Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 2 - No. 1
Spring, 1998


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Seeking information on the whereabouts of the long lost, final bronze cast of the Sacco and Vanzetti bas-relief by Gutzman Borglum. The mayor of Boston recently accepted a copy of this sculpture (one of three copies made from the plaster cast of an earlier version of sculpture) after it had been repeatedly refused by both the city and the state since 1937. It had been found by a junkman in 1960 in an abandoned warehouse and now hangs in the Boston Public Library. However, only photos remain of the final, bronze sculpture and the last known location of the sculpture was the Borglum estate in Stamford, CT, where it was shipped in 1940. If you have any leads please contact Jerry Kaplan at PO Box 381323, Cambridge, MA 02238 or email.

 


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AK Press
P.O. Box 40682
San Francisco, CA
94140 - USA

Black Rose Books
1-800-283-3572

Kate Sharpley Library
BM Hurricane
London, WC1N 3XX
UK

The Meltzer Press
PO Box 35, Hastings,
East Sussex, TN34 2UX
UK

Douglas & McIntyre
1615 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2H1 Canada
1-800-667-6902

What's Happening: Books & Events

The domination and exploitation of women by the state is the subject of Race, Class, Women and the State: The Case of Domestic Labour by Tanya Schecter. Focusing on the blackroselogo.gif (716 bytes) Canadian state, Schecter argues that the state "consciously acted to take advantage of [Third World] women's desperation, of their poverty, in order to find a cheap supply of domestics for its own citizens while limiting its own social expenditures…The end result … being a mistress-servant relationship." Due out in February 1998 from Black Rose Books.

The dimensions of anarchist thought continue to grow with new contributions by and about two eminent anarchist thinkers. Continuing his historical analysis of revolutionary struggle, Murray Bookchin’s second volume of The Third Revolution: Popular Movements in the Revolutionary Era is now available from Cassell Academic. In addition, Noam Chomsky’s extensive work is examined in Chomsky's Revolution: Cognitivism and Anarchism by Carlos Otero. Due out in March 1998 from Blackwell Publishers.

The lives of anarchists and fellow radicals are the subject of several new books this year. Albert Meltzer is commemorated in The Albert Memorial: The Anarchist Life and Times of Albert Meltzer by Phil Ruff. A collaborative effort between the Meltzer Press and the Kate Sharpley Library (KSL), this remembrance of Meltzer’s controversial and remarkable life includes photos, essays, and thoughts from close friends. Fifty percent of sales go toward the KSL’s publishing projects (available from Meltzer Press or the KSL). Joseph Labadie, better known for the extensive archival collection established in his name (the Labadie Collection), will be the subject of a new biography, All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement, by his granddaughter, Carlotta Anderson (available in June 1998 from Wayne State University Press). George Woodcock, one of the definitive historians of anarchism, will be remembered in The Gentle Anarchist: A Life of George Woodcock by Doug Fetherling (available in February 1998 from Douglas & McIntyre Publications). Another radical life is recounted in the first person by William Herrick in his autobiography Jumping the Line: the Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical. He is the author of several novels, including the award winning Hermanos!, an anti-Stalinist book based on his experience in the Spanish Civil War.

The history of Spanish anarchism is explored and celebrated with two re-releases by AK Press. Murray Bookchin’s AK Logo.gif (8394 bytes)The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936 is now available in a new edition with a new preface by Bookchin. Also, 1936: The Spanish Revolution by The Ex, "anarchist-art-agitators", is available again with 144 pages of photos, essays, and two 3" cds with two Spanish anarchist songs and two original compositions performed by The Ex. Many other titles, new and old, are available from AK’s extensive (and free) 1998 catalog.

The Labadie Collection, a large archive of anarchist materials and other social protest literature, has recently received several donations of manuscript materials which include: a collection of research and biographical materials on the anarchist writer/poet J. William Lloyd; original research notebooks and manuscripts of Francis Bartlett, the Marxist psychoanalyst; Abe Bluestein's papers; a small collection of materials which belonged to Emma Goldman (letters from Berkman and others, official documents, and identification cards); and a collection of material relating to E.F. Doree, Secretary-Treasurer of the Textile Workers Industrial Union of the IWW during WWI, who was imprisoned with ninety-nine others for violation of the Draft and Espionage Acts of 1917. For information, contact the Labadie Collection at: Special Collections Library, 711 Harlan Hatcher Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109; tel. (313) 764-9377; or at their web site: Labadie Collection.

Several conferences on radical social theory will be held this year. The 16th Annual Socialist Scholars Conference will be held March 20 to 22, 1998, at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street. The theme of the Conference is "A World to Win: From the Manifesto to New Organizing for Socialist Change." For more information, call (212) 642-2826 or check out their website at http:// www.soc.qc.edu/ssc/. A conference on "Work, Difference, and Social Change" is being held at the State University of New York at Binghamton from May 8 to 10, 1998. It will explore the challenges and possibilities that confront labor as a social movement in a global economy. For more info: contact: Chuck Koeber at (607) 777-6844 or work@binghamton.edu.

sf@bookfair.jpg (96548 bytes)There’s still a chance to find great anarchist books. The Third Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will take place on Saturday, March 14, 1998, 10am - 6pm, at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park by Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. Admission is free. Artists and Speakers include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Arther Evans, John Shirley, Pat Califia, and Will Rosco. More than fifty exhibitors from all over the US will sell radical and anti-authoritarian books, records, posters and t-shirts. For more information: contact Bound Together Books at 1369 Haight Street, San Francisco, California 94117, (415) 431-8355 or contact AK Press.

Spoken word recordings of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn are available from Radio Free Maine in both audio and video formats. They include: Chomsky’s "Media Censorship and Our Right to Know," "The Role of the Media in Manufacturing Consent," and an interview with Chomsky by Exene Cervenkova (of the band "X"); and Zinn’s "Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic Historian." For more information or a catalog, contact Roger Leisner, Radio Free Maine, PO Box 2705, Augusta, Maine 04338, (207) 622-6629 tel/fax.

Videos on Argentine anarchist history are available from the Fundación Alumbrar. Works in progress include a piece on the shipbuilders’ strike of the 1950’s - the anarchist-inspired and longest running strike in Argentine history - and a piece on the anarchist Severino Di Giovanni and the Urriburu dictatorship. Videos are $15 each. Write them at: Santiago del Estero 264 - Piso 5 (1075) Buenos Aires, Argentina.

La Voz de la Mujer.gif (14062 bytes)The entire collection of La Voz de la Mujer, a Spanish-language anarcha-feminist periodical published in Buenos Aires from 1896 to 1897, has been reprinted by Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Write to: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Roque Sáenz Peña 180, Bernal, 1876, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

For those interested in French-language, anarchist material, Refractions is a new journal on anarchist theory. It covers a variety of issues from an anarchist perspective, such as technology, democracy, gender, and ecology. Please contact them at: Les Amis de Refractions, BP 33, 69571 Dardilly cedex, France.

The State Adversary, an impressive anarchist journal from New Zealand, is a great source not only on anarchist efforts in New Zealand but also for international cover-age. It is published by the State Adversary Collective, an inde-pendent, autonomous collective based in Wellington, New Zealand, and subscrip-tions are $10 for four issues. Send subscrip-tions or inquiries to: The State Adversary, PO Box 9263, Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Jura Books and the Lucy Parsons Center, two anarchist bookstores and meeting places, are in need of help. Jura Books, one of the few remaining radical bookstores in Sydney, Australia, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. They need financial contributions in order to continue paying for their building, increasing the Media Room Project collection of books and pamphlets, paying for daily expenses, and increasing book stocks. Send contributions to P.O. Box N32, 440 Parramatta Road, Petersham North, NSW 2049, Sydney, Australia. The Lucy Parsons Center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is facing eviction in early 1998 due to their landlord’s proposal to demolish 18 storefronts in order to construct a 16-story plaza of chain stores and high-rent apartments. In order to move to a new location without going under, the Lucy Parsons Center needs your help in the following ways: make a tax-deductible donation; offer professional skills (such as experience in grant writing, fundraising, and accounting); offer expertise in real estate; donate radical books; or have the Lucy Parsons Center table at your event. Contact the Lucy Parsons Center at 3 Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, (617) 497-9934.