Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 3 - No. 1
Spring, 1999

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Melissa Burch has completed her project, Autonomy, Culture, and Natural Resources in the Neo-liberal Age. It has been distributed to non-profit groups and community resource centers in the US, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The chapter on southeast Mexico has been condensed into a small booklet and will be published and distributed by ACERCA (Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of Central America). It will also be used as a study tool accompanying the Native Forest Network video about Chiapas. She was awarded $800 in January 1998.

Paul Fleckenstein published his project on contemporary municipal development policy and practice in Burlington, VT (initially entitled "Civic Space and the Anarchist Dream"), as two articles in the September issue of 05401, a Burlington based magazine. These articles are entitled "Most Livable Carnival" and "Filenes, Felines, Felon, Foe: Who Decides Which Way This Town Will Go?". He was awarded $500 in January 1997.

Allan Antiff's book, The Culture of Revolt: Art and Anarchy in America, is under consideration at University of Chicago Press. An article based on chapter five of his book, entitled "Cosmic Mod-ernism: Elie Nadelman, Adolf Wolff, and the Materialist Aesthetics of John Weichsel" is forthcoming in the Archives of American Art Journal, March 1999. He was awarded $1000 in January 1997.

Will Firth completed his translation of three Eastern European anarchist writings. The first two articles are translations from Russian. They are entitled "A Survey of the Anarchist Movement in the Ukraine 1987-1994" and "Under Fire Between the Lines" (about the Volunteer Medical Brigade formed by anarchists and socialists during the 1993 seizure of the Russian parliament). The third is an excerpt from the Bulgarian language book National Liberation and Libertarian Federalism by Georgi Khadzhieff. He is currently securing publication for the translations. He was awarded $600 in June 1998.

Joe Lowndes continues research for his piece, "Anarchism and the Rise of Rightwing Anti-statism." He is focusing most recently on the history of agrarian radicalism in the US as well as the decline of trust in the government since the Civil Rights movement and its link to the development of white class resentment (from Wallace supporters to Reagan Democrats to contemporary rightwing anti-government activists). His next focus will be the politics and strategies of current anti-statist movements on the right as both articulations of older forms of agrarian protest and contemporary responses to the neoliberal state. The expected completion date is May 1999. He was awarded $1000 in June 1998.

Lucien van der Walt has nearly completed three out of five chapters for his project, Anarchism and Revolutionary Syndicalism in South Africa, 1904-1921, including work on the IWW of South Africa, the International Socialist League, and the Industrial Workers of Africa. Sections of the work are under consideration at various academic journals and he has also presented a seminar paper titled "'The Industrial Union is the Embryo of the Socialist Commonwealth': The International Socialist League and Revolutionary Syndicalism in South Africa, 1915-1919." He was awarded $500 in June 1998.

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Patricia Greene continues research for her book, Federica Montseny: The Woman and the Ideal/La Mujer y El Ideal, and she has recently traveled to Spain and France to access archives and conduct interviews. She has also begun creating the Federica Montseny Web Page accessible at and recently published an article entitled "Federica Montseny: Chronicler of an Anarcho-Feminist Genealogy" in Letras Penínsulares (vol. 11, no. 2, 1997: pp. 333-354). She was awarded $900 in June 1998.

Mark Bonhert and Richard Curtis anticipate an early 1999 completion date for their project "Passionate and Dangerous: Conversations with Midwestern Anarchists" (formerly "Post-Industrial Resources: Anarchist Reconstructive Efforts & Visions in the Upper Midwest"). Left Bank has agreed to distribute their project. They were awarded $250 in June 1997.

Matt Hern and Stuart Chaulk secured a publisher, Broadview Press, a major Canadian publisher, for their book The Myth of the Internet: Private Isolation and Local Community. They were awarded $1200 in January 1998.

Zoe Erwin and Brian Tokar continue working on their anthology Engineering Life: A People's Guide to Biotechnology and anticipate a nearly complete manuscript by early 1999. They are still looking for a publisher. The Edmonds Institute (Edmonds, WA) has expressed interest in issuing a limited pre-publication edition for anti-biotech activists. They were awarded $1000 in June 1997.

Murray Bookchin's work on the Spanish anarchists will appear in Vol. 3 of the Third Revolution: Popular Movements in the Revolutionary Era (Castells). He anticipates publication by the end of 1999. He was awarded $1000 in January 1997 for the completion of the second volume of his Spanish Anarchists.

Chris Day continues work on his book Anarchism and the Zapatista Revolution. He was awarded $2000 in January 1998.

Peter Lamborn Wilson's introduction to the new edition of Enrico Arrigone's (aka Frank Brand) Freedom - My Dream: The Autobiography of Enrico Arrigoni, continues to take shape. He was awarded $250 in June 1997.

Frank Adams continues historical research for his piece "The Educational Ideas and Management Practices of 19th and 20th Century Anarchists in Labor-Owned Cooperatives." He anticipates completion by the end of 1999. He was awarded $500 in June 1997. ~