Studies Update

This issue of Perspectives brings the IAS’s first full calendar year of operation to a close and thus marks a milestone in our efforts to provide support to anti-authoritarian social criticism. I am pleased to say that these efforts continue as vigorously as ever.

The IAS board awarded the third set of IAS grants to another fine group of radical writers this January. The three projects we supported bring anarchism to bear on some of the most important issues facing radicals at the end of the millenium: the global capitalist attack on communities worldwide, the forms and implications of various responses to these assaults, and, finally, the relationship of new communication technologies (i.e., the Internet) to community and democracy. (See page 1 for a fuller account.)

It is also with satisfaction that we watch previous IAS grant recipients bring their works toward publication. There are many developments to report in this regard: Murray Bookchin has finished the first and major chapter of the second volume of his Spanish Anarchists; Allan Antliff has completed the first draft of his book, The Culture of Revolt: Art and Anarchy in America; Paul Fleckenstein has submitted his piece, "Civic Vitality or Civic Mortality? Progress and Growth in Burlington, VT" to publishers; Peter Lamborn Wilson has nearly finished his introduction to Enrico Arrigoni’s autobiography; and, finally, Mark Bohnert and Richard Curtis have almost completed their Post-Industrial Resources: Anarchist Reconstructive Efforts and Visions in the Upper Midwest. (Note: there are more extensive accounts of previous IAS grant awards in earlier Perspectives.)

I am also happy to state that the IAS’s 1997 fundraising campaign was a complete success and that we even exceeded our $8500 fundraising goal. IAS donors were extremely generous and their support - a source of encouragement to all of us here - enabled the IAS to provide real assistance to radical writers, continue publishing Perspectives, and build the IAS endowment by 10 percent of every donation. In addition, we have used the excess from the fundraising campaign to purchase some necessary equipment for the IAS office, an investment that will permit us to work more effectively on behalf of radical authors as well as the IAS’s long-term development. (Please see page 11 for a list of those who made our 1997 campaign a success).

All of these developments heighten the enthusiasm with which we enter 1998, in anticipation of another year of sustained activity and growth. The IAS’s 1998 fundraising campaign, inaugurated with this issue of Perspectives, will be a central focus of our efforts. Specifically, the IAS must raise $9200 by January 1999 to award another $6000 in grants, publish two issues of this newsletter, and build the IAS endowment. Our 1998 fundraising goal, as some readers may notice, is $700 above our 1997 goal. This increase reflects a demand we have placed upon ourselves: to put 15 percent - not 10 percent - of every contribution into the IAS endowment. Indeed, one of our primary objectives is to make sure that support is available to future generations of radical writers and it is our endowment that will make this possible.

Please help us reach this goal by donating to the IAS if you are not among those who have already contributed or pledged a contribution to our 1998 fundraising campaign (see page 11). Please also note that Perennial Books has provided the IAS with books in support of our fundraising efforts once again. Those donating $25 or more to the IAS are entitled to at least one of the great books they’ve generously made available to us. Perennial has also renewed its pledge to discount items in their extraordinary catalogue by 15% to all those who give $25 or more. Please join us in our efforts to support radical writers now and in the future.

We are proud of what the IAS has accomplished over the last year and regard these accomplishments as a foundation upon which to build further contributions. It is immensely gratifying to work on behalf of radical social criticism, to participate in an emerging counter-institution, and, above all, to be active in a project that embodies the continued vitality of the ideal of a cooperative, egalitarian, and ecological society.