“The Dominant Idea” first appeared as a serialized article in Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman’s influential anarchist magazine, Mother Earth, with the first instalment in May 1910. Soon after, the Mother Earth Publishing Association printed a booklet edition of the … Continue reading
The essay reprinted in this booklet was originally published as “Anarchism,” in the October 13, 1901 edition of the Anarchist movement newspaper FREE SOCIETY (ed. Abe Isaak). I’ve retitled it because that’s a boring title for an essay about Anarchism … Continue reading
“The question now becomes: What is the growing ideal of human society, unconsciously indicated and unconsciously discerned and illuminated? By all the readings of progress, this indication appears to be the free individual; a society whose economic, political, social and … Continue reading
One of de Cleyre’s key later essays, “Anarchism and American Traditions” (1909) offers a critical reflection on freedom, equality, government, and the American Revolution. To the average American of today, the Revolution means the battles fought by the patriot army … Continue reading
This lost classic was first published anonymously in 1902 by the Social Science Club of Philadelphia, whose members included Voltairine de Cleyre, Mary Hansen, Natasha Notkin, and other Mutualists, Individualists, and Communists from the Philadelphia social movement. The “Catechism,” drafted by Hansen and finished by the Club collectively, presents a dialogue on the fundamentals of Anarchistic philosophy; discusses the commonality and the disagreements among Socialist, Individualist, Communist, and Mutualist forms of Anarchism; and offers a pluralistic, experimental vision of the free society, in which free people can try out any peaceful economic arrangement, and in which a wealth of Anarchistic economic systems peacefully co-exist, compete, and flourish side-by-side.
A follow-up to de Cleyre and Rosa Slobodinsky’s classic
The Individualist and the Communist (Market Anarchy Zine Series #2,
), in which de Cleyre looks at the egalitarianism of competition, and the invasiveness and domination involved in Communist attempts to control economic life according to anti-competitive blueprints.
Published in November 2011 by Minor Compositions, an imprint of Autonomedia. Now available directly through this Distro. Individualist anarchists believe in mutual exchange, not economic privilege. They believe in freed markets, not capitalism. They defend a distinctive response to the … Continue reading
A dialogue between an individualist anarchist and a communist anarchist on freedom, competition, equality, and a world without rulers.