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Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on the Golden Age Piracy by Gabriel Kuhn

Life Under the Jolly Roger - Reflections on the Golden Age of Piracy

Dissecting the conflicting views of the golden age of pirates—as romanticized villains on one hand and genuine social rebels on the other—this fascinating chronicle explores the political and cultural significance of these nomadic outlaws by examining a wide range of ethnographical, sociological, and philosophical standards.  read more »

Workers' Councils by Anton Pannekoek

Workers' Councils

Contemporaries across the spectrum of Left thought, from Antonio Negri to Noam Chomsky, are falling over each other to claim the mantle of Left Communism. Left Communism is the theory and practice of worker control and self-organization whose adherents provided the main opposition to the Bolsheviks.  read more »

Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism, Utopia by Michael Lowy

Morning Star - Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism, Utopia

An expanded edition of revered theorist Michael Löwy's Morning Star: Marxism and Surrealism, this masterwork collects the author's essays on the ways in which surrealism intersected with a variety of revolutionary political approaches, ranging from utopian ideals to Marxism and situationism.  read more »

Durruti in the Spanish Revolution by Abel Paz

Durruti in the Spanish Revolution

"Durruti was the ultimate working-class hero: carrying the future in his heart and a gun in each pocket. Abel Paz's magnificent biography resurrects the very soul of Spanish anarchism.”—Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums  read more »

Augustin Guillamon - The Friends of Durruti Group: 1937-1939

The Friends of Durruti Group 1937-1939

"Revolutions without theory fail to make progress. We of the 'Friends Of Durruti' have outlined our thinking, which may be amended as appropriate in great social upheavals but which hinges upon two essential points which cannot be avoided. A program, and rifles."—El Amigo del Pueblo, No. 5, July 20, 1937.  read more »

Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895-1917 by Terence Kissack

Free Comrades - Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895-1917

By investigating public records, journals, and books published between 1895 and 1917, Terence Kissack expands the scope of the history of LGBT politics in the United States.  read more »

What Is Anarchism by Alexander Berkman

What Is Anarchism (Berkman)

In a clear conversation with the reader, Berkman discusses society as it now exists, the need for Anarchism and the methods for bringing it about. Often mentioned in conjunction with his lover Emma Goldman, Berkman was a leading writer and participant in the 20th-Century Anarchist movement.  read more »

The Struggle Against the State & Other Essays by Nestor Makhno

The Struggle against the State and Other Essays

A collection of essays and articles from the Ukranian revolutionary, Nestor Makhno, who fought against encroaching Bolshevik terror during the Russian Revolution. The Struggle Against the State and other Essays sheds valuable insight onto the man and the movement that bore his name.

Life of An Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader (edited by Gene Fellner)

Life of An Anarchist - The Alexander Berkman Reader

Alexander Berkman was a 20th century American revolutionary. Like the abolitionist John Brown before him, Berkman was hugely idealistic, ready to go to the furthest extreme of self-sacrifice and violence on behalf of justice and civil rights.  read more »

Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organization from Proudhon to May 1968 by Alexandre Skirda

Facing the Enemy

Drawing on decades of research, Skirda traces anarchism as a major political movement and ideology across the 19th and 20th centuries. Critical and engaging, he offers biting and incisive portraits of the major thinkers, and more crucially, the organizations they inspired, influenced, came out of, and were spurned by.  read more »

James C. Scott - The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia

The Art of Not Being Governed

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them—slavery, conscription, taxes, corvée labor, epidemics, and warfare.  read more »

Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel by Nunzio Pernicone

Carlo Tresca - Portrait of a Rebel

"I have sought with all my strength to elevate the moral and material conditions of the Italian workers here, and I have sought to instill in their souls the same faith in their emancipation that is alive in me. I am a soldier of the ideal."—Carlo Tresca, 1923  read more »

Most Radical Gesture, The : The Situationist International in a Postmodern Age by Sadie Plant

The Most Radical Gesture

The Most Radical Gesture is the first major study of the Situationist International, a revolutionary movement of extraordinary ambition and influence whose reflections on art, everyday life, pleasure, spontaneity, the city, and the spectacle have ensured it a vital, but largely hidden, role in the development of twentieth-century culture and politics.  read more »

The Philosophy of Egoism by James L. Walker

Walker - The Philosophy of Egoism-1.jpg

Considered by many to be the most important statement originally written in the English language delineating the basic position of philosophical egoism. When taken in tandem with The Ego and Its Own and John Badcock, Jr's Slaves To Duty, there remains little to add to complete the fundamentals of this philosophical impulse.  read more »

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