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By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition specializes in 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impression on British radical thought.

The e-book goals to foster a better knowing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political idea and hobbies. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their subject matters and matters. to take action, the ebook exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted through glossy British society, with transparent traces of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally specializes in their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits better severe, scholarly realization. Its precise and thorough learn will make it a precious source for someone attracted to modern anarchist proposal, political thought, and political movements.

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His decision in this respect has made it very difficult for anarchists and later historians of anarchist ideas to recognize his contribution to anarchist ideas clearly or to present his political commitments neatly. While recognizing these tensions, the aim in this chapter is to contribute to an understanding of Read’s intentions and impact that can feed into analyses of anarchist political thought and British intellectual tradition, and highlight the development of one particular twentieth-century seam of British anarchist thought and practice.

188. 46. Colin Ward, ‘The Future of the Committee of 100: An Anarchist View’, Peace News, 26 January 1962, quotes in Goodway Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow, p. 260. 47. Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, pp. 261–2. 48. Richard Taylor, Against the Bomb: The British Movement 1958–1965 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), p. 247. 1 As a statement of challenge this artwork assumes an awareness of the significance of Read’s contribution to art criticism. To date, no one has pulped any of Read’s political commentary, which has mostly been treated as an eccentric quirk of his promotion of novelty.

For Read, the horror and brutality of the war was indicative of social, political and cultural crises in Britain. It highlighted the evils of state power, the loss of individuality and the rise of mass society, as well as the corrosion of social cohesion and responsibility. The dramatic barbarity and extent of human suffering led him to mount an extensive challenge to British political culture. The reactionary elitism of the British social order and the collectivism of its approach to government, as well as the profitdriven motivation of the ruling classes, were for Read enemies of liberty and justice.

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