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Quincy B. THORN: Evoking Spirit
The Anarchist Art of Robert Henri
by Barnes
Article published on 5 October 2019
Section : Bio-Bibliographies

The inflated effigy of a head of state, dressed in nothing but a diaper, floats over a joyous crowd of protesters on a sunny day. Beneath the surface description, two spirits can be perceived, the vile spirit of a deranged despot and the angry but hopeful and playful spirit of collective (...)

SK: Cuba: Independent Self-Activity vs. the State
Pride & Anarchism Against All Odds
by Barnes
Article published on 5 October 2019
Section : Cuba. Anarchist Histories and Comments

This May was a very exciting time for anarchists in Cuba, full of both inspiration and anxiety. On the positive side, the Anarchist Social Center and Library (ABRA: Centro Social y Biblioteca Libertaria) hosted the Fourth Libertarian Spring Conference in Havana, from May 4 to 11.

Photo shows a (...)

David PORTER: Writing on Fire
Passion & obstacles in writing about Emma Goldman in Spain
by Barnes
Article published on 17 September 2019
Section : Bio-Bibliographies

Studying in Paris during the intense final year (1961 through 1962) of the Algerian war for independence, I became hooked on Algeria and the potentials of revolutionary politics. In 1965 through 1966, I pursued on-site doctoral research on Algeria’s most radical political innovation after (...)

David PORTER: Will Franco Era Spanish Fascists Finally Be Brought to Justice?
Including for the ghastly death of anarchist Salvador Puig Antich
by Barnes
Article published on 17 September 2019
Section : 1936-1939 The Spanish War and Social Revolution

On October 31, an Argentine judge, Maria Servini de Cabria, issued international arrest warrants and extradition requests to question and try 20 Spanish Franco-era officials accused of crimes against humanity from 1939 to 1975.

Spanish General Francisco Franco led the Nationalists, a (...)

David PORTER: May Days 1937
Book review
by Barnes
Article published on 4 September 2019
Section : 1936-1939 The Spanish War and Social Revolution

a review of

The May Days, Barcelona 1937 by A. Souchy, B. Bolloten, Emma Goldman and Jose Peirats, Freedom Press, London, 1987, 128 pages, $5.00

FE note: The tragic events of May 1937 highlighted what had always been the dichotomy of the Spanish War. The struggle has been widely and popularly (...)

David PORTER: In Revolutionary Spain, Workers Made the Anarchist Vision Real
Book Review
by Barnes
Article published on 2 September 2019
Section : The Social Revolution

a review of

Anarchism and Workers’ Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain by Frank Mintz. AK Press, 2013, 326pp., $19, akpress.org

Following his brief synopsis about the Spanish anarchist movement before 1936, the central concern of French anarchist Frank Mintz is the very core of the 1930s (...)

David PORTER: Free Women of Spain
The Roots of Anarcha-Feminism
by Barnes
Article published on 2 September 2019
Section : The Social Revolution

a review of

Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women, by Martha A. Ackelsberg (Indiana University Press, 1991)

I write this review on the day George Bush officially declares his intent to run again for president. Against the backdrop of this obscene, (...)

David PORTER: Emma Goldman: A Love for Revolution
Book Review
by Barnes
Article published on 1 September 2019
Section : GOLDMAN, Emma (1869-1940). International anarchist

a review of

Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets by Kathy E. Ferguson. Rowman ft Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland, 2011, 362 pp, $35.

In her fascinating book on Emma Goldman, Kathy Ferguson focuses on Goldman as a dynamic anarchist thinker whose differing social activist (...)

Tony SHEATHER: Castro & the Cuban Revolution
a review of Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, The Double Life of Fidel Castro. Amberley Publishing, 2015.
by Barnes
Article published on 31 August 2019
Section : Cuba. Anarchist Histories and Comments

"Until the end of my days, two questions will turn in my mind: why do revolutions always go wrong and why do their heroes systematically transform into tyrants who are even worse than the dictators they overthrew?" (264)

These final sentences in Juan Sanchez’s explosive revelations about his (...)

David PORTER: Emma Goldman in Exile
New Book Distorts History and a Life
by Barnes
Article published on 20 August 2019
Section : GOLDMAN, Emma (1869-1940). International anarchist

a review of

Emma Goldman in Exile: From the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War, Alice Wexler, Beacon Press, Boston, 1989, 301 pp.

The nature and purpose of “doing history” are at stake in Alice Wexler’s new book, Emma Goldman in Exile. America’s best-known anarchist endured numerous (...)

David PORTER: Emma Goldman: An Appreciation
50 Years After Her Death
by Barnes
Article published on 18 August 2019
Section : GOLDMAN, Emma (1869-1940). International anarchist

Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869-May 14, 1940) was known as “the most dangerous woman in America” by the press in such articles as those to the right which chronicled a visit by her to Windsor, Ontario, across the border from Detroit, in 1939. She certainly was this country’s most famous anarchist in (...)


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